imperial-legion

Lucius rem Sylla

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➥ What is your character’s full name?: Lucius rem Sylla
➥ Do they have any brothers or sisters?: Only child.
➥ What kind of eyes do they have?: A single, honey-colored, pure-blooded Garlean eye bisects his stern face flanked by two steely blues that seem to lock into a piercing gaze even in casual conversations. When not wearing an ornate, almost baroque mask, he conceals his third eye with bandannas and other distractions.
➥ What kind of hair do they have?: In old days, Lucius wore his hair short-cropped as many military officers of the imperial legions do. In his time in Eorzea, however, he has let his hair grow a bit to help mask the obvious birth marking of being a pure-blooded Garlean to assist with safe and free passage about the land. His hair is uncharacteristically dark brown compared to his almost uniformly blond brothers and sisters of the Garlean race. He was told this was a recessive hereditary trait in his ancestry and that many of his forefathers have proudly carried the standard with deep oak-colored hair. Aside from that, his hair is soft and has a healthy shine to it. It’s clear that he takes pride in his appearance.
➥ What is their complexion like?: Lucius has a pale, almost pallid complexion. Soft, and well-tended to despite his rough and callused soldier’s hands. It is clear that he fancies himself a part of an important caste and perhaps has a bit of a silent vain streak. Even still, his body is littered with scars ranging from small fragment nicks to the clear, long, flat scars made by the business end of a whip.
➥ What body type are they?: The Pilus is all long, lean muscle. He is no mountain of a man, just an athletic frame that has been built upon - brick by sinewy brick - from forced marches that span thousands of malms under the crushing weight of full plate armor. Surprisingly, he has retained his low center of gravity and relative agility - the rumor has it that despite his tactical accolades, his true pride is his ability in an honorable duel.
➥ What is listening to their voice like?: Lucius moves wills through a dominant spirit, not through base intimidation and yelling. While generally soft-spoken, even in casual conversation he can be mistaken as a bit intense. Still, when he needs to, his voice can carry. As Primus pilus of the VI legion, hundreds of men depend upon his bellowing cadence to keep them marching.
➥ What do they hate most about themselves?: In his arrogance, he would likely say his inability to bring the Garlean Ideal to all the lands. He genuinely believes that his mission is a just one that could save lives, stop wars, and create a utopian civilization.
➥ Do they have a favorite quote?: “Let no foot mark your ground.”
➥ What sort of music do they enjoy?: Despite the disapproval of his compatriots, he has come to enjoy much of the local music of the lands his empire has subjugated. He finds the heady Ala Mhigan chants powerful but has a particular soft spot for traditional Doman music and entertainment - specifically performed live before his eyes.
➥ Have/would they ever cheat(ed) on a partner?: No.
➥ Have they been cheated on by a partner?: No.
➥ Have they ever lost someone close to them?: Yes.
➥ What is their favorite sound?: Lucius not only finds silence comfortable, but preferable from time to time. Then again, the gentle whisper of a woman or the thunderous clash of thousands of steel clad boots might stir emotions within him as well.
➥ Are they judgmental of others?: Absolutely. Lucius believes he has the key to world peace and a utopian society wound up in the Garlean Ideal he carries with him. Hedonists, cowards, the lecherous, the promiscuous, and enjoyers of other decadent life styles will surely hear his two gil on the matter after getting spit on and possibly called some sort of racial or social slur.
➥ Have they ever been drunk?: Yes.
➥ What are they like when they stay up all night?: Spacey, contemplative, reflective, introverted. Often times, he prefers to be alone in this state or at least with trusted comrades.
➥ Have they ever been arrested?: The closest Lucius has ever been to arrested was in a disciplinary confinement within his legion for disobeying an order. He paid dearly for his insubordination  through a series of whippings and never again took the notion lightly.
➥ What evokes strong memories for them?: Fear, smoke, the chittering of voices in foreign tongues. Sometimes it’s less dramatic - the smell of freshly brewed tea, the moment a dimple presents itself next to a smile or the sound of a standard flapping in the breeze.
➥ What do they do on rainy days?: There are a thousand different possible outcomes for the week, and Lucius rem Sylla will sit and dwell on as many of them as he can in his refugee tent-turned command post when the weather is poor. One thing is certain, he hates uncertainty. Downtime is often spent seeking some utilitarian solution to a face-value task.
➥ What religion are they?: Lucius gets his scruples from a well-to-do imperial education. If you asked him, he would tell you that Garlemald is the only thing akin to god or king he believes in. In truth, he may not even believe that. To him, the empire is simple: a well-organized civilization with level-headed politics that lend to the ideal society and vehemently disagrees with those who would reject this concept.
➥ What word do they overuse the most?: “Hmm.”, “Huh.”
➥ What do they wear to bed?: Briefs in warm climates, long johns in the colder reaches
➥ Do they have any tattoos or piercings?: No.
➥ What type of clothing are they most comfortable in?: Lucius is quite adaptable. As a military man, he has no qualms with wearing tattered clothing or patchwork tunics made from spare fabrics. As an officer, he also knows how to dress for formal occasions and will not hesitate to do so if the situation calls for it.
➥ What is their most disliked food?: Any sort of bird as he considers it peasant food.
➥ Do they have any enemies?: Not that he knows of. (Except like, most of Eorzea. eheh)
➥ What does their writing look like?: Ornate, exaggerated, thin, deep-swooping loops in a finely-tuned cursive hand.
➥ What disgusts them?: Subsistence living, those who scrape by, lower-class heavy accents, Miqo’te - specifically Seekers, Au Ra - specifically Xaela, Ala Mhigan conspirators, Gridanians, Ishgardians of all social castes. Honestly, most people disgust him. He is definitely a man that must be won over to set aside a natural contempt for those who he believes are beneath him.

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“When Hadvar and Ralof meets for the first time and Hadvar yells “Ralof, you damn traitor,out of my way!” I like to imagine that they were friends to the point where Ulfric Stormcloak decided to declare war for the freedom of Skyrim. Think about it: Hadvar and Ralof had relatives in Riverwood,why they could not have been friends in childhood?”

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The Pros and Cons about The Stormcloaks and the Imperials

Before I begin I will say this. I support both sides. Both are equally right and wrong in their own way. Personally, I’d have rather seen both sides join up and crush the Thalmor with the assistance of the Dragonborn. I hate the fact that we get all this build-up in the form of a useless, pathetic Civil War but the Thalmor stay at large for the entirety of the game. Hell, even a DLC campaign to push The Thalmor out of Skyrim would have been good.

Stormcloaks

Pros

  1. There has not been a true High King Of Skyrim for several generations. Generally when the High King Of Skyrim dies, The Emperor picks somebody to be his pawn King Of Skyrim in order to ensure that the people of the province is under Imperial control. In other words, The High King is sure to be somebody who foremost looks after the interest of The Emperor instead of the interests of his own people.
  2. When The Empire made peace with The Aldmeri Dominion, the province of Hammerfell had to withdraw/be kicked out of The Empire and continue fighting on it’s own. The Thalmor has not managed to achieve their goals in Hammerfell, and the resistance is very much alive and well there. If they can do it, so can Skyrim.
  3. The Stormcloaks believe that real war against The Aldmeri Dominion never stopped and it just took other and more silent forms. As stated before, The Thalmor commit violent acts everyday against the people of The Empire, and it’s time that Skyrim(and hopefully after that, the rest of the other provinces of Tamriel) openly declares war against The Dominion, since the war is already going on(but in silence, with the Empire losing.) The people of Skyrim has had enough of their sons and daughters being kidnapped, and it’s time they object openly too.
  4. A unified Skyrim with all its fierce warriors will be a match for the Dominion. And with a probable alliance between Skyrim and the weak but still standing province of Hammerfell, The Aldmeri Dominion will have a real fight on their hands. The other provinces(Cyrodiil and High Rock) will have to either stand by and watch the war, or join this new “Alliance Of Tamriel” against The Dominion. Since everyone more or less knows that the war between Mer and Men could and will start any day now, these provinces will probably have to join in pretty soon in order to in longterm protect/save themselves. Cyrodiil will have to go back to being a kingdom when Skyrim becomes independent, since High Rock probably doesn’t want to be part of a two province only empire.
  5. With The Stormcloaks in charge of Skyrim, the disbanded and scattered Blades now have a safehaven where they once again can gather and regrow, protected by the people and armies of Skyrim from The Thalmor who have been hunting them for decades within the very borders of The Empire.  The Blades might play a big part in uniting the various armies against The Aldmeri Dominion.
  6. You might be thinking that Skyrim and the Stormcloaks aren’t strong enough to fight The Thalmor, well no. First of all, the Nords have been fighting Elves for years. Why would the Dominion be any different? Most would say, “the whole Empire couldn’t beat them, how would only the Nords do it?”. Actually, though the Empire was wounded, the Dominion was also very weakened. Their main general was killed and every soldier in Cyordiil. That was one of the largest armies ever assmbled in Elven history. And since Elves reproduce slower, they would probably have a much harder time recovering. Hammerfell alone was able to beat them, and they were just as hurt as Cyordiil from the Great War, they also had a civil war between the Crowns and the Forbears before that. So Hammerfell was not in a good position and yet they still beat the Dominion. Why can’t Skyrim? Also, they could make an allaince with Hammerfell and the two of them could work together. Also, the Stormcloaks offered High Rock an allaince, they didn’t instantly reject them which shows that they might be thinking about it. These three nations would put up one hell of a fight for the Dominion. 

Cons

  1. Ulfric while has good intentions is power hungry and his bigoted nature and making Skyrim independent and isolationists will be a disaster. If anything I’d rather The Dragonborn challenges Ulfric for the rule of High King(Hey if the Hero Of Kvatch can become the new Daedric prince Of Madness then the Dragonborn should be High King)
  2. All Ulfric will do is make the situation with the Thalmor worse.
  3. When I complete the Stormcloak questline, I am filled with a sense of dread, like I just helped Hitler conquer Europe.
  4. Pretty much all the non-nord citizens of Skyrim will most likely be treated like second class citizens. This much is evidence if you play the Stormcloak side as a non-Nord. Especially if it’s a Elf, Aragonian, or Khajit.
  5. On the topic of Talos, one of the big reasons for the war, the Empire was not enforcing the ban on his worship at all, as stated by Jarl Baalgruf himself. Then Ulfric came along and made it a big deal, which attracted the Thalmor to stop out his worship on their own.
  6. A free and independent Skyrim sounds good on paper but not so convincing in practice. It would only last so long before some spin-off of the Empire got pissed at the Stormcloaks. Probably people who aren’t Nords who are sick of being treated as second-rate crap, so there’d likely be yet another Civil War that would further cripple the northern province.
  7. The Aldmeri Dominion is the most fearsome military and political force on Tamriel right now. Even if humanity can muster up the advantage in numbers, the Aldmeri superiority in both equipment strength, magical prowess, and tactics/intelligence is so significant that it will likely take all of Cyrodiil’s effort just to purge itself of Thalmor and go back on the defensive.
    Even if humans do somehow manage to drive the Thalmor out of Cyrodiil, they literally have next to no chance of taking Alinor, even with dragons. That’s the largest advantage the Dominion has, even if it gets pushed back out of its new territories it can simply retreat back to the Isles and regroup. The Thalmor also have far superior magical research being constantly conducted and developed, which in the future will prove to be the most dangerous component of all. You risk running into a situation where 10, 20, 50 years down the line, humanity has been unable to defeat the Dominion and then all of a sudden the entire northern half of Tamriel gets purged by some crazy dawn-magick-powered aetherial laser shot out of a star or what-have-you. You don’t beat the Thalmor with optimism alone. What’s the actual plan?

  8. Ulfric learned  methodology from the Empire. the Stormcloaks are fighting with imperial methods and they don’t know it
  9. The armor is horrid. 

Imperials

Good

  1. General Tullius is a good guy. His first words at the execution stage in Helgen was Good, lets get this over with. He just wants the war to end. Unlike Ulfric, Tullius is not Power hungry. His first command to the guards was not Dont let them get away or Kill them or they’ll escape. His first command was: Guards, Get the townspeople to safety!. If you use a long time at the point a bit after the completely wrecked house, before Hadvar and Ralof meet, he tells you What are you waiting for? Get to safety!
  2. I always got the impression Tullius hates the Thalmor just as much as Ulfric, if not more but he just can’t do or say anything because he knows what’ll happen if he does I think if the Empire did a proper uprising you can probably bet your ass Tullius is going to be among the first to launch an attack on The Thalmor!
  3. Contrary to popular Nord belief, the Imperials don’t hate Talos. Even Tullius’ second in command, Legate Rikke, worships Talos. They Don’t care if somebody worships Talos. Take Heimskr for example. If the Empire truly cares about the no-Talos rule, the preacher would have been publicly executed ages ago.
  4. General Tullius himself says that he feels like it’s about time to strike back against the Dominion. The rebels want literally the exact same thing but they’re being too hasty. The Imperials have had enough I get that vibe from Tullius, they are just waiting for the right moment 
  5. The armor is much better.
  6. If you play Imperial storyline, there are quite many hints, said by Legate Rikke or General Tullius, that it isn’t done with the Thalmor. Maybe Empire has been “sitting on its ass for decades” because exactly of this revolution of Ulfric ? Maybe they were waiting for the uprising to calm down, so Empire and Skyrim could rejoin ? Nobody can defeat Thalmor alone - Empire surely can’t, Hammerfell is only defending, and Skyrim would fall. Why ? Because Ulfric’s racism would turn on him - true Nords’ army would be too small and really not big enough to face Thalmor, no matter what.
  7. If the Imperials hadn’t come to an agreement with the Thalmor, Skyrim would’ve been raped up the ass with a pineapple. The Nords love fighting each other and they'df never have organized themselves enough to put up a resistance. If the Imperials hadn’t come to an agreement with the Thalmor, Skyrim would’ve been raped up the ass. The Nords love fighting each other and they’d never have organized themselves enough to put up a resistance.
  8. The Empire trained Nords in systematic combat; before that they were like vikings, every man for himself and his own glory only
  9. the Empire are trained to fight as units

Bad

  1. Imperials were willing to send you to the chopping block despite not being on the list or any evidence at all.
  2. The Empire is a weak empty shell of what it once was. The peace treaty was signed in order to get The Empire back unto its feet while regaining its strength for the next and very probable war against The Dominion. It has been over 25 years now though, and The Empire isn’t appearing to be regaining much strength at all. How much more time does it need to rebuild itself and arm for the next war? 25 more years? 50? During these years even more people will get murdered inside the Empire, which will even further weaken The Empire(when people get murdered for no reason, people usually object which is kinda one of the main points of the whole Stormcloak agenda.) Also Emperor Titus Mede II gets assassinated by The Dark Brotherhood with a likely power struggle to follow within the top of the Empire. So this means that The Empire is now weak both in troops and leadership.
  3. The problem with the Empire right now is that they are thoroughly infiltrated and their intelligence is completely compromised by Thalmor agents. They have little to no chance of mounting any sort of offensive against the Dominion that the Dominion doesn’t know about well ahead of time. A Second Great War fought by the Empire would be even more disastrous than the first, the Empire barely escaped by the skin of its teeth and that was when the Thalmor weren’t already in control of the Imperial province.
But seriously, the Imperial Legion is actually pretty kickass in that trailer

Seriously, considering where these came from, these look surprisingly really damn good:

Let’s just ditch the whole MMO thing and make a game about these cats instead. They are the most interesting and the only interesting thing by far in this whole thing anyway.