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  • This is a theory, and it is worth noting that I have only played Skyrim (and it's DLCs), Oblivion (with Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine), Online, Legends and Daggerfall. Most of my resources come from the Wiki alone.


    I do not think that something killed the Dwemer. Instead, I believe that the Dwemer were able to trap their souls into gems, and embody their Animunculi.  Most Dwarven contraptions have soul gems upon looting, ranging from Petty quality to Grand. Of course, you need Black soul gems to entrap Men and Mer (Such as Bandits or merchants), so my theory may have just been disproven, if it weren't for the Falmers' in Skyrim having souls which can be trapped with white soul gems.

    If the Falmer, a race of elves, could be trapped using white soul gems, then the Dwemer may have been able to put their souls into white gems too. This is supported with the fact that you see no Dwemer in the Soul Cairn, which only houses souls trapped into Black soul gems.



    If the Dwemer did have Black quality souls, they may have used a ritual similar to what you witness in the Mages Guild questline in TES IV: Oblivion, where a Worm Cultist transformed a Grand Soul Gem into a Black one, except doing the opposite. They could have stored their souls into the Black gems, performed the ritual and converted the filled Black gems into the white ones.



    This is all speculation of course, and any other points of view would be greatly appreciated, and further inspected on by me.

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    • WHERE'S MATPAT WHEN WE NEED HIM?

      HE WOULD BE ALL OVER THIS!

      And, keep up the good work

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    • Please refrain from using all-caps. It violates the TES wiki's fourm policy.

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    • Despite the fact that zero summing results in the complete erasure of all known records and memory of the individual(s) in question, that is what I think happened to the Dwemer.

      My guess is the moment Kagrenac used the tools on the heart, every Dwemer linked to it came to know the truth about the universe. That they were not individual beings, but rather figments of the Godhead's dream, and when faced with this fact, couldn't accept it for what it was and thereby deleted from existence.

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    • it could very well be like what happened to arniel 

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    • A common fan belief is that the Dwemer weren’t destroy or sealed within Numidium. Instead they were sent to a between realm. Where they exist in Nirn, in the same place as the rest of Men and Mer. However they can’t seen or physically interact with the world. So in a sense they are still “there” in their caves and cities. Just unable to touch anything or be perceived as they are in of a sub-space.

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    • Twilight Despair 5 wrote: A common fan belief is that the Dwemer weren’t destroy or sealed within Numidium. Instead they were sent to a between realm. Where they exist in Nirn, in the same place as the rest of Men and Mer. However they can’t seen or physically interact with the world. So in a sense they are still “there” in their caves and cities. Just unable to touch anything or be perceived as they are in of a sub-space.

      Sounds a lot like Silent Hill.

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    • You're REALLY close. We do actually know what happened to the Dwemer. The use of the Heart of Lorkhan and Kagrenac's tools, plus their psychic link known as the Calling, all contributed to them stacking their souls together (dubbed "soul stacking") and fused with Numidium to become its divinity.

      The write up of the Final Report to Trebonius explains what happened to the Dwemer. While this was a fan submission, it explains in game sources written like an in world document. This has been confirmed by Michael Kirkbride (a developer of Morrowind) and references to it exist in other places such as in C0DA when Jubal says to Numidium, "You are the dissapearance of the dwarves," and from the Skyrim quest involving Arniel who used Kagrenac's tools and a soul gem to fuse himself to a robut.

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    • Why was there a Giant inside of blackreach?

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    • I'm under the impression that the soul gems were how the Dwemer animated the Animunculi.

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    • Cool but if the Dwemer were fused with Numidium then why did Tiber Septim need the Mantella?

      And if their souls are what power the Animunculi, why are their gems empty?

      And if they were zero summed, then how are the Tribunal, Divayth Fyr and Yagrum still able to remember when they existed?

      Think ya'll need to take a step back from this one.

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    • The concept of zero summing itself is parodoxical because if it results in the complete erasure of the individual from all memory, then the knowledge of zero summing cannot be known to anyone.

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    • And I retract my original theory.

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    • The soul gem is empty because you killed the Animunculi, so the soul is gone?

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    • Since you can't soultrap a Centurion/Spider/any other Dwemer contruct, it logically follows that they never had a soul powering them to begin with.

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    • I imagined that they soultrapped a wolf or something and used that soul to power the Animunculi. Like a Frostbite spider soul for a dwarven spider, and so on.

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