This Daedric quest features only one moral dilemma, so for the sake of brevity, I’ll cut straight to it:
I had been wary of dealing with Clavicus ViIe from the beginning, and refused to make any sort of deal with him for fear of being Tamriel’s next Faust. When the time came to make a choice, I chose to spare Barbas. He had been loyal to his master despite Vile’s dreadful behavior, and he had proven to be a faithful and brave companion during our brief adventure. There was no way I was going to turn on him now. Even though Barbas was himself a Daedra, he seemed to be a decent sort, even if his best friend was a particularly nasty Daedric Prince. Furthermore, it seemed that doing the opposite of what Vile wanted would be the safest course of action, so I reunited Barbas and his master, relinquished the Rueful Axe, and obtained Vile’s Masque.
|His master's voice?|
I’ve mentioned Kant in this blog before, and I think that a Kantian moral lens might be instructive here. My intention was to perform a favor for a being in need: Barbas. According to my reading of Kant, the fact that Barbas’s friend is the Elder Scrolls version of Mephistopheles should not enter into my decision, nor should the possibility that reuniting the two might have damaging consequences for someone else down the line. Still, I feel as though I have once again been manipulated by the Daedra.