I’m planning on getting Skyrim for my birthday, and in the meantime, I’m re-playing Oblivion. Right now I’m doing the Ulterior Motives quest for the Mages’ Guild. I went to Skingrad and was told to come back the next day. I went to the chapel and quick waited 24 hours, went back to the castle and was told by Mercator Hosidus that the count would meet me at such-and-such place after 2 a.m.
So like a good little mage, I went to where the quest marker indicated and waited. And waited. Nobody came. No count, certainly no Mercator. I went to the castle the next day, and there was Mercator, only now he was dressed in his Necromancer’s robes. He said again, “Wait for the count after 2 a.m., stupid.” This wasn’t right.
So I re-loaded my last saved game just before this quest and tried again, this time waiting somewhere else, then going to the quest marker at around 10 p.m. Still no Mercator. I re-re-loaded the game, and waited somewhere else (but near enough to the quest marker) until 2 a.m., then went to the quest marker. Still nothing. I’ve tried everything I can think of, and every online search only mentions a glitch concerning the first waiting period, not the 2 a.m. rendezvous.
What am I doing wrong? This did not happen during my first play-through. Is there any way to fix this? Is it my breath? I’m getting very frustrated.