The Fighters Guild is a professional organization chartered by the Emperor in order to regulate the hiring and training of mercenaries and skilled warriors in Tamriel. The guild was founded in the year 2E 321 by the first Akaviri Potentate of the Reman Empire, Versidue-Shaie, and shortly after its establishment it became the official mercenaries guild that citizens from all walks of life in Tamriel depended on for protection and combat assistance. The Fighters Guild will accept almost any contract. Contracts pertaining to the killing of infestations of rats, eliminating troublesome bandits, delivering packages, and escorting high-ranking nobles are all suitable jobs for a member of the Fighters Guild. Originally, they were known as the "Syffim" (Akaviri word for "soldiers"), but by the time of the Guilds Act in 2E 321, they were known by their current name.
After the Potentate Versidue-Shaie conquered the rebelling princes, he was left with a chaotic land. He had spent the last of his armies and gold fighting the princes, and with no standing army left to guard the towns and villages, crime everywhere had skyrocketed. A solution was created when Dinieras-Ves "The Iron" suggested the creation of an order of mercantile warriors-for-hire. Originally called The Syffim, after the Tsaesci word for 'soldiers,' it was eventually changed to Fighters Guild. It was to be compromised of only Akaviri soldiers, but many men were needed, and the Tsaesci didn't understand the local geography and politics of where they were assigned, so natives were often recruited.
For more specific information, please refer to one of the following:
- Fighters Guild (Daggerfall)
- Fighters Guild (Morrowind)
- Fighters Guild (Oblivion)
- The Companions - Although the Guild does not appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Companions act in the same manner of mercenary brotherhood.
- Fighters Guild (Online)
- Fighters Guild Charter
- Fighters Guild History, 1st Ed.
- History of the Fighters Guild
- Brief History of the Empire, Book I — Stronach k'Thojj III, Imperial Historian