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Legate Rikke
TESV Legate Rikke Crop
Race Nord
Gender Female
Level PCx1 (10-30)
Class Imperial Soldier
Faction Imperial Legion
Rank Legate
Essential Yes
Ref ID 000198BB
Base ID 000D0573
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"You're wrong, Ulfric. We need the Empire. Without it, Skyrim will assuredly fall to the Dominion."
―Rikke[src]

Legate Rikke is the Chief Lieutenant of the Imperial Legion under General Tullius. Rikke is a Nord, and believes strongly that Skyrim should be part of the Empire.

Religious viewsEdit

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"I am a loyal citizen of the Empire. My parents were Legionnaires, and I've followed in their footsteps. But more importantly, I am a daughter of Skyrim and wish to see her made whole again."
―Rikke[src]

Rikke is guarded about her religious views. When asked, she brushes off the question. If the Dragonborn sides with the Imperial Legion during the Civil War, she says, "Talos guide you," revealing her religious beliefs despite being part of the Legion. She also whispers "Talos be with you" to Ulfric Stormcloak after he is killed, only for General Tullius to react with alarm. Additionally, if the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloaks, Rikke exclaims "For Talos!" during the battle with her. And in the final scene of Battle for Solitude, where Dragonborn along with Galmar Stone-Fist and Ulfric Stormcloak kills both Tullius and Rikke, she will say before fight "Talos preserve us".

InteractionsEdit

When asked about what she thinks of the Thalmor, she will also brush off the question, hinting that she doesn't respect them.

Civil WarEdit

ImperialsEdit

If the Dragonborn sides with the Imperial Legion, Rikke acts as commanding officer in the camps, and assigns the Dragonborn to recapture several of the major holds. She, along with General Tullius, is present at the Imperial attack on Windhelm, and assists the Dragonborn in the final battle with Ulfric Stormcloak and Galmar Stone-Fist. She is also present with Imperial Soldiers during the search for the Jagged Crown.

StormcloaksEdit

If the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloaks, Rikke is killed while defending Tullius during the Civil War. Later, she can be encountered in Sovngarde, where she laments that the Legion wished to protect Skyrim, but only succeeded in killing men and women from both sides who are now being devoured by Alduin, she also laments that this has made her unable to find the way to Shor's Hall. Her coffin can also be found in the Solitude Catacombs with General Tullius.

ConversationsEdit

Quest-related dialogueEdit

Battle for SolitudeEdit

In Castle Dour, Rikke will make her last stand with Tullius against Ulfric and the Stormcloak rebellion. She will attempt to make Ulfric stop, but to no avail:

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."

If spoken to during this conversation, she will not back down; Rikke does not fear death, and would rather die fighting for what she believes in rather than surrender. After speaking her final words, Rikke will unsheathe her sword and attack Ulfric:

"Dragonborn... Perhaps this is the fate of Skyrim after all. To be destroyed from the inside."

We'll kill you if we must. "A true Nord never fears death. It's the how and why of it that one needs to consider."

Rikke, leave. They'll kill you. "If that must be, then it will. And why should I be any different? How many the lives already lost?Do not change this to "So many lives already lost." This misspelled word is how it appears in-game. [sic] What's one more?"

Unused dialogueEdit

In an unused quest in which Riften is taken by the Imperial Legion, Maven, Laila, and RikkeStrangely, Rikke's lines are voiced by and credited to Galmar. would have had the following exchange:[1]

Maven: "I think I'll like living here."
Laila: "So enters Maven Black-Briar, the glint of Imperial coin in her eyes. So tell me, what's the price for a woman's integrity these days?"
Maven: "You never were able to see the forest for the trees, were you?"
Laila: "We Nords were proud warriors once. And we still could be. Evidenced by the men and women who fought and died bravely today. You could see that if you had any faith left in that black heart of yours. But no, you're content to snatch scraps falling off the Emperor's table. Fine. Take my home. Take my city. May it burn down around you."
Maven: "A bit melodramatic, even for you Laila. Pack your things and go."
Laila: "One day when you can see past your own interests, you will come to see that we were right. And this... This is all wrong."
Rikke: "If you ladies are finished bickering, there's much to be done. Jarl Black-Briar put your government together. Do it now, or there will be rioting in the streets. We must move quickly to prevent further violence."
Maven: "Jarl Black-Briar. I must admit, I do like the sound of that. And don't worry about any rioting, Legate. I have it under control. We will soon begin publicly executing captured men. That should send a clear message to the people."
Laila: "Yes, but not likely the one you intend."
Maven: "Oh? I don't expect anyone to miss my meaning. Come, Legate. There's much to do."

QuotesEdit

  • "I don't fight for the glory of the Empire, nor do I glory in the death of my kinsmen. I fight to bring peace and order to my homeland."
  • "Stormcloaks... even the name of their rebellion stinks of Ulfric's vanity. He wants to be king. That's all this is about. One man's ambition."
  • "When we destroy the rebellion, perhaps the Thalmor will call off their damned inquisitions. It's just making things worse."
  • "Many of my countrymen joined the rebels. They can't see the big picture. Skyrim needs the Empire as much as it needs us."
  • "The General and I have our disagreements, but he's the best hope for both the Empire and Skyrim."
  • "Sometimes I wonder if the gods have abandoned us... as we have abandoned them."
  • "Damnit! Why can't Ulfric see he's tearing Skyrim to pieces?"
  • "The sooner we end this rebellion, the sooner I'll be able to sleep at night."
  • "Ulfric... what have you done, my old friend?"
  • "What I do, I do for Skyrim and her people."
  • "Sometimes I miss being out there in the middle of the action."
  • "The general expects so much with so little."

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Rikke's relationship to Tullius is comparable to that of a housecarl.
  • Legate Rikke is voiced by Claudia Christian, who also voices Aela the Huntress, as well as other characters.
  • During the quest Dragonslayer, Legate Rikke may assist the Dragonborn with fighting Alduin if she happens to wander close to the site of the battle (this can happen only if Dragonborn has joined the Stormcloaks).
  • While all Imperial soldiers come equipped with an Imperial Sword and Imperial Shield, Legate Rikke uses a Steel Sword and Steel Shield of her own, Nord design.
  • Hadvar thinks that Rikke is sympathetic to the Stormcloaks. Evidence for this is witnessed when she says "Talos be with you." after the death of Ulfric Stormcloak. Despite this, however, Rikke remains a loyal legionnaire and doesn't hesitate to slay rebels whenever she encounters one.
  • Rikke's hair will change to a ponytail during the Battle for Whiterun.
  • After the Battle for Windhelm, she will sometimes state "Ulfric... what have you done my old friend", indicating that at one point she and Ulfric were friends. They could have served together during the Great War, when Ulfric was a part of the Legion.

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