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A4- Bugged Annoying Hellhound quest?

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Hi everyone,

I looked for an answer here but couldn't find one. Recently started playing Avernum again (which I knew as BOE when I was a tiddler), and a while back I got to the Annoying Hellhound quest. Of course, you have to be level 8/9 to spawn the hellhound, so I went, trained, came back, and killed it. I went back to Hrank at Fort Draco, and I couldn't get an acknowledgement that I'd defeated the hellhound. I've been back multiple time, even back to the lair. I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing, or this is just an unfortunate bug I happen to have come across?



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Hi, still looking for an answer to this. I've gone back repeatedly between the cave and Hrank, but I still can't finish the quest. I'd had another that I gave to him and that finished just fine. I also checked the walkthrough and it simply says kill it and return and he will give you a spellbook. He hasn't given me the spellbook, and the quest is still 'active'. Any help?

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Is it at all possible that you killed a different hellhound? Or that he wants you to kill one not in the cave, but somewhere else? (It's been a while.) It's possible this is a bug, but if so, it's a bug that no one else has encountered for over a decade, which doesn't happen very much.

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I would post screenshots but I've played quite far from that point so I can't get them. I have checked the walkthroughs provided in the quick links and they were specific about which cave it was (an unnamed one), with the hunter standing outside. I went in BEFORE levelling up and there were only lizards in there. When I levelled up, I had to speak to the hunter to spawn the hellhound, and the hunter came with me. After killing the hellhound he took its head and left. I think he's totally gone, which does imply that I did the right quest. That's the only hellhound I've discovered so far, and looking back at the details, and having covered all overground map and checked it with the maps provided here too and I'm 100% sure it's the right cave. On the map it's called 'The Hellhound's Lair'.

'There's not much here, but Sinderbrand will want your help killing a hellhound provided you have enough strength / a high enough level (average level 8 or so). Once you're there, follow him down, and join him in killing the hellhound. Doing so gets you a nice chilling band ring.' <quoted from the map. I got the ring from him.

'Potionmaster Hrank has you kill a hellhound that inhabited his prime herb collecting locality. He gives you a reward for killing it, a book which improves your skill with smite.' < also quoted, this is the part that hasn't happened.


Decade old bug noooooooo.

Thanks, though. It's not the biggest problem, but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something I could do to fix it.

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There are two different locations


The first one involves following the hunter through a series of caves and killing them while keeping him alive to reach the final encounter.


The second one is a group of herbs that are collected, I think, in caves to the west of Fort Draco. There is also something to the far south on both sides of the river.

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