Dec 11, 2011

Skyrim: Markarth Guard Glitch SOLVED (UPDATED!)

So, I finished off one of the missions in Skyrim (where you have to raid an underground prison) and afterward, the Markarth guards always told me to "HALT!" and no matter what I tried to do, they attacked.  Paying the fine didn't work, taking me to jail just stuck the game in some weird loop, etc.

This fix worked for me, but I had to do it TWICE.  You may need to do it more than once as well.  I think it has to do with the particular hex code for certain guards (male/female).

Here is the Markarth Guard fix:
  1. Walk up to a guard
  2. When the guard says, "You've committed crimes against Markarth," DO NOT choose any options.
  3. With the dialog waiting, press the tilde key (~) to open the command console.
  4. Click on the guard's HEAD (note: must be HEAD!) and you will see a hex code on the screen.
  5. Type: paycrimegold and hit enter.
  6. You will be teleported to a new, random location in Markarth.
  7. Press the tilde (~) key again (this will exit the command console).
  8. IF YOU ARE ATTACKED, keep looking around for a guard to question you then repeat the steps above.
  9. UPDATE NOTE: If this doesn't stop some guards from attacking on spot, try this:
    1. Press the tilde key
    2. Type: setstage MS02 250 and hit enter
    3. This should set the game to the "Thonar has granted me pardon" though no actual on-screen message will appear.
Like I said, I had to do this TWICE (once on a female guard and once on a male guard) before they stopped attacking me all the time.

Hope this helps someone out there.  I found the original info on Neoseeker or some other forum, but it did not say anything about possibly doing it more than once.

**Disclaimer: there a LOT of things you can do inside the command console. What you do in there is on your own head, not mine!