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Skyrim:Search and Seizure

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Find evidence of a Talos worshipper for the Thalmor.
Quest Giver: Ondolemar
Location(s): Markarth
Reward: Leveled gold
Disposition: =1 (Ondolemar)

=-1 (Ogmund)

ID: FreeformMarkarthM
Ondolemar is ready to root out all Talos worship in Markarth.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Ondolemar.
  2. Steal Ogmund's Amulet of Talos from his house.
  3. Return to Ondolemar.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

A Thalmor's TaskEdit

Ondolemar is a Thalmor Justiciar living in Markarth. You can find him pacing in front of the jarl's throne room in Understone Keep, accompanied by two Thalmor Soldiers. Talk to him and he will tell you his duty in Markarth. "I was sent here to lead the Thalmor's interests in this corner of Skyrim. It's my mission to root out all Talos worship in this city." As a member of the Thalmor, he doesn't recognize Talos as a god and thinks Talos does not deserve to have a place in their pantheon. In his opinion, citizens of the Empire have a responsibility to cease their heretical worship. Then he will pay some attention to you. "You're awfully inquisitive, aren't you? I like that. Perhaps you'd care to solve a little problem I'm having?" He knows that Ogmund the skald, an old and respected man, worships Talos in his home, but the jarl has been reluctant to have him arrested. Ondolemar wants you to break in to Ogmund's home and find evidence for him.

To Catch a BardEdit

Ogmund's house is just above the market stalls. You may need to pick a novice-level lock and get into his house. There is a chest in the north part of the house holding Ogmund's Amulet of Talos. This is the evidence Ondolemar requires. Steal the amulet and leave the house quietly. If you run into the authorities, do not resist arrest and make the guards turn hostile to you, as Ondolemar will attack you as well, and it will be impossible for you to talk to him during the fight. Pay your fine and the amulet won't be removed from your inventory.


Bring the amulet to Ondolemar. He believes it will be all he needs to have Ogmund taken care of. He graciously thanks you for your assistance and rewards you with leveled gold.

Levels Reward
1–9 400
10–19 600
20–29 800
30–39 1,000
40+ 1,200


  • If the Reach is given to the Stormcloaks in Season Unending or conquered for them after The Battle for Fort Sungard, this quest becomes unavailable, as Ondolemar will no longer be present.
  • Completing this quest will also grant you access to the Thalmor Headquarters without it being considered as trespassing if you enter, and taking anything from there will no longer count as theft.
  • If you kill Ogmund while this quest is in progress, you will fail it immediately.
  • An option to bring the amulet to Ogmund was apparently planned, and is available in the code, but there is no dialogue that allows for it.


  • Ogmund is supposed to go to the stocks in Understone Keep once you bring the amulet to Ondolemar, but due to a scripting bug, fails to do so. (details)

Quest StagesEdit

Search and Seizure (FreeformMarkarthM)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Find evidence of Ogmund's Talos worship
Objective 15: Bring Ogmund's Amulet of Talos to Ondolemar
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 20, 25, 200.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FreeformMarkarthM stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest FreeformMarkarthM.