Skyrim:Search and Seizure

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png 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 Walkthrough

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

Detailed Walkthrough

A Thalmor's Task

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 Bard

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


  • Despite Ondolemar saying he can now take care of Ogmund, Ogmund remains friendly, albeit reluctantly, and available as a Speech skill trainer.
  • If the Reach is given to the Stormcloaks in Season Unending or conquered for them after The Battle for Fort Sungard, then this quest becomes unavailable, as Ondolemar will no longer be present.

Quest Stages

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.