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Nightcaller Temple

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Forticon Nightcaller Temple
Map nighcaller
Hold The Pale
Location East of Dawnstar
Type Military Fort
Sublocations None
Quests Waking Nightmare
Characters Thorek
Enemies Orcish Invader
Vaermina Devotee

Nightcaller Temple is a fort located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Also known as the Tower of Dawn, it is located on a mountain top overlooking Dawnstar from the east.


Erandur refers to the temple as a ruin within a ruin. First used as a military fort, then occupied by worshippers of Vaermina, both times it has fallen into disrepair and disuse. 

Long ago, a band of Orcs invaded the tower and had a bloody conflict with all those dwelling inside. As a last-ditch effort to prevent the Orcs from seizing the inner sanctum in which the Skull of Corruption stands, the priests released "the Miasma," a gas which instantly puts all those who inhale it into an unbreakable deep hibernation while also keeping those slumbering perfectly preserved. Unfortunately, the longer one stays asleep due to "the Miasma," the more their mind breaks down. As such, upon entering the tower and breaking the air-tight seal, "the Miasma" dissipates, allowing the Orcs and the Priests to awaken and begin attacking in a frenzy, not able to tell the difference between friend and foe.


Waking NightmareEdit

Speaking to Erandur, a follower of Mara, in the Windpeak Inn in Dawnstar will begin a quest to end the nightmares, Waking Nightmare, which involves a visit to Nightcaller Temple; this is in fact the Daedric quest for Vaermina.

Erandur established a small shrine to Mara within the tower's entry hall, hoping to seek her guidance. Upon entering the shrine, the priest explains how the Skull is the source of everyone's nightmares, since it devours dreams and memories for Vaermina to collect.

If the quest Waking Nightmare is completed without killing Erandur, Erandur may be found at the meager shrine in the entry hall. He is available as a follower.


Notable itemsEdit

  • Skull of Corruption, a Daedric artifact.
  • Three alchemy labs in the laboratory.
  • An arcane enchanter - east from the pull chain that released the Miasma, through a short passageway to the next room, against the west wall.
  • A large number of alchemy ingredients in the laboratory, including:
  • Mannimarco, King of Worms (Alchemy) - to the left of the southeastern Alchemy Lab on a ruined table.
  • Random enchanted weapon on the body of Thorek.
  • Random enchanted weapon on the body of Veren Duleri.
  • One adept-level chest on the west side of the stairs leading down to a sleeping area at the bottom level.
  • One unlocked chest to the right of the steps leading up to the Skull of Corruption.
  • One expert-level chest behind the unlocked door in the library.
  • One novice-locked chest on the right (east) side of the purple-shrouded entryway just inside the temple.
  • Copy of Sixteen Accords of Madness, Book VI located in the library section.
  • On top of the building, there is a chest on the north side. It is accessible by jumping on the blocks to the east side.



  • Erandur states that the temple had lain abandoned many years before the priests of Vaermina began living there. This hints that the temple may actually be the fort of Dawnstar that was destroyed in 2E 283.
  • There is an outcropping of Moonstone Ore on the exterior of the Temple (west side).
  • Due to the amount of Orc invaders, and to the randomization of the devotees' races, Nightcaller Temple is a good location for gathering elven blood in the quest Discerning the Transmundane.


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