Lore:Star Teeth

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Star Teeth in the Crypt of Hearts

The Star Teeth are a group of seven magical prismatic crystals taken from the skies by airships during the Merethic Era.[1]

The crews of the airships saw the challenge of capturing even one Star Tooth as exhilarating, comparing them chasing them to chasing a god.[2] The Star Teeth are occasionally referred to as Ayleid artifacts, implying the airships that collected them were of Ayleid make.[3] Ayleid beliefs claim starlight is the purest form of magical power, which would make the Star Teeth extremely powerful and valuable.[4] Indeed, the Star Teeth where shown to possess the ability to counteract powerful Shadow Magic during the events of Shadowkey. The descent of the Star Teeth matches the description of "shooting stars",[2] Aetherial Fragments falling to Nirn from Aetherius, equating them to the Meteoric Glass used in both Altmeri Culanda Stones and Ayleid Welkynd Stones.[4] Unlike these Stones, however, the Star Teeth have not been seen to contain magicka. Although apparently impossible to control, the Teeth emit sporadic bursts of light. The true nature of their light magic remains unknown, but their potency is seemingly lessened by shade or darkness.[3]

The seven Star Teeth were traditionally held in an ancient ruin known as the Vault of the Heavens. Placed on the pedestals there, they provided a powerful magical enhancement which could be used to fight creatures of shadow. Coincidentally, a school for adventurers known as the Agea Relle was founded in the early Second Era[5] by two Altmer, Nerien'eth and Alanwe, directly on top of the ruins of the vault. Alanwe accidentally discovered the Vault of the Heavens while exploring the caverns underneath the school, and found two objects of interest- the mythical crystals sitting on their respective pedestals, and an enchanted ebony blade that appeared to be of Akaviri make. After researching the Teeth, she attempted to weaponize their light by emulating their enchantment with a Welkynd Stone as a base. She hoped that their light magic could be used against Daedra and all manner of undead, or at least as reusable torches or paperweights should her experiments prove unsuccessful.[3] Alanwe's plans were never realized, as her husband Nerien'eth fell under the influence of Mephala and killed her after claiming the Ebony Blade.[6]

The haunted school once named the Agea Relle soon became known as the Crypt of Hearts, and was avoided by the people of Rivenspire for many years. The ruins were eventually cleared of undead and Daedric influence by the Undaunted in 2E 582.[6]

In time, the Star Teeth left the vault and were scattered across Tamriel. By 2E 582, only five of the Star Teeth remained within the Crypt of Hearts,[6] and shards of the Star Teeth had begun to be circulated throughout Tamriel.[7] By 3E 397, only five were known of, the other two having faded from memory. During the War of the Bend'r-mahk, the shadowmage Skelos Undriel tasked an unknown hero, the Soul of Conflict, with retrieving the five known Star Teeth, which he needed to fight the Umbra' Keth, a Shadow of Conflict created by the ongoing war.[8] The Star Teeth had come into the possession of several influential figures in the area:

Azra Nightwielder, who was discovered and awoken by the hero, revealed that there were in fact seven Star Teeth, and five wouldn't be enough to defeat the Umbra' Keth. Azra warned Skelos Undriel that he would perish if he attempted it, but it is unknown if Undriel heeded his advice. The hero recovered all seven Star Teeth and encountered the spirit of Captain Nym in Glacier Crawl. Nym was a captain of one of the airships which had originally captured the Teeth; his airship crashed into the glacier long ago. Nym feared the plans of Jagar Tharn and Pergan Asuul, who both wanted to control the Umbra' Keth. Pleased with the hero's efforts to thwart their plots, Nym gifted the hero with the Star Coif, a very valuable lightweight helmet. Armed with the seven Star Teeth, the hero descended into the Crypt of Hearts and lured the Umbra' Keth into the Vault of the Heavens.[8] This allowed the hero to defeat the Umbra' Keth, whose shadows were then shredded by sparks from the Teeth.[9]

The Star Teeth Greaves are a piece of valuable medium armor,[8] but their relation to the Teeth is unknown. Similar crystals include Varla Stones, Welkynd Stones, Culanda Stones, Malondo Stones, Vakka Stones, and Stormhold Crystals.

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Notes[edit]

  • The denizens of western Craglorn refer to a type of glowing yellow crystal as "star teeth". These crystals are used decoratively to create extremely valuable studded clothing such as belts.[10] It is unknown what relation they have to the Star Teeth, which are white in color.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glacier Crawl cutscene
  2. ^ a b Captain Nym's dialogue
  3. ^ a b c Star Teeth, Volume IAlanwe
  4. ^ a b Magic from the SkyIrlav Jarol
  5. ^ Based on the founding date of the Mages Guild
  6. ^ a b c Events of ESO
  7. ^ Contraband descriptions
  8. ^ a b c Events of Shadowkey
  9. ^ The ending cutscene in Shadowkey
  10. ^ Star-Studded Champion's Baldric item description in ESO