Sound is a magical effect that produces a disorienting noise in the victim's mind, reducing their ability to concentrate and lowering their chance of successfully casting spells. Although the in-game description states that the effect's magnitude is the reduction in the victim's chance to successfully cast spells, the actual result varies by approximately ± 25% of the effect's magnitude. (For details see Magnitude, below.) Sound is a member of the Illusion school of magic, governed by Personality. Its base Magicka cost is 3 points.
Sound is one of several effects that can be used to cripple spellcasters. Although one point of a Damage Skill effect is more potent than one point of Sound to lower a caster's chance of successfully casting spells, it only applies to only one school of magic and costs four times more Magicka. Damaging Luck or Willpower attributes is far less effective for this purpose. Other effects that apply to all schools of magic and have both advantages and disadvantages compared to Sound.
|Base Magicka Cost||40||40||3|
|Immunity||Yes (Vampires, many creatures in Bloodmoon)||No||No *|
|Actions Forbidden||All, except consuming potions & ingredients||Spellcasting (Victim does not attempt to cast spells)||None (Victim may drain Magicka failing to cast spells)|
Unlike other magical effects that impact the chance of successfully performing an action such as Sanctuary, Sound is affected by the target's Fatigue. It is only when a victim is 50% fatigued that Sound's magnitude represents the actual reduction in the victim's percent chance of successfully casting a spell. A victim who is well rested experiences a greater loss (up to 1.25 × Sound magnitude), while a victim who is nearing exhaustion experiences a lesser reduction (as low as 0.75 × Sound magnitude). If the victim's Fatigue levels are known, the actual result can be calculated using the following equation:
(((Current Fatigue ÷ Maximum Fatigue) × 0.50) + 0.75) × Sound Magnitude
The following spells consist of a Sound effect. They may include additional effects. See articles for details.
|Cruel Earwig||Spell||9||5||11||5||0||Target||cruel earwig|
|Cruel Noise||Spell||12||10||22||5||0||Touch||✓||cruel noise|
|Dire Earwig||Spell||13||8||15||5||0||Target||✓||dire earwig|
|Dire Noise||Spell||35||2||60||5||0||Target||✓||dire noise|
|Wild Earwig||Spell||17||1||30||5||0||Target||✓||wild earwig|
|= Available for purchase from a spell merchant.|
The following spell merchants are purveyors of a spell consisting of a Sound effect:
|Arielle Phiencel||Mages Guild||10||Sadrith Mora, Wolverine Hall: Mages Guild||Dire Noise|
|Bratheru Oran||Hlaalu||10||Vivec, Hlaalu Canton: Edryno Arethi's House||Earwig|
|Bronrod the Roarer BM||Skaal||8||Skaal Village: Bronrod the Roarer's House||Dire Noise|
|Eraamion||Mages Guild||10||Caldera: Mages Guild||Dire Earwig|
|Estirdalin||Mages Guild||10||Balmora: Mages Guild||Earwig|
|Ethasi Rilvayn *||Morag Tong||10||Balmora: Morag Tong Guildhall||Wild Earwig|
|Fanildil||Imperial Legion||10||Ebonheart: Hawkmoth Legion Garrison||Dire Noise|
|Llaros Uvayn||Hlaalu||10||Caldera: Governor's Hall||Wild Earwig|
|Mertisi Andavel||Telvanni||10||Tel Branora: Upper Tower||Dire Noise|
|Namanian Facian||Morag Tong||10||Sadrith Mora: Morag Tong Guild||Dire Noise|
|Nelso Salenim||Telvanni||10||Sadrith Mora: Telvanni Council House: Entry||Dire Noise|
|Salama Andrethi||Telvanni||10||Tel Mora: Tower Services||Cruel Noise|
|Salyni Nelvayn||Morag Tong||10||Ald'ruhn: Morag Tong Guildhall||Dire Noise|
There is only one item in Morrowind and expansion packs that is enchanted with a Sound effect. The Madstone of the Ahemmusa is an amulet consisting of a 50-point effect for 20 seconds on touch. It is received from Sinnammu Mirpal upon being named the Ahemmusa Nerevarine during the main quest.