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Conjuration magic is the art of summoning creatures or items from another plane. It is one of the six colleges of Magic, but is not considered to be one of the "great schools" by the Mages Guild.[1] and only became mainstream after Warp in the West. Despite this, it has been practiced for centuries by witch covens and wizards throughout Tamriel. Clan Direnni's sorcerers were some of the first to formalize the rituals, chants, and incantations used to open a connection with the plane of Oblivion, many of which are still standard centuries later.[2]

This school can be used to summon a wide range of daedric creatures, weapons and armor. Spells used to dominate creatures and humanoids were once considered to be part of this school, but they are now part of the college of Illusion. A further type of spell grants power over the undead, until those were reassigned to the school of Restoration.

  • Summoned creatures fall into three groups. There are spells that call a daedra, from weak creatures such as scamps to more powerful ones like dremora. Others summon undead servants such as skeletons or wraiths. Lastly, some spells summon natural creatures - especially bears.
  • Summoned weapons and armor are daedric in nature, although often not as strong as normal daedric items.
  • Turn Undead effects cause undead creatures to become afraid of the caster, from whom they will run as long as the effect lasts.
  • Some necromantic rituals, particularly the reanimation of corpses, overlap with this school.

In 3E 431, the Council of Mages decided that Conjuration magic in Cyrodiil was to become the responsibility of the guildhall in the town of Chorrol.[1]

Some conjuration practices utilize parts of the creature, such as Daedra skin for summoning Daedra. Scrolls of summoning are always based on the Law of Similarity. Milyn Faram devised techniques that allow to conjure Daedra with scrolls that only have an image of the Daedra. They were noted to yield almost as good results as the techniques that required parts of a Daedra for conjuration. His research was based on Dwemer machinery.[3]

Summoning a creature in its natural habitat is more straightforward because there are more options available. Additionally, when the creature doesn't have to cover long distances, the summoning process consumes less energy.[4]

Conjuration practicesEdit

Bound Items, predominantly bound armors, and bound weapons, also known as bound armaments, are conjured ephemeral objects created from daedric entities. The practice of conjuring bound items falls within the domain of the Conjuration school of magic, specifically referred to as Armamancy. Practitioners of this art were known as armamancers, and sometimes as arcane warriors. Swords formed through this method are sometimes called summoned blades. Axes, on the other hand, were referred to as conjured axes.

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