Is There a Third Option in Skyrim’s Civil War?

Is There a Third Option in Skyrims Civil War

Skyrim’s civil war questline was disappointing for a lot of reasons. The players were forced to choose between two equally bad choices.
On one side, you have extremists pushing for isolationist policy, and they are willing to burn down the province they claim they love so much to achieve that. On another side, you have a broken empire that sold its principles for a moment of peace, with only seconds separating them from another massive war. Whether you choose between Imperial Legion or Stormcloak rebellion, the only true winner of the conflict is the Thalmor. It would be great if the players could choose something more satisfying and meaningful. Let’s see if there is a third option to choose in Skyrim’s civil war.

There is no third option in Skyrim’s civil war. You can only choose between Imperial Legion and Stormcloak rebellion. No matter what side you choose from, you will have an equal number of quests and achievements, and finishing the storyline will lead to the cessation of all conflict. You cannot join Thalmor, but you can ignore the storyline completely. You can finish the main story; however, you will forfeit certain achievements.

Now that we’ve covered that there is no third option in the civil war, you need to make peace with two (bad) choices. It’s time to analyze the issue in more detail. If you want to know whether changing sides mid-conflict is possible and can the conflict in Skyrim be resolved peacefully, stay with us and keep reading!

Is it better to Join Imperials or Stormcloaks?

Joining Imperials or Stormcloaks depends on your preferred ideology and your perceived position of Skyrim in the Empire. There is no “better side.” No matter which side you choose, the same outcome happens. All conflict in Skyrim ceases, and each hold is left with the government made out of the winning faction.

Former exiled Jarls can be found either in Blue Palace or Palace of the Kings, depending on which side you choose.
Both Imperials and Stormcloaks have good arguments. On one side, Skyrim shouldn’t be forced to abandon its religion and costumes just because Thalmor, which has 0 effects on people’s lives, demands it.

Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak

And on the other side, Stormcloaks choose probably the worst moment in history to fight for independence, considering the giant threat from both Thalmor and the Dragons. The Empire is at its absolute lowest in terms of power, and things can get only worse for everyone.

There were no right or wrong sides in the Civil War. That’s why Bethesda left the ending open-ended and up to the player to choose.


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Is it possible to switch sides in Skyrim’s civil war?

You will get three opportunities to choose which side you want to choose in the civil war, so yes, switching sides in the civil war is possible. The game gives you enough time to assess which side seems more logical and suits your philosophy. The first opportunity to choose is right at the beginning of the game, during Alduin’s attack on Helgen.

Hadvar (Imperial Legion) and Ralof (Stormcloaks) will invite you to escape the destruction with them. Hadvar and Ralof will subsequently recommend that you join their sides, and the quest marker will appear as well as a journal entry to join the Imperial Legion or Stormcloak rebellion. This does not mean that your choice is cemented.

To join the respective sides, you must plead your case in the Imperial Legion base (Solitude) and talk to General Tullius or at the Stormcloak Rebellion base (Windhelm) with Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak.

The Jagged Crown

The second opportunity to change sides comes from wandering soldiers from both sides you will encounter as you travel. Both sides will offer you to change sides as long as the quest The Jagged Crown is not completed.

The third opportunity, and the last one, to change sides comes after the quest, “The Jagged Crown,” during which you are sent to retrieve the crown that belonged to the ancient High King Harald and serves as a symbol of office for Skyrim’s High King. The Jagged Crown quest is the second quest in the storyline, and it takes place after you have formally joined the Imperials or Stormcloaks. However, when you retrieve the crown, you can deliver it to the opposing side. This is the last opportunity to change sides the game will give you, use it well.

What happens if you finish the civil war storyline before the quest “Season Unending”?

Because finishing the civil war storyline means that the war is over, and Season Unending is the quest to negotiate the truce between both sides, nothing will happen, and you will never get the quest. You can proceed with the quest “The Fallen” right after Alduin’s Bane quest.

Which side wins the civil war in Skyrim’s canon?

Skyrim canon never specified the winner of the civil war conflict. Likely, the conclusion of the civil war storyline won’t play any significant role in the upcoming game, and the ending was left open-ended on purpose. Bethesda has a long tradition of avoiding “endings set in stone.” The prime example of this is the ending of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, during which the player had a choice of siding with seven factions, and Bethesda figured out a way to make all endings canon.

General Tullius

However, the player’s choice was ultimately erased from the lore with the event known in the canon as “The Warp in the West” or “Miracle of Peace.” According to the canon, no matter with whom the players decided to side with during the events of the game, somehow, all sides managed to gain access to the Totem of Tiber Septim, which led to distortion in the timeline itself and after the events that took place that fateful day, all sides emerged from the conflict victorious, miraculously ceasing all conflict in the region.


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As you can see, no matter what you choose during the civil war storyline, Bethesda will likely find a way to work around it and make all endings canon or none at all.

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

investor perk skyrim


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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

master trader perk skyrim

Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.