This article is about the science and lore of Magic. For the essence consumed when spells are cast, see Magicka.
Magic, also known as the Clever Craft, is the ability to affect the natural order of the world to aid or damage oneself or others. Effects wrought from manipulating the world are called "spells". Spells consume magicka, the essence of magic, when cast. This raw energy flows from Aetherius into Mundus by way of the sun and stars.  Although all races have magical aptitudes, those with elvish blood outshine the others. Magic is governed by the Intelligence and Willpower attributes. There are seven schools of Magic: Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Illusion, Mysticism, Thaumaturgy and Restoration. Other types of magic include Enchanting, Alchemy, Greater Powers, Lesser Powers and Active Effects. Each type works in different ways and creates different effects.
Types of magicEdit
Other arcane artsEdit
The art of enchanting involves adding a magical enchantment to a regular item, causing it to have special effects when used. To create an enchanted item, one must have an unenchanted item, a soul gem of the desired size, and a specific enchantment that is known and can be placed on the item. Any type of unenchanted item can be enchanted, whether it be weapons, armor, clothing and/or jewelry.
The art of Alchemy does not actually use the essence of magicka, but mages and non-mages associate alchemy with the arcane arts and magicka. Alchemy involves an interface system known as an Alchemy Lab, and takes multiple Ingredients and mixing them together to create a Potion. Several different parts of an alchemy lab determine the many variables and results of making a potion. A Mortal and Pestle is a bowl and grinding tool used for physically and mechanically breaking down alchemical ingredients into powders, pulps or juices used in alchemical operations. A Retort is a vessel with a beaked cap or head used to transform, purify, clean or refine raw ingredients into more refined substances used in alchemical preparations. A Calcinator is a stove or crucible used to reduce metals and other refined substances to ash so their arcane properties can be seperated from the ash. It is also used to increase the magnitude of all known effects of the specific item. An Alembic is a double glass container in which the arcane properties of raw, refined, arcane, non-arcane and supernatural substances are distilled from their raw ingredients. The materials are infused, then heated until vapor is produced; then, the vapor moves to and condenses in the other container, precipitating the distilled materials with the desired alchemical and magical effects.
ClassesEditMagic is the specialization of the following playable classes in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion:
In both games, custom classes can be created which employ magic as a specialization.
Reality need not be influenced by spell-casting; spells can be imbued into objects. These objects can then be used to influence reality. Imbuing items with magical effects is called "enchantment". Those without magical affinities can still use these objects. Objects imbued with magic often have limited uses, expiring or becoming destroyed when the final charge is used. Few exceptions can be recharged; for example, weapons enchanted with magic and staves. armor, clothing, jewelry often bear a constant effect which never expires. In Cyrodiil, members of the Arcane University can enchant items using an Altar of Enchanting. Citizens of Skyrim enchant using tables known as Arcane Enchanters.
Types of magical itemsEdit
Magical stones are naturally occurring, organic substances that possess magical properties. These fall into four categories.
- Snow Elf architecture
- Wayshrines - Wayshrines are large, magical, dome-like architectural structures created by the Snow Elves to quickly traverse between specific locations. The wayshrines in the Forgotten Vale are primarily used to access the Inner Sanctum.
- Paragon Platforms - Paragon Platforms are another type of magical structures created by the Snow Elves. The only identified paragon platform has been seen in the Forgotten Vale; paragon platforms are used to access different parts of the Forgotten Vale with the Vale itself. In order to access a specific location through a Paragon Platform with the Forgotten Vale, one must have the correct paragon in order to access it.
- Ayleid Ruins - These special stones can be retrieved from various ruined sites of the now extinct Ayleid civilization. They are said to be made of meteoric glass (which in turn is supposedly part of the body of Lorkhan). When activated, they bestow certain magical effects upon the user. These are:
- Enchanting stones - Used to create and recharge enchanted items.
- The fourth type are stone pillars that can be found in various parts of Cyrodiil and Skyrim which bestow powers from the heavens when activated.
Unique magical artifactsEdit
Weapons and apparelEdit
- Staff of Magnus
- Saarthal Amulet
- The Gauldur Amulet
- Necromancer Amulet
- Ring of Phynaster
- Warlock's Ring
- Denstagmer's Ring
- Ice Blade of the Monarch
- Fang of Havnekhtnamet
- Umbra Sword
- Skull Crusher
- Staff of Hasedoki
- Hevnoraak's Staff
- Dawnguard Rune Axe
- Dawnguard Rune Hammer
- Dawnguard Rune Shield
- Auriel's Bow
- Auriel's Shield
- Bloodworm Helm
- Fists of Randagulf
- Lord's Mail
- Helm of Oreyn Bearclaw
- Eleidon's Ward
- Aetherial artifacts
- Rings of Blood Magic
- Amulets of Night Power
- Vampiric Ring
Books and ScrollsEdit
- Hevnoraak (Ancient Nord/Atmoran) (Dragon Priest)
- Ahzidal (Ancient Nord/Atmoran) (Dragon Priest)
- Curalmil (Alchemist) (Ancient Nord/Atmoran)
Court Wizards of SkyrimEdit
- Madena (Dawnstar)
- Calcelmo (Markarth)
- Wylandriah (Riften)
- Sybille Stentor (Solitude)
- Farengar Secret-Fire (Whiterun, City)
- Wuunferth the Unliving (Windhelm)
College of WinterholdEdit
- Tolfdir (Professor of Alteration, later Master Wizard after The Eye of Magnus)
- Mirabelle Ervine (Master Wizard)
- Savos Aren (Arch-Mage)
- Drevis Neloren (Professor of Illusion)
- Faralda (Professor of Destruction)
- Phinis Gestor (Professor of Conjuration)
- Colette Marence (Professor of Restoration)
- Sergius Turrianus (Professor of Enchanting)
- Enthir (Black Market)
- Urag gro-Shub (Archivist and Librarian)
- Augur of Dunlain
- Arniel Gane
- Bernadette Bandian (Wrote the book Amongst the Draugr)
- Talsgar the Elder (Wrote the book Lost Legends)
- Tredayn Dren (Wrote the book The Legend of Red Eagle)
- Festus Krex
- Septimus Signus
- Calixto Corrium
- The Caller
- Malyn Varen
- Shalidor (Deceased)
- Geirmund (Deceased)
- Gauldur (Deceased)
- Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim
- Song of the Alchemists
- De Rerum Direennis
- Mannimarco, King of Worms
- A Game at Dinner