TES2 Daggerfall: Morgiah’s Letter

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Princess Morgiah of Wayrest greets you and says:

You’re trying to track down that letter of the Emperor’s, yes? There are very few scandals in the Bay of which I am totally ignorant. I could give you some information, but nothing is without a price, that I know well. I need a champion who does fear the fire of Oblivion. Are you interested?

When you answer affirmatively, here’s the task:

Qwerty, that is a relief to me. Do not ask any questions — get this letter to a certain high level sorcerer at the Necromancers’ crypt, Scourg Barrow in the Dragontail Mountains. Avoid the rift. If you see it, you have gone too far.

They will not be expecting you and will not wait for any introductions. The necromancers feel that death is a reward for the living, not a punishment. Once you have delivered the letter, they would feel no need to guarantee your safety. It is their way. I need the letter delivered and a response from King of Worms in my hand one month from now at the absolute latest. The risks are very high, Qwerty, please do not fail.

The letter Morgiah asks you to deliver is directed to King of Worms, the head of the Necromancers. Strange part is that the name of the letter addressee is not hard-coded in the game! So far, only KoW has been ever encountered in this position; but does this mean that initially there used to be several high-ranking Necromancers in the game? We’ll never know…

When you deliver the letter (in time, that is), Morgiah gives you some important clues regarding the second half of the mission – the part that deals with Emperor’s lost letter:

It’s done! I’ll be queen of Firsthold!

Although I’m sure the engagement will be quite lengthy. Now, I promised you information about the Emperor’s letter.

The letter you seek is in the hands of Gortwog, the Warlord of the Orcs. He bought it from the thieves guild of Daggerfall after one of their number stole it from Queen Aubk-i.

I confess I don’t know why the Emperor sent it to Aubk-i. The girl is innocent to a fault, and everyone knows that Gothryd is not the loyal empire toady that Lysandus was. Of course my own family…well enough of this boring court gossip.

If you really want to find this letter, you should get in good with Mynisera, the former Queen of Daggerfall, and Queen Mother to Gothryd. I wouldn’t directly approach her. Start with someone of lower station.

Yeah, Mynisera is the one who should know about the letter – it was addressed to her after all… But she does not know the full story. Approaching her is next to meaningless until you talk to Cyndassa the maidservant.

In case you’re curious what did Morgiah offer to become the queen of Firsthold, here’s what that letter of hers contained:

King of Worms,

I agree to your terms. I will give you my first and you will exert your influence on the King of Firsthold on Sumerset Isle. Only you can let him speak with his dead son. For that, he would even marry Nulfaga!

— M

“My first”, hm… Open to interpretation. By the way, the silly Elf girl has misspelled Sumurset Isle. Heh-heh.

I personally never encountered this in the game, but supposedly you are supposed to be invited to the ceremony afterwards. You receive a letter that says:

King Eadwyre and
Queen Barenziah,
Sovereigns of the Kingdom of Wayrest
Are Proud to Announce The Engagement
of Morgiah, Princess of Wayrest,
to Karoodil,
King of Firsthold
in the Isle of Sumurset.

Needless to say, there is no way you can attend the party in the Sumurset Isle.

Obviously, Morgiah was not exactly best-loved among the commoners of Wayrest. Here’s what the people have to say about this whole business:

I suppose it is time that Princess Morgiah married. But who would want her?
Princess Morgiah’s mood has worsened. And no one has as bad a temper as she.
How could we crown the brother of a manipulative witch like Princess Morgiah?
If it weren’t for Morgiah’s reputation, Wayrest would embrace her brother.
Princess Morgiah is engaged to the King of Firsthold. A miracle of god indeed.
What could’ve possessed the King of Firsthold to propose marriage to Morgiah?

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