Whiterun besieged by the troops of Ulfric Stormcloak during Skyrim Civil War in 4E201.

For a long time, Jarl Balgruuf the Greater of Whiterun managed to stay neutral in the Skyrim Civil War, denying the Empire the right to station troops in his city while he refused to side with Ulfric Stormcloack at the same time.

Even the best things must end sooner or later however, and in 4E201, Ulfric forced Balgruuf to choose side, with an ultimatum of the “if you are not with us, you are against us” kind. Curiously, Ulfric seemed surprised that Balgruuf rallied to the Empire, although for anyone who know a bit of geography it was fully predictable : owing to its position, Whiterun prosperity depends heavily of trade with the Empire, hence Balgruuf had few interest in waging war against his main commercial partner.

And so had Ulfric to besieged the city…

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