Imperial Corruption is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Background[edit | edit source]

While the captains of the city watch are sworn to protect and serve, it is known by those under Audens Avidius' watch that he is corrupt. By law, the only person who can arrest a captain is a captain, and even then nobody is willing to come forward to press charges.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Starting the quest[edit | edit source]

While exploring the Temple District in the Imperial City, Ruslan or his friend Luronk gro-Glurzog may ask for a few septims to hold them off until payday. Whether or not money is given to them, they will explain that while at Jensine's "Good As New" Merchandise a captain of the city guard came in and accused them of theft. Despite their innocence and Jensine's defense of them, the guard told them to hand over their money or face time in the Imperial Prison.

Audens Avidius, the corrupt captain

Because they do not know what the captain's name is, they are unable to identify him. The only person who would know his identity would be Jensine.

The Hero must stop by her shop in the Market District and talk to her. If her disposition is above 70, she will reveal that not only was it Audens Avidius that robbed Ruslan and Luronk, but that Audens has been shaking down the city's shop owners at least once a month each.

Finding a captain to help[edit | edit source]

After giving up the name of the corrupt guard, she will add that she can't do anything because of his rank. She will state the only one who can arrest a captain is another captain, and they will not risk their jobs, much less lives, over this. She does give a suggestion that if any captain would be crazy enough to do it, it would probably be Hieronymus Lex from the Waterfront District.

Hieronymus Lex, who refuses to help

Lex refuses to help saying he is too busy with the Gray Fox, but believes Servatius Quintilius can help the Hero. He believes Servatius is new and brash enough to do something about it.

If one did the thieves guild quest "Taking Care of Lex" the Hero will be directed to Servatius Quintilius by Jensine instead.

Servatius will also refuse to help, he was only recently promoted and doesn't want to risk getting in trouble with the other captains so soon. He believes the Itius Hayn of the Elven Gardens District may be willing to help.

Bringing Audens Avidius to justice[edit | edit source]

Itius Hayn.

"These are very serious charges. If you can get two witnesses to testify against Audens Avidius, I'll arrest him. Otherwise I can't help you."
―Itius Hayn

Go and find Itius, during the day he is patrolling the streets. In the evening he can be found in The Foaming Flask and later in his chambers in the Northwest Watch Tower.

Itius Hayn will only listen to the crime if his disposition is at least 70. He will say that in order to arrest Audens, at least two eyewitnesses must agree to testify. Jensine will refuse to help out, stating that she would rather swim with slaughterfish than risk angering Audens. Luronk gro-Glurzog and Ruslan will need convincing but will soon agree to testify if it means Audens goes to jail.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Audens: "I'm surprised Itius. I didn't think even you would stoop to arresting a fellow Captain."
Itius: "Only those who break the law."

The arrest.

The next day, Ruslan and Luronk will go to Itius and press charges. Itius, now having everything he needs, will hunt down and confront Audens. When he finds him, he will arrest him for extortion and petty theft. Audens will surrender and allow himself to be taken to prison. At this stage there is no mapmarker so if one wants to see when he gets arrested, wait for Itius and follow him to see him arrest Audens.

After this, Carmalo Truiand will take Audens Avidius' place as city watch captain, and Audens will be placed in a cell in the Imperial City Prison. He will promise revenge for having his life ruined and swear to kill the person who put him in there.

Audens and the Hero fight.

About ten days after being arrested he will escape and start his hunt for the person responsible. When he finds them he will attack, causing others in the area to attack him. On his body is a note that he wrote in jail, that explains how he escaped and began his hunt for the Hero. This post-quest drama can be avoided by sneaking into the Bastion in the prison and killing Audens there. He will be unarmed and unarmored.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

Apparently there is a corrupt Imperial Watchman in the city. Luronk gro-Glurzog in the Temple district was complaining about him. Luronk ran afoul of him at Jensine's Merchandise in the market district. Luronk didn't have a name, but maybe Jensine does..

  • Update: After speaking to Jensine:

I spoke to Jensine in the Imperial market district about the corrupt watchman. She told me the same story as Ruslan and Luronk. The Imperial Watch Captain Audens Avidius is extorting money from the shopkeepers. They are all too afraid of him to do anything about it. I need to find someone with the authority to stop him. She says only another watch captain would be able to arrest him.

  • Update: After speaking to a guard:

The guards are no help. Any complaints about guard activities are to be taken to the guard captain. Of course Audens Avidius is one of the guard captains, so that won't work. I could try taling to one of the other Watch Captains.

  • Update: After speaking to Hieronymus Lex:

I tried reporting Audens Avidius to Hieronymus Lex, who is one of the other guard captains. He is busy chasing after the Gray Fox. He said I should try the third guard captain, Itius Hayn.

  • Update: After speaking to Itius Hayn:

Watch Captain Itius Hayn is willing to arrest Audens Avidius if I can produce two winesses that will publically accuse him. The only victims I know are Ruslan, Luronk gro-Grurzog, and Jensine. I'll need to talk to them.

  • Update: After speaking to Jensine:

Jensine refuses to testify against Audens Avidius. I don't think I can persuade her. I'll have to try the other two, Luronk and Ruslan.

  • Update: After speaking to Ruslan:

Ruslan has agreed to testify against Audens Avidius in the morning. Now I just have to get Luronk gro-Glurzog to testify as well.

  • Update: After speaking to Luronk:

Luronk gro-Glurzog has agreed to testify against Audens Avidius in the morning. Now I just have to get Ruslan to testify as well.

  • Update: After speaking to both Ruslan and Luronk:

I've convinced both Ruslan and Luronk to testify against Audens Avidius. I hope Itius Hayn is true to his word and arrests his fellow Watch Captain. Otherwise those two are going to be in a lot of trouble. I could keep an eye on those two and make sure they go to see Itius first thing in the morning.

  • Update: After Itius has arrested Audens Avidius:

Audens Avidius has been arrested. That should make Jensine, Ruslan, and Luronk happy. Hopefully it will serve as a lesson for any other guard that is thinking about shaking down innocent citizens.

  • Update: After ten days have passed since his arrest:

Audens Avidius is dead. He was that crooked guard in the Imperial City that had threatened Luronk and Ruslan. He must have escaped from prison. He kept raving about how he would get me for putting him in jail.

  • Quest complete

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Imperial Corruption. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  360   Sometimes, upon the tenth day, when in a city, Audens Avidius will not only attack you, but also coax guards into attacking the Hero, though no bounty is incurred—unless the Hero retaliates. Other guards or certain citizens may or may not come to the aid of the Hero and combat other guards, causing a snowball effect. In the aftermath of Avidius' death, the guards will continue to assault the Hero, even though there is still no bounty. Any new guards encountered in this situation incur a 40 Gold fine and the game acts as if the Hero had, in fact, committed a crime. This seems to occur when waiting in a city between the ninth and tenth days. The only fixes for this are to either revert to a previous save or to "yield" to each guard involved in the fight with Audens Avidius.confirmation needed
  •  PC  If the player uses the Beguile scroll on Itius Hayn before he asks for two witnesses, then after getting two witnesses, his trust in the player will decrease again, causing him to not want to arrest Audens Avidius at all. If the player increases his trust again, he'll ask for two witnesses again even after the player got them, making it impossible to arrest him. The only way to complete this quest would be to kill Audens.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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