"Never compromise. Never blink. Never wink at injustice. Never quit trying to make this a better city for everyone."
―Hieronymus Lex[src]

Hieronymus Lex quote

Hieronymus Lex is a Watch Captain in the Imperial City. He has sworn to find and arrest the Gray Fox and his weapon of choice is a Silver Claymore. He is usually located in the South Watch Tower accessible through the Temple District and the Arena. He is the main antagonist of the Thieves Guild questline.


"Yeah, I've heard of him. Isn't he a soldier or a guardsman in the Imperial City?"
―Guards outside the Imperial City

Imperial CorruptionEdit

While exploring the Temple District in the Imperial City, Ruslan or his friend Luronk gro-Glurzog, may ask for a few septims to hold them off until payday. Whether or not money is given to them, they will explain that while at Jensine's "Good As New" Merchandise a captain of the city guard came in and accused them of theft. Despite their innocence and Jensine defending them, the guard told them to hand over their money or face time on the Imperial City Prisons.

If Lex has not been shipped off to Anvil, he can be approached by the Hero about the corrupt captain Audens Avidius. However, he will claim that the Grey Fox commands all his attention and will refer them to Itius Hayn.

Untaxing the PoorEdit

It is suggested that the Hero begin this quest right after they talked to Christophe, or between 12:40 and 1:10 on Tirdas, as this time gives the easiest entrance. Hieronymus Lex is located in the South Guard Tower accessible through the Temple District and Arboretum.

The Elven MaidenEdit

Armand Christophe gives the Hero the task of stealing Llathasa's Bust and sends them to Cheydinhal. Travel to Cheydinhal and speak with the beggars marked on the map, if their disposition is not high enough, do whatever is needed to rise it until an option to ask about the bust appears. They will then tell the Hero to look in the chapel.


Talk to S'Krivva in Bravil and she will tell the Hero that Hieronymus Lex has pulled guards from all over the Imperial City to the Waterfront in an attempt to root out members of the guild including the Gray Fox. The Thieves Guild must stop him at all costs or the guild may be finished for good. She will then tell them to meet with Methredhel in the Imperial City.

Taking Care of LexEdit

In the quest Taking Care of Lex, Lex is transferred from the Imperial City to Anvil to work as a guard captain of Anvil. This is engineered by the Gray Fox so as to remove the threat he poses to the Guild. He will finally admit defeat and head for his new job, but hopes that fate will bring the Gray Fox to him. If the questline is completed, the Hero can approach him wearing the Cowl of Nocturnal and he will react like any other guard. By this point, he will be wearing an Anvil Guard's uniform and his essential status will be removed, allowing the Hero to kill him if so desired.

A copy of the Black Horse Courier states that a man was arrested for claiming to be the Gray Fox, the Reincarnation of Tiber Septim, a Were-shark, the love child of Stendarr and the mother of Hieronymus Lex.

Servatius Quintilius will take his place in the Imperial City upon completion of the quest.


  • Lex in Latin means "law."
  • He wields a Silver Claymore regardless of level, which can be taken from him if he is killed at the conclusion of the Thieves Guild questline.
  • If approached while wearing Nocturnal's Cowl, he will not have any unique dialogue.