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Legate Rikke plots the next course of action.

The title Legate is a rank of the Imperial Legion. The rank is given to the field officers and the high ranking soldiers. Legates sit one level of command below General. Lower Legates (Commanders) answer to Upper Legates such as Legate Rikke. These Upper Legates are in command of all the Imperial forces in the province and are under the command of higher officers such as General Tullius.

Gaining the rankEdit

Legates are appointed based on experience and proof of prowess. Ranks are given indiscriminate of gender or race.


Legates command foot soldiers, issuing orders, and directing them in combat. Legates coordinate invasions of cities and raids on Stormcloak forts and bases of operations within their Section of the Province.


Possible LegatesEdit

The Dragonborn may become a legate for all the duties performed for the Empire, and when speaking to Imperial Soldiers they will address the Dragonborn as Legate and salute.


How does one join the Imperial Legion? "Think you've got the mettle, eh? Honestly, the Legion can use all the able bodies it can muster. We have our hands full. A dead king, a rebellion, and now dragons? Skyrim's a mess. If you're serious, make your way to Solitude. Our headquarters is Castle Dour. You find General Tullius there, commanding our forces in Skyrim. But talk to Legate Rikke. She handles the local recruiting."
What's the Imperial Legion doing in Skyrim? "Not sure I understand the question. The Legion's always been in Skyrim. We have garrisons throughout all the provinces of the Empire. Our mission is to serve the Emperor, uphold the law, and protect the citizenry. Skyrim's days are darkening, and the Legion will soon be called into service like never before. But we stand ready, as always, to meet that call."
How do you feel about this war? "You mean Ulfric's so-called "Stormcloak rebellion"? The Nord Kings - oh, excuse me, "Jarls" - they can't seem to control their own people. So the Legion has stepped in to keep order. Sadly, the Empire's stretched a little thin these days, and we've gotten very few reinforcements. So we've been forced to recruit locally. But rest assured, citizen. We'll put an end to this uprising... and things will get back to normal soon enough."



This section contains bugs related to Legate. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Currently there is a bug in which Legates are still flagged as "essential" characters after completing the Civil War questline, which prevents them from being killed.