How do I activate this Dwarven mechanism?

I am on a quest where I must retrieve a sword from the ruins of Mzinchaleft. Well, it’s been a long (waaaay too long) and perilous journey, but I finally found the sword and everything will be worth the trouble because of all the loot….but I can’t get to it because of this thingy:

A Dwarven Mechanism on a short cage in the floor saying, "You lack the required item"

Obviously, I missed something but I have no idea what it is. There is a room full of loot that’s off-limits until I can figure this thing out! How do I activate this?


Well, you need a special key (and this isn’t the only mechanism). In any case, since you don’t have it, there should be a lift directly to Skyrim nearby, and you can unlock the route back permanently once you get outside. So it won’t be such a long slog, and in any case enemies should stay dead even if you quick travel. The guy* you’re looking for is in his outpost on an island north of the College of Winterhold.

* Septimus Signus, significant because he wrote several books related to the Elder Scrolls and is part of the main quest line.

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