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Helgen was a "backwater hovel" called the "Gateway to the North" due to the many travelers who visited while going to or from nearby Cyrodiil. It lay northeast of the town of Falkreath and southwest of the Throat of the World. In 4E 201 during the Stormcloak Rebellion, Ulfric Stormcloak was captured nearby and transported to Helgen to be executed, only to be spared in the chaos following the surprise reappearance and attack by Alduin. Helgen was devastated, and its ruins were abandoned to bandits.
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