Is there a way to keep the Rueful axe and get Clavicus's Mask? I thought you could kill Barbas after receiving the mask, but he is a statue now. Did I miss my chance?
In this particular quest, you can not get both items as reward.
You either kill Barbas (poor mutt) and keep the Rueful Axe.
Hand the axe to Clavicus Vile and receive his true daedric artifact, viz. the Masque of Clavicus Vile.
Important thing to note here is that only the Masque of Clavicus Vile counts towards the Oblivion Walker achievement.
I did try to be clever and decided not to kill Barbas before he turned to stone. This glitched my game worse than ever. Clavicus Vile's statue disappeared.
Please see this page on UESP for further information.
I haven't tried this myself so don't blame me if it doesn't work :p
I have all updates as of 7/4/2013 (Happy Independence Day), playing on the PS3 and I am able to place quest item (weapons) on weapon racks so whomever says otherwise is full of it.
You can get the axe and the masque, don't listen to that other great answer, because I figured out a way thanks to another comment on another site i saw, but simply changed it a bit. Once given the option too kill Barbus or not quit out of the option screen then save (this is not required, but highly recommended). Once done so go around the statue and open the bared door (if you haven't already) then jump on the chest then on the statue head looking towards the pathway out and make sure you got at least the first shout of whirlwind sprint. talk to him again and say No to killing Barbus, but then quickly press be once you selected it use your whirlwind sprint and get out of the cave! finally once out of the cave quickly quick travel to white run then again use the shout to get to you house. once entering the house put the axe on the weapon rack and afterwards leave again. If you don't got the axe keep on trying until you get it on the weapon rack and be sure before doing all of this you own a house and a weapon rack in that house in Whiterun and have at least one whirlwind sprint shout equipped and I also prefer wearing light armor and your weapon put away. After i left my home I'm not quit sure you have to return to the cave, but i did then i randomly while in the cave got the masque and then returned to my house and still had the axe on the weapon rack.
Easy, just press ` to open the console:
If you have taken the axe, type
protected by galacticninja Nov 2 '13 at 8:57
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