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Ulfric Stormcloak, known by some as the Bear of Markarth,[1] is the Jarl of Windhelm and leader of the Stormcloak rebellion. Ulfric supports Skyrim's independence from the Empire, which he believes has been corrupted by the Aldmeri Dominion and too weak to protect its citizens.[2] Some describe Ulfric as a hero,[3] while others label him an opportunist.[4]

A veteran of the Great War, Ulfric's holds deep resentment of the White-Gold Concordat between the Empire and Aldmeri Dominion, particularly the ban of Talos worship. During the Markarth Incident, Ulfric marched soldiers into Markarth under the pretext that this action would re-legitimize Talos worship, but was eventually detained.[1]

He is first seen bound and gagged, accompanying the Dragonborn and a few other prisoners of war while traveling to Helgen for their execution.[5]


"I fight for the men I've held in my arms, dying on foreign soil! I fight for their wives and children, whose names I heard whispered in their last breath. I fight for we few who did come home, only to find our country full of strangers wearing familiar faces. I fight for my people impoverished to pay the debts of an Empire too weak to rule them, yet brands them criminals for wanting to rule themselves! I fight so that all the fighting I've already done hasn't been for nothing! I fight... because I must."
―Ulfric Stormcloak[src]

Early life

As a boy, Ulfric was chosen by the Greybeards to study with them at High Hrothgar. He trained with them for almost ten years and developed his skills in the Way of the Voice. He was to become a Greybeard himself, but his life took a different path when the Great War began in 4E 171.[2] Ulfric felt compelled to help the war effort and left High Hrothgar to join the Imperial Legion,[6] much to the disdain of Arngeir, who believed that the Way of the Voice should only be used for the worship of Kynareth.[2]

The Great War

During the Great War, he fought alongside Galmar Stone-Fist and Legate Rikke;[7] however, he was captured by the Aldmeri Dominion during the Dominion's campaign for the Imperial City.[6]

While imprisoned, he was interrogated by Elenwen for information, under which they learned of his potential value (being the son of the Jarl of Windhelm), and considered him an asset to their influence in Skyrim. He was made to believe information obtained during his interrogation was crucial in the capture of the Imperial City in Cyrodiil, even though it had fallen before any information could be gained.[6] The Thalmor Dossier on Ulfric says he was then allowed to escape; whether he escaped on his own and the Thalmor were unable to apprehend him or if he was intentionally set free is not known.

The Markarth Incident

The banner of Windhelm.

In 4E 175, the Great War ended with the Empire signing the White-Gold Concordat, an act which banned the worship of Talos in the Empire.[8] During the war, the Nords lost possession of the Reach due to an uprising by a group of Bretons known as Reachmen.[1]

Igmund, son of the previous Jarl of the Reach, stated his family and their Imperial colleagues[9] sought help from Ulfric in ousting the Reachmen invaders. Igmund's father, Hrolfdir, promised Ulfric that if he re-took the Reach, then Hrolfdir as Jarl would allow free worship of Talos. Ulfric agreed and marched his militia to the gates of Markarth and retook the city, supposedly using the power of his Thu'um.[1]

The leader of the Reachmen, Madanach, was captured but was spared by prominent Markarth citizen Thonar Silver-Blood, as he was deemed more valuable alive than dead.[10] The surviving Reachmen fled to the hills of the Reach and became known as the Forsworn. As a result of the battle, later known as the Markarth Incident, Ulfric stationed a Nordic militia in the area to aid in keeping the Forsworn that had retreated from retaking Markarth. Hrolfdir initially kept his promise to Ulfric and allowed free worship of Talos for a time.[1]

When the Imperial Legion arrived to restore the rule of law, Ulfric allegedly refused them entry into the city until they also agreed free worship of Talos would be allowed. With chaos supposedly running through the streets of Markarth and the reports of deaths rising every day, the Empire had no choice but to grant Ulfric and his men their worship, thus jeopardizing the peace agreement with the Aldmeri Dominion.[1] Igmund however, implies that the Empire simply hoped that the Dominion wouldn't find out about the free Talos worship, and when they eventually did, scapegoated Ulfric and his militia in order to avoid incrimination and prevent a war.[11]

Eventually, the Empire rescinded the agreement due to pressure from the Aldmeri Dominion, and Ulfric and his militia were expelled from the city and imprisoned shortly after with Hrolfdir's help. This betrayal left Ulfric bitter towards the Empire and is considered to be the initial conception of the Stormcloak rebellion.[1][9]

Jarl of Windhelm

His father Hoag,[12] the Jarl of Windhelm, usually referred simply as "The Bear of Eastmarch," died during his incarceration. Ulfric, his only son, was forced to deliver his eulogy via a letter that he had smuggled out of prison. Leaving prison, Ulfric returned to Windhelm to find the city in mourning. The citizens were said to have been calling out for justice and war against the Aldmeri Dominion. Naturally, they sat Ulfric on the throne and he became Jarl.[2]

After the death of High King Istlod, the Moot convened to elect a new king. During this Moot, Ulfric continually spoke about Skyrim's independence in terms just shy of treason. Eventually, the Moot had elected Istlod's son, Torygg, as the new High King of Skyrim.[13]

High King Torygg

In 4E 201, after years of brewing resentment for what he and his followers considered the Empire's betrayal of Skyrim, Ulfric challenged High King Torygg to a duel. Ulfric maintains it was to show how weak Skyrim had become under Imperial rule. He also claims that it was a challenge of rule in the "Old Nord Way" and that Torygg accepted the challenge.[2] Others in Skyrim, such as General Tullius, denounced the act as murder and an attempt to usurp the throne.[14]

After Torygg's death, Ulfric fled back to Windhelm. Some time after this event, the Imperial Legion managed to ambush Ulfric at Darkwater Crossing in order to capture him. The ambush was successful and Ulfric surrendered himself without a fight.[15]

Policies and beliefs

"I fight...because I must."

Much of Stormcloak doctrine stems from Ulfric's views that Skyrim should secede from what he considers a corrupt crumbling Empire; one that already is defeated by the Thalmor. After witnessing the deaths of an untold number of Nords who sacrificed themselves during The Great War, Ulfric considered the White-Gold Concordat treaty between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion to be a complete betrayal of the Empire's citizens.[2]

Ulfric also seeks to become the next High King, as he believes there has not been a "true" High King in Skyrim for generations, and that previous kings were puppets that were hand-picked by the Emperor.[2] Some Nords feel that his opposition to the White-Gold Concordat and the banning of Talos worship in Skyrim is simply a facade for him to gain more supporters to gain his true goal of becoming High King of Skyrim.[16] Asking Ulfric how he became Jarl of Eastmarch, however, will reveal that he is very dedicated in following the ways of traditional Nord beliefs. He says that the throne he sits on is Ysgramor's and his father's, rather than his, and that he only hopes he can do both of them proud.[2]

"We know the price of freedom."

Furthermore, Ulfric's dialogue with Galmar Stone-Fist reveals that he does not relish the lives that will be lost in his rebellion and is considerate of the Nord families who will lose loved ones in his civil war. Even so, Ulfric feels he must see his quest for Skyrim's independence to its final conclusion as he sees the Empire as an inept parasite that continues to bleed Skyrim dry to recoup their losses from the Great War that they chose to surrender in. He also sees the Empire as an obstacle which is preventing his people from ridding his homeland of Thalmor influence. In addition to his qualms about how the Empire's politics are affecting his homeland, he also resents the Empire for what he sees as unjustly criminalizing the Nord people for desiring to rule themselves and disregarding the sacrifices of all the soldiers who fought in the Great War by appeasing the oppressive demands of the Aldmeri Dominion.[17]

With several of his policies being nationalistic in tone, many non-Nord and some Nords consider Ulfric to be prejudiced. He is believed by some to have sequestered the Dunmer population in Windhelm to the slums of the Gray Quarter[18] and the Argonians to the assemblage off the docks, issuing a decree forbidding the Argonians from living within the city's walls,[19] contrary to his father Hoag's[12] more "soft" policy,[20] however this hostile belief toward outsiders is shared by much of Windhelm's populace.[18] Dialogue with Niranye—an Altmer who lives within the city—actually suggests that it is the Dunmer who chose to live in the Gray Quarter due to being "too proud and naive to understand the way things truly are."[21] Similar comments are made by Belyn Hlaalu, a Dunmer who owns property in Windhelm.[22]

Pleas from Dunmer citizens often fall on deaf ears, leading them to believe he has nothing but disdain for them. Some even claim Ulfric refuses to send aid to the Khajiit caravans and non-Nord towns that have been raided by bandits.[18] Dialogue shared between Ulfric and his steward Jorleif indicate, however, that he does not attend to the issues in his city because he is too preoccupied with the Stormcloak Rebellion and the greater issues of Skyrim to worry about them, saying it is the guards' jobs to deal with such issues.[23] He also allows non-Nords to live peacefully in Windhelm and own businesses, including Altmer and Imperials. He also allows a Dunmer, Belyn Hlaalu, to own a successful farm in the outskirts of the city, and employ an elderly Nord woman.

Ulfric admits to having fallen from the Greybeards' strict teachings about using the Way of the Voice for anything other than the worship of Kynareth, however he still believes that his Thu'um should not be used lightly and rarely uses his training.[2] He also still refers to Arngeir as "Master Arngeir," despite not training with them for a number of years.[24]


Execution at Helgen

Ulfric's first appearance in the game—sitting alongside the Dragonborn in a wagon to be executed Helgen.

"Ulfric Stormcloak. Some here in Helgen call you a hero. But a hero doesn't use a power like the Voice to murder his king and usurp his throne. You started this war, plunged Skyrim into chaos, and now the Empire is going to put you down, and restore the peace."
―General Tullius[src]

Ulfric is charged with murder by General Tullius.

At Helgen, Ulfric is among the prisoners awaiting execution along with the Dragonborn. He can be identified easily by the cloth he is gagged with, preventing him from using the Thu'um to escape his captors. He is scheduled to be executed when a dragon, later revealed to be Alduin the World Eater, attacks the town. Ulfric escapes his execution and survives the dragon attack with the help of his men, and returns to Windhelm to resume his office of Jarl. When the Dragonborn meets him again, they discover that he and his Stormcloaks plot to gain control over all of Skyrim, an act opposed by the Imperial Legion.

Stormcloak Rebellion

"So it begins."
―Ulfric Stormcloak[src]

Galmar and Ulfric discussing Whiterun.

If choosing to aid Ulfric in the Stormcloak resistance, the Dragonborn is sent to Korvanjund to retrieve the Jagged Crown. Ulfric's second-in-command, Galmar Stone-Fist, believes the relic will secure his claim to the throne. Retrieving it, he sends the Dragonborn to the neutral city of Whiterun to deliver his axe, a symbol of challenge, to Balgruuf the Greater, the Jarl. Balgruuf, reluctantly refusing to side with the Stormcloaks, returns the weapon to Ulfric. Not long after, Ulfric sends the Dragonborn to help his Stormcloaks assault Whiterun; when the city is conquered, he secures Stormcloak control by stationing Vignar Gray-Mane as the Jarl there. To expand the amount of Stormcloak-controlled territory in Skyrim, Ulfric sends the Dragonborn to the various other Imperial-controlled Holds to free them in preparation for the assault on Solitude.

Thane of Eastmarch

Upon completing a personal task for Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, the Dragonborn is offered a place in his court as Thane of Eastmarch. However, a Thane needs to be known by the Jarl's subjects and therefore the Dragonborn must complete a series of tasks for the people of Eastmarch. To become Thane, the Dragonborn must purchase Hjerim, a previously condemned estate in Windhelm, and have completed "Blood on the Ice."


Ulfric preparing to assault Solitude.

Ulfric can be killed during the Civil War if the Dragonborn chooses to side with the Empire. During "Battle for Windhelm," the Dragonborn storms his throne room, where a final battle ensues. During the battle, Ulfric uses his Thu'um against the attackers, the shout Unrelenting Force being among those in his arsenal. When defeated, Ulfric requests that the Dragonborn kill him, as "it will make for a better song." Upon his death, he can be encountered in Sovngarde as a specter, regretting his decision to fight "a doomed struggle against fate," instead of turning his attention on the return of the World-Eater, as the souls of the Nords that died in the Civil War only made Alduin stronger.[2]

Alternatively, Ulfric can become the unofficial High King of Skyrim after the quest "Battle for Solitude," if the Dragonborn chooses to side with the Stormcloaks during the war. Ulfric will help in the battle, and will be encountered in Castle Dour in the final scene.[25] Surprisingly, he does not expatriate Elisif the Fair from Solitude after the battle is won, despite her support for the Empire; she swears fealty to him and continues to live in the city even after the war has ended.[26] After the battle, Ulfric returns to the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm.


Ulfric's Main Stats
Level 10–50 (player level×1.2)
Health 155–671
Magicka 50
Stamina 80–214
Armor Rating 7
Light Armor 20
Heavy Armor 100
One-Handed 100
Two-Handed 72
Archery 98
Block 100
Speech 20
Smithing 20

It is possible, after completing the Legion questline, to obtain Ulfric's apparel after his death. His apparel is comprised of Ulfric's Clothes, Ulfric's Boots, and Ulfric's Bracers.



Show: Default dialogue
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Only the foolish or the courageous approach a Jarl without summons... Do I know you?"

I believe we've already met. "Is that so...? Ah yes, you were with us at Helgen."
I was at Helgen. "Ahhh. Yes..."
"Destined for the chopping block if I'm not mistaken."
I helped Ralof escape. He said he'd vouch for me. (If Ralof was followed out of Helgen) "Ralof's alive? I hope that's true. He's a damn good man. But he hasn't returned yet, so I'll need to wait for his account. For now, speak with Galmar."
I was set free. I could've gone anywhere. I came here to fight the Empire. "A fair point... Well, you've come to the right place, then. Speak with Galmar."
"I'm always looking for able fighters. Not everyone can say they made it out of Helgen. Seems we're all branded villains these days... So long as your criminal past stays in the past, and you fight for me with honor and integrity, we'll welcome you into our ranks."

If left before answering Ulfric's first question:

"As you can see, I have much that requires my attention. If you're inclined to gab, there are some nice prison guards you may like to meet..."

Regular dialogue:

"Speak with Galmar. He'll size you up and see where we can best use your talents."

At Helgen, they said you shouted the King to death? "Not entirely true, though not entirely false either. Any Nord can learn the Way of the Voice by studying with the Greybeards, given enough ambition and dedication. My shouting Torygg to the ground proved he had neither. However, it was my sword piercing his heart that killed him."
Why are you fighting this war? "We're fighting because we're done bleeding for an Empire that won't bleed for us. Untold numbers of Nords died defending the Empire against the Dominion. And for what? Skyrim being sold to the Thalmor so the Emperor could keep his throne! We're fighting because our own Jarls, once strong, wise men, have become fearful and blind to their people's suffering. We're fighting because Skyrim needs heroes, and there's no one else but us."
Why did you kill the High King? "I killed Torygg to prove our wretched condition. How is the High King supposed to be the defender of Skyrim, if he can't even defend himself?"
Some call you a murderer. "I challenged him in the traditional way, and he accepted. There were many witnesses. No "murder" was committed. True, he didn't stand a chance against me. But that was precisely the point! He was a puppet-king of the Empire , not a High King of Skyrim. His father before him perhaps, but not Torygg. He was too privileged and too foolish, more interested in entertaining his queen than ruling his country."
And what of his widow? Doesn't she claim the throne? "Indeed, Elisif has become Jarl of Solitude, historically and conveniently home of the High King, backed by Imperial interests. But the Moot has not yet met to name her High Queen. And they won't. Not as long as I have any say in it."
Do you desire to be the High King? "There hasn't been a true High King in Skyrim for generations. For too long he's been hand-picked by the Emperor, and given emphatic nods by milk-drinking Jarls addicted to Imperial coin. It's time we had a real king. One of our own making."
How did you become the Jarl of Eastmarch? "My father, the great Bear of Eastmarch, died during my imprisonment after the Markarth Incident. I, his only son, forced to deliver his eulogy via a letter I had smuggled out of prison. Such is the love of Titus Mede for his subjects. When finally set free, I returned to Windhelm, and was greeted by a city in mourning, at one with my own grief and anger. Clamoring in angry voices, calling out for justice, for war, they sat me on the throne. The Throne of Ysgramor! The throne of my father... I only hope I can prove worthy of the honor."
Show: How goes the war?
In the Palace of the Kings:

How goes the war?

  • "The Empire's ravenous hunger for Skyrim's silver makes them fierce. But rest assured, we'll win the Reach and wrest it from their greedy paws."
  • "We should take Hjaalmarch. It'll be an important pressure point on the Imperials. We'd be within spitting distance of the capital."
  • "Tullius has camps in the Pale, entertaining thoughts of battle. The Empire still underestimates the force of our cause. It will be their undoing."
  • "Soon enough, we will march on Solitude. And on that day, the heroes of Sovngarde will march with us. And the Emprire will fall to its knees in fear."
  • "The Imperials have really dug into Whiterun. We'll wrest it from them soon enough. We must. Its central position is key."
  • "The Empire thinks it holds Falkreath from us, but the souls of Skyrim's bravest are buried there and will fill our hearts and strengthen our blades."
  • "I'm not sure why Tullius is wasting his time trying to take Winterhold from us. But if he wants to throw his men away, I'll gladly accept that gift."
  • "Damn Tullius. He's pocketed men in the Rift. It's dangerous having Imperials skulking around on the southern border of Eastmarch."

After claiming all of Skyrim except Windhelm as an Imperial:

How goes the war?

  • "Losing the Rift gives Tullius easy access to the south of Eastmarch. Talos preserve us. We must take it back!"
  • "I don't like Imperial troops holed up in Winterhold... such a close march to Windhelm. So I'm sending a campaign up there to take it back."
  • "I can't believe we let them take the Pale. Losing the port of Dawnstar is lessened only by the threat of Imperial forces being so close to Windhelm."

After claiming all of Skyrim except Solitude as a Stormcloak:

How goes the war?

  • "Tullius must be getting nervous. Taking Hjaalmarch we're practically in his backyard now. As soon as we're able, we'll march on Solitude."
  • "We've driven the Imperials out of Whiterun. This is good. Very good. We now control the center. It's a powerful position. One I aim to keep."
  • "I'm proud we liberated Falkreath from the Empire. In many ways it's the heart and soul of Skyrim. Not to mention its rather strategic position."
  • "Now that the Empire has been driven from the Reach we can put a stop to the raping of her silver mines. That silver belongs in Skyrim."
Show: The Way of the Voice
In the Palace of the Kings:
What do you know about Shouts? "I know more than most. I trained with the Greybeards at High Hrothgar when I was a boy. The Way of the Voice is an ancient, spiritual form of magic in which you project your vital essence into a "thu'um" or Shout. Most people would need to train for years before they could even attempt a single Shout. The Dragonborn is different - you have an inborn ability to Shout, the same way dragons are said to."
What's it mean to be Dragonborn? "It means you have the Dragon Blood - you have an inborn ability to use your Voice the way dragons do. The old tales tell of Dragonborn heroes who slew dragons and took their power. It seems those tales are true. With the dragons returning, and now a Dragonborn appearing... maybe the Greybeards know what it all means."
Who are the Greybeards? "They live in seclusion near the top of the Throat of the World, the great mountain of Skyrim. They're masters of the Way of the Voice - of Shouting. It's a great honor for them to summon you. They speak to very few - in fact, they hardly speak at all."
How do you know so much about them? "I studied with them when I was young. They taught me how to Shout."
You trained with the Greybeards? "Yes. They chose me when I was just a lad. It was a great honor, of course. I was to become a Greybeard myself. I spent almost ten years at High Hrothgar, learning the Way of the Voice. Then the Great War came... I couldn't stand missing it. I often think about High Hrothgar. It's very... disconnected from the troubles down here. But that's why I couldn't stay, and why I couldn't go back. I suppose the Greybeards care about Skyrim's troubles, in their way, but I needed to do something about it. I'm sure Arngeir would call it one of my failings."
So you know how to Shout? "Yes. Although I rarely use my training. The Greybeards believe the Voice should be used only for worship of Kynareth. I have... fallen from their strict teaching, but I still don't feel it should be used lightly. Not all of Arngeir's lecturing was wasted, it seems."
Why would they teach me to Shout if they don't want me to use it? "You're Dragonborn. The rules don't apply to you. You can Shout the way dragons do... without training, through inborn instinct. They always hope to teach the Dragonborn to respect the Way of the Voice as they do. They never fully succeed. You'll have to make your own decision. It's a beautiful philosophy, but outside the seclusion of High Hrothgar, I was never able to hold to it."
Arngeir - is he one of the Greybeards? "Yes. The oldest and most powerful, although he may not seem so. I doubt he's forgiven me for leaving. And for... well, for what he'd consider blasphemy. Using Shouts for anything but worship of Kynareth."
Show: Season Unending
In the Palace of the Kings:

"I remember you... You were at Helgen with us! Come to join the war? Speak with Galmar, he handles the new recruits."

That's not why I'm here. "I'm sorry to hear that. If you change your mind, speak with Galmar. What does bring you to me?"
I have a message from the Greybeards. "It's about time they turned their gaze from the heavens, back to our bleeding homeland. What do they want?"
They want to negotiate a truce until the dragon menace is dealt with. "I have the greatest respect for the Greybeards, of course. And the dragon attacks are a growing plague. But the political situation is still delicate. Not all the Jarls are fully committed to supporting me as High King. I can't afford to appear weak. I can't agree to this unless Tullius himself will be there."
The Greybeards won't let the Empire take advantage of you. "You speak truly, Dragonborn. Sometimes the grubby business of politics clouds my eyes. Besides, it will be good to see High Hrothgar again."
Politics be damned. Alduin has returned! (Persuade)
"Alduin? The World-Eater of song and legend? If that's true... well, it changes the situation doesn't it? Even Tullius may be forced to talk sense in the face of such a threat." (Success)
""Alduin? The World-Eater of song and legend? If that's true, we're all doomed anyway. And if it isn't true... well, then the fight to free Skyrim goes on. Either way, I don't see the use in talking to the Empire." (Failure)
General Tullius has already agreed to attend. (Only if spoken to Tullius prior)
"Good. We still hold half of Skyrim despite everything the Empire could throw at us. I doubt the Empire has the stomach for much more bloodletting. (Without participaring in the civil war)"
"Good. Maybe he's realized he's beaten. The way things are going, we'll be knocking at the gates of Solitude itself before too long. (If the Stormcloaks are winning the war)"
"Good. They've had their victories, but Tullius is no fool. The Empire can't afford to keep this up much longer. (If the Empire is winning the war)"
So you'll come to the peace council? "Yes. I'll give Tullius one more chance to quit Skyrim with his tail between his legs."
General Tullius hasn't agreed to attend yet. "I can't agree to any peace council until I know Tullius will be there. The other Jarls could take that as a sign of weakness."
Showing respect to the Greybeards will increase your prestige. "I don't need you to teach me how to play high politics in Skyrim. But... you're right. There's nothing to be gained by refusing the Greybeards' request."
Tullius will look weak if he refuses, not you.
"You're right. Let Tullius be the one to insult the Greybeards by refusing their summons. Show up these Imperials for the foreigners they really are."
"He is weak. And no doubt knows it. He's no fool, he'll come, if only to give his troops a chance to refit. But you're right. Victory is within our grasp. We can afford to give the Empire one more chance to withdraw. (If the Stormcloaks are winning the war)"
"Hmm. We could use the time to bring in new recruits. Our losses have been heavy recently... (If the Empire is winning the war)"
So you'll come to the peace council? "Yes. I'll give Tullius one more chance to quit Skyrim with his tail between his legs."

When speaking about Elenwen:

"By Ysmir's beard, the nerve of those Imperial bastards, eh? To think that we would sit down with that... Thalmor bitch. I say she walks or we walk." (As a Stormcloak)
"By Ysmir's beard, the nerve of those Imperial bastards, eh? To think that I would sit down at the same table with that... Thalmor bitch. Either she walks or I do." (Neutral)

You're right. The Thalmor have no business here. "I'm glad we agree on this."
I agree. This will set the tone for the whole negotiation. Elenwen should go.
"We're off to a good start." (Neutral)
"Well said." (Stormcloak)
Let Tullius have his way on this. He'll have to give ground later. "Hmm. It feels like a mistake to me, but I'll bow to your judgment on this."
What's the harm? Besides, Tullius doesn't really want her here either.
"Maybe so, but bringing her here is a deliberate provocation. We need to show Tullius we won't be pushed around." (Stormcloak)
"Maybe so, but bringing her here is a deliberate provocation. Tullius needs to know I won't be pushed around." (Neutral)

If the Empire demands Riften:

"This council was your idea, eh? So tell us, what do you think Riften is worth?"

<Alias=ImperialMinorHoldCapital> seems like a fair trade.
"In exchange for Riften, the jewel of Skyrim? Hardly. Whiterun seems like a better choice to me. From there we can threaten to undermine the whole Imperial position. (This option does not appear in game)"
"In exchange for Riften, the jewel of Skyrim? Hardly. How about the Reach? Gaining control of the silver mines would be invaluable."
There are advantages to gaining <Alias=ImperialMinorHoldCapital>. (Persuade)
"I've never liked having the Imperials right on Windhelm's doorstep. Retaking Winterhold would help secure our supply lines..."
"Hjaalmarch would allow us to directly threaten the Imperial supply lines out of Solitude..."
"Blocking Pale Pass would cut one of the main Imperial supply routes... and Whiterun is dangerously exposed with the enemy in Falkreath."
"Hmm... the Empire is bringing in a lot of supplies through Dawnstar. Taking the Pale would stretch them pretty thin..."
"Not quite worth handing over Riften, but not a bad starting point."
"Not enough to outweigh the loss of Riften. The whole south of Eastmarch would be open to Imperial attack."
You asked my opinion. I gave it to you.
"I did ask. Although I'm beginning to wonder whose side you're really on. Still..." (Stormcloak)
"Fair enough. I thought you might be able to see past your Imperial loyalties in the interests of peace, but I guess not. Still..." (Imperial)
"Fair enough. You claim to be neutral, but it seems that you actually favor the Empire. Still..."
"Better than nothing, I guess. But Tullius will need to offer a lot more if he wants me to give up Riften without a fight."
You're right. <Alias=ImperialMajorHoldCapital> is a fair trade for Riften.
"I'm glad you agree. I was starting to wonder whose side you were on here."
"Well. Good! You favor the Empire less than I feared. Maybe we will be able to come to some agreement here after all." (Imperial)
How about <Alias=ImperialMajorHold>?
"It has its advantages. I've never liked having the Empire perched on my doorstep. And Riften would be easy to hold..."
"Yes. With Markarth in our hands, we'll be able to raid the Imperial supply lines out of Solitude..."
The Empire holds nothing worth trading Riften for. "You're right. Tullius isn't in any position to ask for Riften."
The Empire holds only Solitude. Tullius is in no position to make demands. "Just what I was thinking."

If the Stormcloaks demand a minor hold:

"You've dealt with us fairly so far. You've heard our demand. What say you?"
"What say you, Dragonborn?"

The Empire doesn't need to give up any more territory.
"What? And you call yourself a son (Or daughter) of Skyrim?" (Stormcloak)
"Even the Dragonborn betrays Skyrim."
I agree. The Empire should turn over <Alias=ImperialMinorHold2>.
"Spoken like a true son (Or daughter) of Skyrim!" (Stormcloak)
"You treat us fairly. Thank you."

As cut content, Ulfric was also supposed to talk in regards to a massacre at a Stormcloak town:

"You've dealt with us fairly so far. You've heard our demand. What say you?"
"What say you, Dragonborn?"

Who's to say what happened at <Alias=SonsTownRaided>?
"Think carefully where your loyalties lie... brother (Or sister)." (Stormcloak)
"I don't know why I expected even-handed treatment from you."
The Empire should compensate you for <Alias=SonsTownRaided>.
"I think you're on the wrong side in this war, my friend." (Imperial)

As cut content, Ulfric was also supposed to comment on a poor outcome:

"Your actions here were a disgrace. You betrayed Skyrim at every turn."
"Now that the Empire has been driven from the Reach we can put a stop to the raping of her silver mines. That silver belongs in Skyrim."
"You... you disappointed me. You gave too much away. More than was necessary to secure this truce."
"You've disgraced yourself and our cause. You are no longer fit to be known as a son/daughter of Skyrim." (Stormcloak)

I'm sorry. I was trying to reach a fair agreement. "Very honorable, I'm sure, but you should not put your own honor above the freedom of Skyrim."
I thought you needed to be taken down a notch. "You made your decision. Now live with it."
I did what I thought was right.
"I'm sure that will be a great comfort to the families of your comrades who died to free the land you just gave back to the Empire."
"You should think harder on your commitment to Skyrim's freedom next time you're deciding what's right." (Stormcloak)

As cut content, the Dragonborn was also intended to be able to switch sides in the war during the treaty:

"The Empire showed its true colors today, eh? Don't worry. I was once loyal to the Empire, too, before my eyes were opened. Come see me in Windhelm when all this is over, and I'll find a place for you."
"I think you may have joined up with the wrong side, Dragonborn. You showed yourself a true son (Or daughter) of Skyrim here today." (Imperial)

I accept your offer. I'd like to join the Stormcloaks. "Welcome, brother (Or sister)! I'm glad that your eyes have finally been opened to the Empire's true nature."
How can I help? "Come see me in Windhelm when this is all done. There's always work for those willing to fight for Skyrim."
'You and Tullius are both mistaken. I'm loyal to the Empire. "I'm sorry to hear that. I thought your eyes had finally been opened to the Empire's true nature."
Show: Joining the Stormcloaks
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Only the foolish or the courageous approach a Jarl without summons..." (According to the Creation Kit: Edits: "Either you're quite brave or quite foolish to brazenly approach a Jarl unsummoned.") "Do I know you?"

I believe we've already met. "Is that so...? Ah yes, you were with us at Helgen. Destined for the chopping block if I'm not mistaken."
I was at Helgen. "Ahhh. Yes... Destined for the chopping block if I'm not mistaken."
I helped Ralof escape. He said he'd vouch for me. (Only available if Ralof is followed during "Unbound.") "Ralof's alive? I hope that's true. He's a damn good man. But he hasn't returned yet, so I'll need to wait for his account. For now, speak with Galmar."
I was set free. I could've gone anywhere. I came here to fight the Empire. "A fair point... Well, you've come to the right place, then. Speak with Galmar."
"I'm always looking for able fighters. Not everyone can say they made it out of Helgen. Seems we're all branded as criminals these days... So long as your criminal past stays in the past, and you fight for me with honor and integrity, we'll welcome you into our ranks. Speak with Galmar. He'll size you up and see where we can best use your talents."

While talking to Ulfric, but leaving dialogue:

"As you can see, I have much that requires my attention. If you're inclined to gab, there are some nice prison guards you may like to meet..." (According to the Creation Kit: Edits: "I'm a busy man, if you like to gab, I know some very nice prison wardens I could introduce you to.")

After getting order from Galmar:

"I believe Galmar gave you something to do, so go do it!"

Show: The Jagged Crown
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Why are you still here? You're supposed to be at Korvanjund, proving Galmar right, or proving him wrong."

After obtaining the Crown:

Here's the Jagged Crown. I believe you owe Galmar a drink? "Damn him - the old bear was right! Did you run into any trouble?"

Nothing I couldn't handle. "That's the spirit. I'll get all the details from Galmar when he gets back."
We lost a lot of good men. I hope it was worth it. "The blood of our fallen heroes will make Skyrim free; never doubt it. Also, never doubt me, or Galmar."
The Imperials were there ahead of us. "Damnit! What were they doing there? Imperial spies are everywhere, never forget that. I trust you gave them a thrashing?"

(From this point, the quest Message to Whiterun starts)

If the Dragonborn joined the Legion:

I'm here to join your fight against the Empire. "Are you now? You were at Helgen, one of the prisoners. Although no one seems to know how you got mixed up in that affair. Normally. I would have welcomed someone like you -- resourceful, clearly no friend of the Empire. But I've had some disturbing reports of you... seen talking to General Tullius in Castle Dour, for example. So what do you have to say for yourself? How can I be sure you're not an Imperial spy?"

I have the Jagged Crown. "So you as good as admit you're working for the Imperials. Yet you walk in here, and ask to join me. What are you playing at?"
I made a mistake. I want to be a Stormcloak. The crown belongs to you. "You're not short of guts, are you? What's your game? Why would Tullius waste resources getting the crown only to give it to me? Poisoned perhaps? No. He's not that cunning. Alright. I believe you. You aren't the first to turn away from the Empire in disgust. But remember - you're one of us now, forever. Whatever Imperial loyalties you may have had... that's all in the past, forgotten. Now, to prove yourself to me, I have a task for you. Take my axe, and deliver it to the Jarl of Whiterun."
Never mind. "The Imperials wouldn't have just let you walk away. Remember that."
Show: Message to Whiterun (Imperial)
In the Palace of the Kings:

I've brought a message from the Jarl of Whiterun. "Is that so? I've been wondering when he'd come around."

(Hand him the axe) "Oh. What's this? Ahhh... You're quite brave to carry such a message. It's a pity you've chosen the wrong side... You can return this axe to the man who sent it. And tell him he should prepare to entertain... visitors. I expect a great deal of excitement in the city of Whiterun in the near future..."
You've killed the High King. Why make war on your own people? "I have shown the people that when our Jarls drink the Empire's milk, it makes us weak. I must now show them the path that will lead us back to our strength. There is no progress without sacrifice. No wheat without threshing the chaff. The Empire and the Jarls who back them must be swept away. The people demand it. I demand it."
You will be stopped. "Oh? True, I may meet my end in a dark alley with a dagger in my back. But the people have seen the truth, and they will not back down."
We'll be seeing you soon. "Sooner than you think."
Show: Message to Whiterun (Stormcloak)
In the Palace of the Kings:
"Now then. I'm glad you're here. I have a message I need delivered to the Jarl of Whiterun. Deliver this axe to Balgruuf the Greater."
An axe? "Yes, an axe! How long have you been in Skyrim? Give the man my axe. If he keeps it, I will bide my time. If he returns it to you, it means war.
Should I say anything to him? "Men who understand each other often have no need for words. There are but a few simple truths behind one warrior giving another his axe. Balgruuf will know my meaning."
Understood. "Keep your wits about you. The Jarl of Whiterun is known for his temper."

If approached again:

"I thought I gave you something to do."
"To Whiterun with you."

After returning with the Axe:

The Jarl of Whiterun returns your axe. "Then I was wrong about him."

Show: Battle for Whiterun
In the Palace of the Kings:

Orders, sir? "Make haste to our camp in Whiterun. I want you on the front lines. I have a feeling about you. Your place is on that battlefield. I need you there." (According to the Creation Kit: Edits: "I have a feeling about you. Your destiny is on that battlefield. I need you there.")

Yes, sir! "Fight well, or die well. Talos be with you!"
Many will die by my hand. "Then I commit them to whatever gods they still believe in. Talos be with you!"

If the Dragonborn fled during the battle:

"We've driven the Imperials out of Whiterun. This is good. Very good. We now control the center. It's a powerful position. One I aim to keep. But I'm disappointed to hear that you ran away from the battle. The gods do not reward cowardice. Nor do I. I expect better from you."

Show: Liberation of Skyrim (Rescue from Fort Neugrad)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"We've driven the Imperials out of Whiterun. This is good. Very good. We now control the center. It's a powerful position. One I aim to keep. We'll call you Ice-Veins now, for the thick blood of our land has seeped into your heart. Here, take this. It's an Imperial officer's sword. A fitting weapon to use against our enemy."

What's our next move against the Empire? "I suspect you'll be of greater to use to us with greater freedom, so you're free to engage the Imperials as you see fit. But I also want you to find our hidden camp in Falkreath. Galmar will have special tasks for you, and will need you when we liberate the capital."
What exactly will I be doing out there? "You'll be doing whatever Galmar tells you to do, and causing as much mayhem as possible for the Empire and any Jarl who supports them."
Understood. "Talos guide you."
Show: Liberation of Skyrim (The Battle for Fort Sungard)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"I'm proud we liberated Falkreath from the Empire. In many ways it's the heart and soul of Skyrim. Not to mention its rather strategic position. Some brothers have taken to calling you Bone-Breaker, evidence of you ferocity and determination. A fitting name. So we shall all call you thus. The war demands so much from us, and we give all we have to it and to the people... but I've kept little something to offer you in appreciation. Please take this on behalf of all the brothers and sisters. And I need capable and loyal warriors close at hand. So I'd like to offer you a home in Windhelm. Speak with my steward who'll make the arrangements."

What's our next move against the Empire? "Get over to our camp in the Reach. They need every able body they can muster."
What exactly will I be doing out there? "You'll be doing whatever Galmar tells you to do, and causing as much mayhem as possible for the Empire and any Jarl who supports them."
Understood. "Go with the gods. (or "Talos guide you." or "For Skyrim!")"
Show: Liberation of Skyrim (The Battle for Fort Snowhawk)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Now that the Empire has been driven from the Reach we can put a stop to the raping of her silver mines. That silver belongs in Skyrim. Multitudes of our enemies are buried in an avalanche of pain and retribution delivered by your hands. I shall call you Snow-Hammer now. You show great passion for battle, and compassion for those we fight for. You are becoming indispensable to our cause. We do what we do out of love for our brothers and sisters. Here, take this as a token of such love reciprocated."

What's next? "You're needed in Hjaalmarch. There's much to be done."
What exactly will I be doing out there? "You'll be doing whatever Galmar tells you to do, and causing as much mayhem as possible for the Empire and any Jarl who supports them."
Understood. "Talos guide you. (or "Go with the gods." or "For Skyrim!")"
Show: Liberation of Skyrim (Battle for Solitude)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Tullius must be getting nervous. Taking Hjaalmarch we're practically in his backyard now. As soon as we're able, we'll march on Solitude. You've become a true hero of Skyrim. I number you among my kin. You shall now be known as Stormblade. The love of the land and her people flows from your heart, even as death to her enemies flows from your hands. On behalf of the sons and daughters of Skyrim, on behalf of all that is righteous and true, take this token of our appreciation for your service."

What's next? "You've no time to glory in your accomplishments. We're gathering for our final assault on Solitude. I need you there. Report to our camp in Haafingar."

If "Bound Until Death" is active:

What's next? "We're ready to march on Solitude, but the Emperor's cousin is getting married! If royal blood was spilt, all of Cyrodiil would be up in arms. We can't afford an all out war with the Empire. So we'll bide our time for now."

If "To Kill an Empire" is active:

"We're ready to march on Solitude, but the Emperor's visiting! The goddamned Emperor! And, as much as I'd like to kill the man myself, we can't risk an all out war with the Empire. We'll bide our time for now..."

In Castle Dour:

"War always comes down to this, doesn't it? A single truth-laden moment."

Just kill her and get it over with. "I fear that will be the way of it."
You're not going to kill her, are you? "It's up to her, isn't it?"

After defeating Rikke and Tullius:

"Well, Dragonborn. What do you say? Do you want the honor?"

I've had my fair share of killing today. "As you wish."
That honor belongs to you. "As you wish. This moment, we three, will be immortalized in song."
I'll gladly kill him. "Dragonborn. Here, use my sword to do it. This moment will be immortalized in song. Make it a good kill."

After Tullius is killed:

"Stormblade. I want you to have my sword, a token of my appreciation. Now then. The men will expect a speech. Will you stand by my side? I wish to honor you, Dragonborn and the truest of Stormcloaks."

Of course, my Lord. "Very good. Come, the people await us."
Maybe you should leave me out of your speech. "Oh, why is that?"
Many have fought and died. I'm no different than they are. "On the contrary, you exceed the rest. But, I will honor your request. The gods know of your victories, and they themselves will glory in your deeds. Come, at the very least walk with me."
I'm not sure this was all worth it, after all. "There's no shame in such thoughts. A man without doubts is a man without conscience. But rest assured. We've won Skyrim's right to determine her own future. And for that, every Nord praises us. But I will heed your wishes. Come, at the very least walk with me."
My reasons are my own. "A man's heart is his own burden to bear, so I will honor your request, though it casts a bit of gloom on an otherwise glorious day. Come, at the very least walk with me."
Show: Post-Civil War dialogue
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Yes? Make it quick, I'm a busy man."

So, do I call you High King now? "No, not yet. We'll wait for the Moot to name me High King. It'll be better for all that way. But, that doesn't mean I won't still start acting like it. There's much to do. The new Jarls need help building armies, and enforcing their right to rule. The Empire may try to reclaim Skyrim, and I need everyone ready for that. Though the biggest threat, of course, is the elves."
Is there anything further I can do for the cause? "True sons and daughters of Skyrim reign in every city, we've crippled the Imperial Legion, and cut off its head by killing General Tullius himself. What more could I ask of you? No, you're free to roam. I suspect the gods have needs for you elsewhere. That said, some of the Legion's staunchest men have organized themselves, and are operating out of hidden military camps in the wilderness. If you come across any Imperials in your travels, I expect you'll know what to do."
Now that we've defeated the Imperials, will there be peace? "There will be peace for a time, during which we must rebuild Skyrim into the land it once was. Strong. Self-reliant. The center of mankind. Because getting rid of the Empire was only half the problem. Soon, the elves will again seek to rule the world. We must ready ourselves to fight them. For it will be Skyrim that shall lead Tamriel in those dark days, when the fate of the world is finally determined."
Show: Becoming Thane
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

My Jarl, is there anything else you need? "I'd like to offer you a place in my court, as a Thane. It's mainly an honorary title, but there are a few perks. Now, by law and tradition, I can only grant this title to one who is known throughout Eastmarch, and who owns property in Windhelm. If you do good works for the people and purchase a home from my steward, I'll name you my Thane."

It will be an honor. "The honor will be mine."
I won't be able to do that right now. "Very well."

When the tasks are completed, Ulfric will be able to grant the Dragonborn the title of Thane of Eastmarch:

I've helped your people as you asked. "Then by my right as Jarl, I name you Thane of Eastmarch. Congratulations. I grant you a personal Housecarl to watch over your home and this weapon from my armory to serve as your badge of office. I'll also notify my guards of your new title.

Show: Stormcloak salary
In Castle Dour:

I'd like to collect my earnings. "Are you sure? It's rightfully yours, but this money could go to getting better weapons and armor, and making repairs to the settlements we control."

I'll take my pay. "Here you go. Your continued assistance to the cause is appreciated."
I'll donate my earnings to the cause. "I wish more had the dedication and strength of character that you demonstrate. I'll be sure this gets put to good use."

Post-Season Unending

Show: Liberation of Skyrim (The Battle for Fort Kastav)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Get up to Winterhold. We're going to take it back. I know you thought we weren't losing much when you gave it to the enemy. But I'm wasting troops guarding the border that belong on the front lines."

Understood. "Go with the gods."

After taking back Winterhold:

"I'm glad we've taken back Winterhold. While the Imperials were up there, important resources were tied up stiffening our northern border."

Show: Liberation of Skyrim (The Battle for Fort Greenwall)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Make your way to our hidden camp in the Rift. I can't continue to push forward when I'm worried about Eastmarch's southern border. I hold you responsible for this situation. So, you better win me back Riften, or die trying."

Understood. "For Skyrim!"

After taking back the Rift:

"I'm glad we liberated the Rift. It was dangerous having Imperials skulking about on the southern border of Eastmarch."

Show: Liberation of Skyrim (The Battle for Fort Dunstad)
In the Palace of the Kings:

"Get over to our camp in the Pale. It's time we bring them back into the fold. And don't think for a moment I've forgotten it was you that lost us the hold in the first place."

Understood. "Go with the gods."

After taking back the Pale:

"I'm glad we've finally restored the Pale. It was extremely foolish giving the Empire control of another port."


Show: Helgen
In Helgen:

Ralof: "Hey, you. You're finally awake. You were trying to cross the border, right? Walked right into that Imperial ambush, same as us, and that thief over there."
Lokir: "Damn you Stormcloaks. Skyrim was fine until you came along. Empire was nice and lazy. If they hadn't been looking for you, I could've stolen that horse and been halfway to Hammerfell. You there... You and me, we shouldn't be here. It's these Stormcloaks the Empire wants."
Ralof: "We're all brothers and sisters in binds now, thief."
Imperial Soldier: "Shut up back there!"
Lokir: "And what's wrong with him, huh?"
Ralof: "Watch your tongue. You're speaking to Ulfric Stormcloak, the true High King."
Lokir: "Ulfric? The Jarl of Windhelm? You're the leader of the rebellion. But if they've captured you... Oh gods, where are they taking us?"
Ralof: "I don't know where we're going, but Sovngarde awaits."
Lokir: "No, this can't be happening. This isn't happening."
Ralof: "Hey, what village are you from, horse thief?"
Lokir: "Why do you care?"
Ralof: "A Nord's last thoughts should be of home."
Lokir: "Rorikstead. I'm... I'm from Rorikstead."
Imperial: "General Tullius, sir! The headsman is waiting!"
Tullius: "Good. Let's get this over with."
Lokir: "Shor, Mara, Dibella, Kynareth, Akatosh. Divines, please help me."
Ralof: "Look at him, General Tullius, the Military Governor. And it looks like the Thalmor are with him. Damn elves. I bet they had something to do with this. This is Helgen. I used to be sweet on a girl from here. Wonder if Vilod is still making that mead with juniper berries mixed in. Funny, when I was a boy, Imperial walls and towers used to make me feel so safe."
Haming: "Who are they, daddy? Where are they going?"
Torolf: "You need to go inside, little cub."
Haming: "Why? I want to watch the soldiers."
Torolf: "Inside the house. Now."
Haming: "Yes, papa."
Imperial: "Whoa!"
Captain: "Get these prisoners out of the carts. Move it!"
Lokir: "Why are we stopping?"
Ralof: "Why do you think? End of the line. Let's go. Shouldn't keep the gods waiting for us."
Lokir: "No! Wait! We're not rebels!"
Ralof: "Face your death with some courage, thief."
Lokir: "You've got to tell them! We weren't with you! This is a mistake!"
Imperial Captain: "Step towards the block when we call your name. One at a time."
Ralof: "Empire loves their damn lists."
Hadvar: "Ulfric Stormcloak. Jarl of Windhelm."
Ralof: "It has been an honor, Jarl Ulfric!"
Hadvar: "Ralof of Riverwood. Lokir of Rorikstead."
Lokir: "No, I'm not a rebel. You can't do this!" [runs]
Captain: "Halt!"
Lokir: "You're not going to kill me!"
Captain: "Archers!" [Lokir is shot dead] "Anyone else feel like running?"
Hadvar: "Wait. You there. Step forward. Who are you?"

Hadvar: "Captain. What should we do? He/She's not on the list."
Captain: "Forget the list. He/She goes to the block."
Hadvar: "By your orders, Captain. Follow the Captain, prisoner."
Tullius: "Ulfric Stormcloak. Some here in Helgen call you a hero. But a hero doesn't use a power like The Voice to murder his king and usurp his throne."
Ulfric: "[muffled grunts]"
Tullius: "You started this war, plunged Skyrim into chaos, and now the Empire is going to put you down, and restore the peace."

Show: Unbound
In Helgen:

Ralof: "Jarl Ulfric! What is that thing? Could the legends be true?"
Ulfric: "Legends don't burn down villages. We need to move. Now!"
Ralof: "Up through the tower, let's go!"
Stormcloak: "They're hurt, but they'll live. Another second out there with the dragon, and they'd both be dead..."
Ralof: "Let's go! With me, up the tower!"
Stormcloak: "We just need to move some of these rocks to clear the way!"

Alduin bashes through the wall next to the staircase as the Dragonborn is ascending it. Ulfric will also say the following lines to the Dragonborn after this occurs, if they remain in the tower:

  • "We need to move. Now!"
  • "Up the stairs! Quickly!"
  • "Come on! Before the dragon brings down the whole tower!"
  • "What are you waiting for? Up the stairs! Now!"
Show: Joining the Stormcloaks
In the Palace of the Kings:

Galmar: "Balgruuf won't give us a straight answer."
Ulfric: "He's a true Nord. He'll come around."
Galmar: "Don't be so sure of that. We've intercepted couriers from Solitude. The Empire's putting a great deal of pressure on Whiterun."
Ulfric: "And what would you have me do?"
Galmar: "If he's not with us, he's against us."
Ulfric: "He knows that. They all know that."
Galmar: "How long are you going to wait?"
Ulfric: "You think I need to send Balgruuf a stronger message."
Galmar: "If by message you mean shoving a sword through his gullet."
Ulfric: "Taking his city and leaving him in disgrace would make a more powerful statement, don't you think?"
Galmar: "So we're ready to start this war in earnest then?"
Ulfric: "Soon."
Galmar: "I still say you should take them all out like you did Deadking Torygg."
Ulfric: "Torygg was merely a message to the other Jarls. Whoever we replace them with will need the support of our armies."
Galmar: "We're ready when you are."
Ulfric: "Things hinge on Whiterun. If we can take the city without bloodshed all the better. But if not..."
Galmar: "The people are behind you."
Ulfric: "Many I fear still need convincing."
Galmar: "Then let them die with their false kings."
Ulfric: "We've been soldiers a long time. We know the price of freedom. The people are still weighing things in their hearts."
Galmar: "What's left of Skyrim to wager?"
Ulfric: "They have families to think of."
Galmar: "How many of their sons and daughters follow your banner? We are their families."
Ulfric: "Well put, friend. Tell me, Galmar, why do you fight for me?"
Galmar: "I'd follow you into the depths of Oblivion, you know that."
Ulfric: "Yes, but why do you fight? If not for me, what then?"
Galmar: "I'll die before elves dictate the fates of men. Are we not one in this?"
Ulfric: "I fight for the men I've held in my arms, dying on foreign soil. I fight for their wives and children, who's [sic] [Do not change this to whose. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] names I heard whispered in their last breaths. I fight for we few who did come home, only to find our country full of strangers wearing familiar faces. I fight for my people impoverished to pay the debts of an Empire too weak to rule them, yet brands them criminals for wanting to rule themselves! I fight so that all the fighting I've already done hasn't been for nothing. I fight... because I must."
Galmar: "Your words give voice to what we all feel, Ulfric. And that's why you will be High King. But the day words are enough, will be the day when soldiers like us are no longer needed."
Ulfric: "I would gladly retire from the world were such a day to dawn."
Galmar: "Aye. But in the meantime, we have a war to plan."

Show: The Jagged Crown
In the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "Tell me again why we're wasting time and dwindling resources chasing a legend. We don't even know it exists!"
Galmar: "The Jarls are upset. They don't all support you."
Ulfric: "Damn the Jarls."
Galmar: "They demand the Moot."
Ulfric: "And damn the Moot! We should risk letting those milkdrinkers put Torygg's woman on the throne? She'll hand Skyrim over to the elves on a silver plate."
Galmar: "All the more reason then. The crown would legitimize your claim."
Ulfric: "A crown doesn't make a king."
Galmar: "No, but this one..."
Ulfric: "If it even exists."
Galmar: "It exists. And it'll be the symbol of the righteousness of our cause. Think about it. The Jagged Crown! It heralds back to a time before Jarls and Moots. Back to the time when a king was a king because his enemies fell before him, and his people rose because they loved him. Skyrim needs that king. You will be that king, Ulfric. You must be."
Ulfric: "You're certain you've found it?"
Galmar: "When have I ever been false with you?"
Ulfric: "Fine. I'll send the Unblooded here with you. Fancy a crawl through a moldering dungeon to see if you can't stir up Galmar's Jagged Crown?"
Galmar: "It'll be there. You'll see."

Show: Battle for Whiterun
In the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "You were right, Galmar."
Galmar: "Again?"
Ulfric: "I'm in no mood to joke."
Galmar: "Give the word, my lord, and Whiterun is yours."
Ulfric: "Whiterun is only a means to an end."
Galmar: "I've toured our camps. We're ready, Ulfric... Whenever you are."
Ulfric: "Is any man ever ready to give the order that will mean the deaths of many?"
Galmar: "No. But neither is every man able to give that order when he must. But you are that man, Ulfric. You've been that man before, and you'll be him again. And these men and women―they call themselves Stormcloaks because they believe in you. They are the meanest, toughest sons of bitches Skyrim has to offer. And they want this. They want this as much as you do. Perhaps, they want it more."
Ulfric: "You're certain we're ready? Whiterun's army will no doubt be bolstered with Legionnares [sic] [Do not change this to "Legionnaires". This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]. And those walls around Whiterun are old, but they still stand."
Galmar: "We are ready. And I might be old myself, but I'll kick those damn walls down with my bare feet―if you would only ask me to do it!"
Ulfric: "Ha. And I'm sure you could do it, too. Alright. This is it."
Galmar: "Yes!"
Ulfric: "Send the word. "A new day is dawning and the sun rises over Whiterun.""
Galmar: "Aye, and the sons of Skyrim will greet that dawn, teeth and swords flashing."
Ulfric: "So it begins."

Show: Battle for Solitude
Outside Solitude:

"This is it men! It's time to make this city ours! We come to this moment carried by the sacrifices and the courage of our fellows. Those who have fallen. And those still bearing the shields to our right. On this day, our enemy will know the fullness of our determination, the true depth of our anger, and the exalted righteousness of our cause. The gods are watching. The spirits of our ancestors are stirring. And the men under suns yet to dawn will be transformed by what we do here today. Fear neither pain, nor darkness. For Sovngarde awaits those who die with weapons in their hands, and courage in their hearts. We now fight our way to Castle Dour to cut the head off the legion itself! And in that moment, the gods will look down and see Skyrim as she was meant to be. Full of Nords who are mighty, powerful, and free! Ready now! Everyone, with me! For the sons and daughters of Skyrim! Rrrrrraaaaaaaaggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!"

In Castle Dour:

Ulfric: "Secure the door."
Galmar: "Already done."
Rikke: "Ulfric. Stop."
Ulfric: "Stop what? Taking Skyrim back from those who'd leave her to rot?"
Rikke. "You're wrong. Ulfric. We need the Empire. Without it Skyrim will assuredly fall to the Dominion."
Galmar: "You were there with us. You saw it. The day the Empire signed that damn treaty was the day the Empire died."
Ulfric: "The Empire is weak, obsolete. Look at how far we've come and with so little. When we're done rooting out Imperial influence here at home, then we will take our war to the Aldmeri Dominion."
Rikke: "You're a damn fool."
Galmar: "Stand aside woman. We've come for the General."
Rikke: "He has given up. But I have not."
Ulfric: "Rikke. Go. You're free to leave."
Rikke: "I'm also free to stay and fight for what I believe in."
Ulfric: "You're also free to die for it."
Rikke: "This is what you wanted? Shield brothers and sisters killing each other? Families torn apart? This is the Skyrim you want?!"
Galmar: "Damnit woman, stand aside."
Rikke: "That's not the Skyrim I want to live in."
Ulfric: "Rikke. You don't have to do this."
Rikke: "You've left me no choice... Talos preserve us."

After defeating Rikke and Tullius:

Tullius: "Enough... enough..."
Ulfric: "This is it for you. Any last words before I send you to Oblivion?"
Tullius: "You realize this is exactly what they wanted."
Galmar: "What who wanted?"
Tullius: "The Thalmor. They stirred up trouble here. Forced us to divert needed resources and throw away good soldiers quelling this rebellion."
Ulfric: "It's a little more than a rebellion, don't you think?"
Galmar: "Heh."
Tullius: "We aren't the bad guys you know."
Ulfric: "Maybe not, but you certainly aren't the good guys."
Tullius: "Perhaps you're right. But then what does that make you?"
Ulfric: "You just said it yourself."
Galmar: "It makes us right."
Tullius: "And if I surrender?"
Ulfric: "The Empire I remember never surrendered."
Galmar: "That Empire is dead. And so are you."
Tullius: "So be it."
Galmar: "Just kill him and let's be done with it already."
Ulfric: "Come, Galmar. Where's your sense of the dramatic moment?"
Galmar: "By the gods! If it's a good ending to some damn story you're after - perhaps the Dragonborn should be the one to do it."
Ulfric: "Good point."

After Tullius is killed:

Galmar: "Good. It's done."
Ulfric: "Well, I suppose some kind of speech is in order."
Galmar: "I'll go gather the men in the courtyard."
Ulfric: "And Elisif?"
Galmar: "Don't you worry about her. I've sent my best men to round her up."

Upon leaving Castle Dour:

Galmar: "And now, I present to you, Ulfric Stormcloak, hero of the people, liberator and High King of Skyrim!"
Ulfric: "I am indeed Ulfric Stormcloak, and at my side the man/woman we know as Stormblade, and the world knows as the Dragonborn. (This will not be included in his speech if the Dragonborn requests that it does not.) And indeed, there are many that call us heroes. But it is all of you who are the true heroes! It was you who fought a dying Empire who sunk its claws into our land, trying to drag us down with it. It was you who fought the Thalmor and their puppets who would have us deny our gods and our heritage. It was you who fought your kin who didn't understand our cause, who weren't willing to pay the price of our freedom. But more than that, it was you who fought for Skyrim, for our right to fight our own battles... To return to our glory and traditions, to determine our own future!"
Soldiers: "[Cheering]"
Ulfric: "And it is for these reasons that I cannot accept the mantle of "High King." Not until the Moot declares that title should adorn my shoulders will I accept it."
Soldier: "And what about Jarl Elisif?"
Ulfric: "Yes, what about the Lady Elisif? Will she put aside her personal hatred for me, and her misplaced love for the Emperor and his coin, so that the suffering of our people will end? Will she acknowledge that it is we Nord's [sic] [Do not change this to "Nords". This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] who will determine Skyrim's future? Will she swear fealty to me, so all may know that we are at peace, and a new day has dawned?"
Elisif: "I do!"
Ulfric: "Then it is settled. The Jarl will continue to rule Solitude, I will garrison armies here to ward off Imperial attempts to reclaim the city. And in due time, the Moot will meet, and settle the claim to High King once and for all. There is much to do, and I need every able bodied man and woman committed to rebuilding Skyrim. A great darkness is growing, and soon we will be called to fight it, on these shores or abroad. The Aldmeri Dominion may have defeated the Empire, but it has not defeated Skyrim!"
Soldiers: "[Cheering]"

And with his victory speech at last completed, Ulfric will then turn to Galmar for feedback on it:

Ulfric: "How'd I do?"
Galmar: "Eh, not so bad. Nice touch about the High King."
Ulfric: "Thank you, I thought so, too."
Galmar: "It's a foregone conclusion, you know."
Ulfric: "Oh, I know."
Galmar: "The Imperials aren't going to leave us alone. They still have camps in the hills. They'll continue to strike out at us, whenever and wherever they can."
Ulfric: "I'm not afraid of the remnants of the Legion, in time they'll all give up and go home. What I fear, is that the Thalmor will see our victory here and turn greater attention to our shores. We must be prepared to face them."
Galmar: "Aye."
Ulfric: "And of course, we couldn't have done it without you. May the gods preserve you." (Referring to the Dragonborn.)
Galmar: "May the gods preserve us all."
Ulfric: "Come, Galmar. We've still much work to do."

Show: Battle for Windhelm
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Tullius: "Secure the door."
Rikke: "Already done, sir."
Tullius: "Ulfric Stormcloak! You are guilty of insurrection, murder of Imperial citizens, the assassination of King Torygg, and high treason against the Empire. It's over."
Galmar: "Not while I'm still breathing, it's not."
Rikke: "Step aside Galmar. We're here to accept Ulfric's surrender."
Ulfric: "I'll never surrender Skyrim into the hands of a corrupt and dying Empire."
Rikke: "Skyrim doesn't belong to you, Ulfric."
Ulfric: "No... But I belong to her."
Tullius: "Enough! You are traitors and will die traitors' deaths. Stand down and face public execution, or advance and face summary execution by my hands. It matters little to me. Either way I'll be sending your heads back to Cyrodiil."
Galmar: "Well? What are we waiting for?"

After killing Galmar and weakening Ulfric:

Tullius: "Well Ulfric, you can't escape from me this time. Any last requests before I send you to... to wherever you people go when you die."
Rikke: "Sovngarde... sir."
Tullius: "Right. Well?"
Ulfric: "Let the Dragonborn be the one to do it. It'll make for a better song."
Tullius: "Song or not, I just want it done."

Tullius will then give the Dragonborn the choice of killing Ulfric themselves, or letting Tullius do it. After Ulfric is dead, Rikke will whisper:

Rikke: "Talos be with you..."
Tullius: "What was that, Legate?"
Rikke: "Nothing. Just saying goodbye."
Tullius: "Well, the men will be expecting some kind of speech. And we'll need to hand the city over to that Free-Winter fellow."
Rikke: "Brunwulf. Yes, I've sent men to protect him and bring him here. Windhelm will need a government quickly if we are to prevent more violence."
Tullius: "The Legion will be staying here for quite some time. I don't expect there to be any further violence."

Show: Wartime strategies
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "Galmar thinks we should double our men in the Reach."
Jorleif: "A reasonable strategy."
Ulfric: "And you, Jorleif?"
Jorleif: "Well, sir, the hold of Falkreath is fairly vulnerable, and blocks the only road from Cyrodiil."
Ulfric: "A good point, old friend."
Jorleif: "To be sure, my lord, I am not skilled in the arts of war or military tactics."
Ulfric: "But you're able to see the whole in the parts, and for that I'm grateful."
Jorleif: "As you wish, sir."

Show: Unrest in the Gray Quarter
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Jorleif: "Sir, there continues to be unrest in the Gray Quarter."
Ulfric: "Blasted dark elves. I don't suppose you could tell them that I presently have larger concerns? Such as all of Skyrim?"
Jorleif: "They don't seem to be very sympathetic to our cause, sir."
Ulfric: "Let me know if you hear anything more substantial."
Jorleif: "Of course, my lord."

Show: Message to the Reach
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "Jorleif, I want you to send a messenger to our western camps."
Jorleif: "And the message, sir?"
Ulfric: "I'm diverting Gar and Haddring's men to join him."
Jorleif: "Is that wise, sir?"
Ulfric: "It will work if we can pull Hran's men from the south. And find a bit of luck."
Jorleif: "Of course. Something that seems to be in short supply these days."
Ulfric: "I'm not seeking advice right now, friend. Just send the message."

Show: Potential Allies
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "Is there any news from High Rock?"
Galmar: "Not a peep. Those prissy Bretons can't be made to lift a finger to help their neighbors."
Ulfric: "I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. They've never had many problems with the Empire."
Galmar: "Those milk-drinkers? Might as well be elves. Think they're better than us."
Ulfric: "Regardless, it appears Skyrim must stand alone, again."

Show: Patience in war
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "Calm yourself, Galmar. Save it for the battlefield."
Galmar: "Our men are getting massacred out there. Damn Imperials."
Ulfric: "We can't march on Solitude. Not yet. One thing at a time."
Galmar: "We need to move faster. Keep them off balance."
Ulfric: "It's working, Galmar. Our patience has won us friends and allies. And our armies are systematically taking care of the rest."

Show: Dragon Allies
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Galmar: "Do you think we could persuade one of the dragons to join our side?"
Ulfric: "I'm fairly sure that the dragons don't care about our matters one way or the other."
Galmar: "But just think of the advantage."
Ulfric: "I'm not saying it wouldn't be useful. But there are better uses of our resources right now."
Galmar: "I don't suppose we would ever really trust the thing anyway."

Show: Stormcloak Navy
Inside the Palace of the Kings:

Ulfric: "I'm still not sure I understand what you're asking."
Torsten: "A navy, my lord. We could stop the influx of Imperial troops to Solitude, and choke their northern lines."
Ulfric: "But most of their supply routes come south, from Cyrodiil."
Torsten: "But imagine—fleets of ships sailing from Windhelm, all bearing the Stormcloak flag! It would be glorious!"
Ulfric: "And I suppose the Cruel-Seas would be just the clan to provide ships and men?"
Torsten: "You need but ask."
Ulfric: "I'll think on this, but I make no promises."
Torsten: "I can ask no more. Thank you, my lord!"


Quote Topic Audio
"Yes? Make it quick, I'm a busy man." General
"Keep your brother, and he'll keep you." General
"Talos watch over you." General
"Take care." General
"Go with the gods." General
"Be careful out there." General
"You want me to close my eyes? Would that even things up a little?" Combat
"You're losing a lot of blood. Maybe you should sit down for a moment." Combat
"Wake me up when you're ready to fight me for real." Combat
"Call yourself a warrior?" Combat
"I'm having fun, are you?" Combat
"Talos smite you!" Combat
"Come on, at least try to hurt me." Combat
"Come on! I dare you!" Combat
"You call this a fight?" Combat
"Sovngarde awaits!" Combat
"This should be fun!" Combat
"Hahahaha!" Combat
"Where's your precious Emperor now?" When fighting the Dragonborn, should they side with the Empire
"Die Imperial!" When fighting the Dragonborn, should they side with the Empire
"Skyrim was betrayed, the blood of her sons spilled in doomed struggle against fate." In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"And so in death, too late, I learn the truth - fed by war, so waxed the power of Alduin, World-Eater - wisdom now useless." In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"By gods' jest in this grim mist together snared, Stormcloak and Imperial, we wander hopeless, waiting for succor." In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"Do you know the way? I'm weary and lost." In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"Beware! The World-Eater waits within the mist!" In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"There is no escape. Courage is useless." In Sovngarde, should he be killed during the Civil War questline
"I'll come to your council. But I doubt any good will come of it." During "Season Unending"
"I never thought I'd ever willingly stand in the same room with Tullius again. At least not without a weapon in my hand." During "Season Unending"
"It's good to be back in High Hrothgar after all these years." During "Season Unending"
"I'd just as soon get this over with." During "Season Unending"


  • Ulfric Stormcloak is voiced by Vladimir Kulich, who plays a similar role in the film The 13th Warrior. Vladimir's character also has a follower (Herger), who also acts as an initial guide for the movie's protagonist, similar to Ralof.
  • Ulfric's leveled stat growth is identical to that of the Housecarl followers.
  • Early on in the Stormcloak questline, when Ulfric says he has given the player an Imperial Sword, the sword given is actually not an Imperial Sword but in fact a leveled sword, meaning that it can be anything from iron to Daedric.
  • When speaking to Jorleif after the quest "Battle for Windhelm," he mentions that it was an honor to serve Ulfric, but that he will not miss his outbursts, indicating that Ulfric has a hot temper.[27]
  • When Ulfric Shouts, he appears to use the same voice as draugr.
  • He has very little respect for Elisif, referring to her only as "Torygg's woman" with the exception of if he wins the Civil War, where he will call her "The Lady Elisif" in his victory speech.


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  • Ulfric's corpse may not disappear after death. The same issue occurs with Galmar.confirmation needed
  •  360   Ulfric may become stuck in his throne. The shout Unrelenting Force can be used to free him.
  • He will refer to the Dragonborn as "he," even if they are female.confirmation needed



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 The Bear of Markarth
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Dialogue with Ulfric Stormcloak
  3. Dialogue with Thongvor Silver-Blood
  4. Dialogue with Igmund
  5. Events of "Unbound"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Thalmor Dossier: Ulfric Stormcloak
  7. Dialogue between Galmar Stone-Fist and Legate Rikke during "Battle for Solitude"
  8. The Great War
  9. 9.0 9.1 Dialogue with Cedran
  10. Thonar's Journal
  11. Dialogue with Igmund
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide, § Palace of the Kings
  13. Dialogue with Sybille Stentor
  14. Dialogue with General Tullius
  15. Dialogue with Hadvar
  16. Dialogue with Threki the Innocent
  17. Dialogue with Galmar Stone-Fist
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Dialogue with Brunwulf Free-Winter
  19. Dialogue with Scouts-Many-Marshes
  20. Scourge of the Gray Quarter
  21. Dialogue with Niranye
  22. Dialogue with Belyn Hlaalu
  23. Dialogue between Ulfric Stormcloak and Jorleif
  24. Dialogue between Ulfric Stormcloak and Arngeir
  25. Events of "Battle for Solitude"
  26. Dialogue with Elisif the Fair
  27. Dialogue with Jorleif