Barilzar's Mazed Band
Barilzar's Mazed Band was an artifact of immense power created by the Clockwork Mage Barilzar in the middle of the Second Era. It was created with the primary purpose of being a means of teleportation, and is capable of teleporting both the wearer and people who touch the wearer at the time of teleportation. The ring's powers far exceeded Barilzar's intentions, as it was able to open rifts in time and space, and could even open the gates of Oblivion, releasing nightmarish creatures upon the land. The ring was cursed and stripped of its power, so that only a god could use it without being destroyed. This curse is thought to have resulted in the death of Barilzar, although the mage lived on as an undead lich and was sealed within an abandoned crypt in Old Mournhold, along with the ring.
The BiPolar Blade is a strange artifact of some renown. According to legend, a nobleman sank his fortune into creating a longsword of supreme power. Two smiths on opposite ends of Tamriel created each half of the blade, unaware of the other, with the hope that no one man, save the owner of the blade, would know its true power. Unfortunately, the smiths were not given enough instruction, and created halves with enchantments that completely negated each other.
The blade is simply regarded as an expensive curiosity for collectors. By 3E 427, it had come into the possession of Sunel Hlas, a wealthy trader and widower living in Mournhold. It is rumored that Hlas relinquished ownership of the blade later that year, and it was given to Torasa Aram to be put on display in her museum of artifacts.
The Bittercup was lost for many years, until it was discovered in 3E 427 in the ancient tower of Ald Redaynia on an island in Sheogorad. The cup was recovered by the Nerevarine circa 3E 427. Gentleman Jim Stacey wished to use it to bribe Eydis Fire-Eye, the corrupt leader of the Fighters Guild in Balmora, although it is unknown if the cup was given to Eydis.
Black Books are Daedric artifacts created by Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of Fate and Knowledge. Each book contains some manner of forbidden knowledge. Some books are from the ancient past; some are from the future. The thick tomes are bound in black covers, with a symbol representing Mora on the front, and emit a black mist. They are comparable to the Oghma Infinium, another tome of knowledge created by Mora; however, through the reading of the Black Books, individuals can obtain much more power than that gained from the Oghma Infinium alone. The books were spread across Tamriel by Mora, and are usually located in the depths of ancient dungeons.
Through reading a Black Book, the reader will enter Apocrypha, the realm of Oblivion created and ruled over by Hermaeus Mora. Tentacles will emerge from the tome and envelop the reader. An apparition of the reader's body remains in Mundus, tethering their life force. Most mortals who read a Black Book are driven insane, but those who successfully journey through Apocrypha are known to discover powerful knowledge. Dying in Apocrypha while reading a Black Book simply banishes the reader back to Tamriel. Rereading a book will return the reader to the same area of Apocrypha, allowing them to attempt Mora's gauntlets again or harness the power of a different piece of knowledge. Copies of the contents of Black Books can be made without entering Apocrypha.
The Blackwater Blade is an ornate Cyrodiilic steel longsword associated with the Blackwater Brigand pirates from Bravil. It was said to be enchanted to cause fatigue in those the blade was used against.
Blade of Woe
The Blade of Woe is a ritualistic dagger associated with the Dark Brotherhood. It takes the form of an Ebony dagger and can, at its most lethal, instantly kill its target and can shroud the wielder from view. It is also known to damage or drain health, deplete magicka and willpower, and demoralize anyone struck by it. The blood spilled by the blade may become tainted, and it has also been known to completely incinerate targets marked for ritual execution.
The Bloodskal Blade (also known simply as Bloodskal) is an ancient Nordic artifact. In appearance it is an enchanted silver sword, either a long blade or a greatsword, sometimes decorated with red markings. It has the power to either cause magical frost damage to those that it strikes, or release a ribbon of mystical energy, a red energy blast which can hit an out-of-reach target.
The blade was created by the Bloodskal clan, a clan of Nords on Solstheim. It came to rest in Bloodskal Barrow, guarded by draugr. The energy blasts released by the blade were necessary to open a strange door within the ruins.
Bloodthirst is an Akaviri "blood drinker" longsword, the other known example being the transforming blade, Dawnfang and Duskfang. Another enchanted longsword, Rimelink, is crafted in the same style as these weapons.
Like Dawn/Duskfang, its crossguard and pommel are adorned with elegant jewels, its pronged blade resembles the gaping maw of a beast, and it has a snakeskin pattern that envelops the areas around the crossguard, handle, and pommel. It differs from both in that its jewel is infused with swirling red blood. Its sinister appearance is known to make people feel uneasy. It earns its name thanks to its unquenchable thirst for blood, and it fortifies its wielder and increases their swing speed.
The Bloodworm Helm is an evil trollbone helmet created by Mannimarco, the King of Worms. Although beautiful to behold, many find the artifact repulsive due to its necromantic nature. The helm grants the wearer greater skill at Conjuration, as well as the ability to turn the undead, drain the essence of enemies and summon a skeletal minion from the Soul Cairn. Mannimarco left the helm behind when he ascended to godhood during the Warp in the West.
Book of Life
The Book of Life was a census record kept by the Nords in the early First Era. Mentioned in A History of Daggerfall, it is noted as "one of the first civilized acts the Nords performed". It is believed to be the first census kept by humans on Tamriel. The book was used to keep track of the population of newly conquered High Rock, including Daggerfall, which was founded by the Nords as a fort-town to support their raids. On the settlement of Daggerfall the Book of Life says:
- "North of the Highest bluffs, south of the moors, west of the hills, and east of the sea is called DAGGERFALL. 110 men, 93 women, 13 children under 8 years of age, 58 cows, 7 bulls, 63 chickens, 11 cocks, 38 hogs live here."
The exact length of the Book of Life remains unknown, but the info on Daggerfall is found on page 933.
- Daggerfall (mentioned only)
Boots of the Apostle
The Boots of the Apostle are very mysterious. The wearer of the boots is rumored to be able to levitate, though sightings of them in use have been extremely rare. They are relics of Tiber Septim and legendary treasures of Cyrodiil. The Nerevarine reportedly recovered the boots and sold them to the Mournhold Museum of Artifacts in 3E 427.
Boots of Blinding Speed
The Boots of Blinding Speed are a pair of netch leather boots which bear a powerful enchantment that greatly augments the user's speed at the cost of their vision. It is possible to negate the blinding effects through the use of magic, such as night vision or magical resistances.
Bow of Shadows
The Bow of Shadows is a Daedric artifact that, according to legend, was forged by the Daedric Prince Nocturnal. The legendary ranger, Raerlas Ghile, was granted the Bow for a secret mission that failed. The Bow was lost, though Raerlas is said to have used it to take scores of his foes down with him. The Bow is said to grant the user invisibility and increased speed. Many sightings have been reported; it is said that the Second Era Dunmer assassin Dram once wielded it. Dram likely used the Bow during the Battle of Hunding Bay, when he shot Prince A'tor with the poisoned arrow that eventually killed him. Dram also made use of the bow during the rebellion of Stros M'Kai, led by the Restless League, most notably in battle against Cyrus the Redguard.
Near the end of the Third Era, the Bow came into the possession of a necromancer named Goris the Maggot King. In 3E 427, the Nerevarine killed Goris and his accomplice Luven in the Venim Ancestral Tomb, a tomb in the Grazelands of Vvardenfell which Goris used as a lair. The Nerevarine then retrieved the Bow. Later that year, the Bow was sold to Torasa Aram and put on display in her Museum of Artifacts in Mournhold.
Brush of Truepaint
The Brush of Truepaint is an Aedric artifact supposedly created by Dibella. It is said that the bristles of the brush were woven from of Dibella's own hair. The brush allows the wielder to enter a painting canvas and paint things life-sized, simply by imagining them.