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Race Dragon Gender Male
Born Dawn Era
Resided in Tamriel
Soul Cairn
Appears in Skyrim

Durnehviir, is an undead dragon whose name means "Curse-Never-Dying" in the Dragon Language, lived in the Merethic Era when dragons ruled Tamriel. Durnehviir took part in many battles against other dragons for control of the skies. Instead of fighting, he delved into "alok-dilon", or necromancy. Like many great necromancers, he contacted the Ideal Masters in an attempt to gain their favor. They granted him the power to summon armies of undead from the Soul Cairn. In return, he was to guard a vampire named Valerica, who had been trapped in the Soul Cairn by the Ideal Masters. However, the Ideal Masters neglected to inform Durnehviir of Valerica's immortality, tricking him into eternal servitude. In time, his body became accustomed to the Soul Cairn, making it impossible for him to ever permanently return to Tamriel.[1]

In 4E 201, the Last Dragonborn and Serana journeyed to the Soul Cairn in search of Valerica. Their actions awoke Durnehviir, who attacked the intruders. He was killed by the Dragonborn, but his soul was not devoured because of the Ideal Masters' protection. He promptly rematerialized, and hailed the Dragonborn as his "Qahnaarin", or Vanquisher. Humbled by his defeat, Durnehviir allied himself with the Dragonborn. He asked the Dragonborn to use the thu'um to summon him to Tamriel, allowing him to briefly be free of the Soul Cairn. In return for granting his wish, Durnehviir fought for the Dragonborn and passed on the knowledge of a necromantic Dragon Shout. Although Durnehviir's debt to the Ideal Masters had been paid, he remained eternally trapped in the Soul Cairn.[2][3][4]



  • Durnehviir and Paarthurnax had never met before his imprisonment in the Soul Cairn.[UOL 1]

See AlsoEdit

  • For game-specific information, see the SkyrimDG article.


  1. ^ Durnehviir's dialogue in Skyrim
  2. ^ Events of Chasing Echoes in Dawnguard
  3. ^ Events of Beyond Death in Dawnguard
  4. ^ Events of Durnehviir in Dawnguard

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.