Holy so and so…
So, in Skyrim, rather than go through the entire length of the civil war, you can convene a council led by you and the Grey Beards to get the Stormcloaks and the Imperials to agree to a temporary truce.
This is done to convince the Jarl of Whiterun that his city is “safe” from being attacked while we trap a dragon inside for like 10 minutes. I know, from a temporal standpoint this is really silly. What is Ulfric Stormcloak going to do? Run the miles from Windhelm and lay siege to that city in the short time it takes me to subdue Ohdaviing?