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Adamantium Helm of Tohan[edit]

The Helm of Tohan

The Adamantium Helm of Tohan is a legendary Adamantium artifact. The helmet is medium weight, while still being very durable and offering superior protection. It has an immensely high potential for enchantment. Nothing is known of Tohan or the helm's origins.

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Akaviri Sunderblade[edit]

Akaviri Sunderblade

The Akaviri Sunderblade, also shortened to just Sunderblade is a legendary katana that belonged to the first leader of the Akaviri Dragonguard, Ghelin-Brol who were sworn to the protection of the Emperor Reman Cyrodiil. It was known for its potent enchantment that could disintegrate weapons and armors of the foes of the wielder. Numerous superb katanas were fashioned to look like the legendary Sunderblade and were used for centuries by high-ranking Imperial Blades before the order was disbanded.

As of 3E 433 the legendary blade was available for purchase in the Three Brothers Trade Goods shop in the Imperial City from Imperial merchant Sergius Verus. It is unknown whether or not Hero of Kvatch purchased the blade or not, however.

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Amulet of Infectious Charm[edit]

The Amulet of Infectious Charm

The Amulet of Infectious Charm is a legendary magical trinket once owned by the Nord chieftain Hrothmund the Red of Solstheim, the first chieftain of Thirsk. The amulet is enchanted to boost the personality of the wearer hugely, but at the cost of being constantly fatigued and susceptible to disease. According to legends, Hrothmund was ugly as a troll, but received much womanly attention due to the amulet. The amulet was buried in Hrothmund's Barrow high in the Moesring Mountains after he was killed and eaten by Ondjage, the Fell Wolf.

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Amulet of Kings[edit]

The Amulet of Kings

The Amulet of Kings, also called the Amulet of the Kings of Glory, was a pendant traditionally worn by the ruling emperor of Cyrodiil. Set in its center was the Chim-el Adabal, also known as the Red Diamond, a huge soul gem of Ayleid origin. It was held in a golden clasp surrounded by eight smaller gems that represented the Eight Divines of the original Cyrodilic pantheon, created by Queen Alessia. It served as the symbol of the divine right of the Cyrodilic emperors. The amulet was an important component of the coronation ceremony and a powerful artifact when used for divination. The soul of each reigning emperor was enshrined within the central stone, presumably during the coronation ritual involving the Dragonfires and the divine Covenant. In this way Cyrodiil's rulers were brought together in death, forming an 'oversoul' that could provide counsel to their successors. The amulet could only be worn by certain individuals—those who could wear it were said to have the 'Dragon Blood' in their veins. The specific requirements, however, have been a subject of debate, and they may simply have called for the attributes of a ruler or some divine mandate.

The Amulet of Kings is a sacred symbol of the Empire, although most people think of the Red Dragon Crown as the Empire's main symbol of power. The Red Diamond has also become a symbol heavily associated with Imperials.

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Ansei Wards[edit]

An Ansei Ward

The Ansei Wards were three ancient Redguard relics that contained the spirits of powerful Ansei warriors. They were created in the First Era to combat against the threat of necromancy in the Alik'r Desert. According to some scholars, these treasured relics have played an important role throughout the history of the Alik'r. The Wards themselves take the form of large ornate golden scimitars encrusted with gemstones.

Anvil of Mithas[edit]

The Anvil of Mithas is an ancient anvil created by Mithas, the greatest Dwemer smith. It is twinned with the Hammer of Gharen, which is the only object strong enough not to shatter when used to shape metal upon the Anvil. When the Hammer strikes the Anvil, it produces a ringing which reveals the location of the entrance to the Dwarven mines beneath Red Mountain.

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Armlet of Torug[edit]

Armlet of Torug

The Armlet of Torug was a powerful relic belonging to King Torug gro-Igron, the founder of Orsinium. According to legend, Torug used the gem-encrusted, magical bracelet to tame the savage wilderness of Wrothgar and establish his city.

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Aurbical Abacus[edit]

The Aurbical Abacus was an ancient Yokudan relic created by distilling the knowledge and wisdom of twenty generations of the priest-wizards of the Yokudan god Zeht. It had the physical appearance of having glass gears and ivory pistons, and suffused with the blue glow of star-magic. It was used to track the movements of the moons, constellations, and planets and calculate the exact turn of the seasons. It detected the directional origin of star-magicka, or "varliance," and stored it as data. It can also predict the weather and even control it on a continental scale. It was brought to Hew’s Bane after Yokuda sank, by the Zeht priesthood, where it was buried in the old Hubalajad family tomb known as Bahraha's Gloom.

Auriel's Bow[edit]

Auriel's Bow

Auriel's Bow is an artifact used by the elven god Auriel. Although it takes the form of a modest elven moonstone bow, it is one of the most powerful weapons on Tamriel.

The bow draws its power from Aetherius itself, channeling it through the sun. It has the ability to turn any arrow into a "missile of death", although its enchantment effects vary: it has been known to cause magical fire or shock damage, drain an opponent's stamina and magicka reserves, or harness the power of the sun. It can also make the wielder immune to lesser attacks, and is especially devastating when used against the undead. Occasionally it can be seemingly unenchanted. Without Auriel's power behind it, however, the bow uses its own store of energy for its power. Once exhausted of this energy, the bow will vanish, abandoning its owner to reappear elsewhere.

Auriel's Quiver[edit]

Auriel's Quiver

Auriel's Quiver is a mysterious ivory case, embossed with gold. It may be associated with the elven god Auriel and his legendary bow and shield.

At some point, the quiver was given "scholarly markings" to identify it. It was being circulated throughout Tamriel circa 2E 582. Nothing else is known about the quiver.

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Auriel's Shield[edit]

Auriel's Shield

Auriel's Shield is an artifact used by the elven god Auriel, the Altmeri Akatosh, Dragon God of Time. It takes the form of a small shield, sometimes rounded, made from either ebony or moonstone. It has several magical abilities that help to make its wielder nigh invulnerable. Its known enchantments include resistance to fire, shielding from either magical or physical attacks, healing properties, magical armor enhancement, and spell reflection. Sometimes it also appears to be seemingly unenchanted.

The shield has the ability to absorb the power of blocked attacks; this energy can then be released by bashing an opponent with the shield, delivering a devastating physical blow. Its shielding ability is supposedly unsurpassed. The shield is twinned with Auriel's Bow.

Like many great artifacts, the shield has a life and personality of its own, and does not feel bound to its user. A popular fable tells of it abandoning its owner in her greatest hour of need, but this story is thought to be apocryphal. Legend says it was created by Anuiel at Auriel's request so that the latter could use it in his campaign against the forces of Lorkhan during the Dawn Era.

Azura's Crystal[edit]

Azura's Crystal

Azura's Crystal is an artifact of Azura. It is capable of capturing Daedric essences, acting as a prison for the vestige and preventing the Daedra from returning to Oblivion. After being 'charged' by a captured essence, the Crystal can be used as a power source for magical devices such as Void Keys.

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Azura's Star[edit]

Azura's Star

Azura's Star is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Azura, and is prominently used as her symbol. In appearance it looks like a large, intricately designed throwing star or gemstone, with eight star-like prongs. In the right hands, Azura's Star acts as a reusable soul gem of almost unlimited capacity. It is considered to posses legendary magical powers. This makes it highly sought by mages and assassins. It can only capture white souls, but was once corrupted by mortals to trap black souls instead, becoming the Black Star. Using Azura's Star empties it, freeing the trapped soul to make its journey to Oblivion.