There is a thread about this somewhere (can't find it though) i usually make Uthgerd the Unbroken a Blade to make up for her not being able to join the Companions. I always make Cosnach one for two reasons, i feel sorry for him being out of work and i also like adding a comic drunk to the Blades. Then either Vorstag or Marcurio.
I usually go with Uthgerd, Erandur and Ugor so I can have an Archer, a Warrior, and a Mage that aren't really needed where they are. Uthgerd was rejected from the Companions, Erandur has nothing better to do after helping him at Nightcaller Temple, and there are plenty of Orc fighters at Largashbur for Ugor to go missing.
Uthgerd the Unbroken, Erandur and Ugor are usually good blades. Uthgerd got rejected from the Companions so why not let her join the Blades, Erandur has nothing better to do after the whole fiasco at Nightcaller Temple and he's a damn good follower, and there are plenty of Orc fighters at Largashbur for Ugor to not be there for the tribe. With all three, you have a Warrior, a Mage, and an Archer, so good variety in the Blades.
188.8.131.52 wrote: I usually go with Lydia (the housecarl you get in Whiterun from Balgruuf), J'zargo (the Khajiit mage student at the College of Winterhold), and Faendal (the elf archer you meet in Riverwood).
I don't recruit anyone since I think the Blades are assholes.
184.108.40.206 wrote: Uthgerd the Unbroken, Erandur and Ugor are usually good blades. Uthgerd got rejected from the Companions so why not let her join the Blades, Erandur has nothing better to do after the whole fiasco at Nightcaller Temple and he's a damn good follower, and there are plenty of Orc fighters at Largashbur for Ugor to not be there for the tribe. With all three, you have a Warrior, a Mage, and an Archer, so good variety in the Blades.
I think I killed... Erandur... in that quest... anyone else have an idea who can replace him without hurting effectiveness?
I did Faendal as the archer for covering fire. I Belrend as a he Spellsword for healing them and Stenvar for the rank who uses melee. Belrand is a mercenary in The Winking Skeever, Solitude. Stenvar iss a mercenary in Candlehearth Hall, Windhelm.
My personal favourite combination because of the variety of battle types and race. Also Durak and J'zargo are both max level 81 according to the wiki, idk about Teldryn's but he was my personal favourite follower who i found to be imo the best follower in terms of combat.
I'm thinking Borgakh the Steel Heart so that she will be able to escape her fate, Golldir because he has no other use and is skilled in 1h and heavy, and Kharjo because he is a khajiit and is very skilled in 1h and heavy.
I like to make Erik the Slayer a blade, not only because he gets his wish of being an adventurer and warrior, but I feel like it's the right thing to do with him as a whole person (and the person he's based off of.) :')
I'd like to add Erik the Slayer but Delphine is not giving the quest when I talk to her. Dunno what to do. I completed Aduin Wall, I killed Alduin. Delphine is permanently at Sky Haven temple, sometimes training here archery at the dummies. When I talk to Delplhine oe Esbern, all they have to say is about Paathunax.
I don't want to just dismiss Erik the slayer or make him one of my stewards, I want him to remain an adventurer somehow.
You can recruit up to three people into the Blades without killing Paarthurnax IF you have completed Alduin's Wall BUT have not yet returned to the Time-Wound with the Elder Scroll. So if you want to give three isolated followers something to do, it's a good option - but if you also want your dovah bro to stay chilling on the Throat of the World, you have only that window in which to do it.
I'm in the process of doing this for the first time. I was thinking Erandur was a good choice, because he's all alone in that rotting temple otherwise, and I like the idea of Uthgerd because she desperately wants to be able to fight things. So I just need a third. I don't want to pick Mjoll because I read that if you do, Aerin follows her to Sky Haven Temple and is likely to get killed. I like Aerin, so I'm going to just leave them both in Riften.
220.127.116.11 wrote: That's because the Blades won't talk to you unless you kill Paarthurnax. Sucks, I know. But otherwise you can't join the blades. Unless you have the Paarthurnax Dilemma mod.
Yeah I wanted to do recruitsome followers into the blades but i had already gone to the time rift with the Elder scroll. Made the worst decision ever and killed Paarthurnax. I almost instantly regretted it and loaded a previous save
I sort of copied the Order of the White Lotus from Avatar the Last Airbender and I tried to make every member of the blades a different race to represent unity in my universe. With that being said this was my list:
Dragonborn: Imperial (in my game)
Faendal: Wood Elf
I know I'm missing Redguards, Argonians, Dark Elves, and High Elves but the 3 blade max cap sort of killed my dream. Faendal is a pretty good archer (adept) and doesnt hesitate to use his arrows. Whereas Ghorbash is a pretty good fighter alongside Khajaro, who looks cool in blades armor btw.
Illia at darklight tower is a very good Mage, but it glitches and she's not a follower anymore, so i go with Erik The Slayer and give him a Greatsword, since he's better with two handed, Jenassa, who is I think the best ranger follower in the game, got her a nice bow, and Brelyna, or J'zargo for a Mage. I'm a spells word myself so thats a ranger, barbarian/warrior, a Mage and a spells word, kicks those dragons asses
I took Benor, Golldir and Eric the Slayer - not because I´d think they´re the most fit, but because they were the few of those who had nothing else to do, really. Benor was looking for something to do (and was rejected by the guards already), Golldir just hangs around the toomb and Eric the Slayer, well.. adventuring around the local inn didn´t sound like much of a future :)
I also considered Uthgerd, but sacrificed her to Boethiah.. Mjoll again, I can´t handle her fake nord accent, but yet she´s more handy for me as a follower (and what more: I want to see people when I visit the cities). That.
And actually, I just visited the Sky Haven Temple for the last time, having done my good deed for them folks, the rest is up to them.. off to enjoy some mead with my good friend Paarthie, having a rendezvous with some Dovahkiin´s of the old makes one a bit nervous, eh? :D
This is the first time I did complete the final quest by killing Parthanax to join the blades. For my recruits that I brought in. I bought the services of Vorstag from markarth, I recruited my house carl from the house in Solitude Jordis the Sword-Maiden, and finally I recruited mjoll the lioness. I had no idea who to get so I just went out and found 3 people to recruit. As I am married I did not need another lady hanging around Prospire Manor. If I get to recruit more members I am sending my housecarl from Honeyside to join the blades.
Reason being that I wanted people from a diverse set of skills and factions. I've considered Erandur, Jenassa, Benor, and Erik as well. However, I find Onmund's spells helpful when I make him Steward to kill off those random enemy spawns at my homestead.
Is it true that Stewards in The Blades return to the homestead instead? Also, based on others experiences, which class has been helpful in killing dragons?
I can't see Aela as a Blade it's like caging a wild animal.
To help take on the Dragon's i would use two heavy armor warrior's and a mage, from your list i would pick Torvar and Benor and Onmund they all have good heavy armor skill so will get the benefit of the Blade armor but a possible down side is they all level cap at or before thirty (Dragons scale with your level if your higher they might struggle). With archer's i don't think they'll be very good as i think they lack the bow perks. With the Blade and Steward thing i have no idea i would guess one would override the other but don't really know.
The followers I gave to the blades are Ahtar, the executioner from solitude, (who i've also equipped with the deadric weapon the Ebony blade to), the housecarl from Morthal, Valdimar (as hes good with spells and swords), and Uthgerd, as she was rejected by the companions, give her a new chance with the blades, and shes good with archery aswell as swords
Erik the Slayer, because I couldn't stand the idea of him just sitting in his dad's inn while hopefully waiting for someone to hire him. Plus, I think it would honor the memory of Mr. West, I think he would've liked to hunt dragons and occasionally be taken to slaughter Thalmor.
Mjoll the Lioness, because she's an absolute tank, and because she's having a sort of crisis because Aerin died(crazy Dragon and vampire attack, and glitch respawning Stormcloak guards attacked Riften at the same time and murdered half the people)The Thieves guild was taking over Skyrim ,and Maven Black-Briar is the Jarl. Dragon, bandit, and Thalmor hunting gives her a purpose.
Marcurio, because I needed an epic and witty mage.
I mean, Erik, Mjoll, Esbern, Delphine, Marcurio and me could be a freakin' Sitcom. Would've added more but I'm an Xbox person. (With way too much headcannons).
I like to put Uthgerd, Golldir and Erandur into the blades, for the simple reason that they're all probably bored as hell after I do their quests (save Uthgerd, who doesn't have a quest, she's just bored as hell by default, all she does is eat bread and drink mead at the inn all day). Plus, it goes well with their skills, save for Erandur, who's in there because I need a long range wizard.
The best followers for the blades would be those with the heavy armour,one-handed and block skill
If you feel sorry for characters:
Cosnach:A jobless Alcholic with no friends
Golldir: No family and sits in a tomb all day
Kharjo:A unlucky guy who is now a slave
Uthgerd:Refused in the companions for accidental murder
Borgakh:She will soon be forced to marry somebody.
If you want some magic:
J'zargo and onmund are the only two wizards with the one handed skill and heavy armour who can become blades
If you want your useless followers to get off their asses:
Any of them will do.
And the random people who don't fit in the other categories
Ogol the orc
P.S I haven't mentioned any Companion followers or D.L.C ones.
I always pick Golldir and Illia. Because I felt bad for both of them(Golldir for leaving his aunt to die and Illia for being a former witch), so I recruited them so they could get a chance to redeem themselves. Also, they live far away from civilization and aren't a part in everyday citizens life. My third option is usually Cosnach. He is easy to recruit, he is a good fighter and he is of better use on the field than as a jobless porter.
It's all about Kharjo, Derkeethus and Brelyna for the blades, Kharjo is an absoloute beast (quite literally as he is a khajiit) as my warrior - he also looks good in blade armour. Derkeethus as he is my Argonian brother and can't be my steward, he is also a ranger and a pretty good one, Brelyna is a good mage as she has pwerful offensive spells and can conjure up atronachs to also help the fight. The only bad thing about this group is that Derkeethus doesn't show up occasionally :(
Followers proficient in Heavy Armor are obvious choices, if you want to see them in that great-looking Blades Armor and not change it to Light Armor or some other enchanted Heavy Armor, which would have to be of a different kind - and thus the Blades look is ruined.
- J'zargo (at max level 81):
Heavy Armor: 100
A true tank of a follower. Only casts Novice and Apprentice level Destruction spells, but thanks to his large Magicka pool he can cast a lot of them before resorting to his Magicka potions, with which you must have equipped him beforehand (AFTER he is inducted to the Blades).
NB: Lighting spells (and, consequently, weapons enchanted with Shock Damage) are ideal against Dragons, as the latter have no resistance against them, they drain their Magicka and -hence- their ability to breathe Fire or Frost after a while.
- Marcurio (max level: 40, great stats, only 20 in Heavy Armor) casts the Adept level Destruction spell Chain Lighting, but can this damage other Blades as well?
- Any Housecarl (except Valdimar who only knows one Destruction spell: Ice Spike, not ideal for Dragons). At max level 50:
Heavy Armor: 100
Followers proficient in Heavy Armor and Two-Handed (Vilkas, Mjoll, Stenvar) are great choices as well, provided you swap their Blades sword for the Two-Handed weapon of your choice after recruiting them as a Blade, by engaging them as followers one at a time and rearranging their weapons & apparel. The Ebony Blade certainly matches the Akaviri look & theme, but even a fully upgraded one (Absorb Health 30 points) would probably be inferior to any other enchanted Two-Handed weapon of Legendary level at the hands of any of the above NPCs.
- Mjoll is a particularly good choice thanks to her essential status, if you don't mind Aerin's certain death, as he comes along to the Dragon fight equipped with only a dagger and no armor (not sure if you can equip him with any via reverse Pickpocket).
- Derkeethus, regardless of max level (30) and stats, is also an obviously great choice for the same reason (always essential and, thus, unkillable). Plus, he is unique as the only Argonian potential follower...
TIP: if you think one of your Blades recruits is at a disadvantage (compared to the other two) against a particularly difficult kind of Dragon (Elder, Ancient, Revered, Legendary), sometimes you can engage her/him as a full follower right before approaching the Dragon Lair (if the Dragon doesn't attack immediately), thus enabling her/him to equip any enchanted Necklace or Ring you may have provided her/him with. Make sure to trade items from their inventory so they do so.
Also make sure you equip your Blades recruits (individually, before the Dragon fights) with Health/Magicka potions (plus Elsweyr Fondues for Mage classes) and any Storm Atronach summoning Staves or Scrolls you might have.
My choices were:
- Aranea Ienith (max level 30, 50% Fire Resistance, medium stats, casts the Expert level Destruction spell Thunderbolt and other Adept & Expert level spells, summons Flame/Frost Atronachs, good related perks)
- Eola (max level 30, 25% Magic Resistance, medium stats, casts the Expert level Destruction spell Thunderbolt and other Adept & Expert level spells, summons Flame Atronach, good related perks)
- Gregor (max level 50, 50% Frost Resistance, Housecarl stats and perks, has great new dialogue concerning the Blades and Dragon Hunting)
So I got one Man (Nord, Warrior), one Elf (Dunmer, Mage) and a hybrid race (Breton, Nightblade turned just-Blade) of Elvish ancestry, with three kinds of Magic/Elemental resistances.
Fun Fact: both Ladies still call me "Champion" of the two Daedra they were (are?) priestesses of (Azura & Namira)
Aranea Ienith,Illia, and, Mjoll the Lionessseem like the best choices for me. When choosing the three I wanted to find followers who didn't really have places left in Skyrim to do any real good. Illia is still trying to repent for her time dabbling in evil magic, Aranea has fulfilled he duties to Azura fully and should now serve the people, and Mjoll wants to protect people, but is never able to succeed in Riften (with that horrible hag Maven running things).
Mjoll is an invincible warrior, Esbern + Illia + Aranea are powerful mages, and Delphine is pretty good with Archery and close combat.
However, I could never kill Paarthurnax so after I help them to rebuild I pretty much leave the Blades be until they learn to see reason and give up chasing sweet old Paarthurnax.
"Best Blades" is highly suggestive. Practically any of the +40 that can couple as archer or mage should suffice, even on higher difficulties. I created a save point at Alduin's Wall and tested out various followers. I wasn't floored by any overwhelming differences other than the level 30s going down or dying slightly more often than the higher capped followers. I copied someone's spreadsheet and did some of my own updates and tracking: [Scrolls V: Skyrim Companion Guide]
Give your Blades a decent arrow for the infinite bow and beef up their armor then you're pretty much done. There were several test runs where I didn't even bother to upgrade their equipment and they did just fine. I've played Elder Scrolls the same since Morrowind, do the faction, DLC, and important side quests first then the Main quests. I never speak to the Jarl of Whiterun until then. By that point I've cleared a quarter of the map and pretty stocked up. I left tips on the Blades, Stewards, and Housecarls tabs. However the short version is if you have Hearthfire then make your followers selected as Stewards your Blades. Using stewards gives you added benefit of them staying at the homesteads while also remaining followers (no Paarthurnax paradox unless you're hung up on dragon hunting). If vanilla, then J'zargo, Vorstag, and one of the others listed. Skyrim is more a of dumbed-down version of Morrowind and Oblivion so there's not much to thinking behind the stats; not that Elder Scrolls requires that much anyway for a hack-n-slash.
marcurio, for being a mage, erik the slayer, mjoll the lioness, or ugtherd the unbroken for the warrior slot, and faedal for the archer slot. i persoanlly used salas rayas( ibutchered his name) the dark elf from the dragon born dlc. the one that got mind controlled by ahzidal. he owed me so i made him a blade. then i used mjoll becuase shes essential. and then marcurio best i like his dialogue.