Attributes: Strength, Intelligence
Skills: Destruction, Alteration, Blunt, Conjuration, Blade, Mysticism, and Alchemy.
different from a Spellsword?
Attributes: Endurance, Willpower
Skills: Alteration, Illusion, Blade, Block, Destruction, Heavy Armor, and Restoration
I only ask because, in the pursuit of the Mages' Guild storyline in Oblivion, the guild deploys battlemages to no less than three missions: to Brina Cross, Nenyond Twyll, and Silorn. By all appearances, whenever the mages want to send in some muscle, they call in some battlemages. This implies the Battlemage class are the 'regulars' of any mage fighting force.
In each of the three missions, the battlemages are wearing (non-daedric) heavy armors. Yet from their skills set described above, heavy armor isn't their forte. The appearance of Conjuration in their setup implies they make the use of bound armors. In-game, they never go such a route.
I'm just assuming that, given the proper means, shouldn't the Mages' Guild be sending spellswords into these fights?
That begs the question, then: what are spellswords in the greater lore? What do they do, and what makes them second-line to the ever-so-popular battlemage?