Venture Though Tamriel
The Blades are a small group of dragon hunters, Talos worshippers, and sworn protectors of those of the Dragon blood in Skyrim. No longer are they the secret eyes and ears of the Septim Emperors; hunted and decimated by the Thalmor, they are but a shadow of their former glory. The Blades reformed with the return of the dragons. They are led by acting Grandmaster Delphine, one of the last surviving members, and are based in Sky Haven Temple. The Blades stand in opposition of the Greybeards, and are strongly opposed to the existence of the dragon Paarthurnax, whom they perceive as a menace. After the Oblivion Crisis, the Blades withdrew from the public eye to wait for the next Dragonborn to serve. When the Thalmor began to gain a political holding in the Summerset Isle, the Blades began to see them as a threat to any Dragonborn found and a threat to all man-kind in Tamriel. Throughout the Great War, the Blades fought the Thalmor. Many of the skirmishes led to the defeat of the Blades and the persecution of any remaining members. Bloated Man’s Grotto became one of the last sanctuaries for the Blades in Skyrim until only two known Blades survived the persecution after the destruction of Cloud Ruler Temple.