Order of Arkay
The Order of Arkay (also called the Temple of Arkay) is the temple dedicated to Arkay the Mortals' God of Birth and Death. They are generally the place of worship for him. The order reveres the neutrality of Arkay; it is absolute to them and, because of this, they will not offer strangers their blessings. To the order, to give favor or curse to another person will upset the eternal balance. Their expansive collection of libraries and repertoire of sages is considered some of the finest in all of Tamriel, however, the order is rather private and does not take applications lightly. The Knights of the Circle is their militant arm and the House of Dibella is their enemy. In the Iliac Bay, the order has many chapters, some of which include the Dragontail Mountains and Sentinel in Hammerfell, and the Ilessan Hills and Shalgora in High Rock.
Order of Talos
The Order of Talos was a religious order dedicated to spreading the teaching and worship of Talos. They had close ties to the Blades, and many members of the Blades retired to positions in the order. Weynon Priory was at one time run by the order, since as early as 3E 360. The most notable member of the order is, perhaps, Grandmaster Jauffre, who lived at the priory for a time before returning to Cloud Ruler Temple in 3E 433. Following the signing of the White-Gold Concordat, the Blades were formally disbanded and the worship of Talos was banned in the Empire. As such, it could be assumed that the Order of Talos is no longer in existence.
Order of the Black Worm
The Order of the Black Worm is the cult led by Mannimarco which is devoted to necromancy. Those outside the Order sometimes call it the Cult of the Black Worm or the Worm Cult, although the organization was officially known as the Fellowship of Anchorites during its brief Imperial charter. Being the most infamous practitioners of necromancy, they are colloquially known as The Necromancers. While Vanus Galerion formed his Mages Guild in the early Second Era, Mannimarco secretly formed the Order in its shadows. Their many dark accomplishments include aiding the forces of Molag Bal during the Planemeld, the great battle where Galerion was killed, and numerous plots against the Mages Guild, including an attempt during the Oblivion Crisis which resulted in the apparent death of Mannimarco. Members and servants of the cult are often branded with a black pentagram, to symbolize the damnation of their souls.
Order of the Candle
The Order of the Candle, which replaced Knights of the Moon as the official protectors and warriors of the Kingdom of Sentinel, was a knightly order founded early in the Fifth Century of the Third Era. The Order was charged with protecting the royal family and kingdom of Sentinel. The Order was treated with high respect in Sentinel, and only skilled men and women with high loyalty to the royal family of Sentinel were able to join the Order. It was initially led by Lord Vhosek and Lord K'avar.
Order of the Diagna
The Order of Diagna was a Yokudan order of Ansei that would go one to become of the many knightly orders in the Hammerfell area. It is devoted to the Redguard deity Diagna, "Orichalc God of the Sideways Blade". Initiates wishing to join the Order must play the part of the Orcs in their annual recreation of the Siege of Orsinium. The order was mentioned as being extinct by the Third Era.
The Order was chiefly involved in the invasion of Orsinium, which lasted for thirty years. Fighters from the Order of Diagna kept totems of Diagna for luck during the siege. The leader of the order, Gaiden Shinji, was killed during the siege. His aide was Windwalker Tamahl, a member of the Order. Armiger Rhina was an Armiger in the Order of Diagna who died in the final days of the Siege of Orsinium. Born in the siege camp there, she spent her entire twenty-six years fighting the Orcs, where her sacrifice was said to have brought the Redguards victory.
Order of the Dragon
The Order of the Dragon is an order of knights originally founded by Tiber Septim. Throughout the Empire's history, there have been seven champions of this order, with the seventh being the Champion of Cyrodiil.
Order of the Eye
The Order of the Eye was a group of researchers working within the Mages Guild in the Second Era. During the Planemeld, they were charged with researching the unexpected effects of the phenomenon. One particular task was the retrieval of various relics attributed to Sheogorath from across Tamriel and beyond, which became displaced during this time.
Order of the Hour
The Order of the Hour (also called the Hour Order) is one of the oldest knightly orders in the Empire of Cyrodiil, serving as the militant arm of the Akatosh Chantry. Their sole purpose is to enact the will of Akatosh the Great Dragon, as well as preserve the stability and permanence the God of Time represents. The Order has scattered and re-organized on several occasions throughout history, but their purpose had remained the same each time.
Order of the Lamp
The Order of the Lamp, sometimes called the Lamp Knights, was an order of knights that acted as the protectors of the Mages Guild. It was formed a year after the Mages Guild itself was formed, as hired guards were not enough to protect the guild in dangerous territories. Its members were organized under the Palatinus, who was commanded directly by the Archmagister. They were given appropriate rights to certain services of the Mages Guild. A knight's rank within the Order approximated the individual's rank within the Guild, in terms of rights and privileges. The Order only recruited those who had already demonstrated fighting skills and were in good standing with the Mages Guild. A contingent of the order was led by Vanus Galerion to confront Mannimarco and they participated in the resulting battle. After he became Archmagister, Hannibal Traven commanded the Order of the Lamp to arrest Magister Ulliceta gra-Kogg of Orsinium for necromancy but she escaped. The current status of the Order in the aftermath of the collapse of the Mages Guild is unknown.
Order of the Lily
The House of Dibella is the temple dedicated to Dibella the Blessed Lady, Goddess of Beauty and Love. They are generally the place of worship for Dibella. The priests and priestesses within are epicureans and orgiasts who aspire for the beauty of the form and mind. The Order of the Lily is the House of Dibella's militant arm, and the Benevolence of Mara is considered their allies. The House of Dibella is considered enemies of the Akatosh Chantry, the Order of Arkay, and the cult of Sanguine. In the Iliac Bay, the House of Dibella has chapters in the following nations: Koegria, Menevia, and Tigonus.
Order of the Raven
The Order of the Raven (also called the Knights of the Raven) is a knightly order found in the Barony of Dwynnen. They are a legendary order that fought behind Baron Othrok in his battle against the Camoran Usurper and the Nightmare Host that plagued the region in 3E 267. Ever since then, their purpose is to protect the royal family of Dwynnen and the region. They have a high standard for recruits, as they only accept the greatest warriors that can remain loyal to the Barony.
Order of the Scarab
The Knights of the Scarab is a knightly order serving as the official guard for the royal family of Totambu in Northern Hammerfell. Only the most refined and loyal warriors of the region are considered for initiation. Typically initiates must travel to the Dwemer ruins of Bthzark on the island of Stros M'Kai and "wrestle its mechanical men back into shape" before they can join the Knights of the Scarab.
Order of the Silver Dawn
Formed in 2E 428 during the Curse of the Crimson Moon, at a time when werewolves were prevalent in High Rock. They believe werewolves to be cursed and have sworn to eradicate them across Tamriel. Shortly before 2E 582, the Order's stronghold and research base of Moon Hunter Keep in Reaper's March was overrun by a horde of werewolves lead by Vykosa, one of the first ever to be afflicted with lycanthropy by Hircine. Vykosa and her pack were defeated with the help of the Undaunted in 2E 582, allowing the Silver Dawn to complete development of a cure for lycanthropy.
Order of the Virtuous Blood
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 for enforcing Temple law, along with Imperial law following the Armistice. The Order of War (also known as the Militant Ordinators) 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 who oppose the Nerevarine Prophecies and other dissident teachings.
The Ordinators were founded by Saint Olms the Just, the patron saint of House Indoril. 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 with the Ordinators on Vvardenfell being those unfit to serve in Mournhold, but still being fierce warriors. They replaced the Hands of Almalexia and the Order of the Watch as the guards of Mournhold sometime after the Alliance War.
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. Some, however, have been given the honor to don Ordinator gear, the Hands of Almalexia can be of any race. Some participants of blood sports from the Circle of Champions, composed of the Pit Daemons, Fire Drakes, and Storm Lords teams, have been known to wear Ordinator armor styled after the Order of War, but dyed to their team's respective colors. Furthermore, representatives of the teams have been known to sell the knowledge of crafting Ordinator armor to those that have earned the most honored of participants. 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 face mask depicts the true visage of Indoril Nerevar, a hero to the Dunmer. 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.
During the Imperial Interregnum, the Ordinators enforced a ban on any "heterodox religious practice" within the city limits of Vivec City, including veneration of the Eight Divines or Hist sap, bloodsport in the name of Malacath, and any Daedric or moon sugar rituals. Citizens found guilty of any of these acts would be jailed and subjected to corporal reeducation, whilst non-citizens would be exiled or even executed. Any literature found relating to these acts would also be burnt in the Pyres of Purification. All bardic song also had to be first approved by the Ministry of Doctrine and Ordination, with any heretical work being burnt in the Pyres of Purification. It is unknown what became of the Ordinators after the rise of the New Temple.