Crafting Motif 121: Clan Dreamcarver Style


Author (in-game): Flaminius Auctor

By Flaminius Auctor, Province General, Fighters Guild

A guide to armor and weapons crafted in the Clan Dreamcarver style

Hail, brave warrior! I welcome you to the battle to defend Tamriel against Daedric incursions. Whether you are a member of the Fighters Guild or not, you have a part to play in the never-ending war against the powers of Oblivion. These foes are strange and unnatural indeed, but the first step in the march to victory is simple: Know your enemy. To that end, I hope to educate you on the distinctive weapons and armor favored by the Dremora of Clan Dreamcarver. Rarely seen in Tamriel, the Dreamcarvers serve the Queen of Nightmares, Prince Vaermina. Cruel and clever (even by Dremora standards), Dreamcarvers regard mortals with utter contempt. Since they delight in turning our own fears against us, it’s only fair to turn their weapons against them—or at the least, give you the ability to recognize Dreamcarvers for what they are when you meet them in battle. Forewarned is forearmed!

AXES
A single-bitted weapon with a jagged spike on the reverse side of the head, the Dreamcarver axe proudly advertises the clan’s legendary cruelty. The haft is made from a twisted, iron-hard length of wood cut from the black trees that grow in Vaermina’s realm.

BELTS
Dreamcarvers favor ostentatious spikes in many pieces of their gear. Their belt designs are an excellent example. A thick, sturdy strap of leather from some unknown beast found in Prince Vaermina’s plane of Oblivion is reinforced with decorative prongs of black iron. The buckle is rather small and plain in comparison.

BOOTS
These boots are made from thick black leather. In light or medium armors, iron shin-guards provide extra protection to the front of the lower leg. Dreamcarver sabatons of heavy armor feature iron scales that completely cover the calf all the way down to the ankle, and articulated foot plates below that.

BOWS
Dreamcarver archers favor heavy compound bows made of black wood and iron. The wood comes from a variety of tree that grows only in the nightmare bogs of Quagmire, Prince Vaermina’s realm. Their broadhead arrows are most effective against lightly armored foes, but at short range the bow is powerful enough to drive one through Orcish plate armor.

CHESTS
A Dreamcarver’s breastplate is made from articulated plates of black bog-iron, sculpted to snugly fit the torso. A ribbed gorget protects the throat and neck. For lighter armors, the chestpiece is made from stiff, molded leather or supple pieces of sewn leather, cut from the hide of the monstrous beasts that roam Prince Vaermina’s realm (and dyed black, of course).

DAGGERS
Dreamcarvers forge their blades from bog-iron found in the gloomiest swamps of Quagmire. The very metal seems to be stained an oily black hue. The single-edged blade features a distinctively recurved form with a heavy spine for added strength.

GLOVES
A Dreamcarver’s hands are protected by fully articulated gauntlets of bog-iron with a distinctly claw-like appearance. Vambraces of overlapping iron plate guard the forearms. Lighter armors dispense with the full vambraces, relying instead on tough, flexible leather.

HELMETS
As a sign of the contempt they feel for any adversary, Dreamcarvers cover their faces beneath a war-mask in the shape of an eyeless face. Well-hidden eye slits keep the warrior beneath the mask from being blinded, of course. Their helms or hoods feature rows of sharp spikes, like crowns, representing their allegiance to the Queen of Nightmares.

LEG GREAVES
Tassets made of iron plate guard a Dreamcarver’s hips. Dreamcarvers who prefer light armor instead wear overlapping leather guards of a similar pattern. While many pieces of Dreamcarver gear feature decorative spikes, their greaves are snug-fitting and unadorned for ease of movement.

MACES
Most Dreamcarvers choose not to employ bludgeoning weapons, preferring to bleed their foes in battle. When they do, their soldiers favor maces of black bog-iron with cruelly spiked flanges like the teeth of some nightmarish beast. The weapons’ hafts are made of a wood found in Quagmire’s swamps.

SHIELDS
Dreamcarvers seek weapons that are not only effective, but also frightful in appearance. Their spiked shields are made of black iron, cast in the form of an eyeless face. The design is quite unsettling, although it likely adds little to the strength or utility of the shields.

SHOULDERS
Iron spaulders decorated with fearsome spikes are a part of every Dreamcarver’s battle attire. To Dreamcarvers, intimidation is a weapon just as important as the blade in a warrior’s hand—they use fear to undermine their foes before the first blow is even struck.

STAVES
Many Dremora are capable spellcasters, but the Dreamcarvers seem to specialize in magic that preys upon the darkest fears of their foes. Their staves are made from a wood found in the gloomy swamps of Prince Vaermina’s Oblivion realm. Each one features a spiked head of black iron that doubles as an effective striking weapon.

SWORDS
A heavy, single-edged blade with a prominent spine and strong point for thrusts, the Dreamcarver sword is lethal in the hands of an expert. The weapon is forged from Quagmire bog-iron with a black, oily sheen. Small spikes above the grip serve as a crossguard of sorts for defense—although Dreamcarvers rarely fight on the defensive.

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