"Excuse me, but do you know anything about this house? Seen anyone enter or leave?"
―Vigilant Tyranus[src]

Vigilant Tyranus is an Imperial witchblade who is dedicated to driving off Daedra and their followers. He is typically found in the city of Markarth, outside of the Abandoned House.


Tyranus asks the Dragonborn to help him while he investigates a possible Daedric Cult in an Abandoned House. During the raid, objects float across the room, apparently moved by some sort of a mystical force. A disembodied voice tells the Dragonborn to kill Tyranus. If they do not respond, Tyranus is driven mad by the disembodied voice and will say "it's you or me," then attacks. In any case, Tyranus must be killed so that the Dragonborn can exit the Abandoned House.



Tyranus "So you don't know anything about this house?"
Yngvar "No."
Tyranus "Anyone seen entering or leaving? Any strange lights or unusual noises?"
Yngvar "It's abandoned and it's always been abandoned."


This section contains bugs related to Vigilant Tyranus. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • Tyranus may sometimes attack on sight. This is caused by eventually having Daedric Artifacts one's inventory whilst walking near him. Markarth guards may or may not attack Tyranus until he takes a knee: he cannot be killed, as he is essential. Violent retaliation by the Dragonborn is not considered a crime; however, Tyranus will not desist until the Dragonborn leaves Markarth via the City gate, and gets far enough away from him to break the chase.
    •  360   This can sometimes be remedied by entering the Temple of Dibella's Inner Sanctum.
    •  PS3   PS4   This can also be fixed by removing any bounty one may have in the hold, regardless of amount.
    •  PS4   Will attack you if there are any stolen items in your inventory.
    • If you have a sufficient calm spell he may be quelled.
  •  360   PS3   Tyranus may sometimes never stand outside The Abandoned House. This can sometimes be fixed by leaving the city via the gate and then going back inside. Another problem is that he can be stuck on the stairs right outside the city gate.

 XB1   Tyrannus may spawn right outside of the Markarth main gates in the river off to the right. After initiating conversation, he will float down a short distance and walk normally.

  • Tyranus can also appear near the horse cart outside the city.
  •  360   PS3   This can be fixed by the Dragonborn talking to Tyranus and initiate the quest "The House of Horrors." He will then enter the city.
  • If Tyranus is attacked, the quest may go into the completed section, saying Tyranus is dead and the quest failed, even if he is still alive.
  •  360   PS3   If one cannot find Vigilant Tyranus, they can go to the Silver-Blood Inn and ask the tender about rumors, who will give his location.
  •  PS3   Tyranus may attack every Markarth guard in the area.
  •  PS3   PS4   Tyranus may disappear if Markarth is taken by the Stormcloaks and The House of Horrors has not yet been completed.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Vigilant Tyranus

  • Abandoned house in Markarth

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    • old post but, would anyone know the necessary console commands to enter the house? im having the same problem
    • you can use the command unluck
  • House of Horrors

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    • He is essential if you think he actually died
    • If you don't even have the quest in your journal he probably is still essential barring some bug, according to the...