Jorunn the Skald-King
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Jorunn of Windhelm in Eastern Skyrim is the Nord leader of the Ebonheart Pact. He is acting High King of the Great Moot, but he does not rule absolutely. His decisions must be ratified by all three races in a unique form of governance called The Great Moot. He is down-to-earth, humorous, and has an iron will to succeed. The player also can meet his son, Prince Irnskar, in the quest lines set in Eastmarch and The Rift.
He received little formal schooling in the arts of arms and warefare - travelling across Skyrim was always a dangeorus activity.
In 2E 572 Akaviri of Dir-Kamal assaulted the northeast coast of Skyrim. Jorunn and his closest comrades fought their way up the coast to Windhelm, arriving just in time to see its gates breached by the Akaviri. Jorunn hurled himself into the fray, street-fighting being something he had experience with, but was unable to prevent the fall of the city and the slaying of Queen Mabjaarn and Princess Nurnhilde.
He barely escaped from the Sack of Windhelm alive. Feeling for the first time the responsibility of his royal birth, he decided to appeal to the Greybeards for aid, so made his way stealthily but quickly, to High Hrothgar. For reasons that have not been divulged, the Greybeards summoned an ancient hero from Sovngard, Wulfharth the Ash-King to fight at Jorunn's side.
Together Wulfharth and Jorunn, now claiming the title Skald King, rallied the Nords of Eastern Skyrim, mustering an army from the Rift and the outer regions of Eastmarch, the fortifying Riften. Dir-Kamal moving south from Windhelm, found Riften defended by angry Nords inspired by the presence of Wulfharth and eager to fight. So Dir-Kamal bypassed Riften and marched on Mournhold, the Akaviri leader assuming that the Nords would be glad to see him go.
That choice was a fatal mistake. Jorunn and Wulfharth led their army in pursuit of the Akaviri force, and a Nordic army entered Morrowind for the first time since the Battle of Red Mountain. The Akaviri army was caught at Stonefalls between the Nords and Dunmer legion led by Almalexia, but the outcome of the great battle hung in the balance - until a surprise intervention from a phalanx of Argonian shellbacks, led by a trio of battlemages. The Akaviri line was broken and they were driven into the sea, where they drowned by the thousands.
The Ash-King his purpose fulfilled, returned to Sovngarde. In Windhelm, three weeks later, Jorunn was crowned High King in the throne room of the Palace of Kings.