In Skyrim Special Edition (PC, Steam), I have committed no crimes at all in Markarth, have not yet met the Thieves Guild, and make sure to interact with people during merchants' business hours (8AM to 8PM). Yet, when I'm buying from merchants, cleansing the Hall of the Dead, or talking with anyone, I keep hearing "You don't belong here". The frequent alternate is "You need to leave". Huh? I'm doing that person a favor by investing in their business and/or buying product and they're telling me I don't belong there and I need to leave?

This isn't in relation to any quest. This is in relation to all interactions when I'm inside a building or room.

As a double-check, I've made sure:

  • I'm disease free (by drinking a cure disease potion)
  • I talked with a few guards to make sure I have no bounty.
  • I haven't joined either the Stormcloak or the Imperial faction. It does get annoying after a while hearing "You don't belong here" over and over again.
  • I've invested in all businesses possible and purchased goods from the merchants.
  • I am not a werewolf or vampire (I haven't started the Companions quest line, and on a matter of principle, I chug cure disease potions after every encounter with vampires).

Is this another item to dump on the stack of Markarth bugs? Why am I—at this point a crime-free visitor—getting this kind of treatment?

  • Are you a werewolf/vampire?
    – Ben
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 3:22
  • @ben -- I can say with certainty that I'm not a werewolf or vampire in-game at this time. I haven't started Companions and I frequently chug cure disease after every encounter with a vampire just in case. Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 3:36
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    Are you an elf? We all know how fond the true children of Skyrim are of elves.
    – Mixxiphoid
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 5:14
  • This behaviour can also be triggered by lockpicking and stealing, I believe. Maybe someone noticed you doing either. I've had problems with the priestess of Dibella running towards me after stealing something (pickpocketing?) and suddenly returning to her former behavioural pattern, without getting a bounty. Maybe the crime is still registered somewhere.
    – Joachim
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 15:59
  • And you're also not wearing Daedric artefacts, perchance?
    – Joachim
    Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 16:04

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Sounds like a bug involving trespass checks- perhaps it's registering you as having broken in when you enter buildings. I'd try saving, then allowing yourself to get caught actually trespassing, and see if that clears it.

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    That did the job. I started killing guards and got a huge bounty. I paid it off, and now I'm being treated normally. Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 23:01

Sometimes when you go into a building near closing hours the shopkeepers or whoever says it will say you don't belong here.

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