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I mean without the use of modding or the console command, as I'm playing on my PlayStation 3. I ask this because I would love to see the Whiterun guards really wailing on the dragon along with my help. just think it would be epic seeing a mass of whiterun guards firing at it in a combined effort. If you know for certain, that would be really helpful c: Thanks!

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Dragon attacks and other types of random encounters will only happen when the player is around to observe them. Dragons will occasionally attack cities like Whiterun when you enter the city. That said, dragons have no particular grudge against the player after they have spawned, and are likely to start fighting nearby NPCs. So yes, it is possible to see half the city guard fighting a dragon within city walls.

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Will they happen in city Worldspaces (e.g. inside Whiterun), or only the main Skyrim Worldspace? –  SevenSidedDie Jul 18 '13 at 4:57
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Dragons can attack you while you're inside a city. –  kotekzot Jul 18 '13 at 9:58
    
Thanks a ton. Your answers really helped :D –  user51809 Jul 18 '13 at 10:15
    
No probs. If you consider the question answered, you can click the gray checkmark under the voting buttons to accept this answer. –  kotekzot Jul 18 '13 at 10:46
    
To add to your answer, and address some of the text in @user51809's question: you can have fights inside of city's like kotekzot said. I have seen a dragon attack Whiterun, and all the guards come running to help, so you can have exactly what you described in the question! –  Draedalus Jul 19 '13 at 18:22

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