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Skyrim:Rebuilding the Blades

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Recruit new members for the Blades.
Quest Giver: Delphine
Location(s): Sky Haven Temple
Prerequisite Quest: Alduin's Wall
Reward: Use the Blades to go Dragon Hunting
ID: FreeformSkyhavenTempleA
Faendal and Uthgerd the Unbroken as newly-recruited Blades

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Locate and bring three suitable followers to Delphine.
  2. Induct these followers into the Blades.
  3. Ask Esbern about dragon lairs to start the repeatable quest Dragon Hunting.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Help WantedEdit

Delphine inducting Lydia into the Blades

After completing Alduin's Wall, you may notice that the Blades' mission of ridding Skyrim of dragons may be rather daunting for just two people. Ask Delphine about her apparent staffing shortage and she will reply, "The Thalmor hunted us down, remember? It wasn't exactly great for recruitment. But we have a headquarters of a sort now. We'll rebuild the Blades. Someday." As you are the Dragonborn, and the Blades are sworn to protect you, you might be inclined to help Delphine find new recruits. When you offer, she will say, "If you find anyone you think would make a good recruit, I can certainly take a look at them. Remember, though, being a Blade is a lifelong commitment. Their loyalty has to be with us once they're in."


To recruit a follower into the Blades, simply bring your new recruit to Delphine in Sky Haven Temple for introductions. Since being a Blade is binding, Delphine will ask you for confirmation: "Are you sure? I'll need to ask them to take an oath to leave their old life behind and stay here from now on." Confirm your selection and Delphine will agree. She will then give the oath to your first recruit:

Delphine "You there. The Dragonborn wishes to give you the chance to join the lost guardians of Tamriel. The dragon slayers. The Blades. Do you wish to become a Blade?"
Follower: "I do."
Delphine: "Are you willing to trade away all claims and titles of your former life? To live here and devote yourself to protecting Tamriel from danger?"
Follower: "I do."
Delphine: "Then by my right as acting grandmaster, I name you a Blade, with all the privileges, rights, and burdens that brings. Godspeed."

Happy HuntingEdit

You can bring two more recruits to Delphine for the oath taking. After the third, she will say "That's enough recruits for now. Ask Esbern about the dragon lairs he's been studying. We'll have the recruits do some hunting with you." Speak to Esbern to complete the quest and begin the Dragon Hunting repeatable quest.


  • You can still ask recruited Blades to follow you, but they will be situated at Sky Haven Temple rather than their place of usual residence.
    • If you induct your spouse into the Blades, then you can still move your spouse to a house you own. If you choose to live at your spouse's home, you will be directed to Sky Haven Temple.
  • All permanent followers are eligible to join the Blades except Serana and those from the Dark Brotherhood.
  • When a new recruit joins the Blades, they automatically leave your service, so a new follower can be recruited. Bugs affecting your ability to obtain new followers may be solved in this manner, though only three followers may be recruited.
  • Hirelings that join the Blades can be hired for free after they move to the temple.
  • If one of the new recruits dies for whatever reason, they cannot be replaced by inducting another follower. It is therefore best to choose essential characters.
  • If the optional quest Paarthurnax has started, you can still recruit followers for Delphine. When it comes time to talk to Esbern however, he will not finish this quest or start the Dragon Hunting quest until Paarthurnax is slain.
  • Blades armor is Heavy Armor, so recruits who do not favor that skill will be at a disadvantage. Similarly, Skyrim's Blades only have one-handed swords, so followers unskilled in One-handed may be at a disadvantage. Both of these however do not apply for essential characters.


  • Any armor given to Blades inductees prior to their induction may be removed from their inventory.
    • Due to this bug, it appears that dragon priest masks are also lost. This renders the quest in Bromjunaar Sanctuary impossible to complete.
  • When dismissing Blade followers who were formerly housecarls, they will say "I will be back at your house if you need me, Thane", though they will actually return to Sky Haven Temple.
  • Sometimes, followers recruited into the blades will travel back to where you recruited them, even though Delphine accepted them. A possible fix could be to load before recruiting the previous Blade (only possible if this wasn't the first follower you introduced to the Blades), recruit that previous Blade again and try again with your second one.
  • Esbern may be unavailable when you try to talk to him. There is no dialogue option and he just says 'Did you say something?'.
  • Followers may attack one another killing one of your blades members.

Quest StagesEdit

Rebuilding the Blades (FreeformSkyhavenTempleA)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Bring a follower to Delphine
Objective 20: Bring a follower to Delphine
Objective 30: Bring a follower to Delphine
Objective 40: Ask Esbern about dragon lairs
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 50.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FreeformSkyhavenTempleA stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest FreeformSkyhavenTempleA.