Skyrim: People
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Added by Dawnguard
Location Soul Cairn
Race Nord Gender Female
Level PC×1 (range=10-50) Class Vampire
RefID xx003B8E BaseID xx003B8B
Other Information
Health 150+(PC-1)×9 Magicka 50+(PC-1)×4
Stamina 50+(PC-1)×2
Primary Skills Sneak, Conjuration, Light Armor, One-handed
Perks Bladesman (rank 1); Custom Fit; Fighting Stance; Hack and Slash
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Essential Yes
Faction(s) DLC1ValericaFaction

Valerica is a Nord vampire, wife to Lord Harkon and mother of Serana. She is found just outside the entrance of the Boneyard in the Soul Cairn when you go looking for her to find an Elder Scroll to be used by Lord Harkon. She does not have a very good relationship with her daughter because she hid her away from Lord Harkon for many years to keep him from retrieving her blood, which is needed for the ritual to block out the sun, despite the fact that Harkon is still unaware of that part of the prophecy. She also holds one of the Elder Scrolls needed for the prophecy. She is initially very disdainful and untrusting of the player, regardless of which side the player chose. She eventually realizes her error in judgement with Serana after a heated argument between the two, after which she has a bettered relationship with you and Serana, but is still somewhat unsure of your motives for awhile.

After Harkon is defeated, if you return to the Soul Cairn and tell her so, she will return to Castle Volkihar and take up residence in her study. At the same time, she will replant her garden in the courtyard. You may ask her to make Bloodcursed elven arrows for you, but she will refuse politely.

After completing Beyond Death and leaving the Soul Cairn, if you return and talk to Valerica, she can be asked to turn 5 Soul Husks into a Soul Husk Extract. She no longer offers this option after relocating to her study in Castle Volkihar.

Valerica wears a unique set of vampire royal armor with a pair of vampire boots. She is equipped with a ring of regeneration, a necklace of frost suppression, and an ebony dagger.

Related QuestsEdit


Beyond DeathEdit

You first meet Valerica while she is behind the barrier in her prison.

Serana: "Mother? Mother!"
Valerica: "Maker... it can't be. Serana?"
Serana: "Is it really you? I can't believe it! How do we get inside? We have to talk."
Valerica: "Serana? What are you doing here? Where's your father?"
Serana: "He doesn't know we're here. I don't have time to explain."
Valerica: "I must have failed. Harkon's found a way to decipher the prophecy, hasn't he."
Serana: "No, you've got it all wrong. We're here to stop him... to make everything right." (If you sided with the Dawnguard) or
"No, you've got it all wrong. We're here to complete the prophecy our way, not his." (If you sided with the vampires)
Valerica: "Wait a moment... you've brought a stranger here? Have you lost your mind?"
Serana: "No, you don't..."
Valerica: "You. Come forward. I would speak with you."

The following exchange will occur if you sided with the Dawnguard:

"So how has it come to pass that a vampire hunter is in the company of my daughter? It pains me to think you'd travel with Serana under the guise of her protector in an effort to hunt me down."
This is no ruse. I want to keep her safe.
"Coming from one who murders vampires as a trade, I find it hard to believe your intentions are noble. Serana has sacrificed everything to prevent Harkon from completing the prophecy. I would have expected her to explain that to you."

If you sided with the vampires:

"So how has it come to pass that a vampire of mixed blood is in the company of my daughter?"
I've been keeping her safe.
"Safe? You call bringing her here safe? Has she explained nothing to you? Serana has sacrificed everything to prevent Harkon from completing the prophecy. I would have expected her to explain that to you."
I've saved her from your foolish plan.
"I find your choice of words quite interesting considering that Serana is in far more danger now than she was following my "foolish plan." Serana has sacrificed everything to prevent Harkon from completing the prophecy. I would have expected her to explain that to you."
I'm just here for the Elder Scroll.
"Glorious. Serana claims you're her guardian, yet your first instinct appears to be greed. I see that my daughter is still as naive as ever. Serana has sacrificed everything to prevent Harkon from completing the prophecy. I would have expected her to explain that to you."
That's why I'm here for the Elder Scroll.
"You think I'd have the audacity to place my own daughter in that tomb for the protection of her Elder Scroll alone? The scrolls are merely a means to an end. The key to the Tyranny of the Sun is Serana herself."
What do you mean?
"When I fled Castle Volkihar, I fled with two Elder Scrolls. The scroll I presume you found with Serana speaks of Auriel and his arcane weapon, Auriel's Bow. The second scroll declares that "The Blood of Coldharbour's Daughter will blind the eye of the Dragon.""
How does Serana fit in?
"Like myself, Serana was a human once. We were devout followers of Lord Molag Bal. Tradition dictates the females be offered to Molag Bal on his summoning day. Few survive the ordeal. Those that do emerge as a pure-blooded vampire. We call such confluences the "Daughters of Coldharbour.""
The Tyranny of the Sun requires Serana's blood?
"Now you're beginning to see why I wanted to protect Serana, and why I've kept the other Elder Scroll as far from her as possible."
Serana underwent this ritual willingly?
"It was expected of her, just as it was expected of me. Being selected as an offering to Molag Bal is an honor. She wouldn't have dared turn her back on that."
"It's what some call the domain of Molag Bal. His place in Oblivion."
Are you saying Harkon means to kill her?
"If Harkon obtained Auriel's Bow and Serana's blood was used to taint the weapon, the Tyranny of the Sun would be complete. In his eyes, she'd be dying for the good of all vampires."
"I would never allow that to happen.'

If you sided with the Dawnguard:

"And how exactly do you plan on stopping him?"
I'll kill Harkon.
"If you believe that, then you're a bigger fool than I originally suspected. Don't you think I weighed that option before I enacted my plans?"
And Serana's opinion in this?
"You care nothing for Serana or our plight. Whether or not you've become one of us in order to survive the Soul Cairn, you're still a vampire hunter at heart. You're here because we're abominations in your mind. Evil creatures that need to be destroyed."

If you sided with the vampires:

"And how exactly do you plan on completing the prophecy without the death of my daughter?"
I'll kill Harkon.
"If you believe that, then you're a bigger fool than I originally suspected. Don't you think I weighed that option before I enacted my plans?"
I'll need your help.
"Have you been listening to me? Like Serana, I'm a pure-blooded vampire. My presence on Tamriel is as much of a danger as hers."
Perhaps her death is destined.
"No! I will not allow that to happen. The Elder Scrolls only tell of events that might be, not events that will be."
And Serana's opinion in this?
"You care nothing for Serana, or our plight. You see the Tyranny of the Sun as as your chance at deification, and like Harkon you won't hesitate to destroy anything that stands in your path."
Serana believes in me, why won't you?

After speaking with Valerica, she turns to speak to Serana.

Valerica: "This stranger may call himself/herself vampire, but he/she knows nothing of our struggle, Why should I entrust you to him/her?"
Serana: "This "stranger" has done more for me in the brief time I've known him/her than you've done in centuries!"
Valerica: "How dare you! I gave up everything I cared about to protect you from that fanatic you call a father!"
Serana: "Yes, he's a fanatic... he's changed. But he's still my father. Why can't you understand how that makes me feel?"
Valerica: "Oh, Serana. If you'd only open your eyes. The moment your father discovers your role in the prophecy, that he needs your blood, you'd be in terrible danger."
Serana: "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 were 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."
Valerica: "I'm sorry, Serana. I didn't know... I didn't see. I've allowed my hatred of your father to enstrange us for too long. Forgive me. If you want the Elder Scroll, it's yours."

She will then turn to speak to you again:

"Your intentions are still somewhat unclear to me. But for Serana's sake, I'll assist you in any way that I can."
Do you have the Elder Scroll with you?
"Yes. I've kept it safely secured here ever since I was imprisoned. Fortunately, you're in a position to breach the barrier that surrounds these ruins." or
"Yes. I've kept it safely secured here ever since I was imprisoned. Fortunately, you seem to have already killed the Keepers maintaining the barrier around these ruins." (If you've already destroyed all three Keepers)
What do we need to do?
"You need to locate the tallest of the rocky spires that surround these ruins. At their bases, the barrier's energy is being drawn from unfortunate souls that have been exiled here. Destroy the Keepers that are tending them, and it should bring the barrier down."
We'll return soon.
"One more word of warning. There's a dragon that calls itself Durnehviir roaming the Cairn. Be wary of him. The Ideal Masters have charged him with overseeing the Keepers, and will undoubtedly intervene if you're perceived as a threat."

The quest will then update and you can ask her a few more questions:

If I leave the Soul Cairn, can I safely return?
"As you've been traveling in the Soul Cairn, your body has become attuned to it. Let's just say a tiny part of you rubbed off on it, and in its place, a bit of the Soul Cairn filled the void. You should find no difficulty using the portal any longer."
How did you become imprisoned here?
"When I entered the Soul Cairn, I had intended to strike a bargain with the Ideal Masters, the custodians of this place."
What was the bargain?
"I requested refuge in the Soul Cairn, and in exchange, I would provide the Ideal Masters the souls that they craved. If I had foreseen the value they placed on my own soul, I would never have come here."
They tricked you.
"The Ideal Masters unleashed their Keepers and sent them to destroy me. Fortunately, I was able to hold them at bay and retreat into these ruins."
You became trapped.
"Unfortunately, yes. Since the Keepers weren't able to claim my soul, they had their minions construct a barrier that I'd never be able to breach."
You've been imprisoned here for all this time?
"Time has very little meaning to me. Consequently, it has little meaning to the Ideal Masters as well. I suppose you could call this the ultimate waiting game, each watching the other to see which will give in."
Who are the Ideal Masters?
"I know very little about them. They're mystic entities that lord over the Soul Cairn, controlling every aspect from its fabric to its appearance."
What do they resemble?
"Well, some necromancers believe they are the crystalline structures dotting the Soul Cairn. I believe there's more to it than that."
How so?
"I think they transcend what we perceive as a physical form. Perhaps they were once corporeal beings, but they've obviously reached a point where they no longer require a tangible presence."
And the crystals?
"Conduits through which the Ideal Masters speak to their underlings and feed on their victims."
Why would they require sustenance?
"The Ideal Masters's weakness is their insatiable hunger for pure souls. It's the reason for the Soul Cairn's existence, and the only leverage a necromancer has when bargaining with them."
What do the Masters provide in return?
"The ability to summon powerful undead guardians as one would conjure an atronach or daedra. However, the majority of necromancers that are foolish enough to enter into a bargain with the Ideal Masters wind up here... as harvested souls."
Why haven't you pursued the prophecy?
"Harkon's vision is a world plunged in eternal darkness where the vampire can flourish and never again fear the "tyranny of the sun." What he fails to realize is how much attention would be called to our kind if the prophecy came to fruition."
What sort of attention?
"If eternal night fell, there are many who wouldn't stand for it. They would raise armies in attempts to return things to normal. The order of the day would be our destruction until every last vampire was hunted down and eliminated."
So you prefer living in the shadows.
"I do. It's how the vampire has survived for millennia, and the only way we can continue to survive in the future."

Once you exit the dialogue:

Valerica: "Be careful, and keep my daughter safe."

If you return after destroying one of the Keepers:

Valerica: "You're doing well, but two of the spires remain intact."

If you return after destroying two of the Keepers:

Valerica: "Only a single spire remains. Be careful, I'm almost certain the final Keeper will be prepared for your assault."

After you return from destroying the Keepers she will say as you approach:

Valerica: "You managed to destroy all three Keepers? Very impressive."

You can then talk to her:

Are you able to give us the scroll now?
"Yes. Please, follow me. Keep watch for Durnehviir. With the prison's barrier down, he's almost certain to investigate."

Once Durnehviir appears:

Valerica: "It's Durnehviir... he's here! Defend yourselves!"

After you've defeated Durnehviir:

"Forgive my astonishment, but I never thought I'd witness the death of that dragon."
What makes you say that?
"Volumes written on Durnehviir allege that he can't be slain by normal means. It appears they were mistaken. Unless..."
Go on.
"The soul of a dragon is as resilient as its owner's scaly hide. It's possible that your killing blow has merely displaced Durnehviir's physical form while he reconstitutes himself.
How long will that take?
"Minutes? Hours? Years? I can't even begin to guess. I suggest we don't wait around to find out. Now, let's get you the Elder Scroll and you can be on your way.

Once you've retrieved the scroll:

Valerica: "Now that you've retrieved the Elder Scroll, you should be on your way. If there's anything I can do before you depart, you must let me know."

If you allowed Serana to Soul Trap you to enter the Soul Cairn, you may ask:

Can you help get my soul back?
"So my daughter applied some of the lessons I taught her about necromancy, did she? Don't worry, I think I can help you."
Good, I could use all the help I can get.
"Your soul essence was trapped inside a gem. When you and Serana entered the Soul Cairn, it was "given" to the Ideal Masters as payment. You simply need to retrieve the gem. The moment you touch it, your soul essence will be restored."
Any idea where it could be?
"There's an offering altar not terribly far from here. I'm willing to bet that the gem you're looking for is there."
"Is there anything else? Could be your last chance."
You're staying here?
"I have no choice. As I told you before, I'm a Daughter of Coldharbour. If I return to Tamriel, that increases Harkon's likelihood of bringing the Tyranny of the Sun to fruition.
We'll return for you when we can.
"I appreciate your concern for me, but Serana is all that I care about. You must keep her safe at all costs. Remember that Harkon is not to be trusted. No matter what he promises, he'll deceive you in order to get what he wants. And promise me you'll keep my daughter safe. She's the only thing of value I have left."
We could use your help in Tamriel.
"As much as it pains me to send you and Serana back alone, I can't take the risk. Remember that Harkon isn't to be trusted. No matter what he promises, he'll deceive you in order to get what he wants. And promise me you'll keep my daughter safe. She's the only thing of value I have left."
We may never return.
"After what I've put Serana through, I would understand if she never wished to see me again. I leave that decision in your hands."

Before you leave you can continue to ask her questions, including a new one:

Why don't you come back with us?
"Even if I could, it would only serve to hinder your efforts. Harkon would likely sense my return to Tamriel. The last thing you need right now is a trail for him to follow."
You said "even if I could." Why?
"Like Serana, I am a Daughter of Coldharbour, a vampire offspring of Molag Bal. My presence in Tamriel would simply double the risk that Harkon could complete the prophecy."
And if Harkon failed?
"The only way I'd even consider returning to Tamriel was if Harkon were not only to fail, but to be destroyed."
You hate him that much?
"You must understand; he's no longer the man I married all that time ago. He's obsessed... insane. Everyone around him fears him as they would a rabid dog. For all of this to end, he must die."

Kindred JudgmentEdit

You can tell her that it's safe to go home after you defeat Lord Harkon. If you speak to her in her study after she arrives, she expresses relief.

"Ah, it's good to be home again."
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