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Wabbajack[edit]

Wabbajack

The Wabbajack is a Daedric artifact created by the Daedric Prince Sheogorath. It takes the appearance of a Daedric staff, sometimes engraved with angry gaping faces at the top. As befits the Prince of Madness, his artifact is unpredictable in its effects. The staff has the power to transform its target into a completely random creature. This can be helpful to the wielder, turning a fearsome opponent into a docile animal; similarly, it can be detrimental, transforming a relatively weak enemy into a powerful monster. The staff can produce other effects, such as damaging, healing, turning to stone, or instantly killing the target.

An anonymous author wrote about his obtaining of the staff in the book Wabbajack. In his search for the Oghma Infinium, the author was tricked into summoning Sheogorath, believing him to be Hermaeus Mora. After serving the prince, Sheogorath's servant gave him the Wabbajack. Some time in the late First Era, the staff came into the possession of Prince Maleel al-Akir, a formidable Yokudan warrior. In death, Maleel was entombed in the necropolis of Asakala in the Alik'r along with his generals and army. During the Alliance War, the dead of Asakala rose from their graves due to the ongoing conflict in the region. In 2E 582, Arch-Mage Shalidor and the Soulless One recovered the Wabbajack from Maleel, who guarded it fiercely even in undeath. The Soulless One was then commanded to use the staff on denizens of the Shivering Isles as part of Sheogorath's trials.

In the events leading up to the Warp in the West, an unknown agent of the Blades summoned Sheogorath and dispatched a battlemage who had displeased the Prince. In return, the agent was given the Wabbajack from a worshipper of Sheogorath. In 3E 433, Sheogorath was aided by the Champion of Cyrodiil in tormenting the Khajiit settlement of Border Watch in Cyrodiil. The inhabitants were very superstitious, and were driven into a state of frenzy when the Prince simulated their K'sharra Prophecy, said to mark the end of the world. These occurrences were reported in a special edition of the Black Horse Courier newspaper entitled Rain of Burning Dogs!. It is unknown whether this took place before or after the Champion assumed the position of Sheogorath; regardless, the Champion received the Wabbajack from either Sheogorath or Haskill.

In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn unknowingly entered the mind of the dead Pelagius Septim III, tasked with convincing Sheogorath to return to the Shivering Isles. He agreed to return, but only if the Dragonborn could escape Pelagius' mind. Sheogorath decided to assist the Dragonborn by providing the Wabbajack, along with instructions on how to use it to remedy Pelagius of his insanity. Having completed several challenges and conquering the dead emperor's inner fears, the Dragonborn was able to return to Tamriel, but not before being given the Wabbajack by Sheogorath as a parting gift.

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Ward of Akavir[edit]

Ward of Akavir

The Ward of Akavir is a priceless artifact treasured by the Imperial Legion. It is a tower shield with an Imperial Dragonscale design, made from the actual skin of a dragon. It bears a powerful enchantment which makes the wielder far luckier. Its origins are unknown, but its name implies that the artifact is related to the continent of Akavir in some way.

The shield was originally possessed by the Imperial Legion. It was stored within Fort Firemoth, an Imperial outpost located in the Inner Sea of Morrowind. Some time in the Third Era, an undead skeleton army led by the lich Grurn marched out of the sea and overran the fort, leaving few survivors. To the Legion's shame, the Ward of Akavir was lost. Grurn claimed it for himself and took it deep underground, to a Velothi tomb located below the fort. In 3E 427, a Knight Errant of the Legion named Sellus Gravius hired a band of adventurers to sail to Firemoth, infiltrate the ruined fort, slay Grurn and recover the shield. However, it's unknown if the artifact was ever returned to Gravius.

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Warlock's Ring[edit]

Warlock's Ring

The Warlock's Ring is an artifact originally owned by the Arch Mage Syrabane, an Aldmeri god-ancestor. In appearance, it is a ring with a large gemstone, either red or green in color. It is best known for its ability to reflect spells cast at its wearer and to fortify the wearer's speed and health, though it may have additional powers. These magical effects are sometimes named "Shalidor's Mirror" and "Feet of Notorgo". It is not necessary to wear the ring to benefit from its magic.

In the late First Era, Syrabane judiciously used the ring to save many from the Thrassian Plague. Because of this, he is attributed with helping to save the entire continent of Tamriel. The ring has passed hands many times, helping adventurers to reach their goals. No one may possess the ring for long, as it is said that the ring is Syrabane's alone to command.

The Warlock's Ring was uncovered by the Eternal Champion during the Imperial Simulacrum in either Morrowind or Elsweyr (reports vary). Sometime in the Third Era, a fake copy of the ring appeared in the Iliac Bay before the events of the Warp in the West; it was created by a mage in an attempt to bribe an agent of Nocturnal who had been sent to assassinate him. The fake ring functioned identically to the true artifact, but after several days it crumbled to dust. The ring later came into the possession of Lady Brisienna Magnessen, a Blades operative. Brisienna offered the ring as payment in return for the Totem of Tiber Septim, which would give the Empire control of Numidium. Due to the Warp in the West, it is unknown what became of the ring.

The ring resurfaced several years later in the possession of Vindamea Drethan, a powerful sorceress who lived in a cave on an island off the shore of Vvardenfell, along Azura's Coast. News of this reached the Mages Guild, and in 3E 427 Drethan was killed by the Nerevarine, who then claimed the ring. Later that year, the Nerevarine sold the ring to Torasa Aram, who put it on display in her Museum of Artifacts in Mournhold.

In 3E 429, a guild of rogue mages from Skyrim journeyed to Morrowind to obtain the Warlock's Ring. It was brought to their headquarters at Myrwatch and stored there, to be held for use in the coming "great war" foreseen by their augurs. The guild intended to assemble a great number of legendary artifacts in preparation for this conflict, but failed to obtain any others. It transpired that this great war was in fact the Oblivion Crisis of 3E 433, which the mages were ill-prepared to face. It is unknown what became of the guild, but the tower of Myrwatch was ultimately abandoned and the mages who built it faded from memory. When the tower was eventually unsealed in 4E 201, the Warlock's Ring was nowhere to be found.

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White Phial[edit]

The White Phial

The White Phial is a legendary bottle forged in the days when Skyrim was just starting to turn to ice. The small container was made of the magically infused snow that first fell on the Throat of the World, and possesses amazing alchemical properties. It is said that the Phial will replenish whatever fluid is placed inside of it. It was made by the master alchemist Curalmil in ancient times, and the Phial was buried with him. In 4E 201, after a lifetime of searching all across Tamriel, the Altmer alchemist Nurelion finally located the Phial and had it retrieved, only to find that it had been broken. His apprentice managed to repair the Phial, just before his master's death. It was last seen in the possession of the Last Dragonborn.

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Wraithguard[edit]

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Wuuthrad[edit]

Wuuthrad

Wuuthrad, meaning "Storm's Tears" in the language of Atmora, was the legendary battleaxe wielded by Ysgramor during his conquest of Skyrim in the late Merethic Era. With Wuuthrad in his hands, Ysgramor and his Five Hundred Companions slaughtered an untold number of elves, which culminated in the founding of the First Empire of the Nords. For the Companions, Wuuthrad is a sacred relic which holds a great deal of respect and reverence, and through it they can trace their line straight back to the first Harbinger.

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