The Elder Scrolls

4E 232: The Beginning of History, Volume One

4E 232: The Beginning of History, Volume One

Written by Salvus Unius, Imperial Scholar and First Adjunct

Skyrim Before the Wars

The end of the Septim dynasty signaled Skyrim’s independence was on the horizon. Septim roots in Skyrim were deep, such that its nord founder Tiber Septim, or Talos, was worshipped throughout the third era. When the line ceased, however, faith in the god-king of Mankind was shaken. Worship of Talos declined, until by 4E 168 active worship could only be found in isolated villages and hamlets. Despite this decline, Scholars agree that the ban of Talos worship was the spark that lit Skyrim’s civil war. Still, the ban’s importance would not be fully understood and given context until recently.

The Medes, successors to the Septims, had always felt the sting of illegitimacy since the line’s founding. Titus Mede I, jealous and unfavored by the Elder Council, sacked the Imperial City and led a coup against Emperor Thules the Gibbering, first and last of his line. Thules was executed, and though Titus Mede I’s coup ended the Colovian-Nibanese dispute of emperorship, it began the Medes’ generations-long struggle to remove the tainted reputation of ‘warlord’ Titus Mede I bestowed upon the dynasty.

Each province was a unique challenge for the Medes to expand their influence, but Skyrim proved the most challenging. For centuries, Skyrim had proven itself the most loyal and steadfast allies to Cyrodiil because of its cultural ties to the Septim line. These ties were bound not just in blood, but in faith, as the worship of Talos became ingrained in Nordic society over centuries of Septim rule.

This partnership between the Cyrodillic Empire and Skyrim was mutually beneficial. Skyrim’s allegiance provided one fewer province for Cyrodiil to enforce its will upon and strengthened the Septims’ right to rule, and Skyrim’s place as Cyrodiil’s preferred province provided the nords unique political influence and economic power for centuries. Throughout the third era, Skyrim’s ports such as Solitude, Dawnstar, and Winterhold traded immense wealth because these trade partnerships with its Imperial charters. By these agreements, even the poorest Nord could afford a life of relative comfort.

When the Medes ruled, these benefits would dissolve. The line of Talos was no longer, meaning Skyrim no longer held special importance to the empire. Instead, Skyrim’s value was found in its land, for which there was little. The geography of Skyrim had always been cold and harsh, and only the occasional mine would provide the province wealth. The Medes decided, then, that their influence in Skyrim would not be in bonds of faith, but in loyal, greed-driven Jarls. These Jarls would keep the local nords in check, and in exchange be given free reign, with permission from the empire.

Skyrim’s wealth and influence declined. Traders and merchants retreated to other, more cosmopolitan provinces, such as Cyrodiil and Hammerfell. And while other provinces continued to develop, Skyrim fell into a reputation of being backwards, primitive, and a shadow of its former self. None could recognize this change more than Nords, and provincial sentiment among the commonfolk became vengeful, dissatisfied that Skyrim was no longer in its previous position of power. It only required someone with power to reignite a symbol to rally the nords against this change. That man was Ulfric Stormcloak.

The First Great War

Surfaced documents from Penitus Oculatus indicate a bitter truth of the First Great War, that despite contemporary criticisms of the first White-Gold Concordat, the First Great War was a political success for Titus Mede II, and a betrayal for Tamriel. Having inherited a fragile empire, the war with the Dominion solved four significant challenges for the new emperor: The first two, that Hammerfell’s secession absolved the empire from saving its failing Lhotunic puppet government, and that the Blades, who did not technically serve the emperor, could be purged and replaced. Both will be elaborated on in their respective volumes.

The last two challenges, however, had direct impacts in Skyrim’s bloody civil war. Before the war, Titus Mede II was considered highly unpopular, including by his own advisors and generals. And, just as his ancestors, the title of usurper still hung on the Meden name. Thus, in bringing the war to a losing stalemate, Mede II had changed the narrative. Instead of rallying itself behind an unpopular ruler, the empire was now rallied behind unity against the threat of invasion.

The final challenge was the worship of Talos. The ninth divine created a symbolic wall that continued to prevent the Medes from declaring their legitimacy. Rumors had persisted from as far back as Titus Mede I in the emperors’ attempts at dissolving Talos’s worship. Thus, when the Aldmeri Dominion gave its demands, Titus Mede II saw an opportunity. In accepting the ban, Mede II would benefit the dynasty’s legitimacy in the long term, without taking the blame for the ban itself.

By the end of the war, the Mede empire had become more politically unified and strengthened than ever before and could have theoretically propelled itself into greater power in the Second Great War. Unfortunately, Titus Mede II’s reign ended early during his mysterious death on a trip to Skyrim, breaking down Cyrodiil’s sudden political relevance into desperate factionalism. More on this will be described in Volume Four.

Ulfric

A summary of Ulfric Stormcloak would be of great disservice to such a great man. Therefore, for the purposes of these texts (to provide context for the Second Great War), details regarding the actual civil war will be limited to the details that only inform those purposes. Described in this section will be Ulfric’s capture and torture by the Aldmeri Dominion, and the political ramifications of the Markarth Incident from abroad. Further reading of Ulfric can be found among the plethora of books on the topic Ulfric: Talos’s Chosen*>.*

Captured early in the First Great War, Ulfric had spent much of the war in Altmer custody. Though details are scarce regarding what exactly Ulfric was being tortured for (even Dominion records are sparse, though the Dominion’s tendency to prefer propagandizing its record-keeping may to be blame), some scholars suggest that the Dominion knew of Titus Mede II’s political strategy, or at least a portion of it, and chose to inform Ulfric, that he might act to destabilize the empire from within. After disclosing such confidential information, they released Ulfric.

Knowing this information would have given reason for Ulfric’s involvement in the recapture of the Reach, known as the Markarth Incident. Leading a small militia of battle-hardened nords, Ulfric recaptured Markarth on the condition of free worship of Talos. He was successful, and thus a great gamble began between the empire and the dominion. On the issue of Ulfric’s demands, the empire was forced to choose active enforcement of the ban, or a passive withdrawal from Skyrim’s political landscape. Either was seen as a win for the Dominion, for both weakened the empire. But, for the empire, only one option was politically viable: to imprison Ulfric and permit the Altmer to enforce the ban.

Scholars still debate Ulfric’s release from imprisonment. Some argue that the Jarls, incensed that one of their own was in prison, forced the emperor’s hand. Others believe that he was not released, but escaped, and the political ramifications of recapture would have been too detrimental for the empire. A select few, however, believe that the emperor released Ulfric himself, in a bid for realignment of Skyrim’s leadership for more loyal subjects.

Regardless, the events following Markarth are well recorded. Ulfric challenged and defeated the imperial puppet High King Torygg, announced rebellion, and led the Stormcloak independence movement. Skyrim’s civil war ensued, only to be paused by the r̸̺̤̪̗͎̯͙̼̤̞͙̼̬̗̒̔̋̎̉̐́̍̈́̆̐̆̆̒͆̈́̕͝ͅe̸̢̝̮͎̬̐̋̅̓̂̒̽̾̊s̶̡̬͎̠̫̖͇̦̱͈̜̈́̔͒̽͊͒͋͌͋̌͋͋̂͘ų̶̧͈̙̝͕̟̻͍̩͎͙̖͈̎͜ŗ̷̛͕̞͈̰̘̺͎̯̮̝̖̪̳͔͙͈̠͖͍̈͊͌̈̄̄̂̾̈́̂͜͝g̷̲̒̒̽̒͒̍̈́͛̿̓͝͝ȩ̸̯̮̫̟̣͉̻͍̟̤̙̣̼̬̩͍̂͐̈̋̽̋͑͜͝͝n̸̢̡͇̪͎̱̙̹͕̗̞̗̩̟̰̤̮̱̈́͐́̍͘͜͝ç̷̢̫̣͕͚͈͓̺̩͍̪̪̟̰̳̩̭̑̈́̄̐̅̂̐̊̕͝͝ͅͅě̸̮̰̼̰̤̱͍̰͖̮̪̀̉͐̆́̌̔̉͌͌̊̕͠ ̸̧̛̥͖̝̻͗̅̐͌̈̀̂̔͛̆͒̃̀̉̂͘̚̕͠ǫ̷̧̰̲̪̞̯̠̞̜̝̹̤̤̌͑̂͗̊̈́͑̏̔̒͛͑̒͗͒̌̏̚̚͝f̸̧͈͍̼̼͚̟̰͙̼͙͚̃̇̀́͋̾̈ ̴̛͉̦̠͎̲̏̾̈̒͑̋̆͝͠ͅd̴̢̨͉̻͉͔͍͎̥̜̼̣̥̰̲͙̐̓̋́̎̈́͆͛̀̇́́̃̐̈͘͝ṙ̷̨͉̖̟̞̎͒̍͐̕̕ą̷̹̝̜̬̝̥̟̠̰͙̤̘͖̻̦̖͇̥̩̔̿̈́͐̾͐́ĝ̴͓̙̞̹̼̗̤̝̱̻́̌̃͝ȏ̴̢̲͇̹͈̭̣̦̫͒͊͘ͅṅ̸̛̦͉̼̥̥̬̖̜͔͚̍̂̊̈́́́̽̓̃̓͘ṡ̷̛͔̠̗̼̮̠̻̼͑̌͗̊̌̾͗̄̑̉́̐̈́̕̚ͅ ̶̩̜̺̔̽̈̑̏̏͘a̸͔̲̬̪̤̙̜̳̿̀̀̀̎̄n̶̢̙̩̺̦̉͊̾̈̈́d̶̡̧̨̗̩̯̦͖̞̫̺̟͚̼̯͋̅̓̂̌̎͊̂̀́̀̌͐̕̕͜͝ͅͅͅ ̶̡̨̡͓̣̬̣̲̗̃́̏͆́͝ͅr̴̢̢̠̮̳̱͒̈́̾͛́̒́̑͂̂̎͛͒̄̄̚͠a̶̡̖̟̼̖͈͕̠̠̓̊͊̿͆̇̽l̶̨͓̟͙̂̂͊̀̍͊̂̌́̄̔̌͌̕̚͝͝l̶̦̼͉͇̅̀̎́̂͆̃͌̄̋͗͂́̈́̚ỳ̸͙̦̖̲̘͍͓̞̓͌͝ï̶̪͓̯̙̱̭̬͓̠͚̣̥n̴̨̧̧̟͖̬̪̝̗̩̥͙͇̗̫͈͎̦̊̂̆́̅̈́̊͠ͅġ̵̨̢͕̤͆̊͒̎͂̃̈͌͐̓̄̏̇͠͝͠͝ͅ ̶̛͔̙͔͔͙̦͕̬̞̺̣̦̋͐́͗͊͐͆͑̑̈́̋̚͝͝b̸̻̗̟̰̅̋͒̒̉̅̓̅͊͒̈́̃̚͘̚͠ẽ̴̛̬̻̻̖͓̅̔̀̽͛͝h̴̛͙̪̺͆̏̇͌͒̈́̒͗̓͘i̵̧̡̛̛̙͙̰̣͍̲͙̟̪͑̉͛́̕͠ͅn̴̬͎̠͉̣̳̣̮͖̍̉̀̋̈ͅḑ̵̨̛̳̳̳͉̳̘̲͙̗̜̥͕̖̝̲̬̐́̍̎̂̔́͒͑̈̏̌͊̈̉̽̎̚͜͝ͅ ̴̡̢̼̩̘͍̮͕͎͈̳͖̮͛́̈́̒̃̾̚t̷̨̨̨̼̙͕̲̩̄͑̍̚̕͠͝͝h̴̺̖̤̟̬͎͙̲̝͓̫̱̣̗͙̖͋͑̆̒e̴̡̙͍̥͉͚̩̗̬̒ ̵̡̡̨̦̘̺̣̼͇̫̣̗̜͍̭̘̀͜͜ͅl̸̢̘͋̇̆̓͊̈́̆͘ạ̵̧̳̗̳̔̇̾́s̴̺͂̐͗̃͂̏̾̇͗̋̆͛̆̂͋ṱ̶̛̗̞͖́͊͂̏̍̍̊͐̀̚ ̷̡̱̫̦̠̺̭̦̻̂̆͗̓̒́͗̾̌̀̾̔̀͗͗̈̒̾̕͜͜d̸̢̳̼͕͇̼͒̇̋͜r̸̝̹̦̫̙̓́̂̅̓̅̄̒͘a̸̛̝͉̟̜͎̮͔̣̽͂̌̐͆̚͜ģ̷̛̻͙͎̬̖̞̻̙̂̅̌́̇̈́͆͂̈́̋̅̈́̂̕̚̚͜͝ͅö̷͍̜͚̜̞͔͎͍͉̳̲̮͖̟̙͔̱͕͍̭̞́͌̔͑̈́́͊̾̋̌́͂̂̕͘ñ̷̪̍̈́̒͒̏͒͂͘b̸̧̡͍̮͇̼̳̂̈́̾͜ǫ̶̭͈̺̪͕͕̽̄̑́̊̏̔̓̆̐̂͗̀̌̈̚̕͝͝͠ͅr̸̛̰̫̠͎̥͓̻̋́̊̌̀͊̇͋̈̉͆̓̎̋̕͠n̷̡̧̛̼̺͖̮̪͍̯̱͉͋̿͂̇̀̿̈́̈́̀̔̅͘̕.

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I̵͕̫̮̟͈̟͈̞̞͆̓̏ ̶̢̺̜̻̰͙̖̳̦̘͓̾̈̋̇͗́̊̇̓́̌́̽̚͘̚͘͜a̴̹̠̙͎͉͇̩̱̝̮̍́̾̄̿͊̂͛̅m̸̡̢̛̤̠̝̘̜̣̘̘̼̟̳͓̼͍͚̿̀̾̈̊͗̋̽̅̌̆̽̄̈́̔͌ ̵̛̪͉̟͍̳̭̖̥̣̟͚̺̹̲̲̩̈̈́͑̈͂̔̑͊́͒̊͗̕͝t̴̛͕̤͓̜̗͓̤́̄̾̈́̐̊̈̀͌̉͜͝h̷̛̘̪̾̐̅̃͛́́͒̈́̈́͑̇̃̚̕̚͝͝ḝ̴̼͉̝͙͙͙͓̲͎͉͑̉̓͂̕͝ͅ ̴̧̺͓̳̼̩͉͓͇̣̺̉̎̈́̄͐̆͆̎̄͑̉̿̂͆͝͝ṟ̸̡͍̬̫͖͔͚̤͇̳͍̱̻͙̈́͌͗͌̑̓͐̂̒̂̀͊̇̍͘̚̚͝͠͝ͅį̶̧̧͚̙̯͈͉͊̊̐̈́̋̿̈̒̿̆̏͘͝d̴̢̹͉̟̘͚̗̳̼͓̮̖̭̼̤̲̫͊͂͛͛̂ͅd̸̡̘̙̜͙͉͈͙̗͇̙̬̳̥͔̦͍̓́̅̄̏͜ͅl̵̢̝̱̯͆͐̔͒̎̌̈́̈́͂̈́̃̕e̶̛̺̖̲͈̳̼̥͍̖̜̠̞͓̻̻̠̿̇̈́͌̽̾́̿͒͝ ̸̧̢͍͈͍͚̭͔͈̯̼͈̖͈̬̦̹̟̩́͒̀͗̈́̿̾͝͝͝ư̸̜͕͚̈̎͆́̿̉̄̇̐̆̀̇̽̌̎̂̕̚ṉ̴̡̢̢̢̦͙̯̞̘̼̲̞͖͔̏̋̽́̉̐̈̓̚͜͜͝͠s̶̠̃͒̀́͊̀̍̐̔́̆̀̀̕ǫ̵͉̯̗͚̦̪̤͔̹͉̌͛̏̌̑͒͆͗͐̄̃̓̎͌͜ļ̶̱̬̣̪͔̩̫̮͇̻͉̲̓̎̈̓͂́̂̿͠ͅv̴̢̧̢̝̫̳͕̞̲̯̘̭̬̘̻͔̟͚̖̯̇͌ę̸̡̬̙͚͛à̴̛̜͖͇͓̓͐̆͐̐̑̒̏͘̕b̷͔̯͇̞͑͊̆̄̑̇̍̈̈́̀̽̚͘l̸̞̱̬̞̥͔̜̓̈́́̈̐̅͘ȩ̵̢̭̪̳̝̥͇̇͒̏̃̓͑́̌̎̆͑͆̿͗͘.̴̢̨̨̦̖̰͖̫̟̱͓͛̀ͅ ̸̡̨̬͎̻̖͔̮͇̞̭̮̺̪̀̔̆̃̏̚͘ͅI̸̢̧̠͍̼͍͓̝̞̦̅͊͗̚͠͠ͅ ̷͈̳̙̗̠̫͚̜̻͎̥̥̖̬̼̄̅̀̂́̌̌͜ͅa̸̡̨̱̤̲̪̜̘͚̞̹̫̬̭̜̙̙̘̍̑̅͆̎́͑͒̈́͋͠͝͝m̵̡͔͖͇̙͕̝̫̦̲͇̫̑̓̏̿͊͌̏̂̆͗͘͜͝ͅͅ ̸̢͖̤̹̮͉̹̗̜͎̠̫̭́̍̄̊̇̏̈́͊̈́̌͊̀͒͑t̶͔͕̖͇̾̐́͛̓̄̅͋̃͊̌͒̄̈́̚͝͝ḩ̷͔͈̼̬̦̖̞̟͍̯̜̤̜̮̹̱͚̿͗͛̀͛̉̅̍ͅͅe̷̬̻̯̜̋͛͗̇̅̇͆̂͑̌̽̒̓̍̈́͋͘͠ ̸̧̳̮̹͔̖͖̹̣͙̩͙̪̮̹͆̀̿̾̈́̉͘͜d̷̠̀̈̓̾͂̓͆̔͛͆͗̉̾͒̌̚͝ơ̸̠̩̱͍͔̰͕͕̘͖̟̳̮͖̥̜͖͚̑̀̽̿̏̓́͌́͜ͅo̶͓̥̭̝͇̦̘̬͑̈́̔̚͠r̴̳̪̖̔͗̔̒̀̌̌́̃̐͛̽̊͘ ̶̡̤̘̤͙̣͖͕̲̪́̓̄͒͆̅̀̌̈̓̀̋̎̎̏̿̒̃̕͜u̷̫̲͍͙͉̥̮̾͆̂͂͗̋̒̑n̶̢̧̛̟̠̙̳̣̱͖̬̦̳͙̪̩̼͔̱͆̀́̌̎̅͂͆͛̌̿̕ó̴̬̘͍̪̜̥̤͋̆̍̀̆̀̾̈̇̏͆̎̍͌͘p̸̡̝̤̞̔̆̿́̍̿͗͛̋̓̿̕͝͠͝e̵̡̢̧̨̛͙̤̖̤̥̜̼̖̘̜̹̻̓́̽n̷̪͈͗͐͛̀̅͊̿̅̈͆͆͋̅̍͘͠͝ͅá̷̧̧͓̖͉͉̼͕̬̭̬̏b̷̡̨̝͈̩̲̜͕͍͎͓̹̦̹͈̺̑l̵̡̧̢̠̯͔͖͍͈̹̭̦͔̥̜͚̲͚͙͂̈̇͒̉̏͂̚ͅē̴̩̻͛̉͛̃̕͝.̵̧̧̧͙̥͕̺͓̪͉̘̭̩̮̦̜̱̀ͅ ̷̳̥͖͎̫͇̓͐̅̅̀͌̌̎̀̌̔̉̍͆̏͛̇̕͠I̵̭͈̙̺̱̻̮̞̥̦̟̟̫̖̾̍̈́̔̓̉̄̀͜ ̸̨̭̝̦̙̝̺͈̰̆̂̅͐̿͋̀̐͝a̶̦̰̓̇̋͒̀̀̍̉̒̎̍̾̃̑͝m̴̢̧̢̞̙̰̹͇̥̟̰͚͈̮̊͛̄̿̂̌͐̈́͆̏͒̋͒̎̆̕͠ ̸̘̻̺̥͔͎̪̳̪̞͖̱̄̀́̌̈́̐̅̎̑̾͝͠t̷̨̢̛̼̯͖̜̃̊̅͑̂̈́̐̈̎̽͆̎͜h̴̡̛͇̰̝̥̭͇̝̳̗̪̫̻̝͂̏̾̀̾̂̎̇̌̊̀́̀̅̏̚͝͝͝e̷̡͍̘̬͙̽̇̆̂̑̀̒̚͠ͅ ̴̞̰̣̖̟̘̤̹̏̇̈̀̈́͗̏̇͐͘͠b̷̡̹̠̯̫̲͕̖̲̥̠̟̦͂̐͊́̿͗̈́̒͒̐̕͜͠o̷̫͈̺͍̮͍͖͊͝ơ̶̡̜̦̜̑̄͛͗̿̓͒̂͛͜͠k̸̨̰̻̯̹̱͎̦̦̗̗̯̩̜̞͎͔͙̤̔̉̆͜ ̶̨̥̼̞̜̣́̇̓͆̓̃̏̋u̵̲͚̟̬̼͙̔́̀͐̂͋̅̊̏̕͝͝n̶̢̲͉̜̜̰͍̻͖͌̈̍́̃̓́͌̓̕͠͠ȑ̷͎͆͆͂̊̋͑͛̽̌́͂͠͝ę̶̡̛̱̥̯̺̪̩̻̰̗͖̠͎̖͖̍͂̓͐̌͂̅̈́͝͝ͅá̵̦̦̩̞̞̱̬͖̑͋̐̇͌̆̓͌̅͐̏͘͝͝͝͠ḑ̶̡̢̡̛̰͍̦̬̱̖͚̣̗͉̭̠̅͂̈́̒̃̂͒̿͘ͅͅͅa̵̛̙̰̲͖̪͔̖̿̓̾͆̄̑́͌̽́͜b̴̤̀̋̇͐̔͐̍͆͐̕ļ̸̡̨̥̣͚͔͓̩̯̼̗͇̯͕̞͕̘͐̔̀͂́̍͑̈́͊̕e̷̛̼̪̬̳̫͚̍͋̾̄̃̃̅̑͐̓͆͘ͅ.̷̢̡̨̧̢̛͔̝̞̯͙͎̜͙͙̬͔̙̙̘͇̆̔̇͊̎̂̊̀̈́͊̂̀͝ ̷̢̡̡̡̩͎̻̜̫̲̥̫̹̪̼̤͖͓͉̊̒̇͗͐̑͒̒̀̿́̀̀̓̓̆͘͘͜͝I̵̢̡͎̝͓̭̳̤̦̥̲͚̱̣̤͍̊̀̓͒͛͛̍́́͂̂̄̐́͌̚̕͝ͅ ̵̝͊̌̑̇̽̀́̚͝ā̶̗̥̭̲͚̳̾̆̈́̾̆̌͑̄͐͒̃m̵̢̧̳̠̝̼̻̻̳͓̅̈́̒̽̈̒͆̔̄̋͋́̆̓͆̏̈́̑͜͠ͅ ̷̱͇͇̤̍͗̈̀̒̾̈́́̌̈́t̶̻͎͚͖͎̜̞̦̪̲̝͎̼̥̳̩̜̻̠́́̋̑͜h̸͓̮̭̰̠̄̌͆̀͑̆͝ḛ̸̛̜̭̮̼͕͍̥͇̫̱͕̂̇̀͑͌̊̑͆́͐̕̚̕͘͜ ̴̜͉̻̬͕̤̮̰͉̗̻̖̪̖̘̾̈̇q̴̢̡̦͈̗̩̗̹̲̭̙̳͈̺̈̒̇̏̀̍́́̊̏͆͌̚̚͝͝u̶̧͖͚̰̗͉̥͕̬͉̖̺̣͎̼̭̱͓͖͋̌́̀̅́̽̏̂͒͒̏́̈́ḙ̵̡̪̠͕̯̮̮̝͉̺̙̬̦̓͐̆̆͋̿̃́͗̽̓̓̔͗́̓̒̊͠͝ś̴̡̝̠̭̺̯̲̺̹̭͎̤̞̩̺͙̯̣̙̽͑͑̑͑̏͛͊̒̊̆͘͘̕͝t̷̡̡̫̝̹̥̞̟̺̘͚̻̙͒̾͌̀͗̉ͅḯ̷̡̠̼̺͖͔̪͇̗̩̥̙̺̱̜̤͙̣͓̑̈́̾͆̋̓̚͠o̵̱̬͎̖̙̗̺̹̭͍͕͙̪̎͗̚͜n̵̢̛̛̠̫͔͎̿̽͊̀̈́̽̽́͛̓̒̓̂͌͜͠ ̷̥̠̺̝̦̼̭̹̣̘͈͍̘͈̫̪̥͌͐̇̒͗͊̽̋̊̕͘ų̵̱̬̰̳͍̰͖̩̺͈̔̀̆̾͊͑̋̀̿͗́́̀̑̂̚ṉ̶̡̢̧̦͕͇̬͖̰̥̟̭͋̍͒̿͛͐̈͘̕͜͝ą̴̡̙̤̹̻̼̜̬̭̺͔͉͚̞̝̩̯͗̿͋̿̆͂̒͂̋͆̕͜͝n̴̡̰̤͓̩̼̗̗͉͙̱͙̤̮͎̊̈́͛̊̿́̎̊͗͑̉͐̇̈́̔̾́̈́̒ŝ̸̨̫̳̃̔̓̓́̈́̽͐̆̑w̶̡̛̪̗͎̙͉͔͉̎͑͌̋͂͗͝e̸͇͙͙̹̱̼̜̮̮̖̥͖͙̱̠͖͓͓͑̈́̂̚͜r̷̬̻̟̗͔͔̤̗̤͚̠̱͚̮̿̍̀̐͛̽̏̑̓̄̈́̎͑̕͜ą̸̛͔͚͓͉̻̫̗̫͖̺̟̥̦̦͍̜̳͓̾͊͆̌̿̀͆̏͊̀ͅb̶̘̎́̌͑̃͝͝l̴̢̡̨͖̜͚̦̠͓̥͓̣̻̏̋͌̀̕e̸̡̨̢̧̛̛͕͉̜̗͉͔̞̣̝͙̻͗̽̄̽̈́̔̏̿͘͜͜͝͝.̷̨̧̨̧̲͎͚̘̻͈̥̳̀͒̐̆ͅ ̸̨̲͑Ị̶͔̝͉̭͈̫̰͈̖̳̩͎͇͖͙̰̈̎͑̾͘͜͜ͅ ̷̢̯͚̣̩͍͎̗̼̬̦͔͊̓̐͗̊̒̂̈̒͝a̶̢̨̠̻̭̲͙͈͚̯̠̖̘̎̂̂̆̒́͒̚m̴̢̡̱̤̟̞̤͈̹̬̻̮͔̘̀͛͑̈́̊̈̀̌̚ͅ ̵̅̈́͗̃̿͐̆ͅH̴͇͍̤͖̪͈̤͍̣̠̖͙̀́̽̔̐̉̋̀̇͘ȩ̸̨̝͙͎̫̝̮̪̙͕̬̭̫̔͝͝r̶̡̞͍̤̓̌͠m̴̤̰̈́͛́̈a̶̬̦͌̎̃̎̓̈́ḛ̸͍̺̺̻̗̒̾̌̇́̏̄̒̉̃͗̓͜͠͝u̵̹̓̓͒̌̀͆͒̀͆͆̈́̃͝͠s̷̨̨̲̰͇͎̤͉̩̣̜̗̞̟͒͑̾̐͛̉̂̾̀͛͂̐̉̅͘̕̕͠͠͝ ̶̨̺̗̠̜̹̳̫͙̗͕̟̰͝ͅM̴̥̪͖͖̝̤̝̉̊̽͐͒̀̆̋͐̾͐͋̚̚͘͜͝͝͝͝ơ̶̡̰̺̥̺͈͕̟͓͚͎̪̻͌͊̔̎̆͐͂͐̋̚͘͠ŗ̸̠̟̪̰̱̱͍̳͇̙̺̜͎̥͆̑̒̍ͅâ̶͓̘̘͓͙̯͓̟̻̌̌̊̿̾̇̀́͘͘,̸̨̨̢̰̪̖͈̣̳͈̜̗̜̱̼̭̜̉̍̈́̾̌̈̊̈́͑̎̑́͊͠ ̷̮̤̺̲̱̲̞͎̠̑g̶̛̲̗̳̮̜͙̥̼̳̦̹͔̳̮̭̮̹̻͊́͊͗̽̄͂̀̂̍̽͂̏̉̒͌̕̕͜ȗ̵̡̪͉͈̦̭͙̞̫́ͅͅa̸̞͓̩̯̱̺͖͚͉̦͔̫̺̗̰̅͗̏̍̊̚͜r̶̝̬͋ḑ̴̯̳̤͇͎̬͈̗̖͕̖͓̲̤̼̱̻͆̍̊͋̿̉̀̉͘͠͝͝ͅi̶̡͎͎̩̙͖͔̞̯̮̦̹̻̬͔̗̳̯̪͚͛͑͒̈̔͂̒́̈́̿̿̿̕a̶̧̻̮̣̼͖͇̩̞̦̰̝̗̺̫̗̹̎͒͑̓̐̃͋̊͛̏͘͜͝ͅͅn̸̛͎͇̞̫͍̩̤̗̳̖̩̗͒̉́̌̄̈͒̆̅̒̈́̔̄͂̇͋̂̄͝ ̸̟̙̝̣́̇̿̅̈́̄̾͊͛̓̏͛̿̈̎͝͠o̵̢̢̝̰̹͓̳̞̠̳̦̽͌͛̑̅̾͊̚ͅf̶̧̧̢̡̨̛͙̼̤̜̹͚̠̘̪͚̭̂͋̈́̍̌̔̅̏̈́̅̈͒̎͒̍̊̃̚ ̶̡̢̨̡̘̰͖̥̱̰̮̣̫̞͍͉̼͍͌̐͌̃̒̋̄͑͆͐͐͝͝t̴͍̭̞̪̰̘̺͇͇̺̾̓̈́̓̕͝h̴̢̨̻̝̲̐̔̋̉̒ͅę̷̨̮͍̻̘͚̤͖̬͉̣͖̲̭̬̯̥̻̑̈́͊̊̅̓͋̀̎̉̊̋͑͌̕̚ ̶̞̏̐͂̇͛̌͝u̷̡̦͈̥͍̓̿̔̊ņ̵̬͖̀̽̈́̓͂̏̋̂̈̎̽͘̚͝s̵͍͙̽́̈͒͆͛̔̎̀̐̊͂̐̊͒̀̅͘̕͝e̵̡̙͎̤̳̩͕͍̫̫̯̮͓̲͌̾͑̾͝ë̵̢̛̖̘̩̼̻͈͍̯̹͍̱́̀͑̄͂͛̏͗͗̎̽̋͆̈́͗n̶͍̹̼̓̉̊̽̌͊͒̔̎̾͛̾̃̾̀̀̚͜,̶̛̛̛̝̤̐̍̊̃̀̏̈̌͘͝͠͠͝ ̷̡͙̗̠̗̮͕͆̐̅̇̕ͅȧ̷̠̮̠̇̃͆̎̈́̊̿͊̑̆̈́̍͘ņ̸̪̦̹̠̜̻̖͓̄͒͑̈̽͘d̴̠̻̰̺̲͈̙̻̒̎͐̍͂̂̈͗͑̽̅́̈̄̈̈́̕ ̸̺̹̭̘̟̭͎̺͇̭̩͚̩̹̰̈̿̋̉͌͌͛͋̔̓͗͆̿͘̚k̷̲͚̤̫̯̰̟̜̊̍̕͜n̵͉͕͚̲͚̗̻̼͈̥̲̝͂̐̒͊̈́̍̃͘̚ơ̷̡̡̛̛͓͕͔̯̯̮͉͓̞̬͕̒͌̈́̇̊̌͘͘w̴̡͕̟̣͉͇̠̯͙̺̿̂̇̀̃ë̷͈̙͍̩͚̠̤̦́̅́͂̍͌̈́̈́͒̄̑̉̐͊ͅṟ̶̨͖̹͓̩͝ ̶̨̛̤̼͉͈̮͉͇͇͈̹̰̯̪͙͎̐́̏́͋̀̀̚͜͝ͅǫ̴̨̙̥̦̗̣̰͔̣̞͕̟̭̩̭͘͜f̵̨̼̹̪̠̤͕̰̺̼̥͎̯̗̮̺̬͓͂̈́͘͝ ̶̛̠̩͇̎̿̍͂̔͒͋́̽̈́̆̓̊̏̇̉̈͝ẗ̶̡̧̧͇̬̳̘̪̱̻͎̠̙̤̲́̂̏̈́̽̀̚͝͝h̶̳͉̺̦̟̬̹̥̭̭͕͍̋͊̌͋͊̽̇̉̄̇̀͌̚͝ĕ̴̢̀̑̓̎̑̚͘ ̴̧̤̰̜͔̦̯͕͙͙̠̎̇̈͛͠ư̵̡̯̖̪̖͙̠̤̙͉̟̠͍͓̿͋̊͌̆̋̔̀̑̿́̑͒̊̑̽͒̒͝n̵̛͚͍̦̹̗͓̬̬͚̰͔̯̟̑̓͗̈́͋͛͝ķ̸̼̲͈̬͔̲͈͎̥̗̿̆̎͂̉̅̄͘͜n̷͕̤̺̰͇̲̈́̂̒̌́̓̈̀͑͆̏̾͆̏̍͗̿̄͂̆ơ̶̟͙͔̓͐w̶̨̛̘̫̣̘̲̰̰̟͓͙̫̯̲̱̭̺̱͈̝̔͂͌̓͂̀̀̅̈̈́n̵̢͚̩͕͍̭͆̀͑͛̉̂̀̌͑̑̒́̀̍̃͐͑̊̕͝.̴̧̨̨̡͔͇͈̩͍̯̰̘͈͖͙̠̣̜͚̏̏̆͛̈́̎́̊̽͗́̓͐̂̽̋͂́̆͜͝

Capture and Execution

Ultimately, Ulfric and his company of bodyguards en route to Darkwater Crossing would be captured by the empire’s incoming military leader, General Tullius. They were taken to the border town and imperial fort of Helgen and quietly executed. And though the decision to quietly eliminate Ulfric seemed sound at the time, the general was generally unaware of the general sense of anger the nords had felt under rule of the Medes. In short time, the Stormcloaks had rallied under the martyrdom of Ulfric, and Tullius himself would be executed in the same year by nords inside the walls of Solitude, where the rebellion itself had begun.

The next volume will detail the final moments of the civil war and the empire’s failed response to Skyrim’s independence, as well as special commentary from High Queen Elisif the Fair herself and others from the period.

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