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Fear neither pain, nor darkness. For Sovngarde awaits those who die with weapons in their hands, and courage in their hearts.
— Ulfric Stormcloak

The Stormcloaks is a faction feutured in the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Stormcloaks are a Nord nationalist rebel faction who fight for the independence of Skyrim from the Septim Empire. Stormcloak ideology is centred around Nordic control of Skyrim and independence from the Septim Empire, the worship of the god Talos, and the belief that their leader, Ulfric Stormcloak, is the rightful High King of Skyrim. They have an exceptionally nationalistic mantra that Skryim is only for the Nords, although many in the Empire considers this a form of prejudice and many other races, especially the Dark Elves and Khajit, tend to be either ignored or outright discriminated against.

Centralized in the city of Windhelm, the Stormcloaks turned their swords against the Empire due to the results of the Great War against the Aldmeri Dominion, the Gold Concordat. The treaty that ended the war many Nords fought in and banned the worship of Talos which caused the leader of the rebellion, Ulfric Stormcloak, to hold bitterness towards the Empire.

This brewing resentment of Empire control peaked during the Markarth Incident and the death of High King Torgg, both of which fracturing relations between the primarily Stormcloaks and the Empire. The latter incident caused the entirety of Skyrim to break out into war due to the lack of a High King of Skyrim, leaving the land at a stalemate with both sides controlling approximately half of Skyrim.

Should the Stormcloacks win the civil war with the aid of the Last Dragonborn, Ulfric becomes high-king and Empire is pushed out of Skyrim, leading the rebels to prepare and plan for a war against the Aldmeri Dominion. However, should the Dragonborn side with the Empire, Ulfric would be slain during the Battle of Windhelm and the Stormcloacks reduced to small fringe groups hiding in the mountains.

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Battle vs. Varden (by Godzillavkk)[]

In the forests of a great mountain, a Stormcloak soldier clad in blue cloth armor and carrying a shield with a bear symbol is out scouting what Lord Ulfric belives to be Imperial Territory. As he enters a gulley, he spots another man about 10 meters away standing on a rock. This other man is wearing steel armor and on his shield is a white dragon with a rose in its mouth. He's a Varden soldier, out scouting territory believed to belong to the Imperials they battle under orders from Lady Nasuada. Both rebels spot eachother, both realize that the other is not any Imperial soldier, but the Stormcloaks Nord DNA hungers for combat. He draws his Nord Sword and lets loose a battlecry.

Now knowing the Stormcloak is itching for a fight, the Varden draws his bow, strings an arrow and fires, he narrowly misses the Stormcloak who strings his own bow and arrow, he fires, but the arrow bounces of the Varden's armor. The Stormcloak draws his claymore and charges, the Varden grabs his pike and points it at the Stormcloak. He tries stabbiing the Nord a few times but the Stormcloak dodges them all until he finally sees an opening and destroys the pike with a downward chop from his claymore.

The Varden runs for his life with the Nord pursuing. The Varden runs behind a large rock, the Stormcloak follows him, and is tripped by the Varden. The Varden draws his dagger and tries to stab the Stormclaok, but the Nord quickly recovers and blocks with his axe. The Stormcloak grabs the Varden's arm and throws him over. The Varden gets back on his feet and draws his sword. The Stormcloak charges with his axe. He swings his axe at the Varden a few times. The Varden blocks them all with his shield but this is costing him energy. he puts some distance between him and the Stormcloak, the Rebel of Skyrim charges and gets bashed by the Varden's shield dropping his axe.

The Varden tries to finish him off, but the Stormcloak recovers, blocks with his shield and kicks the Varden away. The Nord gets up and draws his sword. The two stare for a bit, then the Stormcloak charges. Both trade attacks and blocks at eachother, as this happens the Varden notices the Stormcloak seems weaker on the defense and starts attacking more agressivly. The Stormcloak is being forced back and knows he can't win like this, he bashes the Varden with his shield who falls down, the Stormcloak runs in for the kill, but the Varden, using his last battle energy, turns on his back and stabs the Stormclaok in the chest just as he prepares to chop. The Stormcloak coughs blood, then falls down dead.

The Varden gets up, raises his word to the sky and shouts "Death to Galbatorix!"


Expert's Opinion[]

The Varden won due to his superior armor and that they fought foes that Stormcloaks never had even heard of, like Urgals and Men who couldn't feel pain.

To see the original battle, weapons and votes, click here.


The battle was declared invalid because the Varden were given a claymore despite never using them.