Skyrim:Mask of Vivec< Skyrim: Items: Unique Items
|Unique Item: Mask of Vivec (xx000822)
|Added by||Ghosts of the Tribunal|
The Mask of Vivec is a unique heavy helmet.
It once belonged to Vivec, one of the three great heroes of Morrowind who saved the Dunmer people time and time again. Vivec, Almalexia, and Sotha Sil were revered as gods for their deeds and came to be known as the Tribunal. At some point around 3E 427 or 3E 433, Vivec himself disappeared under mysterious circumstances, with conflicting reports of what happened. After the disaster of the Red Year, the official worship of the Tribunal collapsed and the New Temple rose, with Vivec and his fellow Tribunes reduced to saints. However, a few devotees survived persecution and came to Ashfall’s Tear on Solstheim in search of a new home. As it happens, the Mask of Vivec would also reappear on Solstheim during 4E 201.
Matriarch Drevlan, if allied with, will give you the quest to rescue the Mask from a corrupt Redoran Guard and the equally corrupt buyer he is selling the priceless holy relic to. Later, it and the other two masks of the tribunal serve as keys to a puzzle, and may be kept afterwards.
- Buyer BewareCC: Ambush a meeting to retrieve the Mask of Vivec.
According to history, the mask was originally formed out of cursed volcanic ash when Dagoth Ur sent his Blight to infect Vivec and his followers, entombing them all in casts of ash. However, Vivec survived and wept bitterly for his people, with his tears of grief weakening his ash prison until he could break out and heal the others. The Mask is the last remaining piece of this ash cast. In the modern day, it is tempered with an Ebony Ingot which would seem to have little to do with its origins. However, ebony smithing is also linked with bitter tears in the legend of Ysgramor's mighty battleaxe Wuuthrad, which was allegedly forged by Ysgramor's son Yngol after Ysgramor wept for the loss of his own people following the Night of Tears.