Awakening is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. This is the second quest in the add-on. The first word for a Dragon Shout, Drain Vitality is learned here. Serana, a mysterious woman, is first introduced to the Dragonborn during this quest.
Background[edit | edit source]
I've met Isran, the leader of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. The Vampires that attacked the Hall of Vigilants may have been after something in a place called Dimhollow Crypt. Isran has asked me to find out what the vampires are looking for.
Walkthrough[edit | edit source]
Dimhollow Crypt[edit | edit source]
Upon entering the Dimhollow Crypt, a short dialogue between two vampires about recent events will begin (they mention a Vigilant putting up a courageous, yet doomed fight). Vigilant Tolan will be dead on the floor in front of the large gate. In addition to the vampires are death hounds. After defeating them, proceed to the second floor of the tower to the right. A leveled weapon can be found just as the tower is entered along with an urn and a chest. At the top of the stairs there is a chain that needs to be pulled to open the large gate into the next chamber.
After proceeding through, the tunnel will open up to a cavern with a vampire and some skeletons. Another gate sits on the left with a lever to open it. Through this gate an arcane enchanter and some soul gems can be found.
Proceed north down the steps where a leveled draugr and a few vampires are engaged in combat. There are four gates in this room. The gate to the east leads to a casket from which a leveled draugr will break out. As you face the casket, on both sides beyond the cage walls in this area is a leveled weapon with a random enchantment which can be easily obtained using Telekinesis. Back in the main room, the gate to the north leads to a pedestal trap with some potions. The southwest gate leads to a Master locked chest and the one to the west leads to the next area.
Following the tunnel leads to a large cavern with a lake. Several skeletons will emerge from the water along with a vampire. Proceed to the room at the top of the ramp where more vampires and death hounds can be found. In addition, a few frostbite spiders also attack. Sometimes these spiders can be found dead, presumably killed by the death hounds and vampires. Proceed through the tunnels into the next chamber with a large iron gate.
Through the gate there is a leveled boss vampire and a wounded giant frostbite spider attacking each other. Open the gate via the lever on the left and kill them both before heading deeper into the cavern. It is advisable to stealth kill the vampire after he kills the spider, or he will revive the spider to fight for him.
Dimhollow Cavern[edit | edit source]
Upon entering this chamber, another short conversation will occur between Lokil and Vigilant Adalvald after which Lokil kills him. Proceeding forward past the gargoyle statues will bring the large cavern into full view. On the lower platform will be the body of Vigilant Adalvald, and a copy of his book—Notes on Dimhollow Crypt, Vol. 3 giving some insight into the structures within the cavern.
After defeating Lokil and his minions, proceed over the bridge onto the large circular platform with a pedestal located in the center.
Press the button on the pedestal and then push the braziers into the correct places so that their contents are ablaze with a purplish blue flame, as seen in the image to the right.
Start with the brazier that is in line with the purple flame, and proceed counterclockwise. Each brazier should be placed where the purple flame ends in order to continue it:
- Push the first brazier to the outer ring.
- Push the next brazier to the inner ring.
- Push the third brazier to the outer ring.
- Push the fourth brazier to the inner ring.
- Push the fifth brazier to the inner ring.
The floor will lower revealing an ancient sarcophagus containing a woman named Serana. After a brief introduction the quest will be complete and the next quest "Bloodline" will immediately begin.
Upon leaving platform and across the bridge two gargoyles will attack.
Then further on into a large room with a few draugr tombs, once the lever has been pulled two leveled draugr will emerge.
Further along you will come across a large room centered on a fire pit. Thrones will be dotted around the room with about five skeletons occupying them until you walk past. Directly across from the player as they walk in will be a draugr death lord or a Dragon Priest, next to a master-locked chest filled with random items. As well as this a word wall is located to the right of the chest, with a word for the shout Drain Vitality.
The way out is located behind the wooden doors behind a gate with the pull chain to the right.
Journal[edit | edit source]
|Awakening – DLC1VQ01|
|10||I've met Isran, the leader of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard. The vampires that attacked the Hall of the Vigilants may have been after something in a place called Dimhollow Crypt. Isran has asked me to find out what the vampires are looking for.
|40||Isran, the leader of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard, asked me to find out what the vampires were seeking in a place called Dimhollow Crypt. Deep in the crypt, I freed a mysterious young woman named Serana from an ancient sarcophagus.|
|200||Isran, the leader of a group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard, asked me to find out what the vampires were seeking in a place called Dimhollow Crypt. Deep in the crypt, I freed a mysterious young woman named Serana from an ancient sarcophagus.
Bugs[edit | edit source]
This section contains bugs related to Awakening (Dawnguard). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- The entrance to the crypt may not trigger.
- The bloodseal button is pressed, but nothing happens.
- Serana cannot be spoken with.
- The braziers may not move.
- No achievements may be awarded.
- Sometimes while sneaking, if all enemies are defeated undetected, the bloodseal cannot be pressed stating "You cannot use this while in combat."
- While sneaking, the vampire in the first large chamber past the gate may tell you to leave and/or issue other warnings even when fully hidden.
- For unknown reasons, sometimes Vigilant Tolan will be standing in the entrance chamber, watching the vampires, while another Vigilant Tolan is dead on the floor. The living Tolan has the same dialogue he had at Fort Dawnguard, and will not do anything other than stand and watch.
- If the Dragonborn has a follower serana will ask the Dragonborn to dismiss them after speaking to her again and clicking on come with me she will say the dialog but she will not follow.
Achievements[edit | edit source]