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Selena Orania
(RefID: 00003461)
Home City Bruma
Location Bruma Mages Guild
Race Imperial Gender Female
Level 10 Class Alchemist
RefID 00003461 BaseID 0002D020
Available Randomly between 8am and 1am
Gold 800 Mercantile Apprentice (40)
Sells Alchemy supplies
Spells Alteration SpellsConjuration SpellsDestruction SpellsIllusion SpellsMysticism SpellsRestoration Spells
Other Information
Health 73 Magicka 180
Responsibility 100 Aggression 5
Faction(s) Bruma Citizens; Guild for Mages Journeyman(Journeyman Journeyman)
Selena Orania

Selena Orania, an Imperial alchemist, is a Journeyman of the Mages Guild who sells alchemical supplies and spells at the Bruma Guild Hall.

Between 8am and 6pm, she has a 50% chance each of either reading a book from the guild library or mixing up potions with her mortar & pestle in the western room on the ground floor. At 6pm she will stop to eat dinner in the basement dining room for two hours. At 8pm she will again have a 50% chance each of either studying Alchemy by reading the common text Fundaments of Alchemy or wandering around aimlessly, and will perform her chosen action in a room in the Guild basement for five hours. At 1am she calls it a day and sleeps for seven hours. Like most of the Bruma chapter, she is killed when the hall is attacked during the A Plot Revealed quest.

She has 800 gold and a Mercantile skill of 40. She will buy ingredients, potions, alchemical apparatus, and miscellaneous items from you while selling only alchemical supplies. She will offer her bartering and spell-selling services when not eating, sleeping, or studying Alchemy in the evening. Make sure to buy any spells that you want before she dies, particularly the Fortify Health spell, which is the only non-Expert level spell with that effect.

She wears upper-class attire consisting of a blue velvet outfit and a pair of blue suede shoes. She also carries her book, her mortar & pestle, an empty grand soul gem, a Mages Guild key, and a sizable amount of gold. She doesn't carry any weapons, relying instead on a series of medium-level spells from all of the magical schools; these are also the same spells that she will sell to you. However, she is unable to cast her Expert-level spells (see Bugs).

She owns all of the items found inside her room on the ground floor. These include two copies of the standard text Fundaments of Alchemy, two empty soul gems, almost three complete sets (one misses a calcinator) of novice-level alchemy apparatus, three scrolls (two Light and one Frost Damage), three potions (two Restore Health and one Restore Intelligence), and the minotaur horn found in the main hall.


When approached for the first time, she will introduce herself:

"My name is Selena Orania. I'm a Mages Guild Journeyman."

Like fellow guild member Volanaro, she would rather live somewhere else:

"Well, sometimes I feel we're not welcome here. The Nords don't like Heartlanders very much."

When asked about the Mages Guild when you haven't joined yet:

"You should think about joining the guild. If you're interested, talk to Jeanne Frasoric or one of the other local guild hall leaders."

When asked about the Guild if you have joined, she will have a piece of advice for you:

"Volanaro has a twisted sense of humor, but he also has a few nice spells up his sleeve. If you want to summon a Bound sword, talk to him."

When asked the same question, Volanaro will return the favor:

"It's a shame that Selena doesn't join in our fun, but she takes her role as an Alchemist very seriously. If you need supplies, she's the one to see."

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

Bruma RecommendationEdit

She's not too fond of Volanaro and J'skar's constant pranks on their self-centered leader, Jeanne Frasoric. If her disposition towards you is less than 50 she will be rather reluctant to share info about the missing J'skar:

"I haven't seen him in days. Volanaro said something about a spell backfiring, making him permanently invisible. Maybe you should go see him about it. I don't feel like talking about it with you."

After a bit of persuasion, she will add:

"Look, I like you and all, but I really don't want to get in the middle of this. If Volanaro and J'skar want to have their fun, fine. I'm not going to participate, and I'm not saying another word about it. Take it up with them."

When you have talked to Volanaro, Selena will be ready to share her opinion on Jeanne:

"I suppose I like her well enough. It's a shame she doesn't know more about her craft, though. Still, I don't quite think she deserves the hard time the others give her."

Seeking Your RootsEdit

Once you harvest a Nirnroot plant, you will immediately be directed to one of Cyrodiil's alchemists. Asking Selena about the mysterious plant will net you different responses depending on whether you have a sample in your inventory or not:

"I can't help you if you don't show me what you're talking about."
"What was it called again? Something... root. Agh. Sorry, I can't remember. I'm afraid unusual plants are not my area of expertise. I think I'll have to refer you to Sinderion. He's a fantastic alchemist in Skingrad who specializes in this sort of thing."

Once you've spoken to Sinderion, she will instead encourage you:

"Good luck with your field work for Sinderion."


  • She is among the few NPCs in the game to be marked for a Scripted Death but not to be flagged as essential. Thus it is possible for her to effectively "die twice".
  • A combination of her magical schools' skill levels and her total available magicka results in Selena being unable to cast any of her Expert-level spells.


Selena Orania has the following spells for sale:

Spell Name Level Cost Effects
Defend Apprentice 43 Shield 15% for 30sec on Self
Ease Burden Apprentice 35 Feather 50pts for 240sec on Self
Open Easy Lock Apprentice 29 Open Easy Lock on Target
Summon Scamp Apprentice 60 Summon Scamp for 20sec on Self
Summon Daedroth Expert 369 Summon Daedroth for 30sec on Self
Flash Bolt Apprentice 52 Fire Damage 20pts on Target
Winter's Grasp Journeyman 96 Frost Damage 45pts on Touch
Superior Wound Expert 201 Drain Health 50pts for 10sec on Target
Beguiling Touch Novice 14 Charm 12pts for 30sec on Touch
Dominate Humanoid Expert 331 Command Humanoid up to level 9 for 30sec on Target
Major Life Detection Apprentice 30 Detect Life in 60ft for 20sec on Self
Remote Manipulation Apprentice 28 Telekinesis 10ft for 20sec on Target
Soul Trap Apprentice 60 Soul Trap for 20sec on Touch
Superior Spell Reflection Expert 323 Reflect Spell 20pts for 20sec on Self
Fortify Health* Apprentice 32 Fortify Health 30pts for 30sec on Self
Heal Major Wounds Apprentice 61 Restore Health 25pts on Self
Absorb Skill: Blade Expert 193 Absorb Blade 25pts for 15sec on Touch

* Indicates spells which cannot be purchased from anyone else, though spells with the same effects at different magnitudes can be purchased elsewhere.

Purchased Spell Notes
  • The magicka cost for most purchasable spells matches the value you would calculate from the Spell Cost equation. In other words, if you were to create the same spell at the Spellmaking Altar, it would have the same magicka cost as the purchasable spell. There are a few exceptions. Spells that are a bad deal, i.e. more expensive than a custom spell, are in red; spells that are a good deal are in green. The magicka cost if you were to create a custom spell at the Spellmaking Altar is shown in parentheses.
  • The magicka cost for spells is dependent upon your skill in the school (as modified by Luck, see Magic Overview). The provided baseline values are the magicka cost when your skill level is 33. For other skill levels the magicka cost can be determined from:
Cost * (1.4 - 0.012 * Skill)
  • More powerful spells cost more to buy, have a higher skill requirement, and consume more Magicka.
  • Level indicates what skill level you must reach (or surpass) in order to use a spell. Skill Level 0-24 = Novice, 25-49 = Apprentice, 50-74 = Journeyman, 75-99 = Expert, 100 = Master.
  • The base cost in gold that you must pay to purchase a spell is always three times the current magicka cost of the spell, taking into account your character's skill level and Luck. (The actual cost you pay is further increased based on how well you haggle with the merchant.) Therefore, if you have any Fortify Skill or Fortify Luck spells/potions handy, you can get significantly better deals when purchasing spells.