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    Whiterun is the capital city of Whiterun Hold. The Jarl of Whiterun is Balgruuf the Greater.

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    The Plains District of Whiterun is home to the city's shops and market, while the Wind District is mostly residential. The Jarl's palace, Dragonsreach, dominates the Cloud District.

    Overview

    Whiterun is a city in Whiterun Hold in the imperial province Skyrim. Whiterun lies in the heart of Skyrim, its central located position making it into an important target in the on-going civil war. Whiterun is a typical Nordic city and features a wooden and stone palisade. Whiterun has a supreme defensive advantage of being positioned on top of a mountain, right in of middle of the surrounding artic tundra. Because of Whiterun's close proximity to where the Dragonborn makes his escape from Helgen, this is probably the city the Dragonborn will first enter.

    Politics and Civil war

    Civil War at Whiterun
    Civil War at Whiterun

    The current jarl of Whiterun is Balgruuf the greater. Balgruuf takes his advice from the steward of Whiterun, the Imperial named Proventus Avenicci. The jarl's advisors also features a court-wizard with the name Farengar Secret-Fire, his advice only focus around the questions of the magical threats against Whiterun.

    Whiterun is under threat in the on-going civil war. The Dragonborn can pick a side in this civil-war if the Dragonborn decides to join the civil war. The Dragonborn can choose to fight on the same side as Balgruuf the Greater. Balgruuf have already made his stand that Skyrim shall be a part of the Empire as previously . There is also the choice to join the Stormcloak rebellion and battle for an independent Skyrim and then there is no other possibility than to fight against Balgruuf the greater and the Empire.

    Gray-Manes and Battle-Borns

    There are two prominent and important families living in Whiterun, the Gray-Manes and the Battle-Borns. They used to be on good terms but much has changed. They have differing views on the on-going civil war. The difference in wealth also fuels their rivalry, with the Battle-Borns being the wealthiest.

    The Companions

    Whiterun also serves as a home to the Companions, a collection of warriors-for-hire that has its sanctuary in the famous mead-hall Jorrvaskr in the Wind district of the city. The Companions current Harbringer is Kodlak Whitemane, he is the one to speak about applying for membership. Inside of the The Companions a secret society exists that goes under the name The Circle, which have their meetings under the Skyforge in secret hall called the Underforge.

    History

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    Whiterun was built up around the mead hall Jorrvaskr, home of the legendary Companions warrior guild.

    The city of Whiterun was founded when a captain from the famous Ysgramor and the Five Hundred Companions heard a rumor. This rumor was told by Snow-Elves, who talked about an ancient and special forge that they called the Skyforge. The Skyforge is ancient place and predates Jorrvaskr and even the Snow-Elves themselves. The discoverer of the Skyforge was known under the name, “Jeek of the River”. Jeek the River is also the founder of Whiterun.

    Great Harbingers of the CompanionsAuthor: Swyk the Long-Sighted

    Jeek of the River: Captain of the Jorrvaskr during the Return, discoverer of the Skyforge, founder of Whiterun, and keeper of the original oath of the Companions, now lost to time. While other crews sought glory in conquest, his was the first to settle and serve as protector for the less war-gifted in the land as they came behind.

    Jeek of the River started to build a settlement around the Skyforge. This led to the decision to build a headquarters for the Companions and the mead-hall Jorrvaskr was built. After a while they started to build a city, and Whiterun was founded.

    Volume 7, The Tale of the JorrvaskrAuthor: Anonymous

    Thus began the building of the Great City, circled by the running of the White River, as brought forth by these beloved of Ysgramor, yet but twenty-two of the glorious Five Hundred Companions.

    Places and People

    The city of Whiterun is the home of 23 places and 76 uniquely named people. Whiterun is divided into three different districts. The three districts have all be named after there location and status, the names explains them self.

    - Proventus Avenicci:

    "The Plains District of Whiterun is home to the city's shops and market, while the Wind District is mostly a residential district. The Jarl's palace, Dragonsreach, dominates the Cloud District."

    The Plains district

    The first area a visitor enters. Merchants and inns dominate this district. Also the location of a purchasable home called Breezehome(for a price of 5000 gold). This district is the closest to the plains outside the city's walls, hence the name. It is a busy area, it house a small marketplace with a few vendors.

    The Wind District

    This residential district is located in the middle of the city. The temple of Kynareth is located here, and the district is named after the strong mountain winds that blow through the district. In the middle of the Wind District lies Gildergreen, a tree that the followers of Kynareth worships.

    The Cloud District

    The highest of the three districts. The big fortress Dragonsreach is located here and it is gigantic piece of architecture it can been seen miles away. The rear porch of Dragonsreach was originally meant to house a dragon.

    Inns

    Inns are places where the player can rent a room to sleep, buy food and drink, and meet people. Inns are also a good place to get some information about mercenary work. Often there is the option to hire mercenaries if you are in need of someone that can guard your back.

    The Bannered Mare

    The Bannered Mare
    The Bannered Mare

    The Bannered Mare serves as meeting place for many of the merchants. The current owner of the inn is Hulda.

    Crafting Stations

    • Cooking pot
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    HuldaThe innkeeper. Sells food and drinks. Asking her about rumors can lead to miscellaneous objectives.Food DrinkMisc.
    MikaelHe often sings for the crowds at the inn. Educated at the Bard College in Solitude.Misc.
    SaadiaTends to the kitchen, sweeps floors, and sells food and drink.Food DrinkSide.
    Uthgerd the UnbrokenA female Nord warrior. She likes to challenge patrons in brawls for 100 septims. She can be recruited as a follower.AvailableAvailable
    SinmerHe sits around all day at the inn, often complaining of the lack of security around town.

    Mallus Maccius

    Hangs around at the Bannered Mane sometimes. He works Honningbrew Meadry outside town.

    The Drunken Huntsman

    The Drunken Huntsman
    The Drunken Huntsman

    Acts as both as shop and an inn. The owner is the Wood-elf Elrindir. The shop mainly sells hunting goods.

    Crafting stations

    • Cooking port
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    ElrindirA Bosmer and acting innkeeper. Works at the inn and shop, night and day it seems.Weapons, Armor, Food, Misc
    JenassaA female Dunmer ranger for hire. She favors bows.AvailableAvailable
    AhlamThe wife of Nazeem, who owns Chillfurrow Farm, just south of Whiterun.Random
    NazeemA Redguard and the owner of Chillfurrow Farm, just south of Whiterun.
    AnoriathA Bosmer hunter that is a vendor and part-owner of The Drunken Huntsman. During the day he can be found at his stall in the marketplace.FoodDark Brotherhood quest-line

    Shops

    Shops and merchants that buy and sell wares.

    Arcadia's Cauldron

    Arcadia's Cauldron
    Arcadia's Cauldron

    An alchemy shop in Whiterun's Plains District. An alchemy table is available for use in the shop area of the house.

    Crafting stations

    • Alchemy Lab
    • Cooking pot
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    ArcadiaArcadia is an imperial alchemist who buys and sells potions and alchemical ingredients.Alchemy, ExpertPotions, Ingredients

    Belethor's General Goods

    Belethor's General Goods
    Belethor's General Goods

    The local general store. Belethor sells and buys almost everything. Sigurd helps around the shop, does a bit of everything.

    Crafting stations

    • Cooking pot
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    BelethorBelethor, a Breton, is the owner of the store. As a general merchant, he buys and sells everything.General goods
    SigurdWorks at Belethor's General Goods

    Honningbrew Meadery

    Honningbrew Meadery
    Honningbrew Meadery

    Honningbrew Meadery is a small meadery southeast of the town Whiterun. It consists of two large buildings. After completing some quests for infamous Thieves guild, there will be fence available at this location.

    Crafting station

    • Alchemy Lab
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    SobjornHe lives at the Meadery. He is an essential NPC.Food, DrinkThieves Guild

    Warmaiden's

    Warmaiden's
    Warmaiden's

    A weapon and armor shop run by Adrianne Avenicci and her husband Ulfberth War-Bear. The Warmaiden's is named after Adrianne Avenicci. She is the one that craft all weapons and armor, right outside the shop.

    Crafting Stations

    Inside the shop

    • Cooking Pot

    Outside the shop

    • Blacksmith Forge
    • Grindstone
    • Smelter
    • Tanning Rack
    • Workbench
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    Adrianne Avenicci

    Daughter of Proventus Avenicci and the steward of Whiterun. She mostly works outside of Warmaiden's and is married to Ulberth War-bear.

    Weapons, armor, Misc.

    Misc.

    Ulfberth War-bear

    Husband to Adrianne Avenicci. He works at Warmaiden's as shop-keeper.

    Weapons, armor, Misc.

    Other places

    Other places of interest, that can be important. There are some hubs for quest and to gain some reputation within a city.

    Dragonsreach

    Dragonsreach
    Dragonsreach

    The fortress in the Cloud District in the city of Whiterun at the highest point in the city. From here, Jarl Balgruuf the greater wields his power. At the porch on the back-side of the Dragonsreach have according to legend be able to hold a dragon prisoner.

    Crafting Stations

    • Alchemy Lab
    • Arcane Enchanter
    • Cooking pot
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    Jarl Balgruuf the GreaterJarl of Whiterun and the ruler of Whiterun Hold.Main Quest
    DagnyThe daughter to the Jarl
    Farengar Secret-FireCourt wizard of Whiterun Hold.Spells, ApparalSide-Quest
    FianaA Breton maid.
    FrotharYoungest son of Balgruuf the greater.
    GerdaA Nord maid
    Hjornskar Head-Smasher *A Nord Stormcloak Captain
    HrongarBalgruufs younger brother
    IrilethPersonal housecarl to Balgruuf the Greater
    LydiaHousecarl to the DragonbornAvailable
    NelkirSon of Balgruuf the GreaterSide-Quest
    Proventus AvenicciSteward of WhiterunMisc

    *, Only appear if the Civil war turns into Stormcloaks favor.

    Jorrvaskr

    Jorrvaskr
    Jorrvaskr

    Jorrvaskr is the mead hall of The Companions and is located in the Wind District of the city of Whiterun in Skyrim. The current Harbringer of the Companions is Kodlak Whitemane. Nearby lies Skyforge a legendary forge that predates the city itself.

    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    Aela the HuntressFemale Nord, member of The CircleAvailableArchery, ExpertCompanion quest-lineAvailable
    AthisA Dunmer warriorOne-handed, Expert
    FarkasTwin brother to Vilkas, member of The circle.AvailableHeavy armor, MasterCompanion quest-lineAvailable
    Kodlak WhitemaneHarbringer of the Companions, and a member of the CircleCompanion quest-line
    Njada StonearmSkilled female Nord warrior.AvailableBlock, ExpertAvailable
    RiaThe newest member of the Companions.AvailableAvailable
    SkjorNord warrior and a member of the Circle.The Circle quest-line
    Tilma the HaggardThe maid of the mead hall Jorrvaskr.
    TorvarA drunken Nord warriorAvailableAvailable
    Vignar Gray-ManeA Nord warrior who hangs out a lot at Jorrvaskr. Supporter of the Stormcloak rebellion.Civil War
    VilkasTwin brother to Farkas. Member of the CircleAvailableTwo-handed, MasterCompanion quest-line, The Circle quest-lineAvailable

    Skyforge

    Skyforge
    Skyforge

    Skyforge is a ancient forge, it predates Whiterun itself. Its rumors and myths are many. All the Companions weapons and armor are crafted here. The forge is run by Eorlund Gray-Mane, considered by many to be the best blacksmith in whole of Skyrim. Under the the Skyforge it house the secret meeting place Underforge which is used by the secret society The Circle.

    Crafting stations

    • Blacksmith forge
    • Grindstone
    • Tanning rack
    • Workbench
    NameDescriptionFollowerTrainerMerchantQuestMarriage
    Eorlund Gray-ManeConsidered to be the best blacksmith in Skyrim.Smithing, MasterWeapon, Armor, misc

    Notes

    • Breezehome is available for the Dragonborn after he has progress a bit in quests for Whiterun, Breezehome costs 5000 gold. The home can be purchased from Proventus Avenicci.
    • Dragons may attack Whiterun and can kill a lot of people.
    • A guard may say "Did someone steal your sweetroll?" a reference to another Bethesda game Fallout 3.
    • Aurora(Northern lights) may appear of Whiterun's sky at night.
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