- Thalmor Embassy, in a chest in the interrogation room.
Status: Asset (uncooperative), Dormant, Emissary Level Approval
Ulfric first came to our attention during the First War against the Empire, when he was taken as a prisoner of war during the campaign for the White-Gold Tower. Under interrogation, we learned of his potential value (son of the Jarl of Windhelm) and he was assigned as an asset to the interrogator, who is now First Emissary Elenwen. He was made to believe information obtained during his interrogation was crucial in the capture of the Imperial City (the city had in fact fallen before he had broken), and then allowed to escape. After the war, contact was established and he has proven his worth as an asset. The so-called Markarth Incident was particularly valuable from the point of view of our strategic goals in Skyrim, although it resulted in Ulfric becoming generally uncooperative to direct contact.
Operational Notes: Direct contact remains a possibility (under extreme circumstances), but in general the asset should be considered dormant. As long as the civil war proceeds in its current indecisive fashion, we should remain hands-off. The incident at Helgen is an example where an exception had to be made - obviously Ulfric's death would have dramatically increased the chance of an Imperial victory and thus harmed our overall position in Skyrim. (NOTE: The coincidental intervention of the dragon at Helgen is still under scrutiny. The obvious conclusion is that whoever is behind the dragons also has an interest in the continuation of the war, but we should not assume therefore that their goals align with our own.) A Stormcloak victory is also to be avoided, however, so even indirect aid to the Stormcloaks must be carefully managed.
- Some interpret the Dossier to believe that the Thalmor prefer a Stormcloak victory over an Imperial victory if one of the two sides were to win the Skyrim Civil War since the Thalmor desired to prevent Ulfric Stormcloak's execution at Helgen. Though the Thalmor have also stated that a "Stormcloak victory is also to be avoided" so it is implied that the Stormcloaks' victory at the end of the Civil War does adversely affect the Dominion's plans. Others interpret the contents to say that the Thalmor have no preference, and that they desire only the civil war keeps going and will directly interfere only in certain instances to support that goal.