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Oblivion:Claudius Arcadia

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Claudius Arcadia
(RefID: 00071D4C)
Home City Imperial City, Prison District
Location The Bastion
Race Imperial Gender Male
Level 4 Class Commoner
RefID 00071D4C BaseID 00071D4B
Other Information
Health 53 Magicka 110
Responsibility 0 Aggression 5
Faction(s) Claudius Arcadia's
Claudius Arcadia

Claudius Arcadia is an Imperial commoner, currently incarcerated in the Imperial City's prisons.

As described in the Night Mother Rituals! edition of The Black Horse Courier, he was imprisoned for conducting the Black Sacrament and arranging the assassination of Rufio through the Dark Brotherhood. His house in the Talos Plaza District of the Imperial City has been seized by the Imperial Guard because of Claudius' incarceration and is currently being used as an Imperial Legion outpost; a respawning Imperial Watchman is permanently stationed there.

Claudius never leaves his prison cell in-game. He will spend all his time standing at the front of the cell, never eating or sleeping. He wears only a sack cloth shirt and pants.

Based on vague comments in Claudius' journal and by Rufio, it seems Rufio killed an unknown female possibly connected with Claudius during an encounter in which she struggled, despite Rufio urging her to stay still; this suggests, at the very least, that Rufio was not just an innocent old man and that Claudius was unable to kill him personally. Talking to Claudius in his prison cell supports this: "So I wanted somebody murdered! So I prayed to the Night Mother! What, is that a crime now? They even took my house, those bastards! Agghhh!"


  • The only person with a copy of Claudius Arcadia's House Key is Adamus Phillida. You can easily obtain the key during the Permanent Retirement quest. Adamus presumably has the key because of his involvement with hunting down the Dark Brotherhood.
  • His cell door can be opened by casting Frenzy spell on him with a guard nearby. Claudius Arcadia will attack you and the guard will open the door to fight back.