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Jorunn the Skald-King
(lore page)
Location Windhelm
Race Nord Gender Male
Reaction Friendly
Other Information
Faction(s) Ebonheart Pact
Jorunn the Skald-King

Jorunn the Skald-King is a Nord and the High King of Skyrim and leader of the Ebonheart Pact. He presides over the Great Moot in the Pact's capital of Mournhold. He may be found in Windhelm, in the Skald-King's Temporary Court (located southwest of The Adept's Retreat).

The Fractured Spirit of the King

Related Quests[edit]

Dialogue[edit]

Messages Across Tamriel[edit]

During Messages Across Tamriel you may have to speak with Skald-King Jorunn to convince him to attend the meeting between the alliances on Stirk. When you approach his agents will warn you off before Jorunn waves them away.

Thrush: "Watch yourselves, outsiders. Give us a good reason, and the Armigers will cut you down where you stand!"
Hopper: "We'll burn you …."
Longfin: "Freeze you …."
Scathecraw: "And shatter you."
Thrush: "Any questions? I didn't think so."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Silence, Thrush! Master Galerion, please continue."
Vanus Galerion: "My companion hopes to speak with you about the impending Coldharbour crisis."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I have heard tales of this one. The Skald-King favors the bold, even among his enemies! Come, champion. let us speak."

You can then approach him.

"I will stay your execution since you came all this way. But choose your words carefully. I'm not a patient king."
Thank you for speaking with me, Honored Skald-King.
"Yes, well, I am both suspicious and curious. If you are an assassin, though, get on with it. But remember this: you're coming to Sovngarde with me!"
You don't fear death?
"To fear death is to fear life! I am Nord. When my time comes, I will embrace it. Sovngarde will be glorious! No meetings, no schemes!
But you're not here to talk philosophy. What do you want?"
It's time to take the offensive against Molag Bal.
"Who? The three alliances? Has magical travel rattled your brain?
Speak plainly. What do you ask of me?"
I propose a moot. A meeting of all three alliance leaders on the island of Stirk.
"Where the All-Flags Army was born …? Hmm. If the other leaders agree, I will attend. If nothing else, it should make a good story.
Now leave me before my dinner gets cold."

Weight of Three Crowns[edit]

Once the meeting between the leaders starts, it rapidly becomes clear it won't remain civil and is halted shortly after.

Queen Ayrenn: "We must put aside our differences and work together or this assault is doomed from the start."
High King Emeric: "How do we know this isn't a ruse? A clever plan to divert out forces while your armies take the Imperial City?"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I thought backstabbing was your favorite tactic, Emeric!"
Queen Ayrenn: "Please! Are you both so arrogant? Your weapons are children's toys compared to the horrors that Molag Bal commands!"
High King Emeric: "I will not wager the future of my people on the word of snow barbarian and an adolescent female. I fear for Tamriel's future if either of you were to sit upon the Ruby Throne!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Since when do you care about your people? You never lift a finger except to count your gold!"
Vanus Galerion: "Please, my lords! This bickering is pointless!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "What a waste of time!"
<Jorunn goes back to his camp.>
Queen Ayrenn: "Obstinate fools, both of you!"
<Ayrenn returns to her camp.>
High King Emeric: "What a mess. Apologies, Vanus, but I'm going to check on my Lion Guard."
<Emeric leaves for his camp.>

In the end, all three have retreated back to their camps. At this point you get the idea to convince the leaders to allow the neutral Guilds to fight in Coldharbour instead. Jorunn's dialogue will differ depending on your alliance.

If you are Pact: (?)

If you are Covenant, he is immediately dismissive of you. But you can convince him by appealing to his pride.

"Save your breath. I will not be swayed by Emeric's lapdog."
We need to cooperate.
"What about the war in Cyrodiil? If I commit troops to this invasion, the Pact will be vastly outnumbered there."
What if we send the guilds to Coldharbour?
"Bah. Wizards and mercenaries? Against the Daedric hordes? Without the Ebonheart Pact, they do not stand a chance!"
[Intimidate] Do you want history to remember you as the king who surrendered to Molag Bal?
"How dare you! I should kill you where you stand!
History will remember the Skald-King as the Bane of Molag Bal! I will support your foolish plan. Now get out of my sight!"
I don't see any other options.
(?)

If you are Dominion: (?)

Jorrun versus Sormorask

Soon the island will come under attack by the Daedric forces of Molag Bal, with the most powerful focusing on the leaders. The Skald-King will be squaring off against the Titan Sormorask. Once the titan is defeated, Jorunn will mourn his guards: "My guards … all dead …."

Once the Daedra have been repelled, Vanus Galerion and Countess Hakruba will call out to the leaders, trying to convince them that there is no more time to waste.

Vanus Galerion: "Honored leaders! You have seen the face of our enemy!"
Vanus Galerion: "Molag Bal threatens every living being in Tamriel! The Mages Guild and the Fighters Guild have agreed to join forces to launch an assault on Coldharbour!"
Countess Hakruba: "Trust in us! Sanction our actions! Give us your blessings! We will not let you down!"
High King Emeric: "Vanus is right. The Guilds are our best and only choice. Send them to Coldharbour!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I hate to admit it, but I agree with Emeric."
Queen Ayrenn: "As do I. It appears that much of the distrust between out alliances was sown and nurtured by the God of Schemes."
Countess Hakruba: "Molag Bal thrives on deception and chaos, but if you'll forgive me, this Alliance War is of your own making."
Vanus Galerion: "Countess Hakruba. Gather the surviving members of both Guilds in the Stirk Interior. The champion and I will go there new to open the portal."
Countess Hakruba: "We'll be right behind you, Vanus."
<Vanus begins to head towards the valley.>
Vanus Galerion: "The time has come, Champion."
Countess Hakruba: "Let's go!"

Jorunn will give you some final encouragement as you leave: "Bury an axe in that Daedric bastard!"

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