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Commander Maro

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Commander Maro
Commander Maro
Race Imperial
Gender Male
Level PCx1 (10-30)
Class Warrior
Faction Penitus Oculatus, Commander Maro's Crime Faction
Rank Commander
Essential Yes
Ref ID 0004BCC5
Base ID 0001D4B5

Commander Maro is an Imperial and the leader of the Emperor's special security force, the Penitus Oculatus. He serves as the main antagonist of the Dark Brotherhood questline.  


He is in charge of protecting the Emperor during his visit to Skyrim. He is the father of Gaius Maro. He is also in charge of dealing with any matter of politics such as the Civil War.


Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!Edit

If the Dragonborn chooses to destroy the Dark Brotherhood, Commander Maro provides them with the pass phrase for the Falkreath Sanctuary. Alternatively, siding with the Dark Brotherhood allows the Dragonborn to assassinate Maro for an added bonus, during the assassination of the Emperor.

Breaching SecurityEdit

After the death of the Emperor's cousin, Vittoria Vici, Emperor Titus Mede II's visit to Skyrim becomes almost apparent. As the Emperor's visit approaches, Maro assigns his son, Gaius Maro, to verify the security of the major Holds. However, Gaius meets his demise at the hands of the Listener.

To Kill an EmpireEdit

At the beginning of the quest, Maro can be found outside of Castle Dour awaiting the false Gourmet.

Later, Commander Maro intercepts the Listener after he or she successfully assassinates a decoy of the Emperor, after the Listener is betrayed by Astrid. Maro promised to spare Astrid and the Brotherhood if she gave up the Listener, but consumed by hatred for the Brotherhood for killing his son, Maro goes back on his word, ordering his Penitus Oculatus agents to kill the Listener and leading the Penitus Oculatus to destroy the Falkreath Sanctuary, seeking to kill everyone in the Dark Brotherhood. The Listener escapes the wrath of Maro's agents and returns to the Sanctuary to find it in flames, kicking off the mission Death Incarnate.

Hail Sithis!Edit

The Dragonborn can choose to kill Commander Maro, although his death is optional. If the Dragonborn chooses to kill him, if he spots you when you're near him he will say, "You again!" Once on board the ship, when the Dragonborn enters the Emperor's room, Titus will state, "Well, once again I have proven Commander Maro the fool." Most likely because Maro informed the Emperor that the Dark Brotherhood was destroyed and the Emperor would have no threat on his life.



  • If player chooses not to kill Maro, he will be at the Solitude Docks, and if one decides to talk to him he will say "You? But you're dead!" and attack. If Dragonborn retaliates, he won't get a bounty.
  • After completing the quest "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!," Maro may attend the Dragonborn's wedding. He will congratulate them on their wedding, then revert to his normal line ("I will personally inform the Emperor...").
  • Killing his son, Gaius, may result in getting bounty in "Commander Maro's Crime Faction". It is unknown if this is a glitch or not.
  • Should the Stormcloaks win the war with Maro still being alive, he will remain in Dragon Bridge along with Penitus Oculatus Agents.
  • Maro can still be killed if he wasn't killed in the quest Hail Sithis


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