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"Skooma is distilled from moon-sugar, which is sacred to we who worship the moon and stars. But those who use skooma for pleasure quickly become slaves to its visions."

Skooma is an illegal narcotic that is used throughout Tamriel.

By game[edit | edit source]

Origins[edit | edit source]

Skooma was made and perfected by the Dunmer,[1] by way of mixing of moon sugar and Nightshade.[2] Since then, the drug has been used across the continent.

Uses[edit | edit source]

When used, skooma increases the user's strength,[3] speed,[4] and restores stamina.[5] Some of the more addictive effects of the drug are bouts of euphoria, protracted lethargy,[6] loss of voice, minor fits, and possibly death.[7]

Addiction[edit | edit source]

Once someone has become addicted to skooma, it is said there is no potion, blessing, or magical incantation that can cure them. In fact, is a common truism amongst the Khajiit that no such cure exists; that one who has become dependent upon it is forever made a hopeless slave to its allure. This, however, is false, and one may free themselves and regain control through knowledge, understanding, and self-acceptance. Only once the addict overcomes the burden of their own self-despising is there the possibility of redemption.[8] Despite this, an Argonian addict of the drug named Wujeeta was able to cure her addiction by drinking a healing potion.[9]

Skooma trade[edit | edit source]

Since skooma is a narcotic, the Empire has banned it in many provinces.[10] Despite this, many criminals and dealers will sell this to anyone that is interested in buying their product.[11] The primary source of income in Elsweyr is the exportation of moon sugar, which is used to make Skooma. In fact, half of the southern population of Elsweyr are known as "sugar tooths," a slang word for a skooma addict.[source?] Some criminals have formed large operations out of making and selling skooma, as some criminals sell them in large cities such as Riften[9] and other places. There are also secret dens where people can buy or use the drug such as the Bravil Skooma Den in Cyrodiil, or the Redwater Den in Skyrim. Some people in places such as Morrowind will refuse to do business with people carrying the drug,[12] however some people in Cyrodiil are willing to sell or purchase it.[6] Skooma in Skyrim is "watered down" and not as strong as in other provinces.[13] The Khajiit have a tolerance to skooma and moon sugar, as they consume it in some form every day.[UL 1]

Usage[edit | edit source]

A Skooma pipe

Skooma can be used by vaporizing the liquid and smoked through a pipe[14] or by drinking it in its liquid form.

Notable users[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dialogue with Wujeeta
  2. Ingredients of skooma
  3. Skooma effects in Morrowind
  4. Skooma effects in Oblivion
  5. Skooma effects in Skyrim
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dialogue with Oblivion NPCs[citation needed]
  7. Dialogue with Skyrim NPCs[citation needed]
  8. Confessions of a Dunmer Skooma Eater
  9. 9.0 9.1 Events of "Skooma Trade"
  10. Dialogue with City Watch
  11. Random encounters in Skyrim
  12. Generic greeting with characters in Morrowind if the player is carrying skooma or moon sugar
  13. Quotes from bandits in Skyrim
  14. Morrowind items
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