Origins and relationshipsEdit
Both the Gray-Manes and the Battle-Borns can trace their lineage back to Ysgramor and the Five Hundred Companions. Some Gray-Manes, such as Eorlund and Vignar Gray-Mane, show loyalty to their past as members or associates of the Companions. The Gray-Manes' clan-fathers have worked the Skyforge ever since the first Gray-Manes came to Whiterun. Eorlund Gray-Mane is arguably the best blacksmith in all of Skyrim since only he is able to utilize the famous Skyforge. He forges Skyforge Steel weapons for the Companions and jewelry which his wife Fralia Gray-Mane sells at her stall in the marketplace of Whiterun.
The Gray-Manes and the Battle-Borns used to be very close, but ever since the start of the Civil War, the two families have been driven apart. The Gray-Manes are separatists and oppose the Empire of Tamriel, while supporting the Stormcloak rebellion. When asked about the root of the conflict, they will say that the Battle-Borns lack integrity and are arrogant about their wealthy status. The Battle-Born and the Gray-Manes are two of the oldest clans in Skyrim and the rift between them deepened after Thorald Gray-Mane disappeared. Although many say he just died, Fralia Gray-Mane and her son Avulstein Gray-Mane believes the Imperials have him alive and that the Battle-Borns have something to do with her son's disappearance.
Initially, the Gray-Mane Clan is neutral with the player. Depending on the choices made during certain quests, this will change.
If the Dragonborn kills a member of the Gray-Manes, such as Fralia or Olfina, loots the Key to House Gray-Mane and attempts to enter the house, then all the Gray-Manes in the house will attack. If attempted to run outside the Hold Guards will run away.