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Dwemer Artifact: Keening (0006a13c)
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Type One-handed Dagger
Editor ID MGRKeening
Damage Damage 8
Damage Damage 8 {{{health}}}
Speed 1.3
Speed 1.3 Reach 0.7
Weight Weight 4 Value Value 13
Quality Tempering Not possible (See Bugs)
Quality Tempering Not possible (See Bugs) Perk
Charge/Cost = Uses 0/1

Keening is a unique dagger crafted by the Dwemer Lord Kagrenac. Keening, Sunder and Wraithguard are the three legendary tools created to control the Heart of Lorkhan. Arniel Gane, who is researching what happened to the Dwemer, had Keening brought to Skyrim during the quest Arniel's Endeavor. His goal is to use it in an experiment to finally solve the mystery of the Dwemer's disappearance.

Before the completion of the quest Arniel's Endeavor, Keening has a "Mortal Wound" effect, lowering maximum health by 5 points as long as it is equipped.

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  • Keening also previously appeared in Morrowind. Unlike many of the recurring artifacts that appear in Skyrim, it retains an almost exact physical resemblance to the item found in the older game, albeit with different enchantments.
  • When usable (see bug below), the enchantment delivers "Keening's Sting" on every hit. Visually, it appears to combine the three special draining effects together. It can be resisted with magic resistance.
  • Myrwatch's galleryCC contains a special holder for this item.


  • Keening may fall through the floor at the end of Arniel's Endeavor.
  • Keening can be placed upon a weapon rack, but it won't stay there. This usually results in the loss of the dagger when it falls off into unreachable areas.
  • Keening's enchantment has a charge capacity of zero, making it unusable under normal circumstances.
    •   The Unofficial Skyrim Patch, version 1.3.0, addresses this issue. The enchantment now has infinite charges.
    • The enchantment can be used if a set of gear with Fortify Destruction effects is worn that reduces casting cost by a total of 100%.
  • Keening cannot be improved at the grindstone.