- For other uses, see Factions.
- For the three joinable alliances, see Alliances.
Factions in The Elder Scrolls Online, distinct from the three main Alliances, consists of any of the joinable Guilds, and other groups with similar goals, causes or philosophies.
During character customization, players must choose from one of three Alliances; the Aldmeri Dominion, the Daggerfall Covenant, and the Ebonheart Pact. Players are able to join various Guilds, regardless of their Alliance, and these include the Mages Guild, the Fighters Guild, and the Undaunted. The Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood will be added in-game post-launch. Other factions offer quests, but cannot be joined, such as the Great Houses of Morrowind. Many factions can only be interacted with in particular regions, for example the Maulborn in Deshaan, the Bloodthorn Cult in Glenumbra, or the Veiled Heritance in Auridon and other Aldmeri Dominion regions, however, players are able to experience another Alliance's content when they reach level 50, via Veteran Levels.
The Mages Guild appear in The Elder Scrolls Online. One way to increase reputation with this faction is to search Tamriel for hidden Lore books. Sufficient reputation increase will unlock additional skills, perks and abilities.
The Fighters Guild is a joinable faction in this game. One way to increase reputation in this guild is to destroy Dark Anchors of Molag Bal. With enough reputation, new skills and abilities will be unlocked.
The Undaunted is a guild involved in dungeons, and has its own unique skill line.
The Thieves Guild is dedicated to the gathering and training of those who are stealthy and shadowy in nature. Although criminal by its very definition, for untold years, local authorities in places throughout Tamriel have tolerated the existence of the guild for its role as "Crime Regulator."
The Dark Brotherhood is a guild of professional assassins which historically possessed considerable influence and power but has recently fallen on considerably harder times.
A group of devotees to Malacath, and enemies of the Vosh Rakh.
A Craglorn faction of ancient Ra Gada, lead by Emperor Tarish-Zi
A Khajiiti faction. Zulana claims to be a member of it, and that they train "below Temple of Two-Moons Dance."
A faction from the First Era that can be encountered in a quest taking the Vestige back to the Battle of Glenumbra Moors.
Written in several books
A group of Falinesti Faithful dedicated to returning Falinesti by force.
Referenced by Sacrilege and Mayhem in the Alik'r.
The name of the wandering tribes of Dunmer, who do not follow the ways of the Tribunal.
A Glenumbra Faction of Witches, originating from the Wyrd Tree at Beldama.
A bandit group located in Rivenspire.
A bandit group in Bangkorai, and led by Curnard the Generous. The are located in Viridian Watch, Evermore, and Hallin's Stand.
A Cyrodiil group of bandits.
A Craglorn faction.
Group of Crows located in Crow's Wood.
A clan of Bosmer located in Dread Vullain.
A group of Bosmer in Cormount seeking to overthrow the rule of Ayrenn.(Grahtwood)
A Necromancer group in Bahraha's Gloom.TG
A faction of vampires led by the Montclair Family, located in Rivenspire.
A Stros M'Kai faction, guarding Port Hunding.
A collection of Necromancers led by Angof the Gravesinger, and involved in multiple quests in both Betnikh and Glenumbra. Also a group of assassins trying to assassinate King Casimir in Daggerfall.
A Dremora group located in the Dragonstar Arena.
A Stros M'Kai faction lead by Headman Bhosek.
A clan of Reachmen invading The Rift.
The defenders of the village (and ancient tree) known as Brackenleaf.
The group that is responsible for attacking northern Valenwood.
Confirmed to be in the game, and plays a role in the politics of the Aldmeri Dominion.
A collection of fierce warriors who honored the ways of the original five hundred companions that arrived in Tamriel with their leader, the legendary Ysgramor. Once spread out throughout the provinces, a fraction of the once great army is what remains in Skyrim. The Companions are a well known and respected group, who deal with threats that endanger the lives of the commoners.
A group inhabiting Fardir's Folly.
A minor bandit group, located in Khenarthi's Roost.
A group of Wood Orcs hired by Canonreeve Oraneth and operating out of Elden Hollow.
A clan of Reachmen dedicated to gaining control of the Reach.
Caalorne, in Stonefalls, is a member of this Trading faction.
A group inhabiting Dawnmead in Reaper's March.
A Dremora clan in The Wailing Maw, defending the Anguish Gem. They also appear in the Coldharbour lore book, I was Summoned by a Mortal
A clan residing in Eastmarch.
A group that appeared originally in Craglorn, they may also appear in Smuggler's Den, during a Sacrament mission.DB
A group of pirates located in Hew's Bane.TG
A clan of Wood Orcs located in the region of Malabal Tor.
Part of the Dominion's guards.
A group of Slavers that appear around Koeglin Lighthouse in Stormhaven. Also appear in Underground Sepulcher (during Heist: Underground Sepulcher)
Queen Ayrenn's intelligence service. A notable member of this faction is Razum-dar.
A group whose sole purpose is paying homage to the wandering city of Falinesti.
Sailors of the First Rank, mainly situated in Auridon.
A group of Thalmor soldiers keeping peace in the Dominion.
A group of Dremora mentioned by the book, I was Summoned by a Mortal.
A group of bandits hired by the Daggerfall Covenant, and located in Bleakrock.
A mercenary group located at Four Quarry Islet
Only known member is Gold Coast Brewmaster in the Baandari Trading Post. More members are in the Gold Coast region.DB
The Hands of Almalexia are servants of the Tribunal member, Almalexia. They can be found primarily in Mournhold, around and inside the Tribunal Temple.
A very minor house that exists in Daggerfall. Hired The Daggers to eliminate Harpies.
One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.
One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.
One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.
A Breton noble house in Rivenspire, originating from Shornhelm. Led by Lady Lleraya Montclair, they are at war with the rulers of Rivenspire, mainly by turning towns, such as Moira's Hope, into Bloodfiends.
House Redoran is one of the Great Houses of Morrowind that have joined the Ebonheart Pact.
A Rivenspire faction of Bretons.
House Telvanni is one of the Great Houses of Morrowind. They are known as the wizard-lords who prefer to pursue wisdom and mastery in solitude. House Telvanni refused to join the Ebonheart Pact, causing inner conflict in the province of Morrowind.
Faction that encompasses all the warriors of the empire. Includes the Seventh Legion, and those operating in the Imperial City.
A faction that appears as possible enemies during the sacrament mission in Smuggler's Den.DB
A group of Orcs residing in Craglorn.
A group of mercenaries originally from Taneth, and now operating in Hew's Bane. Primary antagonists in TG
A group of pirates that have overtaken Haven.
A faction that appears on the Gold Coast, and worshipping Clavicus Vile, they appear as a possible enemy in Trader's Cove.DB
A faction that appears in The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood, and may appear in Smuggler's Den.DB
A faction operating in the Imperial City.
A group of Wood Orcs in Greenshade.
Emeric's Personal Guard. Previously, a Bretonic Knightly Order.
A group of Ashlanders primarily located in the Vale of the Ghost Snake.
Gastinus Florus was a member of this association.
Deshaan faction led by Magistrix Vox, and creators of the Llodos Plague.
Led by Endarwe in Rulanyil's Fall, this faction are collectors of lost relics, particularly those "of aesthetic or historic significance."
Stormhaven smugglers and bandits.
A former comedic group that can be found in House Dres Crypts in Kragenmoor. They are involved in the quest, This One's a Classic.
Located primarily in Malak's Maw, they were hired by King Kurog to create trouble for the Dunmer.
A group of Akatosh worshipers important in the Gold Coast storyline.DB
A Wayrest faction, of which Emmanubeth Hurrent, author of Tribes of Murkmire, is part.
A group of thugs that have taken over Darkshade Caverns.
Worshippers of Hermaeus Mora.
The "Ra Gada" of Malabal Tor are a faction that appears in Velyn Harbor.
A Clan of Reachmen.
A group in Bisnensel, devoted to the worship of a Nereid, Lorelia.
Similar to the Forsworn group that exists in the Fourth Era. However at this point in time, they have allied themselves with Molag Bal's forces. They are hostile to both Nords and Bretons.
There are three major clans in The Rift, Boneshaper Clan, Rageclaw Clan, and Stonetalon Clan.
A group of bandits in Glenumbra.
Khajiiti Privateers in Morrowind and Argonia.
A group of people devoted to Stendarr, and author of several books. They appear in Sewer Tenement.DB
Daggerfall Covenant intelligence network.
An unofficially named group of poachers located in Poacher's Encampment in Wrothgar.OR
A minor group of militia operating out of Alik'r Desert's Saltwalker Militia Camp.
A possible faction in Trader's Cove, during the Dark Brotherhood Sacrament mission there.DB
A band of pirates that control the town of Saintsport in Stros M'Kai and are lead by Captain Helane.
A Betnikh Clan of Orsimer.
A collection of Maormer that are allied with the Veiled Heritance to try and overthrow the Aldmeri Dominion. This faction makes multiple appearances in numerous quests and locations in the Aldmeri Dominion Storyline.
Particular part of the Imperial Legion, who have taken control of southern Bangkorai.
A group of Vampires operating out of Shademist Moors. They may also appear in the Glittering Grotto.TG
Mentioned as located at Vulkhel Guard Outlaws Refuge. Also mentioned in the note Veiled Heritance - Be Warned
Faction operating in Cyrodiil.
A faction that operates on the Gold Coast, this faction is one of three possible factions that may appear during the Sacrament mission to Trader's Cove. DB
The group of Shadowscales as a group of Assassins. Appear in the region of Shadowfen.
A tribe of Goblins that appear on the Gold Coast.DB
A group of worshipers of Akatosh, located in Kvatch. Related to the quest "Pious Intervention."
A faction of warriors located in Dragonstar Arena.
A faction of worshippers that appears in Fungal Grotto II
A cult of Azura worshippers, residing in Stormhaven. Their headquarters is Moonlit Maw.
A faction residing in Craglorn.
A Redguard faction located in Fuller's Break. Also located in Glittering Grotto.TG
A tribe of Goblins.
Group of Molag Bal worshippers in Reaper's March.
A clan of Reachmen.
Also known as the Stormfist Brigade. This group is located in Eastmarch.
A group of Bosmer dedicated to the protection of the Sphere of Storms, located in Ilayas Ruins.
A faction dedicated to the worship of Vaermina, and located at Supernal Dreamers Camp. (Stormhaven)
Faction of Guards throughout Tamriel.
They have continued animosity towards the Forebears, but are temporarily working together.
They have continued animosity towards the Crowns, but are temporarily working together.
A group that resides in Sentinel.
A faction of actors located in the Gold Coast region, particularly Anvil.DB
Group of bandits from Thorn Lodge in Cyrodiil.
A faction that is also involved in the Dominion's politics. Unlike in Skyrim though, this faction contains members from all three races.
A subset of the Thalmor, this group is charged with maintaining diplomatic relations.
The current ruling family in Cyrodiil. Members include Clivia Tharn, the Empress Regent of Tamriel, and also her father, Elder Council member and Battlemage, Abnur Tharn.
A tribe of Goblins located inside Timberscar Hollow and Urasek Ruins.
A tribe of Goblins located in Toothmaul Gully in Auridon. They had a contract with the Veiled Heritance, who supplied them with weapons in order to gain their support.
A type of leader of the Argonian people, this faction is dedicated towards maintaining the Hist.
A faction located at the Maw of Lorkhaj.
Ashlander tribe in Stonefalls.
A subset of House Indoriil found in Kragenmoor and led by Tanval Indoril.
A group of Altmeri Supremacists, dedicated to the overthrow of Queen Ayrenn's rule.
Tribe of Ashlanders located primarily in Muth Gnaar.
A faction of dedicated Bosmeri. Originating from Vinedusk, and involved in a number of missions throughout the Aldmeri Dominion. Azarath is a member of this faction.
An The Elder Scrolls Online: Orsinium faction.
A group of Bandits operating in Hew's Bane, particularly in Shark's Teeth Grotto.
A group situated in Wayrest, of which Emmanubeth Hurrent is a member.
Necromancer group in Alik'r Desert.
Group of Werewolves in Weeping Wind Cave.
Located in Rootwater Grove, Orthenir is the only known member of this clan. They exist to keep Greenshade protected from Daedra.
Collective name for several clans of Orsimer in Valenwood, such as the Drublog Clan and the Llurgash.
Also known as Order of the Black Worm. Group led by Mannimarco. They are a Necromancer group and are known to operate at least in Grahtwood, and likely many more regions.