Valerica

Valerica

Dear Mother,

Valerica explains that she hid in the ruins when the Ideal Masters unleashed their Keepers to destroy her. Since the Keepers were not able to claim Valerica’s soul, they had their minions construct a barrier to trap Valerica. As time has little meaning to a vampire and the Ideal Masters, Valerica calls this “the ultimate waiting game, each watching the other to see which will give in.”

Valerica says that J’Zhirr needs to search for tall rocky spires where at the bases where he will find the barrier’s energy being drawn from the unfortunate souls that have been exiled to the Soul Cairn. Valerica says that destroy the Keepers tending them should bring the barriers down. J’Zhirr remembers coming across them previously. Valerica also warns about a dragon called Durnehviir roaming the Cairn. She says, “The Ideal Masters have charged him with overseeing the Keepers, and will undoubtedly intervene if you’re perceived as a threat.”

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Reunion

Reunion

Dear Mother,

We finally find Serana’s mother, Valerica, trapped in the ruins. At first Valerica views this one with suspicion, but Serana vouches for J’Zhirr. She says, “This ‘stranger’ has done more for me in the brief time I’ve known him than you’ve done in centuries!”

Of course this makes Valerica angry. She shouts, “How dare you! I gave up everything I cared about to protect you from that fanatic you call a father!”

Serana retorts, “So to protect me you decided to shut me away from everything I cared about? You never asked me if hiding me in that tomb was the best course of action, you just expected me to follow you blindly. Both of you are obsessed with your own paths. Your motivations might have been different, but in the end, I’m still just a pawn to you too. I want us to be a family again. But I don’t know if we can ever have that. Maybe we don’t deserve that kind of happiness. Maybe it isn’t for us. But we have to stop him. Before he goes too far. And to do that, we need the Elder Scroll.”

Serana’s speech opened her mother’s eyes and Valerica apologizes, “I’m sorry, Serana. I didn’t know… I didn’t see.”