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I've just built my very first house (Heartfire DLC). I went downstairs and I had to fight 5 skeevers. Will they respawn? Can bandits vandalise my house/stables/etc.? Can a follower stay there forever and take care of those circumstances?

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I never had mobs spawn in my house, but I regularly had thieves, giants and other nuisances right outside of my home.

And neither my housecarl nor anyone else took care of them. My assumption is that they do not spawn unless you are there.

The skeevers are an exception to appear as a house pest in the cellar. You wive might alert you that she heard something. You can also keep one of them as a pet if you have kids.

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Really?! Kids playing with skeevers? Don't they know skeevers are not dogs? –  user26147 Mar 18 '13 at 22:46
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@user26147 "Don't they know skeevers are not dogs?" Tell that to Arvena Thelas. –  galacticninja Mar 20 '13 at 5:45
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Yep. Mob spawning location isn't random; it's controlled by mob spawner nodes built into the landscape and buildings. (And yes, they only activate when the player is nearby.) There are none inside the house apart from the skeever one, so you'll never have bandits chewing your cellar barrels looking for grain, only rats. –  SevenSidedDie Mar 20 '13 at 5:56

In fact, bandits have spawned inside my house. And giants, wolves and bandits outside. I don't know if it's a glitch or something, but the answer to the question is a solid YES.

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