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Bolstering the Ranks is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


It's been suggested that the Dawnguard could use the help of a man named Florentius, a former Priest of Arkay. I need to speak with Isran to find out if he knows where Florentius might be.


Speak with Sorine Jurard after returning to Fort Dawnguard with Dexion Evicus. She tells the Dragonborn to ask Isran about recruiting Florentius Baenius. Isran is reluctant at first, but relents, saying Florentius lives in Ruunvald, located in the mountains east of Shor's Stone and north of Riften.

Ruunvald ExcavationEdit

Upon locating Ruunvald Excavation, Volk's Journal can be found outside in a tent hinting at something amiss with the ruins. All of the Vigilants that had been working on the ruins have been subjugated and will attack on sight. Head inside and down the wooden ramp, past the crate with Discovering Ruunvald, Vol I atop, and defeat the two Vigilants. Go north into the tunnels and past the crates and a cart with three pieces of malachite ore. Kill two more Vigilants and head on past a tripwire that sets off an oil trap. Two chests can be found at various point through the tunnel.

The tunnel ends, opening up into a cavern with two more Vigilants and a husky. Head down the ramp and dispatch the enemies. Some leveled potions can be found on the western wall and a malachite ore vein is under the ramp. Discovering Ruunvald, Vol II is on a crate next to a bed roll by a large stone pillar.

Go into the next tunnel, head east and down the wooden ramp past another chest. Defeat another Vigilant and husky and head onwards through the tunnel to another cavern with a ramp leading deeper into the cave. Another Vigilant is posted here and Discovering Ruunvald, Vol III can be found on a table. Go through the tunnel and past the pressure plates that are linked to crossbows. The tunnel opens up into another large cavern that is the main entrance to the ancient ruin itself.

Volk, four Vigilants and a husky wait here. Cross the bridge and head down the wooden ramps to the floor level. A small sleeping area with a chest is by the eastern wall. To the south is an archway that leads into the Ruunvald Temple.

Ruunvald TempleEdit

Upon entering the tunnels, head straight to the candlelit area where the book Minorne is. Go south to the large cavern where Florentius is being held in a cage while being attacked by Minorne, Moric Sidrey, and a Vigilant.

Killing Minorne results in the death of all remaining charmed vigilants. Check Minorne for the key to Florentius' cell. After a brief "discussion" with Arkay, Florentius will agree to assist the Dawnguard and will head to Fort Dawnguard. This completes the quest. 


Journal Entry
It's been suggested that the Dawnguard could use the help of a man named Florentius, a former Priest of Arkay. I need to speak with Isran to find out if he knows where Florentius might be.
  • Objective: Speak with Isran
I've been asked to find a man named Florentius in the hopes that he can assist the Dawnguard. I've learned that he was last seen helping the Vigilants of Stendarr in Ruunvald.
  • Objective: Find Florentius
I've rescued Florentius Baenius from Ruunvald, where he was being held captive. He's agreed to return to Fort Dawnguard and aid our cause.
  • Quest complete



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Start a Discussion Discussions about Bolstering the Ranks

  • Is Minorne a vampire?

    2 messages
    • Is Minorne, the Altmer who has brainwashed the Vigilants of Stendarr in Ruunvald, a vampire? Given that charming others is a known quality...
    • No, she used the staff of Ruunvald to do it I presume, when I went through Ruunvald she was just a female Altmer hedge mage.

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