Oculory is a massive, stationary machine created from leftover Dwemer technology in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Hidden away within the ruins of Mzulft and Tower of Mzark in Blackreach, the Oculory is an extremely advanced machine and one of the notable technology advances and creations made by the Dwemer. During the Fourth Era, an organization of mages known as The Synod went to Mzulft to experiment with the device, designed to collect starlight and transmute it, analyze it, into projectable energy.
Design and functionEdit
According to Paratus Decimius, the Orrery at the Arcane University inspired the design for the Oculory at Mzulft; however, instead of portraying a map of the stars, the Oculory was designed to portray all of Tamriel, to help The Synod locate magical relics of interest.
There is another Oculory located inside the Tower of Mzark; this Oculory has a completely different purpose and function than the Oculory at Mzulft. This Oculory was designed to store highly valued artifacts the Dwemer had acquired over the years when they still existed. The only known artifact this Oculory contained was the Elder Scroll (Dragon).
The Oculory is susceptible to Frost Damage and Fire Damage. The Spell Tomes of Frostbite and Flames on the table beside its control mechanisms exists for the purpose of moving its lenses and thus redirecting its light beams. Only one spell, cast by one hand, is needed to move the beams. Dual Wielding any combination of frost and fire spells also moves the beams.
Once the light beams on the Dwemer Apparatus align with the lenses hung on the rotating ceiling, it displays a map of Tamriel on a wall of rock. Without the Focusing Crystal, the device remains inactive.