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Bounties are high enough that getting caught committing a crime will be really, really painful. Great for roleplaying and immersion.

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NOTICE: These mods for the Legendary Edition of Skyrim are not intended to receive any further updates. Please refer to the SSE version of the mod, if there is one available.

In vanilla Skyrim, any criminal has an all too easy time getting around. If he or she steals anything, a relatively small sum of money can apparently resolve the worst of issues. Even a murder can be forgiven for a small sum. However, with Serious Crimes of Skyrim (SCoS) installed, that will be an entirely different story. Gone are the days when the Dragonborn would end up as a rich master criminal in just a few hours! Now crime doesn't pay anymore. Unless, of course, you're really good at it...

People rob, die and slaughter each other all the time in Skyrim, but that is obviously mostly a game feature. Lore-wise, theft and murder are obviously considered very serious crimes, as seen for example in the quest Blood on the Ice, or basically the entire questline for the Thieves Guild. If you committed theft or murder in real life, getting away with it shouldn't be as easy as to pay the police officer that arrested you an amount of money equal to your daily salary. At low levels in Skyrim, your chances of avoiding imprisonment should be about as low as they would have been in real life.

If you are detected...

...trespassing or breaking into someone's house, you will receive a bounty of 1,000 gold. People do not appreciate unwanted visitors or burglars sneaking around in their homes.

...picking someone's pocket, you will receive a bounty of 2,500 gold. People certainly don't appreciate your thieving little fingers in their pockets, and the guards are definitely not happy with thieves!

...stealing a horse, you will receive a bounty of 3,000 gold. A very sneaky thief might be able to pull that stunt off, but the rest of the idiots need to learn that crime does not pay. Obtaining your horse legally will definitely be easier and much cheaper for everyone involved.

...assaulting people for no reason, you will receive a bounty of 5,000 gold. It is fairly obvious why both the victim and the guards would be very unhappy with such violent, unnecessary behaviour ocurring.

...escaping from jail, you will receive a bounty of 20,000 gold. You have committed crimes in the past, and now you have shown that you're also a recidivist, trying to escape justice. The guards will not take lightly on this.

...committing a murder, you will receive a bounty of 50,000 gold. You have committed very serious crimes against Skyrim and her people, and unless you are very rich and influential, you will rot in jail for this!

...being a werewolf, you will receive a bounty of 50,000 gold. You are secretly a violent Daedric wolf beast, hiding inside a human body. You are probably one to cause quite some trouble. The guards will for obvious reasons not look kindly at such abominations.

Does it sound very harsh and expensive? There are several ways to avoid it:

  • Be sneaky, and not stupid enough to get caught or detected.
  • Accept serving your time in jail.
  • Become an outlaw in the hold, just like Robin Hood and his merry men.
  • Simply obey the law and don't commit crimes in the first place.

SCoS does not touch the process of serving jail time in itself, since there probably are more immersive and detailed mods for that part.


SCoS is mainly intended for players who like roleplaying and/or want a really hardcore, immersive gaming experience. It works great alongside Suspicious City Guards and other immersion mods. If you want to use this, you are probably not fond of cheating or reloading old saves in order to avoid the consequences of your actions.

Whilst it may seem unbalanced in terms of lore, it's balanced in terms of gameplay and how easy it is for the player to earn gold. The player simply lives under a separate economic system than everyone else, and with SCoS, the bounties scale with that.


Using Vortex is the recommended method.


All you need is Skyrim.


SCoS should be compatible with basically anything, and in the unlikely event of it not being, it's even less likely to cause any bugs. The only conflicts would be with mods that attempted to do the exact same thing as this one.

It has been suggested by Nexus users that this mod should be used alongside Serve Sentence A Prison Jail Mod for an even more immersive experience.

Check out our other small, yet effective immersion mods:

Skytoxin - Poisons are extremely potent and dangerous.

Skywild - The wildlife of Skyrim is actually dangerous.

Gravity of Nirn - Fall damage is the same for everyone and at truly realistic levels.

Skylock - Locks are actually hard to crack.

Skydrown - Diving is less realistic but more realistically challenging.

Skyswim - Swimming is encumbering if you do it wrong.

Skyrace - A race mod which attempts to make Skyrim more realistic and races more diverse.

Skyband - Bandit groups will be much more realistic and not use magic.