Serana and J’Zhirr take the boat to Castle Volkihar. However, instead of going up to the front door, we circle round the castle to the docks on the northern side.
The docks is built into an inlet which protects it form the pounding waves. One can reach the docks via a narrow line of rocks along the edge of the shore. J’Zhirr walks carefully as the waves splash across them, sometimes obscuring them from view for a few seconds.
J’Zhirr and Serana hurries through the night back to Fort Dawnguard so that Dexion Evicus can read the Elder Scroll. J’Zhirr wonders why Dexion did not read the scroll on the spot as Serana is carrying it with her. Perhaps he needs time to prepare himself as it seems to involves a huge effort to read the Elder Scrolls.
Dexion says that even after spending decades studying the Elder Scrolls, they still remain a great enigma. Nobody knows where the scrolls came from or who wrote them, all the Moth Priests know is some are born with the special gift to read the Elder Scrolls. Dexion says, “These chosen few can divine events of the past and future within the scrolls, though in time, it drives us to blindness.”
J’Zhirr finally reaches Dragon Bridge. Mother can see why it is named so. The bridge is decorated with a dragon head. It is a not a real dragon skull but one carved by a unknown sculptor many years ago. Exactly how many years, nobody knows.
It is said that the bridge came first then the town and the town is named after the bridge. It is a small town, with logging and fishing as its main economy. However the bridge’s position is of strategic importance and attracts the attention of both the Imperials and Stormcloaks.
It is snowing at Winterhold. It is not a light falling of snowflakes but a very bad snowstorm. J’Zhirr has not encounter such a storm before. The wind blows so strongly that the snow is falling almost horizontally. The swirling snow makes it hard to see clearly. J’Zhirr can make out the dark rectangular shapes of buildings but very little else. Perhaps it is better to seek shelter at The Frozen Hearth and wait for the storm to lessen its fury.
Serana suggests going to the College of Winterhold. She says, “Well, back before I… you know. The College of Winterhold was the first place I’d think to go for any kind of magic or historical thing. The wizards know about all kinds of things that people probably shouldn’t know about.”
So that’s where we are heading. It is day and Serana puts up her hood to shield herself from the sun. She complains that it is too bright and she does not know how J’Zhirr can stand it.
But J’Zhirr likes the brightness. It reminds J’Zhirr of Elsweyr, although the sun in Elsweyr is much brighter and hotter.
Isran had put up some banners at the main door. Or were they here the last time? J’Zhirr had been gone so long, that he does not remember.
J’Zhirr thinks that Fort Dawnguard looks very imposing at night. It looks like the setting for a horror story, where it is inhabited by monsters and vampires. Best not to let Isran hear this.