4E 201 -
The Stormcloak Rebellion was a civil war in Skyrim fought between the forces of the Empire and the Stormcloak rebels in 4E 201. Several years before, Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak of Windhelm formed the Stormcloaks as his personal army to carry out his agenda. Soon after the young High King Torygg took the throne, Ulfric traveled to the High King’s court in Solitude and challenged Torygg to single combat for Skyrim’s throne, purportedly because of the ban on Talos worship. Ulfric knocked Torygg over with the thu’um, stabbed him with a sword, and fled the city. He was branded a murderer and traitor by the Empire. The Imperial Legion under General Tullius moved in to secure Imperial territory as the jarls began picking sides. Less than a year after the start of the conflict, Ulfric and his men were captured by the Legion outside Darkwater Crossing in southern Eastmarch. After surrendering, they traveled for two days until they arrived in Helgen for execution. In a twist of fate, the village was suddenly attacked by a dragon, and the rebel leader escaped once again. Afterwards, the war escalated, with Nords across Skyrim solidifying their allegiance to either the Empire or the Stormcloaks.