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"The Umbra Sword was enchanted by the ancient witch Naenra Waerr, and its sole purpose was the entrapment of souls. Used in conjunction with a soul gem, the Sword allows the wielder the opportunity to imprison an enemy's soul in the gem. Naenra was executed for her evil creation, but not before she was able to hide the Sword. The Umbra Sword is very choosy when it comes to owners and therefore remains hidden until a worthy one is found." —Yagrum Bagarn, Tamrielic Lore

Adds the legendary artifact Umbra to the ruins of Valthume, enchanted with the following effect:

"If target dies within [6] seconds, fills a soul gem. Umbra blackens soul gems when placed in hot coals."

Umbra is a sword famous for driving its owners bat♥♥♥♥ crazy, thanks in no small part to the homicdial, soul-devouring enchantment living within the blade.

This sword has been through hell and back (literally), and all of Umbra's previous bearers have either slain gods or devolved into bloodthirsty lunatics. Some did both! Now you can, too.

Revision 1.1

Umbra can now be reforged into a one-handed version of itself, as well as either a one or two-handed unenchanted version. Equip Umbra and bring it to the Skyforge.
This cannot be undone, so choose wisely. Removing Umbra's enchantment also removes all special effects.

Unenchanted versions are called "Ebony Claymore" and "Ebony Longsword"

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Pre-emptive Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: how strong is it? what are the stats?
A: it's two-handed and the stats are equivalent to a daedric greatsword. but seriously, this is skyrim. my iron dagger makes dragons explode. stop worrying about stats.
1.1 - the one-handed umbra has slightly higher damage than a daedric longsword with a slightly lower attack speed.


Q: can I upgrade it?
A: yes, with arcane blacksmith and an ebony ingot.

Q: what is this thing it says it does?
A: when umbra is equipped, it allows you to convert empty grand soul gems into black soul gems at any forge.

Q: wasn't umbra one-handed in oblivion?
A: I sometimes like to pretend oblivion never happened (this model is based on the original, two-handed design of the sword seen in morrowind). Also the two-handed weapons in skryim really need some love. All they got was an underpowered Ebony Blade (which ironically isn't supposed to be two-handed).

Q: where can I find umbra?
A: I'm impressed you found this question without reading anything else. Umbra is in the main chamber of Valthume, probably sitting on a throne.

Q: I'm in Valthume and all I found is this bloodthirsty cat.
A: yes. yes you did.

Q: is this sword talking to me or am I just going insane?
A: yes.

Q: wasn't Umbra destroyed during the events of Gregory Keyes' novels "The Infernal City" and "Lord of Souls," about 160 years prior to Skyrim?
A: yes.

Q: why doesn't it look like the umbra I remember?
A: it never will again. the textures in morrowind were actually on the cheap side. I don't blame bethesda, it was a big game and took a lot of work to develop. the textures in oblivion on the other hand were all on the shiny and fancy side. I don't blame them here either, texture technology had improved a lot in a short time and the imperial province had a pretty regal feel about it, so everything in the game matched up. skyrim is a gritty, dirty, bloody place, and I wanted to make sure umbra would fit in just fine.

Q: are you working on any more mods?
A: fang of haynekhtnamet.

FREQUENTLY YELLED COMMENTS

"Umbra is one-handed!"
"Umbra was one-handed in oblivion!"
"This isn't one-handed!"

Please read the FAQ (and other comments) if you're about to make one or more of the above statements. As of 1.1, Umbra can be reforged into a one-handed version at the Skyforge.
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Gol Zin Dec 4 @ 4:42pm 
Well that's another artifact recovered and locked away and another Khajit without a head....Course NPC's dont have much in the way of brains....give them ebony armor and they think they are God.....Umbra never even came into play....QuahNaarin deheaded that muttering cat fast.
van.cook Dec 3 @ 4:17pm 
UMBRA! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! BWHAAAAAAAAAAA!
M'aiq The Liar Dec 2 @ 6:08pm 
M'aiq likes this weapon.
Dovahkiin Nov 29 @ 5:45am 
I really love the slightly-sarcastic way you wrote the summary.
BenLMS Nov 23 @ 7:57pm 
i found it
BenLMS Nov 23 @ 7:09pm 
ive completely cleared Valthume and i cant find this dang sword anywhere.
(^-.-)>  [author] Nov 7 @ 3:40pm 
In technical terms yes. It's just an enchantment sound effect, so the sound actually comes from the sword and not your brain. If you leave it behind then you shouldn't hear it anymore.
Maerlyn Nov 6 @ 5:28pm 
If I leave Umbra somewhere far away from myself, will the whispering stop? It's driving me insane, but I don't want to leave the sword. I suppose it's actually doing what it is suppose to do.
ExplosiveFirehawk Oct 25 @ 9:40pm 
The UUUUUMMMBRA SWORD!

You need a quest for this UUUUUMMMBRA SWORD.
hlerpfs demon Oct 8 @ 7:09pm 
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