I don't think so. It's definitely not their beliefs and goals that make me like them. Too bloodthirsty, and they'll never get their land back through killing travelers and innocent people anyway. But the overall feral look, hides and bones here and there makes them look interesting at least.
I wish you could actually join the Forsworn... They fight for a good cause and it pisses me off a little bit that, even after helping Madanach, most of them will still attack you on sight even if you wear the Armor of the Old Gods.
Also, funny to see the Stormcloaks bragging about how righteous their fight is, when Ulfric slaughtered people who were fighting for the exact same thing !
*too bad I can't speak English well enough to express all my thoughts* On the one hand, I wished to join the Forsworn, too. I didn't feel like joining the Imperials or the Stormcloaks. The Forsworn lost their home and have to dwell in the wilderness of the Reach. They a brave enough to fight for their ideas wearing that fur clothes which I can barely call armour. But on the other hand, the are too bloodthirsty. They want to exterminate ALL the nords in the Reach. Revenge is not an excuse for this. I like nords, although my dovahkin is a wood elf. No matter how many of innocent Reachmen were killed during Markarth Incident, killing new innocents will not bring them back to life.
Yes, I agree with you Stormcloaks are experiencing exactly the same situation now.
Yeah, that's true; the problem is they are too violent to be taken seriously. People in the Reach see them more like dangerous terrorist, than like rightful people fighting for their freedom. Witnessing e of their murder seconds after entering Markarth doesn't help, either.
Even if I do understand why they have so much hate burning inside their hearts (the Reachmen you can speak with in Cidhna Mine all have a very touching and sad story), I think that, as long as they will rely on violence and terror to drive out the Nords, they won't have any chance to get their land back. I don't agree on their methods, but I won't either go on a rampage in the hills of the Reach to kill them for the Jarl. I really hated my stay in Markarth, that city is even more corrupted than Riften !
Both Markarth and Riften can go burn down in a Dragon attack; at least in Windhelm I ended up beating the shit out of one of the racists in town and strong armed the other into doubling his workers pay.
Fun fact, you can actually get Markarth rid of the Silver-Blood family ! In game, it doesn't do much, but story-wise, it will seriously decrease the corruption in the city :
- Betrid dies at the hands of the Forsworn during the related quest. - Thonar is torn to pieces by Madanach and his men should you choose to side with them. Even if you don't, you can still wait for Thonar to award you his family ring, then kill him. - Thongvor becomes Jarl if you give Markarth to the Stormcloaks during "Season Unending". Then, if you re-take the city for the Legion during the Civil War, he'll be exiled and replaced by the former Jarl !
Too bad you can't do something similar in Riften. At least, there's a bit less corruption and Maven makes for a competent Jarl who'll seek the interest of the city.
Yeah, but I highly disagree with the vengeful bloodlust thing Madanach seems to have aka "All Nords must DIE, even the Babies!" That kind of madness wins you no allies and even more enemies. Granted, what Ulfric's men did to the Reachmen was disgusting in its own right, but don't stoop down to their level or below it, as the Forsworn have done.