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Penitus Oculatus Insignia

Detail of the insignia of Penitus Oculatus, as seen in Skyrim.

The Penitus Oculatus is a non-joinable faction in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. After the fall and disbanding of the Blades and the signing of the White-Gold Concordat, the Penitus Oculatus were created to serve as the Empire's security and law enforcers, as well the Emperor's bodyguards. They serve as the primary antagonists during the Dark Brotherhood questline, providing the Dragonborn with a possibility to eradicate the Dark Brotherhood faction in Skyrim.

BackgroundEdit

During the Stormcloak Rebellion, the organization was led by Commander Maro and his second in command and son, Gaius Maro. Agents of the Penitus Oculatus only appear in Skyrim outside of their outpost in Dragon Bridge during the Dark Brotherhood questline, after the Dark Brotherhood is contacted by Amaund Motierre to assassinate Titus Mede II, the Emperor of Cyrodiil during the time of the Last Dragonborn. Respawning Penitus Oculatus agents can be encountered in Solitude and Castle Dour during the events of To Kill an Empire, and inside of the Falkreath Sanctuary during the events of Death Incarnate.

MembersEdit

Infernal CityEdit

The Penitus Oculatus also appear in The Infernal City and Lord of Souls. Known members include, but are not limited to:

SkyrimEdit

Generic MembersEdit

Penitus Oculatus Agents can be encountered as Spellswords, Warriors, and Archers, and are all equipped in their signature armor. Spellswords are equipped with an Imperial Sword and a selection of low-level spells. Archers are equipped with an Imperial Bow, Iron Arrows, and an Iron Dagger. Warriors wield an Imperial Sword and an Imperial Shield. It is possible to loot this unique armor set upon the death of a Penitus Oculatus agent, or simply using console commands.

QuestsEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • After completing "To Kill an Empire," two Penitus Oculatus Agents will start guarding the entrance to Castle Dour alongside the regular Imperial guards. If the agents are shot with a bow, they will almost instantly be turned hostile and killed by the guards surrounding them, meaning that the Penitus Oculatus faction may not be allied with the Guard or Imperial Legion faction in-game.
  • The three Penitus Oculatus Agents that spawn after completing To Kill an Empire inside the Solitude Windmill are levelled NPCs, the two on the East facing wall are weaker than the one facing the West wall. It will take about 50 damage to kill the East facing pair and about 75 damage to kill the West facing agent instantly.
  • Even after the real death of Emperor Titus Mede II, two agents can be found in the courtyard of Castle Dour. These will respawn if killed.
  • A Corrupt Penitus Oculatus Agent is a possible contact during The Dark Brotherhood Forever.
  • The Penitus Oculatus (and possibly the Blades) are likely based on the Praetorian guard, a force in the Roman empire formed to protect the emperor.
  • Penitus Oculatus is Latin. It may be an attempt to translate "Inner Eye," but it is literally "Inward Seeing" or "Seeing Within."[1]

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Penitus Oculatus. 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  , 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.
  •  PS3   After the Dark Brotherhood questline, some of the remaining Penitus Oculatus can be killed without acquiring a bounty. Strangely enough, the town guards assist in killing them. They are also immobile and respawn in the spiral staircase in the Solitude Windmill, accessible by the gated doorway below the arch that separates the market and housing area. They will not attack if the Dragonborn approaches them, but will appear as enemies. They can also be used to level up as long as they are not killed (they also seem to not regenerate health).
  • If the Stormcloaks take Solitude, several non-hostile Penitus Oculatus Agents can be found around the city. Attacking them may incur a bounty, but the guards will not intervene.
  • The agents encountered at the end of To Kill an Empire will also respawn and will stand in an inaccessible part of the castle tower. These agents will inhibit fast-travelling, as they are always registered as hostiles when within the Dragonborn's vicinity.
    •  PC   If the agents in the tower are approached with the help of console commands, they will not attack, even when attacked themselves. Killing them will not incur a bounty.
    • The poison effect of the Ebony Mail can possibly kill them.
  • Two agents may remain outside Castle Dour at either side of the door when the Dark Brotherhood (Skyrim) questline is completed.
    • If the Civil War questline is not complete/started, the agents may appear alongside the regular Imperial soldiers.

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References

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    • It used to happen to me in a distant game back in 2011.Not sure if it was patched officially or if it is fixed by Unnofical Skyrim Patch,thoug...
    • <div class="quote">98.112.220.29 wrote:<br />after the dark brotherhood questline whenever I went into solitude and for s...
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    • Thanks for the interesting discussion! Since "Inner Eye" is patently incorrect, I have updated the page to try to reflect a consen...
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