In Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Morrowind you can summon a skeleton or a zombie to aid you in battle but where they come from?

I find logical other creatures such as imps, atronachs and dremoras are summonable, they live in another plane and this could be some kind of "pact" you entablish with them. I just don't know where those skeletons or zombies come from.

  • The Skyrim Dawnguard DLC explains that summoned undead come from the Soul Cairn plane. Since Morrow/Oblivion are in the same universe, it's probably the same Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 19:01
  • @Wondercricket you should post your comment as an answer so I can accept it, that's exactly the explanation to my question.
    – Ethan
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 20:36

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I cannot say if this was ever explained in either Morrowind or Oblivion, but it is later explained in the Skyrim DLC Dawnguard. The Plane of Oblivion you are looking for is Soul Cairn.

It is a plane of Oblivion inhabited by souls and undead


When a soul is trapped in a Black Soul Gem and its energy used to power an enchantment, the remnant—the soul itself—is sent to the Soul Cairn. It is a place devoid of life—the only beings that exist there are souls, undead and the rulers of the realm, the Ideal Masters


Summoning is a skill in the conjuration school of magic. The skill summon, will summon creatures from other planes. So yes you are still summoning the zombies and skeletons from another plane.

Source: summoning creatures from other planes


All summoned creatures come from one plane of Oblivion or another. This is why the symbol associated with the conjuration school is an Oblivion Gate.enter image description here

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