Lore:Other Minerals

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Alabaster is a white stone. The walls of the eponymous settlement of Alabaster are said to be made from it.


Basalt chunks

Basalt is a heavy, coarse stone known to have formed in hexagonal pillars on Solstheim.[1][2][UOL 1] Basalt is often considered to be unsuitable for delicate stonework, but early Dunmer are known to have crafted with it regardless.[3]

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Fine chalk
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A clay deposit

Clay is a mud-like substance commonly used in pottery, porcelain,[4] and bricks.[5] It is sometimes used for skincare and to preserve mudcrabs.[6] The Orsimer are known to use it in their paints.[7] It is also sometimes used for chips for use in games.[8] In ancient times, the Argonians used clay for tablets used to inscribe Jel pictograms.[9]

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Bed of coals

Coal is brownish-black rock that is primarily used as fuel.[10] It is also used as a component in black body paint.[11]

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Coral is a type of aquatic rocklike structure, formed from the bones of tiny sac-animals, that comes in many different varieties.

In Sload society, it is prominently used in their architecture. Dense corals supposedly provide the entire foundation of Thras and the Coral Tower itself was made from blood-red coral before its collapse. The Sload are also said to use tangled nests of coral formations to move around, and it's even used in their armorsmithing, with different types of corals providing different advantages in battle, such as lightness or durability.

Some of the most ancient ruins of Summerset Isle are thought to have been built by the Sload and are made of coral, including the original architecture of Cloudrest. In Morrowind there is a naturally-occurring bioluminescent, and possibly sentient, coral species that grows on the lands around the Inner Sea.


Granite chunk
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Grit-rock is known to have been used in sanding wooden planks.[12]

Gypsum Alabaster[edit]

A sculpture of Morwha in gypsum alabaster

Gypsum alabaster was used extensively by the Lefthanded Elves.[13]

Heart Stone[edit]

A heart stone deposit

A Heart Stone (also spelled Heartstone) is an unusual type of ore mined from deposits which appeared in Solstheim in the Fourth Era. Though deposits of them have been known to exist in the Brothers of Strife ruins in Stonefalls circa 2E 582, it is suspected that the deposits surfaced (or landed on the surface) during the cataclysms of the Red Year; Master Neloth of House Telvanni suspected that the material came from Red Mountain and was flung along with other materials to Solstheim during its eruption, and may continue to land on Solstheim from smaller eruptions. Even two centuries later, they still smolder with the heat of the mountain. These are the molten rocks that lay next to the Heart of Lorkhan for millennia, and some vestige of its power has seeped into them. Heart stones sometimes raise Ash Spawn from the bits of bone buried in the nearby ash. Through trial and error, one of his apprentices learned that a stone was needed to prevent an ash guardian summoned through Conjuration from attacking the caster. The stones can also be used for enchanting purposes. Ildari Sarothril, a different apprentice of Neloth's, was killed during an experiment but was brought back to life when one of these stones was grafted to her. Ildari learned that a stone could be used to prevent necromantic spells from wearing off. She used them to bolster her necromantic spells used to revive Falx Carius.

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Holystone is a light pumice sometimes used to clean the decks of ships.[12]


Quarried limestone
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Marble (?).

Amber marble is often associated with Hollowjack.

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An unstable morpholith

A morpholith is a type of mineral. Common morpholiths such as soul gems can be found within nature.[14]

Quasi-crystalline morpholiths are involved in the creation of sigil stones. These exotic morpholiths occur only in pocket voids of Oblivion and cannot be mined or harvested without Daedric assistance.[14] Daedra are theorized to use enchanted chisels to excavate such exotic morpholiths.[15] Some morpholiths harvested in this manner are inherently unstable and therefore unsuitable for use as sigil stones.[16] Although unstable morpholiths cannot be used to open portals, they do have other uses in various summoning rituals.[17]

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Night Pumice[edit]

Night Pumice pebble

Night Pumice is sometimes used in crafting ebony equipment.

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A nirncrux vein

Nirncrux, commonly called red brittle, shake stone, and miner's bane, is a red stone found only in Craglorn. In its raw form, it releases a poisonous gas when cracked which can cause symptoms ranging from nausea, body tremors, and disorientation to convulsions, slurred speech, memory loss and death. One theory on why Nirncrux is abundant in Craglorn is that the Nedes of the area used arcane rituals to draw it from deep within Nirn's crust. Regardless of the validity of this speculation, the Nedes learnt how to harness its ability to absorb and distribute Aetherial energy.

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Ochre is an orange clay pigment. Torval Royal Ochre, a rare and valuable pigment that comes from the aforementioned clay is found in the area of Torval.[18]

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Petrified Wood[edit]

Petrified snow-cedar
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Potash is a kind of ash[19] that has many uses, particularly in Orcish culture. It is sometimes used in equipment reverent of Malacath[20] and in some traditional Orcish ware.[21] It is also known to be used in glassmaking.[19]

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Ancient sandstone
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Tel Var Stones[edit]

A Tel Var Stone

Tel Var Stones are magical pieces of the White-Gold Tower that purportedly contain the essence of Creation. According to Tower Lore, scholars postulate that when the Ayleids built the White-Gold Tower, they couldn't recreate their own Zero Stone, so they settled for Tel Var Stones. It's believed the stones are imbued with vast magical power that lies dormant within. With further study, scholars believe details of the White-Gold Tower's construction could be revealed. Experimentation on powdered stones revealed that all elements of magical practice reside within them. Should the stones be destroyed, some believe that the essence of Creation within them is lost.

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Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.

  1. ^ EditorIDs of static objects on Solstheim in Skyrim