ESOTU Motifs

Crafters work in the tradehallAs more motifs are being discovered in Tamriel, it becomes harder to remember where to find all this motif lore. This guide attempts to make it easier for the new or frugal crafter to locate motif chapters without being at the mercy of motif availability on guild traders.

Motif lore can be often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases).   Furthermore, the location of these containers often determines the types of motifs that can be found.  Unfortunately, many of these containers in towns will require some caution as they are considered property of the locals and if your theft is witnessed, you will negatively affect your status with the guards.

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Work in progress: table of contents Will be updated soon(tm)

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Abah’s Watch (32)

DLC – TG (Daily) , Polished Shilling, Picture

The Abah’s Watch motifs can be found in the Large Laundered Shipments obtained from the repeatable quests found in the Thieves Guild hideout.

Related Achievements: Abah’s Watch Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Akaviri (18)

Base (Cyrodiil) , Gold Scale, Picture

The Akaviri style motifs are purchased from the Cyrodiil War Researcher Merchants for Alliance Points (AP).

The style material can also be purchase with AP.

Achievements: Akaviri Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes

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Ancient Elf (11)

Base (PvE) , Palladium, Picture

These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases). These were formerly only found in Cadwell’s Silver Regions (Outside your home faction)

Related Achievements:Racial Style Learned (5), Rare Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: Yes

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Ancient Orc (21)

DLC – Orsinium (Restricted Location) , Cassiterite, Picture

The Ancient Orc motifs chapters drop off the named bosses in the Wrothgar Public Dungeons.

The style item can be obtained from harvesting nodes in Wrothgar

Related Achievements: Ancient Orc Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

Old Orsinium

Bows, Boots, Chests, Daggers, Gloves, Maces, Swords,

Rkindaleft

Axes, Belts, Helmets, Legs, Shields, Shoulders, Staves

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Argonian (9)

Base (PvE) , Flint, Picture

By default, Argonian characters will know this skill automatically.  These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases)

Style material obtained from deconstructing items made in this style, refinement of raw materials, from containers listed above.

Related Achievements: Any Racial Style Learned (5), Alliance Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: No

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Ashlander (xx)

Chapter – Morrowind (Daily) , Ash Canvas, Picture

Motif chapters can occasionally be found as rewards for performing daily quests for Numani-Rasi or Huntmaster Sorim-Nakar.

The style item, Ash Canvas, can also be earned from the same quests.

Related Achievements: Ashlander Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Assassin’s League (34)

DLC – DB (Daily) , Tainted Blood, Picture

The Assassins League style is available for aspiring assassins, and chapters can be found by defeating bosses in the Gold Coast area.

Related Achievements: Assassin’s League Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Barbaric (12)

Base (PvE) , Copper, Picture

These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases). These were formerly only found in Cadwell’s Silver Regions (Outside your home faction)

Related Achievements:Racial Style Learned (5), Rare Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: Yes

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Breton (5)

Base (PvE) , Molydenum, Picture

By default, Breton characters will know this skill automatically.  These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases)

Style material obtained from deconstructing items made in this style, refinement of raw materials, from containers listed above.

Related Achievements: Any Racial Style Learned (5), Alliance Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: No

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Celestial (41)

Base (Weekly) , Star Saphire, Picture

Celestial motif are the the signature look of the final bosses of the Trials of Craglorn.

The weekly quest for each Craglorn Trial will always award one chapter from a subset of chapters specific to that Trial.

  • Aetherian Archive awards the chapters for Axes, Boots, Helmets, Shoulders, and Staves.
  • Sanctum Ophidia awards the chapters for Bows, Daggers, Gloves, Legs, and Swords.
  • Hel Ra Citadel awards the chapters for Belts, Chests, Maces, and Shields.

All three quests have a very small chance for the complete motif book.

The style item, Star Sapphires, can be obtained by defeating the Bosses of these Trials, with a greatly increased drop chance on Veteran Mode and from Hard Mode encounters.

Related Achievements: Celestial Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Covenant (26)

Base (Restricted Locations) , Lion Fang, Picture

Obtained from the chests in Cyrodil.

The style material can be purchased from the Tel Var merchant in Imperial City or from the War Researcher located in the base camps of Cyrodiil.

Note: that only the motif chapters for your home alliance will be able to be looted.

Related Achievements: Covenant Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Daedric (14)

Base (PvE) , Daedric Hearts, Picture

These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases). These were formerly only found in Cadwell’s Silver Regions (Outside your home faction).

Daedric Hearts can be obtained from the corpses of Daedra, from deconstructing items made in this style, refinement of raw materials, from containers listed above.

Related Achievements:Racial Style Learned (5), Rare Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: Yes

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Dark Brotherhood (36)

DLC – DB (Daily) , Black Beeswax, Picture

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are available by completing Sacraments for the Dark Brotherhood. The better your performance, the more likely you are to obtain a piece of the Motif.

Black Beeswax, the style item for the Dark Brotherhood style, is occasionally obtained by completing Contracts for the Dark Brotherhood.

Related Achievements: Dark Brotherhood Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Dark Elf (2)

Base (PvE) , Obsidian, Picture

By default, Dark Elf (Dunmer) characters will know this skill automatically.  These motif books are often found home and business containers (Nightstand, Desk, Wardrobe, Dresser, Cabinet, Cupboard, Trunk / Chests, Backpacks, and Urn / Vases)

Style material obtained from deconstructing items made in this style, refinement of raw materials, from containers listed above.

Related Achievements: Any Racial Style Learned (5), Alliance Style Master (15)

Masterwrit: No

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Dominion (25)

Base (Restricted Locations) , Eagle Feather, Picture

Obtained from the chests in Cyrodil.

The style material can be purchased from the Tel Var merchant in Imperial City or from the War Researcher located in the base camps of Cyrodiil.

Note: that only the motif chapters for your home alliance will be able to be looted.

Related Achievements: Covenant Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Draugr (38)

Base (Daily) , Pristine Shroud, Picture

This style has been re-discovered by the Mages Guild, Fighters Guild, and the Undaunted.  This ancient style of Nord armor can be learned from chapters rarely obtained by completing the new Fighters Guild, Mages Guild, and Undaunted Delve dailies.

Style material obtained from deconstructing items made in this style and by a reward from completing the quest.j

Related Achievements: Draugr Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Dro-m’Athra (35)

DLC – TG (Restricted Location) , Defiled Whiskers Picture

The Chapters (or rarely, the full Book) are available by completing the Quest to clear the Maw of Lorkhaj. You will always obtain a piece of the Motif from this quest, regardless of whether the quest is completed on Normal or Veteran mode.

Defiled Whiskers, the style item for the dro-m’Athra style, are found in that same Quest reward. They are also obtained by killing bosses in the Maw of Lorkhaj: Occasionally from bosses on Normal mode, a guaranteed drop from every boss on Veteran mode, and multiple Defiled Whiskers from defeating Rakkhat on Veteran Hard mode.

Related Achievements: Dro-m’Athra Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Dwemer (15)

Base (Restricted Locations) , Dwemer Frame, Picture

These purple motif chapters are occasionally found in areas with Dwemer constructs or artifacts (jars, urns, vases, etc.). A complete Dwemer Motif book (yellow) can sometimes be found, but they are extremely rare.

The style material can be found in the Dwemer containers and off the constructs.  10 Dwemer scraps refine into a Dwemer Frame.

Related Achievements: Dwemer Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

Dwemer Locations

Aldmeri Dominion
  • Malabal Tor , Ragnthar
  • Daggerfall Covenant
  • Alik’r Desert, Santaki
  • Alik’r Desert, Aldunz
  • Alik’r Desert, Ragnathar
  • Alik’r Desert, Rkulftzel
  • Alik’r Desert, Volenfell
  • Alik’r Desert, Yldzuun
  • Bankorai, Klathzgar
  • Bankorai, Razak’s Wheel
Ebonheart Pact
  • Stonefalls, Inner Sea Armature
  • Deshaan, Mzithumz
  • Deshaan, Bthanual
  • Deshaan, Lower Bthanual
  • Deshaan, Darkshade Caverns
  • Eastmarch, Mzulft
  • Eastmarch , Ragnthar
  • The Rift, Avanchnzel
Coldharbour
  • Vile Laboratory

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Ebony (38)

Base (Crafting) , Night Pumice, Picture

This style can be obtained by master crafters who have purchased the motif chapters or full book from the master crafting vendor in the capitals (Elden Root, Mournhold, Wayrest) by the crafting writ turn-in location.

Style material obtained from deconstructing items made in this style and by a purchasing from the master crafting vendor.

Related Achievements: Ebony Style Master (50)

Masterwrit: Yes (Complete Set)

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Related

Reference

  1. ALL MOTIFS UPDATED LIST, Official Forums
  2. A hints on obtaining Celestial, Yokudan, Dreugh motif pieces, Reddit

3 thoughts on “ESOTU Motifs”

  1. in your appendix 1 on the http://benevolentbowd.ca/esotu/esotu-motifs/ it shows the Abah’s watch as TBA (future) but in the description of Abah’s Watch.. it states “The Abah’s Watch motifs can be found in the Large Laundered Shipments obtained from the repeatable quests found in the Thieves Guild hideout”

    Has it really been released?

    Please clarify for me.

    1. Thanks for the question! The Abah’s Watch Motif is not currently available on the live servers. It will be introduced later this month (PC – May 31st) with the Dark Brotherhood DLC.

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