The Staff of Magnus, as it appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Not to be confused with quests named The Staff of Magnus.

The Staff of Magnus is an ancient, powerful staff with mystical ties to the Eye of Magnus and the god Magnus, from whom its name is derived.

By game[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Staff of Magnus can be described as a "metaphysical battery of sorts" used by its creator, the god Magnus. Using it absorbs an enemy's health and magicka,[1] and lessens the effect of spells cast on the user.[2] While it shields its user from magical attacks,[3] the staff will eventually abandon its owner before they become too powerful and upset the mystical balance the staff was created to protect.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Second Era[edit | edit source]

In 2E 582, during the events of The Elder Scrolls Online, the staff was in the possession of the Aldmeri Dominion, having been stashed in Marbruk. However, the lich Naemon had the staff stolen, whereupon his shade took the staff to the location of the Heart of Valenwood, the Ayleid Ruin of Hectahame. Attempting to use the staff to corrupt the heart, the shade removed the ancient magical protections that had been previously placed upon the ruin. The Veiled Heritance hoped to turn Valenwood into a "Shadow Wood". Luckily for Valenwood, however, the Dominion eventually invaded the ruins, killing Naemon. The staff ultimately ended up in the hands of Queen Ayrenn.[4]

Third Era[edit | edit source]

Appearance in The Elder Scrolls: Arena

Years later, during the Imperial Simulacrum, the Staff of Magnus was located by the Eternal Champion.[5]

Later into the third era, the staff was obtained by a mage from the Mages Guild, and the Hero of Daggerfall was assigned the task of taking back the staff from the guild.[6]

Dreveni Hlaren, a sorceress, was the owner of the staff by 3E 427. Discovering its location, the Mages Guild tasked the Nerevarine with reclaiming the staff for them.[7]

Fourth Era[edit | edit source]

By 4E 201, the staff was somewhere deep within the crypt of Labyrinthian. The Last Dragonborn was sent to Labyrinthian by the College of Winterhold, where they killed the Dragon Priest Morokei and brought the staff back to the establishment. The Synod and Psijic Order were both involved in use of the staff at this point.[8]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Tamrielic Lore
  2. Effects in Morrowind
  3. Effects in Arena
  4. Events of Online
  5. Events of Arena
  6. Events of Daggerfall
  7. Events of Morrowind
  8. Events of Skyrim
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