"Battle-Born is a name out of legend, sung in the songs of old and heard in deeds of valor for a hundred generations. 'For Clan Battle-Born!' they cry in the mead halls. 'First into the fray and last to quit their ale!'"
―Olfrid Battle-Born[src]

Clan Battle-Born is a non-joinable faction in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is one of the two major clans in Whiterun and has a feud with the Gray-Mane clan.


House of Clan Battle Born

House of Clan Battle-Born

Clan Battle-Born is one of the oldest clans in Skyrim and shares a heritage of great warriors. Both the Gray-Manes and the Battle-Borns can trace their lineage back to Ysgramor and the Five Hundred Companions.[1] In contemporary times, they are considered one of the wealthiest and most influential families in Whiterun, with titles[2] and strong ties to the Imperial Legion.[3]

They reside in their clan house in the Wind District within Whiterun's walls. They also own a highly profitable farm outside Whiterun.

The Battle-Borns were once "fast friends" with the Grey-Manes, another old clan in Whiterun, before the civil war began. However, they are now bitter enemies, with the Battle-Borns loyal to the Empire, and the Gray-Manes supporting the Stormcloaks. Olfrid Battle-Born believes that the Gray-Manes detest his family because they envy their wealth.[2]



  • According to the Creation Kit, Idolaf and Alfhild are married and have Lars as a common son, despite being siblings. This might be intentional because of the lack of other characters, or irrelevant as there is no dialogue that supports this.
  • According to the Creation Kit, Jon is actually the son of Idolaf with Bergritte; not Olfrid and Bergritte.


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  • Gray-Mane or Battle-Born

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    • Imperial Grey-mane. I can't stand the stormcloaks, but honestly Jon is the only Battle-born I really like.
    • battleborn, Alfhild and Jon are good, at least Idolaf still try to find Thorald. About Gray-mane, those had same issue called racist, and Vig...
  • Battle-Born murders/disappearances

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    • I've been playing Skyrim recently, and when I was walking through Whiterun, I get a letter of inheritance about Idolaf Battle-Born...
    • And, I'm sure this was after the first time I became a werewolf.
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