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This is a list of all of the Antiquities that are found in the Alik'r Desert.

ON-icon-quest-Letter 02.png Name Ancestral Orc Gloves Value 13
Ugron gro-Thumog
There's an old folktale about a warrior named Urzatash the Bloody who picked a bar fight with the wrong Orc and got his face punched in. In the story, he has to live with a concave face for the rest of his life. Maybe it was based on some truth.
Type Motif Chapter (Ancestral Orc Style)
Difficulty Simple
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-furniture-Alik'r Map 02.png Name Antique Map of Alik'r Desert Value N/A
Verita Numida
An Alik'r nomad tribe's map with a sparse frame of reference and no borders to speak of. Sentinel appears to be the only significant settlement of note. Instead, there is a focus on landmarks and hazards. A giant serpent's body is woven throughout.
Reginus Buca
Not unlike the sea serpents scrawled in naval charts, eh? This must be Satakal, the Yokudan serpent god. They believed we all dwell upon the serpent, so it's safe to assume that this is a symbolic representation.
Ugron gro-Thumog
I've spoken at length with nomad tribal chieftains. Most claim that the dunerippers we see now are a fraction of the size of those the first Ra Gada encountered. Could be a correlation, but any evidence has long been weathered away by shifting sands.
Type Furniture
Difficulty Simple
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-stolen-Tools.png Name Satakal Skinrazer Value 250
Reginus Buca
The tip of this spade-shaped tool forks like the tongue of a serpent, but the only sharpened edge sits along a slot at the base, facing the handle. I can't help but liken it to the cheese servers of Wayrest, but religious engravings suggest otherwise.
Reginus Buca
It's safe to say that the serpent imagery throughout this piece represents the First Serpent, Satakal, in Redguard mythology, best known for devouring itself. Modern devotees are said to shed their skin in gruesome rituals with winding daggers.
Reginus Buca
Testing on a moist—but firm—cheddar, showed that even this long-dull edge can slice a layer thin enough for light to pass through, suggesting that the flensing rituals of Satakal were more restrained in earlier eras. Self-consumption remains unconfirmed.
Type Treasure
Difficulty Simple
‎‎Lead
  • Accessible by default
ON-icon-style material-Dwemer Frame.png Name Dwarven Spine-Coupling Value N/A
Gabrielle Benele
Amazing! The craftsmanship of this metal spine allows it to move almost as well as an animal's spine. But, which animal? Pretty remarkable that a race that constantly recoiled from messy mortality used natural structures in their designs!
Type Mount Fragment (Ebon Dwarven Wolf)
Difficulty Intermediate
‎‎Lead
  • "Curious Dwemer Rubble" in a corner of Rkulftzel
ON-icon-fragment-Cartographer's Gloves.png Name Na-Totambu Two-Finger Gauntlet Value 1,000
Reginus Buca
What exquisite steel. Dark whorls of gray flow through a sea of silver like the Ra Gada themselves. I've seen the stylistic elements etched in this metal worn by members of the Crowns in Sentinel, but this nominal gauntlet is clearly ceremonial.
Ugron gro-Thumog
Not necessarily. Stories of the Firehide Clan's battles with the Yokudans in Alik'r persist in the oral tradition. They describe warriors for whom war was a dance and could turn aside a blade with two fingers.
Ugron gro-Thumog
This steel is nearly as strong as orichalcum, but it still wouldn't survive the full force of a blow. If there's truth to the stories of Yokudan's catching swords with their fingers, it wasn't due to the strength of their armor.
Type Treasure
Difficulty Intermediate
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-style material-Dwemer Scrap.png Name Weathered Dwarven Cogs Value N/A
Gabrielle Benele
Interesting. Traces of ebony make me think this cog was set within that type of metal. So, black and bronze? Someone was building for drama! You don't often see that kind of alloying in Dwarven work.
Type Mount Fragment (Ebon Dwarven Wolf)
Difficulty Intermediate
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-quest-Letter 02.png Name Ancestral Orc Swords Value 13
Ugron gro-Thumog
A good read. The author posits some theories that I've not heard debated, but perhaps they were at the time it was written. I don't think it matters nearly as much as the design itself. Note that Turog is featured once again here.
Type Motif Chapter (Ancestral Orc Style)
Difficulty Advanced
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-furniture-The Heartland.png Name The Heartland Value N/A
Reginus Buca
What a stirring landscape! It resembles the work of Reman II's court painter, Emilia Polus. She revolutionized the art of landscape painting--serving as a bridge between dreamy Alessian scenery-painting and the stark realism of early Potentate works.
Gabrielle Benele
It might be an early Laenius. I'm no artist, but as far as I'm concerned, Gavros Laenius doesn't get anywhere near the credit he deserves. No one renders water like him. The Niben seems to wash across the canvass! Gorgeous!
Verita Numida
I find this work puzzling. The Alessians placed severe restrictions on artists prior to their decline which grew into cultural taboos. Imperial painters didn't resume painting the Imperial City in its entirety until well into the thirtieth century. Odd.
Type Furniture (view furnishing)
Difficulty Advanced
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-stolen-Stick with String.png Name Hegathe Divining Rod Value 5,000
Gabrielle Benele
I'm amazed this glass rod has survived intact for thousands of years. It's light as a feather and remarkably hard, thanks to the magicka still clinging to it. It vibrates when stuck into sand. After some experimenting, I determined the intensity would rise and fall in proximity to water. Ancient Elves must have used these to travel safely across the Alik'r Desert. Well, as safely as would be possible, there would still need to be water within a half-day's travel for this to detect it.
Type Treasure
Difficulty Advanced
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-stolen-Saddle.png Name Dwarven Leather Saddle Seat Value N/A
Gabrielle Benele
Aha! This clearly belongs to a vamidium. I would say a quadruped. Perhaps a horse? The Dwemeris inscription appears much fiercer than the ones I've seen on other mechanical mounts. Could this object be a weapon of war?
Type Mount Fragment (Ebon Dwarven Wolf)
Difficulty Master
‎‎Lead
ON-icon-furniture-Coil of Satakal.png Name Coil of Satakal Value N/A
Amalien
A Na-Totambu ceremonial gong! I've only ever seen the disc--never the frame. Looks like they fashioned it to resemble their everything-deity: Satakal. According to myth, the snake devours itself in a never-ending cycle of rebirth. Brilliant, eh?
Ugron gro-Thumog
Yeah, a handful of Crowns in Bergama tried to bring me into the fold. Just trust me on this: nothing good ever comes from snake worship. People bound to this idea of death and rebirth always wind up as wild-eyed cultists. Just the way of the world.
Verita Numida
Honestly, Ugron. Satakal is not a sinister deity. It's the personification of a timeless theme. What I find most astounding is the scale. Many Tamrielic religions profess belief in reincarnation. But reincarnation of Mundus itself? That's truly something.
Type Furniture (view furnishing)
Difficulty Ultimate
‎‎Lead
  • Safeboxes
ON-icon-quest-Dwarven Part 04.png Name Torc Strand of Lore Value N/A
Reginus Buca
Unusual--this metal band is about the size of a neck-ring, but I have a sense that it's incomplete. Dwarven work, for sure; the geometric design is quite common in Dwemer artifice. If it's a torc, where's the rest of it?
Gabrielle Benele
The torc seems incomplete because it is incomplete. Dwarves probably forged jewelry like this from several different strands braided together. Makes sense. Metallurgists tell me the Dwemer combined different metals to make their eponymous alloy.
Amalien
But what magic does is possess? These tiny notches in the strand are undoubtedly aligned with Dwemeris script. I believe they stand for knowledge; this strand shapes and binds the magic of the torc with Dwemer lore. Knowledge is the foundation, you see.
Type Mythic Item Fragment (Torc of Tonal Constancy)
Difficulty Master
‎‎Lead