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I do know I can kill them using a bow and nobody will care, if I don't get noticed.

Does it have any side effects? I do know that they "help" me when a dragon attacks, but they are useless and I have to kill the dragon myself. Is it ok to kill all the guards? will they re-spawn?

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just make sure you shoot them in the knee. – Alex Dec 21 '11 at 15:44
Sometimes I get bored and I shoot an arrow in their knee. – ヴァイシャリ Dec 21 '11 at 15:44
Heehee. Must try to stop making that joke now, it'll be ruined soon! :) – Alex Dec 21 '11 at 15:47
Eventually the Joke will be sitting in a pub and saying "I used to be funny, until I got an arrow in the knee." – Kevin D Dec 21 '11 at 15:59
Just make sure you also kill any witnesses. – JD Isaacks Dec 21 '11 at 18:35
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Guards do respawn, so if they don't notice you killing a guard it doesn't make that much of a difference.

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You can pretty much kill everyone you like in Skyrim, however there are consequences if you are caught. If you kill a guard without anyone seeing you, you will have no witness to the crime, and should be in the clear.

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coming from Oblivion or Morrowind its very weird that you can do it. – IAdapter Dec 21 '11 at 14:52
One should note the exception of "essential" NPCs: – Iszi Feb 12 '12 at 4:30

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