Animunculi (singular Animunculus) are ancient mechanical automatons that may be found patrolling the many abandoned Dwemer Ruins encountered throughout Tamriel. The Dwemer, also known as Dwarves or Deep Elves, a race of elves known for the technological marvels, metalwork, stonework and the vast underground cities they left behind, created these constructs long ago, and now they are one of the only remnants of their civilization.
The design of the Animunculi themselves are a combination of steam-powered clockwork and magic, powered by magical Dynamo Cores. Their artificial construction makes them extremely resilient to both physical and magical attacks, and grants them immunity to poison and frost. When defeated, they drop Soul gems of various sizes, Dwarven Oil, and various Dwemer Artifacts which may be sold or smelted into Dwarven Metal Ingots, or simply used as decorations.
Combat dialogue Edit
During or after combat with an Automaton, non-playable characters may remark upon the automaton(s) they just fought against. One such example is with Neloth.
|"I admire the Dwemer skill but it can get tiresome."|
|"'Try putting yourself back together now."|
|"Another one for the scrap heap of history."|
|"More of these things?"|
|"There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of these Dwemer contraptions."|
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (First appearance)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online