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Location Ravenwatch Castle
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Faction(s) House Ravenwatch
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Gwendis is a Bosmer vampire and the protege of Verandis Ravenwatch, the head of House Ravenwatch.

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Quest-Related EventsEdit


Shornhelm DividedEdit

During the discussion between Baron Dorell and Countess Tamrith in the Shornhelm Chapel. Gwendis can be found on the overlooking balcony, watching everything.

"If you can spare a few moments, my master would like to have a word with you."
Why are you skulking around up here?
"Who's skulking! I'm praying. All devout, I am. Just like Eselde.
Oh, not really. I wanted to eavesdrop on the Baron and Countess. I must say, the acoustics in this place are really quite spectacular."
Perhaps I should tell the Baron and Countess you were spying on them?
"Now why would you go and do that? I'm just like you. I'm merely here to help.
Now remember, you never saw me!"

Dream-Walk Into DarknessEdit

You can meet her in Ravenwatch Castle being scolded by Count Verandis:

Verandis: "Gwendis, my child, slow down. You eat too fast. You don't want to harm poor Kallin."
Gwendis: "We need to feed to get stronger. When Montclair shows up, I want to be ready."
Verandis: "That is not our way, child, and you know it. Stop feasting! Now!"
Gwendis: "Fine. Whatever. I mean... I'm sorry Count Verandis. You know I really want to help."
Verandis: "Of course, my child. Now, let's clear away our meal and welcome our friend. Kallin, as always, I thank you for sharing your life's blood with us."
Kallin: "I live to please, my lord."

Later, she admits, a little embarrassed:

"I'm still getting the hang of this feeding thing. We only feed on willing vassals or evil villains. And we never feed to excess—except maybe on the evil villains."

You can speak with her in the second of Count Verandis's memories, while everyone is celebrating the Baroness's soon-to-be good health. She is drunk.

"My Lord … my Count … Your Highness? Oh, who cares? We don't need to stand on ceremony. Not us!
Me and good old Verandis, showing the world how vampires are supposed to behave …."
Gwendis, how much of that wine have you consumed?
"I consumed all of it! Well, at least all that was given to me. Anything less would just be rude.
So, Verandis. My friend. My confidant. What say we slip away to someplace a little more private? And bring the rest of that delicious wine."
I think you've had more than enough excitement for one day.
"Was that a rebuke? I was rebuked by the high and mighty Count Ravenwatch? Yes, I believe I was.
I think you should walk away now. Before I say something else that at least one of us will regret."
I'm sure you won't remember any of this in the morning.

During the third memory, the Montclairs are about to climb the Doomcrag and attempt cure the Baroness once and for all.

Baroness Leila Montclair: "We shouldn't have left the guards behind, Weylon. Who knows what else we're going to run into?"
Lleraya Montclair: "There was no choice, Mother. You're getting worse and we can't wait for them."
Gwendis: "I'll stay here and protect the way out. Keep watch in case the guards catch up with us. The rest of you need to keep moving."
Baron Wylon Montclair: "Thank you, Gwendis. At least you retain a sense of honor."
Baroness Leila Montclair: "Wylon, you have to stop blaming Verandis. This wasn't his fault."

Gwendis shows up at the top of the Doomcrag and whisks Count Ravenwatch away from an enraged Baron Montclair:

Baron Wylon Montclair: "You'll pay for that, vampire! I have the power now. Nothing can stop me from reaching out and snapping …."
<Gwendis suddenly appears between you and the baron.>
Gwendis: "Verandis? Montclair, no! Come on, Verandis, we need to get out of here!"
<The memory then ends.>

After the dream-walk, you can talk to the real Gwendis again:

"You're so lucky! Verandis never let's [sic] me go on dream-walks with him."

The Blood-Splattered ShieldEdit

After defeating Reezal-Jul, you'll find the bosmer next to Darien Gautier:

"You did it, didn't you? I can sense it. Reezal-Jul is dead.
Too bad. I wanted to be the one to end that crazy lizard's twisted existence."

If you chose for Captain Janeve to die, she'll say:

"What a terrible shame, losing Captain Janeve. Even if she was kind of mean to me. At least Reezal-Jul won't be stirring up any more trouble.
Now all we have to do is take care of Lleraya and Montclair."

If you spared Janeve, she'll say instead:

"I'm sorry I missed being able to shove my blade deep into Reezal-Jul. I was kind of looking forward to that.
I'll make sure Captain Janeve gets the same training I received. It's the least I can do."

The Concealing VeilEdit

After you have slain Reezal-Jul, Gwendis will have word from Verandis to meet him at the Lorkrata Hills:

"Ready to move on, hero? Verandis sent word to me. I know where we need to go next."
I'm ready. What did Verandis tell you?
"There's an old ruin in the Lorkrata Hills, northeast of Shornhelm. Verandis said his research led him there and he needs your help.
Why he needs you when he has me, I'll never understand. But he is the master. As he constantly reminds me."
What about the Countess and the Shornhelm Guard?
"They won't be needed at the Lorkrata ruins. That's for you and Verandis to deal with.
I'll bring Her Ladyship up to speed about what's going on in Northpoint. You can meet us there after you and Verandis are finished with the ruins."
I guess I'm heading for the Lorkrata Hills then.
"Do you need directions, hero? The ruins are in the Lorkrata Hills, northeast of Shornhelm, just beyond Traitor's Tor.
Now get moving. Verandis will meet you there."

Northpoint in PerilEdit

She appears out of thin air in the Montclair Officer's Quarters near Northpoint, after you find Darien and his sleeping companion.

Gwendis: "My, my, Sir Darien. That was impressive! But when it comes to smuggler's tunnels, I think there's a thing or two I can teach you!"
Darien Gautier: "I'm not sure how to respond to that. Why don't you find out what our vampire vixen is talking about?"

Speaking to her, she admits:

"I must say, Darien certainly has a way with the ladies. That's not how I'd go about extracting information from the enemy, but I can't fault his results.
The old smuggler's tunnel should lead into the city—if we can get through it.."
What do you mean?
"Well, the smugglers who use the tunnels installed a gate. Gives them a monopoly on the black market in Northpoint.
The tunnel will get us into the city—if we can get past the locked gate."
Any idea where we can find a key?
"The smuggler boss is a tough pirate. Goes by the name of Lagra. If anyone has a key, it's her.
But the Montclairs attack any boats that approach the city. There are wrecks up and down the coast. If Lagra's still alive, that's where we'll find her."
"You check out the wrecked boats and I'll gather the others.
Hopefully, by the time we meet you at the tunnel, you'll have a lead on getting us that key."

After getting the key from Lagra, she is waiting for you on the coast.

Gwendis: "Over here! By the rocks! Come on, I'll take you to where the others are waiting."

She leads you to where Darien, Skordo, the Countess, and the Baron are waiting.

Gwendis: "Tell us you've found something, hero. We could use some good news."
Baron Alard Dorell: "I'm not interested in news. Just tell me you found a way to get us into those tunnels."
"Tell me you found something good, hero. It's not like the fate of Rivenspire is hanging in the balance or anything."
I've got the key to the tunnel. It's in the cave beneath the lighthouse.
"Right, then! Let's go see what Lleraya's doing in there.
But brace yourself. I don't think we're going to like what we find."
What do you mean?
"Northpoint … it just feels … empty. I sense life in there, but it's faint. Barely perceptible.
We need to be ready for anything."
Then let's head inside.
"His lordship, the Baron over there, wants us to head inside, see what's going on, and secure the area. He wants us to be slow and careful so as not to damage his precious city.
Good job getting that key, by the way. Now let's go save Northpoint."

The quest is concluded and you receive House Dorrel Greaves.

Gwendis: "I need to let Verandis know what's going on. In the meantime, talk to Skordo. He knows the city like the back of his hand."

The Liberation of NorthpointEdit

You meet her again at Chirane Manor, talking with the other members of your team.

Skordo: "Lleraya has been here all along? And your son didn't do a damn thing about it?"
Baron Dorell: "According to Ellic's journal, yes. He seems to have been infatuated with the woman. Didn't even get alarmed when she's started turning people into bloodfiends."
Skordo: "More bloodfiends? I hate this. Just give me something to hit already! But it does sound like your son betrayed Northpoint, Baron."
Gwendis: "It's the Remnant. It put Ellic under her spell. I'm surprised he was even able to write in his journal. Maybe that was his way of warning us..."

Speak to her and she'll inform you:

"Verandis sent me to help. He said he needed to do some more research. I swear, the man's got his head buried in that old book you found in Lorkrata. But if it wasn't that, it'd be something else. He loves his research, that's for sure."

Puzzle of the PassEdit

Before entering the Doomcrag:

"I worry about Verandis. I know I shouldn't. He's brilliant and strong. But this whole thing with Montclair and the death of Lleraya. It has him all torn up inside."

Inside Ceynaril, Gwendis will join you and Verandis:

"I never really thought this day would come. But it is what Verandis has been training me for.
I guess we're really going in there. Into the Doomcrag. It's a bit scary, but I'm with Verandis to the end."
Are you sure you're ready for this?
"I've seen the pain Verandis has suffered because of this place. It tortures him.
Verandis has always been there for me. Always. I'll do anything for him. If that means invading the Doomcrag, then so be it."
You care for Verandis, don't you?
"Probably more than he'll ever know.
But that's beside the point. We need to end this and make things right. Even if we have to die to accomplish that."

The Lightless RemnantEdit

After finishing the previous quest, Gwendis will remark:

"Don't mind Verandis. He can get this way sometimes. Especially when the stakes are so high. But I'm sure he has his reasons."

You can find Gwendis speaking with the Count:

Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "You must do exactly as I taught you. The power of the Remnant will call to you, tempt you. You must be strong enough to withstand that lure."
Gwendis: "I'm ready for this. You know that. Stop treating me like I'm a novice, Verandis."
Gwendis: "I won't fail you. I won't let you down."
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "You have never disappointed me, Gwendis. But the Remnant is more powerful than you can imagine. Be on your guard. Now head inside. I'll join you in a moment."

Verandis stops during your climb.

Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "This is where it happened. Where Leila died and Montclair... changed."
Gwendis: "Where are Montclair's forces? I thought for sure we'd have to fight a horde of bloodfiends to make it through this place."
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Montclair is a strategist. He's waiting for us to make a mistake that he can take advantage of. I fear that mistake is about to be made."
Baron Alard Dorell: "Soldiers, spread out! Secure this chamber!"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "You should have heeded my warning, Baron. This is no place for you."
Countess Eselde Tamrith: "You would deny our moment of glory, Count? The Light shines on us this day!"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "There is no light here, Countess. Only darkness and death."
Countess Eselde Tamrith: "Arkay protect us! What is that?"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Baron Montclair. He's here."
Baron Alard Dorell: "Troops! On my command!"

Suddenly, the cursed Baron appears.

Baron Wylon Montclair: "Welcome, Verandis! And like a good guest, I see you've brought me gifts to play with."
Baron Wylon Montclair: "Allow me to grant my blessing to your army."
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "This is exactly what I feared! He's turned our own troops into bloodfiends!"
Baron Wylon Montclair: "How does it feel to watch those who you care about turn against you, Verandis? How does it feel?"
Baron Wylon Montclair: "My wife... my daughter... you've taken everything I've ever loved, Verandis!"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Wylon, I'm sorry. I never meant for any of this to happen."
Baron Wylon Montclair: "My daughter loved you, Verandis. She loved you!"
Gwendis: "The Remnant... the power. It drove Lleraya insane! Are those giant skeletons?"

Defeat the first wave and Baron Montclair takes Gwendis and the nobles higher up, and Verandis tells you to climb for a bit without him. Soon enough, Verandis rejoins you and you find Gwendis.

Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Gwendis? What has he done to you?"
Gwendis: "Verandis … help. Please, help me. Their blood … smells so good! These restraints. They won't hold me back much longer."
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "You must control yourself, Gwendis. We'll find a way to get you out of there."

Speaking with Gwendis before speaking with Darien after Verandis sacrifices himself to save Rivenspire:

"What happened? Where's Verandis?"

After talking to Darien:

"He's really gone, isn't he? The mighty Verandis?
I hate this! I really hate it!"
He sacrificed himself to save us all.
"Sacrificed? Like in dead?
What do you mean he sacrificed himself?"
He took the Lightless Remnant to Coldharbour. It was the only way.
"No! Why'd you let him do that? Do you know how hard he worked to distance himself from the Prince? If Verandis is still alive, the Prince won't give him up easily.
But why did he leave me here? I would have... I should have gone with him."
Verandis wouldn't have wanted that./Verandis wouldn't have wanted you to sacrifice yourself, too.
"How do you know what he wanted? He was everything to me!
Why didn't he tell me what he was planning? Why didn't he let me help him?"
He did what he set out to do. He saved Rivenspire.
"Saved us? It doesn't feel like I was saved.
But Verandis always carried a great weight on his shoulders. Maybe that's been lifted from him now. I can only hope, right?"
It's time to go, Gwendis.
"Before we go, take this. Verandis gave it to me, but I can't keep it. You helped him so much. You should have it.
You helped the man I cared about... the man I loved. And you were with him to the end. This belongs to you."

The Crown of ShornhelmEdit

"I need a little time to say my farewells. Don't worry about me. I won't do anything stupid. I promise.
But you need to get back to Shornhelm. Without Verandis there, they're going to need your help to figure out what happens next."
What do you mean?
"All of this, it happened because Rivenspire doesn't have a true leader. If that doesn't change, it won't be long before the region falls into chaos once more.
At least, that's what Verandis used to say."
And what about you?
"I'll find my way. Verandis taught me well. And Adusa's back at the manor. She'll keep me company. Things will be alright. It'll just take time.
Now go. Get out of here and go help the High King choose a ruler for Rivenspire."
I'm on my way to Shornhelm.
"Go on. Don't wait for me.
But thank you, though. For, you know. Helping Verandis. Thanks."

Later during the quest, she can be found on the second floor of Shornhelm Castle.

"Look at these people—you'd never guess hundreds of people recently died in a terrible war.
Let them have a moment of happiness, though. You and I know it was only because of Verandis' sacrifice that any of us are still here."
You miss Verandis, don't you?
"Of course. You only knew his serious side. He had a wild side, too. If this were Ravenwatch Manor, not one of these people would be wearing any clothes!
Truth is, I've never understood mortal parties. They're way too civil for my tastes."
What happens to House Ravenwatch now?
"Verandis adopted Adusa and I into his family. House Ravenwatch and all its assets belong to us now. We plan to follow in his footsteps and continue to watch over Rivenspire.
We may not have his style, but Verandis will always be in our hearts."
Admirable. Will you continue to help other vampires?
"Of course! When there are enough of us, we might even organize into a real force of goodness in the realm.
I don't know. What do you think? I was thinking of calling ourselves—the Ravenwatch."
Appears only with Greymoor


The Lady of BloodEdit

Gwendis in Blackreach

You will meet Gwendis in Greymoor Cavern within Blackreach. You may be directed to speak with her by Relmerea Sethandus. When you approach her, she calls out to you.

Gwendis: "Where are you, Adusa? Wait—you there! What do you want?"

Speak with her.

Met her previously:
First time meeting:
"Wow, you're the last person I expected to see down here. But, you have impeccable timing!
Adusa's in trouble. You remember her, right? One of the vampires of the Ravenwatch. From Rivenspire? Anyway, she entered Greymoor Keep and hasn't returned."
"I'm not looking for a fight. I just want to find my sister, Adusa. She's stuck in Greymoor Keep, and I aim to get her out. Simple as that.
Now, should I start swinging these axes, or can we talk?"
Greymoor Keep?
"Uh … look up. It's hard to miss.
Lady Essenia, the Blood Queen, holds court inside. Or at least she did. Apparently, she bent the knee to some ancient vampire from the west. She's called on every vampire in Skyrim to join her here and do likewise."
So, she's conscripting the vampires into an army?
"That's what we thought. But the vampires who go into the Keep never come out. Adusa slipped in with a group of recruits to take a look around. That was days ago ….
It's been too long. I'm going in after her. I could use a hand, if you're willing."
All right, I'll help you find your sister.

You can ask her further questions after this.

"You're a lifesaver! Literally, if all goes well.
First, we need to find a way into the keep. Greymoor elites and their death hounds guard the main gate. No use trying a frontal assault. We've got to find another route. A postern door or something."
You really think there's an alternate route into the keep?/Understood. Now, you really think there's an alternate route into the keep?
"It seems unintuitive, I know. But I've snuck into enough castles to know there's always another route. A postern door, if we're lucky. A sewage pipe if we're not.
I'm feeling lucky. How about you?"
I guess we'll see. Where would this door be if it existed?
"If I had to guess? Far side of the courtyard. It's a long, open approach. Too many sight lines to breach in a siege. Luckily, no one's expecting us.
Plus, the patrols seems to favor that area. Guards need to have something to guard, right?"
What more can you tell me about this Blood Queen, Lady Essenia?
"Not much. Frustrating, right?
My sister and I make it our business to know all the major players in vampire circles. Until a few weeks ago, we didn't even know this place existed, let alone who sat on the throne. Frankly, it's a little embarrassing."
What have you learned so far?
"Well, she's ruthless. No surprise there. A cunning alchemist too.
What I find most remarkable is how she's managed to avoid all the scheming and politicking. I haven't heard a single vampire plotting her downfall. That's … unusual."
How so?
"Vampires live for conspiracy. It's practically the national sport! Local clans like the Volkihar haven't moved against her. And they have a lot to gain if she falls. It's weird.
And now she capitulates to an outsider? I don't get it."
This western vampire must be pretty powerful.
"Or clever. But yeah, powerful is more likely.
Between you, me, and the stalactites, anyone strong enough to pluck a castle like this out from under a vampire like the Blood Queen is someone I'd just as soon avoid."
Why are the Ravenwatch here in Skyrim?
"Oh, no reason. Just rumors of arcane cyclones, and subterranean castles, that sort of thing.
We go where our trouble-making kin go. And our kin are definitely up to trouble here in Skyrim. I just wish there were more of us."
This is a long way from Rivenspire, though.
"Rivenspire's issues will keep. For a while, at least. This though? If we let this fester, it'll be on Castle Ravenwatch's doorstep quick as a rabid jerboa.
Like Verandis used to say, Act, lest you be acted upon. Too right."
What are you hoping to accomplish?
"Right now, I just want to get my sister back. Once she's in hand? I guess we sniff out some reliable allies and plot out where we can do the most good.
I … I just wish Verandis was around. He'd know what to do—allies or no."
I'm sorry about what happened at Doomcrag.
"Verandis did what he thought was right in Rivenspire. You both saved us all.
It's hard, though. You know? Sometimes I glance at his empty chair and … ugh. This isn't helping! I keep thinking there must be a way to …. Never mind. Adusa first."
Who are you?
"Introductions! Sorry. Ugh … if my master could see this, he'd be aghast.
Gwendis of House Ravenwatch, at your service."
House Ravenwatch?
"Haven't heard of us? Good.
We're the children of Count Verandis, lord of Ravenwatch Castle. He taught us to control our urges—to use our dark gifts to defend people rather than enslave them. Hardly common knowledge, though. So, mums the word, eh?"
What brought you and your sister to Skyrim?
"Oh, no reason. Just rumors of arcane cyclones, and subterranean castles, that sort of thing.
We go where our trouble-making kin go. And our kin are definitely up to trouble here in Skyrim. I just wish there were more of us."
Who's Count Verandis?/Where's this Count Verandis you mentioned?
"He's …. I'd rather not speak about that if you don't mind.
Let's just say he's very far away. Too far away to be of any help."

"I'd … rather not speak about it, if you don't mind.\n\nLet's just say he's far away. Too far away to be of any use here."

where does this fit in here?

"I'd … rather not speak about it, if you don't mind.
Let's just say he's far away. Too far away to be of any use here."

When you approach the courtyard, you'll find her standing over the corpse of a Gray Host Shadowcaster. Enter the courtyard.

Gwendis: "Ugh. This place is crawling with Essenia's troops. They've got to be protecting something. Let's just hope it's an entrance."

Speaking with her here:

"Let's try to keep things quiet, all right?
Keep an eye out for anything or anyone who might get us into the keep. I'll do the same."

You will find Grolag in the courtyard.

Grolag: "Outsiders! Surface-dwellers!"
Gwendis: "Quiet down! We're not here to harm you. I promise."

Follow Grolag. He points to the northwest.

Gwendis: "It's that way, isn't it? The caves? Thank you. I promise, this will all be over soon."
Gwendis: "We'll likely find worse things than this inside the keep. Come on. Let's find this door."

Speaking to her here:

"Unless I miss my guess, the horrors we've seen so far will pale in comparison to what waits behind these doors. But as long as we stick together, we'll make it through.
Now, let's find my sister."

Approaching the cave:

Gwendis: "This looks promising. Let's just hope it leads to Adusa."

Speaking to her once inside the Undercroft:

"So far, so good. Just watch the shadows.
I'm a creature of the night, and this place even gives me the creeps!"

When you first enter the kennels, you can hear Arlof voice.

Arlof: "Please … I'll submit. Tell Essenia I'll do anything she asks!"
Gwendis: "Prisoners. Come on, let's hurry!"

Approach Arlof.

Gwendis: "Adusa? Adusa, are you here?"
Arlof: "Adusa? The Khajiit? I know where she is, Elf! Release us and I'll tell you!"

Speak to her in front of Arlof's cage.

"Look at these people. The skin … the eyes. What is Essenia doing to them? To Adusa?
I know these vampires might have misguided loyalties, but no one deserves this. Whatever this is."
Do you think that vampire really knows where Adusa is?
"Hmph. I've been tortured before. I would have said anything to get out of it. Anything.
Then again, he's our only lead. I guess we'll have to risk it."
So, how do we open the pens? I don't see any gates.
"Yeah, yeah. Just let me … ah. Got it. Look up.
See those chains connected to the cages? We need to find the mechanism that lifts and lowers them. Up on that balcony maybe?"
Mechanism on the balcony. Got it. I'll go up and have a look.

You can ask her more questions after this encounter.

"Good. I'll keep watch down here, just in case any of Essenia's soldiers stroll through.
If you manage to open the cages, I'll grab our informant and meet you on your way back down. Just hurry. We're all undead, but he really looks the part."
What do you think Essenia did to these vampires?
"Poisoned them, I'd wager. Some sort of alchemical experimentation. To what end—that's the question.
I just have to believe that Adusa's weathered the effects. She's tough as an Alik'r mule. Even so …. No, she's fine. She has to be."
Have you ever seen anything like this before?
Completed the Lightless Remnant:
"Hm. The bloodfiends in Rivenspire, maybe? You know, those vampires that the Lightless Remnant drove mad. But this seems different. There's intention here. She's looking for something.
Let's pray she never finds it."
"No. Thank goodness, right?
Watching someone suffer through the initial effects of the vampiric malignancy is no spring picnic, but at least you know they'll be sane when it passes. This, though? I don't know what this is leading to."
Why would Essenia do this to her own kind?
"Depends on what you mean by "her own kind." Not all vampires are created equal.
Most vampires become what they are by contracting a disease. Others though—purebloods—can trace their powers right back to the source. To Molag Bal."
So you think Essenia is one of these pureblood vampires?
"Wouldn't surprise me. Huge underground castle, hordes of minions, obvious megalomania … she fits the type.
The bad news is purebloods wield far greater power than an average vampire. The good news is … well, I guess there is no good news. Sorry."

After you throw the lever, all the captives will be set free. Gwendis will pull Arlof aside.

Gwendis: "You're free! Get out of here, quickly! Except you, Nord. You're coming with us."
Arlof: "What? No! We'll talk outside! I'm not going to—"
Gwendis: "You are going to, or I'm going to throw you back in that cage. Now, move!"
Arlof: "You're as bad as Essenia …."

Meeting up with Gwendis and Arlof at the end of this section of the keep:

Gwendis: "All right, you're safe. Now talk."

Speaking to her after the interrogation:

"A laboratory, eh? Fair enough.
Our informant will be all right. Or he won't. We gave him a fighting chance. What he does now is up to him. Let's go."

Speaking to her inside the living quarters:

"I'm not losing my sister to some lunatic pureblood. We push on until we find her!"

Speaking to her in the library:

"We could ask this lot for a clue. You know, if they weren't catatonic thralls.
Have a look around. We're missing something. I can feel it."

After reading Words of Entry:

Gwendis: "That note … this place is even worse than I thought. Come on. Let's find a use for that pass phrase."

Speaking to her here:

"So there's a pass phrase. "We Shall Rise Again". What does that even mean? Adusa always handles the riddles. Ugh. How's that for irony?
Let's look around. The answer's here somewhere."

After activating the bookcase:

Gwendis: "A secret door. Of course the lunatic alchemist has a secret door. Let's go."

Speaking with her after finding the bookcase:

"We've wasted enough time in here. Come on, let's get moving."

Speaking with her inside the laboratory:

"This must be the arboretum that prisoner mentioned. We're getting close!
I recognize some of these plants. Reagents for poisons, mind-twisting hallucinogens …. What is Essenia doing down here?"

After speaking with Nonradil:

Gwendis: "Essenia means to turn Adusa into one of these beasts? One of these bloodknights? Not on my watch."

After reading Research Notes: The Heir of Verandis:

Gwendis: "So, Essenia needs an heir of Verandis? Damn it. What could the Count's bloodline have to do with this?"

Speaking with her here:

"Adusa has a strong will. Stronger than mine. She'll fight this transformation as long as she can, but no one can hold out forever.
We have to move faster."

She stops you in the hallway with the blood fountain pillars.

Gwendis: "Wait a moment. Can we talk?"

See what Gwendis wants to say.

"Sorry, I know we don't have much time. I just need to prepare myself, you know?
And I need something from you."
What's wrong, Gwendis?
"Whatever we encounter beyond these doors—bloodknights, Lady Essenia, even this Ashen Lord—I can handle that.
But if we find my sister, Adusa, and she's been transformed … I need you to do what's necessary. Because I won't be able to."
Essenia has other plans. That book said with an heir of Verandis, she could create something new.
"Yes. Something even worse than a bloodknight, no doubt. That's hardly a comfort.
Just promise me you'll do what you have to do. Adusa deserves better than whatever Essenia has planned for her."
I'll handle it, Gwendis. You have my word.
"Good. And you know … Thanks.
I wish my master, Verandis, was here. But with you by my side, I still feel like victory is possible."

Speaking with her after this exchange:

"All right, enough hand-wringing. Let's kill this hag and get my sister back."

After Lady Essenia dies the first time, Gwendis rushes to Adusa's side.

Gwendis: "Adusa! Please! Answer me!"

However, Lady Essenia will revive as something very different and you'll need to kill her once more.

After the Blood Queen dies the second time, Adusa will have woken up

Adusa-daro: "Gwendis … you came."
Gwendis: "Of course I did, you mangy scamp! Take a breath, then we're getting you out of here."

After you speak to Adusa, she'll ask that you meet at her camp.

Gwendis: "Come on. Those bloodknights will be on top of us any moment now. I'll take care of Adusa. You go on. Meet us at my camp outside, all right?"

Arriving at her camp outside the keep:

Gwendis: "Shh. She's resting."

Speak to her.

"I'm glad to see you made it out of that place in one piece.
I had to carry Adusa half the way. After everything she's just been through, she needs her rest. And a meal."
Will she be all right?
"I … I honestly don't know. I hope so.
There's so much I don't know about the Ravenwatch bloodline. About Verandis's origins. Will the strength of our blood help her heal? Or will it cling to Essenia's experiments all the more? It's a mystery."
She survived the experience. Just take it day-by-day.
"Yeah, you're right. I'll keep a close eye on her. And I have a few alchemists that owe me favors. The important thing is that we're together.
Sisterhood is a powerful bond. It'll take more than some gross experiments to break us apart."
I believe it.
"Take this. Call it a keepsake for everything you've done for House Ravenwatch. And for me.
The vampiric threat still looms large here in Skyrim, but with Essenia out of the way, I think we've got a fighting chance."

Exiting the conversation and speaking to her again before turning in the quest:

"Greymoor Keep. What a nightmare.
Plenty of my adventures would make decent bard songs, but this is one I'd just as soon forget."
So, what now?

Speaking to her after the quest:

"Next stop, the surface. After this business, I'd be willing to go top-side in the middle of the day!"
Are you all right, Gwendis?
"Of course I am. Just thinking about what we saw in there.
I always felt like I had a grip on what vampirism was, you know? But now the world's filling up with monsters I couldn't dream up in my worst nightmares. Verandis never prepared us for this."
We faced it together and succeeded.
"You're right, of course. But this isn't over. Not by a long shot.
I'm sorry—I'm babbling. Just tired, you know. I need rest. We'll probably be here for a while. You're welcome to shelter at our camp whenever you pass by."

Daughter of the WolfEdit

Adusa-daro and Gwendis at the Blue Palace

She will also appear for the ceremony along with Adusa-daro during Daughter of the Wolf if you completed her quest beforehand:

"Nothing like standing in a crowd of Nords who barely survived a brush with vampires to make you miss Ravenwatch Castle, eh?"
Will you be staying in Skyrim for a while?
"We've been told to hold position and monitor the Gray Host's activities. Though I'd wager you've done most of the heavy lifting already. It'll very nearly be a bit of holiday after everything else that's happened."


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Gwendis in either of the Stonethorn dungeons

Blood of the PastEdit

You will encounter her in Castle Thorn. When you first approach, she is arguing with another vampire named Talfyg.

Gwendis: "Seems fairly quiet here so far, Talfyg. You're not misleading me, are you?"
Talfyg: "I swear, what I told you is true. I see no need for this distrust between us."
Gwendis: "Showing me a spooky castle proves nothing, Talfyg. Get us inside without drawing attention, then I'll decide how to feel about you."
Talfyg: "Then maybe we could move faster, hmm? I'd like to get in before the fiends see us."

Speak with her to begin the quest. If you've never met her before:

"If Talfyg here doesn't stop complaining, I'll toss him into one of these graves.
Here I am trying to discover if an ancient vampire threatens all of Tamriel, and I need to rely on this insufferable toad."
What vampire threat? Why are you two here?

If you have met her before:


Regardless of whether you know her or not, the conversation continues.

"I could ask the same of you. But I don't really care.
The ruler of this castle, one Lady Thorn, apparently decided to start amassing her own vampiric army. Bad move on her part. I want to know what she's planning, and then stop it."
And what about your companion?
"This worm of a fellow found me in Solitude. Insists he just escaped this place and needs to show me what the lady's up to. The problem is, I can't sneak in my usual way with him in tow.
Hey, since you're here, feel like helping me storm a castle?"
I'll help you get inside the castle and uncover Lady Thorn's plan.

You can ask her more questions after accepting the quest.

"Talfyg claims there's a secret door that he and I can use to slip in. But Lady Thorn's creatures heavily patrol the area around it. If you fight your way past the front gate, the racket should draw them away.
This is going to be fun."
Why would Talfyg seek you out? Who are you?/You keep saying "we." Who are you referring to?
"Ah, right, I suppose that does require some explanation.
I belong to House Ravenwatch. One of the wards of Count Verandis. We make it our business to track down vampires who cause too much trouble around Tamriel."
So Talfyg approached you due to House Ravenwatch's reputation?
"So he says. I was looking for my brother in Solitude when this dubious fellow stumbles up to me. Told me he knows who I am and that he can show me proof of Lady Thorn's evil army.
I don't trust him, but I thought I'd hear him out."
You say he escaped from here?
"That's his story. They held him prisoner for weeks until he somehow managed to escape. Then he happens to run into a member of the noble house that deals with evil vampires. Seems rather convenient, right?"
Then why follow him?
"Well, several people have mysteriously disappeared from the area. And rumors keep reaching Castle Ravenwatch that Lady Thorn recently became more active. Seems like a worthwhile place to visit, if only to take a peek."
I'm a vampire. Are you after me? (If you're a vampire)
"Ah, no. If you were my target, I probably wouldn't just come out and explain myself like that. Or maybe I would? I've done stranger things.
Anyway, you're safe. From me, at least."
So Talfyg approached you due to House Ravenwatch's reputation?
Do you have any clue why Lady Thorn would want to build an army?/Do you have any clue why Lady Thorn wants to build an army?
"Not exactly. I mean, I admit that vampires often like to stir up gratuitous trouble. But Lady Thorn always kept to herself in the past. Very strange that she wants to build an army now."
You have no information about her motivations?
"Well, if I can believe what Talfyg says, several people came to examine the prisoners while they held him. Reachmen, other vampires, a madman—it sounded like they put the captives on display.
I worry this may be part of something larger."
Tell me more about this Lady Thorn./Tell me more about Lady Thorn.
"Lady Thorn is one of those vampires that we never really need to worry about. Her clan keeps to themselves and rarely disturbs the regular folk nearby.
That sense of privacy means we don't know too much about her, unfortunately."
There's no information about her at all?
"Only fragments. We know Lady Thorn is old. Really old. Records show she's a High Elf who first drew attention in the late First Era. That's when she kicked a local jarl out of this castle and moved her clan in.
But, really, that's all I know."

When you move up the hill towards the first add pull, she and Talfyg get moving.

Gwendis: "All right, that should draw the patrols. Now show me this secret door."
Talfyg: "Yes, this way. And step quietly. The stones have ears."

The pair will meet up with you in the Garden Conservatory. Lady Thorn's voice suddenly booms out.

Lady Thorn: "Well done, Talfyg. You brought me a daughter of Verandis, as requested. She will complement our lord's army well."
<Talfyg strikes Gwendis, taking some of her essence and summoning a Blood Twilight.>
Gwendis: "What is this? Damn it, Talfyg, what have you done?"
Talfyg: "Your blood flows strong, Gwendis! My lady has need of you. But she has no use for the others."
Gwendis: "No! You won't get away so easily!"
<Talfyg transforms into mist and escapes through the door on the other side of the room. Gwendis follows suit.>
Gwendis: "You can handle this. I refuse to let him win!"

After the Blood Twilight is dead, Gwendis shows up back in the Conservatory, weakened.

Gwendis: "Talfyg … got away."
Gwendis: "He moved so fast …. Just caught me by surprise."

You can speak to Gwendis before moving forward.

"I knew that snake was lying. But I just wanted to see what he planned. What this was all about. I never expected he would catch me so unaware.
He hits harder than a giant. Cracked my ribs, probably. I don't understand how he's so powerful."
So Talfyg lied the whole time?/So, Talfyg lied the whole time?
"Oh yeah, couldn't you tell? I marked him as full of deer dung from the moment he approached me in Solitude.
But why all the deception?"
It sounded like Lady Thorn wanted him to bring you here.
"Yeah, that's a little disconcerting. Usually evil vampires don't want House Ravenwatch anywhere near their business.
If she thinks I'll join this army of hers, she's gone mad from isolation."
What do we do now?
"Well, I'm going to rest here until my bones fuse back together. Shouldn't take but a few moments.
In the meantime, go ahead and clear the way. See what you can learn about Lady Thorn's army. And, hopefully, where we can find her."

After Vaduroth has been killed:

Gwendis: "Gods above … what vile evil is this?"
Gwendis: "I think I know where to find Lady Thorn. Push on to the cathedral while I search for clues here."

You can speak to her here.

"By all the gods … what kind of monster does this?
Siphoning the very energies from living beings to reanimate vampires. They're just husks controlled by spirits."
Why would Lady Thorn reanimate dead vampires?
"I can see the vicious logic. Mindless fighters ready to serve like a bloodfiend. But mimicking all the powers of a vampire. They'd be unstoppable.
It seems you ended her source of these creatures. Whatever that was … you sent it back to Oblivion."
What are you looking for here?
"I want to destroy anything that could be used to bring another one of those creatures back to our world.
Something like … this must never happen again."

When you enter Talfyg's chamber:

Talfyg: "How dare you reject Lady Thorn's offer? Look! Tremble before the power you might have wielded!"
<Talfyg transforms into a Bloodknight.>
Gwendis: "There's no running away this time, monster!"
Talfyg: "My lady demands your head as tribute!"

Gwendis assists you against Talfyg in combat by holding his gargoyles still, allowing you to deal as much damage as you can to them without fear of being hit by them in the process.

Gwendis: "This won't last forever! Hit him as hard as you can!"
Gwendis: "There! Glad that worked. Now get him!"
Gwendis: "I'll hold him as long as I can!"
Gwendis: "You're not going anywhere this time!"
Gwendis: "I brought something just for this occasion!"

After Talfyg dies:

Gwendis: "Glad to be rid of that worm. He deserved worse."
Gwendis: "The cathedral isn't too far ahead. Lady Thorn should be inside."

You can speak to her here.

"I've never claimed to be above revenge. In fact, I kind of enjoy it. In moderation, obviously. Can't get too carried away.
Anyway, I'm glad Talfyg's dead."
What kind of creature was he?
"A bloodknight. Vampires of ignoble lineage who have absorbed the power of several other kin. Considered quite rude behavior among vampires, honestly.
Strange. Usually they …. Oh no."
What do you mean, "oh no"?
"According to the stories, bloodknights operate in service to Vampire Lords. But that doesn't make sense. Lady Thorn can't be … Ravenwatch would know.
We need to tread extremely carefully going forward."

After defeating the enemies in the Cathedral:

Gwendis: "Wait … look at all these documents."
Gwendis: "There's information here about Lady Thorn … and the Gray Host. I need to study this."
Gwendis: "It's over. The ancient clan of Lady Thorn is no more. Good riddance."
Gwendis: "You found what remains of the prisoners. Such brutality."

You can speak with her here.

"These documents are a treasure trove. Papers that go back into the First Era. All of them detailing parts of the Gray Host's history.
Lady Thorn's connection to the Host are deeper than I realized."
How deep a connection are you talking about?
"From what I can tell, Lady Thorn used to be Lady Ingerien of Clan Direnni. I wonder why she changed her name?
And this is interesting—a letter expressing gratitude for "providing shelter in our darkest hour.""
What does it all mean?
"I don't know yet. But it's imperative I figure it out. The safety of Tamriel could rely on it.
Look, Lady Thorn is a threat. And I've seen you fight. No matter what she throws at you, I know you can handle it. You must take her down."
Where will you be?
"I need to collect as much of these documents as I can before something happens to them. There's someone I know that could make good use of the information here.
I'll join you as soon as I can."


"We sure did. Basement prisons, just as Talfyg claimed. Recently used and in horrifying conditions—blood and bones everywhere. I think I saw a dismembered leg.
Worryingly, I didn't see any actual prisoners."
"Extremely similar. Well, I suppose most prisons look the same. But you're right, these felt more like livestock pens, just like those in the Keep.
We need to find out what Lady Thorn did with those prisoners. And what she offers the Ashen Lord."
"Why would a horde of vampires keep anybody in a basement prison? Saving them for later I imagine. In fact, these felt much like livestock pens.
We need to find out what Lady Thorn did with those prisoners."
"I mean, if I wanted to build an army, having mindless hordes at the front lines would be an asset, yes? And if I could convert them from my opponent's forces? Even better.
That is, if I wanted to do that."
"She wanted to find a way to mass produce those revived vampire soldiers we saw. Imagine the strength of an army filled with thousands of those creatures. Or possibly even bloodknights.
Ugh, thousands of Talfygs."
"Look at what we know so far. Arkasis's research started long ago, before the Gray Host even existed. And Lady Thorn's documents discussed a group that started the Gray Host.
We need to understand more about the Gray Host's origins."
(If you completed Stone Garden)
"Maybe we start where they first ended. Bangkorai. The original fall of the Gray Host.
I need to reach out to some people. But I'll be in touch soon. We should take a trip to the Bangkorai Garrison."
(?) (if you haven't completed Stone Garden)
"Send me on another mission, most likely. They know I get restless if I'm not risking my life for some reason or another.
At the moment they're trying to track down the lair of some crazy alchemist. Maybe I'll try to find that."

Method and MadnessEdit

You will find Gwendis sneaking around in the Stone Garden. As you approach, she notices you.

Gwendis: "Ugh, this place reeks of wet dog and a fungal infection. Must be getting close."
Gwendis: "Hey, who's there? I can still hear while holding my breath."

Speak with her to begin the quest. If you've never met her before:

"You're trespassing. Which is good, so am I. The question is: are we snooping around for the same reason?"
What are you doing here?

If you have met her before:


Regardless of whether you know her or not, the conversation continues.

"Hey. Rude. I asked first. Whatever. I happen to be in search of some lunatic alchemist named Arkasis who's working on some mad scheme with some equally crazy co-conspirators.
His laboratory is near here. I can smell it."
What kind of mad scheme?
"The kind that involves grave robbing an ancient evil for nefarious purposes, which comes up more often than I'd like, so now I have to put a stop to Arkasis's experiments.
That's why I'm here. As for you, I only really need to know if you'll help."
I'll help you stop Arkasis's plans.

You can ask her more questions after accepting the quest.

"Arkasis does his work out of a place called the Stone Garden. Used to be some Dwarf ruin. I heard he's been out here for years building up a cult of followers. That wouldn't be so bad, but he's got some werewolf guard dogs as well so be careful."
Do you know anything about the co-conspirators Arkasis is working with?
"Where to begin. Someone was smuggling ancient vampire and werewolf remains out of Bangkorai and bringing them to Western Skyrim, but … we don't know why. My investigation says a lot of them were brought to Stone Garden, but the rest is a mystery."
Any idea what Arkasis wants with these remains?
"Something alchemical, most likely, but I'm not crazy enough to even hazard a guess what. They call him the Mad Alchemist for a reason. Somehow I doubt it'll be a cure for Daedric diseases."

If you completed the quest at Unhallowed Grave:

"How do you—oh, you must be who helped Fennorian with his investigation. All I can say for certain is that Arkasis is involved. We won't know if he's the mastermind until we do some digging of our own in Stone Garden."
What can you tell me about Arkasis?
"He's the type who experiments because he can without ever asking if he should. Got him chased out of several holds. He disappeared not long after, but there were rumors he was conducting his questionable research somewhere far from prying eyes."
And that somewhere is the Stone Garden?
"That's where the trail is leading me. I won't know until we find it. My gut tells me it's close. Well, my nose does anyway. I've gotten all too familiar with the smell of werewolves lately, and there's a tinge of something … alchemical in the air."
Who are you?/Who are you anyway?
"Name's Gwendis, of House Ravenwatch. Not that that would mean anything to you. The short answer is we keep an eye on troublesome vampires—and werewolves now—to keep them in check.
And no, Arkasis isn't either, that I know of, but his allies are."

As you travel deeper into the cave, she speaks to you.

Gwendis: "I'm more of a spy than fighter. I'll shadow you on the way in."
Gwendis: "Fair warning. I won't jeopardize my mission if you run into trouble, so try not to die. I'd feel guilty."

When you approach Exarch Kraglen, he stops you.

Exarch Kraglen: "Far enough, interlopers! Only my jaws lie ahead."
Gwendis: "Heck of a guard dog. Take him for a run. I'll work on the door."

During the fight against Exarch Kraglen, he will occasionally roar, causing you to glow red. This agitates Gwendis.

"He's making me so angry! Grah!"
"Ah! It's like a hammer on my skull! Keep him from doing that!"
"Whatever he's doing is getting to me! Shut him up!"