Runaway Criminal

Take note! This mission is not mandatory, but finishing it can bring you closer to unlocking the next major Companions mission.

You can receive this mission from Vilkas or Skjor. Once you agree to take on the task, you will be tasked with tracking down and killing a runaway criminal in a random location in the game world. Leave Whiterun and use fast travel to get to the location closest to the criminal. The challenge of this mission is that the bandit is constantly on the move, so you must make decisions in advance. It’s easier to catch the bandit on horseback (as shown in the screenshot above).

Depending on your preference, you can attack the bandit without warning (as shown in the screenshot above) or after a brief conversation with them. You should have no trouble defeating them. You can now return to the quest giver and claim your reward in gold.


1. What is an escaped criminal?

An escaped criminal is a person who has broken out of prison or jail and is on the run from law enforcement. They are considered dangerous and can pose a threat to society. They may have committed serious crimes such as murder, robbery, or assault.

2. How do escaped criminals evade capture?

Escaped criminals may use various methods to evade capture, such as changing their appearance, using false identities, or hiding in remote areas. They may also seek the help of others, such as friends or family members, to provide them with food, shelter, and transportation. In some cases, they may attempt to flee the country to avoid extradition.

3. What should you do if you encounter an escaped criminal?

If you encounter an escaped criminal, it is important to stay calm and avoid confronting them. Do not try to apprehend them yourself, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead, call the police immediately and provide them with any information you have about the criminal’s location or appearance.

4. What are the consequences for aiding an escaped criminal?

Aiding an escaped criminal is a serious crime that can result in criminal charges for the person providing assistance. Depending on the circumstances, they may be charged with harboring a fugitive, obstruction of justice, or accessory to a crime. These charges can carry significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment.

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