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Skyrim:Message to Whiterun (Imperial)

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SR-qico-Imperial Legion.png Deliver the message that will decide Whiterun's allegiance.
Quest Giver: General Tullius
Location(s): Solitude, Whiterun, Windhelm
Prerequisite Quest: The Jagged Crown
Next Quest: Battle for Whiterun
Concurrent Quest: Dragon Rising
Reward: None
ID: CW03
Whiterun prepares for some excitement!

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Deliver a message to the Jarl of Whiterun.
  2. Wait for the Jarl's response.
  3. Deliver Balgruuf's axe to Jarl Ulfric.
  4. Return to Whiterun and warn Jarl Balgruuf.
  5. Report to Legate Quentin Cipius.

Detailed Walkthrough

General Tullius will hand you a note, explaining that he needs someone he can trust to deliver it and sets you the task to deliver it to the Jarl of Whiterun.

Travel to Whiterun and then to Dragonsreach, and speak to the Jarl. Give the message to the Jarl, and he will decide it is time to confront Ulfric. He will then give you a message (an axe) to deliver to Ulfric.

Now, travel to the city of Windhelm, and then to the Palace of the Kings. Ulfric tells you to return the axe back to where it came from and to expect a lot of excitement for Whiterun. Return back and talk to the Jarl, who will take back the axe and hand you back to the Legion.

Speak to Legate Quentin Cipius, and he will tell you that the Stormcloaks have arrived and it is battle time.


  • Balgruuf will not agree to read the message before Dragon Rising has been completed.
  • If you are on The World-Eater's Eyrie quest and Odahviing is still in Dragonsreach, you will not be able to deliver the message to Jarl Balgruuf.
  • If you have a bounty in Whiterun, Legate Cipius will attempt to arrest you when you report to him. It would be a good idea to clear your bounty before reporting to Legate Cipius.


  • Progressing through Season Unending while Message to Whiterun is active is not possible, see page for Season Unending for more details and workarounds.
  • On your return to Dragonsreach with the axe, NPCs other than the Jarl may start dialogues with you and ask for your immediate assistance in fending off the Stormcloak attack. If you do so without speaking to Balgruuf, the journal entry "Return to Whiterun and warn the Jarl" may never disappear.
    • Pc22.pngYou can fix this with the console command player.setobjectivecompleted cwpostwhiterunobj 1 1.
  • When Jarl Balgruuf and Proventus discuss Tullius's message, they may stop talking, leaving you unable to continue. Loading a previous save should fix this.
  • This quest may fail to even start after giving Tullius the Crown and receiving the appropriate dialogue.
    • Pc22.pngYou can fix this with the console command setstage cw03 10.

Quest Stages

Only stages and objectives relevant to the Imperial version of this quest are included in the table.

Message to Whiterun (CW03)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I am to deliver a message to the Jarl of Whiterun. It is time for him to pick a side in the war.
Objective 10: Deliver message to the Jarl of Whiterun
Objective 16: Assist Jarl Balgruuf with the dragon threat
Objective 20: Wait for the Jarl's response
50 The Jarl of Whiterun has sided with the Empire. I am to inform Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak of this decision.
Objective 50: Deliver axe to Jarl Ulfric
100 Ulfric plans to make war on Whiterun. I should return and warn the Jarl.
Objective 100: Return to Whiterun and warn the Jarl
Objective 150: Report to Legate Quentin Cipius
210 Finishes quest
255 Finishes quest [verification needed — Unused?]
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 1, 2, 15, 30, 40, 199, 200, 230.