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  • I got to the part where I delivered Balgruuf's axe back to him and am supposed to report to Legate Cipius, however, he will not give me the quest he simply gives me the generic guard dialog. This is listed under bugs but there are practically no solutions listed. If someone could tell me how to get around this using the console (or any way at all) that would be great as I want to keep this file but if I can't do this quest I can't finish the main quest. 

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    • I don't know if this posted to the right place, this is related to the Message to Whiterun quest during the civil war.

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    • Of course it's posted in the right place, this is the Skyrim board.

      I'm not exactly sure how to help you, but sometimes a second quest will start without finishing the previous one, which prevents it from becoming tagged. Try checking your quest log to see if a new quest was added. If not, I'm at a loss.

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    • Ok so I used the console to set the quest objective to complete but now I don't know how to make my next objective come up.

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    • I'm not sure what to tell you. I have to play on the 360, my PC can't run anything newer than a 2008 release. I guess you'll just have to keep searching on Google for a solution, or until the Console Commanding savior of the forums comes along.

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    • i get the same problem too

      now im stuck between the main quest and that quest

      have u found any solution?

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    • Have you got the 'Battle for Whiterun' as an active quest? (i.e. highlighted within with the quests menu)? Just an idea.

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    • sometimes walking or reloading the last save works but I am like you no one works I'm stuck too

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    • http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Bugs_(Skyrim)/Archive_1 maybe you find a solution in there if you find please leave a comment in here

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    • Has anyone found out how to use the console to start the battle of whiterun??

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    • this bug happened to me on PS3, where I am supposed to talk to Quentin Cipius but he only gives me generic guard talk (in my case he said, "wait, i know you," over and over.) leaving dragonsreach, resting or reloading did nothing. jagged crown was completed. here is how i fixed it.

      out of frustration i swung my sword at quentin. he fell to his knees and then got up and to my surprise neither he nor dragonsreach went hostile. i then spammed the dialogue button on him (x) and before he had a chance to say "wait, i know you" more than a couple times, the quest Message to Whiterun completed with the little drumroll noise atop the screen. several moments later the Battle for Whiterun quest began. i was never able to actually speak to quentin at that point. 

      hope that helps.

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    • I have this issue as well. I've tried so many things to fix this and none have worked. If anyone has an idea to somehow get Quentin Cipius to give the dialog to end Message to Whiterun and start Battle for Whiterun or even just some way to do that via the console I'd be grateful.

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    • 67.242.68.132 wrote:
      this bug happened to me on PS3, where I am supposed to talk to Quentin Cipius but he only gives me generic guard talk (in my case he said, "wait, i know you," over and over.) leaving dragonsreach, resting or reloading did nothing. jagged crown was completed. here is how i fixed it.

      out of frustration i swung my sword at quentin. he fell to his knees and then got up and to my surprise neither he nor dragonsreach went hostile. i then spammed the dialogue button on him (x) and before he had a chance to say "wait, i know you" more than a couple times, the quest Message to Whiterun completed with the little drumroll noise atop the screen. several moments later the Battle for Whiterun quest began. i was never able to actually speak to quentin at that point. 

      hope that helps.

      Thanks heaps this worked!! just hit him till he's on his knees then spam x (PS3) on him, it'll skip the dialog but still give you the next quest

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    • I am stuck with the same prob I trying to give the forged docs to someone in mortal and all he says is wait I know u and gives me no opinion to give it to him

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    • I've tried everything. I've saved and reloaded, restarted the entire game countless times (with and without mods and DLCs) used setstage and setquest, I've even attacked the legate (as suggested above), nothing seems to work for me. You'd think that with this game having been out for so long they'd have fixed this as it affects our ability to complete the war questline. Does any one have a fix? A mod? A console command I haven't tried? Is there any way to force Legate Cipius to open dialogue? Because I literally cannot start Battle for Whiterun.

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    • 105.184.152.44 wrote: I've tried everything. I've saved and reloaded, restarted the entire game countless times (with and without mods and DLCs) used setstage and setquest, I've even attacked the legate (as suggested above), nothing seems to work for me. You'd think that with this game having been out for so long they'd have fixed this as it affects our ability to complete the war questline. Does any one have a fix? A mod? A console command I haven't tried? Is there any way to force Legate Cipius to open dialogue? Because I literally cannot start Battle for Whiterun.

      Sounds like your game is permanently screwed up. The only thing you can do is uninstall and then reinstall Skyrim.

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    • Has anyone tried resetai or recycleactor on the legate? Though, all I'm seeing is "no known fixes".

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    • Kiadony wrote: Has anyone tried resetai or recycleactor on the legate? Though, all I'm seeing is "no known fixes".

      This is a very old thread, excuse me for relighting the fuss here but I am experience the glitch for the very first time myself here. What I did was I went ahead and flipped the switch to forge a truce between the two factions, once you have the season unending quest after fighting Alduin on the throat of the world, you need to speak to Arngeir, the greybeard, which will actively supply you with the quest. You need to exit the monastery, type "setstage mq302 40" (someone validate that command for me?) This will allow you to progress through the main campaign, but forfeit the already bugged out civil war questline.

      Another user mentioned punching legate cipius to his knees then consistently speaking to him whilst he gets up. Will validate myself later

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    • You must type the console command mentioned above in the console that's supplied to PC owners, sorry for not illiterating

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    • I found that if you just go with the dialogue and pay your dues to the city for being a criminal it lets you finish the quest. I'm guessing the problem is that you can't help the city if you're wanted by the city.

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    • Ok so this is A SOLUTION ps4 2017. Clear you gsme of ALL mods. STEAL SOMETHING to claim a tiny bounty. Then PAY IT OFF to the LEGATE. After that, you should be able to report in. FOLLOW THESE STEPS EXACTLY. GOOD LUCK FELLOW DRAGONBORNS

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    • Very old thread, but..... XBOX 360: how I worked around this.....

      Spoke to him. He gave me the the Wait...I know you

      Then I let my game sit there after that, had my option to say 'You're making a mistake...' but again, just let the game sit like that. After about a minute, the dialogue box will close and Quentin will go back to whatever he was doing. Next time you speak to him the quest should go through.

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    • I got past this by simply exiting the castle and re-entering.

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    • I encountered this bug yesterday, and it was really frustrating. I tried commands, killing Cipius, exiting the castle, redoing last 3 quests and restarting the game. Nothing helped. But then my final attempt finally did it. What I did, was I left my character near Legate Cipius and left the computer for 1-2 hours. After that I could successfully talk to him. It seems it just took him long time to realize I was there. I have had some issues with the enormous amount of mods I have installed though, so this may not work for everyone. But worth a try, I think

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    • If you're playing on PC, then this worked for me and it should work if you get "Wait, I know you".

      Obviously you have a bounty to pay. I tried paying bounties to the guards, but they also wouldn't talk to me :( 

      To remove bounties:

      First drop your gold since you will lose it otherwise. Type player.drop F <amount>. For example, player.drop F 100

      Then type player.paycrimegold 0 0 <factionid>. For example, player.paycrimegold 0 0 00028170.

      The faction ID's you need are: 00028170, 000267e3, 00029db0, 0002816d, 0002816e, 0002816c, 0002816b, 000267ea, 0002816f.

      Pressing the up arrow on console will make typing those easier.

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    • I had the bug with Cipius "Wait,I know you"  I also got the same response from every gaurd in town because i had a bounty but no one would let me pay it off. I finally fixed it by getting myself arrested, which wasnt as easy as you would think. I tried pickpocketing every gaurd,stealing things at Belefors. That raised my bounty a little but not enough. I finally walked up and punched Sigdur in the face while he was outside, and a gaurd came up and gave me the dialouge to get arrested and pay off my bounty.  Then went to see Cipius and was able to tart the battle. Make sure you put Serana in the house and make her wait or she turns everything into a bloodpath and they wont arrest you,just try to kill you

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    • Try to have another game character and load their save and you should be able to fix the bug I'm not sure but I thought it may work.

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    • Found a solution!

      Hi everyone, I'm running Skyim Special Edition on PC and ran into this bug just now. This was very frustrating, tried to follow your tips here but unfortunately nothing worked for me. 

      What I did to fix en bug was that I "killed" (brought Cipius to his knees) and got a bounty in Whiterun for 200 Gold. Then all guards came charging in i lowered my weapons and payed the bounty to the guard. Then the problem was solved. 

      *Important! Make sure the guards see you do this. If you use Sneak, you wont get the guards attention. 

      I could not proceed to make progress by talking with Cipius without him only reply: Wait.. I know you..!

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    • Go attack someone in dragonsreach get a bounty pay it off and then try to talk to him it worked for me

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    • Make sure you are not concelaed with a mask e.g Sneaktools.

      Remove the mask alloed me to continue returning the axe to Ulfric.

      "Speak to Ulfric. His is expecting.." bug.

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    • If none of the above worked try walking out to the Great Porch and going back into Dragonsreach, I was able to get the quest after none of the above worked (On PC, on SE)

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