Imperial Legion Morrowind Guide – Factions and guilds in the Elder Scrolls III

The Imperial legion

The legion is a military organisation and rules above all other similar guilds, such as the Fighters guild or House Redoran, in dictating law within Vvardenfell. They are also considered the strongest and most skilled fighters and no other force on the island, whether organised or simply tribal, can match their strength, organisation and tactical prowess on the battlefield. Legionnaires are mainly used to protect the town and provinces under the Empire’s influences, but in times of need they have been used to conquer new grounds.

The Imperial legion is organised in forts, which are either just small outposts in provincial towns such as Gnisis, or larger garrisons, such as the Hawkmoth Legion situated in Ebonheart, which are also the headquarters for the legion. It is organised into an hierarchical structure, where the smaller forts are commanded by a Champion, which isn’t the highest rank of the legion, and the garrisons and more important strategic centres are commanded by high-ranked Knights, who in turn issue orders to the Champions.

Ranks

The favoured attributes are Endurance first of all, and as a surprise Personality is also favoured, not strength. This is due to the influence which a Knight must have upon his legions and lower ranked officers. The primary skills are Heavy Armor, Block, Blunt Weapon and Long Blade, unsurprisingly enough all fighting skills, and a player can take Athletics and Spear as minor skills.

The Blades and Imperial cult work closely with the legion, as they also serve the Emperor. Other allies include House Hlaalu and the Mages Guild. The legion are also allied with the Fighters guild and the Redorans, although they have shown signs of a healthy and competitive rivalry often: however, there is great mutual respect.

You can only join the legion by speaking to Darius, a Champion commanding the Deathshead legion in Gnisis, in the Madach Trade House. He is the lowest taskmaster but you cannot speak to any other members since they don’t require assistance. Once you have acquired status, you can speak to the current high-ranking officerin Ebonheart, or Varus Vantinius who is a Knight of the Imperial Dragon. You can also finally duel with him in order to become the current legion leader. Ranks are: Recruit, Spearman, Trooper, Agent, Champion, Knight Errant, Knight Bachelor, Knight of the Garland and finally Knight of the Imperial Dragon.

This post is part of the series: The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions

A series of articles on the various factions and guilds in the world of the Elder Scrolls III.
  1. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – House Dagoth
  2. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – House Dres
  3. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – House Hlaalu
  4. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – House Redoran
  5. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – House Telvanni
  6. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – The Blades
  7. The Dark Brotherhood Guild In Morrowind – Guide to Guilds & Factions in The World of Morrowind
  8. The World of Morrowind: The Fighters Guild – Guilds & Factions Guide For Elder Scrolls III
  9. The World of Morrowind: Imperial Cult in Elder Scrolls III – Morrowind Guilds & Factions Guide
  10. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – Imperial legion in Elder Scrolls III
  11. The World of Morrowind Guilds & Factions Guide – Mages Guild Overview
  12. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions in Elder Scrolls III – Thieves guild Overview
  13. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – The Ashlander tribes
  14. The Camonna Tong Overview – Guide to The World of Morrowind Guilds & Factions
  15. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions Guide – The Morag Tong – Elder Scrolls III
  16. The World of Morrowind: Guilds & Factions – The Tribunal Temple