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Rescue a victim from vampires.
Quest Giver: Florentius Baenius
Location(s): Radiant
Reward: Enchanted item
Prerequisites: Bolstering the Ranks
Rescue Wylandriah from a Master Vampire.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Speak with Florentius Baenius.
  2. Rescue a kidnapped victim from vampires.
  3. Report back to Florentius.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

After rescuing Florentius Baenius, speak to him, and ask "What can I do to help?" He will either refer you to somebody else, or he will explain: "Arkay has some grave news, friend. Your friend, kidnapped! A vicious night stalker rules over a group of [class] - seeks to gain leverage over the righteous. Arkay's never clear on life and death. Is [s]he still alive? There's always hope..."

Saving your friendEdit

The victim can be nearly anyone with a positive disposition towards you, including followers and spouses. He or she will be held captive at a random dungeon, bound and helpless. You'll need to travel to the destination indicated in your journal and find the victim (at the quest marker).

The dungeon will be crawling with vampires and either bandits or necromancers. Find and rescue the victim by interacting with them. If they die, before or after rescuing them, the objective will still count as completed.


Return to Florentius in Fort Dawnguard for a reward of an enchanted item.


  • If Dragonborn is installed, some radiant locations may be on Solstheim. If you are in Skyrim, you will not receive a quest marker pointing you to the quest location, but must travel to Solstheim first (at which point any quest markers you have to quests in Skyrim will disappear).
  • If the radiant location selected is Gallows Rock there will only be Silver Hand members inside; they will also kill the vampire for you.


  • After completing one quest for Florentius Baenius, this quest may trigger unexpectedly when you next talk with the victim.
  • The victim may thank you as if married to you, even if they aren't.
  • The vampire that is holding the victim hostage may die immediately when you enter its dungeon home, completing that part of the quest without your help.
  • The victim may be your current follower. If this is the case, you can simply talk to them, then go kill the vampire that Florentius points you to.
  • If the victim is your spouse, they may not actually be kidnapped and will remain at your home requesting help, which triggers the quest incorrectly. The target location will have no vampire to kill, or you may not even be informed of a target location at all, so you won't be able to complete the quest. It has been suggested that this also may actually have something to do with being a werewolf, because every time you go to the place of rescue it says you have consumed a heart without actually doing so and you don't even have to be in werewolf form. However, the "spouse" bug has occurred in cases where the player has not joined the Companions, and is not a werewolf.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 2.0.7 of the Unofficial Dawnguard Patch.
    • Load a save from before talking to your spouse, then go speak with Florentius, and the quest will start and progress normally.
    • Alternatively, open the console and type: setstage DLC1RH06 255 - this will "complete" the quest properly (and even give you a reward item), then go back to talk to Florentius or Gunnar to start the next quest in the series. It is not clear whether this will or will not result in a leftover vampire at the location next time you head there.
    • If you want to stop doing the radiant Dawnguard quests and have none of them remaining in your journal, do it immediately after completing a "Rescue" quest. After that, the notional next one is bound to be a different and less buggy one, and is less likely to be "started incorrectly" without talking to one of the quest givers.
  • The victim may continue on with the regular daily routine, and not stay in the dungeon with the vampire in it. If this happens, you can complete the quest by killing the vampire, then going and "rescuing" the victim wherever the victim has moved to.

Quest StagesEdit

Rescue (DLC1RH06)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Florentius Baenius has learned that a <Alias=Vampire> has kidnapped <Alias=Prisoner> and is keeping <Alias.PronounObj=Prisoner> prisoner in <Alias=Dungeon>.
Objective 10: Rescue <Alias=Prisoner> from <Alias=Dungeon>
Objective 11: Kill the <Alias=Vampire>
Objective 11: Kill the <Alias=Vampire> (if vampire not killed)
Objective 10: Rescue <Alias=Prisoner> from <Alias=Dungeon> (if prisoner not rescued)
Objective 100: Return to Florentius Baenius
255 ☑Finishes quest Florentius Baenius learned that a <Alias=Vampire> kidnapped <Alias=Prisoner>. I rescued <Alias.PronounObj=Prisoner> from in <Alias=Dungeon>.
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