J’Zhirr refuses to pay Alfarinn and Serana has no money, so we are going to the College of Winterhold. Hopefully they will not ask much gold for the information.
As we pass by Fort Kastav, an Arch Conjurer runs out and attacks us. He is soon joined by a necromancer. These crazy people, we are just passing through and not going near the fort at all. However, it’s their mistake for Serana makes short work of them.
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.
J’Zhirr hears footsteps behind. He turns around and sees a deer following quietly.
In J’Zhirr’s experience, deers are timid creatures and stays away from humans. To have one come so close is unusual. J’Zhirr takes a closer look and notices a slight shimmer. Then this one realizes that the deer is an undead risen by Serana.
The deer is not a good combatant so Serana must have risen it for the company. It is good to be reminded that although Serana is an ancient vampire, she is still a girl at heart.
The woman opens her eyes, revealing the telltale red eyes of a vampire.
She takes a look at J’Zhirr and says that he is not who she is expecting, by that meaning another vampire. J’Zhirr wonders if he should attack her and get in the first strike, but she is not hostile and seems somewhat friendly. Besides, J’Zhirr is curious about why she is imprison in the stone monolith and why the other vampires are searching for her.
Serana is hesitant. “That’s… complicated. And I’m not totally sure if I can trust you.”
Yes, humans often find Khajiits untrustworthy, and it seems that vampires too feels the same way.
Serana continues, “But if you want to know the whole story, help me get back to my family’s home. My family used to live on an island to the west of Solitude. I would guess they still do.”
Guess J’Zhirr does want to know the whole story.
J’Zhirr touches the stone monolith and it slides open to reveal…
… a sleeping woman?!
By the light of Masser, what is going on?