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The Imperial Legion, also known as the Imperial Army and the Ruby Ranks, is the main fighting force of the Empire of Tamriel. It is often pluralized as the Imperial Legions. It operates under the auspices and authority of the Emperor himself. With its vast numbers, quality training, and rigid discipline, the Legion is considered one of the best armies ever assembled in history. The primary mission of the Imperial Legion is to preserve the peace and rule of law in the Empire. Those who protect the Emperor and the Imperial Province are sometimes called the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Watch. A Legion Centurion is typically in command of the Palace Guard of the White-Gold Tower.
In peacetime the Legion serves primarily as a garrison force — manning forts, patrolling roads, and providing guardsmen for towns, cities, counties, and nobles. They are empowered to arrest criminals and seize their property, among other things. In wartime, the Legion's responsibilities and powers are greatly increased. During conflicts, the Legion serves as an invading and occupying force, overwhelming opposition with numerical superiority and strict economy of force. For more information, see the lore article.
The Legion is a strictly hierarchic organization. Each fort is usually commanded by a Champion (smaller forts), or any higher-ranking Knight (larger ones). The commander of a fort is usually called 'captain' or 'General'. Only Knights may serve as generals. A Knight of the Imperial Dragon is the highest-ranking Legion officer in any District.
The Imperial Guard is an elite unit of the Imperial Legion charged with the defense of the Emperor and various of his direct representatives in the provinces. Duke Vedam Dren of Vvardenfell's rank and responsibilities entitle him to the protection of this elite unit. There is a traditional rivalry between the Imperial Guard and their counterparts in the regular Legions.
Joining the Imperial LegionEdit
There is only one person in the Imperial Legion to whom you can speak for admission -- General Darius, who can be found in the Madach Tradehouse in Gnisis. Fort Darius is the only fort in the Imperial Legion that is admitting new members at this time in Vvardenfell.
If you make an infraction of the rules, you will be expelled from the Imperial Legion. Speak to any quest giver for the Imperial Legion, whereupon they will tell you what is going on: "Your activities have led some to question your allegiance. At the moment there is some debate as to your continued affiliation with the Imperial Legion. Would you care to explain yourself, %PCRank %PCName? This had better be good." Saying you were a victim of circumstance will yield a fifteen-point disposition increase and readmission into the Imperial Legion: "The Imperial Legion can forgive your actions this one time only, %PCRank %PCName. Your record will be permanently marred by this incident. Now return to your post." On the other hand, bluntly stating that you don't care will produce a five-point disposition decrease and an in kind response: "I see." This will end the conversation. Following a second infraction of the rules you will be permanently expelled. Discussing the matter of joining the Imperial Legion causes a thirty-point disposition loss and an expression of disgust: "You had your chance and you blew it. Get out of my sight." This will end the conversation.
Imperial Legion RanksEdit
|0. Recruit||Endurance 30
|—||0||Imperial Chain Cuirass|
|1. Spearman||Endurance 30
|One skill at 10||5||Imperial Shield|
|2. Trooper||Endurance 30
|One skill at 20||10||Imperial Steel Cuirass|
|3. Agent||Endurance 30
|One skill at 30 and two at 5||20||Imperial Steel Helmet and Gauntlets|
|4. Champion||Endurance 30
|One skill at 40 and two at 10||30||Imperial Steel Pauldrons and Boots|
|5. Knight Errant||Endurance 31
|One skill at 50 and two at 15||45||Imperial Templar Knight Cuirass and Greaves|
|6. Knight Bachelor||Endurance 32
|One skill at 60 and two at 20||60||Templar Helmet and Bracers|
|7. Knight Protector||Endurance 33
|One skill at 70 and two at 25||70||Templar Pauldrons and Boots|
|8. Knight of the Garland||Endurance 34
|One skill at 80 and two at 30||80||Duke's Guard Silver Cuirass|
|9. Knight of the Imperial Dragon||Endurance 35
|One skill at 90 and two at 35||100||Chrysamere and Lord's Mail|
Imperial Legion QuestsEdit
In order to receive any of your quest orders you must be wearing a uniform Imperial Legion cuirass. When you first join the legion, you are given an Imperial Chain Cuirass which satisfies this requirement. The four other cuirasses that you receive from the legion as your rank increases are also acceptable (Imperial Steel Cuirass, Imperial Templar Knight Cuirass, Duke's Guard Silver Cuirass and the unique Lord's Mail). Your armor other than your cuirass can be of any style. Talking to a superior officer while out of uniform results in a disposition loss of five points and a refusal of the character to continue the conversation; however you do not need to wear your uniform to talk to characters of equal or lower rank, with the exception of Cavortius Albuttian, the Knight of the Garland. If you lose your Imperial cuirass, the article on Imperial Armor provides a list of locations where replacements can be found.
|General Darius' Quests, Gnisis|
|Imsin the Dreamer's Quests, Buckmoth Legion Fort|
|Radd Hard-Heart's Quests, Moonmoth Legion Fort|
|Frald the White's Quests, Ebonheart|
|Varus Vantinius' Quests, Ebonheart|
- Three Legion quests didn't make it into the final version of the game. Information on them can be found here.