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I encountered Tallboys on Lady Boyle's Last Party, blink-jumped behind them and assassinated them, making the frame drop to the ground. I could not, however, find any body to hide left amongst the rubble. Also, as I dropped back down to the ground, I fell on a guardsman, and assassinated him. His body still remained, so I was very confused by this.

Which leads me to the question, do tallboys count as found bodies, and if so, how do you hide them?

UPDATE: Apparently the body would disappear with Shadow Kill, but then does the wreckage of the tall boy count for chaos if found?

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I am more interested in how much chaos goes up due to this. –  ヴァイシャリ Oct 23 '12 at 15:52
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Do you have the Shadow Kill skill? This would account for the disappearing Tall Boy body. –  AdamP Oct 23 '12 at 23:23
    
Ah... that makes sense, though does the frame lying there increase chaos? It would seem that the frame is just as good as the body to be discovered. If you kill without SK is a body laying about to be hidden? –  wraith808 Oct 24 '12 at 0:54
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@AdamP Shouldn't the guard he also killed, also disappear with Shadow Kill? –  galacticninja Oct 24 '12 at 9:29
    
@wraith808 I am interested in knowing if NPCs will notice a downed tall boy (just the frame or stilts) without a body (hidden or shadow-killed). Could you add this into the question? –  galacticninja Oct 24 '12 at 9:31
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I reckon the tallboy body (not including its frame/stilts/wreckage) will be treated like a normal body, and could be found if not hidden properly.

But the tallboy's frame/stilts/wreckage, based on my test, does NOT count as a 'dead body', even if the enemy found out all about it.

To test, I played Lady Boyle's Last Party, and finished that mission with '0 dead or unconscious bodies found' in the mission stats. I had Shadow Kill, and always killed stealthily so this will ensure that no bodies will be found at all.

I then loaded a savegame made near the mission exit. After that, I proceeded to kill a nearby tallboy stealthily, then hid and shot a crossbow bolt at the tallboy's wreckage, alerting a nearby guard to check out the wreckage:
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After I proceeded to finish the mission, the missions stats still say that there are '0 dead or unconscious bodies found'.

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+1 - I have to say, I love your scientific method to answering questions. Thanks! :) –  wraith808 Oct 26 '12 at 13:11
    
@wraith808 I'm curious about the same thing in the question; I might as well test it. =) –  galacticninja Oct 27 '12 at 3:25
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