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I'm using the Become Ethereal shout to sneak past some guards, but they instantly walk up to me and give me "You've committed crimes" speech.

Why? How can I fix this? I'm on the PC.

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up vote 16 down vote accepted

Become Ethereal does not make you invisible, rather it stops you taking damage until it runs out or you take an action.

The invisibility spell or the Shadow Stone near Riften will make you invisible and able to sneak past the guards.

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Thanks. I guess I'm used to the "Ethereal Plane" meaning you are also on a different plane, and unable to be seen. – Zeno Jan 22 '12 at 23:46
You're welcome. That shout is also really useful for when you want to jump off tall things without dying. – Keith Kennedy Jan 23 '12 at 0:01

The Become Ethereal shout does not make you invisible. It only means you do not take or deal damage.

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Why did this receive a down vote? – Wipqozn Jan 22 '12 at 23:45
Odds are, someone didn't look at the timestamps. – Artless Jan 23 '12 at 0:38

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