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Old 05-23-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Who to choose: Stormcloaks or Imperials?

Well here is the big question once again!!!

I have to side with the Stormcloaks or Imperials but I have no idea who to side with..

I have googled this and read quite a few threads on it.. but I still can't make up my mind.. So any help is much appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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In the grand scheme of things it really does not matter. I have done both and only real difference is which party will be in charge of the towns. The NPC dialog is different depending on which side you are on.

My first character was Imperial and I choose that side.

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Imperials. Screw the rebel scum.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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Alright I guess I will be going for Imperials then. Thanks for the help guys. ^_^
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:13 AM   #5
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The Stormcloaks come across as racists bastards so I went with Imperials.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #6
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:45 AM   #7
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I have a really hard time choosing...

the imperials tried to behead me, so that's a problem...
but if I side with the stormcloaks, then I have to kill Jarl Balgruuf, the first person to give me a break (and a home) after I was branded an outcast.
also, Ulfric is such a tool.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:57 AM   #8
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What's fucked up is I am a Nord and I chose the Imperials. But like the above poster said, I didn't want to have to kill Balgruuf and also felt like I would have made a name for myself and saved my dignity by helping the Imperials.
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I love the reasons for why you chose the imperials. I am pretty sure on my playthrough, I just went to whatever quest marker was closest to my current location after I fucked around for a bit.
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The Stormcloaks come across as racists bastards so I went with Imperials.
I think Ulfric is just misunderstood. It isn't so much that the Nords hate elves as racists would, but they are taking over jobs, businesses and land that a proper Nord could use. I mean, don't the elves have their OWN land? Why do they need to populate Skyrim? Granted, Nords are rather closed-minded about the whole situation but to call them racists is a bit extreme.
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I think Ulfric is just misunderstood. It isn't so much that the Nords hate elves as racists would, but they are taking over jobs, businesses and land that a proper Nord could use. I mean, don't the elves have their OWN land? Why do they need to populate Skyrim? Granted, Nords are rather closed-minded about the whole situation but to call them racists is a bit extreme.
Ulfric seems more like a "Big Picture" guy to me; seeing how little of a difference he could make as a footsoldier, it would make sense to for him make an army in the name of freedom (and possibly his own goals). In Ulfric's case, it has the opposing effect of the common man feeling abandoned or neglected.

As for Nords in general, a bunch of mean High Elves in shiny armor who shoot lightning out of their hands and also carry human sized bags towards the mountains next to Solitude can be pretty fear inducing; and fear can easily boil into hate.

The "Rebellious Leader for [insert lost status, thing, etcetera] of [insert faction]" is a common character in fictional works.
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I went Stormcloaks because I was captured by Imperials at the start, just made more sense.
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UESP (the elder scrolls wiki, just google uesp and you will find) and read the advantages and disadvantages for both, screw threads and opinions, make your own (next time).
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Imperials. I will repost my response to a similar thread:

I just cannot bring myself to join the Stormcloaks. I don't trust Ulfric, he's a power hungry tyrant and a racist. Windhelm, the place he is in charge of, looks like crap. Then there is the "Grey Quarter" in Windhelm, named after the Dark Elves skin color where they are segregated. They treat the Argonians the same way.

The empire isn't perfect. I despise the Thalmor and do not agree with the Talos ban. However, I can understand why they had to agree to it.

I can get past one Imperial soldier with a bad attitude sending me to the chopping block, only because Hadvar (also an Imperial soldier) saved my life during the dragon attack. Hadvar got me out alive. His kindness didn't stop there. When we arrived at Riverwood his father took us in and let me take any needed supplies.

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Old 09-08-2013, 08:16 PM   #15
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i liked imperials more. well, because i dont like rebels
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Imperials. After getting over them trying to kill me it seems the right choice. I blame that bitch of an officer anyway. Ulfric himself admits he was only strengthening the Thalmor if you speak to him in Sovengarde. I don't think he's power hungry. He just can't see the bigger picture. Shouting Torygg to death also doesn't sound very Nord like. Honorable challenge my ass. I regretted siding with them on my first play through.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #17
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I choose the Imperials, because I played a Khaijiit, and I don't care for the racism of the Storm Cloaks.

Yes, the Imperials did initially try to kill you (why is it your character is always imprisoned at the start of these games?), and yes, religious persecution is BS. However, the Storm Cloaks don't get a free pass on their racist attitude. Plus, even if the Storm Cloaks did push back the Imperials, what chance would they have against the Thalmor, when they brought the Empire to its knees?
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I've been asked this a few times, and I thought I paid a lot of attention at the beginning of the game, but I don't remember ever getting a choice... obviously I did something, but I just don't know what or when..
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I've been asked this a few times, and I thought I paid a lot of attention at the beginning of the game, but I don't remember ever getting a choice... obviously I did something, but I just don't know what or when..
In order to actually make the choice, you have to go talk to the leader of either camp (Galmar Stone-Fist for Storm Cloak, or Legate Rikke for Imperial). Until then, you have not joined either side.
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I've been asked this a few times, and I thought I paid a lot of attention at the beginning of the game, but I don't remember ever getting a choice... obviously I did something, but I just don't know what or when..
Look at the Elder Scrolls Wiki for info like that.
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I side with the Imperials 100% of the time. I generally associate the Stormcloaks with Skynard-loving, racist, rebel flag-wielding, meth-head, trailer trash. If that was my thing I suppose I would think differently. But, it's not. So, I don't.
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On my first three playthroughs, I would always join the Stormcloaks.

Now that I've made a Nord, I'm joining the Imperial Army. My Nord isn't as racist as the rest of the bunch and wants to regain honor by siding with the Legion even if they were to execute him.

Fuck Ulfric!
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On my first three playthroughs, I would always join the Stormcloaks.

Now that I've made a Nord, I'm joining the Imperial Army. My Nord isn't as racist as the rest of the bunch and wants to regain honor by siding with the Legion even if they were to execute him.

Fuck Ulfric!
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I chose the Imperial Army. But that could just be the sneering British Imperialist inside me, desperately trying to cling onto past glories.

Who knows?
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On every play through i always go with the stormcloaks, the imperials remind me too much of the US government...
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On every play through i always go with the stormcloaks, the imperials remind me too much of the US government...
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On every play through i always go with the stormcloaks, the imperials remind me too much of the US government...
I'm confused.
But I sided w th Stormcloaks because they are the native race to Skyrim.
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