Nirncrux: A Study

Nirncrux: A Study
Collection Craglorn Secrets
Author Mendan Flot, Regent of Roiling Concoctions

Nirncrux: A Study is a Book in Elder Scrolls Online. Contained within Eidetic Memory, these books are part of the subcollection Craglorn Secrets


Where to find Nirncrux: A Study

      • Loth'Na Caverns
      • Skyreach Hold



Nirncrux: A Study Content

What a remarkable substance the Scaled Court has discovered! Or perhaps I should say, rediscovered. For it is true that the ancient Nedes made use of this primordial element in ages past. They even appear to have known about its unique properties, including its ability to absorb and distribute Aetherial energy. But I feel confident in my claims that even the Nedes never achieved the variety of uses we have discovered for the element we call nirncrux. When the Regent of Serpentine Stratagems emerged from the ruins of Skyreach and gave us the gift of nirncrux, we were equal parts excited and confused as to what to do with the primordial element. But the Serpent whispered to the regent, and she in turn described several ways we could immediately utilize the substance to increase the power of the Scaled Court. But simple tricks and minor boosts were just the beginning. The Regent of Serpentine Stratagems had greater plans than these, and she ordered me and my alchemists to increase the application of the element a hundredfold. My alchemists first studied the viability of the element in its natural, solid form. The substance can be found as veins running through denser rock throughout the upper region of Craglorn, and sometimes as grains or nuggets along river beds or at the base of hills and mountains. In its solid form, nirncrux is brittle and flaky. It resists attacks by most acids, and does not tarnish when exposed to air or water. However, it is neither dense enough nor strong enough for use in practical applications, such as forging weapons or crafting armor. When ground into a powder or dust, the true worth of nirncrux comes to light. The energy stored within the individual grains of dust can be released using an ancient Nedic ritual that we have modified to better serve the Serpent, and the energized nirncrux dust can be utilized in potions, elixirs, and other concoctions. For example, preliminary tests suggest that the dust can be incorporated into the ink used by the Iron Orcs to create their intricate, power-focusing tattoos. Imagine decorating creatures such as trolls and welwas with these ritualistic tattoos. Can they be made into even more powerful engines of destruction? We believe the answer is a resounding yes. We've already provided the newly named Ophidian Exarch of Undulating Destruction—otherwise known as the Iron Orc chieftain, Braadoth—with enough of the nirncrux dust to enhance ink to decorate nearly one hundred of the wild creatures. And more of the primordial element is being gathered for processing even as I write these words. Another immediate application for the dust is being spearheaded by the Regent of Wriggling Nightmares and his team. It involves ancient spawning pools and a variety of exotic and dangerous creatures. By mixing the nirncrux dust with the primeval, procreative nature of the pools, he hopes to create an entirely new monster to add to the Serpent's growing arsenal. I will be interested to see how his theories come to fruition. A promising avenue to explore involves another state of the element. We believe that the molten form of the substance might provide an even greater release of Aetherial power. Ancient Nedic writing that we discovered suggests that whatever processes these lost people once used to either create or enhance celestial creatures required the molten form of the substance. We are building great crucibles to smelt the substance into a liquid state. Why the substance only appears in Upper Craglorn remains a mystery, though my alchemists have formed a number of theories to explain it. The leading candidate suggests that the substance was deposited in the region in the distant past by chunks of rock that fell from the sky. Another possibility indicates that the Nedes may have used arcane rituals to draw the substance up from deep within the core of the world, as hinted at in a few wall decorations we examined in Skyreach's ruins. We may never fully understand where this primordial element came from or what it truly is, but that will not stop us from using it for the glory and grand purpose of the Serpent and his mortal limbs, the Regent of Serpentine Stratagems.


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A Citizen's Petition  ♦  A Merchant's Orders to His Guards  ♦  A Prayer to the Serpent  ♦  A Recipe of Surpassing Danger  ♦  A Rumor of Serpents  ♦  A Star Walks In Craglorn  ♦  A Star-Gazer's Ramblings  ♦  A Werewolf Hunter's Advice  ♦  Agganor's Journal  ♦  Aldmeri Court Transcript  ♦  Alvada's Journal  ♦  An Amazing Opportunity  ♦  Ballad of Dorzogg the Gutter-King  ♦  Blackcaster Notice  ♦  Blasius' Unfinished Manuscript  ♦  Blood for Our Enemies  ♦  Blood-Feathers Battle Slogans  ♦  Caecilius' Journal  ♦  Cassipia's Change of Heart  ♦  Castles and Coffers Volume III: Hel Ra Citadel  ♦  Challenge the Arena  ♦  Chiselshriek Foreman's Log  ♦  Closed Until Further Notice  ♦  Covenant Intelligence Report 2,502  ♦  Daggerfall Covenant Missive  ♦  Dawn of the Exalted Viper Book  ♦  Dead Sword-Disciple's Note  ♦  Defaced Mages Guild Reward Notice  ♦  Defaced Nedic Prayer Book  ♦  Dragon Priest—Arise!  ♦  Dragonstar Arena Guest Book  ♦  Elenaire's Journal  ♦  Exarch's Orders  ♦  Final Thoughts  ♦  Five Claws Battle Cries  ♦  Frederick's Letter  ♦  From Regent of Serpentine Stratagems  ♦  From the Regent of Fanged Fury  ♦  Glorious Balamath  ♦  Grazzar's Threat  ♦  How the Yokudans Chased the Stars  ♦  Ibrula's Journal  ♦  Ilthag's Orders  ♦  In Praise of Regent Cassipia  ♦  Intercepted Star-Gazer's Document  ♦  It Lives!  ♦  Join Dragonstar Caravan Company!  ♦  Lamias of Craglorn  ♦  Lanista's Journal  ♦  Letter to Amirmil  ♦  Letter to Ariana  ♦  Letter to Armorer Uthik  ♦  Letter to Dusandar  ♦  Letter to Elanwen  ♦  Letter to Exarch Braadoth  ♦  Letter to Isrudde  ♦  Letter to Runescriber Kulth  ♦  Letter to Windhelm  ♦  Life In the Scaled Court  ♦  Merchants, Scoundrels, Thieves  ♦  Mystic Visions of the Guardians  ♦  Nedes of the Deathlands  ♦  Orcs of Tamriel, Volume 3  ♦  Orders from Regent Elska  ♦  Origin of the Scaled Court  ♦  Phillip's Note to Yasmine  ♦  Sanavar's Research Notes  ♦  Saradin's Diary  ♦  Scaled Court Communique  ♦  Scorpion Observations  ♦  Selene's Letter  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Five  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Four  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume One  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Six  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Three  ♦  Skyreach Explorer, Volume Two  ♦  Smuggler's Note  ♦  Star-Gazer Merith's Journal  ♦  Strange Riddle  ♦  Tales of Abba Arl: The Fat Mother  ♦  Tales of Abba Arl: The Ox's Tale  ♦  Targa's Note  ♦  The Care and Feeding of Trolls  ♦  The Flourishing of Elinhir  ♦  The Hidden Trials  ♦  The Perfection of Fearfangs Cavern  ♦  The Serpent's Blade  ♦  The Serpent's Song  ♦  The Stars Have Eyes  ♦  The Trial of Air  ♦  The Trial of Fire  ♦  The Trial of Martial Knowledge  ♦  The Trial of the Arena  ♦  The Trial of the True Path  ♦  The Unearthing of Kardala  ♦  The Way of the Blade  ♦  The Wonders of Craglorn  ♦  Tishi's Research Notes  ♦  To Zelguma the Strong  ♦  Tome of the Anka-Ra Guardians  ♦  Torn Page  ♦  Tracking the Arena  ♦  Tracking the Butcher  ♦  Treasure Hunter's Journal  ♦  Treasure Hunter's Note  ♦  Trumbull's Note  ♦  Virmaril's Journal  ♦  Vosh and Rakh: A History  ♦  Wamasu Observations  ♦  Watcher Shavmar's Journal  ♦  Waterlogged Journal  ♦  Waylaid Traveler's Journal  ♦  We Who Are About To Die  ♦  Worn and Torn Page  ♦  Yamanu-ko's Letter to Her Apprentice


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