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"Why don't you stay a while?"

Hert is a Nord vampire who lives at the Half-Moon Mill.


She lives a quiet life working at the Half-Moon Mill with her husband Hern. While living a seemingly normal life, the Dragonborn will find out that Hert and her husband are both vampires who feed off of travelers who pass by their mill, this way they can feed and remain in the sunlight.


She expresses dislike for the ongoing Civil War, stating it has caused problems with her business. However, she's quite friendly towards strangers.


  • Buys Firewood for five Septims each.
  • If her house is entered during the evening hours, she invites the Dragonborn to stay for the night.
  • If she is robbed, she or Hern may send thugs to kill the thief.
  • It is possible to receive a Letter of Inheritance about her which states that the Dragonborn was a dear friend to her, even though the Dragonborn barely knew her and murdered her and her husband Hern. The letter comes with a sum of 100 gold, (minus the Jarl's tax).
  • With Dawnguard, her face and eyes will change to those of a Volkihar vampireDG.
  • If the Dragonborn uses Auriel's BowDG to blot out the sun, Hert can be heard saying "Skyrim is Ours!", "It's our time now.", and "The Tyranny of the sun is over!"
  • If the Dragonborn is a stage four vampire (not a Vampire Lord), she will attack on sight, even though she's a vampire herself.
  • She will act as bodyguard to her husband when he becomes the next target of the Dark Brotherhood.
  • If her husband Hern is killed without her seeing it, she will act as if he isn't dead.
  • After killing her husband Hern, sheathing one's weapon might stop her from attacking.
  • If the Dragonborn is in a good standing with her, she is a potential target in the Dawnguard quest RescueDG where she will be kidnapped by vampires even though she's a vampire herself.
  • She can be asked to allow the usage of the sawmill by the Dragonborn if Hearthfire has been installed. She will grant permission if some Firewood is sold to her.


  • Although she is a vampire, she does not suffer any negative effects from sunlight.
  • Unlike all other vampires, she will not have vampire dust as a lootable item on her corpse.
  • A shed containing various human body parts scattered among non-human meat and bloody rags is located behind the sawmill, but Hert cannot be confronted about the remains.


  • If the spell Dead Thrall is used on her, after a while, she may regain regular dialogue.


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