On my travels I often encounter Thalmor Justiciar escorting a prisoner. As a former prisoner, I once tried aiding him by slaying his escort. Sadly, the guards at the next village I encountered saw that as a vile crime.

So now I'm left wondering, why can't I kill these lone escorts, especially when there are no eye witnesses? Or are the Thalmor the good guys and should I let this criminal be taken to the block without inferring like a law-abiding citizen of Skyrim?

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    You know you can turn quest markers off for quests you're not actively pursuing, right? :P Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:44
  • I only follow the blue one I marked anyway @StrixVaria, besides I keep straying off the path to clear dungeons anyway :P
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:45
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    Title of this question had me thinking we were dealing with yet another dumb, misanthropic, misogynistic question about pixelated prostitutes. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:51
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz - be nice; I was just having fun with that question and it's since been closed :p
    – spugsley
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 0:17
  • Did you attack them first, if so that causes you a bounty. or maybe it was something else.
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 17, 2015 at 6:13

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No witnesses? What do you mean, no witnesses? You're leaving the prisoner alive, right? Well, that bloke may be a prisoner, but he still thinks pretty highly of the law.

If he sees you kill all those nambly-pambly elves, he's goin' to tattle to the nearest guard.

Ungrateful prisoner. -_-

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    Kill all the things. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:49
  • Indeed @StrixVaria, so you're saying I should kill them all and just run off with the loot?
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:51
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    @Ivo Isn't that the way the game is supposed to be played?
    – Arkive
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 22:57
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    No survivors means no witnesses. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 23:13
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    I've only run into a prisoner escort once, but after talking to the prisoner and freeing him, I was able to slaughter the guards with impunity. I only ended up with a 5 gold bounty, and I'm not positive I didn't have that already. ;-)
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 23:35

If you ask them about the cult of Thalos, enough to become a criminal in their eyes, they'll start attacking you. Since they attacked you first, you'll not have any bounty for killing them and freeing the prisoner.

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    You can also provoke them by freeing the prisoner by talking to him. Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 7:59

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