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I was doing the quest the drunkard gives you to steal the ale from the bannered mare in Whiterun and I was spotted. I had several followers with me, which as soon as the owner spotted me and unsheathed their weapons was massacred by them, as well as every guard, and somehow, the Jarl.

Now, if I go near it I'm attacked on sight, and even if I die, when I respawn the bounty hasn't lowered. There are still a few companions quests I want to do, and I have loot in Breezehome so I would really hate to have to avoid it.

Also my last save was 5 hours previously so I don't want to reload either.

I've also tried leaving for a while, but that didn't work.

Any clues as to what I could do?


I tried gong back and I was arrested. The Jarl's still dead though.

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pc or console? if pc, have you looked at the list of console commands? – Colin D Aug 23 '12 at 20:48
Sorry my bad, it's PS3. – Aurayne Aug 23 '12 at 20:50
If it's really solved, please accept the appropriate answer – SSumner Aug 24 '12 at 19:50
Hi, Aurayne, welcome to Arqade! We don't close solved questions, as closing is meant for duplicates, or unclear questions. Since your question got solved, if the answer below didn't solve it, add your own answer below that. Arqade is meant to help anyone that would have this problem, now or in the future. – Frank Aug 24 '12 at 19:52
Hello,thanksfor clarifying. :) – Aurayne Aug 24 '12 at 22:36
up vote 2 down vote accepted

You never respawn in Skyrim, the game reloads to the last save, so your bounty will naturally not decrease. You should eventually be tracked down by a bounty hunter and get the chance to repay your bounty + 20% for his troubles. It should, but is not guaranteed, to fix the problem. The death of the jarl could be problematic in the long run, however, if he is indeed dead.

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Ah, thanks for that. That's gonna be one expensive bounty. x.X – Aurayne Aug 23 '12 at 21:47

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