A Jarl's Justice is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


Isran asks the Dragonborn to find and destroy the vampire masquerading as a Visiting Advisor to the Jarl of a radiant city; however, to avoid slandering the Dawnguard's name, permission must be gained from the Jarl to kill the creature or the guards will see it as murder. If you do kill the vampire without permission, you will complete the quest, but you will have to face the consequences if you are caught doing so.


Speak to the Jarl and explain the situation. They will state that proof is required before any action can be taken. Locate the Visiting Advisor, who can typically be found loitering in the main court. Pickpocketing his orders will reveal his true nature.

Give this note to the Jarl and they will allow the Visiting Advisor to be killed without intervention from the guards. Once he is dead, return to Isran to complete the quest.


Journal Entry
Isran has sent me to <radiant city> to warn <radiant jarl> of a vampire masquerading as a visiting advisor to his/her court. I am to destroy the beast. If I fail to secure <radiant jarl>'s permission first, the guards will consider it a murder.
  • Objective: Warn <radiant jarl> about the vampire threat
  • Objective: Find evidence linked to the vampire
  • Objective: Bring evidence to <radiant jarl>
  • Objective: Destroy vampire masquerading as a Visiting Advisor
  • Objective: Return to Isran
I've destroyed the vampire in <radiant city> masquerading as a visiting advisor to <radiant jarl>'s court.
  • Quest complete



This section contains bugs related to A Jarl's Justice. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • The spells Detect Life or Detect Dead do not reveal that the Visiting Advisor is a vampire. However, he still has the physical characteristics of a vampire (the spells affecting the undead have no effect on him).
  • Isran might not have dialogue option to complete the quest, despite killing a vampire.

Start a Discussion Discussions about A Jarl's Justice

  • Sneak level needed to hide from Visiting Advisor

    7 messages
    • You don't have to be hidden from the Advisor to steal his orders, it just increases the odds of success. Try saving and reloading if you ...
    • Use paralyze or the poison on a weak bow and take the orders with a not shown 100% chance while testing getting up
  • A Jar'ls Justice

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    • Ideally you would have a vey high pickpocketing skill to take it off him. If that doesn't work, if you happen to have a high sneak ski...
    • It is really hard if your not a stealth player, i used a lot of potions and magic to make up for my lack of stealth and it still took a lot...