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Holdguard1

A Whiterun hold guard

For other uses, see City Guards.
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"You have committed crimes against Skyrim and her people, what say you in your defense?"
―Hold Guard[src]

Guard

Every Hold in Skyrim has its own Guard. These guards protect the capital cities of each hold, and any other settlements within.

All hold guards wear similar armor sets; differences are just the color of the sash and material of the undershirt used, either scaled or quilted. They also wear the same type of helmet, however the colors vary depending on the hold. Hold guards also carry a round wooden shield which varies in color and typically displays the symbol of the hold across the front.

Hold guards can be permanently replaced by either Imperial or Stormcloak soldiers during the Civil War, depending on which side the Dragonborn joins. They will perform the same duties and have the same dialogue (although they may also have additional faction-based dialogue) as regular guards. The victorious faction will keep their guards. However, those that are not loyal will be replaced.

The guards are led by a captain and local Imperial Legate or Stormcloak Commander who reports to the local Jarl. Their duty is to uphold peace and order throughout the city and the hold, as well as ensuring justice is upheld in the event of a crime. Additionally, they are the last line of defense of their city in the event of assault or invasion.

Only Stormcloak-affiliated Holds have female guards.

Level

Hold Guards level with the Dragonborn until level 50. This means that at level 50+, the Hold Guards are rather powerful, and have no problem fighting even a dragon.

Guards

Falkreath Hold Guard

Falkreath Guard

A Falkreath Hold guard.

These guards patrol Falkreath and Falkreath Hold.

They wear the indigo version of the guard armor. This armor is a leather scaled vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they wear fur boots.

These guards carry a round, blue, wooden shield with a painted motif of a stag's head on it.

During the course of the civil war, the Stormcloaks may occupy Falkreath and replace these guards.


Hjaalmarch Hold Guard

Hjaalmarch Guard

A Hjaalmarch guard.

These guards patrol Hjaalmarch and Morthal

They wear a pale green version of the guard armor. The armor is a quilted vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear fur boots.

The guards also carry a round, green and gray wooden shield with a painted spiral motif.

During the course of the civil war, the Stormcloaks may occupy Morthal and replace these guards.

The Reach Guard

The Reach Guard

A Reach guard.

These guards patrol The Reach and Markarth.

They wear the green cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a quilted vest with a bronze chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear fur gauntlets and fur boots.

The guards also carry a round, green, wooden shield with a painted motif of a stylized ram's head.

During the course of the civil war, the Stormcloaks may occupy Markarth and replace these guards, although the one guarding Soljund's Sinkhole will remain a Reach Hold Guard.

The Pale Guard

The Pale Guard

A Pale guard.

These guards patrol The Pale and Dawnstar.

They wear a pale, cream cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a quilted vest with a bronze chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear fur gauntlets and fur boots.

The guards also carry a round, gray, wooden shield with a painted motif of a four point star.

During the course of the civil war, the Imperial Legion or Stormcloaks may occupy Dawnstar and replace these guards, despite Dawnstar's Jarl Skald siding with the Stormcloaks.

The Rift Guard

The Rift Guard

A Rift guard.

These guards patrol The Rift and Riften.

They wear a purple cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a scaled vest with a bronze chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear fur boots.

The guards also carry a round, lavender, wooden shield with a painted motif of two crossed swords.

Ivarstead and Shor's Stone are a part of The Rift, but their guards are slightly different than other rural guards, and are named "Ivarstead Guard" and "Shor's Stone Guard" respectively. The Armor, Helmet and Shield will still be considered as Riften Armor however.

During the course of the civil war, the Imperial Legion may occupy Riften and replace these guards.

Haafingar Guard

Solitude Guard

A Haafingar guard.

These guards patrol Haafingar and Solitude.

They wear a red cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a scaled vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. Also it should be noted that Haafingar Hold Guards' helmets are dark brown on the crown, rather than the bronze color that is on every other "guard" helmet in the game. In addition, as Solitude is the Capital of Skyrim and under Imperial Legion control, the guards also wear Imperial bracers and Imperial boots.

The guards also carry a round, red, wooden shield with a painted motif of a wolf.

The guards around Castle Dour are Imperial soldiers and wear full Imperial Armor, though they are still named Solitude Guard.

During the course of the civil war, the Stormcloaks may occupy Solitude and replace these guards.

Whiterun Guard

Whiterun Hold Guard Skyrim

A Whiterun guard.

These guards are possibly the most well known hold guards in Skyrim and the first/closest to often be found in the game, they patrol Whiterun Hold and Whiterun. Commander Caius serves as commander of the Whiterun Guard.

They wear a yellow cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a scaled vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they wear fur boots, but most guards wear no gauntlets.

The guards also carry a round, yellow, wooden shield with a painted motif of a horse's head.

During the course of the civil war, the Stormcloaks may occupy Whiterun and replace these guards. Commander Caius will also be removed from his post and replaced with Sinmir. The detachment of guards that was sent to Riverwood during Dragon Rising will remain, unless Battle for Whiterun is completed beforehand.

Eastmarch Hold Guard

Eastmarch Hold Guard Skyrim

An Eastmarch guard.

These guards patrol Eastmarch and Windhelm. They are Stormcloak soldiers and share their speech options.

They wear a blue cloth Stormcloak uniform. The armor is a quilted vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear Fur Gauntlets and Fur Boots.

The guards also carry a round, blue, wooden shield with a painted motif of a bear's head.

During the course of the civil war, the Imperial Legion may occupy Windhelm and replace these guards.

Winterhold Guard

Winterhold Guard

A Winterhold guard.

Only two guards patrol the city of Winterhold at any one time, while a third is in the Jarl's Longhouse. Only one additional Winterhold Hold guard can be found elsewhere in the hold at the Whistling Mine, located to the south-east of Winterhold proper. This guard is the holder of the only known Winterhold guard shield.

They wear a white cloth version of the guard armor. The armor is a scaled vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear Fur Boots.

During the course of the civil war, the Imperial Legion may occupy Winterhold and replace these guards.

Imperial Guard

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An Imperial guard.

These guards patrol Holds and Hold capitals that were previously allied to the Stormcloaks. They are Imperial soldiers and share their speech options.

They wear full Imperial light armor, and are the only guards who wear a completely different type of armor than the rest of the guards. They also carry an Imperial shield, which is standard for all Imperial soldiers.

They only appear if the Dragonborn sided with the Empire during the civil war.

Stormcloak Guard

Eastmarch Hold Guard Skyrim

A Stormcloak guard.

These guards patrol Holds and Hold capitals that were previously allied to the Empire. They are Stormcloak soldiers and share their speech options.

They wear a blue cloth Stormcloak uniform. The armor is a quilted vest with a chainmail shirt underneath. In addition, they also wear Fur Gauntlets and Fur Boots.

They also carry a round, blue, wooden shield with a painted motif of a bear's head. This was, and is only prevalent in Eastmarch, as the guards posted at other holds can wield hide, iron or steel shields or use two-handed weaponry.

They only appear as guards outside of Eastmarch if the Dragonborn sided with the Stormcloaks during the civil war.

Bounties

Main article: Bounty (Skyrim)

Bounties in each hold are treated separately. For example, if the Dragonborn obtains a bounty in Whiterun, guards in neighboring hold Falkreath will not recognize it. If the Dragonborn's bounty reaches a certain level, guards will attack them on sight.

Normally, all guards can be bribed if the Dragonborn is a member of the Thieves Guild (with the exception of the guards of Markarth after the completion of The Forsworn Conspiracy, and No One Escapes Cidhna Mine). These guards will not accept bribes and the Dragonborn has no choice but to fight or go to jail, and after selecting the latter the guard will have dialogue options. Cancel out the conversation and the guard will ignore the Dragonborn.

It is possible to kill guards without gaining a bounty, as long as one is sneaking. Slain guards will respawn three days after their death. They can also be killed if they are hit by an unrelenting force shout and pushed off a cliff, or sometimes even down the stairs. The Dragonborn does not get a bounty unless he/she has shouted at quite a few guards beforehand.

Guard dialogue

Dialogue Topic Audio
"I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee...." General
Guard Quote General 1
Let me guess - someone stole your sweetroll..." General
Guard Quote General 3
"Gotta keep my eyes open. Damn dragons could swoop down at any time." General
Guard Quote General 4
"My cousin is out fighting dragons, and what do I get? Guard duty." General
Guard Quote General 5
"Disrespect the law, and you disrespect me." General
Guard Quote General 6
"Watch the skies, traveler." General
Guard Quote General 7
"No lollygaggin'." General
Guard Quote General 8
"They say Ulfric Stormcloak murdered the High King... with his voice! Shouted him apart!" General
Guard Quote General 9
"I'd be a lot warmer and a lot happier with a bellyful of mead..." General
Guard Quote General 10
"Got to thinking, maybe I'm the Dragonborn, and I just don't know it yet." General
Guard Quote General 11
"I have to wonder... what does the Dragonborn do once he's summoned by the Greybeards? Can the Thu'um be taught, like any skill?" General
Guard Quote General 12
"You see those warriors from Hammerfell? They've got curved swords. Curved. Swords." General
Guard Quote General 13
"I mostly deal with petty thievery and drunken brawls. Been too long since we've had a good bandit raid." General
Guard Quote General 14
"Trouble?" General
Guard Quote General 15
"What is it? Dragons?" General
Guard Quote General 16
"Fancy yourself an alchemist, hmm? Never could get the hang of that." General
Guard Quote General 17
"Staying safe, I hope?" General
Guard Quote General 18
"Fear not. Come dragon or giant, we'll be ready." General
Guard Quote General 19
"Citizen." General
Guard Quote General 20
"Everything's all right?" General
Guard Quote General 21
"They say if a vampire so much as scratches you, you'll turn into one. That better not be true." Dawnguard General
Guard Quote Vampire 4
"Dragons breathing fire in the sky. Vampires brazenly attacking people on the street. It's the end of the world I tell you." Dawnguard General
Guard Quote Vampire 5
"We need to do something about these vampire attacks." Dawnguard General
Guard Quote Vampire 6
"Heard they're reforming the Dawnguard. Vampire hunters or something, in the old fort near Riften. Might consider joining up myself." Dawnguard General
Guard Quote Vampire 7
"They say that vampires attacked the Hall of the Vigilant. Burned it to the ground! Never heard of vampires doing anything like that before." Dawnguard General
Guard Quote Vampire 8
"Stay out of trouble, Argonian." If the player is an Argonian
Guard Quote Argonian 1
"What is it, Argonian?" If the player is an Argonian
Guard Quote Argonian 2
"Stay out of trouble, lizard." If the player is an Argonian
Guard Quote Argonian 3
"Don't cross me, Elf." If the player is Mer
Guard Quote Mer 1
"What is it, Elf?" If the player is Mer
Guard Quote Mer 2
"Stay out of trouble, Elf." If the player is Mer
Guard Quote Mer 4
"Stay out of trouble, Imperial." If the player is an Imperial
Guard Quote Imperial 1
"What is it, Imperial?" If the player is an Imperial
Guard Quote Imperial 2
"What do you want... cat?" If the player is a Khajiit
Guard Quote Khajiit 1
"Stay out of trouble, Khajiit." If the player is a Khajiit
Guard Quote Khajiit 2
"What is it, Khajiit?" If the player is a Khajiit
Guard Quote Khajiit 3
"Sheathe those claws, Khajiit..." If the player is a Khajiit
Guard Quote Khajiit 4
"How can I help a brother Nord?" If the player is a Nord
Guard Quote Nord 1
"Staying out of trouble, kinsman?" If the player is a Nord
Guard Quote Nord 2
"What is it, Orc?" If the player is an Orc
Guard Quote Orc 1
"Stay out of trouble, Orc." If the player is an Orc
Guard Quote Orc 2
"What is it, Redguard?" If the player is a Redguard
Guard Quote Redguard 1
"Stay out of trouble, Redguard" If the player is a Redguard
Guard Quote Redguard 2
"Die, Vampire!" Dawnguard If the player is a Vampire
Guard Quote Vampire 1
"Vampire! Burn it!" Dawnguard If the player is a Vampire
Guard Quote Vampire 2
"Vampire! To arms!" Dawnguard If the player is a Vampire
Guard Quote Vampire 3
"Werewolf!" If the player is a Werewolf
Guard Quote Werewolf 1
"It's a werewolf! To arms! To arms!" If the player is a Werewolf
Guard Quote Werewolf 2
"By the gods! It... it can't be!" If a guard witnesses the player killing a Dragon
Guard Quote Dragon 1
"Go cast your fancy magic some place else." If the player is armed with magic near a guard
Guard Quote Magic 1
"Woah, woah, woah! Watch the magic!" If the player charges a spell near a guard
Guard Quote Magic 2
"You come up to me, fists raised? You looking for a beating?" If the player approaches a guard with raised fists
Guard Quote Fists 1
"The Imperials think us all lawless beasts. I'm proof of their ignorance." If the player speaks to a Stormcloaks guard
Guard Quote Stormcloak 1
"The Imperials think we need their laws. Pfft." If the player speaks to a Stormcloaks guard
Guard Quote Stormcloak 2
"You look tired, friend. The Bannered Mare has beds for rent." If the player speaks to a guard while not having slept for a long time
Guard Quote Tired 1
"Guard might get nervous, a man approaches with his weapon drawn..." If the player approaches a guard with their weapon drawn
Guard Quote Nervous 1
"You're just in time to say hello to Roggvir." When the player first enters Solitude
Guard Quote Roggvir 1
"Gonna get cold tonight. Might want to at least cover your delicates." When the player approaches a guard while naked
Guard Quote Naked 1
"Bit late to be wandering around, isn't it?" When the player approaches a guard at night-time
Guard Quote Night 1
"Just a few more hours and I can crawl under some furs..." If the player approaches a guard between 12 am and 4 am
Guard Quote Furs 1
"Hey, you mix potions, right? Can you brew me an ale?" If the player has a high alchemy skill level
Guard Quote Alchemy 1
"Keep your arrows in their quiver, archer." If the player has a low archery skill level
Guard Quote Archery 1
"Favor the bow, eh? I'm a sword man, myself." If the player has a high archery skill level
Guard Quote Archery 2
"Hail, summoner. Conjure me up a warm bed, would you?" If the player has a low conjuration skill level
Guard Quote Conjuration 1
"Best offense is a good defense, am I right?" If the player has a high block skill level
Guard Quote Block 1
"So you can cast a few spells. Am I supposed to be impressed?" If the player has a low destruction skill level
Guard Quote Destruction 1
"Destruction magic's fine, just don't go burning down any buildings." If the player has a high destruction skill level
Guard Quote Destruction 2
"Don't suppose you'd enchant my sword? Dull old blade can barely cut butter." If the player has a high enchanting skill level
Guard Quote Enchanting 1
"You're the one casts those illusions. Impressive." If the player has a high illusion skill level
Guard Quote Illusion 1
"Lightly armored means light on your feet. Smart." If the player has a low light armor skill level
Guard Quote Light Armor 1
"Go fiddling with any locks around here, we're going to have a real problem." If the player has a high lockpicking skill level
Guard Quote General 2
"You're like me, eh? Don't fancy those clunky two-handed weapons." If the player has a high one-handed skill level
Guard Quote One-Handed 1
"I find your hand in my pocket, I'm going to cut it off." If the player has a high pickpocket skill level
Guard Quote Pickpocket 1
"I've a lot of respect for the Restoration School. Skyrim could use more healers." If the player has a high restoration skill level
Guard Quote Restoration 1
"Don't think you can barter with me like I'm one of those damned shopkeepers." If the player has a low speech skill
Guard Quote Speech 1
"Heard about you and your honeyed words..." If the player has a high speech skill
Guard Quote Speech 2
"Hands to yourself, sneak thief." If the player has a low sneak skill
Guard Quote Sneak 1
"I know your kind, always sneaking about." If the player has a high sneak skill
Guard Quote Sneak 2
"The gods gave you two hands, and you use them both for your weapon. I can respect that." If the player has a high two-handed skill level
Guard Quote Two Handed 1
"I hope you're finding the city in proper order, thane." If the player is thane of a Hold
Guard Quote Thane 1
"I trust the day's found you well, thane." If the player is thane of a Hold
Guard Quote Thane 2
"How do you do, thane?" If the player is thane of a Hold
Guard Quote Thane 3
"Helgen... destroyed by a dragon. Hard to believe, isn't it?" If the player has completed "Unbound"
Guard Quote Unbound 1
"You couldn't possibly be the Dragonborn of legend. Could you?" If the player has completed "Dragon Rising"
Guard Quote DragonRising 1
"Got to thinking, maybe I'm the Dragonborn, and I just don't know it yet." If the player has completed "The Way of the Voice"
Guard Quote WayVoice 1
"There was a fight down in the Ratway, but reports are... sketchy. Some say it was Thalmor Agents, others say Thieves Guild. Some say it was both." If the player has completed "A Cornered Rat"
Guard Quote CorneredRat 1
"Uch. Been tending your hounds? You smell like wet dog." If the player returns after first turning into a werewolf
Guard Quote WetDog 1
"Is that... fur? Coming out of your ears?" If the player has become a werewolf
Guard Quote Fur 1
"I'm telling you, I heard it. Howling. Those werewolf tales are true." If the player has become a werewolf
Guard Quote Howling 1
"Now I remember - you're that new member of the Companions. So you, what - fetch the mead?" If the player has joined The Companions
Guard Quote NewMember 1
"Hail, Companion." If the player has joined The Companions
Guard Quote NewMember 2
"With respect, Companion, I'd ask that you and your friends muzzle that dog of yours. The howling coming from Jorrvaskr has gotten out of hand." If the player has joined The Companions and has become a werewolf
Guard Quote NewMember 3
"If those Whiterun guards can take down a dragon, so can we." If the player has completed "Dragon Rising"
Guard Quote SoCanWe 1
"You're that one from the College. Heard about you." If the player has joined the College of Winterhold
Guard Quote HeardAboutYou 1
"What business do College mages have in a place like Saarthal, anyway? It's a place for Nord dead... not your weird experiments." If the player has completed "Under Saarthal"
Guard Quote UnderSaarthal 1
"One of the guards said he saw a mage appear out of thin air. Claimed it was one of those Psijic Monks. Man's been hitting the skooma, I say." If the player has completed "Under Saarthal"
Guard Quote UnderSaarthal 2
"Imagine, blowing up an entire town. Damn College... Winterhold will never be the same." If the player has completed "Containment"
Guard Quote Containment 1
"Releasing a captured dragon. I don't think I'll ever understand that one..." If the players has completed "The Fallen"
Guard Quote TheFallen 1
"I caught a glimpse of that captured dragon. It's.. beautiful. In its own way." If the player interacts with a guard during "The Fallen"
Guard Quote TheFallen 2
"You ask me, those brats in the orphanage are better off, now that old Grelod is dead." If the player has completed "Innocence Lost"
Guard Quote InnocenceLost 1
"That old woman who runs the orphanage has been murdered. Say, didn't I see you coming out of there...?" If the player has completed "Innocence Lost"
Guard Quote InnocenceLost 2
"Psst. Hey, I know who you are. Hail Sithis." If the player is a member of the Dark Brotherhood
Guard Quote DB 1
"Now, I know who you are. And... and I know your business... Just, please... These are good folk we got here. Mostly..." If the player is a member of the Dark Brotherhood
Guard Quote DB 2
"It ain't true what they say about you and... and the Dark Brotherhood? Is it?" If the player is a member of the Dark Brotherhood
Guard Quote DB 3
"The Emperor of Skyrim. Dead. These are dark times, my friend. Dark times, indeed..." If the player has completed "Hail Sithis!"
Guard Quote HailSithis 1
"You know, I could have gone into that Sanctuary. Killed all those Dark Brotherhood types. But I was... sick that day." If the player has completed "Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!
Guard Quote DestroyDB 1
"If it isn't the slayer of the Glenmoril Witches. How can I assist you, Companion?" If the player has completed "Blood's Honor"
Guard Quote BloodsHonor 1
"Kodlak White-Mane is in a better place now. For is there any place better than Sovngarde?" If the player has completed "Blood's Honor"
Guard Quote BloodsHonor 2
"Yes, Dovahkiin? How can I help you?" If the player has killed Alduin
Guard Quote Alduin 1
"Whatever you need, Dragonborn. Just say the word." If the player has killed Alduin
Guard Quote Alduin 2
"You have vanquished a great evil from Skyrim. You have saved this land... and our very souls." If the player has killed Alduin
Guard Quote Alduin 3
"No matter what else happens, the guards will always be grateful for everything you've done." If the player has completed "Dragonslayer"
Guard Quote Dragonslayer 1
"I know you had some part in Sinding's escape. Don't deny it..." If the player allowed Sinding to live during "Ill Met by Moonlight"
Guard Quote Sinding 1
"What do you need, bard?" If the player is a member of the Bards College
Guard Quote Bard 1
"Ugh. Your breath is foul. What've you been eating?" If the player has completed "The Taste of Death"
Guard Quote TasteDeath 1
"For a dragon to attack Kynesgrove... Why? Why there? Is no place safe?" If the players has completed "A Blade in the Dark"
Guard Quote BladeDark 1
"By Shor, is that... is that Azura's Star? How did you come to possess such a rare treasure?" If the player carries The Black Star
Guard Quote BlackStar 1
"You wield... Azura's Star? How... how can such a thing be possible?" If the player carries Azura's Star
Guard Quote AzurasStar 1
"Ah, now that's a fine shield. And not mere Dwarven... is it?" If the player carries Spellbreaker
Guard Quote Spellbreaker 1
"That mace... get it away from me. Get it away..." If the player wields the Mace of Molag Bal
Guard Quote MaceMolag 1
"No.. get that accursed mace away from me..." If the player wields the Mace of Molag Bal
Guard Quote MaceMolag 2
"Who did you have to kill to get that blade?" If the player wields Mehrunes' Razor
Guard Quote MehrunesRazor 1
"You wear the armor of a mercenary. Now that's the life." If the player wears Banded Iron Armor
Guard Quote BanderArmor 1
"Is your armor made of... dragon scales? By the gods, what I wouldn't do for a set of that." If the player wear Dragonscale Armor
Guard Quote Dragonscale 1
"Is your armor made of... dragon bones? By the gods, what I wouldn't do for a set of that." If the player wears Dragonplate Armor
Guard Quote Dragonbone 1
"Fine armor you've got there. Dwarven make, am I right?" If the player wears Dwarven Armor
Guard Quote DwarvArmor 1
"Aye, now that's some fine armor. Good old-fashioned steel." If the player wears Steel Armor
Guard Quote SteelArmor 1
"Ah, steel plate. Now that's a solid choice of armor." If the player wears Steel Plate Armor
Guard Quote SteelPlate 1
"Orcish armor, hmm? Had me a set of that once. Ugly and strong, like those that forged it." If the player wears Orcish Armor
Guard Quote OrcishArmor 1
"You wear the garb of a true Nord. I salute you." If the player wears Wolf Armor
Guard Quote WolfArmor 1
"Ebony armor. By Ysmir, 'tis a wondrous sight." If the player wears Ebony Armor
Guard Quote EbonyArmor 1
"I know Thieves Guild armor when I see it. You're not fooling anyone." If the player wears Thieves Guild Armor
Guard Quote ThievesArmor 1
"Try to hide it all you want. I know you're in the Thieves Guild... and so do the other guards." If the player wears Thieves Guild Armor
Guard Quote ThievesArmor 2
"Ugh. That armor stinks of death. You been grave robbing?" If the player wears Ancient Nord Armor
Guard Quote AncientNord 1
"That is one... big hammer." If the player wields Volendrung
Guard Quote Volendrung 1
"What do you aim to do with that hammer, my friend? Knock down a house?" If the player wields Volendrung
Guard Quote Volendrung 2
"'Tis a wicked axe you wield there, friend. That blade looks sharp enough to cut through a god." If the player wields the Rueful Axe
Guard Quote RuefulAxe 1
"Ah, Aegisbane. Sigil of Clan Shatter-Shield. But didn't that get stolen awhile back? Hmph. Must be rememberin' wrong." If the player wields Aegisbane
Guard Quote Aegisbane 1
"That hammer... Why that's Aegisbane, heirloom of Clan Shatter-Shield! Last I heard, it was stolen by a couple of swindlers. Alain and... Muiri. Yeah." If the player wields Aegisbane
Guard Quote Aegisbane 2
"Aye, now that there's a beautiful sword. Like a sliver of midnight." If the player carries an Ebony Sword
Guard Quote EbonSword 1
"Why the Elven blade, hmm? Nord steel not good enough for you?" If the player carries an Elven Sword
Guard Quote ElvSword 1
"That iron sword's pretty undependable. You should try steel." If the player carries an Iron Sword
Guard Quote IronSword 1
"Iron sword, huh? What are you killing, butterflies?" If the player carries an Iron Sword
Guard Quote IronSword 2
"Pigsticker like that's not going to get you far. Best visit the blacksmith." If the player carries an Iron Sword
Guard Quote IronSword 3
"Favor a steel sword, do ya? Good choice for slashing or stabbing." If the player carries a Steel Sword
Guard Quote SteelSword 1
"You've got a lot of nerve, walking around here dressed like an Imperial Legionnaire." If the player wears Imperial Armor (Stormcloak Guard)
Guard Quote ImpArmor 1
"For your sake, I hope your took that armor from a dead Imperial scout..." If the player wears Imperial Armor (Stormcloak Guard)
Guard Quote ImpArmor 2
"You come talking to me wearing Imperial armor? You got stew for brains?" If the player wears Imperial Armor (Stormcloak Guard)
Guard Quote ImpArmor 3
"You wear that Stormcloak armor well, friend." If the player wears Stormcloak Armor (Stormcloak Guard)
Guard Quote StormArmor 3
"You wear the armor of the bear, my friend. A fine choice." If the player wears Stormcloak Officer Armor (Stormcloak Guard)
Guard Quote StormArmor 4
"What do you think you're doing, walking around dressed like a damn Stormcloak traitor?" If the player wears Stormcloak Armor (Imperial Guard)
Guard Quote StormArmor 1
"That Stormcloak armor's getting on my nerves..." If the player wears Stormcloak Armor (Imperial Guard)
Guard Quote StormArmor 2
"You dare strut around here, wearing that filthy Stormcloak hide?" If the player wears Stormcloak Officer Armor (Imperial Guard)
Guard Quote StormArmor 5
"Judging by your armor, I'd say you're an Imperial scout. If so, well met." If the player wears Imperial Armor (Imperial Guard)
Guard Quote ImpArmor 4
"That's some fine Imperial armor you've got there." If the player wears Imperial Armor (Imperial Guard)
Guard Quote ImpArmor 5
"That's fine scale armor you've got on there. Shiny." If the player wears Scaled Armor
Guard Quote ScaleArmor 1
"Some advice, friend. That armor won't offer much protection in a real fight." If the player wears Hide Armor
Guard Quote HideArmor 1
"You have committed crimes against Skyrim and her people. What say you in your defense?" If the player has committed a crime
Guard Quote Crime 1
"By order of the Jarl, stop right there!" If the player has committed a crime
Guard Quote Crime 2
"Smart man. Now come along with us. We'll take any stolen goods, and you'll be free to go. After you pay the fine, of course." If the player chooses to pay their fine
Guard Quote Crime 3
"You're going to rot in the Dragonsreach Dungeon" If the player refuses to pay their fine
Guard Quote Crime 4
"Then pay with your blood." If the player resists arrest
Guard Quote Crime 5
"I can make all your problems with the guards go away. But it'll cost you. What do you say?" If the player has a high disposition with the guard
Guard Quote Crime 6
"Done. Now move along, before you get me in trouble." If the player is a member of the Thieves Guild and chooses to bribe the guard
Guard Quote Crime 7
"In the name of the Jarl, I'm ordering you to stand fast!" If the player returns to a Hold with a medium or high bounty
Guard Quote Crime 8
"Wait... I know you." If the player returns to a Hold with a low bounty
Guard Quote Crime 9
"There's no mistake. You're a wanted man... and it's time to pay for your crimes." If the player tells the guard that they're mistaken
Guard Quote Crime 10
"You know what? You're not worth the hassle. Go... be some other guard's problem." If the player persuades the guard to ignore their crime
Guard Quote Crime 11
"Well, your bounty is low... All right, get out of my sight. But you're known to me now, scum. Remember that." If the player persuades the guard to ignore their crime
Guard Quote Crime 12
"Oh, forgive me, Thane. I didn't realize it was you." If the player is Thane of a Hold
Guard Quote Crime 13
"It is the power of old! The Voice of the Dragonborn!" If the player shouts near a guard
Guard Quote Shout 1
"The Thu'um! He summons the Thu'um!" If the player shouts near a guard
Guard Quote Shout 2
"I need to ask you to stop. That... shouting... is making people nervous. " If the player shouts near a guard
Guard Quote Shout 3
"Good. Glad we straightened that out." If the player apologizes for using the Thu'um
Guard Quote Shout 4
"Can't say I've heard of any laws against... whatever that is you're doing. But I'll lock you up if I have to." If the player refuses to apologize for using the Thu'um
Guard Quote Shout 5
"Old lady Frida is a grouch, but she sure can whip up a cure for the Rattles fast." General (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 1
"You should talk to Rustleif. Get some proper steel." General (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 2
"The people here are still plagued with nightmares. It's... unnatural." Before the player completes "Waking Nightmare" (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 3
"No more nightmares. Thank the gods for that." After the player has completed "Walking Nightmare" (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 4
"We won't give up this port to the Imperials without a fight, don't you worry." General (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 5
"Dangerous post, Dawnstar. If the bandits don't get you, the animals will." General (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Dawnstar 6
"Beware of Frostmere Crypt, friend. Heard some bandits are living in the ruins now." Provides a location to the player (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Loc 1
"Giants have been spotted up near Red Road Pass. Best to keep away and avoid it entirely." Provides a location to the player (Dawnstar guard)
Guard Quote Loc 2
"I grew up hearing songs about Eyldi the Bear! She wrestled a storm out of the sky!" General (Falkreath guard)
Guard Quote Falkreath 1
"You... you were talking to that murderous savage. And then he escaped. What are you hiding?" After the player has completed "Ill Met by Moonlight" (Falkreath guard)
Guard Quote Falkreath 2
"This is Markarth, traveler. Safest city in the Reach." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 1
"Ah, Vlindrel Hall's a fine home, if you can afford it. The steward in the keep can tell you more." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 2
"Can't believe I'm posted here. Even the beds are made of stone." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 3
"Outsiders aren't trusted in Markarth. Best keep that in mind." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 4
"Let me guess - you need a drink. It's the Silver-Blood Inn you're looking for." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 5
"You should see that Orc over in Understone Keep, have him forge you some new armor..." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 6
"Break the law in Markarth, and it's off to Cidhna Mine with you." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 7
"Gods damn those Forsworn. So many dead..." General (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 8
"The Empire didn't think we could take the Reach, but here we are." If Markarth is under Stormcloak control (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Markarth 9
"There's a small skeever den just east of the city, at Reachwater Rock." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 3
"Travel southeast and you'll find an Orc stronghold, up around the old Dushnikh orichalcum mine." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 4
"Lots of nasty holes in the Reach, and Blind Cliff Cave is one of them. A filthy Hagraven nest, northeast of here." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 5
"Beware the region northeast, across the river. Forsworn have taken refuge in Broken Tower Redoubt and Red Eagle Redoubt." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 6
"There's an evil to the north, friend, and its name is Ragnvald. A tomb like so many in Skyrim, where the dead have found no peace." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 7
"The Forsworn have been spotted to the north, near Bruca's Leap Redoubt." Provides a location to the player (Markarth guard)
Guard Quote Loc 8
"Thanks for clearing out that vampire nest. You saved Morthal." If the player has completed Laid to Rest (Morthal guard)
Guard Quote Morthal 1
"Solitude is as glorious as they said it was. Nothing like Falkreath where I grew up." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 1
"You can sell off that junk at Bits and Pieces." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 2
"If it's arms or armor you need, see Beirand in Castle Dour. Bloody good blacksmith, that one." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 3
"If you need potions, head over to Angeline's Aromatics." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 4
"The road to Whiterun's not safe these days. Lots of travelers just... disappear, south of Dragon Bridge. Can't find a trace of them." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 5
"Look, that Vici woman had a bodyguard. I know it's terrible she got murdered at her own wedding, but the city guard is hardly to blame..." If the player has completed "Bound Until Death" (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 6
"You're the one saved the Fire Festival. I remember." If the player has completed "Tending the Flames" (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 7
"Proudspire Manor, now there's a fine home. Up for sale, too. If you're interested, talk to the steward, in the keep." If the player has not purchased Proudspire Manor (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 8
"You own Proudspire Manor, hmm? Beautiful house. At least from the outside." If the player has purchased Proudspire Manor (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 9
"The Winking Skeever's got warm beds and cold mead. You look like you could use both." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 10
"I don't abide fancy clothes, but you look like you might. I hear Radiant Raiments has a large selection." General (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Solitude 11
"Pinemoon Cave is down to the southwest, but it ain't fit for exploring. There are stories... Vampires, some say..." Provides a location to the player (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Loc 15
"Off the coast a ways to the east, you'll find the wreck of the Brinehammer. Never know what treasures may still be aboard." Provides a location to the player (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Loc 16
"You heard of Ravenscar Hollow? Cave on the island to the west. Place is a roost for those foul Hagravens." Provides a location to the player (Solitude guard)
Guard Quote Loc 17
"Riften's under my protection. You watch yourself, now." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 1
"There's an apothecary in town, yeah. But it's down on the lower walkway, so stay sharp if you go down there." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 2
"City's quiet enough now. But when the sun goes down, you best keep on your guard." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 3
"Welcome to Riften, home of the Thieves Guild. Or so they'd have you believe. It's all lies. They're just thugs... vermin, creeping around the Ratway." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 4
"You could say the Ratway is the city under the city. Dark, dangerous, and no place for decent folk." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 5
"If it's a bed you need, talk to Keerava in the Bee and Barb. She'll set you right." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 6
"Need a drink, you go to the Bee and Barb. Stay out of the Ragged Flagon, stay out of the Ratway." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 7
"There's fine steel at the Scorched Hammer, if you fancy a new blade." General (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 8
"Why we bothered to capture Riften I'll never understand. Just look at this place." If Riften is under Imperial control (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 9
"Seems like capturing Riften is turning out to be more of a hassle than a benefit. But what do I know?" If Riften is under Imperial control (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 10
"Now that the Empire's arrived in Riften, we've finally established a launching point into Morrowind... just in case." If Riften is under Imperial control (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Riften 11
"Talk of strange happenings at Autumnshade Clearing, just north of the lake. My guess? Spriggans." Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 9
"By the gods, a dragon's been sighted just south of the city, flying around Lost Tongue Overlook." Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 10
"Best not go wandering east of the city. Bandits been seen around Broken Helm Hollow. " Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 11
"If you journey north, keep well away from Snapleg Cave. Damned Hagravens have infested the place." Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 12
"There's a foul presence coming from Darklight Tower, southwest of the city. Some say the place is home to necromancers. " Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 13
"City got attacked once by those damn bandits, come east across the lake, from Faldar's Tooth. They won't be trying that again." Provides a location to the player (Riften guard)
Guard Quote Loc 14
"Need a blade? You should talk to Adrianne, at the forge." General (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 1
"Need supplies? See Belethor at his store. Sleazy little man, but he has good stock." General (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 2
"If you need potions, you should try Arcadia's Cauldron." General (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 3
"I worry about the other settlements in the hold. Unwalled, lightly manned - prime targets for those damned dragons." If the player has completed "Dragon Rising" (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 4
"Be glad you're here in the city, and not out in Riverwood. Those poor sods don't even have a wall." If the player has completed "Dragon Rising" (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 5
"Rorikstead's a nice enough little hamlet, but a boring posting for a guard. If a dragon attacks, well... then it'll be a different story." If the player has completed "Dragon Rising" (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 6
"Thinking of settling in? There's a house for sale - Breezehome. You should talk to the steward up in the keep if you're interested." If the player has not purchased Breezehome (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 7
"You're that one lives in Breezehome, right? Fine place. Almost bought it myself." If the player has purchased Breezehome (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 8
"Stormcloaks, Imperials, dragons. Ain't no matter to me what I kill. Let them come." General (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Whiterun 9
"Careful if you cross the river to the east. Old Hajvarr Iron-Hand and his brigands are holed up in that cave, White River Watch." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 24
"Looking to do some hunting? Avoid Brittleshin Pass. It's southeast of here." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 25
"The circle of stones to the southwest? That's Secunda's Kiss. The giants hold it sacred, so tread carefully." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 26
"If you're heading east, steer clear of Hillgrund's Tomb. Thing about those old crypts - the dead having trouble staying that way." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 27
"You know, I saw something near Shimmermist Cave, to the northeast. Some kind of creature... small and wicked. Never seen its like before." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 28
"Yesterday, I saw a dragon fly right over the city. Headed northeast. Toward Shearpoint, by the looks of it." Provides a location to the player (Whiterun guard)
Guard Quote Loc 29
"By the gods, you're diseased. Get yourself to the White Phial and purchase a remedy, before you infect us all." If the player has a disease (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 1
"If you need an apothecary, the White Phial has respectable stock." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 2
"With Nurelion gone, I suppose Quintus has taken over business in the White Phial." If the player has completed "The White Phial" (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 3
"I was this close to catching that killer. I swear it." If the player has completed "Blood on the Ice" (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 4
"The Dunmer get their drinks at the New Gnisis Cornerclub. Why they can't just call it a tavern is beyond me..." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 5
"If it's bed or board you're after, Candlehearth Hall's got both." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 6
"You should unload some of that unwanted gear. Head over to Sadri's Used Wares, talk to the Elf." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 7
"Stay away from the Aretino Residence. The place is cursed." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 8
"My heart goes out to Clan Shatter-Shield. Kin murdered, family warhammer stolen... There's no fairness in all that." General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 9
"We got a nickname for anyone who trifles with us guards here in Windhelm - "Suicide."" General (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Windhelm 10
"Across the river to the northeast lies Yngol Barrow. Steer clear of that foul place, lest the walking dead claim you as their own." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 18
"You hear the news? There's a dragon roosting up on Mount Anthor, to the northwest." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 19
"Maybe you've seen masts sticking out of the water to the northeast? That would be the wreck of the Winter War. Fine vessel, back in its day." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 20
"The Eye of Talos was a fine ship, once. Now it lies wrecked, off an island just north of here." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 21
"I've no problem with Orcs. But that stronghold they've got in the southeast? Narzulbur? It's an affront to my people." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 22
"Tell me you've seen them. Those... things. Small and evil, like something out of a nightmare. They come from Stillborn Cave, to the north. I know it." Provides a location to the player (Windhelm guard)
Guard Quote Loc 23
"Hard to believe I ever complained about Riften being cold..." General (Winterhold guard)
Guard Quote Winterhold 1
"Winterhold belongs to Skyrim, not the Imperials, or the Mages." General (Winterhold guard)
Guard Quote Winterhold 2
"Keep clear of the College, and keep yourself out of trouble." General (Winterhold guard)
Guard Quote Winterhold 3
"If you're here for sight-seeing, well then you've seen the sights. Might as well head somewhere warmer." General (Winterhold guard)
Guard Quote Winterhold 4
"Take care if you're venturing too far from town. That's a bitter wind coming off the Sea of Ghosts." General (Winterhold guard)
Guard Quote Winterhold 5

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Trivia

  • All guards encountered during the quest No One Escapes Cidhna Mine cannot be bribed, persuaded or intimidated. The chosen option(s) will always fail no matter how high the Dragonborn's Speech skill level is and the only viable course of action is to engage in combat or give in to the arrest.
  • Sometimes if Guards see a dead body and the Dragonborn happens to be next to it, they will ask if they know about it. A bad choice of dialogue options can lead the Guards to throw the Dragonborn in jail if they refuse to co-operate.
  • Guards are not fooled by the invisibility spell when attempting an arrest.
  • Guards are not affected by either Calm, Fury, or Fear spells even if they are master-leveled. They are, however, affected by Courage spells.
  • Guards saying "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll" is a reference to several other Bethesda games where the theft of a sweetroll is treated as an ongoing joke.
  • The arrow in the knee quote has become a popular internet meme, often associated with the Whiterun Guards despite it being said by any Guard.

Bugs

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  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  , 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.

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  • Ask a Hold Guard

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    • Do you mind if I start a religion of you mr.gaurd?
    • *A Guard appearently wakes up at Whiterun Barracks and comes up to nearest standing person* No Lollygaggin'
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    • I've also noticed that if your wanted in dawnstare (and I swear I hate this because He always popps up) for maybe a week or so time in g...
    • Whiterun Hold and The Pale are right next to each other. Were you saw that Paleguard was most likely the border.

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