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The Blades were once a group dedicated to the protection of the emperor but have since dedicated themselves to the destruction of dragons but not much is known about them. There are only a few left, and they are being hunted by the Thalmor.
Their downfall began after the Septim bloodline ended and with when the white-gold concordat was signed, the Blades were forced into hiding. During this time, most of the remaining blades were slain by the Thalmor.
The remaining Blades headquarters are located in Sky Haven Temple in Skyrim.
The Blades play a major role in the main storyline, being the faction that gives the dragonborn information about Alduin. They can be joined or chosen not to join at the end of the main storyline. In order to join the Blades, the player must kill Paarthunax, the dragon that helped the player in many parts of the main story.
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