|Elisif the Fair
|Primary Skills||Smithing, Alchemy, Enchanting, Light Armor, One-handed, Speech, Two-handed|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionHaafingar; Favor252QuestGiverFaction; MQ201PartyGuestHappy; NPCs the Player cannot marry; SolitudeBluePalaceFaction; TownSolitudeFaction; faction for party guests|
Elisif the Fair is the Nord Jarl of Haafingar, reigning from the Imperial capital of Skyrim, Solitude. She is the widow of High King Torygg, and delegates most of her responsibilities to her steward, Falk Firebeard, on account of her mourning for her husband and political inexperience. As Torygg's widow, she is also one of two claimants to the vacant throne of Skyrim itself, with the other being his killer, Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak of Eastmarch, whom Elisif understandably despises and unofficially competes with; although she is widely understood to have the Empire's backing as their preferred claimant, Elisif declines to formally declare her intentions until Ulfric's rebellion is crushed. Nonetheless, she fervently believes in her right to become High Queen of Skyrim.
She has misgivings about entrusting the war effort to General Tullius, but doesn't see any other option. She is popular among her people, although some of her court have concerns about her age, inexperience, and her apparent subordination to General Tullius. Because of her inexperience, she can be quite overzealous in her desire to protect her people, with little regard for public resources. For example, when you first enter the Blue Palace, she can be seen promising a concerned citizen that she will send an entire detachment of soldiers to inspect a cave from which "strange noises" were reportedly coming. Her court advises her to instead send only one or two scouts, and to preserve their resources until they know exactly what they are up against.
She wears the unique fine raiment with a pair of unique cuffed boots and a copper and ruby circlet. She also carries a belted tunic, at least twenty-eight gold, and an assortment of upper-class items, food and gold.
Elisif sleeps until 8:30am or so, and comes to sit at her throne around 9am, periodically leaving her court across the course of the day to dine in her quarters.
If you conclude the civil war in favor of the Stormcloaks, she will be captured by them during the siege of Solitude. After General Tullius is killed, she is brought to the courtyard of Castle Dour, where Ulfric will address her during his victory speech, demanding that she renounce her support of the Empire and swear fealty to him instead. Surrounded by his troops, Elisif will have little choice but to agree, and once she does, Ulfric declares that she will remain jarl and departs. If you speak to Elisif later, it will quickly become apparent that although she is demoralized by the Legion's defeat, her opinion of Ulfric remains unchanged, and that she only supports him because with all of the cities under his control, and Imperial forces in Skyrim all but eliminated, she doesn't have the strength to challenge him. Thane Erikur, ever Elisif's detractor, will all but openly tell you that Elisif is now a puppet for Ulfric rather than General Tullius, and remains jarl purely at Ulfric's pleasure. If asked, Falk will speculate on Ulfric's reasons for leaving Elisif alive, admiring his political skill for managing to simultaneously be seen as magnanimous and compassionate in victory by sparing his fallen enemy's widow, and consolidating his victory by separating Elisif, and thereby Skyrim itself, from the Empire.
- Battle for Solitude: The final push to free Skyrim of the Imperials. (radiant)
- Diplomatic Immunity: Infiltrate a party at the Thalmor Embassy.
- Elisif's Tribute: Take Torygg's war horn to the Shrine of Talos.
- Fit for a Jarl: Model some clothes for Elisif the Fair.
- Season Unending: Enforce a ceasefire to secure Dragonsreach.
- Tending the Flames: Unveil the truth about a deceitful King and become a member of the Bards College.
- Thane of Haafingar: Gain the title of Thane of Haafingar. (radiant)
Elisif may discuss public resources with her court:
Jarl Elisif the Fair: "Steward Falk, I have a task for you."
Jarl Elisif the Fair: "I want to begin stockpiling food and water in the event we come under siege, and I would like you to oversee this work personally."
Falk Firebeard: "A wise course of action, my Jarl. However, we have little food or water to spare."
Erikur: "General Tullius will never allow that. He's ordered all surplus food to be given over for the war effort."
Falk Firebeard: "General Tullius does not run this city, Thane Erikur. Or have you forgotten your oaths of fealty?"
Erikur: "My apologies, Jarl Elisif. I was thinking only of the importance of the war effort."
Jarl Elisif the Fair: "There's no need for an apology, and you're right about the war."
Jarl Elisif the Fair: "Perhaps this is a matter best discussed with the general in person."
Falk Firebeard: "I will make the arrangements, my Jarl."
- Elisif is the only jarl in Skyrim who cannot be replaced through the Civil War quests, regardless of your decisions.
- Jarl Elisif was originally intended to be the target of a murder ordered by Boethiah, called Boethiah's Bidding, following the quest Boethiah's Calling. The quest itself was not implemented in the final game, but the data can still be found in the game files. Unused dialogue indicates that Erikur would have taken her place as Jarl of Solitude.
- During the quest Bound Until Death, Jarl Elisif will not be in the Blue Palace as she is at the wedding.
- Elisif also leaves the Blue Palace to attend the Burning of King Olaf festival.
- Elisif is among the Imperial delegation during the peace council at High Hrothgar.
- Elisif is the only jarl that does not slouch in her chair while holding court.
- She is a member of the citizen class, which determines the level of her skills.