General Tullius is the Imperial commander of the Fourth Legion and military governor of Skyrim. He can be found inside Castle Dour, in Solitude. He wears a unique set of armor and carries an Imperial sword.
General Tullius is first seen at Helgen, presiding over the attempted execution of Ulfric Stormcloak for his rebellion against Imperial authority and the murder of Torygg, Skyrim's High King. However, the World-Eater's attack on the garrison of Helgen allowed Ulfric and the other captured rebels to escape back to Windhelm to reorganize.
Tullius is said to be opposed to the White-Gold Concordat and to resent the Thalmor, which he ironically has in common with his nemesis, Ulfric Stormcloak. This becomes apparent during the quest Season Unending, when Ulfric expresses a vehement indignation about the Thalmor being present at the negotiations in High Hrothgar, and Tulius shows a thinly veiled agreement with Ulfric right in front of Elenwen.
Despite being the commander of the Imperial Legion in Skyrim, Tullius often displays ignorance and disinterest about the history and culture of the Nords. However, if the Dragonborn completes the civil war questline in favor of the Empire, Tullius will mention that even though he "will never understand these Nords" he has come to foster much respect for them, stating that "The harshness of Skyrim has a way of carving a man down to his true self."
If the Dragonborn sides with the Legion, Tullius is involved in most of the Legion's quests:
- The Jagged Crown
- Message to Whiterun
- The Battle for Whiterun
- Reunification of Skyrim
- The Battle for Fort Dunstad
- The Battle for Fort Greenwall
- The Battle For Fort Sungard
- Rescue from Fort Kastav
- The Battle For Fort Snowhawk
- The Battle for Fort Amol
- Season Unending
Tullius will deliver a speech in an attempt to bolster his troops' courage and lead the siege on Windhelm. He and Legate Rikke will follow the player across the city, until they reach the Palace of Kings. Once there, the general demands Ulfric and Galmar surrender. Immediately after, a fight ensues and, once the enemy is defeated, Ulfric will tell Tullius to let the Dragonborn kill him, saying it will make for a better song. The player may refuse and let the general have the honor. Following this, Tullius and Rikke step out and the former delivers a second speech to his troops, reassuring that the war is over and they can return home. In addition, he promises higher wages for the Legionnaires in Skyrim and pensions for the families of the fallen. If interacted with, the Imperial soldier will comment on his newly-developed respect for the Nords and claims he will not return to Cyrodiil for quite some time, claiming that, despite his discomfort with Skyrim's cold weather, he has come to see the province as a home.
If the Dragonborn joins the cause of the Stormcloaks, General Tullius is defeated alongside his second-in-command, Legate Rikke. After a brief exchange of words, the Dragonborn is offered a chance by Ulfric Stormcloak to personally execute Tullius. Whether the Dragonborn defers to Ulfric to kill Tullius or ends the general's life themself, Tullius will be killed one way or another. Before his death, Tullius concedes Ulfric and the Stormcloaks had a point regarding the decadence of the Mede Empire and the uncertain future Skyrim faces, but with his last words he claims the Imperials are not the villains and warns Ulfric that the Civil War ultimately benefited the Thalmor the most.
In Castle Dour, Tullius will be found defended only by Legate Rikke. After an exchange between Ulfric, Galmar, and Rikke, Rikke will attack but ultimately be killed. Tullius will attack too, and when defeated, the following conversation will occur:
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?"
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."
At this point, the Dragonborn has the ability to choose whether or not they want to kill Tullius. If they choose to kill him themselves, Ulfric will say to use his sword to do the deed. And thus the Civil War will meet its end.
When asked, "How goes the war?" by the Dragonborn, Tullius will respond with:
- "It's good we hold The Reach. For the rebels to gain control, the silver mines would give them coin to hire more thugs and expand their violence."
- "There's not much up there, but if we can regain Winterhold, our proximity to Windhelm should keep Ulfric wary and wasting troops garrisoned at home."
- "Hjaalmarch is an important buffer zone between the rebel forces and the capital. Ulfric will try to break through at some point."
- "Controlling The Pale gives Ulfric a port town and takes the pressure off of Windhelm. But, it's only a matter of time before it's back in our hands."
- "We will oust Ulfric from Windhelm soon enough, and when we do, I'll have his head on a plate."
- "Ulfric will want to take Whiterun from us, but we will hold fast. We can't give the rebellion free reign through the center of Skyrim."
- "We need the Rift. We need to regain control of it before we can march on Windhelm without worry about our rear guard."
- "By holding onto Falkreath, we control access to The Reach, Whiterun, and The Rift. Ulfric will try for it soon; we'll be there to stop him."
When asked, "What will it take to end the war?", he will respond with:
- "Ulfric Stormcloak's head rolling away from his lifeless body."
When asked, "What's the Imperial Legion doing in Skyrim?", he will reply with:
- "The Legion's always been here. Without us to keep order, the provinces would fall into barbarism and lawlessness; especially Skyrim. Take for example Ulfric Stormcloak and his little rebellion. But rest assured, his days are numbered."
When asked, "Have you always lived in Skyrim?", his response is:
- "I'm originally from Cyrodiil, sent here at the request of the Emperor himself. I'm often ordered to places with problems that need fixing. Now, while I'm certain this is all terribly interesting to you, I have important matters to attend."
- General Tullius is voiced by Voice Cast Michael Hogan. Hogan also voiced Doc Mitchell in Fallout: New Vegas, another Bethesda publication. Hogan is also notable for his roles as Saul Tigh, the XO of the Galactica, in the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, and as Captain Bailey in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
- It is possible to meet Tullius walking with Elenwen below Helgen immediately following the attack. He is heading west, so it is necessary to go to the left of the Guardian Stones until you reach another road heading that way if one wishes to meet him. His dialogue is the same as if he is standing inside Castle Dour.
- Tullius's coffin can be found in Solitude's Hall of the Dead, along with Legate Rikke's, if the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloaks in the Civil War.
- His character model seems similar to the famous bust of Julius Caesar, Roman general and statesman.
- After the battle, General Tullius suspects that a second war with the Aldmeri Dominion may happen.
This section contains bugs related to General Tullius. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- shield instead of a blade. If Tullius promotes the Dragonborn to Praefect, he says "Take this blade, as a gift and symbol of your new rank. You've earned it." However, sometimes Tullius gives a
- Reunification of Skyrim," Tullius may give the reward for rallying a hold, but afterwards his script acts as if the deed was not completed, preventing further objectives from being obtained. During "
- In the Battle for Solitude, during the scripted interaction between Tullius, Rikke, Ulfric, and Galmar, Tullius can be "killed" before he is supposed to be. He will lay on the ground and, like any dead body, can be moved, but he continues to blink and continues dialogue with Ulfric and Galmar after Rikke is killed. After Ulfric gives you the honor of killing him, the slightest damage will kill him and the quest will show as completed and can be continued.
- Occasionaly, immediately after "Unbound", he and Elenwen can be found wandering the woods near Riverwood.