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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"

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.


"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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ying_ko13 Aug 23 @ 10:43pm 
A damned fine likeness to the old version. I do believe it was always 2-handed. I have Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim games.
(^-.-)>  [author] Aug 19 @ 4:06am 
Yep. Umbra encourages murder.
GojiraGamer Aug 18 @ 6:20pm 
Oh, that makes sense. Just shootin' off me mouth.
Just to make sure, black soul gems are used to trap souls of humanoids, right?
(^-.-)>  [author] Aug 18 @ 2:05pm 
Yeah, it did soultrap for two minutes. Aside from being totally unnecessary (a lot of enchantments in morrowind were really over the top), I wanted to encourage players to actually use it to get kills and not hurt umbra's feelings.

I decided to balance it out by making it a black soul gem cooker too, which oddly nobody ever comments on.
GojiraGamer Aug 18 @ 12:45pm 
I find it funny how people think it doesn't look like the Morrowind model of Umbra. I looks to me like if the textures were ported into Skyrim.
Also, not to nitpick, but didn't Umbra soultrap for 2 minutes in previous games?
However it's still incredible and I'm downloading this the moment I get Skyrim.
volumeddread Aug 13 @ 4:11pm 
dude i love umbra from TES4 OBLIVION thank you, you are awesome
(^-.-)>  [author] Aug 12 @ 3:35pm 
yeah you did :)
blueldrrich84 Aug 12 @ 1:28pm 
God bless you, sir. This looks amazing. Finally, someone got Umbra right.

Morrowind was the best Elder Scrolls game, period (for storyline, anyways). Yeah, I said it. ;)
AberdeenScot Aug 10 @ 8:02pm 
Dude I'm loving your Q&A post, friggen hilarious xD
(^-.-)>  [author] Aug 9 @ 3:38pm 
heh thanks. I appreciate it.