"Have you ever heard of Shalidor? Immensely powerful mage, back in the First Era. Had an understanding of magic few have ever matched. He holed himself up in Labyrinthian, and devoted all his time to research and study. Wrote more than you would imagine possible."
Urag gro-Shub[src]

Arch-Mage Shalidor, sometimes referred to as Archmagus Shalidor,[1] was a famous Nord Archmage and powerful wizard who lived during the First Era. He created the Labyrinthian in Skyrim, the mage sanctuary of Eyevea, and his personal compound of the Fortress of Ice. Shalidor was said to have a vast knowledge of the workings of Magicka that few have ever known.

Feuds with the Dwemer[edit | edit source]

Shalidor once fought the Dwemer of the Rourken Clan.[2] The Rourken Clan was one of the Dwemer Clans that refused to make peace with the Chimer in the forming of the First Council. Instead, they exiled themselves from Morrowind, and moved to the west, to Hammerfell.[3] During the long march to Hammerfell, the Rourken Clan clashed with Archmage Shalidor in the Battle of Rourken-Shalidor. The powerful Dwemeri artifact, Spell Breaker, a shield that could reflect any oncoming spells, saw action in the battle.[2]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The statue of Shalidor in the courtyard of the College of Winterhold.

Shalidor was the most prominent advocate in a movement to keep magic out of the hands of the common people and instead enact higher standards amongst mages. These beliefs are often credited with bringing forth the creation of magic academies such as the Mages Guild.[4] The Labyrinthian was known as the Archmage's testing ground and it still exists into the Fourth Era. According to Urag gro-Shub, while Shalidor was in Labyrinthian, he heavily studied magic and the arcane arts, researching, writing, and experimenting more than anyone could imagine possible.[5] He is believed to have constructed the Labyrinthian by himself and use it to hold an artifact called Glamoril, the secret of life, which was said to be stolen from Akatosh himself.[4][6] Some claimed that Shalidor had destroyed the infamous Crimson Book of Skulls, but it was later discovered that the book still existed.[7] Shalidor himself lived in a citadel called the Fortress of Ice which was located near Winterhold.[6] Shalidor is also said to have built the city of Winterhold with a whispered spell, though whether this is true is unknown. It is possible that some of his achievements have been hyperbolized.[4]

Research[edit | edit source]

The Archmage Shalidor was well known for his spell Shalidor's Mirror, which was a ward capable of reflecting offensive spells back at the caster. It is speculated that Shalidor created the spell after his battle with the Rourken Clan, trying his best to emulate the effect of the Dwemer shield, Spell Breaker.[2][8] Shalidor was also known to put a large amount of effort into researching the dragons that once roamed Skyrim.[9][10]

Most of the research and writings that Shalidor wrote while in Labyrinthian were lost to the ages, but some of what he wrote is still out there, and would be extremely valuable to any and all arcane universities. Many of these arcane colleges such as the College of Winterhold attempt to seek out more of Shalidor's writings to expand The Arcanaeum, improve the arcane skills of the members there and to help the college expand and improve as a whole.[11]

It should be noted Shalidor loved his research more than his wife, Ulfsild; as shown in one of Sheogorath's oblivion realms, his wife repeatedly questions him about his time and research and eventually leaves him due to "no communication." In the end, Shalidor literally walks up to the area where his wife was standing and calls her name, proving that he did not even pay attention to what she had said due to his concentration on his research.[12]

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References[edit | edit source]

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