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Message to Whiterun
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The Jagged Crown
Civil War
Quest Giver
Ulfric Stormcloak
Whiterun, Windhelm
Followed by
Battle for Whiterun
Quest Objectives

I am to deliver a message to the Jarl of Whiterun. It's time for him to pick a side in the war.

— Dragonborn

There is an equivalent quest if the Dragonborn joins the Imperial Legion. Note: You must have completed the quest Dragon Rising in the main quest before being able to complete this quest.


The city of Whiterun is of strategic value to both the Imperials and the Stormcloaks. After giving him the Jagged Crown, Ulfric Stormcloak decides that it is time the Jarl of Whiterun decided whose side he is on, and sends the Dragonborn to find out. He then instructs the Dragonborn to deliver a message to Jarl Balgruuf.

Deliver message to the Jarl of Whiterun[]

The Dragonborn then travels to Whiterun and finds Jarl Balgruuf inside Dragonsreach and delivers Ulfric's message. By handing over Ulfric's War Axe.

Wait for the Jarl's response[]

Jarl Balgruuf then converses with Irileth and Proventus Avenicci for a brief period of time, and then decides to side with the Imperials in the civil war. He gives back the axe, and asks the Dragonborn to return it to Ulfric Stormcloak in the Palace of the Kings located in Windhelm, to signify that there is to be war.

Deliver axe to Jarl Ulfric[]

Ulfric will be disappointed with Balgruuf's decision to side with the Empire. Galmar on the other hand is ready for a war on Whiterun.

Wait for orders from Jarl Ulfric[]

After this, Ulfric Stormcloak initiates the quest Battle for Whiterun.


Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Deliver this axe to Balgruuf the Greater.
Should I say anything to him?
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Men who understand each other often have no need for words.
There are but a few simple truths behind one warrior giving another his axe.
Balgruuf will know my meaning.
An axe?
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Yes. An axe. How long have you been in Skyrim...GIve the man my axe.
If he keeps it, I will bide my time. If he returnsz it to you, it means war.
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Keep your wits about you. The Jarl of Whiterun is known for his temper.

Deliver axe to the Jarl of Whiterun[]

Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak asked me to deliver this axe to you.
Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Did he now? The man is persistent, I'll give him that.
I suppose it's time I give a s***y answer.

Wait for the Jarl's response[]

Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
So about this axe...
You can return this axe to our friend. The esteemed Jarl of Windhelm has my answer. Make sure he gets it.

The Jarl of Whiterun has sided with the Empire. I am to inform Jarl Ulfic Stormcloak of his decision

— Dragonborn

Deliver axe to Jarl Ulfric[]

The Jarl of Whiterun returns your axe.
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Then I was wrong about him.

Wait for oders from Jarl Ulfric[]

Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Make haste to our camp in Whiterun. I want you on the front lines.
I have a feeling about you. Your place is on the battlefield. I need you there.
Many will die by my hand.
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Then I commit them to whatever gods they still believe in.
Talos be with you!