The Gray-Manes are an old and influential clan in Whiterun. Before the Civil War, the Gray-Manes were friends with their equally venerable neighbors, clan Battle-Born. However, the Gray-Manes have become strong supporters of the Stormcloaks, as well as Ulfric Stormcloak. The Battle-Borns sided with the Empire, and so now the clans are feuding. New visitors to Whiterun will probably be caught off-guard by the question "Gray-Mane, or Battle-Born?" as the clans try to assess where you stand in the war. As a side-note, answering this question with the side that the asker represents will make this person considered a "friend" and allow a bonus to be attained using the Ebony Blade.
The Family Tree for the Gray-Manes is as follows:
|Vignar Gray-Mane||Eorlund Gray-Mane||Fralia Gray-Mane|
|Thorald Gray-Mane||Olfina Gray-Mane||Avulstein Gray-Mane|