Lore:Frostcrag Spire

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Frostcrag Spire
Type Settlement
Continent Tamriel
Province Cyrodiil
Region Jerall Mountains
Appears in Oblivion (Wizard's Tower)
Frostcrag Spire

Frostcrag Spire is a large wizard's tower located high in the Jerall Mountains of Cyrodiil, to the west of Bruma. The multilevel complex is navigable only through the use of teleportation pads. The tower also has a viewing platform, offering an unparalleled vista of the Imperial Province.

The Spire was designed and built in the Third Era by Arch-Mage Taris Rendil,[1] who was dissatisfied with living in the Arcane University. He read many tomes and ventured into ancient ruins seeking inspiration for his tower, and eventually decided to build it in the Jeralls. Rendil practiced his magic in peace for many years, and filled the Spire with his many inventions. He designed an Atronach Altar, which could be used to permanently summon atronach familiars for use as guardians.[2]

By collaborating with the master alchemist Sinderion, Rendil also created the Frostcrag Apparatus Table, and constructed an alchemy conservatory filled with plants from both Cyrodiil and Oblivion. Notably, Rendil managed to cultivate the Nirnroot, tame Spiddal Plants and Harrada Root, and the rare Mana Bloom.[3]

With permission from the Mages Guild, he set up spellmaking and enchanting altars, and portals to every Mages Guild guildhall in Cyrodiil.[2] Rendil also created a teleport link between the Spire and an underground ice cave, which he used as a vault. He guarded the place with tamed imps called Vault Guardians. The cave also functioned as a tomb, and two people were buried there: Lennasaan, a mysterious writer, and Rindsey, a famous archer and ale aficionado responsible for the discovery of Daedric Lava Whiskey during an expedition to the Deadlands.[3]

As age began to overwhelm Rendil, he entrusted many of his belongings to Aurelinwae, an Altmer merchant living in the Imperial City. In 3E 433, before he died, Rendil transferred the deed of ownership to his long-lost relative, the Champion of Cyrodiil, hoping to prevent his home from falling into ruin. He then scribed his memoirs and sealed the Spire, leaving instructions on how to restore the tower to its former glory. The Champion granted his dying wish, by compensating Aurelinwae and returning Rendil's possessions to the tower.[3]

During the Oblivion Crisis, an Oblivion Gate opened close to the Spire, but the structure was unaffected.[3]


See Also


  1. ^ Original obliviondownloads.com copy of Frostcrag Spire Memoirs, titled Excerpt from the Memoirs of Taris Rendil, Arch-Mage
  2. ^ a b Frostcrag Spire MemoirsTaris Rendil, Arch-Mage
  3. ^ a b c d Events of Oblivion