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Altar of Spellmaking
Ulfsild the Evergreen

Spellmaking,[1] also known as spell making,[2] spell-crafting,[3] or spellcrafting,[nb 1] is the magical craft of creating new spells.[2] Spells taught at institutions of learning, known as circinate spells are standardized and more readily available. However, for more advanced practitioners of magic seeking more unique effects, spellmaking is an option.[4][5]:64 Ulfsild the Evergreen collaborated with Luminaries of Magic to create Scribing in the First Era, the precursor to the modern spellcrafting system.[6][UOL 1] Scribing when it was rediscovered caught the attention of Vanus Galerion, who envisioned altars in every Mages Guild hall, and saw that Scribing would influence even roving mages out in the wilds.[7] Spellcrafters have existed outside Ulfsild's Scribing and Vanus Galerion's modernization, however, and have created spells outside their contributions.[8]

Those who practice spellmaking are referred to as spellmakers,[1] spellcrafters,[9] and spellsmiths.[nb 2] They are known as the Isolationists within the Mages Guild of the Iliac Bay.[10]

Spellmaking Altars,[11] and Spell Makers, serve as the supplementary tools for mages to craft spells.[4] Magetallow candles are utilized to power some of those tools.[11][12] However, some mages are capable of inventing spells without utilizing these altars, opting instead to cast them directly to assess their effects, sometimes on willing subjects.[13]

Spells were sometimes named after their creators, such as Merien's White Mask devised by Merien Sellan of Eagle's Brook,[14] or Shalidor's Mirror created by the legendary Arch-Mage Shalidor.[15][16] Master Neloth of House Telvanni also lent his name to his experimental spells.[13][17] Sometimes spells and magically enchanted scrolls are named after other individuals. Tarhiel's spell and scrolls of Icarian Flight bore Icarian's name.[nb 3]

While usually associated with magical institutions like the Mages Guild and similar organizations,[10] as well as temples such as the Temple of Kynareth,[18] spell invention is a practice observed among mages throughout Tamriel,[1] and beyond,[19] spanning from elite practitioners like Master Neloth, or Archmagister Mavon of House Telvanni,[13][8] to more commonplace spellcasters, whether from urban, rural, or tribal backgrounds.[1][14]

Imperial law mandates the Mages Guild to instruct any eager learner in the commonly practiced spells of magic, yet it does not extend the same obligation to the crafting of magical items or the acquisition of components essential for creating new spells, and Advanced Spellcrafting was considered potentially dangerous to the public at large. Accessing the guild's spellmaking and enchanting services necessitates higher-ranked membership in good standing by the Council of Mages, and entry to the Arcane University.[20][21]:64

Frostcrag Spire and the Praxographical Center of the Arcane University are known for their spellmaking equipment.[11][22] Master Spellmakers are the mages who resided in the Arcane University and offered their services to other members of the guild. In the late Third Era, in 3E 433, Borissean and Gaspar Stegine were considered the premier spellmakers of the university.[23]



  • 1.  Term spellcrafting is also occasionally used to describe spellcasting in general,[24] though it also was used to specifically refer to process of creating spells.[8][UOL 2][UOL 1]
  • 2.  Spellsmiths of Kynareth are a known practitioners of spellmaking.[18] However, the term spellsmith is also sometimes also used to descibe arcane smiths using magic during their metalworking,[25] or armamancers.[26]
  • 3.  Icarian, a Bosmeri mage of the Second Era, crafted a device enabling long-distance jumping, meeting his demise in 2E 582 while using it. He claimed that his name would be remembered in the scrolls of history.[27] In that same year, Tarhiel Farano was developing a spell aimed at achieving similar effects, also meeting his demise after using it. He claimed that his descendants would perfect his spell.[28] Centuries later, in 3E 427, another mage named Tarhiel sought to perfect his spell,[29] utilizing scrolls of Icarian Flight for his long-distance leap and meeting a fate akin to his predecessors.[30][31]

See AlsoEdit

  • For game-specific information, see the Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Legends  articles.
  • Spellcrafting was originally intended to be a mechanic in ESO; however, it was ultimately scrapped and later repurposed for Scribing. More information about this mechanic can be found here.


  1. ^ a b c d Spellmakers in Vvardenfell and Mournhold in Morrowind and Morrowind: Tribunal
  2. ^ a b Spell Making in Oblivion
  3. ^ Felen Relas's dialogue in Oblivion
  4. ^ a b Dialogue during Banish Daedra in Daggerfall
  5. ^ Daggerfall User's Guide
  6. ^ The Crow's dialogue in ESO
  7. ^ Loremaster's Archive - Scribing — Votary Nahila
  8. ^ a b c Archmagister Mavon's AscensionNardhil Arethan
  9. ^ Prior Maborel's dialogue in Oblivion
  10. ^ a b Isolationists in Daggerfall
  11. ^ a b c Frostcrag Spire MemoirsTaris Rendil, Arch-Mage
  12. ^ Magetallow Candles Box in Oblivion
  13. ^ a b c Neloth's dialogue during Experimental Subject (A) and Experimental Subject (B) in Skyrim: Dragonborn
  14. ^ a b Tamien Sellan, and Merien Sellan's dialogue in ESO
  15. ^ Shalidor's Mirror effect in Morrowind
  16. ^ Arch-Mage Shalidor's dialogue in ESO
  17. ^ Neloth's Health Boost, and Neloth's Memory Spell Powers in Skyrim: Dragonborn
  18. ^ a b Spellsmiths of Kynareth in Daggerfall
  19. ^ Guide to New SheothBrenith Aralyn
  20. ^ Manual of Spellcraft
  21. ^ The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Official Game Guide — Peter Olafson
  22. ^ Praxographical Center in Oblivion
  23. ^ Gaspar Stegine, and Borissean's dialogue in Oblivion
  24. ^ Shatasha, and Valdam Andoren's dialogue in ESO
  25. ^ Spaulder of Ruin's antiquity codex entries in ESO: The Deadlands
  26. ^ Dremora Spellsmiths in ESO: The Deadlands
  27. ^ Icarian in ESO and From Nirn to the AetherIcarian
  28. ^ Tarhiel Farano's dialogue in ESO: Necrom
  29. ^ Journal of TarhielTarhiel
  30. ^ Scroll of Icarian Flight and Icarian Flight spell in Morrowind
  31. ^ Events of A Falling Wizard in Morrowind

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.