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Beyond Death
SoulCairn
Prerequisite Chasing Echoes
Next Quest Unseen Visions
Faction Dawnguard
Type Main Quest
QuestID DLC1VQ05
Beyond Death is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.

BackgroundEdit

Serana and I have entered the Soul Cairn in pursuit of her estranged mother, Valerica, and the Elder Scroll she took when she fled Castle Volkihar.

WalkthroughEdit

After entering the Soul Cairn, follow the mark along the path up to the massive ruin where you will find Valerica. Along the way the Dragonborn will pass souls sitting or walking about and one of them will begin a dialogue with the Dragonborn and the quest "Find Arvak's Skull" begins. Bonemen, Wrathmen and Mistmen might also appear when passing stacks of bones or other structures. When arriving at the ruin, Serana calls out her mother's name and she walks towards her daughter, behind a barrier that keeps her imprisoned.

Speak to ValericaEdit

After speaking to her daughter, Valerica turns to the Dragonborn and through the dialogue she tells the story about what happened. She also reveals that she has the Elder Scroll in safe keeping and what needs to be done. To free her the Dragonborn needs to eliminate the Keepers.

Kill the Boneyard KeepersEdit

Keeper with Axe

A Boneyard Keeper

Follow the markers to the three destinations and kill the three Boneyard Keepers. If the Boneyard Keeper is on top of the structure, the Dragonborn is guided to jump into a soulwell and be transported to the top of the ruin. After all three are killed, return to Valerica to find that the barrier is gone and she is free. She explains what must be done in order to get the Elder Scroll. The Dragonborn must defeat Durnehviir, a dragon.

Defeat DurnehviirEdit

Follow Valerica through the door to the Boneyard. Soon Durnehviir appears and with the help of both Valerica and Serana, defeat the dragon. He will put up a fight and summon help from Bonemen with his unique shout.

Retrieve Elder Scroll (Blood)Edit

After the dragon is defeated, Valerica shows the Dragonborn where the Elder Scroll is hidden. Exit the Boneyard with Serana and outside Durnehviir is waiting and initiates a conversation where he teaches the Summon Durnehviir shout. He requests the Dragonborn summon him while in Tamriel so that he may see his home once again.

Return to TamrielEdit

Once the Dragonborn and Serana return to Valerica's Study, through the portal, the quest is complete. It is possible to fast travel out of Castle Volkihar instead of walking back.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry
Serana and I have entered the Soul Cairn in pursuit of her estranged mother, Valerica, and the Elder Scroll she took when she fled Castle Volkihar.
  • Objective: Locate Valerica
  • Objective: Speak to Valerica
Serana and I have located Valerica imprisoned within a massive ruin. When confronted by us, Valerica revealed that Serana's blood is an integral part of the Tyranny of the Sun. After the reconciliation between the two of them, Valerica confessed to having the Elder Scroll hidden in her ramshackle living space. In order to free her from the prison, Serana and I will have to locate and slay the Keepers who maintain the barrier around the ruins.
  • Objective: Kill the Boneyard Keepers (0/3)
  • Objective: Speak to Valerica

Serana and I have slain all three of the Keepers and the barrier around Valerica's prison has faded. We rejoined Valerica, who has agreed to take us to the location where the Elder Scroll is hidden.

  • Objective: Follow Valerica
  • Objective: Slay Durnehviir

As Valerica was leading us to the Elder Scroll, an ancient dragon named Durnehviir swooped into the ruins and attacked. It proved to be a challenging battle, but we've emerged unscathed.

  • Objective: Slay Durnehviir
  • Objective: Speak to Valerica
  • Objective: Follow Valerica
  • Objective: Retrieve the Elder Scroll
  • Objective: Speak to Valerica
  • Objective: Return to Tamriel

Dawnguard: We've exited the Soul Cairn with the Elder Scroll in hand. Serana's mother, Valerica, is unwilling to return with us to Tamriel until we've dealt with her husband and thwarted the Tyranny of the Sun.

  • Quest complete

Vampire: We've exited the Soul Cairn with the Elder Scroll in hand. Serana's mother, Valerica, is unwilling to return with us to Tamriel until we've dealt with her husband and completed the Tyranny of the Sun using our own methods.

  • Quest complete

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Beyond Death. 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  , 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.

AchievementsEdit

Main article: Achievements (Dawnguard)
Achievement Dawnguard Beyond Death
Beyond Death
Complete "Beyond Death"
Points 20 Game points
Trophy
Bronze trophy


Start a Discussion Discussions about Beyond Death

  • Beyond Death quest bugs

    12 messages
    • Has anyone found a fix for the ps3 bug where Serana stops following you? It finished the quest when I walked out of Soul Cairn alone, but Ser...
    • My Problem is getting the quest to start. After entering the soul carin Chasing echos records it completion but then Beyond death never starts.
  • Beyond Death Vampirism Bug

    • So I got to the area in the Soul Cairn and I talked to Valerica, but I then exited the Soul Cairn and got cured of vampirism. Now I can't re-en...

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