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The Blades are members of an elite Imperial order dedicated to the protection and service of the Dragonborn emperors of Tamriel. Descended from the Akaviri Dragonguard, who became the personal bodyguard of Emperor Reman I, the Blades have since diversified into many areas of Imperial espionage, military, and diplomacy. Indeed, while a select few are appointed by the emperor to serve openly as diplomats or bodyguards, the majority of Blades agents act covertly as couriers and spies. Serving as the emperor's eyes and ears, a vast network of Blades have influenced many critical events across Tamriel, such as reassembling the golem Numidium and defeating Dagoth Ur.

The arms, armor, architecture, and customs of the Blades reflect their Akaviri heritage, most famously their distinctive Akaviri katanas and ceremonial armor. The order operates a number of secret strongholds across Tamriel which serve as headquarters and sanctuaries, the most well-known being Cloud Ruler Temple in Cyrodiil, where the swords of those Blades who were slain while protecting the Dragonborn are hung. Other known strongholds include Castle Llugwych and Storm Talon Temple in High Rock, Sky Haven Temple in Skyrim, Wind Scour Temple in Hammerfell, and Dov-Vahl Hall in Elsweyr.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Joining the Blades[edit]

To join the Blades you must go to Balmora and talk to Caius Cosades. To find him go to the South Wall Cornerclub and ask around. Doing the Blades quests starts you out on the Morrowind Main Quest. The only person who gives you Blades quests is Caius Cosades, who is in charge on Vvardenfell. If you kill anyone related to this faction you will not be able to complete the Main Quest or, subsequently, finish the game in the expected manner.

Blades Ranks[edit]

Unlike with other factions you will not be able to rise through the ranks and lead the Blades. After the Main Quest (and since Caius Cosades is leaving at some point) you will be stuck at rank 5 as an Operative. Of course, as Caius points out, you, as an Operative, are the highest ranking Blade in Vvardenfell. All promotions are given through the quests, and don't actually check skill and attribute requirements.

Rank Required Attributes Required Skills
0. Novice Intelligence 30 Personality 30
1. Apprentice Intelligence 40 Personality 30 One skill at 30 and two at 20
2. Journeyman Intelligence 45 Personality 35 One skill at 40 and two at 20
3. Finder Intelligence 50 Personality 40 One skill at 50 and two at 25
4. Traveller Intelligence 55 Personality 45 One skill at 60 and two at 25
5. Operative Intelligence 60 Personality 50 One skill at 70 and two at 30
6. Agent Intelligence 65 Personality 55 One skill at 80 and two at 30
7. Spy Intelligence 70 Personality 60 One skill at 90 and two at 35
8. Spymaster Intelligence 75 Personality 65 One skill at 100 and two at 35
9. Grand Spymaster Intelligence 80 Personality 70 One skill at 110 and two at 35

Blades Quests[edit]

See the Main Quest.

Blades Members in Vvardenfell[edit]

Name Gender Race Class Rank Location Comments
Gildan Female Bosmer Nightblade 2 Journeyman Ald'ruhn, Gildan's House Spells, Training, Blades members only
Caius Cosades Male Imperial Monk 9 Grand Spymaster Balmora, Caius Cosades' House Training
Nine-Toes Male Argonian Hunter 2 Journeyman Balmora, Nine Toes' House Training, Blades members only
Rithleen Female Redguard Warrior 2 Journeyman Balmora, Rithleen's House Training, Blades members only
Tyermaillin Male Altmer Healer 2 Journeyman Balmora, Tyermaillin's House Barter, Spells, Training, Blades members only
Surane Leoriane Female Breton Mage 2 Journeyman Caldera, Surane Leoriane's House Training, Blades members only
Elone Female Redguard Scout 2 Journeyman Seyda Neen, Arrille's Tradehouse Training, Blades members only
Sjorvar Horse-Mouth Male Nord Master-at-Arms 1 Apprentice Sjorvar Horse-Mouth's House, West Gash Training, Blades members only