|Location||The Bee and Barb|
|Level||PC×1 (range=10-40)||Class||Destruction Mage|
|Primary Skills||Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Sneak|
|Perks||Augmented Shock (rank 1); Mage Armor (rank 1); Magic Resistance (rank 1); Recovery (rank 2); Regeneration; Respite|
|Faction(s)||CurrentHireling; HirelingMarcurioCrimeFaction; Hireling; PotentialFollowerFaction; PotentialMarriageFaction; TownRiftenFaction|
Marcurio, an Imperial destruction mage, is a sellsword and potential follower found within the Bee and Barb in Riften. One of the more intellectual (and arrogant) followers, Marcurio shows how well-versed he is in all things Nord should you explore a barrow with him.
You can choose to hire him as a follower for 500 gold. Marcurio is the only hireling who will use destruction magic against enemies. In addition to his strong destruction magic, he will also use any melee weapons he is given, though he has low skill with them. He will also use magical staves. He can transport supplies like any follower, albeit grumbling every time.
After hiring Marcurio as a follower, it is possible to marry him. Once married, he can continue to act as a follower for free. He does not have a house of his own, so choosing to live in his place instead of an owned home would mean hanging out in the Bee and Barb in Riften. Marcurio can also be recruited to join the Blades.
 Related Quests
- The Bonds of Matrimony: Find someone in Skyrim to marry.
- Rebuilding the Blades: Recruit new members for the Blades.
Marcurio is able to cast the following spells:
When you initiate conversation with Marcurio, he has six possible greetings. The last two greetings can be received only if he was hired once before:
"My skill in battle is unmatched. Fortunately for you, that skill can be bought."
"Why hire a common soldier to protect you when you can have a master of the arcane?"
"The only thing better than a powerful mage fighting at your side is... well, nothing, really."
"For a modest fee, I'll bring my formidable arcane powers to bear against your foes. What do you say?"
"Well, look what the horker dragged in. Still wandering all over Skyrim and causing trouble?"
"I knew you couldn't stay away. Admit it, you were lost without me."
You are presented with two dialogue choices:
Player: "Consider yourself hired."
Marcurio: "With a master of magic at your side, you'll have nothing to fear."
Player: "Another time, perhaps."
Marcurio: "If you change your mind, seek me out here."
If you hired Marcurio recently but was dismissed, he will say the following:
Marcurio: "Since you paid my fee recently, I suppose it's only fair that I join you once more."
Player: "Very well, let's go."
Marcurio: "Once more into danger!"
If you don't hire Marcurio, upon exiting the conversation, he will always say the following:
Marcurio: "Why settle for just stabbing your foes when you can roast them alive in a gout of arcane fire?"
As a follower, Marcurio has the following dialogues:
Player: "Wait here."
Marcurio: "Don't make me wait too long. I get bored very easily."
Player: "Follow me."
Marcurio: "Try not to walk into any spike-filled pits or filthy skeever dens."
Player: "I need you to do something."
Marcurio: "All right. What is it?"
Player: "I need to trade some things with you."
Marcurio: "I am an apprentice wizard, not a pack mule! Oh very well, but make it quick."
Player: "It's time for us to part ways."
Marcurio: "So you think you can make it on your own then. We'll see about that."
- Because of the radiant AI system, the game may potentially lock out the option of marriage with this character even if all quest/hire/other requirements have been satisfied. There is no known cure for this issue.