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Why is every quadratic subfield of a Galois extension of the rationals with the quaternions as Galois group real?

Suppose that L is a field extension of the rationals with Galois group the quaternions Q={1,-1,i,-i,j,-j,k,-k}. Furthermore assume that L contains a quadratic subfield K. I have learned from this link ...
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Gaussian primes, quaternion primes, … octonions?

Is there a notion of an octonion prime? A Gaussian integer $a + bi$ with $a$ and $b$ nonzero is prime if $a^2 + b^2$ is prime. A quaternion $a + bi + cj + dk$ is prime iff $a^2 + b^2 +c^2 + d^2$ is ...
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What rings/groups have interesting quaternionic representations?

Let $\mathbb{H}$ denote the quaternions. Let $G$ be a group, and define a representation of $G$ on $\mathbb{H}^n$ in the natural way; that is, its a map $\rho:G\rightarrow ...