Bonemold, also known as Great House armor, is an expensive medium weight armor which can generally only be afforded by Morrowind's Dunmer nobles. The armor is composed of bones which are artificially shaped and assembled before being fixed with resin glues. There are a variety of Bonemold designs for each of the various houses. The book Bone tells the story of their invention.
While principally used to create armor, Bonemold is also useful in the creation of Marksman weapons (bows, arrows, and bolts). It is strong yet flexible, making it ideal for this sort of application, and Bonemold Long Bows are surpassed only by such rare items as the Daedric Long Bow and Auriel's Bow in terms of their power. Bonemold Long Bows actually exceed all others in terms of enchantability.
There are several types of Bonemold Armor:
- The standard Bonemold Armor is the most common, and is readily available everywhere.
- Armun-An Bonemold Armor is favored by House Hlaalu and House Telvanni. The Cuirass is identical to the standard Bonemold Cuirass in appearance and stats. The other pieces (Helm and Pauldrons) are also identical in terms of stats, differing only in appearance.
- Gah-Julan Bonemold Armor is favored by House Redoran. All of the pieces with this name (Cuirass, Helm, and Pauldrons) are different in appearance. The helm provides slightly less protection than standard Bonemold Armor, but the cuirass and pauldrons provide a little more. The helm has a protective cowl against the frequent Ash Storms in Redoran territory.
- House Shields: In addition to the standard Bonemold Shield, each of the three Great Houses has their own specialized Bonemold Shields (Hlaalu Guard Shield, Redoran Guard Shield, and Telvanni Guard Shield), which are carried by most of the guards in Great House affiliated cities and towns.
- Special helms: The Chuzei type is uncommon, and is not favored by any particular faction; it is rather flat-topped, with a collar. The also uncommon Redoran Founder's Helm has the same stats as the regular one, except a tiny bit more weight despite looking the same as the regular helm. The odd-looking but valuable Redoran Master Helm is a rarity, exclusive to nobles, and only a few exist in the game (a Thieves Guild quest will have you steal one, and you can find another while looting Under Skar manors in Ald'ruhn). It provides markedly more protection for little additional weight, and is slightly more enchantable. It is tied with the Indoril Helm as the best Medium-class helm in the game without the official expansions (the Adamantium Helm added by Tribunal expansion and Adamantium Armor add-on is half-again as strong, while the Ice Armor Helmet added by Bloodmoon is a little better than the Master Helm; both the Adamantium and Ice ones are wearable by beast races, unlike Bonemold helms of any kind).
|Base Bonemold Armor (Medium Armor)|
|Bonemold L Pauldron
Bonemold R Pauldron
|Bonemold Left Bracer
Bonemold Right Bracer
|Bonemold Greaves||bonemold greaves||13.4||150||220||15||2|
|Armun-An Bonemold Armor|
|Native Armun-An Bonemold Helm||bonemold_armun-an_helm||4.0||180||150||18||20|
|Armun-An Bonemold Cuirass||bonemold_armun-an_cuirass||24.0||480||350||16||16|
|Armun-An Bonemold L Pauldron
Armun-An Bonemold R Pauldron
|Gah-Julan Bonemold Armor|
|Native Gah-Julan Bonemold Helm||bonemold_gah-julan_helm||4.0||160||165||16||20|
|Gah-Julan Bonemold Cuirass||bonemold_gah-julan_cuirass||24.0||510||360||17||16|
|Gah-Julan Bonemold L Pauldron
Gah-Julan Bonemold R Pauldron
|Native Chuzei Bonemold Helm||bonemold_chuzei_helm||4.0||170||175||17||20|
|Redoran Founder's Helm||bonemold_founders_helm||4.4||180||150||18||20|
|Redoran Master Helm||redoran_master_helm||4.5||450||3,000||45||22.5|
|Bonemold Tower Shield||bonemold_towershield||13.0||340||250||17||60|
|Hlaalu Guard Shield||bonemold_tshield_hlaaluguard||13.0||340||250||17||60|
|Redoran Guard Shield||bonemold_tshield_redoranguard||13.0||340||250||17||60|
|Telvanni Guard Shield||bonemold_tshield_telvanniguard||13.0||340||250||17||60|
Special Armor Items
|Gah-Julan Bonemold Cuirass|
|Native Gah-Julan Bonemold Helm|
|Bonemold Left Bracer|
|Bonemold Right Bracer|
|Bonemold Tower Shield|
|Redoran Guard Shield|
|Bonemold Arrow||bonemold arrow||0.15||—||2||1 − 4||—|
|Bonemold Bolt||bonemold bolt||0.15||—||2||3 − 4||—|
|Bonemold Long Bow||bonemold long bow||7.0||700||250||1 − 30||40|
Special Weapon Items