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The Blades were the hidden Eyes and Ears of the Septim Emperors in the provinces of Tamriel. Originally tasked with collecting far-flung fragments of Numidium, they became a prestigious service order for citizens demonstrating the greatest loyalty to the Emperor. To be named in 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, spies and bodyguards throughout the Empire.
The Remanada traces the history of the Blades to the original Akaviri bodyguard of Reman Cyrodiil. According to this legendary account, the same immortal Akaviri pledged themselves to Cuhlecain in order to aid General Talos' ascent to the throne. Their ancient stronghold, Cloud Ruler Temple, is located in the Jerall Mountains.
For additional general information, see the lore article on the Blades.
 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 Morrowind Main Quest or, subsequently, finish the game in the expected manner.
 Blades Ranks
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 Quests
See the Main Quest.
 Blades Members in Vvardenfell
|Gildan||Bosmer||Nightblade||2 Journeyman||Ald'ruhn, Gildan's House||Services to Blades members|
|Caius Cosades||Imperial||Monk||9 Grand Spymaster||Balmora, Caius Cosades' House||Services to Blades members|
|Nine-Toes||Argonian||Hunter||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Nine Toes' House|
|Rithleen||Redguard||Warrior||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Rithleen's House|
|Tyermaillin||Altmer||Healer||2 Journeyman||Balmora, Tyermaillin's House||Services to Blades members|
|Surane Leoriane||Breton||Mage||2 Journeyman||Caldera, Surane Leoriane's House|
|Elone||Redguard||Scout||2 Journeyman||Seyda Neen, Arrille's Tradehouse|
|Sjorvar Horse-Mouth||Nord||Master-at-Arms||1 Apprentice||West Gash region (-5,4)|