According to Wuunferth the Unliving, the Necromancer Amulet is a legendary enchanted amulet of immense power and once belonged to Mannimarco, the King of Worms. At the end of Blood on the Ice, the Strange Amulet becomes the Necromancer Amulet and can be removed from Calixto Corrium's corpse.
Because the amulet impedes stamina regeneration, Mages specializing in ranged magic employ it best. The amulet's reduced spell cost to the school of Conjuration allows mages to summon atronachs and corpses with more fluidity. However, bound weaponry, which also falls under the school of Conjuration, consumes stamina when swung or shot. Because mages generally have low stamina as is, using this amulet when bound weapons are frequently used might not be beneficial. Mages who frequently summon creatures on the other hand, might find it more useful.
The Dragonborn is led to believe that the Strange Amulet is an enchanted amulet called the 'Wheelstone' given to court-wizards of the Jarl of Windhelm. The Dragonborn is told that Wuunferth the Unliving was in possession of the amulet until the "Strange Amulet" is found in Hjerim at the crime-scene of Friga Shatter-Shield's murder. The Dragonborn takes the amulet to Calixto Corrium for appraisal. Calixto says the amulet is powerless and worthless, and is just symbolic jewelry with no magical function. Eager to purchase the amulet and put it on display in his curiosity shop, Calixto agrees to purchase it for 500 . If the Dragonborn does not sell the amulet before the next phase of the quest, the Necromancer Amulet is never obtainable. After accusing Wuunferth of being The Butcher, he is arrested. Several days later, while Wuunferth is in the Blood Works (Windhelm prison) another murder occurs outside Candlehearth Hall. At that point, the Dragonborn can tell Wuunferth about the new murder, and he will then reveal that the Strange Amulet is, in fact, an amulet used for Necromancy: the Necromancer's Amulet of Legend, once belonging to Mannimarco. Following Wuunferth's instructions to meet the true killer in the Stone Quarters, the amulet can be found on Calixto's corpse, after his death.
Option 2: [RECOMMENDED] [Do this to receive Necromancer's Amulet while preventing two other murders, and not having to wait three in game days]
After selling the "Strange Amulet" to Calixto Corrium, the Dragonborn can go straight to Wuunferth the Unliving (do not report to Jarleif at all or else Wuunferth will be arrested and the two other deaths will be unable to be prevented) who resides on the second floor of the Palace of the Kings. After speaking with Wuunferth about the amulet, he will then tell the Dragonborn to go to the Stone Quarters in the evening, as that is when the killer will strike. Travel directly to Stone Quarter (Market Place):
There are now have two ways of doing this:
-The Dragonborn may either wait until Calixto, who will be standing around until the elf in blue attire approaches towards the vendor, runs up to her and kills her before chasing him down and killing him.
Or (Choosing the following option will prevent any more deaths):
As soon as the Dragonborn runs towards the Stone Quarter and sees Calixto, they may simply kill him; there will be no bounty gained if he is killed, and the quest will continue on.
(As of 1.9 attacking Calixto before he becomes aggressive will count as assault and the nearby NPC's will become aggressive. However, if the Dragonborn is prepared, Calixto can be calmed, feared, or poisoned in the small window provided. Tested on Xbox.)
Doing this will have prevented the death of the elf, as well as the murder that would have happened if one had turned in Wuunferth and came back in three days.
Remember to pick up the Necromancer's Amulet from his body, as well as the key to his home, where in a safe on the second floor of his home you will find the "Butcher's journal", and find out that Calixto was trying to bring back his sister, Lucilla, using Necromancy.
- Wuunferth refers to the amulet as "eight-sided" and made from "jade". While the latter appears true due to the amulet's green color, the amulet is round, not octagonal. The description given by Wuunferth is possibly a reference to the appearance of the amulet as it was in Oblivion.
- If used with The Lady Stone one can partially counteract the reduction to stamina and health regeneration due to The Lady Stone adding 25% to health and stamina regen, causing the Necromancer Amulet to only reduce regeneration by 50%. The final 50% can be remedied with enchanted apparel, alternatively one could use enchanted apparel that adds 75% or more to stamina and health regeneration to counteract the negative affects from the amulet without the need of The Lady Stone.
This section contains bugs related to Necromancer Amulet (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If the Dragonborn does not sell the Strange Amulet to Calixto when he makes his offer, the Necromancer Amulet becomes unobtainable. This will also occur if the Dragonborn sells Calixto the Strange Amulet, but then pickpockets it back before speaking to Wuunferth.
- If the Dragonborn does not pick up the Strange Amulet until after the quest, or does not sell it to Calixto, it will remain a Strange Amulet and can not be removed from the inventory, unless console commands are used to remove the item.
- To fix this, find the ID of the Amulet, then type:
player.removeitem [itemID] [quantity].
- To fix this, find the ID of the Amulet, then type:
- If the Dragonborn pickpockets Calixto's key before selling him the amulet, he may not have the Necromancer's Amulet in his inventory after he is killed.