Time for our midweek poll, and we're asking for thoughts about the main cities of Skyrim.
A lot was made in the build up to the game about how great care was being given to ensure that there was no repeat of the cookie-cutter cities from Oblivion. Did they succeed in your view? Are the cities sufficiently distinctive in architecture, culture and mood?
Which one of the five main cities do you like the most? Take the poll and express your views. And use the comments to discuss why your prefer one city more than the others.
I'm sure very few will need a reminder of the options but here they are anyway.
MARKATH SIDE is an ancient Dwemer run chiselled from the rock of a deep gorge. Following the disappearance of the Dwemer, Markarth Side was abandoned until the rise of the Septims. Tiber Septim established the College of the Voice in Markarth Side, which, subsequently, attracted the Nords to establish it as one of the major cities of Skyrim.
RIFTEN is a city located in the south-east of Skyrim The city is lower-class, with poor quality housing, narrow streets and a large network of sewers, running under its streets. One Point of Interest is a sewer system called the "Ratways" beneath Riften, where the Thieves Guild are known to be based.
SOLITUDE also known as Haafingar is the home of the famous Bard's College and one of Skyrim's chief ports. Founded during Skyrim's long Alessian flirtation, the Bards' College continues to flaunt a heretical streak, and its students are famous carousers! Solitude is the base for the Imperial presence in the region.
WHITERUN is located in Skyrim's central tundra region, and is the home to the Companions. Once considered the primary and most influential city in Skyrim, it has more recently fallen on hard times. Whiterun is listed as being under an Imperial reign. However, the Jarl claims that he has yet to decide who to join, technically making the city of Whiterun neutral.
WINDHELM was the capital of Skyrim in the days of Ysgrmaor. It is now the power base of the rebel Stormcloak group who seek to overthrow Imperial rule in the province. It's strategic importance is that it is the only substantial city in the Hold of Eastmarch and is a base for Imperial troops guarding the pass into Morrowind
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