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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, and Wind Scour Temple in Hammerfell.
For more information, see the main lore article.
Joining the Blades
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.
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|
See the Main Quest.
Blades Members in Vvardenfell
|Gildan||Bosmer||Nightblade||2 Journeyman||Ald'ruhn, Gildan's House||Spells, Training, Blades members only|
|Caius Cosades||Imperial||Monk||9 Grand Spymaster||Balmora, Caius Cosades' House||Training|
|Nine-Toes||Argonian||Hunter||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Nine Toes' House||Training, Blades members only|
|Rithleen||Redguard||Warrior||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Rithleen's House||Training, Blades members only|
|Tyermaillin||Altmer||Healer||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Tyermaillin's House||Barter, Spells, Training, Blades members only|
|Surane Leoriane||Breton||Mage||2 Journeyman||Caldera, Surane Leoriane's House||Training, Blades members only|
|Elone||Redguard||Scout||2 Journeyman||Seyda Neen, Arrille's Tradehouse||Training, Blades members only|
|Sjorvar Horse-Mouth||Nord||Master-at-Arms||1 Apprentice||Sjorvar Horse-Mouth's House, West Gash||Training, Blades members only|