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Calcelmo is an elderly Altmer Conjurer who can be found in Understone Keep where his nephew, Aicantar, helps him in the laboratory. He has a great interest in the Dwemer and is the author of many scholarly works about them.
Calcelmo owns the Dwemer Museum and has been excavating Nchuand-Zel. As a scholar of Dwemer history and culture, he has written several books about them, including Dwarves, v1, Dwarves, v2, and Dwarves, v3. He also is an expert on the Falmer, having deciphered most of their language.
After the Dragonborn buys the first piece of the Dwarven armor set, or the first Dwarven weapon, including Dwarven Bolts and arrows, a courier shows up with a letter from Calcelmo, in which he asks for one to be brought to him. Finding, stealing, looting, or crafting an item that Calcelmo would normally be interested in does not trigger the courier.
When the item is taken to Calcelmo in Understone Keep, it can be sold to him through dialogue. Calcelmo may be persuaded to pay more. However, if the dialogue option, "Not good enough. I'll hold onto this. You'll need to find another one," is chosen, that particular deal will be cancelled and can never be re-initiated.
Bring an execution hood to CalcelmoEdit
During the Dark Brotherhood questline, the Dragonborn will be taken to the Abandoned Shack, where one of the prisoners in the shack may be killed. An execution hood can be taken from the corpse. If the hood is sold to a vendor then purchased back, the Dragonborn will receive a note from a courier saying that Calcelmo would like to buy the hood, similarly to Dwarven weapons or armor.
When talking to Kerah, she will ask the Dragonborn to deliver a ring to Calcelmo. Afterwards, the ring may be bought from him.
In order to gain access to the Dwemer Museum, the Dragonborn must have Calcelmo's permission either through Speech, by having helped Calcelmo with a previous quest, or by pickpocketing the key from him. Alternately, the lock on the door can be picked.
Calcelmo grants access to Nchuand-Zel after the Dragonborn kills Nimhe.
- Ancient Falmer Tomes
- Calcelmo's Stone and Calcelmo's Stone Rubbing.
- "What are you doing here? The excavation site is closed. I don't need any more workers or guards."
- "I have things to study, what is it?"
- "The artifacts I've discovered in Nchuand-Zel will make history one day."
- "I used to travel so much before all this Forsworn nonsense. Such an inconvenience..."
- "What? Oh, goodbye." —Ending conversation
- "Ah yes, my matchmaker. What is it I can do for you?" - After completing "The Book of Love"
Aicantar "Uncle Calcelmo..."
Calcelmo "What is it, nephew? Can't you see I'm trying to think here?"
Aicantar "I just wanted to know if you needed anything."
Calcelmo "Um, no. Nothing. Nothing at all."
Aicantar "Are you sure?"
Calcelmo "Stop bothering me, Aicantar!"
Calcelmo "Next season, nephew. Next season for sure..."
Aicantar "'Next season for sure...' What? Uncle Calcelmo, I don't understand what you mean."
Calcelmo "The excavation, Aicantar! Right after I finish my book. We'll start excavating Nchuand-Zel again."
Aicantar "Could I maybe skip the excavation, Uncle Calcelmo? I, uh, just don't think you won't need me."
Calcelmo "Nonsense, you're a vital part of my research team. You'll be there, have no fear! Now, I don't want to hear another word of protest."
- He is voiced by George Coe, the same actor who voiced Tolfdir and Calixto Corrium.
- Calcemo's offering price of Dwarven items seems to be based on the base price of the item, which means it is better to sell non-enchanted items to him rather than enchanted ones.
- The letter that Calcelmo sends to the player after buying Dwemer weapons or armor incorrectly states his name as "Calcemo," not "Calcelmo," as it should have been.
- Calcelmo says that he has "spent two human lifetimes" researching the Dwemer.
- In addition to selling general mage goods (robes, soul gems, spell tomes, etc.), Calcelmo also sells Dwarves, v1, v2, and v3, as he is the author of these books.
- If Aicantar is killed during "Hard Answers," Calcelmo doesn't even notice that he's gone.
- Calcelmo and Aicantar never sleep. And although it is named after him, Calcelmo never goes into Calcelmo's Tower, either.
This section contains bugs related to Calcelmo. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- When bringing a Dwarven item to Calcelmo, after he is asked for a better price, the conversation may be exited after a successful persuasion, therefore resetting the conversation, while still improving the Speech skill. This may be exploited for virtually unlimited level increases in Speech.
- Calcelmo may sell his own ring when asked for what he has for sale.
- If the Dragonborn buys an enchanted Dwarven item and destroy it to learn the enchantment, the small quest will be impossible to complete.
- Sometimes, after the Dragonborn brings the Dwarven item to him, the dialogue option only shows, "Actually, I'm not sure I have it anymore." instead of, "Sure. Take a look." even though the item is still in the inventory. Dropping the item and pick it up back will fix this.