I just became thane in Whiterun and was wondering, What crimes can you get away with as thane, and how many times can you use your rank as an excuse for crime?

  • I'd say exact duplicate.
    – MaxBedlam
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 7:53

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The thane title can allow you to get away with a murder once and numerous smaller crimes. If your bounty is really low, like from a single lockpicking, just say "Do you really have time for this?" No reason to use the Thane option. Also:

guards will forgive your bounty up to 1999 gold (once per hold).

Source: Thane and Crime articles at UESP

  • If you're going to copy-paste things like "Guards will forgive your bounty up to 1999 gold (once per hold)." you really need to cite your source. Not doing so is plagiarism, and in this case is additionally a violation of the copyright license of the UESP wiki. Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 7:27
  • @SevenSidedDie Then why don't you edit it? I have looked into this and the content falls under "Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License" which means you need to name the writer of the specific text, even if you alter the quote. But where can we find the original author of it? I cannot find him/her.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 8:12
  • I cant find an owner so the content must belong to the site creator Dave Humphrey. I'm still not sure so i won't edit the original answer.
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 8:58
  • @MennoGouw According to the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic license page, "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor". And according to the UESPWiki: Copyright and Ownership page, "The copyright of a particular edit is owned by the user who made the edit" and "You must give attribution to the article from which the content was taken". Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 14:21
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    And StackExchange has very strict policies about attribution. Not providing attribution is plagiarism, and we delete that.
    – Frank
    Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 15:21

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