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Mace of Aevar Stone-Singer[edit]

Mace of Aevar Stone-Singer

The Mace of Aevar Stone-Singer (also called the Mace of Aevar Stonesinger) is a prized Skaal artifact. According to legend, the eponymous hero used the mace to amplify the Song of the Earth, returning the Gift of the Earth and making the land rich again for the Skaal.

It is traditionally awarded to anyone who completes the Ritual of the Gifts, a sort of pilgrimage around Solstheim practiced by the Skaal. Though a magnificent and lethal stalhrim weapon which inflicts frost damage on foes, the mace is also extraordinarily heavy. In 3E 427, the Nerevarine completed the ritual and became the only known outsider to have received the mace from the Skaal.

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Mace of Molag Bal[edit]

Mace of Molag Bal

The Mace of Molag Bal, also known as the Vampire's Mace, is a Daedric artifact attributed to Molag Bal, the Lord of Domination and Enslavement. Its enchantment drains the stamina and magicka of its victims and transfers them to the bearer. It also has been known to have the ability to transfer an enemy's strength to its wielder or trap their soul. It has been said to be a good weapon of choice for vanquishing wizards.

Many legends surround the mace, but its origins can be traced back to when Molag Bal deceived an Orcish blacksmith and enslaved him in pits of Coldharbour. The blacksmith was turned into a Soul Shriven and forced to forge the mace.

Due to Molag Bal's penchant for meddling in mortal affairs, he grants the mace to those he deems worthy but has also been quite free with his artifact. Molag Bal assumes that when such a powerful artifact falls into mortal hands, a trail of death and destruction is sure to follow. Some believe the mace to be an object of Daedra worship.

During Molag Bal's attempted Planemeld circa 2E 582, he was witnessed wielding the mace himself, and utilized it while dueling the Soulless One. In the events leading up to the Warp in the West an agent of the Blades received the Mace of Molag Bal in exchange for eliminating a heretic mage. In 3E 427, the mace was also awarded to a supplicant who dispatched a lazy Daedroth minion named Menta Na for not wreaking the havoc and terror he was created for. During the Oblivion Crisis, Molag Bal spread corruption by having the Champion of Cyrodiil incite a local pacifist to murder; again, the mace was given as a reward. Sometime after the end of the Great War, around 4E 180, the former member of the Blades, the Warrior, came across the mace in their journey. The method of its acquisition is conflicted, however. Some claim that it was obtained from the plane of Oblivion known as the Abyss, while others believe it was looted from a chest obtained from a conflicted location. In 4E 201, Molag Bal presented the mace to the Last Dragonborn for helping to capture the soul of a priest of Boethiah.

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Mace of Slurring[edit]

Mace of Slurring

The Mace of Slurring was crafted near the end of the Second Era by Kyanka, a slightly deranged Altmer weaponsmith and enchanter. He had a rather warped sense of humor, and apparently delighted at the thought of reducing opponents to a gibbering mess before crushing them to death. However, the mace saw little use. In 3E 427, the mace was recovered by the Nerevarine and sold to the Mournhold Museum of Artifacts.

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Mantella[edit]

Mantella

The Mantella was a massive green gem, a "Crux of Transcendence" that contained the "heart", or life force, of the entity known to Tamriel as the Underking. Twice, the Mantella was used to power the gigantic brass golem, Numidium—first by Tiber Septim when he conquered Tamriel, and again during the events of the Warp in the West.

The Mantella was lost after Tiber Septim's conquests. For most of the Third Era, the Mantella was hidden on a plane of Aetherius known as the Mantellan Crux. It was later located by Nulfaga the sorceress and recovered by an agent of the Blades, which led directly to the Miracle of Peace.

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Masque of Clavicus Vile[edit]

The Masque of Clavicus Vile

The Masque of Clavicus Vile (also known as The Masque of Clavicus) is a helm which makes the wearer more popular wherever he or she might go. Much like other Daedra and their artifacts, Clavicus seems to retain ultimate control of the Masque and may recall it without warning.

The best known story of the Masque tells the tale of Avalea, a noblewoman of some renown. As a young girl, she was grossly disfigured by a spiteful servant. Avalea made a dark deal with Clavicus Vile and received the Masque in return. Though the Masque did not change her looks, suddenly she had the respect and admiration of everyone. A year and a day after her marriage to a well connected baron, Clavicus Vile reclaimed the Masque. Although pregnant with his child, Avalea was banished from the Baron's household. Twenty one years and one day later, Avalea's daughter claimed her vengeance by slaying the Baron.

The Hero of Daggerfall received the Masque in exchange for assassinating a rogue werewolf. A decade or two later, in 3E 427, the Masque was in the hands of Sorkvild the Raven, a Nord sorcerer who had been terrorizing the village of Dagon Fel in Morrowind. The Nerevarine purportedly claimed it from Sorkvild's corpse. At the time of the Oblivion Crisis several years later, the Masque was offered up by Clavicus to the Champion of Cyrodiil in exchange for finding and returning the sword Umbra. The last known time Vile offered up the Masque, it was to the Last Dragonborn two hundred years later.

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Mechanical Heart[edit]

The Mechanical Heart as depicted in Legends

The Mechanical Heart, also referred to as the new Heart of Lorkhan, is a mechanical replication of the Heart of Lorkhan created by Sotha Sil. It first began development shortly after the events that occurred in 2E 882, where Dagoth Ur awakened and then ambushed and nearly killed the Tribunal during their annual pilgrimage to Red Mountain to renew their divine powers. The event resulted in the Tribunal being cut off from access to the Heart of Lorkhan, and the Mechanical Heart would as a response begin development as a backup to the loss of the original Heart of Lorkhan.

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Mehrunes' Razor[edit]

Mehrunes' Razor

Mehrunes' Razor (sometimes Mehrunes Razor), also called the Dagger of the Final Wounds, the Bane of the Righteous and the Kingslayer, is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon. This powerful ebony dagger has the ability to kill instantly, as there is a small chance that Dagon will claim the souls of those struck by the Razor. It is Daedric in appearance, emblazoned with Daedric script and seemingly able to drink the light that hits it.

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Memory Wand[edit]

Memory Wand

The Memory Wand is an artifact belonging to the Daedric Prince of madness, Sheogorath.

The Dunmer Talym Rend became a pawn in Sheogorath's game when he struck a deal with Sheogorath to forget the painful memories of his involvement in the Worm Cult's ritual sacrifice of his son Novos. Sheogorath manipulated his mind for "motivation," and tricked him into thinking his son was alive, and that he was fighting to cure his son of his madness instead.

The prince requested three souls driven mad in return for restoring Talym's son Novos to sanity. Once Talym had driven his three targets to Sheogorath's embrace, Talym returned home only to realize that Novos had been dead the entire time. When Talym set out to gain an explanation from Sheogorath, he was only turned away. Unanswered questions ate away at his sanity as he wandered endlessly around the Shivering Isles.

Eventually, he regained a semblance of composure and journeyed to Knifepoint Hollow. There, Talym was informed by Dyus, the librarian of Jyggalag, that he might gain an audience with Sheogorath if he retrieved an artifact of Jyggalag. He retrieved the Sword of Jyggalag and confronted Sheogorath. Using the memory wand, Sheogorath revealed Talym's original intent along with his memories. He proceeded to mock Talym, angering him and inciting a duel. The Daedric Prince of madness was defeated when Talym turned the memory wand against him, forcing the Prince to recall his memories of his previous life as the Daedric Prince of Order, Jygallag, and pleaded for him to stop the madness. He fulfilled Talym's wishes and would leave him and his companions free from his grasp.

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Mentor's Ring[edit]

Mentor's Ring

The Mentor's Ring is a prized possession for any apprentice to magic. It lends the wearer the ability to increase their intelligence and wisdom, thus making their use of magic more efficient.

The High Wizard Carni Asron is said to be its creator, and he loaned it to apprentices while they were studying under him. After Asron's death, the ring and several other possessions vanished and have been circulated throughout Tamriel. The Nerevarine is said to have found the ring in a tomb in the Bitter Coast region of Vvardenfell.

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Mnemic Egg[edit]

The Mnemic Egg

The Mnemic Egg is an Argonian relic that can act as the physical link between the Argonians and the Hist. It is a sacred symbol of birth and life, containing the memories and wisdom of the Hist. The Mnemic Egg takes the form of a mortal-sized seed infused with Hist sap, which visibly flows and pulsates throughout the Egg.

When a Hist tree dies, the death is described as the tree being "born backwards." That is to say, the death of a Hist creates a Mnemic Egg. The memories of that Hist and its Argonians are all contained within the Mnemic Egg. The Hist share a collective consciousness; they have the ability to communicate with one another, and to feel what another Hist is feeling. As a result of the Hist's shared connection, and the fact that the Mnemic Egg is a physical vessel for all of the memories of the dead Hist that birthed it, the Mnemic Egg can be used as a gateway into the collective consciousness of all Hist Trees. This also means that in the wrong hands, a Mnemic Egg can be used to sever the Argonian connection to the Hist.

During the Interregnum, forces from the First Aldmeri Dominion lead by the alchemist Ruuvitar drained the sap from several Hist trees throughout Shadowfen. They boiled the sap, then used it to steal the memories of those whom Dominion agents murdered in an act known as "skin-stealing." Using their skin-stealing technique to steal the memories of the Ebonheart Pact's Nord Vicecanon and having an agent take his place in the city of Stormhold, the Dominion took over the nursery of Shadowfen's Argonians, known as the Hatching Pools, thinking the place crucial to their plans.

The Dominion killed the Hist of Duskwallow Hamlet, a small settlement in eastern Shadowfen. This event sparked the creation of a Mnemic Egg, which Ruuvitar took to the Ayleid ruin of Loriasel. He then used the Egg to sever the Argonians' connection with the Hist. This event was catalyzed by the Hatching Ritual at the Hatching Pools, which the Dominion sabotaged. Ebonheart Pact agents and Argonian midwives rushed to save the eggs beneath the great Hist from returning to the Void. The Dominion's interference rendered the Hist unable to influence the eggs, and without the direction or purpose provided by the Hist, the eggs would return to Sithis unless they were salvaged from the nests. The Dominion lingered at the pools long enough to wait for the ritual to happen, as they wanted to see if the Mnemic Egg was actually capable of severing the Argonian-Hist link. Once it became clear that the ritual was a disaster and the link between the Hist and Argonians was broken, the Dominion began slaughtering the Keepers of the Shell, then moved for Loriasel. As long as the Mnemic Egg remained in the Dominion's possession, no Argonian eggs could hatch.

After the disaster at the Hatching Pools, the Soulless One entered Loriasel, killed the alchemist Ruuvitar, and recovered the Mnemic Egg alongside Vicenanon Heita-Meen. The alchemist's vile experiments on the Egg left lasting scars in its psyche, and the Hist was in great pain. The hero and the vicecanon entered the consciousness of the Hist within the Mnemic Egg, fixed the damage done to the Hist, and restored the Argonians' connection to the Hist.

Some time after the events in Shadowfen, the Mnemic Egg was brought to Skuldafn after the defeat of Fildgor Orcthane. There, Argonian representative Eyes-of-Steel presented the Mnemic Egg before the Pact at the Great Moot, and the Ebonheart Pact was sealed.

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Moon-and-Star[edit]

Moon-and-Star

Moon-and-Star is a Dwarven ring of Chimer hero Nerevar. The artifact was forged by one of the smiths of Dwemer Sorcerer-priest Kagrenac and blessed by the Daedric Goddess Azura. The ring lent Nerevar supernatural powers of persuasion and indisputable proof of identity, since any other who tried to wear it would be killed instantly. The Moon-and-Star helped Nerevar unite the warring Chimer clans, and form the First Council which included the Dwemer.

Moon-and-Star played a role in the Nerevarine Prophecies, as it allowed the Nerevarine, the reincarnation of Nerevar, to again unite the Great Houses and Ashlander clans, this time in the battle against the forces of Dagoth Ur.

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Moonlight Blade[edit]

The Moonlight Blade

The Moonlight Blade is a crescent moon-shaped blade associated with both Azurah and the extant Order of the Hidden Moon. This ancient Khajiiti order was said to have been gifted the blade by the Mother Goddess herself and were charged to guide, protect and redeem their people's souls—both pure and those corrupted by Namiira, the Moonlight Blade was considered sacred tool for this duty. While on its own the blade was a deadly weapon against the Dro-m'Athra, in the hands of those who knew the Order's secrets, the Moonlight Blade could cut through liminal barriers, both the mundane and those between worlds.

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Mortuum Vivicus[edit]

Mortuum Vivicus

The Mortuum Vivicus was a powerful weapon created by the Daedric Prince Molag Bal. It has no physical form, instead appearing as a large orb of cold light. It was originally given as a gift to the Ayleid King Anumaril of Abagarlas, a Daedraphile settlement on City Isle that was dedicated to Bal. The Abagarlans planned to use the Vivicus to drain all life from the rival city of Delodiil and convert its citizens to undead servants of Molag Bal, as penance for King Cenedelin's mockery of the temple of Abagarlas. The Meridia-worshipping city of Delodiil responded by forging a powerful weapon imbued with the Prismatic Core, a powerful crystal given to them by Meridia. An elite group of warriors were then sent to Abagarlas to preemptively destroy the Vivicus. However, Bal snatched the weapon away right before it could be destroyed, returning it to his realm of Coldharbour for safekeeping.

The Vivicus would lie dormant in the Halls of Submission for several thousand years, until in 2E 582 Molag Bal began an all-out attack on Mundus during his attempted Planemeld. Using the power of the unprecedented amount of souls being sacrificed in his name, Bal hoped to return the weapon to Tamriel and "burn" the entire continent. The Fighters Guild had come under the sway of Meridia, with its guildmaster murdered and replaced by one of her worshippers, and enough money provided to dedicate the guild's entire resources towards destroying Bal's Dark Anchors and preventing the return of the Vivicus. Seeking to reveal Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors' treachery and thwart Meridia's plans, Molag Bal had his own servant, Aelif, work alongside the guildmaster and the Soulless One. Aelif betrayed the guild at the last second, although she was defeated in combat by the Soulless One and the Mortuum Vivicus was destroyed using the reforged Prismatic Core.

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Muatra[edit]

Muatra

Muatra, meaning Milk Taker, is a spear wielded by Vivec, one of the living gods of the Tribunal. While there are no accounts of its creation, Vivec claimed it was used by him to eliminate his progeny with Molag Bal "from a secret he had bitten off from the King of Rape".

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Mysterium Xarxes[edit]

Page 1 of the Mysterium Xarxes

The Mysterium Xarxes was a tome written by Mehrunes Dagon, who scribed it in "the deserts of rust and wounds". It was an artifact of great - and evil - power. The book was dangerous to handle, as even reading from it required magical protection from its power.

The book was given by Dagon to Mankar Camoran. After studying the tome, Mankar wrote the Commentaries on the Mysterium Xarxes (also known as the Mythic Dawn Commentaries). Inspired by the prophecies and promises within the book, Mankar founded the Mythic Dawn, a Daedric cult which worshipped Mehrunes Dagon. The Xarxes acted as the cult's holy book, and was stored in the Mythic Dawn's hidden shrine in the caverns beneath Lake Arrius in Cyrodiil. Using the power of the book, Mankar created Gaiar Alata, or "Paradise", an alternate realm where the souls of Mythic Dawn cultists went in death.

In 3E 433, following the Mythic Dawn's assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and all of his legitimate heirs, the Blades infiltrated the cult and stole the Mysterium Xarxes from their shrine to Mehrunes Dagon. It was taken to Cloud Ruler Temple, where Martin Septim, the illegitimate son of Uriel and the heir to the throne, translated the Xarxes and discovered a way to create a portal to Camoran's Paradise. The ritual required a Great Welkynd Stone, a Great Sigil Stone, a Daedric artifact, and an Aedric artifact. The Hero of Kvatch entered Gaiar Alata and defeated Camoran, retrieving the Amulet of Kings. The Xarxes was destroyed in the process.

A single burned page from the tome survived the events of the Oblivion Crisis, and came into the possession of the Vesuius family, who were once members of the Mythic Dawn. In 4E 201, the page was put on display by Silus Vesuius in his "Mythic Dawn Museum" in the Skyrim city of Dawnstar.

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