Why are there no Aedric artifacts? I always thought it would be pretty interesting to see what kind of artifcats Akatosh or Talos would create and what they would do. Is it because there are more Daedric Princes than there are Divines? Anyway, it was just a thought.
Aedric artifacts should be a thing in the next games... not all of us have characters that follow the Daedra. My Argonian is a Daedric follower, mainly Namira and Sanguine, but my Bosmer is strictly anti-Daedra, killing any and all lycanthropes and vampires that can be killed, and taking down establishments like the Dark Brotherhood. Would be awesome to have an "Aedric artifact" to shove into a Daedric prince's face whilst I slaughter his foolish followers.
Daedric artifact exist because the way of the Daedric Princes is to scheme with mortals through pacts and collusion, and unlike the Aedra, they also do politics and petty fight between each other. Since they have the eternity and the mortals don't, they need to advance their schemes through short-term proposals (being one's champion, gaining objects in echange of services etc), knowing that in the end they'll benefit in the long term. Aedric on the other hand are "working" through worship and patronage, they manifest themselves through blessed shrines in exchange of the devotion and faith put in them.
Well, in Oblivion there was a paint brush that was supposedly made of Dibella's hair though you can't use it. The Crusader's Helmet in the Temple of Kynareth for the Nights of the Nine quest add-on in Oblivion is made of the essense of the gods. Tiber Septim's Armor does actually still exist as Martin merely scraped a bit of dried blood off of the armor to open the portal (Which he said he would only do) and is likely being hoarded by some Blade historian somewhere. And there is one Aedric Artifact that can be obtained in Skyrim (aside from the obvious ones) and that is the sword held by Talos Stormcrown (Tiber Septim or Hjalti Early-Beard) that is a quest item given to the Ghost of Old Hrolden. The sword is nothing special and is essentially an Ancient Nord Sword, but it was still used by a divine. That sword is called Hjalti's sword, but considering the quest is started by sleeping in Tiber Septim's bed, Hjalti (before being known as Tiber Septim) fought here using the Thu'um, and Hjalti was Tiber Septim's original name, it's all far too convenient to be coincidental.
Let me point something out about artifacts of Daedras. The Daedric princes GIVE the artifact to you when you do something for them, most of the time. IN TES, you never come to really even hear their voices, so, therefore, you cannot get aedric artifacts because you never actually come in contact with these Aedras.
The reason that the Aedra don't give out artifacts is that they are the creators of the world, they don't meddle in the affairs of mortals. The Daedra on the other hand, like to mess with mortals. There's more to it, but that's basically why.
Something that I feel that is being forgotten here is that the Aedra lost most of their power during the creation of Nirn, becoming the other heavenly bodies that make up Mundus. The Daedra, on the other hand, lost none of their power as they were not involved in Nirn's creation. The Daedra actually have the power to involve themselves with mortal affairs, and thus bestow powerful artifacts more frequently. The Aedra have less power than the Daedra, and thus rarely involve themselves in mortal affairs.