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I have been to every orc stronghold and can't seem to find a way to become blood kin. Their respect is not given freely.

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According to the Elder Scrolls Wikia, you must complete any of these quests/challenges:

  • Retrieve a Daedra Heart for the Orc blacksmith Moth gro-Bagol in Understone Keep in Markarth.

  • Speak to the Orc miner Gat gro-Shargakh after completing the quest "Clear Kolskeggr Mine".

  • Retrieve The Last Scabbard of Akrash for Ghorza gra-Bagol, the Orc blacksmith stationed at the blacksmith forge near The Hag's Cure in Markarth.

  • Complete a series of fetch quests for Urag gro-Shub, an Orc mage and the librarian of The Arcanaeum at The College of Winterhold.

  • Speak to the Orc miner Lash gra-Dushnikh after killing the Silver-Blood mercenaries at Karthwasten for Ainethach. He will be nearby.

  • Kill a dragon near the gates of a stronghold.

  • Talk to Durak after completing "A New Order", from the Dawnguard questline.

  • After reaching level 10 and reaching Largashbur, you should find Orcs fighting a giant. Help them and you will get a questline and entrance for Largashbur. Complete the questline and you will be considered Blood-Kin.

Alternatively, being an Orc also gains you entrance into the strongholds.

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  • Not true in the last point. I'm an orc, and was not allowed in to any strongholds. I had to sneak in and steal the full set of orc armor I was after xD of course then again I'm a level 3 orc – Orc95 May 9 '17 at 18:57
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    Also, the quest The Forgemaster's Fingers – DCShannon May 9 '17 at 21:26

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