The Battle-Born are supporters of the Empire and a rival of the Stormcloaks. They have a base in Whiterun, which the player can freely access if they claim to support the group. Northwatch Keep is a fort under the control of the Battle-Born. The Battle-Born are involved in a bitter fued with the Gray-Manes over the abduction of Thorald Gray-Mane, a strong supporter of the Stormcloaks, by the Thalmor.