"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."

Rebuilding the Blades is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This will not appear by this name in the journal. Instead, there will be a miscellaneous quest to "Bring a follower to Delphine." Delphine has requested the Dragonborn to bring her three followers who will then take an oath and be inducted into the Blades.


  1. Bring a follower to Delphine (three times)
  2. Ask Esbern about dragon lairs


The Dragonborn needs to speak to a follower and ask if they wish to become a Blade. Followers who can be asked to join the Blades are listed in the table below.

Once a follower becomes a Blade, they will move to Sky Haven Temple and are no longer found at their original location when dismissed. Once three followers become Blades, the "Dragon Hunting" quest becomes available which involves slaying a dragon at a random dragon lair with the new recruits. Should a recruit die, they cannot be replaced by inducting another follower.


Name Location Prerequisite Race
Argis the Bulwark Vlindrel Hall, Markarth Become Thane of Markarth Nord
Calder Hjerim, Windhelm Become Thane of Eastmarch Nord
Gregor HF The White Hall, Dawnstar Become Thane of The Pale Nord
Iona Honeyside, Riften Become Thane of The Rift Nord
Jordis the Sword-Maiden Proudspire Manor, Solitude Become Thane of Haafingar Nord
Lydia Breezehome, Whiterun Become Thane of Whiterun Nord
Rayya HF Jarl's Longhouse, Falkreath Become Thane of Falkreath Redguard
Valdimar HF Highmoon Hall, Morthal Become Thane of Hjaalmarch Nord

College of WinterholdEdit

Name Class Location Quest Race
Brelyna Maryon Mystic Hall of Attainment Brelyna's Practice Dunmer
J'zargo Sorcerer Hall of Attainment J'zargo's Experiment Khajiit
Onmund Sorcerer Hall of Attainment Onmund's Request Nord

The CompanionsEdit

Name Class Location Quest Race
Aela the Huntress Thief Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Athis Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Dunmer
Farkas Blacksmith Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Njada Stonearm Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Ria Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Imperial
Torvar Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Vilkas Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord


Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Ingjard Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Nord
Durak Ranger Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Orc
Agmaer Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Nord
Beleval Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Bosmer
Celann Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Breton


Name Class Location Race
Belrand Spellsword The Winking Skeever, Solitude Nord
Jenassa Ranger The Drunken Huntsman, Whiterun Dunmer
Marcurio Mage Bee and Barb, Riften Imperial
Stenvar Warrior Candlehearth Hall, Windhelm Nord
Teldryn Sero DR Spellsword The Retching Netch, Raven Rock Dunmer
Vorstag Warrior Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth Nord

Quest reward followersEdit

These followers typically have a quest attached to them and it must be completed in order to gain them as a follower.

Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Adelaisa Vendicci Citizen East Empire Company Rise in the East Imperial
Ahtar Warrior Castle Dour Complete Kill the Bandit Leader. Redguard
Annekke Crag-Jumper Ranger Darkwater Crossing Complete Kill the Bandit Leader. Nord
Aranea Ienith Mage Shrine of Azura Side with her during The Black Star. Dunmer
Eola Nightblade Hall of the Dead, Markarth Help her in The Taste of Death Breton
Erandur Priest Windpeak Inn, Dawnstar Help him in Waking Nightmare Dunmer
Erik the Slayer Barbarian Frostfruit Inn, Rorikstead Complete his favor Nord
Faendal Thief Riverwood Help him in A Lovely Letter Bosmer
Frea DR Warrior Skaal Village Complete The Fate of the Skaal Nord
Golldir Warrior Hillgrund's Tomb Help him in Ancestral Worship Nord
Illia Mage Darklight Tower Help her in Repentance Imperial
Kharjo Warrior Ahkari's Khajiit Caravan Retrieve his Moon Amulet Khajiit
Lob Ranger Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc
Mjoll the Lioness Warrior Riften Complete Retrieve Grimsever Nord
Ogol Warrior Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc
Ralis Sedarys DR Rogue Kolbjorn Barrow Spare him at the end of Unearthed Dunmer
Roggi Knot-Beard Miner Kynesgrove Find his family's ancestral shield Nord
Sven Lumberjack Riverwood Help him in A Lovely Letter Nord
Talvas Fathryon DR Conjurer Tel Mithryn Complete From the Ashes Dunmer
Ugor Ranger Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc

Miscellaneous followersEdit

These followers have no specific quest attached to them. Gaining them as a follower may sometimes be a trivial affair, such as brawling against them and winning the match.

Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Benor Warrior Morthal Beat him in a brawl Nord
Borgakh the Steel Heart Warrior Mor Khazgur Pay her dowry or persuade her Orc
Cosnach Warrior Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth Beat him in a brawl or give him a drink Breton
Derkeethus Ranger Darkwater Pass Free him from captivity Argonian
Ghorbash the Iron Hand Ranger Dushnikh Yal Convince him to travel with the Dragonborn Orc
Uthgerd the Unbroken Warrior The Bannered Mare, Whiterun Beat her in a brawl Nord


Rebuilding the Blades – FreeformSkyhavenTempleA
IDJournal 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


  • Cicero, Serana and Dark Brotherhood initiates are the only followers that cannot become Blades.
  • It is possible to begin this quest without killing Paarthurnax by talking to Delphine after the completion of "Alduin's Wall."
  • Mercenaries can follow the Dragonborn for no charge if recruited into the faction.
  • Recruits who die by any means cannot be replaced by inducting new members.
  • Recruits who have a higher skill in Light Armor will be disadvantaged as they will always wear Blades Armor, which is heavy.


This section contains bugs related to Rebuilding the Blades. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Armor given to Blades inductees prior to their induction may be removed from their inventory.
  • Housecarls who are chosen to become Blades will say "I will be back at your house if you need me, Thane.", though they will return to Sky Haven Temple.
  • Occasionally, Blades inductees will return to the place they where recruited despite Delphine having accepted them.
    • Loading a save game before recruiting the previous Blade follower, which is only possible if the inductee if not the first to be recruited, will fix the issue.
  • Esbern not respond properly to the Dragonborn's attempts to interact and instead only say "Did you say something?"
  • When recruiting Mjoll the Lioness, Aerin can still follow her around, keeping him at Sky Haven Temple for the rest of the game.
    • He will also follow Mjoll when sent by Esbern to slay a dragon.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Rebuilding the Blades

  • Delphine will not recruit follower.

    13 messages
    • And what if youre not playing on pc? -_-
    • You could try leading some enemies into the area and have Delphine attack them for you. You could also try using Unrelenting Force or attack...
  • Best Blades

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    • I like to go with: - Goldir (lonely boi, Heavy armor, 1H + Shield) - Aranea Lenith (Magic, observed using variety) - Benor (Cuz 2H, Heavy armor)
    • nobody seems to particularly relate to dragons, w regards to like followers. so i use erik, annekke, and ghorbash, as they wanted adventure...
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