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How can I steal things without getting caught?

In Shieldring Keep, I have picked the lock on a side room chest. There is a patrolling guard who exits the room and walks far away, yet when I attempt to loot the chest, my chance of discovery is always above 90%. Why? What can I do to improve (lower) discovery chances?

I am playing rogue, bow/fae blade and wearing all light armor.

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marked as duplicate by FAE, Jason Berkan, jwaddell, Sterno, Fluttershy Feb 16 '12 at 14:22

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Duplicate? gaming.stackexchange.com/q/48769/3062 –  Sterno Feb 15 '12 at 11:49

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I've noticed the sneak mechanic in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a fickle mistress. From what I can tell, if anyone saw you in the vicinity at any point, even when you sneak they'll still be aware of your presence.

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Even though I'm not in anyone's direct line of sight, they're still alert to my presence when sneaking. To remedy this, you can simply wait in that same spot for a short period of time. Their awareness will gradually decrease over time, resulting in:

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As that meter decreases, your chance of being caught while stealing will also decrease!

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Thank you, this was the problem. I had to simply wait longer for him to patrol back and forth for the "eye" to go down through the walls. –  Digital X Feb 15 '12 at 8:48
    
This actually makes sense. If a guard hears a muffled click just after he's seen a guy in a hood head upstairs, he's a little more likely to check it out... –  deworde Feb 15 '12 at 13:34

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