Umbra

Title

Umbra

Subject

The Umbra Sword from The Elder Scrolls novels, The Infernal City and Lord of Souls

Description

Umbra was a sword created by the witch Naenra Werr at the request of the Daedric Prince, Clavicus Vile. Vile desired it as a tool to send him souls from the mortal realm. To give it this ability, the sword required a piece of the Daedric Prince's being. After Naerna had imbued the sword with the piece of Vile, it would possess those who would wield it. Over time, its owners would become slaves to its drive to kill. At some point, the sword became sentient. It defied Clavicus Vile and stole some of his essence. Umbra then escaped from its sword prison as a spirit. It fled to Umbriel, a city within Vile's realm, and made a deal with its lord to escape Vile's restrictions keeping him in his realm. They used the essence Umbriel stole from Vile to teleport the city outside the realm, which then ended up in Tamriel in the mortal realm.

Creator

Bethesda Game Studios

Source

"The Infernal City" and "Lord of Souls" by Greg Keyes

Publisher

Del Rey Books

Date

2009 - The Infernal City publication
2011 - Lord of Souls publication

Contributor

Nicholas Lenz

Rights

Bethesda Softworks

Format

Print

Language

English

Type

Fantasy fiction

Files

200px-OB-item-Umbra.jpg

Citation

Bethesda Game Studios, “Umbra,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed August 9, 2022, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/398.