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Hircine's Hunt

Author: 
Xan

Faern Sargtlin

(go to take a rest)
(wake up and being surrounded by werewolves)
(black out...)

MORTRAG GLACIER, ENTRY

Faern Sargtlin

(wake up)

Hircine

"Ahhh...you have arrived.
The others have been here for days now, and you are the last.
It is time for my Hunt, and you are to take part.
I have chosen only the most worthy to take part the Hunt--Carius of the Imperials, Heart-Fang of the Skaal, the frost giant Karstaag....and you.
You have proven yourself a worthy hunter, and so you have been given this honor.

You and the others are to find your way to my Hunting Grounds.
Take great care, as only one of you will earn the glory of facing the Hunter himself in battle while the Bloodmoon lights the sky.
The others have gone ahead, so only you remain to begin.
Beware, mortal--my Hounds are about, and they hunger for blood.
Perhaps I will see you soon.
Now go.
"

Faern Sargtlin

(use human form)
(enter the daedric gateway)

MORTRAG GLACIER, OUTER RING

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Captain Carius)

Captain Falx Carius

"Faern Sargtlin, it is you! I am sorry you, too, have been brought to play in this nefarious game. Since the werewolves captured me at the fort, I have been held here by this demon Hircine. Soon, others joined me: one of the Nords, named Heart-Fang, along with a beast named Karstaag. I believe the only hope for escape is to find our way through this maze."

:find our way:
"That is what the demon told me. We are to fight our way through this maze, which is hunted by the werewolves the demon calls his Hounds. I am weak, my friend, and have been here for too long. Perhaps together, we can find our way to safety. We must find the key to allow us through the gate in the center of this maze."

Faern Sargtlin

"Let us go together."

Captain Falx Carius

:find our way:
"I am glad for your companionship. Together we will fight our way through these demon hordes and escape this evil prison. There is a door in the center of this maze, but we will need a key to enter. Let us go find this key and leave this place."

Faern Sargtlin

(go with Captain Carius, slaying werewolf after werewolf)
(find a chest with a glowing key inside)
(approach the gate)

Captain Falx Carius

"Wait, my friend. I can go not further. This contest can have only one victor, and you will have to be the one. Perhaps if you are able to escape, I will find my way out in time. For now, I will guard this gate and make sure none of the beasts follow you through. Take care if you encounter the others. Karstaag is a wild creature, and will certainly try to kill you. Heart-Fang worries me...there is something wild in his eyes that I do not trust. Good luck, Faern Sargtlin."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the gate)

MORTRAG GLACIER, INNER RING

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Tharsten Heart-Fang)

Tharsten Heart-Fang

"It's you, Faern Sargtlin! How did you get to this place? We've little time, I fear. The frost giant Karstaag has gone ahead. Even now, I fear he may win this battle before me. Perhaps together we can fight through this place."

:fight through:
"Perhaps together we can find our way to the end. With you by my side, the Hunter will have met his match. Heart-Fang will bring glory to his people! What say you, Faern Sargtlin?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Let us go together."

Tharsten Heart-Fang

:fight through:
"Then let us go. I will reach the end of this Hunter's game!"

Faern Sargtlin

(go with Tharsten Heart-Fang, slaying werewolf after werewolf)
(night fall, change to werewolf)

Tharsten Heart-Fang

"Ahhh...so it is you, Faern Sargtlin. But I see you have taken on another form. No matter. This Hunt is for Heart-Fang and Heart-Fang alone. Many generations have I lived now, with Hircine's Ring on my finger. This Hunt is my birthright, Faern Sargtlin! Heart-Fang alone shall face the Hunter. Heart-Fang alone shall earn the glory of the Hunt! See now the power I was born to wield! Prepare to face me in my true form!"

Faern Sargtlin

(face Tharsten Heart-Fang in werewolf form)
(fight, Tharsten Heart-Fang is slain)

As Heart-Fang breathes his last breath, the Hircine's Ring disappears from his finger, and has found a new owner.

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve Hircine's Ring)
(wait to regain human form and find a glowing key in Tharsten Heart-Fang's body)
(enter the gate)

MORTRAG GLACIER, HUNTSMAN'S HALL

Faern Sargtlin

(face Karstaag, the frost giant)
(slay him)
(Hircine shows up)

Hircine

"So...you are the one.
You have escaped my hounds and beaten back the other challengers.
I had rather expected the giant to prevail, but no matter.
You have proven yourself a worthy hunter, and you have earned the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a mortal:
you are to be my prey.

I ask you, though: what is it that makes a hunter great.
Is it his strength? The speed with which he strikes? Or is it his guile, the ability to outwit his prey?
Answer me, mortal, and decide your fate.

What is the hunter's greatest strength?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Guile."

Hircine

"So you have chosen, and so shall be your fate.
To face me in all my glory would be less than sporting, so you shall face but one of my aspects, the one you have chosen.
We have little time--the Bloodmoon sinks low in the sky.
Prepare yourself, mortal, for now you are the Hunted.
"

Faern Sargtlin

(face Hircine's Aspect of Guile)
(defeat him)
(retrieve Spear of the Hunter and a glowing key)
(with this key, leave Huntsman's Hall)
(witness the entire place is tumbling down)

Hircine

"This cannot be;
The Bloodmoon falls and the prey still lives!
You have defeated my aspect but I will return, mortal.
The bloodmoon will rise again and my hounds will walk the lands.
Let this world enjoy it's brief respite, for Hircine will hunt again!
"

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to Fort Frostmoth)
(enter the fort in human form)

FORT FROSTMOTH

Imperial Guard

"Captain Carius has returned! I've not heard the story, but he is in his chambers."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the General Quarters)
(meet Saenus Lusius)

Saenus Lusius

"Captain Carius has returned. He's said very little about his ordeal, but we are all just glad he is back where he belongs. Fort Frostmoth will be stronger than ever."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Captain Carius' Chamber)

Captain Falx Carius

"It is good to see you again. I believed I was dead for sure, but as the glacier toppled around me, I was transported outside. I am glad that you, too, survived the ordeal. Now, how may I help you?"

:Castle Karstaag:
"I have met the master of that place, though I hope never to meet him again."

:Tharsten Heart-Fang:
"I know him all too well. It sounds like the leader of these Skaal was a once-great man who fell to the allure of dark forces."