The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – The Blades
This guide to Morrowind guilds and factions continues with a look at the Blades, the Imperial secret service.
The Blades are the secret service of the Emperor, focussing on gathering knowledge from all sources for Imperial purposes. They also sometimes serve as archeologists and are given tasks to collect valuable ancient objects, such as Dwemer contraptions or puzzle boxes in order to study these civilizations. The Blades are mostly secret agents, however, serving as body guards, informants or at times infiltrators of other guilds or tribes.
It is essential to join this Imperial guild, as the first tasks you are given open the main quest for you. It is also important to note that you can’t advance as far as the highest possible rank in this guild, since the only one who is able to give you quests is Caius Cosades in Balmora. At some point your task master leaves and you can’t be assigned any other quests although there are other members of the Blades scattered across the island.
The favoured attributes for this guild are Intelligence and Personality since, as an agent, you must be able to manipulate or persuade people in order to gain information. High Intelligence is also useful for some magic, such as Restoration magic. Skills available for this guild are: Marksman and Light armor skills, the Sneak skill which is crucial to a secret agent, and the Restoration magic skill.
The guild is only joinable in Balmora and therefore it is considered their headquarters. The Blades regard most Imperial guilds favourably, particularly the Imperial Cult and the Legion. They despise the Camonna Tong and House Dagoth, and are indifferent to the Tribunal Temple and the Ashlander tribe.
The highest rank is Grand Spymaster. The current leader is Caius Cosades but after reaching the rank of ‘Operative’, as mentioned above, it isn’t possible to advance any further although it is possible to still work as a Blade, pursuing your own interests by applying their ‘modus operandi’. The ranks, from the lowest, are: Novice, Apprentice, Journeyman, Finder, Traveller and finally Operative, which is the maximum you can advance to.