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The Spellbreaker (also spelled Spell Breaker) is an artifact attributed to the Daedric Prince Peryite. Superficially a Dwarven tower shield, it is one of the most ancient relics in Tamriel. The shield not only protects its wielder from physical damage, but also from magical attacks, by reflecting magicks, dispelling curses, or silencing any mage about to cast a spell. It is said that the shield still searches for its original owner, and will not remain the property of anyone else for long.[1]


It played an important role in the historic Battle of RourkenShalidor.[1] King Rourken had the shield created for him in the conflict with Shalidor, it was ultimately lost in the final battle.[2]

Some time during the First Era, Spellbreaker was granted to the Dragon Priest Zaan the Scalecaller. After being abandoned by her Dragon lord, Zaan turned to Peryite—earning his favor and shield—before being killed by her dissatisfied followers.

Around 2E 582, Zaan was awoken from death by a cult of Peryite, with whom she cooperated to unleash a terrible plague on Tamriel. Zaan was defeated by members of the Undaunted—but Spellbreaker was retaken by Peryite before they could claim it.[3]

The shield was uncovered by the Eternal Champion during the Imperial Simulacrum, in either Hammerfell or Valenwood (reports vary).[4] In the events leading up to the Warp in the West, an agent of the Blades contacted Peryite in search of power. The agent reminded the Prince of a mortal from the First Era, and Peryite took a shine to the agent. He had the agent slay a Vampire Ancient who had displeased him, and in return he had one of his worshippers give the Spellbreaker to the agent.[5]

Mastrius, a Dunmer vampire who had been imprisoned for centuries in the Salvel Ancestral Tomb near the Red Mountain of Vvardenfell by Azura, required the Spellbreaker to break the curse keeping him in his prison. In 3E 427, the weakened Mastrius was discovered by a fellow vampire who agreed to help free him. The Spellbreaker was found in the Dwemer ruin of Bthuand, near the skeleton of its previous owner who had died in a cave-in. Mastrius used the shield as a conduit for his spell and broke Azura's curse, returning to full strength. He then betrayed his fellow vampire and was slain; his accomplice then claimed the Spellbreaker.[6] Later that year, the shield came into the possession of Torasa Aram, and was put on display in her museum of artifacts in Mournhold.[7]

In 3E 433, worshippers of Peryite in Cyrodiil attempted to become closer to the Prince by performing a risky ritual which resulted in trapping their souls in Peryite's realm of Oblivion, the Pits. The Champion of Cyrodiil found the frozen bodies of the worshippers around Peryite's shrine by the Silverfish River. The Prince spoke with the Champion, and requested that they enter Oblivion and retrieve his worshippers' souls. The Champion obliged, and was rewarded with the Spellbreaker.[8]

Sometime after the end of the Great War, circa 4E 180, the Warrior came across Spellbreaker in their journey. The method of its acquisition is conflicted, however; some claim that it was obtained from the plane of Oblivion known as the Abyss, while others believe it was looted from a chest.[9]

In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn summoned Peryite and was tasked with killing the Bosmer Orchendor, a monk of Peryite who had rebelled against the Prince. He dwelled in the Dwemer ruin of Bthardamz in Skyrim, along with many Bretons from High Rock who had been cursed by Peryite with a terrible plague. The Dragonborn infiltrated the ruins, killing the afflicted Bretons before defeating Orchendor and sending his soul to the Pits. Peryite rewarded the Dragonborn with the Spellbreaker.[10]

Previous Owners:Edit

  • Participant(s) in the Battle of Rourken–Shalidor
  • Zaan the Scalecaller
  • Anonymous Worshipper of Peryite
  • Anonymous Adventurer
  • Mastrius
  • Torasa Aram


  • Shalidor is referred to as "the Spellmirror's forger",[11] and Shalidor said that he "bore [his] Spellmirror into battle."[12] It is unknown if this is the same artifact as Spellbreaker or a different weapon altogether.


See AlsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Tamrielic LoreYagrum Bagarn
  2. ^ Dialogue from the quest to retrieve Spell Breaker in Arena.
  3. ^ Events of Plans of Pestilence quest in ESO
  4. ^ Events of Arena
  5. ^ Events of Peryite's Quest in Daggerfall
  6. ^ Events of The Imprisonment of Mastrius in Morrowind
  7. ^ Events of The Museum quest in Tribunal
  8. ^ Events of the quest Peryite in Oblivion
  9. ^ Events of Blades
  10. ^ Events of The Only Cure in Skyrim
  11. ^ Valaste's dialogue
  12. ^ Arch-Mage Shalidor's dialogue in ESO