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This article is about the antiquity. For the achievement, see Rourken Steamguards (achievement).

Scholars believe these gauntlets were worn by the high honor guard of King Rourken. The tonal magics contained within were derived from the mighty Spellbreaker, and may have seen heavy use in the clan's war against Archmage Shalidor.

The Rourken Steamguards are a Mythic pair of heavy gloves that comes with the Maximum Health enchanment. It can be obtained through the Antiquities system. It was released as part of the Gold Road Chapter.


1 item: Activating Block while in combat grants you Steam Guardian for 0.5 seconds, reducing your damage taken by 99%. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds. Blocking an attack while Steam Guardian is active reduces its cooldown by 5 seconds.


  • Five fragments are required to create the item, all of which require a master-quality Lead in order to scry, and are classed as master difficulty to excavate.
  • You are required to be at least level 7 in Scrying, and have the Antiquarian Insight IV passive in order to scry Master difficulty leads.
  • Fragment Leads are largely found in the same zone as where the fragment is excavated, save for a few cases where it may be found in different zone.
Icon Lead Source Zone Codex Entry
40px Heartland-Leather Gloves (?) (?) How lovely! I don't recognize the pattern, but I think these gloves are very old. This is wamasu-hide, magically cured. Wamasu are native to Black Marsh, but the design looks Elven. The Barsaebic Ayleids, perhaps? — Amalien These are not gloves, Amalien. They are the inner lining for a pair of armored gauntlets. You can tell by the grommets and reinforced panels where armor plates would be attached. Yet I am not familiar with the style. — Ugron gro-Thumog My colleagues did not recognize this as Dwemer work. The Dwemer had few sources for leather of exceptional quality, so they sometimes obtained materials from Ayleid artisans. But they would have only used it for work of great importance. — Verita Numida
40px Tonal Resonation Chamber Rkindaleft Group Event West Weald Ah, an aetheric fragment! There are many varieties, of course. Welkynd stones, varla stones, skyshards, and more. All are very rare, and very valuable. I am not sure I know this particular type. — Reginus Buca This is aetherium, one of the rarer forms of aetherial fragment. It is only found in the caverns beneath Skyrim. How glass that falls from the sky winds up underground, I could not say. The Dwemer powered many devices with crystals such as these. — Gabrielle Benele Aetherium crystals powered many Dwemer marvels, yes. But this is not a simple power source. Somehow, this crystal has been hollowed out. I believe this is a resonance chamber for a device harnessing Dwemer tonal magic. An incredible find! — Amalien
40px Volenfell Etching Tools Guardian Council Boss in Volenfell West Weald Interesting. These fine tools are gravers, picks used for etching fine designs in metal or stone. They're made of Dwarven metal, which makes sense. You need a very hard metal to scratch another metal. What was made with them, I wonder? — Reginus Buca I have seen similar etching tools in the Nedic ruins of Hammerfell. Many Nede artisans salvaged tools left behind by the Dwemer of Volenfell after the Dwarves disappeared. They were far better than anything the Nedes could craft for themselves. — Verita Numida These are no common picks. The high artisans of Volenfell often began important projects by forging the tools they would need for the work. I believe these tools were made to craft a special piece of armor, and likely never used again. — Ugron gro-Thumog
40px Santakian Construct Plating (?) (?) Armor plate, articulated, made of dwarven metal. I think it must be a piece of a Dwemer animunculi, an animated machine used for labor or for war. Beyond that, I can't say. — Amalien Not a piece of a machine, but a piece of armor. The length and the curvature are a good match for a muscular forearm, and the articulated section aligns with the wrist. I believe this is a Dwemer vambrace, but I'm afraid it's incomplete. — Reginus Buca Ah, I know this design! This repeating squared-arrow pattern comes from Santaki, a Dwemer city that stood in what is now the Alik'r Desert. This was part of a mighty armored gauntlet crafted by the Rourken smiths of Hammerfell long ago. — Ugron gro-Thumog
40px Bthzarki Tonal Pipes (?) (?) I confess, I am not sure what to make of this. It appears to be a series of hoops or pipes made from dwarven metal, connected in the center by a piston-like mechanism. I suspect it is a decorative element or embellishment for a Dwemer animunculi. — Verita Numida The decorative element is actually quite functional. When I tap the pipes with a hammer, they ring like a bell. I suspect they were fitted to an armor plate or the casing of a mechanism. Something to do with Dwemer tonal magic, perhaps? — Amalien My colleague's insight serves her well. I have seen similar mechanisms in the Dwemer ruins of Stros M'Kai. The smiths of Bthzark were skilled in the art of tonal architecture. I think these pipes were fitted to gauntlets that harnessed tonal magic. — Gabrielle Benele