A Knight of the Nine, an example of a permanent follower.
Followers are characters featured in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion who can follow the Hero to most places around Cyrodiil. They may be given the commands "Wait" (to stay where they are), "Follow," and "Go away" (to have them leave). Followers are generally non-essential characters, and may die—though (with the exception of the Knights of the Nine), they will eventually respawn and can be found at their original location.
Permanent followers can be asked to accompany the Hero, they will follow them until they die, are asked to wait, or asked to leave.
|Many Mage Apprentices||Complete "Confront the King".|
|Three Dark Brotherhood Murderers||Complete "Honor Thy Mother".|
|Adoring Fan||Complete the Arena Grand Champion fight.|
|Any of the Knights of the Nine accepted to join||Complete "Umaril the Unfeathered".|
|A Flame, Frost or Storm Atronach|
|Four Battlehorn Man-At-Arms and a Castellan|
|Ushnar's Skinned Hound|
|The Golden Saint and Dark Seducer escorts|
Temporary followers are only available during certain quests. Despite following for certain quest, they will go anywhere the Hero goes.
|Martin and Jauffre||During "Weynon Priory".|
|Mazoga the Orc||During "Mazoga the Orc".|
|Modryn Oreyn and Maglir||At multiple points during the Fighters Guild questline.|
|Erthor||During "Skingrad Recommendation" for the Mages Guild.|
|Guilbert and Reynald Jemane||During "Legacy Lost".|
|Umbacano||During "The Collector".|
|Amusei||During "Lost Histories".|
- The only follower who will not fight is the Adoring Fan. He only stands around and gives light in dark places with a torch. During combat, he will run away, and return when combat ends.
- It is possible to have multiple followers or all of them (with the exception of the Apprentice and Erthor) at once, and six of them will not die. Also, Velwyn Benirus, whom the Hero bought Benirus Manor in Anvil from, will follow while the manor is being cleansed. There are others possible also. The surviving guards (such as Savlian Matius) may follow the Hero during the "Breaking the Siege of Kvatch" quest.
- When there are four or more followers the message,
"You have too many followers"will appear. This message can be ignored because it may not do anything other than slow down your game.
- 360 When using a follower from the
Knights of the Nine, they may become permanent, in that they have no speech options, meaning that they cannot be told to stop following.
Source: Elder Scrolls