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For the Daedric Prince who gives this quest, see Hermaeus Mora.
Hermaeus Mora is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The Shrine of Hermaeus Mora is located in the northwest most point of the Jerall Mountains range, directly west of Cloud Ruler Temple.


In order to obtain this quest, the Hero must have completed all of the other Daedric quests.

In addition, they also must have advanced to the Blood of the Daedra segment of the main quest and be level 20+. The quest involves capturing souls from each of the ten races using a special soul gem and spell given by Hermaeus Mora. A good idea is to keep Umbra instead of returning it and carry a lot of soul gems.


Hermaeus Mora (Quest) Casting Spell

Casting the spell on a victim

The Hero must use a special given Black Soul Gem and special Soul Trap spell called Mora's Soul Trap provided by Hermaeus Mora to capture an NPC's soul. The following is a list of suggested characters for each race:

Alternate walkthroughEdit

If the Arena quest line hasn't been started yet, go to the arena and become a combatant. During the fights in the arena every race will appear at least once. One can simply capture every fighter's soul during the fights.

If the Hero has a high Security skill, a high Sneak skill, and does not care for moral practices, one can always break into various houses and murder the designated target. One can also do this to a lone person outside, preferably at night. The victims will not seem to notice that they have been soul trapped and can easily be killed without being detected.

Each of the ten races are scattered throughout the Daedric Shrines. If a player travels to each they will be able to collect all the required souls relatively easily, as the worshipers never have anything more than a dagger on their person.

Collecting the rewardEdit

After collecting all souls, return to the shrine and Hermaeus Mora will reward the Hero with the Oghma Infinium, a book that increases several skills by ten levels.


Journal Entry
  • Update: After you complete all the daedric quests:

A man has told me that Hermaeus Mora wishes for me to visit his shrine.

  • Update: After speaking to Hermaeus Mora:

Hermaeus Mora wishes for me to gather for him ten souls, one of each of the races.

  • Update: After capturing a Argonian:

I've captured the soul of an Argonian.

  • Update: After capturing a Breton:

I've captured the soul of a Breton.

  • Update: After capturing a Bosmer:

I've captured the soul of a Bosmer.

  • Update: After capturing an Imperial:

I've captured the soul of an Imperial.

  • Update: After capturing a Khajiit:

I've captured the soul of a Khajiit.

  • Update: After capturing a Dunmer:

I've captured the soul of a Dunmer.

  • Update: After capturing an Altmer:

I've captured the soul of an Altmer.

  • Update: After capturing a Nord:

I've captured the soul of a Nord.

  • Update: After capturing a Redguard:

I've captured the soul of a Redguard.

  • Update: After capturing an Orc:

I've captured the soul of an Orc.

  • Update: After capturing a soul from each race:

I have gathered a soul from each of the ten races for Hermaeus Mora. I should return to his shrine.

  • Update: After returning to Hermaeus:

Hermaeus Mora was pleased with the souls I brought him. He has rewarded me with the Oghma Infinium.

  • Quest complete


  • If there is difficulty recognizing the races of the NPCs and using a PC, use the console to help determine the race. See Recognizing races for more information.
  • Easy way: Go to other Daedric Shrines and get the souls the worshipers there. No bounty will be incurred as the Shrines are far from any guards. A bounty will be incurred if an Imperial Legion Forester is nearby, however.


This section contains bugs related to Hermaeus Mora (Quest). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If Hermaeus Mora's soul trap is used on the same enemy twice, the spell will not work anymore.
    • Solution: Use the soul trap repeatedly on an item until the sound can be heard and the spell will work again.

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