The Ordinators (sometimes called Temple Ordinators) are the holy guards and priest-soldiers of the Tribunal Temple. They are divided into four distinct orders. The Order of the Watch provides guards for temples and shrines, and additionally act as town guards in Temple-owned settlements such as Vivec City. They are responsible with enforcing Temple law, along with Imperial law following the Armistice. The Order of War fights the enemies of the Temple, with most War Ordinators traditionally stationed near Red Mountain to combat the forces of the Sixth House. The Order of the Inquisition identifies and suppresses heresy among priests and laymen within the Temple. The Order of Doctrine and Ordination are militant scholars.
The ranks of the Ordinators are primarily drawn from House Indoril, whose influence can be seen in their distinctive style of armor. They are the rivals of the more light-hearted Buoyant Armigers. All four orders obey the commands of the Alma Rula, stationed in the city of Almalexia. The High Ordinators are the finest and most zealous of the Ordinators, chosen to serve as the protectors of Mournhold. They replaced the Hands of Almalexia and the Order of the Watch as the guards of Mournhold some time after the Alliance War. It is unknown what became of the Ordinators after the rise of the New Temple.
The Indoril armor worn by the Ordinators is forbidden from use by non-Ordinators in certain parts of Morrowind, as they will be marked for death under Temple law. The armor is medium weight, highly protective, usually dark golden, and consists of a distinctive face mask which serves to identify those who wear it as guards. The uniform worn by the High Ordinators is white and blue rather than gold-colored, and matches that worn by the Hands of Almalexia (although without the divine enchantments received by the Hands). When operating in dark conditions, Ordinators don black Night-Raid armor as camouflage.