I'm a big fan of the opinion pieces in the community on the war, and other subjects, so I thought I'd make my own.
Background info on my views -
- My main Dragonborn is a Khajiit, level 73
- He sided with the Imperials (doesn't mean he agrees with all the laws)
- He doesn't mind the Thalmor
- He is a Spellsword/Archer
- And his name is Rocky the Blackmane
Anyways, so I've come up with some views and ideas on the war. I'll give hopefully unbiased opinions for both sides, and who should be High King/Queen.
I'm sure you all know how the rebellion started, so I will not go into the details, but for more info, see Stormcloaks.
The Great War was tough for all sides of the Empire, mainly Cyrodiil, Hammerfell and Skyrim. The White-Gold Concordat ended the war, but also fumed many proud Nords, Imperials, and Redguards. The Main changes to Tamriel are:
- Thalmor, the leading body of the Aldmeri Dominion, are now allow to arrest people for the now forbidden worship of Talos, or Tiber Septim, the one who brought peace to all of Tamriel.
- The Empire has to do as the Aldmeri Dominion, or war could sprout again.
- And also that now the Empire seems to be a puppet of the Dominion, specifically the Thalmor.
After the Markarth Incident, the Stormcloaks truly started. Their leader, Ulfric Stormcloak, Jarl of Windhelm, then plots war against the soldiers of the Imperial Legion, lead by General Tullius. To make matters worse for the Empire, the high king, Torryg is killed by Ulfric, who challenged his rule the old Nord way - battle. Some say Ulfric used the Thu'um to kill him, and if so, most likely either Marked for Death, or Unrelenting Force. Anyway, this really makes Tullius and the Empire think about war seriously.
There are a few thing wrong with Ulfric's claim for High King, and Stormcloak leadership of Skyrim - but not limited to:
- There is a dragon crisis going on very soon after the war starts - the people of Skyrim should not have a change in government in such a crucial stage.
- Ulfric shows heavy prejudice towards many non-Nords, such as Dunmer, Argonians, Khajiit, but not as much to Altmer.
- Ulfric shows leadership skills, but obviously not a great choice for a large role, but I'll get onto that later.
Some good-ish things about his cause:
- The Empire can't rely on Nords to help them out, after their "betrayal" to Talos - which is something very different.
- The Empire is crumbling, only High Rock, Morrowind, and Hammerfell (?) remain in it, apart from Skyrim.
The Empire/Imperial Legion
Having existed since the First Era, the Empire has conquered every province since its inception. Until the Aldmeri Dominion came in, around 2nd Era, that was the first one though. However, around the 4th Era, after the death of the last Septim, Martin, during the Oblivion crisis, it has been crumbling. I support the legion only because Khajiit are both friends to the empire, and the dominion.
Though Jarl Elisif isn't much of a leader for Skyrim - we need to make sure the Empire can survive a bit longer, and maybe then it can defeat the dominion.
Bad things about the Empire:
- Skyrim has not been helped by them at all. The Markarth Incident sums up all I need to say about them. How did they think they could get away with allowing Talos worship without getting crapped on by the Thalmor?
- As said earlier, Skyrim needs the Empire until a least the Dragonborn, or Dragon Crisis is dead - then, then Skyrim, and Tamriel needs them to return to its former glory, and won't need a Dragonborn - heck - the Dragonborn may as well be the Emporer.
The High King
I don't think either Elisif or Ulfric should have it - I'm going to say Jarl Balgruuf would be the best choice. He cares for his people, and not for being in charge. He is fair, unlike Elisif, and Ulfric.
Who should YOU fight for?
I'm going to do a thing here to help you to decide who to fight for by race.
- Nord - Stormcloak
- Redguard - Stormcloak
- Altmer - Neither
- Dunmer - Empire
- Bosmer - Neither
- Argonian - Empire
- Khajiit - Empire, or none
- Breton - Stormcloak
- Imperial - Empire
Anyway, thanks for reading, and add your opinion