Morrowind:Factions

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Below you'll find detailed information on each of the factions in the game. Despite conflicts between many factions (especially across Imperial and native lines, e.g. Mages Guild versus Telvanni, or Imperial Cult versus Tribunal Temple), it is usually possible to join and advance in whichever factions you choose, if you are mindful of the conflicts and work around them. See the Reaction Table below, and be aware that you may have to notably raise Personality and its associated skill Speechcraft to mitigate negative faction reactions.

Great Houses

The Great Houses are the large establishments throughout the Empire of extended lineages of "civilized" Dunmer, with many non-Dunmer retainers. The Great Houses' traditions derive from ancient Dunmer clans and tribes, but they now function something like political parties. Of the Empire's five recognized Great Houses, only three have a significant presence in the Morrowind province or on the island of Vvardenfell in particular.

Houses Favored Attributes Favored Skills Notes
House Hlaalu Speed
Agility
Speechcraft

Mercantile
Marksman
Short Blade
Light Armor
Security

  • Joinable
  • The most Empire-friendly of the Great Houses in Morrowind, and the most focused on commerce and politics, House Hlaalu is also the easiest Great House on Vvardenfell to join and advance within for a non-Dunmer outlander (one of the top Hlaalu people in Morrowind is of Imperial stock). Everything is business to the Hlaalu, and the house is ultimately controlled by the Dunmer Hlaalu family, some of whom possess titles of Imperial nobility.
House Redoran Endurance

Strength

Athletics

Spear
Long Blade
Heavy Armor
Medium Armor
Armorer

  • Joinable.
  • A Great House primarily of warriors, though with business interests that clash with those of House Hlaalu, the Redoran have an eye to reestablishing Morrowind's former, pre-Imperial glory, though they stop short of open revolt against the Empire. House Redoran has deep ties to the nature culture, despite their civilized veneer. The Redoran, politics aside, have mutual respect for and from other warrior-caste groups, such as the Fighters Guild and the Imperial Legion (below).
House Telvanni Willpower

Intelligence

Mysticism

Conjuration
Illusion
Alteration
Destruction
Enchant

  • Joinable.
  • An isolationist Great House led by a council of mages (not all of whom are exactly friendly to one another), the Telvanni are the Great House that is least accepting to outlanders of any kind. House Telvanni has come into conflict with the Mages Guild (below), for control of magic-related services and resources. Advancement to the higher ranks of the Telvanni requires impressive magic skills and intelligence.
Sixth House Endurance

Strength

None
  • Not Joinable.
  • Disgraced an age ago, and long thought to have been utterly destroyed, this ancient House is rebuilding itself and is allied directly with Dagoth Ur and the Daedra. It recruits necromancers and mercenaries to take control of Daedric Shrines and other abandoned sites that can be defended, including underneath established cities. The Sixth House has mutual antipathy with most other factions in the game, and no allied factions.
Notes:
  • You can (without cheating) usually only join one of the three Great Houses. However, there is an exploitable bug which makes it possible to join Hlaalu and either Redoran or Telvanni.
  • House Indoril supplies trade goods that sometimes make their way to Morrowind, including the high-end armor that bears their name. House Dres has no in-game impact on the province at all. Neither House appears as a faction in the game, and thus they are not joinable.

Imperial Factions

The Imperial factions are all establishments relating to Imperial traditions and politics. Most such factions originate from Cyrodiil and have made their way to Vvardenfell.

Factions Favored Attibutes Favored Skills Notes
Blades Intelligence

Personality

Speechcraft

Marksman
Light Armor
Sneak
Restoration
Long Blade

  • Joined automatically during the Main Quest.
  • The Blades are the Emperor's elite espionage, military, and diplomacy service. Within the Morrowind game, only the intelligence operations are experienced directly. Regional Grand Spymasters of the Blades (like Caius Cosades, who will be your "handler") receive instructions directly from the Emperor.
Census and Excise Intelligence

Personality

Speechcraft

Mercantile
Marksman
Light Armor
Sneak
Long Blade

  • Not joinable, and only a few related quests.
  • These tax collectors are a functionary branch of the Imperial government, and also control immigration, prisoner release, port customs, demographics, and other border-control, population, and revenue matters. Customs and Excise Officials are also empowered to investigate local criminal offenses.
Dark Brotherhood Agility

Speed

Acrobatics

Alchemy
Light Armor
Marksman
Short Blade

  • Not Joinable. Despite being related to several quests, the faction does not technically exist without the Tribunal expansion.
  • A renegade guild of contract killers, with clients at the highest level, the Dark Brotherhood has been around as centuries, and remains the mortal organizational enemy of the more principled Morag Tong (below).
East Empire Company Personality

Willpower

Speechcraft

Mercantile
Security
Long Blade
Medium Armor

  • Joinable, but only in the Bloodmoon expansion.
  • This crown-chartered company is a monopolistic mercantile operation.
Fighters Guild Strength

Endurance

Axe

Long Blade
Blunt Weapon
Heavy Armor
Armorer
Block

  • Joinable.
  • This guild is a mercenary organization engaged in bounty hunting, protected delivery of trade goods, debt collection, pest-creature control, and bodyguard work.
Imperial Cult Personality

Willpower

Speechcraft

Unarmored
Restoration
Mysticism
Conjuration
Enchant
Blunt Weapon

  • Joinable.
  • The Imperial Cult is the chief religion of the Empire, worshipping the Nine Divines. Despite being in competition with them for worshippers, the Imperial Cult mostly takes a "let sleeping dogs lie" approach toward other religious groups (below), aside from the Sixth House (above).
Imperial Knights Endurance

Personality

Athletics

Long Blade
Blunt Weapon
Heavy Armor
Armorer
Block

  • Not Joinable.
  • This is an elite, aristocratic order of the Imperial Legion (see next entry).
Imperial Legion Endurance

Personality

Athletics

Spear
Long Blade
Blunt Weapon
Heavy Armor
Block

  • Joinable.
  • The Legion is the army of the Empire, and (in settlements with a strong Imperial presence) its principal police force.
Mages Guild Intelligence

Willpower

Alchemy

Mysticism
Illusion
Alteration
Destruction
Enchant

  • Joinable.
  • This guild provides training and services in the magical arts, including enchanting and spellmaking, and desires to exclude House Telvanni (above) from this business.
Talos Cult Endurance

Personality

Athletics

Spear
Long Blade
Blunt Weapon
Heavy Armor
Block

  • Not Joinable.
  • A secret sect within the Imperial ranks, most of whom would regard the Talos Cult as heretical and treasonous.
Thieves Guild Agility

Personality

Marksman

Short Blade
Light Armor
Acrobatics
Sneak
Security

  • Joinable.
  • Specialists in the procurement of desirable things without direct confrontation, be it outright larceny or recovery of previously stolen goods. Tolerated by Imperial forces to a degree, and locked in a turf war with the Camonna Tong (below).
Note: It is possible to join multiple Imperial guilds even when they conflict to an extent (e.g., both the Thieves and Fighters Guilds, or both the Thieves and Mages Guilds). See the individual faction and quest articles for more details.

Native Morrowind Factions

These factions are mostly establishments with long-standing regional Dunmer traditions, and usually have to do with reclaiming Morrowind for the Dunmer, and resisting the colonial Imperial culture. There are some internecine conflicts among these native factions (e.g., resistance by the Ashlanders of Vvardenfell to the comparatively recent and Morrowind-wide Tribunal Temple). The real odd one out is Twin Lamps, which is recent, comprised primarily of non-Dunmer in the region, and opposed to a particular Dunmer practice. Of Morrowind's endemic factions, only the Morag Tong has the character of a guild, and of them it is the only one with a history and presence outside Morrowind.

Factions Favored Attributes Favored Skills Notes
Ashlanders
Ahemmusa Tribe Agility

Endurance

Alteration

Light Armor
Marksman
Medium Armor
Mysticism
Spear

  • Joined automatically during the Main Quest. There is only one Ashlander faction, and your membership in it will put you on friendly terms with all four tribes (though scattered outcasts may still be aggressive).
  • The Ashlanders are traditionalist, rural, nominally migratory native tribes of the Dunmer of Vvardenfell, who are opposed to outlanders' influence, and to that of the Tribunal Temple (below). In the Ashlander view, even the "settled Dunmer" of the Great Houses (above) are outlanders and are usurpers of native land and resources, as well as worshippers of false gods, the Tribunal.
Erabenimsun Tribe
Urshilaku Tribe
Zainab Tribe
Camonna Tong Strength

Agility

Marksman

Light Armor
Acrobatics
Sneak
Long Blade
Blunt Weapon

  • Not Joinable.
  • Vvardenfell's organized crime syndicate, pre-dating the Imperial occupation, the Camonna Tong is in direct competition and conflict with the outlanders' Thieves Guild (above). Lately, it has been looking to make allies within the Fighters Guild. Despite their conflict, there is no faction reaction (see table below) between members of the Camonna Tong and the Thieves Guild, probably owing to the secrecy each maintains about membership.
Morag Tong Speed

Agility

Acrobatics

Illusion
Marksman
Light Armor
Short Blade
Sneak

  • Joinable.
  • An ancient guild of assassins, with a strict code of ethics, the Morag Tong has a long history intertwined with that of the Great Houses, who regularly employ the organization in the House Wars. The Morag Tong is as native to Morrowind as to other provinces, and is not a recent colonial import. Its only real enemy is the Dark Brotherhood, a far less scrupulous set of killers for hire.
Nerevarine Cult Personality

Luck

Speechcraft

Marksman
Restoration
Mysticism
Spear
Block

  • Not directly joinable, and hidden from the player. The Main Quest ultimately connects the player character to this faction in important ways, though you will not technically a member of it.
  • A Dunmer sect, primarily but not exclusively among the Ashlanders, the Nerevarine Cult is persecuted as heretics by the Tribunal Temple (below). The cult's faith centers on a prophecy about the return of an ancient hero of the Dunmer. The reaction table below shows no faction reactions by Nerevarine Cultists; as all the important NPCs in this faction are Ashlanders, their Ashlander faction membership controls their reactions to other factions, and most factions' reactions to them, the Tribunal Temple being the exception.
Tribunal Temple Intelligence

Personality

Alchemy

Blunt Weapon
Conjuration
Mysticism
Restoration
Unarmored

  • Joinable.
  • The newest of the Dunmer religions, it is tolerant of and has assimilated the original ancestor worship and "Good Daedra" cults to the extent it can, while focused on servitude to a trio of living gods, the Almsivi Tribunal. It is markedly hostile toward the Nerevarine Cult (whom the Temple ruthlessly suppress) and toward the Sixth House (above). While the Temple is vying for converts with the Imperial Cult, the two religions largely just maintain non-interference with each other. Some people are in the congregations of both faiths, and various locations have both a Tribunal Temple shrine and an Imperial Cult altar in fairly close proximity. As a player character, you can join both factions with little direct conflict of interest.
Twin Lamps Intelligence

Speed

Athletics

Security
Sneak
Speechcraft
Unarmored

  • Not directly joinable, though quests can be performed in support of it.
  • An anti-slavery movement, it is Argonian-led, with support from Khajiit, some humans, and (importantly) a handful of progressive Dunmer aristocrats. Its opposition to the traditional reliance on slave labor in Morrowind (the last province of the Empire to still permit the practice) puts Twin Lamps in conflict with some Great House interests, especially those of the Telvanni (above).

Vampire Clans

Vampires are reestablishing themselves more openly on the island of Vvardenfell, after a long period of near-extinction and hiding. Each is dominated by a particular race, though with a mixed group of minions. The Vampire clans have no faction allies, not even other Vampire clans. There are three clans of Vampires that have made the greatest progress in staking out territory:

Clans Favored Attributes Favored Skills Notes
Aundae Clan Willpower

Intelligence

Acrobatics

Unarmored
Mysticism
Conjuration
Illusion
Athletics

  • Joinable, in effect, if you become a Vampire of this bloodline.
  • Aunde is a primarily Altmer clan of dark mages.
Berne Clan Willpower

Speed

Marksman

Short Blade
Acrobatics
Sneak
Unarmored
Athletics

  • Joinable, in effect, if you become a Vampire of this bloodline.
  • A clan focused on stealth, Clan Berne is controlled by Imperials.
Quarra Clan Strength

Endurance

Hand-to-hand

Acrobatics
Unarmored
Destruction
Athletics
Long Blade

  • Joinable, in effect, if you become a Vampire of this bloodline.
  • This brute-force warrior clan is the least secretive, and is dominated by Nords, though founded by an Imperial.
Note: You can only be in the Vampire clan that infected you. Also, you are never truly a member of the clan – while you can get its services and may feed from its "cattle", the clan will not appear in your character's faction list.

Reaction Table

The following table describes the reaction adjustments when dealing with NPCs from other factions. The table should be read by finding the source faction on the lefthand column, and matching it up with the desired faction from the top row. Unfortunately, the adjustments are not always reversible, e.g., the Census people hate (-3) the Ashlanders, who are hard to find and tax, while the Ashlanders don't care about (0) the Census people, whom they rarely if ever encounter. Positive (green) numbers indicate that the faction from the leftmost column likes the one from the top row, while negative (red) numbers mean the former dislikes the latter. The approximate level of like/dislike is listed below:

  • +3 = beloved ally
  • +2 = ally
  • +1 = friendly
  •   0 = neutral
  • -1 = hostile
  • -2 = enemy
  • -3 = hated enemy
  • -8 = enemy hated with a consuming passion

The reaction values are used to calculate the disposition (based on a 0 to 100 scale) adjustment on the following formula:

Disposition Adjustment = (Reaction * 5) * (0.5 + (FactionRank * 0.5))

Or, according to the game setting formula:

Disposition Adjustment = (Reaction * fDispFactionMod ) * (fDispFactionRankBase + (FactionRank * fDispFactionRankMult))


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Ashlanders +3 -1 -1 0 -3 -3 -3 -2 -2 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 -2 -3  0  -1 -1 -2  0 
Blades -1 +3 -2 0 -2 -2 -2 0 0 +2 0 +2 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 -1 0 0
Camonna Tong -1 -2 +3 0 0 0 0 -1 +1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 -1 -1 0 0 -1 -3 0
Census and Excise -3 +2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clan Aundae -3 -2 0 0 +3 -3 -3 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 0 0 -2 -3 0 0 -3 -1 0
Clan Berne -3 -2 0 0 -3 +3 0 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 0 0 -2 -3 0 0 -3 -1 0
Clan Quarra -3 -2 0 0 -3 -3 +3 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 0 0 -2 -3 0 0 -3 -1 0
Fighters Guild -2 0 -1 0 -2 -2 -2 +3 +1 +1 0 +2 +1 0 0 +1 -3 0 0 -1 0 0
Hlaalu -2 0 +1 0 -2 -2 -2 +1 +3 +1 0 +1 +1 0 0 -1 -3 0 -1 +1 -1 0
Imperial Cult -1 +2 -1 0 -2 -2 -2 +1 +1 +3 +2 0 +1 0 0 0 -3 0 -1 -2 +1 0
Imperial Knights -2 +2 -1 0 -2 -2 -2 +1 +1 +2 +3 +2 +1 0 0 +1 -3 0 -1 -2 -1 0
Imperial Legion -2 +2 -2 0 -2 -2 -2 +2 +1 +2 0 +3 +1 0 0 +1 -3 0 -1 -1 -1 0
Mages Guild -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 +1 +1 +1 0 +1 +3 0 0 -1 -3 0 -3 -2 +1 0
Morag Tong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nerevarine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Redoran -2 0 -1 0 -2 -2 -2 +1 -1 0 0 +1 -1 0 -4 +3 0 0 -1 +2 -1 0
Sixth House -3 -3 -1 0 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 -3 0 -3 -3 0 0 -3 +3 0 -3 -3 -3 0
Talos Cult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Telvanni -1 0 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -3 0 0 -1 -3 0 +3 -1 0 0
Temple -1 -1 0 0 -3 -3 -3 -1 +1 -2 0 -1 -2 0 -8 +2 -3 0 -1 +3 -1 0
Thieves Guild -2 0 -3 -1 -1 -1 0 0 -1 +1 0 -1 +1 0 0 -1 -3 0 0 -1 +3 0
Twin Lamps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Notes
  • If you are already in House Redoran when you become the Nerevarine, the faction reaction between the Redoran and Nerevarine factions becomes +4; a +4 adjustment is also made to the Temple faction if you are already in that.

Rank Titles

The below table lists all the titles for the ranks of all the factions in the game.

Faction Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6 Rank 7 Rank 8 Rank 9 Rank 10
Ashlanders Clanfriend Hearthfriend Brother Initiate Clanholder Guide Champion Gulakhan Farseer Ashkhan
Blades Novice Apprentice Journeyman Finder Traveller Operative Agent Spy Spymaster Grand Spymaster
Camonna Tong Bully Tough Thug Brute Lifetaker Chiller Hammer Old Man Strongman Kingpin
Census and Excise Novice Apprentice Clerk Taxman Taxtaker Operative Agent Excise Officer Inspector Grand Inspector
Clan Aundae Cattle Neonate Minion Servant Stalker Bloodkin Reaver Lord Elder Ancient
Clan Berne Cattle Neonate Minion Servant Stalker Bloodkin Reaver Lord Elder Ancient
Clan Quarra Cattle Neonate Minion Servant Stalker Bloodkin Reaver Lord Elder Ancient
Fighters Guild Associate Apprentice Journeyman Swordsman Protector Defender Warder Guardian Champion Master
House Hlaalu Hireling Retainer Oathman Lawman Kinsman House Cousin House Brother House Father Councilman Grandmaster
House Redoran Hireling Retainer Oathman Lawman Kinsman House Cousin House Brother House Father Councilman Archmaster
House Telvanni Hireling Retainer Oathman Lawman Mouth Spellwright Wizard Master Magister Archmagister
Imperial Cult Layman Novice Initiate Acolyte Adept Disciple Oracle Invoker Theurgist Primate
Imperial Knights Aspirant Squire Gallant Chevalier Keeper Knight Brother Commander Marshal Seneschal Paladin
Imperial Legion Recruit Spearman Trooper Agent Champion Knight Errant Knight Bachelor Knight Protector Knight of the Garland Knight of the Imperial Dragon
Mages Guild Associate Apprentice Journeyman Evoker Conjurer Magician Warlock Wizard Master Wizard Arch-Mage
Morag Tong Associate Blind Thrall Thrall White Thrall Thinker Brother Knower Master Exalted Master Grandmaster
Thieves Guild Toad Wet Ear Footpad Blackcap Operative Bandit Captain Ringleader Mastermind Master Thief
Tribunal Temple Layman Novice Initiate Acolyte Adept Curate Disciple Diviner Master Patriarch
Notes
  • The Blades' maximum attainable rank for the player character is 5 (Operative).
  • The Dark Brotherhood has no ranks (and does not exist as a real faction) in the "vanilla" game. Those added in the Tribunal expansion, which makes it a real faction, are covered at the article Tribunal:Dark Brotherhood.
  • The Nerevarine Cult just has a single "Nerevarine" pseudo-rank, as Rank 1 and 2, with no labels after that. This conflicts with lore, since there is only one Nerevarine, plus some False Incarnates, who are not actually in this faction. The Nerevarine Cult is coded as a faction simply to provide a way to provoke a negative faction reaction from Tribunal Temple and House Rendoran toward members of this cult, as it has no effect otherwise, even from or toward other members of this same faction.
  • The Sixth House does not seem to have a rank structure, other than that certain key (and no longer human) members of it are given the title "Dagoth". However, even these appear to be of at least two relative levels of authority, with the major Dagoths each bearing a Morrowind:Sixth House Amulet, and playing more important roles. Some of this group have dialogue and are even technically blacksmith and merchant NPCs (though without goods or money), despite being Ash Gouls. The lesser Dagoths are simply Creatures, usually Ascended Sleepers who oddly have a higher soul-trapping value than the greater Dagoths ( a factor of what type of Creature they are).
  • The Talos Cult has no named ranks.
  • The Twin Lamps just has a single "Twin Lamps" pseudo-rank, as Rank 1, with no labels after that. Twin Lamps is coded as a faction simply to provide a way to give a negative faction reaction when faced with a member of the staunchly pro-slavery House Telvanni.