Tilde guarding Fort Dawnguard

Dear Mother,

Tilde guards the front gate of Fort Dawnguard. She says, “Now that the Dawnguard are back, the vampires reign of terror is about to end.”

Two guards? Isran is really stepping up on security.

Fun fact: Vori and Tilde are supposedly former bandits. “Supposedly” because neither of them ever talked about their past with J’Zhirr so he does not know how truth are the rumors.

Vori guarding Fort Dawnguard

Dear Mother,

It is nighttime when J’Zhirr leaves Fort Dawnguard with Serana. Serana wants to come along with J’Zhirr, saying, “I’ve been really wanting to get out and explore a bit.”

It is hard to say no to a powerful vampire so here is Serana.

As we leave, J’Zhirr notices Vori patrolling near the fence. Guess Isran does not want to be surprised by another vampire attack.

Unreadable scroll

Carrying an Elder Scroll

Dear Mother,

Serana brought the Elder Scroll with her. She believes that the Elder Scroll contains information that can help us stop her father. However none of us can read it.

Serana says, “Well, the Moth Priests are the only ones I’ve heard of who can do it. They spend years preparing before they start reading, though. Not that it helps us anyway, because they’re all half a continent away in Cyrodiil.”

Isran interrupts, “Some Imperial scholar arrived in Skyrim a few days ago. I was staking out the  road when I saw him pass by. Maybe that’s your Moth Priest.”

However Isran does not not know what the Moth Priest is staying. He does not look interested in helping so it looks like we are on our own.

You, me and a vampire named Serana

You Me and a Vampire

Dear Mother,

Isran tells J’Zhirr to follow as he leads the way to the torture room. J’Zhirr breathes a sigh of relief when he sees that Serana is unharmed. Given Isran’s hatred for vampires, J’Zhirr was afraid that he might kill her before listening to what she has to say.

Isran says that Serana showed up one day, saying that she had something really important to tell J’Zhirr. (Isran refers to Serana as “it”. Guess this shows how highly he thinks of vampires.)

Serana says, “It’s important, so please just listen before your friend, here, loses his patience. It’s… well,  it’s about me. And the Elder Scroll that was buried with me.” To cut a long story short, Serana’s father stumbled onto an obscure prophecy and became obsessed with it. The prophecy said that vampires would no longer need to fear the sun. Serana and her mother tried to stop him and as a result, Serana was sealed away with the scroll.

J’Zhirr can see why that is a big problem. If vampires no longer fear the sun, it could throw the whole world into chaos.

Isran still wants to kill Serana, even after J’Zhirr tries to get him to see the bigger picture. Isran only agrees to let Serana lives after J’Zhirr vouched for her. Isran tells Serana, “Don’t feel like a guest, because you’re not. You’re a resource. You’re an asset. In the meantime, don’t make me regret my sudden outburst of tolerance and generosity, because if you do, your friend here is going to pay for it.”

Serana smiles sweetly, “Thank you for your kindness. I’ll remember it the next time I’m feeling hungry.”

That girl has got some spunk in her.

Isran gives a speech

Isran giving a speech

Dear Mother,

Once we have passed Isran’s vampire test, he gives a speech welcoming us.

He says, “So, welcome to Fort Dawnguard. I’m sure you’ve heard a bit of what we’re up against. Powerful vampires, unlike anything we’ve seen before. And they have an Elder Scroll. If anyone is going to stand in their way, it’s going to be us.”

Sorine Jurard isn’t impressed with Isran’s speech. She says, “This is all well and good, but do we actually know anything about what they’re doing? What do we do now?”

Isran seems a bif miffed at Sorine’s reaction, “We’ll get to that. For now, get acquainted with the space.” Then he assigns Sorine to start working on her crossbow design and Gunmar to get some trolls ready.

Isran looks at J’Zhirr, “In the meantime, we’re going to get to the bottom of why a vampire showed up here looking for you. Let’s go have a little chat with it, shall we?”

Vampire test

Vampire test

Dear Mother,

Gunmar and Sorine Jurard are already waiting inside the fort. Isran is standing on the second floor, looking down at all of us.

Gunmar shouts up, “All right Isran, you’ve got us all here. Now what do you want?

Then a beam of light appears, shining down on us. It’s as if Isran somehow managed to bottle up sunlight and released it indoors.

Sorine asks, “What are you doing?”

Isran explains that it is a test for vampires. He adds, “Can’t be too careful.”