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Main article: Gathering Force: Arms and Armor of Tamriel

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Arms and Armor of the Mages Guild

I can appreciate the exceptional gift of skill possessed by the forge masters responsible for these masterpieces of the usage at war.

Though my Colovian blood runs cold when attempting to trust those with an aptitude for magic (as many are seen as traitorous to our path—or worse, in league with the Daedra), there are many across this land that may wish to raise both a sword and a swirling fist of incantation. Casting aside the robes appropriated by many a magician of the Mages Guild in favor of slightly more restrictive armor (metal body pieces constructed with the free flowing of magic in mind), our brethren visiting us from the Mages Guild reveal a finely fluted set of golden plate.

While I favor a more solid and less windswept design when wading into bloody battle, and some feel the feathered shoulder plates and head crests lack a certain savage ferocity, I can appreciate the exceptional gift of skill possessed by the forge masters responsible for these masterpieces of the usage at war, said to be inspired by the armor and armaments of the ancient Elves. A Nord might not appear dignified when clamped into this tightly clasped outfit, but a mage can weave his magic, as well as punish his foe, with a glass weapon that may look delicate but packs a mighty wallop with the strength of steel. Studded runes and sweeping, refined forms show that spellswords allied to this guild have highly prized equipment to rival even our own blades and gauntlets.

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