Alright, so this is approximately the billionth bug I've encountered in Skyrim so far but seeing as how I ignored the Civil War entirely in my first playthrough I kind of really want to finish it off this time but I just can't seem to do so. My first problem is that in getting the stages of this quest, the journal entry (and thus the setpieces and NPCs and all that in turn) are really slow to update. I mean really slow to update. I'll go and talk to the guy with the bear rug on his head, he'll give me the lowdown on what I need to do and then... nothing. Sometimes it'll be a full 5 minutes (real-world time) before my journal updates and I get a quest marker. (It should be noted that I'm seeing huge delays in other aspects of the game as well: dialogue trees are sometimes slow to update, giving or receiving inventory items from dialogue is painfully slow, takes a good 30-45 seconds for weapons to appear on a display plaque when activated, etc.). So while annoying, this is manageable. What isn't manageable is that after the journal finally does update, I can't approach Solitude. I'm supposed to go there and get my orders from Ulfric but every time I ride up the main road towards the city I get a sudden crash to desktop. No "Skyrim has stopped working" or anything like that, the game just dies more suddenly than a beloved character in a Joss Whedon production. I've had issues like this before (certain bend in the road near a sawmill causes a crash, turning right after exiting the palace of kings causes a crash, etc.) and I'm no stranger to rampant bugs and glitches in Bethesda games but this is getting infuriating. Yes, I'm running mods. Yes, I'm running quite a few of them. No, I don't believe any of them are the problem as I've already identified and uninstalled those that have been identified to be troublesome. My version of Skyrim is fully up to date, as are all of my drivers and my machine is more than capable of handling this game. If anybody could lend me a hand, I'd really appreciate it because not ever being able to go back to Solitude ever again isn't a particularly appealing idea. Thanks, folks.