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The Blades are the Emperor's elite espionage, military, and diplomacy service, a prestigious service order for citizens who demonstrate the greatest loyalty to the Emperor. To be named to the Blades by the Emperor is a great honor, and publicly acknowledged members serve openly in noble courts and diplomatic posts. Privately, many Blades members act as the Empire's intelligence agency. Such agents conceal themselves with secret identities, operating in disguise as couriers, observers, and spies throughout the Empire. As the Emperor's hidden eyes and ears in the provinces, they watch the Emperor's enemies, look for opportunities, make reports, and act on the Emperor's command.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Joining the BladesEdit

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 RanksEdit

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 QuestsEdit

See the Main Quest.

Blades Members in VvardenfellEdit

Name   Race Class Rank Location Comments
Gildan   Wood Elf 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   High Elf 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