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Preimage of a point by a power map in quaternions

Suppose we have a point $x_0\in{\bf H}$ (where by $\bf H$ I denote the ring of quaternions). What I'm curious about is what can the set of solutions of $x^2=x_0$ look like? From what I've checked, ...
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Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions?

An $n$th-degree polynomial has at most $n$ distinct zeroes in the complex numbers. But it may have an uncountable set of zeroes in the quaternions. For example, $x^2+1$ has two zeroes in $\mathbb ...