Venture Though Tamriel
The Companions are a collective group of mercenaries, soldiers and fighters who take on private and public contracts for the people of Skyrim, and who purportedly carry on the tradition of the Five Hundred Companions of Ysgramor. It fulfills the same role the Fighters Guild does in other parts of Tamriel. They are based in the city of Whiterun, within the mead hall Jorrvaskr. The most elite members are included in the Circle of Jorrvaskr, and the chief councilor and arbitrator is known as the Harbinger, after Ysgramor, the “harbinger of us all” and the only real recognized leader of the Companions. Each new Harbinger is chosen by the last. The Companions’ sanctuary is the Nordic longhouse just below Dragonsreach, in the Winds District of Whiterun. This is an ancient and honored mead hall where generations of the Companions have met. According to local legend, Jorrvaskr is actually the oldest building in Whiterun. It existed alone on the mountain while the city was built up around it over the centuries. It features a main dining area, below which are the living quarters for the whelps and for the Circle and Harbinger. Outside, there is a training area, and close by is the Skyforge, where the Companions’ weapons are formed. The forge itself is large, ancient, and built outside on a mountain, close to the sky. Below the Skyforge is a ceremonial area known as The Underforge, which is out of bounds except on rare occasions.
- Master level trainers in Smithing, Heavy Armor, and Two-handed
- Expert level trainers in One-handed, Block, and Archery
- The ability to become a Werewolf
- Access to Skyforge Steel weapons and armor