The ebony blade is a katana like two handed weapon in Skyrim. Its apparently associated with one of the daedric quests, but which one, and how do I start it?

Also, once I obtain it, how do I power it up?

Ebony Blade

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    Easiest way I can think of is to smith an ebony blade and upgrade it with a life steal enchant.
    – Domocus
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 2:23
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    @Domocus, I really hope that was a tongue in cheek response :P
    – l I
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 2:44
  • Anyone know how to use console commands to fully power up the Ebony Blade as fast as possible? Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 8:03

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The Ebony Blade is the reward for the Daedric quest The Whispering Door. You can begin the quest once you reach level 20 and:

You defeated the dragon terrorizing Whiterun early in the main questline.

To start the quest, ask the innkeeper in Whiterun about any rumors he might've heard.

The Ebony Blade is a most sinister weapon. Its description says:

Strengthened by the blood of deceit.

To do that:

You must kill the people who you've befriended/done favors for in the ultimate act of betrayal. Every 2 kills increases its life leach .

  • what do you mean by increasing its power, do you mean blade damage?
    – l I
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 2:44
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    @yx. judging by the UESP reference, it increases the strength of the absorb health enchant (from 10 up to 30). Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 3:55
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    Maxs out the upgrade if you kill your spouse with it...
    – user14779
    Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 6:35
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    @Drkbrthrhdlstnr Do you have any supporting evidence for that?
    – user3389
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 4:32
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    @Drkbrthrhdlstnr I tested killing my spouse on the PC version, it didn't max out
    – briddums
    Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 8:04

I obtained mine by inspecting Jarl Balgruuf's children (Look at inns or ask people for rumors of his children being "weird") Then you go to talk to his son, which then speaks of the "Whispering Door". Once that happens, you'll have to aquire the key either by killing or pickpocketing the Court Wizard or the Jarl himself. Unlock the door, then the Ebony Blade is there.

  • The Ebony Blade is a specific daedric artifact. It is distinct from an ordinary Ebony sword, which you seem to be describing. Commented Apr 20, 2012 at 16:58
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    @LessPop_MoreFizz Um well I was just saying how to obtain it, clearly what the question asks. Commented May 19, 2012 at 19:58

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