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Can I just kill hunters if I want to? I hate them, because it was a hunter that set bounty on me, because I stole from her. The guys that came for me were super-strong and I was a very low level, I was lucky I beat them.

Can I kill any hunter I see? Is there any downside to it? (except selling stuff)

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Oh, so it's HER fault that you stole from her. – GnomeSlice Dec 17 '11 at 23:03
@GnomeSlice Exactly. She's been hunting and fishing in these parts for years. – brymck Dec 18 '11 at 14:14
@GnomeSlice I was alone, hungry and scared. level1! – IAdapter Dec 18 '11 at 18:20
@IAdapter Yeah, that last bit - about you being level 1 - is exactly why you shouldn't have messed with her. Duh. – Iszi Feb 20 '13 at 14:47

Skyrim lets you kill most people. The worst that can happen as a result of your (mis)deeds is preventing yourself from starting / finishing a particular quest or misc. objective.

If the character does not have an actual name, i.e., Hunter, Bandit, or Markarth Guard, they are totally killable (and in fact, tend to respawn after a few days) with no real consequences (other than potential bounty / murder related issues involved with killing them in the first place).

See here for more info about killing important people.

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Also note that you can kill some merchants, and not all merchants have successors who will run the store for them. – Iszi Feb 20 '13 at 14:41

So long as you are careful to avoid the bounty I'd guess you should be OK. Also: there may be others settings bounty hunters on you, be wary of those if you are low level.

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I'm not mid-level, so I can beat almost anybody :) I will show those hunters! – IAdapter Dec 17 '11 at 23:03
Almost gave this a -1 for not mentioning the potential of killing quest-givers, but then realized the question was more specific than its title. Fixed title. – Iszi Feb 20 '13 at 14:40

Yes you can kill them you just have to be very careful because if other important/ main character or "guest givers" are there then you will get a bounty, but other times murders are sent after you along with really high leveled bounty hunters.

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