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.

Guilds[edit | edit source]

Mages Guild[edit | edit source]

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.

Fighters Guild[edit | edit source]

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.

Undaunted[edit | edit source]

The Undaunted is a guild involved in dungeons, and has its own unique skill line.

Thieves Guild[edit | edit source]

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."

Dark Brotherhood[edit | edit source]

The Dark Brotherhood is a guild of professional assassins which historically possessed considerable influence and power but has recently fallen on considerably harder times.

Psijic Order[edit | edit source]


Unplayable Factions[edit | edit source]

Agra Crun[edit | edit source]

A group of devotees to Malacath, and enemies of the Vosh Rakh.

Anka-Ra[edit | edit source]

A Craglorn faction of ancient Ra Gada, lead by Emperor Tarish-Zi



Ahzirr Traajijazeri[edit | edit source]

A Khajiiti faction. Zulana claims to be a member of it, and that they train "below Temple of Two-Moons Dance."

Alessian Order[edit | edit source]

A faction from the First Era that can be encountered in a quest taking the Vestige back to the Battle of Glenumbra Moors.

Altmeri Travel Guild[edit | edit source]

Written in several books

Arbordawn Cult[edit | edit source]

A group of Falinesti Faithful dedicated to returning Falinesti by force.

Ash'abah[edit | edit source]

Referenced by Sacrilege and Mayhem in the Alik'r.[1]

Ashlanders[edit | edit source]

The name of the wandering tribes of Dunmer, who do not follow the ways of the Tribunal.

Ashlander tribes:

Beldama Wyrd[edit | edit source]

A Glenumbra Faction of Witches, originating from the Wyrd Tree at Beldama.

Bitterhand Bandits[edit | edit source]

A bandit group located in Rivenspire.

Bjoulsae Boys[edit | edit source]

A bandit group in Bangkorai, and led by Curnard the Generous.[2] The are located in Viridian Watch, Evermore, and Hallin's Stand.[3]

Black Daggers[edit | edit source]

A Cyrodiil group of bandits.

Blackcaster Mages Guild[edit | edit source]

A Craglorn faction.

Blackfeather Court[edit | edit source]

Group of Crows located in Crow's Wood.

Blackroot Clan[edit | edit source]

A clan of Bosmer located in Dread Vullain.

Blacksap Rebellion[edit | edit source]

A group of Bosmer in Cormount seeking to overthrow the rule of Ayrenn.(Grahtwood)

Bleak Veil[edit | edit source]

A Necromancer group in Bahraha's Gloom.TG

Bloodfiends[edit | edit source]

A faction of vampires led by the Montclair Family, located in Rivenspire.[4]

Bloody Fists[edit | edit source]

A Stros M'Kai faction, guarding Port Hunding.[5]

Bloodthorn Cult[edit | edit source]

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.

Bloodwraith[edit | edit source]

A Dremora group located in the Dragonstar Arena.

Bloody Fists[edit | edit source]

A Stros M'Kai faction lead by Headman Bhosek. Members:


Boneshaper Clan[edit | edit source]

A clan of Reachmen invading The Rift.[6]

Brackenleaf's Briars[edit | edit source]

The defenders of the village (and ancient tree) known as Brackenleaf.

The Cabal[edit | edit source]

The group that is responsible for attacking northern Valenwood.

Camoran Dynasty[edit | edit source]

Confirmed to be in the game, and plays a role in the politics of the Aldmeri Dominion.

The Companions[edit | edit source]

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.

Colovian Raiders[edit | edit source]

A group inhabiting Fardir's Folly.

Crosstree Bandits[edit | edit source]

A minor bandit group, located in Khenarthi's Roost.

The Daggers[edit | edit source]

Darkfern Clan[edit | edit source]

A group of Wood Orcs hired by Canonreeve Oraneth and operating out of Elden Hollow.

Dark Witnesses[edit | edit source]

A clan of Reachmen dedicated to gaining control of the Reach.

Darkvale Trading Coster[edit | edit source]

Caalorne, in Stonefalls, is a member of this Trading faction.

Dawnmead Bandits[edit | edit source]

A group inhabiting Dawnmead in Reaper's March.

Deathbringer Clan[edit | edit source]

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[7]

Direfrost Clan[edit | edit source]

A clan residing in Eastmarch.[8]

Dragonstar Caravan Company[edit | edit source]

A group that appeared originally in Craglorn, they may also appear in Smuggler's Den, during a Sacrament mission.DB[9]

Drowned Dog Pirates[edit | edit source]

A group of pirates located in Hew's Bane.TG

Drublog Clan[edit | edit source]

A clan of Wood Orcs located in the region of Malabal Tor.

Eagle's Talon[edit | edit source]

Part of the Dominion's guards.[10]

Ember-Eye Slavers[edit | edit source]

A group of Slavers that appear around Koeglin Lighthouse in Stormhaven. Also appear in Underground Sepulcher (during Heist: Underground Sepulcher)

Eyes of the Queen[edit | edit source]

Queen Ayrenn's intelligence service. A notable member of this faction is Razum-dar.

Falinesti Faithful[edit | edit source]

A group whose sole purpose is paying homage to the wandering city of Falinesti.

Fate-Bearers[edit | edit source]


First Auridon Marines[edit | edit source]

Sailors of the First Rank, mainly situated in Auridon.

Fists of Thalmor[edit | edit source]

A group of Thalmor soldiers keeping peace in the Dominion.

Foolkillers Clan[edit | edit source]

A group of Dremora mentioned by the book, I was Summoned by a Mortal.

Frostedge Bandits[edit | edit source]

A group of bandits hired by the Daggerfall Covenant, and located in Bleakrock.

Glenmoril Wyrd[edit | edit source]

Gold Coast Mercenaries[edit | edit source]

A mercenary group located at Four Quarry Islet[11]

Gold Coast Trading Company[edit | edit source]

Only known member is Gold Coast Brewmaster in the Baandari Trading Post. More members are in the Gold Coast region.DB

Hands of Almalexia[edit | edit source]

The Hands of Almalexia are servants of the Tribunal member, Almalexia. They can be found primarily in Mournhold, around and inside the Tribunal Temple.

Hidden Armigers[edit | edit source]

Hounds of Hircine[edit | edit source]

Houndsmen[edit | edit source]

Hircine worshippers.

House Diel[edit | edit source]

A very minor house that exists in Daggerfall. Hired The Daggers to eliminate Harpies.[12]



House Dorell[edit | edit source]

House Dres[edit | edit source]

One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.

House Hlaalu[edit | edit source]

One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.

House Indoril[edit | edit source]

One of the Great Houses of Morrowind.

House Montclair[edit | edit source]

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.[4]

House Ravenwatch[edit | edit source]

House Redoran[edit | edit source]

House Redoran is one of the Great Houses of Morrowind that have joined the Ebonheart Pact.

House Tamrith[edit | edit source]

A Rivenspire faction of Bretons.

House Telvanni[edit | edit source]

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.

Imperial Legion[edit | edit source]

Faction that encompasses all the warriors of the empire. Includes the Seventh Legion, and those operating in the Imperial City.

Imperial University[edit | edit source]

A faction that appears as possible enemies during the sacrament mission in Smuggler's Den.DB[13]

Iron Orcs[edit | edit source]

A group of Orcs residing in Craglorn.

Iron Wheel[edit | edit source]

A group of mercenaries originally from Taneth, and now operating in Hew's Bane. Primary antagonists in TG

Jackdaw Pirates[edit | edit source]

A group of pirates that have overtaken Haven.

Kagesh Clan[edit | edit source]

Kindly Contrivers of Clavicus Vile[edit | edit source]

A faction that appears on the Gold Coast, and worshipping Clavicus Vile, they appear as a possible enemy in Trader's Cove.DB[14]

Knights of the Dragon[edit | edit source]

Knights of the Flame[edit | edit source]

Knights of Saint Pelin[edit | edit source]

League of Kwama Miners[edit | edit source]

A faction that appears in The Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood, and may appear in Smuggler's Den.DB[15]

Legion Zero[edit | edit source]

A faction operating in the Imperial City.

Lhurgash Clan[edit | edit source]

A group of Wood Orcs in Greenshade.

Lion Guard[edit | edit source]

Emeric's Personal Guard. Previously, a Bretonic Knightly Order.

Mabrigash Ashlanders[edit | edit source]

A group of Ashlanders primarily located in the Vale of the Ghost Snake.[16]

Mason's Guild[edit | edit source]

Gastinus Florus was a member of this association.[17]

Maulborn[edit | edit source]

Deshaan faction led by Magistrix Vox, and creators of the Llodos Plague.

Merethic Society[edit | edit source]

Led by Endarwe in Rulanyil's Fall, this faction are collectors of lost relics, particularly those "of aesthetic or historic significance."[18]

Midnight Union[edit | edit source]

Stormhaven smugglers and bandits.

Mirthless Order[edit | edit source]

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.[19]

Morag Tong[edit | edit source]

Murtag Clan[edit | edit source]

Oathbound Clan[edit | edit source]

Located primarily in Malak's Maw, they were hired by King Kurog to create trouble for the Dunmer.[20]

Order of the Hour[edit | edit source]

A group of Akatosh worshipers important in the Gold Coast storyline.DB

Pathfinders Society[edit | edit source]

A Wayrest faction, of which Emmanubeth Hurrent, author of Tribes of Murkmire, is part.

Pit Rats[edit | edit source]

A group of thugs that have taken over Darkshade Caverns.[21]

Primeval Seekers[edit | edit source]

Worshippers of Hermaeus Mora.

Ra Gada[edit | edit source]

The "Ra Gada" of Malabal Tor are a faction that appears in Velyn Harbor.

Rageclaw Clan[edit | edit source]

A Clan of Reachmen.[6]

Rain Disciples[edit | edit source]

A group in Bisnensel, devoted to the worship of a Nereid, Lorelia.

Reachmen[edit | edit source]

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.[6]

There are three major clans in The Rift, Boneshaper Clan, Rageclaw Clan, and Stonetalon Clan.[22]

Red Rook Bandits[edit | edit source]

A group of bandits in Glenumbra.

Renrijra Maor[edit | edit source]

Khajiiti Privateers in Morrowind and Argonia.

Resolutes of Stendarr[edit | edit source]

A group of people devoted to Stendarr, and author of several books. They appear in Sewer Tenement.DB

Ring of Daggers[edit | edit source]

Daggerfall Covenant intelligence network.

Rustlers[edit | edit source]

An unofficially named group of poachers located in Poacher's Encampment in Wrothgar.OR

Saltwalker Militia[edit | edit source]

A minor group of militia operating out of Alik'r Desert's Saltwalker Militia Camp.

Sanguine's Revelers[edit | edit source]

A possible faction in Trader's Cove, during the Dark Brotherhood Sacrament mission there.DB[23]

Sapiarchs[edit | edit source]

Scaled Court[edit | edit source]

Sea Drakes[edit | edit source]

A band of pirates that control the town of Saintsport in Stros M'Kai and are lead by Captain Helane.

Seamount Clan[edit | edit source]

A Betnikh Clan of Orsimer.

Sea Vipers[edit | edit source]

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.

Seventh Legion[edit | edit source]

Particular part of the Imperial Legion, who have taken control of southern Bangkorai.

Shademist Vampires[edit | edit source]

A group of Vampires operating out of Shademist Moors. They may also appear in the Glittering Grotto.TG

Shadow Artisans[edit | edit source]

Mentioned as located at Vulkhel Guard Outlaws Refuge.[24] Also mentioned in the note Veiled Heritance - Be Warned

Shadowed Path[edit | edit source]

Faction operating in Cyrodiil.

Shadowbanish Vitners[edit | edit source]

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[25]

Shadow Walkers[edit | edit source]

Shadowscales[edit | edit source]

The group of Shadowscales as a group of Assassins. Appear in the region of Shadowfen.

Sharp Stick Tribe[edit | edit source]

A tribe of Goblins that appear on the Gold Coast.DB

Society of the Dragon[edit | edit source]

A group of worshipers of Akatosh, located in Kvatch. Related to the quest "Pious Intervention."

Sovngarde[edit | edit source]

A faction of warriors located in Dragonstar Arena.

Spider Cultists[edit | edit source]

A faction of worshippers that appears in Fungal Grotto II

Spirit Wardens[edit | edit source]

A cult of Azura worshippers, residing in Stormhaven. Their headquarters is Moonlit Maw.[26]

Star-Gazers[edit | edit source]

A faction residing in Craglorn.

Steel Shrikes[edit | edit source]

A Redguard faction located in Fuller's Break.[27] Also located in Glittering Grotto.TG

Stonechewer Tribe[edit | edit source]

A tribe of Goblins.

Stonefire Cult[edit | edit source]

Group of Molag Bal worshippers in Reaper's March.

Stonetalon Clan[edit | edit source]

A clan of Reachmen.[6]

Stormfist Clan[edit | edit source]

Also known as the Stormfist Brigade. This group is located in Eastmarch.

Stormwardens[edit | edit source]

A group of Bosmer dedicated to the protection of the Sphere of Storms, located in Ilayas Ruins.

Supernal Dreamers[edit | edit source]

A faction dedicated to the worship of Vaermina, and located at Supernal Dreamers Camp. (Stormhaven)

Tamriel Guard[edit | edit source]

Faction of Guards throughout Tamriel.

The Crowns[edit | edit source]

They have continued animosity towards the Forebears, but are temporarily working together.

The Forebears[edit | edit source]

They have continued animosity towards the Crowns, but are temporarily working together.

The Gallants[edit | edit source]

A group that resides in Sentinel.

The Naughty Nereids[edit | edit source]

A faction of actors located in the Gold Coast region, particularly Anvil.DB

The Thorns[edit | edit source]

Group of bandits from Thorn Lodge in Cyrodiil.

Thalmor[edit | edit source]

A faction that is also involved in the Dominion's politics. Unlike in Skyrim though, this faction contains members from all three races.

Thalmor Diplomatic Corps[edit | edit source]

A subset of the Thalmor, this group is charged with maintaining diplomatic relations.[28]

Tharn Family[edit | edit source]

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.

Timberscar Tribe[edit | edit source]

A tribe of Goblins located inside Timberscar Hollow and Urasek Ruins.

Toothmaul Tribe[edit | edit source]

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.[29]

Tree Minders[edit | edit source]

A type of leader of the Argonian people, this faction is dedicated towards maintaining the Hist.

Twilight Cantors[edit | edit source]

A faction located at the Maw of Lorkhaj.

Ulath Tribe[edit | edit source]

Ashlander tribe in Stonefalls.

Vanguard[edit | edit source]

A subset of House Indoriil found in Kragenmoor and led by Tanval Indoril.

Veiled Heritance[edit | edit source]

A group of Altmeri Supremacists, dedicated to the overthrow of Queen Ayrenn's rule.

Vereansu Tribe[edit | edit source]

Tribe of Ashlanders located primarily in Muth Gnaar.

Vinedusk Rangers[edit | edit source]

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.[30]

Vosh Rakh[edit | edit source]

An The Elder Scrolls Online: Orsinium faction.

Wave Walkers[edit | edit source]

A group of Bandits operating in Hew's Bane, particularly in Shark's Teeth Grotto.

Wayfarer's Society[edit | edit source]

A group situated in Wayrest, of which Emmanubeth Hurrent is a member.[31]

Withered Hand[edit | edit source]

Necromancer group in Alik'r Desert.

Wolfpack[edit | edit source]

Group of Werewolves in Weeping Wind Cave.

Wooded Eye[edit | edit source]

Located in Rootwater Grove, Orthenir is the only known member of this clan. They exist to keep Greenshade protected from Daedra.

Wood Orcs[edit | edit source]

Collective name for several clans of Orsimer in Valenwood, such as the Drublog Clan and the Llurgash.

Worm Cult[edit | edit source]

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,[32] and likely many more regions.

References[edit | edit source]

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