The historic, traditional standing Army of the Empire of Tamriel, the Imperial Legion has been the vanguard of Human civilization and military might throughout all the incarnations of the Empire. At one time holding sway for the Emperor throughout all the lands comprising the Empire, the soldiers of the Imperial Legion are instantly recognizable by their signature armor and helmets. (These are of course modelled after those of real-life historical Roman history, as are the names of Imperials and the essential structure of their society.)
The Imperial Legion is a large and vast military power that encompasses almost all of Tamriel. It consists mainly of Imperials and Nords, partly also Elves, Orcs and Redguards. In Skyrim they serve as the commanding military power in place. They are the fighting force for the Empire in the Skyrim Civil War. Led by General Tullius, the Imperial Legion fights against the Stormcloaks and their leader Ulfric Stormcloak. The outcome of the Civil War will determine who will keep control of Skyrim. You can either join the Imperial Legion or the Stormcloak Rebels, or remain neutral and resolve the conflict in other ways.
Before joining the Imperial Legion, you must take the following oath:
Upon my honor I do swear undying loyalty to the Emperor, Titus Mede II...
... and unwavering obedience to the officers of his great Empire.
May those above judge me, and those below take me, if I fail in my duty.
Long live the Emperor! Long live the Empire!
If you join the Imperial Legion during the Civil War, you will be promoted after certain key operations. There are a total of five attainable ranks:
|Auxillary||Joining the Legion|
|Quaestor||Battle for Whiterun|
|Prefect||The Battle for Fort Dunstad|
|Tribune||The Battle for Fort Greenwall|
|Legate||Rescue from Fort Kastav|
There are other ranks that cannot be reached and are only held by NPCs:
- Captain - Commanding officer of a garrison or hold guard.
- General - Commanding officer of the Imperial Legion and is held only by General Tullius
- See: Imperial Camp