Stormcloak Soldiers can be encountered in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are first seen during the Dragonborn's attempted execution. They are proud members of the Stormcloak Rebellion, in which Ulfric Stormcloak is trying to secede Skyrim from the Empire. The rebellion started when Ulfric and a militia group took Markarth back from the natives, who are now called the Forsworn. In return, the Empire promised them free worship of Talos. When the Thalmor, the enemies of the Empire in the Great War, found out, they ordered the men of the militia captured because the promise of free worship broke the terms of the White-Gold Concordat. Ulfric claimed that this showed the true weakness of the Empire and is referred to as the Markarth Incident.
Stormcloak soldiers can been seen throughout Skyrim. If the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloak Rebellion, Stormcloak soldiers are common, whether guarding captured holds or helping you defeat the Imperial Legion. They are occasionally seen being held captive by three Imperial Soldiers, who you may decide to free. Stormcloak soldiers can be male or female, are always of Nordic ancestry (though some look like Imperials, with dark skin and hair, but have Nordic accents) and are members of the warrior class.
Apparel and weaponryEdit
Unlike Imperial Soldiers who are armed exclusively with Imperial Swords and Imperial Shields, they can be armed with a wide assortment of weapons, both One-Handed and Two-Handed, which are typically made of Steel and Iron. Stormcloak Soldiers, and guards of the Stormcloak controlled Windhelm, wear a form of armor equal to that Hold Guards wear, called a Stormcloak Cuirass. The shields that the Stormcloaks use may be Steel or Hide. As such, they are better armed but less armored than their Imperial counterparts who use Imperial Light Armor, which has identical stats to the armor Hold Guards wear, or Imperial Heavy Armor, which has the same stats as Iron Armor.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)