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Occasionally I'll encounter a swirl of blue wind which drains my Magicka. Are these traps that I'm just not seeing?

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when does this happen? Out doors in the wilderness or in dungeons? – l I Jan 14 '12 at 14:27
I've noticed it in dungeons. Labyrinthian for sure. – Brian Kelly Jan 14 '12 at 14:43

In Labyrinthian (for the Staff of Magnus) the effect is a quest specific drain that occurs when Morokei speaks to you from deeper inside the dungeon. It occurs in very specific areas so it feels trap-like but they're unavoidable and don't appear anywhere else in the game (in my experience).

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