Escaped Criminal is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a radiant guild quest. In order to start this quest, the Dragonborn must join The Companions guild in Whiterun, and request work from either Skjor or Vilkas.
- Kill the escaped criminal
- Speak to the quest giver
A prisoner has escaped and the Companions have been hired to track down and kill them. The Dragonborn must track and eliminate the prisoner. Afterwards, return to Skjor or Vilkas to receive a leveled reward of gold.
In order to obtain this quest, the Dragonborn will need to talk to Skjor or Vilkas, depending on how far they are within the Companions questline, who will request that they track down and eliminate an escaped prisoner within a specific hold. The difficulty is in locating the prisoner, as they will continue to move, and should their location be fast traveled to, they may have moved. Several considerations should be noted, including:
- The prisoner may seek refuge within a bandit hideout.
- If the prisoner is killed before the Dragonborn can reach them, the quest will still complete as if the Dragonborn did eliminate them. Likewise, if the prisoner is killed by NPCs (e.g. town guards, Imperial soldiers, bandits, etc.,) the quest will still complete as if the Dragonborn eliminated them.
- In order to remove any possibility of incurring a bounty, the prisoner can be talked to, triggering them to immediately attack the Dragonborn.
- The prisoner will keep to using roads, and as such, if the Dragonborn waits along a road, it is possible that the prisoner will pass by, unless they reach a bandit hideout.
- Should the prisoner be confronted while traveling through or towards a town, it is possible that the local residents and guards will assist in eliminating them.
|Escaped Criminal – CR07|
|10||There is an escaped criminal wandering <Alias=LocationHold>. I'm supposed to track <Alias.PronounObj=Criminal> down and kill <Alias.PronounObj=Criminal>.
|20||I killed an escaped criminal in <Alias=LocationHold>.
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|The Companions Quests|
|Main Quest||Take Up Arms • Proving Honor • The Silver Hand • Blood's Honor • Purity of Revenge • Glory of the Dead|
|Radiant Quests||Animal Extermination • Hired Muscle • Trouble in Skyrim • Family Heirloom • Escaped Criminal |
Rescue Mission • Striking the Heart • Stealing Plans • Retrieval
Totems of Hircine • Purity • Dragon Seekers