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Imitation Amnesty
Imitation Amnesty
Quest Giver Delvin Mallory
Location Whiterun
Prerequisite 5 small jobs for Delvin or Vex set in Whiterun
Next Quest Under New Management
Reward Enchanted ring (leveled)
Faction Thieves Guild
Type Thieves Guild side quest

City Influence Quest

Quest ID TGTQ03
Imitation Amnesty is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


After completing five Small Jobs in Whiterun, Delvin Mallory receives an urgent missive from Olfrid Battle-Born, a wealthy Nord residing in Whiterun. It appears that Arn, an old friend of Olfrid, who was incarcerated inside Whiterun's prison, committed a serious crime in Solitude that will result in his execution. The guards in Whiterun do not know of Arn's identity, and Olfrid intends to forge Arn a new identity in order to avoid his execution.


  1. Speak to Olfrid Battle-Born
  2. Forge the prison registry
  3. Steal the letter incriminating Arn
  4. Return to Olfrid Battle-Born


Head to Olfrid Battle-Born in Whiterun. He will tell the Dragonborn that they need to do two things: steal a letter from the Jarl's quarters and change the prisoner registry in the Steward's quarters.

Now go to Dragonsreach, the Jarl's palace. Walk up the stairs to the right of the Jarl's throne and enter the door on the left to the Jarl's quarters. The prison registry is on a table in the room immediately to the right. Activate it to forge necessary information.

There are three guards usually walking around. Up the stairs in the next room, go right to the Jarl's study/office area and take the letter from the desk. On the desk is a skill book as well: Before the Ages of Man. Read it for a point in Illusion. Now exit the castle and return to Olfrid. He may be in the Drunken Huntsman. He is quite pleased with this and promises his support for the Thieves' Guild.

Upon completion of this quest, a random enchanted leveled ring will be received.


Journal Entry

Olfrid Battle-Born, a wealthy Nord residing in Whiterun, has requested assistance from the Thieves Guild.

  • Objective: Speak to Olfrid Battle-Born

Olfrid Battle-Born has a good friend residing in Whiterun's jail who is slated for execution. In order to free him, a prisoner registry in the steward of Whiterun's quarters must be changed and a letter stolen from the Jarl's quarters in Dragonsreach.

  • Objective: Steal the letter incriminating Arn
  • Objective: Forge the prison registry
  • Objective: Return to Olfrid Battle-Born

Arn is now a free man and the Thieves Guild can now count on Olfrid Battle-Born as an influential ally in Whiterun.

  • Quest complete


  • Becoming Thane of Whiterun before this quest will grant the Dragonborn access to all of Dragonsreach without any consequences, making this quest a lot easier.
  • For those wishing to avoid starting the main quest when entering Dragonsreach, simply exit out of conversation with Irileth when she approaches, go into sneak, and go upstairs. She will not follow or pester the Dragonborn about why they are here.
  • When starting this quest, Delvin's subtitles use improper grammar, resulting in Battle-Borns to become Battle-Born's even though they don't have any possession in the sentence.
  • Even though Olfrid mentions that Arn's identity can be changed to anything the Dragonborn wants, there's no option for the player to actually choose a new name for Arn while forging the registry.
  • You can talk to Olfrid and tell him the job is done then leave the speech and save before the notification that  quest is completed and just load it until you get a ring that you would like the most.


This section contains bugs related to Imitation Amnesty. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
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  • When looking for Olfrid, he may get stuck in the door of House Battle-Born. He will still be there, but invisible.

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