It works! The circle on the floor opens up after Serana adds her blood to the ingredients.
J’Zhirr wonders what Serana will do if we find her mother. It turns out, Serana is asking herself the same thing. She says of her mother, “She always seemed happy, before we heard the prophecy. Then it all changed. She become a different person. They both did.”
This one guesses that we will never know why Serana’s mother did the things she did until we find her.
Serana says we will need a sample of her mother’s blood. However, with her mother being in the Soul Cairn, it seems impossible to obtain her blood. J’Zhirr suggests that since Serana shares her mother’s blood, we can substitute her mother’s blood with hers.
Serana says, “Hmmm. Not bad. We’d better hope that’s good enough. Mistakes with these kind of portals can be… gruesome.”
With that warning in mind, J’Zhirr combed the laboratory for the ingredients. Luckily Serana’s mother kept a sample of all the ingredients (except the blood) in the laboratory. It’s almost as if she kept them for Serana to follow her.
Serana has no idea that her mother’s laboratory existed. She says, “She had an alchemy setup in her drawing room, but nothing that even comes close to what’s here. Looking at the equipment and materials, it looks like she was trying to advance her necromancy.”
J’Zhirr wonders why and Serana admits that she doesn’t know. She says, “Certainly not longevity. Kind of a waste of time for a vampire.”
At the top is a room filled with all sorts of ingredients. Not food, but alchemy.
Serana is excited, “Look at this place. This has to be it!” Walking around the room, she says, “I knew she was deep into necromancy. I mean, she taught me everything I know. But I had no idea she had a setup like this. Look at all this. She must have spent years collecting these components.”
Serana’s mother is obviously no longer here. So Serana suggests that we look around to see if there are clues about where her mother went. Her mother used to keep a small journal, maybe there are hints in there.
J’Zhirr pulls the chain and a wall opens, revealing a room on the other side. There is a table with some bloody bones on it. J’Zhirr tries not to think about who the bones belong to.
J’Zhirr asks Serana if she knew about the place. She replies, “I had always assumed that the other tower was completely destroyed inside. My mother kept this secret, even from me. She must have been up to something she thought was dangerous. Turns out my mother was sneakier than I thought. I wonder what she’s hiding?”
Walking around the room, Serana says, “I’ve never seen this part of the castle before. Be careful. I don’t know what might be around.”
There is a big moondial in the middle of the courtyard. As far as Serana knows, it is the only moondial in existence. She says, “The previous owners of the castle had a sundial in the courtyard, and obviously that didn’t appeal to my mother. She persuaded an elven artisan to make some improvements. You can see the plates that show the phases of the moons, Masser and Secunda.”
Does a moondial even work? Serana admits, “That’s the thing… what’s the point of a moondial? I always wondered why she didn’t just have the whole thing ripped out. But she loved it. I don’t know. I guess it’s like having a piece of art, if you’re into that sort of thing.”
Taking a closer look, Serana points out that some of the plates are missing and the dial is askew. She thinks it is a clue.
The missing plates are not hard to find. The moon patterns on the plates simmered brightly in a wave-like pattern. J’Zhirr finds one in the pond, one near to a sitting area and one behind the nightshades.