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Below the College of Magic in Winterhold, there is some type of black daedric-looking gauntlet (with an Oblivion sign in the palm) on a pedestal. You cannot pick it up.

Can anyone tell me what this is for, and how to activate it?

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If, while facing the "palm" of the gauntlet, you look to your right, you'll see a table with a journal and a key on it. The journal will mention a summoning ritual, and four rings that were taken from the gauntlet, and which are now stored in the Arcaneum.

On the floor around the outer ring, there's a chest called the "Investigator's Chest;" the key from the table by the journal will open this chest, and you'll find the four rings. Go back down to the Midden and use trial-and-error to get the rings on the right fingers - each ring will only go on one finger, so this takes very little time. Be prepared for a bit of a fight, as using the gauntlet summons a rather beastly fellow. I'm not sure if you HAVE to fight him or not, but I did, and he wasn't too bad.

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A fight as in high level or should I prepare immensely? – Nils Seubold Nov 13 '11 at 20:57
It's nothing hugely challenging; if you fought your way all the way up to Winterhold you're probably more than prepared for it. I zapped the fellow who spawned a few times and that was it, really. – Artless Nov 13 '11 at 23:14
The Investigator's chest is in the arcaneum. See – Jonathan Fingland Dec 14 '11 at 4:55
@Artless If you don't kill him you get treasure – Outlaw Lemur Apr 21 '12 at 16:14

protected by badp Nov 14 '11 at 11:16

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