Lore:Vamidium

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Vamidium is the Dwemeris word for "mount".[1] It is used to refer to the many different types of animunculi constructed by the Dwemer for use as steam-powered mechanical mounts. Many of these constructs were made to imitate nature, taking the form of animals commonly used as mounts by the other races of Tamriel. Like other animunculi, vamidiums appear to utilize soul gems or dynamo cores as a power source.

The Dwemer did not rely entirely on mechanical vamidiums for use as mounts. For example, the existence of ancient Dwarven horse armor points to the use of war horses by the Dwemer.[2]

Many vamidiums were collected by the Mages Guild and stored in the vaults below the Arcane University in the Second Era. When the forces of Molag Bal overran the Imperial City during the Planemeld of 2E 582, many of these rare artifacts were smuggled out of the city and began to appear on the open market all over Tamriel.[3]

Note that Dwarven vamidiums are not to be confused with fabricants, partially organic mechanical constructs created by Sotha Sil which are also sometimes used as mounts.

Dwarven Bear[edit]

A Dwarven Bear

Dwarven Bears are vamidiums which resemble bears. Guylaine Marilie, a noted Dwemer scholar, speculated that Dwarven Bears were reserved only for Dwemer of high rank or status due to their impressive size and intimidating appearance.[4]

Dwarven Camel[edit]

A Dwarven Camel

Dwarven Camels are vamidiums built to resemble camels. They are most often found among the ruins of the desert-dwelling Rourken clan of Hammerfell.[5]

Dwarven Guar[edit]

A Dwarven Guar

Dwarven Guars are vamidiums which resemble guar. They are most often found at Dwemer sites in Morrowind, as might be expected given the widespread use of guar as pack animals and mounts in that region.[6]

Dwarven Horse[edit]

A Dwarven Horse
An Adamant Dwarven Horse

The Dwemer constructed various types of equine automata, more commonly known as Dwarven Horses.[1] Though usually made of so-called Dwarven Metal, there have been rare examples of vamidiums known as Adamant Dwarven Horses, with parts forged from one of the rarest materials on Nirn, a super-hard whitish alloy known as Dwarven Adamant.[7]

Dwarven Senche[edit]

A Dwarven Senche
An Ebon Dwarven Senche

Dwarven Senche are vamidiums which resemble the senche-tigers of southern Tamriel. Scholars of the Dwemer have long wondered why they chose to make animunculi resembling senche-tigers, as Dwemer civilization was restricted mainly to northeast Tamriel, where the only large feline is the sabre cat.[8] Though usually made of so-called Dwarven Metal, there have been rare examples of vamidiums known as Ebon Dwarven Senche, with key mechanical components forged from ebony and ebony-steel alloys.[9]

Dwarven Spider[edit]

A Dwarven Spider mount
A Chroma-Blue Dwarven Spider
An Ebon Steel Dwarven Spider

Dwarven Spiders are a common and highly versatile type of animunculi, found in almost every Dwemer ruin. Although often used for combat or repair purposes, large Dwarven Spider vamidiums were also created.[10] Ebon Steel Dwarven Spiders are a rare type of animunculi, highly prized by collectors: a Dwarven Spider vamidium made with a darker Ebon Steel alloy rather than the usual Dwarven Metal, which emits a yellow light.[11] Chroma-Blue Dwarven Spiders are the rarest of all Dwarven Spider vamidiums, powered by gems that emit a cold blue light which is said to reflect the frigid stolen soul of the Dwemer engineer trapped within it.[12]

Dwarven Wolf[edit]

A Dwarven Wolf
A Vitrine Dwarven Wolf

Dwarven Wolves, also known as Lupine Vamidiums, are vamidiums which resemble the large wolves often used as mounts. They are most often found in proximity to Dwemer ruins in northern and western Skyrim, where wolves are most common in the wild. The loping gait of these constructs is said to give the most comfortable ride of any mechanical mount.[13]

Though usually made of so-called Dwarven Metal, there have been rare examples of vamidiums known as Vitrine Dwarven Wolves, a silver-colored construct with critical components made of some sort of Dwemeri malachite. Of all the known vamidiums, Vitrine Dwarven Wolves are one of the rarest.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dwarven Horse description in ESO
  2. ^ Dwarven War Horse description in ESO
  3. ^ Dwarven Crown Crate description from the Crown Store Showcase
  4. ^ Dwarven Bear description in ESO
  5. ^ Dwarven Camel description in ESO
  6. ^ Dwarven Guar description in ESO
  7. ^ Adamant Dwarven Horse description in ESO
  8. ^ Dwarven Senche description in ESO
  9. ^ Ebon Dwarven Senche description in ESO
  10. ^ Dwarven Spider mount description in ESO
  11. ^ Ebon Steel Dwarven Spider description in ESO
  12. ^ Chroma-Blue Dwarven Spider description in ESO
  13. ^ Dwarven Wolf description in ESO
  14. ^ Vitrine Dwarven Wolf description in ESO