STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM
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Attempting to fight any one of them is futile, as a veritable horde of guardsmen will emerge seemingly out of thin air to kill you. Given Oblivion's shit level scaling mechanic (the guards are ten levels above you), you'll likely be raped harder than a squad of Imperial Guardsmen going up against a Khornate Chaos Lord. Truly, Cyrodil must have been the most lawful of all realms. Truly, Uriel Septim VII was a good Emperor.
The phrase itself is used to indicate a strong focus on law and justice, and may be used in any of your daily discussions dealing in lawful society or organisation.
This line was sadly not kept in for the sequel; Skyrim, instead we have the half-assed: BY ORDER OF THE JARL! STOP RIGHT THERE! You have committed crimes against Skyrim and her people, what say you in your defense?
Back in Morrowind, we had Ordinators instead of guards, who growled "We're watching you, scum" in their
awesome shitty, choking on each other's cum accents. Before that, in Daggerfall, there was an endless chorus of HALT!, repeated by the guards as a mantra whenever you did a crime. So the first game has no guard-related memes.