Solution for Markarth Bounty Bug (Detailed Directions Included) - *Spoilers*

#1TheInnerTorturePosted 11/21/2011 7:02:48 AM
After suffering through quite a few hours of being basically exiled from Markarth I couldn't avoid the city any longer. I, like many others on the 360, have been plagued by the glitched bounty caused by the Forsworn quest in Markarth, and here is how I got rid of it. Now, first things first, you're going to need some Potions of Invisibility, so however you need to, get enough to last you about 5 minutes.

Now, if you have a better way into the city unnoticed, then take it, but this is my route.

Alright, once you've got your potions (and anything the help you sneak) you're going to start by traveling to Left Hand Mine just southeast of Markarth.From there you'll want to head north along the river. There are some rocks that allow you to climb up to the next section of water and towards the city. Stay in the water, or very close to it, and sneak towards Markarth. Once you've made it to the city walls enter the opening where the river dumps out. There is a hidden walkway that will take you to the front doors of the city. Save right before entering. It should also autosave once you're inside Markarth. This is where it gets tricky.

As soon as you're inside the city down a potion or cast a spell and sneak slowly to the left (It might take a few tries getting past that first guard so you may need to reload the save outside the city to position him differently). You're going to go left and down until the first bridge and you'll cross that to the right. Follow the path from the bridge to the first set of stairs, take them, then take the next set to the right.Take the final set to the right, then halfway up that set of stairs turn left into the alley which will take you to the Shrine of Talos.

Now, the guards in here were random on if they would attack while talking, but with enough fortifications you can last the conversation even if they are. When a guard approaches choose the option to submit and go to jail. Instead of the normal loop you'll be given an option to pick the ellipsis, or "..." so go ahead and hit it. The guards will explain something about setting up the Priest, follow the conversation, then choose the new option to pay off the bounty.

Now, my game consistently froze here, and it took about 2 minutes before it would reach the loading screen, so just heads up there.

Enjoy, I hope this helped everyone else as much as it did me. The trick is just to not get noticed until AFTER you enter the Shrine of Talos.

TL:DR - Sneak into Markarth. Reach The Shrine of Talos unnoticed. Start conversation with the guards inside. Choose the prison option, then the "..." option, then pay off your normal bounty (not the thieves guild option). Profit.
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#2OdenpethPosted 11/21/2011 7:23:41 AM
Awesome. I'll try it later to see if it works for me. *crosses fingers*
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#3Werewolf by NightPosted 11/21/2011 7:23:59 AM
I LOVE YOU !

this deserves a sticky.
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#4jowe27Posted 11/21/2011 1:10:37 PM
Bump to help TC (aka Jesus) get the recognition he deserves!
#5TheInnerTorture(Topic Creator)Posted 11/21/2011 1:58:12 PM
Bump for help. That's all I want. That bug was driving me insane.
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#6asonuvagunPosted 11/21/2011 3:58:10 PM
sticky requested
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#7OdenpethPosted 11/22/2011 9:03:45 AM
So where are some good places to get invisibility potions? Or an invisibility spell? I only have like eight potions and they suck, they only give you like 20 or 30 seconds and I downed one and was still noticed by a guard.

Also do you know if you join the Stormcloaks if it'll fix the glitch as well? I heard all the guards get replaced with Stormcloaks eventually and it should fix it.
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#8OdenpethPosted 11/22/2011 5:35:09 PM
Bizzump
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#9TheInnerTorture(Topic Creator)Posted 11/22/2011 6:05:46 PM

From: Odenpeth | #007
So where are some good places to get invisibility potions? Or an invisibility spell? I only have like eight potions and they suck, they only give you like 20 or 30 seconds and I downed one and was still noticed by a guard.

Also do you know if you join the Stormcloaks if it'll fix the glitch as well? I heard all the guards get replaced with Stormcloaks eventually and it should fix it.


I wasn't able to test out the Stormcloaks theory as my main quest line isn't very advanced. I've heard it fixes is, but this is a fix that doesn't rely on any other events. You could try to College in Whiterun, I think they sell invisibility potions. Or just mix some up as a potion yourself. You can usually procure taproot and ice wraith teeth pretty easily, and that's all you need. You'll have to drink the invisibility potion as soon as you enter the door. Like I said, you may need to wait an hour or so (in game) to replace the guards inside. Maybe wait until night, and wear someone to help sneak/make you silent. The guards in Markarth are very sensitive, so you'll have to take it really slow for the first leg inside the city.
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#10TekmoneyPosted 11/23/2011 3:31:09 AM
I can verify that this DOES work. Doesn't matter how high your bounty is, because mine was 20,000 gold.

Thank you.