A Skyrim player suggests an interesting idea that Jarl Eliseev’s gallery may be more than a doll and the image of the empire it looks like.
While the civil war was in Skyrim It may not be the main plot of the game, it is closely related to the main quests in a way that the other main lines are not. More importantly, it provides the political and social background of the Tamriel province in the north, as well as offers players an opportunity to solve and develop it in a way that suits their character or the story they want to tell. Yarl Eliseev is one of her main players, and while at first glance she appears to be a player of circumstances and nothing more than an emblematic character, she has more than meets the eye.
At the beginning of the game, Yarl Eliseev was the widow of the murdered King Turig – who left no heirs in his wake. She is Earl Haffingar appointed and Governor of Solitude, though she left most of the management in the hands of her hostess, Falck Firebird. She is an important ally of the Empire in SkyrimHowever, many traditionalists in the North worry that she has little influence and is nothing more than an imperial puppet. A young and inexperienced political player would be anyone’s initial assessment of Eliseef’s exhibition, but her inexperience may serve to disprove Eliseef’s natural cunning and intelligence.
That is the claim of FreshwaterOctopus on Reddit, and the theory he put forward regarding Elisif’s politically intelligent match with the events of Skyrim In a surprisingly reasonable way. The general opinion of Eliseev is that she is a young woman who is too dependent on the empire, and has no real power on her own. The theory introduces the idea that Eliseev is using this view to her advantage, playing the role of an inexperienced and absent-minded king while orchestrating events from this humble position to obtain the desired outcome.
The two main examples of her display of political intelligence lie in the way she deals with the resurrection of the Wolf Queen Potema and the way she plays General Tullius and Ulfrik Stormcluck during peace talks in the mission Unending Season. In the previous example, she was the only one who recognized the lurking threat in Wolfskull Cave and deliberately bypassed the reaction until her advisors came up with the sensible solution she wanted from the start. In the latter example, it took advantage of General Tullius to trade in Reach for Riften and Dawnstar – lucrative trading ports and thus made Ulfric overvalue the landlocked access and silver mines at the same time.
Eliseef knows that she was not taken seriously, neither by her entourage nor by the leaders of the two civil war factions in Skyrim – She prefers it that way. The characters underestimate Elisif at their own expense.
The overarching themes of the civil war between the Empire and the Stormcloaks represent more than just freedom versus oppression – they also present fading regional culture and traditions under the banners of imperialism versus the dangerous connotations underlying Nordic supremacy. However, one player survives the clash of ideas and visions for a future Skyrim Regardless of the outcome: Elisif the Fair.
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