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For the event, see Skyrim Civil War.

Civil War Quests are a series of quests in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim about the war between two main factions, the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloaks. Both sides have the same tasks, with plenty of individuals throughout the region relaying the deeds of both sides. Minor factions, for example in Whiterun between the Battle-Born and Grey-Mane families, exist throughout the empire. Siding with either side impacts gameplay.


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  • The Dragonborn will sometimes encounter an Imperial citizen on the roads who is heading to Windhelm to join the Stormcloak uprising, stating that "The Empire is in shambles," and that "Ulfric has the right of it." Contrarily, they can also encounter a Dunmer citizen heading to Solitude to join the Legion, stating that "A united Empire is best for everyone," or "I was born and raised in Skyrim, but the Nords treat us like dirt."
    • ​The Dunmer farmer going to join the Legion can later be found in the Blue Palace in Solitude, however, the Imperial going to join the Stormcloaks is never seen in the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm.
  • Depending on the order in which they are completed, the Civil War can have an effect on the main questline, and vice versa. In the main quest "Season Unending," a meeting is held between the Stormcloaks, the Legion, the Blades, the Thalmor, and the Greybeards to negotiate a truce, which temporarily pauses the Civil War.
    • If the Civil War is completed before "Season Unending," the peace conference will not be held, and "Season Unending" is skipped entirely.
    • If "Season Unending" is completed before the Civil War ends, it will change territories under the control of both the Imperials and the Stormcloaks.
    • If "Season Unending" is completed before the Civil War ends, the Dragonborn will not be able to continue until after Alduin has been slain.
  • A bounty may be cleared when the relevant Hold is liberated or reunified during the Civil War.
  • The Civil War questline, the main questline, and the main Dragonborn questline are the only ones that acknowledge the player's status as Dragonborn.