History Characters / SkyrimCivilWar

22nd Aug '17 7:56:00 PM LadyNorbert
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** The Markarth Incident is basically a microcosm of the larger Civil War; the Forsworn, a group that has been historically marginalized by outsiders and are seen as barbaric savages (not to mention having a different religion from them), rebels against the Jarl of the Reach and takes control of it. They attempt to declare the Reach an independent kingdom, but they're brutally crushed. The catch here is the one who led the army that beat the Forsworn was Ulfric. And for further irony, his did it to restore Talos worship to the Reach.

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** The Markarth Incident is basically a microcosm of the larger Civil War; the Forsworn, a group that has been historically marginalized by outsiders and are seen as barbaric savages (not to mention having a different religion from them), rebels against the Jarl of the Reach and takes control of it. They attempt to declare the Reach an independent kingdom, but they're brutally crushed. The catch here is the one who led the army that beat the Forsworn was Ulfric. And for further irony, his he did it to restore Talos worship to the Reach.
13th Aug '17 2:58:35 PM Zaptech
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* BerserkButton: Stormcloaks in general; Ulfric, specifically, for killing her husband. Oddly enough, if you are a Stormcloak, and do some of her quests she'll make an exception for you, despite you being the reason Ulfric is winning and she is being marginalized. You being Ulfric's blood brother by the war's end also eludes her.



* BerserkButton: The Thalmor killing Talos worshipers.



* BerserkButton: He absolutely refuses to tolerate the Thalmor, especially Elenwen. Most likely a result of [[spoiler:being interrogated (read: brutally tortured) by her.]]
12th Aug '17 2:38:28 AM Sumatris
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* TooDumbToLive: Provoking the Dragonborn after they have just killed a powerful Dragon Priest is a horrible idea.

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* TooDumbToLive: Provoking the Dragonborn after they have just killed a powerful Dragon Priest is a horrible idea. Even better, part of his assignment is relieving the Dragonborn of the magicka-absorbing staff they just looted off of said Dragon Priest, and which they're probably still wielding when they encounter him. As mentioned above, Estormo is a SquishyWizard with absolutely no meaningful defense once his magicka reserves are depleted. [[CurbstompBattle You do the math]].
12th Aug '17 2:22:24 AM Sumatris
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* EveryoneHasStandards: Due to [[WeUsedToBeFriends having served with Rikke during the Great War]], Galmar immediately calls the Dragonborn a cold-hearted son of a bitch if they tell him to [[KillHimAlready just kill her already]] at the height of the Battle for Solitude.


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* LargeAndInCharge: He's second only to the [[BonusBoss Ebony Warrior]] in terms of height and sheer muscle mass, and that's saying something. He's also both Ulfric's frontline general and your direct superior if you side with the Stormcloaks.
31st Jul '17 9:06:43 AM OtisMurdoch
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** Not to mention his friendliness on the way to his own execution, as he strikes up conversation with the player character and makes an effort to calm an increasingly panicked Lokir, both of whom are complete strangers to him. He also shows his openmindedness at the Guardian Stones. He is elated if the Dragonborn chooses the Warrior stone, but is more accepting of spellcasters and thieves than many other Nords, especially among the warlike Stormcloaks. If you select the Mage stone, he sounds a bit skeptical, but quickly concedes "to each his own" and admits it's not for him to judge. Picking the Thief stone elicits Ralof's sympathetic reassurance that it's never too late to change, as he seemingly takes your choice to mean you have a seedy past. All in all, he's one of the friendlier faces you encounter in the opening act of the game, and one of the few characters in all the land to be warm to you from your first encounter.
23rd Jul '17 2:13:15 PM AtmosBlitzer
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!!Ancano
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--> '''Voiced by:''' Alexander Brandon

A high-ranking Thalmor wizard who works in the College of Winterhold as an adviser to Arch-Mage Savos Aren.

* ArcVillain: Of the Winterhold College questline.
* BlatantLies: The only Thalmor who tries to claim that with the war over, the Thalmor are interested in maintaining peace with Skyrim and the Empire. The rest are more honest about their intentions.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler:He goes off the deep end very quickly after tapping into the Eye of Magnus.]]
* EvilChancellor: Is evidently an adviser of Savos Aren, though you never actually see him do any actual advising.
* EvilGenius: Seems to be his role, given his plan.
* EvilIsSexy: [[invoked]] Invoked. Nirya, an Altmer mage at the College, says that he's up to something, but admits that he's handsome.
* EvilSorcerer: [[spoiler:What he turns out to be. It's known from the start that he's a sorcerer; his ''ambitions'', on the other hand, are not until it's almost too late.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Behold, the only Thalmor NPC with any understanding of tact. He will state without irony that the Thalmor only seek to help enrich the lives of the people of Skyrim and help them lead to a new glorious age of happiness, while emphasizing equality. He is, of course, lying and everyone else at the College says not to trust him, but he's a good enough liar to make it ''almost'' sound sincere.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During his boss fight, it's entirely possible for him to be killed by the very Magic Anomalies he ended up summoning while trying to use the Eye of Magnus.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[spoiler:His aim to destroy Mundus is something he's pursuing a lot quicker than most of colleagues, even Elenwen, and he comes pretty damn close to achieving it too. To put it in perspective, Elenwen's idea of delaying them and causing Mundus to fall apart is to start a civil war, which has ultimately led to a revival in Talos worship and has taken several years to engineer. In the span of merely a few weeks, Ancano nearly destroys the world single-handedly.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Goes without saying; it's the natural state of mind for Thalmor lackeys. That said, he's a lot better about keeping his ruder side in check than most of his colleagues.
* KickTheDog: Just in case you didn't get that he's the bad guy, he ends up [[spoiler:killing Savos Aren, then Mirabelle Ervine.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Ancano is male, has long white hair, and is an elf. The rest follows naturally from that.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: All Thalmor are this, to a man.
* ObviouslyEvil: Even in-game, ''nobody'' trusts him. Even the two Altmer ladies on campus don't like much him hanging around to "observe" (though one of them does think he's rather attractive).
** He does try and make some effort of hiding it, at least at first. He claims he's simply there to foster relations, that now that the great war is over the Thalmor only want to co-exist with the Empire and help Skyrim. Compared to other Thalmor who openly say that "the Empire exists because we allow it to exist" and "we're totally getting ready for another attack on you guys", Ancano is downright subtle.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:He plans to use the Eye of Magnus to destroy Mundus and return all Altmer to pre-creation divinity.]] This is the long-term goal of all Thalmor; he's just a lot more proactive about it.
* ProperlyParanoid: He is very concerned when a [[spoiler:member of the Psijic Order]] visits the College asking specifically for you, and suspects you're keeping things from him and Savos about everything that's going on. He's absolutely right.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He woefully underestimates the Dragonborn, despite them making their way through Labyrinthian, [[spoiler:defeating the Dragon Priest Morokei,]] and mopping the floor with the Thalmor assassin sent to eliminate them.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He's got white hair and he's a bad guy.


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!! Ancano
See [[Characters/SkyrimFactions Skyrim Factions]] under College of Winterhold.
19th Jul '17 1:27:45 AM ChaoticQueen
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* DirtyCoward: Some Imperial aligned characters call him this, citing things like his use of the Thu'um against Torygg when he was ten times the warrior the Boy King was and everyone knew it. Interestingly, when killed in the Imperial ending of the Civil War he's armed with an axe with a fear enchant on it and the two Shouts he knows are Unrelenting Force and Disarm, all things that would stop an enemy from fighting him effectively.

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* DirtyCoward: Some Imperial aligned characters call him this, citing things like his use of the Thu'um against Torygg when he was ten times the warrior the Boy King was and everyone knew it. Interestingly, when killed in the Imperial ending of the Civil War he's armed with an axe with a fear enchant on it and the two Shouts he knows are Unrelenting Force and Disarm, all things that would stop an enemy from fighting him effectively.
3rd Jun '17 12:12:42 PM zzedar
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** A special mention to "Leonora Venatus", author of the in-game book ''The Talos Mistake.'' The book is actually a very convincing argument that to worship Tiber Septim as Talos detracts from the great deeds he did as a mortal; and even if false, it makes sense for humans to revere such a hero as a god, for he ''was'' a hero - and if he could become a Divine, it gives other men a goal to which they can aspire and seek to better themselves to achieve.
24th Apr '17 4:46:57 PM Zaptech
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* JerkassHasAPoint: For all of his CulturalPosturing, a brief look at Tamriel's history shows that he's absolutely right about the provinces falling to barbarism and anarchy without the Imperial Legion. The periods between each Empire have been times of chaos and strife, especially the Interregnum after the Second Empire fell, in which [[Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline nearly all of Nirn was consumed by Molag Bal]] while everyone else was fighting one another.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: For all of his CulturalPosturing, a brief look at Tamriel's history shows that he's absolutely right about the provinces falling to barbarism and anarchy without the Imperial Legion. The periods between each Empire have been times of chaos and strife, especially the Interregnum after the Second Empire fell, in which [[Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline [[Videogame/TheElderScrollsOnline nearly all of Nirn was consumed by Molag Bal]] while everyone else was fighting one another.
24th Apr '17 4:46:22 PM Zaptech
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* JerkassHasAPoint: For all of his CulturalPosturing, a brief look at Tamriel's history shows that he's absolutely right about the provinces falling to barbarism and anarchy without the Imperial Legion. The periods between each Empire have been times of chaos and strife, especially the Interregnum after the Second Empire fell, in which [[Videogame/ElderScrollsOnline nearly all of Nirn was consumed by Molag Bal]] while everyone else was fighting one another.
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