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Message to Whiterun
Jarl Balgruf the Greater
Quest Giver General Tullius or Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Location Solitude
Prerequisite The Jagged Crown
Next Quest Battle for Whiterun (Stormcloaks) or
Battle for Whiterun (Imperial)
Reward N/A
Faction Imperial Legion or Stormcloaks
Quest ID CW03
Message to Whiterun is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


"I am to deliver a message to the Jarl of Whiterun. It is time for him to pick a side in the war."



If the Dragonborn decides to side with the Stormcloak Rebellion, speak with Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak at the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm after delivering to him the Jagged Crown. He will explain that it is time to deliver a message to the Imperials of Whiterun and hand over Ulfric's War Axe to deliver to Jarl Balgruuf the Greater in Dragonsreach. Travel to Whiterun and speak with Jarl Balgruuf the Greater. Upon completion of the conversation he will hand you back the axe, signifying that there will be a war. Travel back to the Palace of the Kings and speak with Ulfric Stormcloak once again. Upon completion of this conversation you may have to wait or exit the palace and then return. Upon your reentry Ulfric Stormcloak will initiate a scripted event during which he will request that the Dragonborn report to Galmar Stone-Fist . Speaking to Stormcloak this second time will finish "Message To Whiterun" and start "Battle for Whiterun."

Note: If the Stormcloaks are joined, at this point Whiterun and Dragonsreach will disappear from the map and cannot be reached.

Imperial LegionEdit

If the Dragonborn sides with the Imperial forces, speak with General Tullius in Solitude after delivering the Jagged Crown to him. He tells the Dragonborn to deliver a message to Balgruuf in Dragonsreach. Travel to Whiterun, and speak to the Jarl (be aware that Dragon Rising must be completed before continuing the quest) and deliver the message. Upon delivering, he will converse with Irileth and Proventus Avenicci, and he decides to side with the Imperials. He will give the Dragonborn Balgruuf's War Axe, and ask that it be delivered to Ulfric Stormcloak, signifying that there will be a war. Ulfric will tell the Dragonborn to go back to Dragonsreach and return the axe to Jarl Balgruuf, and that he is disappointed that the Dragonborn did not side with the Stormcloak rebellion. Upon return, Balgruuf will not be surprised that Ulfric returned the axe, and he already requested that Tullius sends Legionnaires to fight for Whiterun. Legate Quentin Cipius will be in Dragonsreach, and the Dragonborn will need to report to him, which ends "Message to Whiterun" and begins "Battle for Whiterun."


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    • I have this issue as well. I've tried so many things to fix this and none have worked. If anyone has an idea to somehow get Quentin Cipius to g...
    • wrote:this bug happened to me on PS3, where I am supposed to talk to Quentin Cipius but he only gives me generic guard talk (in...
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    • It's Message to Whiterun, Mrs. It's on the topics, the white boxes below the box where the reply is entered.
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