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There's so much continuity in this game (for example meeting Cicero on the road before you see him at the Dark Brotherhood) that I thought perhaps you might get to meet the character you left Helgen with again (Hadvar or the other guy). Has anyone bumped into them? They don't seem to be in Riverwood still.

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You might recognize ulfric stormcloak again in your adventures. –  Resorath Dec 26 '11 at 0:58
    
He's not the dude you escape with though, or is he? –  victoriah Dec 26 '11 at 1:02
    
Ralof? He stays in Gerdur's home. He suggests to go to Windhelm and join the Stormcloacks. Does he move later in the quest line? –  faB Dec 26 '11 at 1:10
    
The guy I escaped with was Hadvar and he's not there anymore. –  victoriah Dec 26 '11 at 1:13
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Yes. Depending on who you escaped with, you will see them again either by joining the Stormcloadk Rebellion, or by joining the Imperial Legion.

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Can you spoiler me and tell me where to find them? –  victoriah Dec 26 '11 at 1:13
    
Hadvar lives in the first house on the left as you enter Riverwood. He might not always be there though. He will be present in the battle at Whiterun if you reach that point in the civil war plot. If he dies there, you won't see him again. –  bwarner Dec 26 '11 at 3:44
    
Whoever you escaped with will also be with the group sent to recover the Jagged Crown (the first quest after officially joining a faction) –  Thrillho Dec 26 '11 at 3:50
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@Thrillho Will they be an enemy if you joined the opposite side? –  Fambida Dec 26 '11 at 3:53
    
@Fambida ...Actually that's a good question. I don't think I've tried joining the side of the character I didn't escape with. –  Thrillho Dec 26 '11 at 3:58
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If you join the legion you'll do a lot of quests paired with Hadvar (the legionnaire which helps you if you go with him at the beginning). About the rebel guy (not Ulfric) don't know if you'll quest together.

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