For the Blades? What NPCs did you recruit? Did you go with a theme, select them at random or pick your favorites? For mine: Brunhilde (Nord Barbarian)- Tough Warrior Women -Njada Stonearm (Companions) -Aela the Huntress (Companions) -Unthegard (Brawl Lady in Whiterun) I went with a 'tough warrior woman' theme, my PC being a lady barbarian herself, so why not recruit powerful Nord women like herself into the fray? Njada and Aela were tough and weathered. The third was a debate between Lydia and Unthegard but overall Unthegard seemed more like an interesting addition. I can see her and Njada brawling...a lot. Tiberius (Imperial Paladin)- Compassion Theme -Marcurio (Mage mercenary in Riften) -Sven (Nord bard in Riverwood) -Cosnach (Breton brawl boy in Markath) Tiberius is the type of guy who would give pity and compassion to others, so why not let these guys have a new life and turn themselves around? The Blades could always use a good mage, and why not get an Imperial out of the sellsword life and let him do some good? Sven (after I found out on another character that he's actually very effective if you equip him right) seemed like a lazy bard with no life, so I gave him purpose (and away from Hilde). Cosnach was the town's drunk, so getting him in was doing him (and Markath) a favor. Talon (Argonian Mage-Assassin)- Tough Guys -Ahtar (Redguard executioner in Solitude) -Stenvar (Nord mercenary in Windhelm) -Vorstag (Nord mercenary in Markath) Being Talon's relatively a glass cannon, who better to help him on those dragon slaying runs than three heavily armed tough guys who can give as much damage as they can take? The Blades really doesn't seem to be about noble warriors as much as they are protectors who will do what they have to in order to ensure Tamriel's safety, morals may or may not be included. Emile (Breton Arcane Warrior)- The College of Winterhold Kids -Onmund (Nord Winterhold student) -J'Zargo (Khajiit Winterhold student) -Brelyna (Dunmer Winterhold student) Gathering the three students of the mage's guild turns the Blades into a Magic Warrior's guild. The first dragon slaying run with them was awesome, poor beast didn't stand a chance against an onslaught of magic. Almost like watching a Harry Potter battle (except it was enjoyable with a likable cast, no fanboys involved!). Gehazi (Redguard Assassin)- Warriors -Lydia (Nord housecarl) -Stenvar (see Talon's description) -Vorstag (see Talon's description) To be honest I really didn't go with a theme on this one. Stenvar and Vorstag are tough mercs who would be very useful against dragons (plus...I like Stenvar). I really wanted to get the Dark Brotherhood Initiate in the Blades but the game wouldn't let me...would've been fun to have an assassin's guild involved, expand the Dark Brotherhood's enterprise a bit. Lydia I added this time because I think she's the perfect Blades candidate (and Ysolda got tired of her hanging around the house back in Whiterun).