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Not to be confused with Florentius Florius.
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"I once killed thirty vampires with my bare hands, you know. Ask Arkay, he'll tell you."
―Florentius[src]

Florentius Baenius is an Imperial priest of Arkay. He also serves as a master-level trainer in Restoration and an apothecary merchant to members of the Dawnguard.

PersonalityEdit

Florentius Baenius is quite outspoken and loud in his interactions with others. Despite being a priest, he frequently makes wild claims about his prowess in combat and generally acts in a non-priestly manner.

Supposedly the Aedra Arkay, god of burials and funeral rites, converses with him regularly. Other Dawnguard members such as Sorine Jurard dismiss this behavior as eccentric. Regardless of Arkay's involvement, Florentius repeatedly obtains highly detailed information that he would have no feasible way of learning otherwise—such as learning when one of the Dragonborn's friends have been kidnapped and having highly detailed information about the inhabitants of the radiant locations he sends the Dragonborn to.

InteractionsEdit

Bolstering the RanksEdit

Florentius Baenius is rescued from imprisonment in Ruunvald, he agrees to return to Fort Dawnguard and aid the cause, which is where the Dragonborn first witnesses Arkay and Florentius interacting. Once at the fort, Florentius can be seen having traded his robes in for a set of Dawnguard Heavy Armor.

Lost RelicEdit

Florentius asks the Dragonborn to retrieve an ancient relic that once belonged to the Dawnguard of old. The artifact must be retrieved from a radiant location. This quest is offered up to three times, each time for a different item.

When asked about the old Dawnguard, he has quite a negative opinion and remarks that they were not the noble defenders that people make them out to be. He believes they were no strangers to looting and pillaging homes, and were even said to have hidden caches that bore their sigil. Supposedly, these caches can be opened using Sun Fire. Although these ancient caches no longer exist, the modern day Dawnguard employ a similar method of hiding supply caches for members out in the field.

RescueEdit

Save a random character from a vampire at a random location. He explains that he learns about the kidnapping from Arkay. The rescue target will usually express surprise when the Dragonborn rescues them, remarking that nobody knew to look for them.

Kindred JudgmentEdit

Florentius will be among the members of the Dawnguard who join Isran, the Dragonborn, and Serana, as they assault Castle Volkihar to eliminate Harkon and his court and end their threat over Skyrim, along with preventing the fulfillment of the Tyranny of the Sun prophecy. After eliminating the lower-ranked members of Harkon's court on the bridge outside, Florentius will stay to guard the entrance while Isran, Serana, and the others head in to deal with Harkon and the rest of his court. Once Harkon is slain, Florentius will return to Fort Dawnguard, allowing the Dragonborn to complete any remaining quests for the Dawnguard relics they had not done beforehand.

WaresEdit

In addition to typical alchemical wares, Florentius also sells two rare spell tomes:

DialogueEdit

Show: Bolstering the Ranks
Inside the Ruunvald Excavation:

"I knew it! I knew Arkay would save me. I asked for help, and he sent you! You are a very welcome addition to this dreary place, my friend. I owe both you and Arkay a great deal. I'm sure I'll manage to repay him later, but you... What can I do to thank you?"

You can meet me at Fort Dawnguard. "I suppose I could... what, praytell, is there?"
Isran needs your help. "Isran? My help? Is this... some kind of a joke? Did Arkay put you up to this? Isran's done nothing but mock me. He's never given me the respect I deserve."
Please, we need your help. "Look, I've just gotten myself out of quite a mess here, in case you haven't noticed, and while I appreciate your help, I... What's that? No, that's not what I... Yes, but... Are you sure? Really? Fine. Arkay says it's a good idea for me to go. I don't agree, but he's not the sort of fellow you can just ignore. I'll see you at Fort Dawnguard, then. Don't worry, Arkay will show me the way."

Inside Fort Dawnguard:

"Arkay says it's good that we're here, but I don't know... Something about this place doesn't feel right. What? No, no. Yes, I see. All right. Right. I'll settle in and then Arkay and I will start to put things right. Don't you worry."

What have you got for sale? "Oh, well... some... things, I suppose. Remedies, cures, a poison or two."
Do you know anything about the old Dawnguard? "Oh, I've read a few things. Heard a few more things. Arkay's told me a bit as well. The story they'd like you to believe is that they were such a noble bunch, doing the honorable thing and saving lives. Only I hear that's not quite how it happened. Secret organization, you see. No one to blame when homes are broken into, things stolen. Heard they'd go on midnight raids, pillaging and looting, and then stash the spoils somewhere, guarded by their sigil. Arkay tells me the Sun Fire spell can break open those caches, but I've never found one. I think he might be lying to me."
Can you train me in Restoration? "A noble cause. Arkay likes the idea very much, so I'm happy to help."

"We'll speak again soon."

Show: Rescue
Inside Fort Dawnguard:

"Arkay's been watching over me for years now. He says he's not too sure about you yet, though."

What can I do to help? "Arkay has some grave news, friend. Your friend, kidnapped! A vicious night stalker rules over a group of bandits - seeks to gain leverage over the righteous. Arkay's never clear on life and death. Is she still alive? There's always hope..."

"Don't you worry about me. I've been through worse. I'll come out of this just fine."

After rescueing the captured person:

"I once killed thirty vampires with my bare hands, you know. Ask Arkay, he'll tell you."

I've rescued Lydia (Or another follower) from Broken Helm Hollow (Or another location). "I know! Arkay told me of your success!"

"Arkay bless you, child."

Show: Lost Relic
Inside Fort Dawnguard:

"Arkay's been watching over me for years now. He says he's not too sure about you yet, though."

What can I do to help? "I've been pouring over some of the tomes left here in the keep. Interesting stories, indeed. Seems the previous incarnation of the Dawnguard had, at one time, some interesting toys. Arkay and I think it could be a great advantage for us. You should look into retrieving it."
What is this artifact? "A powerful warhammer imbued with magic that places warding runes on the ground to obliterate it's wielder's foes." Sounds useful."
Any idea what I'll be up against? "What's that, Lord? Well, should I tell him? Arkay says you'll be facing forsworn (Or another group of hostile characters). Nothing you can't handle."
Understood. "Go with the Light."

After obtaining the warhammer:

I've retrieved the Dawnguard Rune Hammer from Serpent's Bluff Redoubt (Or another location). "Well done! I said you'd return victorious, Arkay wasn't so sure. Wield it bravely."

Starting the quest for the shield:

"Arkay's been watching over me for years now. He says he's not too sure about you yet, though."

What can I do to help? "I've been pouring over some of the tomes left here in the keep. Interesting stories, indeed. Seems the previous incarnation of the Dawnguard had, at one time, some interesting toys. Arkay and I think it could be a great advantage for us. You should look into retrieving it."
What is this artifact? "A magical shield that when blocked with, surrounds its wielder with a holy aura that harms the undead. Might come in handy."
Any idea what I'll be up against? "What's that, Lord? Well, should I tell him? Falmer (Or another group of hostile characters), if I understand Arkay correctly. Nothing you can't handle."
Understood. "Go with the Light."

After obtaining the shield:

I've retrieved the Dawnguard Rune Shield from Liar's Retreat (Or another location). "Well done! I said you'd return victorious, Arkay wasn't so sure. Wield it bravely."

Starting the quest for the axe:

"Arkay's been watching over me for years now. He says he's not too sure about you yet, though."

What can I do to help? "I've been pouring over some of the tomes left here in the keep. Interesting stories, indeed. Seems the previous incarnation of the Dawnguard had, at one time, some interesting toys. Arkay and I think it could be a great advantage for us. You should look into retrieving it."
What is this artifact? "An axe imbued with magic fueled by the destruction of the unholy. With every victorious blow against an undead creature, its power grows. Arkay warns it's baneful charge abates with each dawn. Something to keep in mind, I suppose."
Any idea what I'll be up against? "What's that, Lord? Well, should I tell him? Arkay says bandits (Or another group of hostile characters). Or, wait... no, he says bandits. Nothing you can't handle."
Understood. "Go with the Light."

After obtaining the axe:

I've retrieved the Dawnguard Rune Axe from Rift Watchtower (Or another location). "Well done! I said you'd return victorious, Arkay wasn't so sure. Wield it bravely."

ConversationsEdit

Kindred Judgment

Isran: "Everyone! Gather 'round! Come on then, we haven't got all day! For too long we've allowed these vampires to poison the night and kill our people! Now, we finally have the means to strike back! We now have Auriel's Bow. The gods themselves have favored us and we must answer with action! The time has come to finally put an end to Harkon and his unholy prophecy! We will march on their lair and destroy those wretched abominations so they can no longer corrupt our world! This is our fight and this is our fate! This is the time of the Dawnguard!"
Florentius: "Burn them all!"
Celann: "Kill the abominations!"
Agmaer: "Victory to the Dawnguard!"
Sorine: "Give him a crossbow bolt between the eyes for me!"
Beleval: "Send the troll after them!"
Gunmar: "Send them to Oblivion!"
Florentius: "Praise Arkay!"
Durak: "The prophecy is no more!"

QuotesEdit

Florentius

Arkay says...

  • "It is my sworn duty to see Arkay's wrath delivered to all the undead. It's usually a good bit of fun, too."
  • "Arkay's been watching over me for years now. He says he's not too sure about you yet, though."
  • "Don't you worry about me. I've been through worse. I'll come out of this just fine."
  • "Arkay be with you, my friend."
  • "Arkay bless you, friend."
  • "Potions my friend, potions! Possibly some spells. Maybe some other things I've forgotten about. Actually I'm not sure. Let's see, shall we?" – When trading.
  • "Look, I'll be honest with you. I have no idea. But I'm sure we can find something worth your time." – When trading.
  • "A noble cause, Arkay likes the idea very much, so I'm happy to help." – When asking for training.
  • "I knew you had it in you! Arkay wasn't so sure. Between you and me, I don't think he expected you to make it. But not me, I knew all along!"
  • "Arkay says we're going to win this. Well, probably." – During Kindred Judgment
  • "Arkay and I will take care of the little ones! You find the leader!" – During Kindred Judgment
  • "You'll be meeting my friend Arkay very, very soon!" ― During Destroying the Dawnguard
  • "You can't beat us!" ― During Destroying the Dawnguard
  • "Arkay and I shall stand triumphant!" ― During Destroying the Dawnguard

TriviaEdit

  • Various members of the Dawnguard don't know if he really does speak to Arkay or not. Among the quotes from the other Dawnguard members, are: "I've never heard of a Divine directly speaking to someone before..." "...Maybe we're just all a bit crazy to be here."
  • Whether or not Florentius actually converses with Arkay is debatable. There are no recorded instances of Aedra having frequent direct interactions with mortals, but Florentius regularly displays knowledge and facts that could not have been obtained through conventional means.
  • Despite his almost intimate relationship with Arkay, he wears an Amulet of Stendarr, which can be looted or pickpocketed during the quest "Destroying the Dawnguard."
  • Florentius is the only other character in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that also claims to hear the words of a Divine aside from Heimskr.

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Florentius Baenius. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   After completing the main quest and going around asking Dawnguard members if there is anything one can do to help, they will all say, "speak with Florentius, he has something for you." When speaking with him, the dialogue option is not open to help. This can often be the result of already having a quest given by Florentius. Completing the quest, then returning to Florentius for another quest should help. If he still does not give a quest, it will eventually mark as completed when taking a quest from him later on.
  •  360   Occasionally, Florentius may not have the dialogue option to complete the quest "Lost Relic" to acquire the Dawnguard Rune Shield. There is no known fix.
  •  PC   Florentius may become stuck at the Ruunvald Excavation and will not go to Fort Dawnguard.

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  • Florentius Baenius

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    • Neither of those methods worked for me
    • Check your quest log you may already have it, that’s what happened to me
  • florentius

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    • so im trying to do a dawn guard quest and this guy florentius wont come with me he just tries attacking me and my followers why! i have xb1 btw
    • I'm guessing you mean Florentius Baenius and that you are on ...
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