Skyrim: 5 Civil War Facts That You May Have Missed - The Elder Scrolls 5 Secrets

Skyrim's civil war quest line is one of my personal favorite story lines in The Elder Scrolls 5. However, despite playing through it numerous time before, there are still a handful of hidden details, secrets and Easter eggs that some of us are only now just uncovering for both the Imperials and Stormcloaks. So, whether it's hidden siege equipment, or secret spies - today we'll be taking a look at 5 Skyrim civil war secrets that you may have missed.

Outro Song: Good Ol' Days - Martin Landh
  • Wolf Warrior

    I dont care who wins the civil war as long as the Thalmor suffer the most in tue end

  • Chef Excellence

    i hate that after the civil war story line ends, npcs still talk and act like it is ongoing. i get that would be 90% of the npcs have to change dialog but still. it's like nothing gets resolved.

  • Erynash

    "Civil war is one of the best Skyrim elements"Said nobody except Nate

  • Lloyd Nix

    There is so much cut content that would of made the Civil War so much better.

  • James Parker

    Fun Fact: If you run away from the Stormcloak version of the Battle of Whiterun. The Stormcloaks will still win, but Ulfric will ridicule you as a coward.

  • Adam Case

    The thing I dislike most about the civil war quest line, although I do like most of it, is there are so few tactics used in the battles,most of the time it is just a senseless charge and brawl.

  • Sam Otten

    I wish there was an option to show Ulfric the Thalmor dossier on him to see what he thinks of it.

  • øyvind vego

    what if skyrim had been released 1 year later. think of all the stuff that had been finished and all the extra quests

  • Patrick

    I just realized I've never played the civil war questline...

  • Hola

    There is enough cut content in Skyrim to make a new game

  • William Rowe

    The civil war in Skyrim SUCKS, it s not fleshed out at all.

  • Chris L.

    "It's probably best if we do sexy splits."

  • Crimson

    Its funny how dark elves complain about being mistreated by nords. Because in Morrowin dunmer were extremly xenophobic slaver nation, you werent even considered a proper dark elf if you was born outside of morrowind.

  • green tea

    The Civil War is easily one of the worst parts of Skyrim. It's a buggy, unpolished mess.

  • John Blood

    the dark elves of morrowind were a slave trading, incredibly xenophobic and racist (thinking every other race beneath them no better than beasts of burden) and a mortal enemy of the kingdoms of skyrim for millenia. the simple fact that a dunmer could even live in skyrim without being skewered by the populace, let alone in windhelm, is a massive gesture, especially when the dunmer have never and will never extend such a kindness in their entire history.

  • Tarlo The Boar

    I'm no Stormcloak Sympathizer but I'll admit Their Officer's have some fine looking Armour.

  • Jeremy Alexander

    Actually, they should have left the necromancer and her quest to destroy the empire and the stormcloaks in as a third faction for evil characters. Leading the armies of the dead against the forts and cities of Skyrim, or defending against them, would have been very cool.

  • Noah Edwards

    Guys I've been playing this game since it came out, I found out a week ago you can actually kill the birds that fly around for their feathers, please tell me none of you knew this because I'll feel so foolish if I actually missed this for so long

  • The Forgotten Hero

    Ambarys hasn't been in Skyrim only ''recently'', he came when the Red Mountain erupted, that's 4E 5, some 165 years before the Great War. The Great War, as well as the Umbriel Crisis, and other wars took place post- 4E 5. It's not far fetched to assume that his armor is kept as a reward from his time in the Legion; as that's custom in the Legion, being allowed to keep your armor. No Imperial spy would hold onto Imperial armor, if they'd have it in the first place, as it'd result in being easily recognised as an Imperial.Margret is an Imperial spy, no Imperial armor on her, just records of her mission, which is exactly what a spy would have, not a set of armor.

  • BrosisJK

    Immersive Armors Configuration Has Finished

  • Ivan Glamdryng

    Thank you for the upload. Now that my daughter has left for college I can get back to my game!

  • WooloolooBitches

    The Empire must win. Even tho you are the Dragonborn, the High Elves have a lifespan of 700+ years. So they just need to do the waiting game. Besides the Nords can't take on the Elves with their Wood Elf and Khajit allies alone. And with the Stormcloaks being Racist..... yeah I don't see people helping them.

  • NightOwl Podcast Project

    Okay, I didn't know about the jagged crown one.

  • Whiterun Guard

    Wait...I know you, you’re the one that murdered High Queen Elisif...anyway, YOU HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST SKYRIM AND HER PEOPLE WHAT SAY YOU IN YOUR DEFENSE?

  • Luna Welthbed

    I've found something having to do with the battle borns and gray manes. A love story. A battle borns and a gray manes are in love and they pass letters to one another. I don't remember which 2 it was but the civil war seems to be keeping them apart because of their familys Soo... I was bored and killed all killable NPCs in whiterun and found a love letter on a body about their love.

  • Charlie Clark

    First, finally, I'm first, hahahahaha, long live the empire, just not the emperor, Hail Sithis

  • thatloserdylan

    All hail to the true High King Ulfric Stormcloak!

  • Some Guy

    The civil war questline would have been better if the Stormcloaks were even a slightly valid option. I mean really, Ulfric is a brainwashed Thalmor asset working to weaken the Empire for when the elves take over. So unless you're on the Dominion's side there is no legitimate reason to join the Stormcloaks.

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  • LegendsP

    I have never really been a big fan of the Civil War but when I do play though it.I have to side with the Empire. Mostly because I can't stand how racists the nords are.

  • matthew west

    sounded like you said "Be sad everybody" at the end.

  • Jay Aitch

    Tullius is a hero. Long live the Empire.

  • Rumble Roller

    You know, that would have been a nice middle ground. Helping that love-sick necromancer to create a legion of undead to completely topple two opposing armies. Screw the Empire, screw the Stormcloaks. EVERYTHING DIES!


    I wish there had been a 3rd path in the game that would have allowed the Dovalkin to raise his/her own army, beat the stormcloaks and chase the Imperials and the thalmor out of skyrim. Beat the forsworn, make a peace treaty with them or ally with them.I do not like what I have seen of the Become High King of Skyrim mod.Nothing against the mod author but I don't like the path it follows.After winning you could either execute , exile or marry Elsif or Ulfric. If you marry them they become your prince/princess consort and second to you as High King. If you exile or kill them you still become high King and can choose to marry anyone else included a modded character and make them your consort.

  • Petra Art

    i always forgot to do Civil War quest

  • RjP RjP

    What mods are you using

  • Kody Whittington

    For the Empire! For the Legion!

  • Icepick957

    So did legget if that’s how you spell her name and ulfric grow up together or have some history? If you choose the imperials, the mission where you kill ulfric, after you kill him legget says talos be with you but she isn’t aloud to believe in talos it’s not allowed in the imperial faction. And she said I’m in a very low tone and kind of sadish voice and not her impartial general voice

  • pay ten

    prepare to noscope the stormcloaks

  • Rena Ami Akai

    I've only ever played the questline once, and that was the Stormcloaks. Always find it a hassle to have to choose a side. I'd rather go out and have fun than deal with petty political problems.

  • kasper andersen

    What's the walled camp mod? I need that :O

  • Arbiter

    Do you really think the civil war is one of the best parts of skyrim? I bet half the people who watched this never even did either quest line. It was probably the worst story in Skyrim.

  • craig

    What's the name of the mods he uses to make the game look better

  • Carlos Valenzuela

    When it comes to the the civil war, it's always the same argument. Stormcloaks: I joined because freedom of religious practice is a right everyone should have.Imperials : I joined because I believe strength in numbers will lead to our survival.

  • Svaden

    whats the vision/texture mod in start?

  • Noveni Othran

    @TheEpicNate315 This is not related to this but you did miss this fact ages ago...That I wanted to make you dance and then tear yourself apart now THATS a fact 😍🤤

  • Dan Scott

    I may be in the minority here, but i loved the civil war quest especially with mods and patrols. Long live Ulfric the true high king of Skyrim!

  • juanjoseph

    Civil War was a great but poorly presented idea. The quest is dull to say the least.But remember kids: any stormfag supporter is actually supporting the Thalmor.

  • Eddie Lee

    The Civil War is a disjointed, overblown hissy fit fight between Bureaucrats(Imperials) and Vikings(Nords). I never do it because Skyrim made me hate Nords. I don't like Ulfric, I don't like Tulius..Rikke is about the only one of the bunch that I like because she's noble enough and despite being an imperial, she still believes in Talos.

  • Evil toaster of pure EVIL

    Playing a high-elf and joining Stormcloaks to weaken the Empire is superbly satisfying :)

  • Evan Higgins

    If you visit your house during a city siege your children will be visibly scared and as when it will end

  • Just4MTF

    Just to make it clear, because some people seem to be confused: yes, "jung" is german for "young", but Nate is correct, it is a reference to Star Wars. The line Leia says to Luke when they first meet literally translates to: "So young and already a Stormtrooper?" and the mission in Skyrim translates to: "So young and already a Stormcloak?"It's an obvious reference to Star Wars, but I didn't know that this is only in the german version. I've always thought Bethesda would keep a close eye an all translations to get the Lore etc. right.But don't feel bad, the english version has far better voice actors. Compare the german Ulfric to the original one and you know what I mean, lol.

  • J D.W

    Sorry I disagree, the civil war was one of the weakest points of skyrim. The quests were basically the same regardless of what side you chose, the "battles" were puny and had maybe a max of 20-25 men fighting. The effects of the war were barely seen, and any actual battles you came across were few and far in between. And it makes no difference when you win. An Npc dies and the guards change uniforms woopie

  • إلياس

    if you play the stormcloaks side to end tullius will say i think something like that : "Dont you know , that the thalmor wanted this? " so the thalmor want that the stormcloaks win but in a letter about the civil war stands it would be not so good if they win ... i dont know what to say i like it more if I play a old nord and the stormcloaks win just for the tradition and so on ... But the imperals are right i think because tullius said at the end of the quest in the imperal side : " im not sure about the peace with the thalmor " and the legat said: talos be with you ulfric ...please make a discussion my dragonborn companion

  • fake name

    Everyone always says that the stormcloaks are the worst side that could win the war, but it would actually be the most beneficial. After the stormcloaks win with the help of the DRAGONBORN, you could be damn sure that Hammerfell would jump on an opportunity to ally themselves with skyrim so that they could have increased support against the aldmeri dominion knocking at their door. After this there are a few possibilities of what could happen next.1. High Rock follows Skyrim's example and leaves the empire with the support of Hammerfell and Skyrim now that skyrim has cutoff total Empire connection to High rock, allowing independent High rock, Hammerfell, and Skyrim to probably make some sort of alliance or confederacy.2. Hammerfell and Skyrim unite to invade High Rock and split up the land between them. Now, with either of those two possibilities, there come two other possibilities that follow right after regardless of whether one or two happened.1. Skyrim, hammerfell, Black Marsh, Morrowind, The Empire, and maybe High Rock depending on what happened last, would join together to push the Aldmeri Dominion out of Tmriel with their armies being led by the DRAGONBORN.2. Or the independent territories would take over the empire, form the confederacy of Tamriel and push the Aldmeri Dominion out, and maybe begin to take over the rest of the Aldmeri Dominion heading over even to AkavirEither way, a stormcloak victory with dragonborn support with push the Aldmeri Dominion out of TamrielAfter that, either all the territories stay united for at least an era, or form a new empire from the ruins of the old one

  • • Ocstek •

    #UlfricForHighKingFight me, Wimperials

  • ObstacleTurtle

    Choose between the two epic factions fighting for control over Skyrim!1. Imperials (Dickheads)2. Stormcloaks (Racist Nazis)

  • I'mthelime 3

    You deserve way more subscribers for the quality of your videos,Your stuff is amazing,Keep up the amazing work!

  • vloging with will nutin

    Lagete rikke looks epic go imperial. Sry bad spelling I'm in a rish

  • David Harris

    Excellent information!

  • Mikeztarp

    Wasn't the eruption 200 years before Skyrim?

  • GreenTea

    The only fact i know about this Civil War is that it's the buggiest quest in video game history.. i did more than 10 playthroughs of skyrim since it's release and i only finished it once.

  • Alfie Holland Harrington

    Thanks for tell in US that you can kill elsift

  • RedTeamReview

    That Elisef thing I never knew. Kinda cool actually.

  • Genna Bella

    Immuna start a civil war in this comments section.I've always fought for the empire.

  • David Cairns

    Dude if there was an actual DLC where a necromancer conjured up an undead army and planned on taking over either Nirn or Skyrim, in my opinion it would be an even better game

  • D.g.cHitta

    Nice vid keep it up😊😊😊

  • Ihavegonetogreatlengths toexpandmythresholdforpain

    No one's going to answer this, but what mods does he use to make the game look SO beautiful?

  • Bandesc

    What mod turns the guards/soldiers armor into this?

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