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An Adventure: If you come across a Prisoner...

Discussion in 'General Skyrim Discussion' started by Laok, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Laok

    Laok New Member

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    I was journeying along just east of Helgen, at the shrine of Clavicus Vile, when I stumbled across three Thalmor and a prisoner. Like any good Nord I quickly gutted the Thalmor, and gave the prisoner one of the sets of Elven armor, a magnificent glass mace, and a ruby and sent him on his way.

    After finishing looting the bodies (and tossing one off a cliff for good measure) I set out again, incidentally in the same direction as the prisoner. Just a few turns of the trail later I came across him fighting some wolves, with his bare hands and in rags, and well let's just say he wasn't winning. So I dispatched the wolves for him and decided if he was too stubborn to put on the beautiful armor or use the mace, I would escort him safely to where ever he was headed. Truthfully I expected him to vanish at the next bend, or stop until I left, but no... No, he just took off headlong down the mountain.

    So our journey began, a ragged prisoner with the endurance of a Kenyan, and me lagging behind with fifteen stamina potions at the ready. We quickly descended past Helgen, he paused to look at the burned corpses, but it didn't phase him one bit. We killed some rogue mages and a sabre cat by the time we reached Riverwood. I thought he might enter a building there and be lost forever, but no he just tromped right across the bridge towards Whiterun and shortly thereafter right past Whiterun...

    We reached Valtheim Towers as night set in, and our running attracted the attention of far too many bandits. Luckily the door and stairway prevented Mr. Prisoner-in-Rags-but-thinks-he's-a-Hero from charging past and getting a sword to the neck. I bravely took the bandits one by one and as soon as the last one fell the prisoner took the trail yet again, albeit sporting an arrow in his shoulder.

    Now I knew for sure he was headed straight for Windhelm. He displayed some rather ingenious strategies at this point, while he had spent the entire trip on the trail when suddenly he veered off into the brush and jumped in the water avoiding a bridge with people walking along it. He cut a few corners and before I knew it we crested a hill and Windhelm was in sight. We, well, I breathed a sigh of relief (I don't think he even breathes, the guy's a machine) as we got to the last turn.

    Then, of course ,right as we were so close to our goal, a snow wolf jumped out of nowhere and nails the prisoner. I turned to look, see a flash, pull my trusty right trigger, and do one of those super cool cutscene stabbings by catching the second wolf in mid leap. When I turned back to the prisoner he is staggered to his knees. Thankfully the snow wolf saw me as the bigger threat and turned to attack me. I put the animal down as quickly as possible (I just can't bear the yelping) and waited for Mr. I'm-not-so-brave-anymore-prisoner to stand up. We marched right up to the gate of Windhelm and I waited as the former prisoner entered the city...

    To my surprise when I entered he was right there beside to me. Without skipping a beat, he sprinted at his usual pace straight past Candlehearth Hall (You'd think you would want a drink after running across half of Skyrim, I know I did) and entered into the Palace of the Kings.

    I followed right behind, and then lo and behold he stood next to the door with a mace on his hip. Still to proud to put the armor on... But there he was alive and back home. I assume he's still there. I waited for him two days and two nights and he scarcely moved. I must say that man is nothing if not diligent.

    And there ends my tale. I was offered naught an ounce of gold, not a word of thanks, yet I know one man lives today, that without me, would either be being tortured in some Thalmor prison, or in the stomach of some wolf, sabre cat, hungry necromancer, or hibernating bear or who knows what.

    So the next time you come across a prisoner, take him home! It's not okay to just free him, it's essentially a death sentence, this world is a dangerous place, and frankly he's an idiot.
     
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    Amazing, and kudo's for bein such a good dude. I dont even unbind their hands before i kill them and ressurect their dead bodies just to kill them again.
     
  3. Laok

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    That's terrible haha!

    I was just surprised they actually went somewhere. It is amazing to me you can follow a random completely npc across a map to somewhere specific. He did disappear sadly after I left Windhelm and then returned.

    I wish somehow they helped the cause, or had impact or something.
     
  4. Ebony Knight

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    Lol this is awesome and hilarious Laok. Definitely something else to smack onto my "Syrim to-do list".
     
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    Awsome.....from now on.....i will proved...what can only be called i supose.... an escort service for convicts :D
     
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    a Necromancers gotta do what a Necromancers gotta do.
     
  7. A5ko

    A5ko Dual-Wielding Dragon Destroyer

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    It's a shame you can't be arrested by the wandering Thalmor guards by yelling "Talos rules" at their face.
     
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    Ebony Knight Lore Sword

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    Lol not sure why but I pictured a scrawny little imperial doing this while running up butt naked and throwing around "metal horns"!
     
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    everytime i try to free one of the thalmor prisoners he ends up attacking me. and always have to end up killing him anyway. how did you get him to not attack you?
     
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    Don't hit him first lol
     
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    i never hit the prisoners i run up untie them tell him to run and pumble the thalmor as they go after him. he then always comes after me and for some reason i always take his head off. ive ran into these guys atleast 15 times the bodies are strewn all around the area of the thalmore embassy.
     
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    What a great tale. Reminds me of my first time I released a prisoner being led by the Thalmor. We ventured together through many a harsh blizzard and fought off hoards of wolves and even a frost troll. I thought he surely was a goner when the trost troll appeared, but he, to my surprise, fighted the frost troll bravely with only his bare fists.

    After this triumph, we proceeded through the icy tundra only for us to be taken off guard by a sabercat. This was his last fight unfortunately and I was very saddened by the fact he didn't make it home. I didn't want to leave his body without giving him any respects, so i dropped a few mountain flowers on his lifeless body and dragged him to the nearest river.
     
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    to bad you cant make a wooden rafdt and light it on fire viking style.
     
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    I know! Every so often I'll run across a little boat along the water's edge, but there wasn't any where I was located unfortunately.
     
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    that sucks
     
  16. Dragon Bourne

    Dragon Bourne Long Live Paarthurnax!

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    I have to know... Did you at least pickpocket back your loaned armor or was that just a gift? Better man than me, I would have sent his ragged ass packing.
     
  17. Laok

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    Gift, I don't really need the money and I wear heavy armor anyways. Still bummed they don't put it on.

    And I usually attack the Thalmor first and then talk to the guy, just try and draw the Thalmor away away from the prisoner. Another time trying to follow one he literally made it 20 ft before killing himself by running into some rocks from a bandit trap... The prisoners are just pretty fragile.
     
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    I take the attitude that if they're too stupid and cowardly to allow themselves to be caught in the first place, f***f em!
     
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    Dragon Bourne Long Live Paarthurnax!

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    Ever since I read this thread I have been paying attention to wandering Thalmor and have yet to see any with a prisoner. Did have them help me kick the pl*ps out of some Foreswarn though. Was AWESOME, I was a mile away watching the battle then wandered in and looted them all!

    UPDATE: I did finally get to set two prisoners free! First one I gave a dagger and some armor, second one I just let brawl his way free! Hillarious!
     
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    Letting him go means you have bounty for killing the Thalmor?
     

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