They reside in a large fortress that rests on a secluded island in the Sea of Ghosts, called Castle Volkihar. If the Dragonborn joins the Volkihar Vampires, the castle can be used as a home. If they side with the Dawnguard, however, the Dawnguard will storm the castle and wipe out the clan.
The bloodline began with Lord Harkon after he pledged himself to the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, and in his name, he sacrificed a thousand innocents. In return, Molag Bal granted him immortality by turning him and his family into pure-blood vampires. They went on to become the progenitors of the clan.
- While it is never directly stated, Harkon is essentially the Head Vampire.
- Once Lord Harkon is defeated, the player (if a Vampire Lord) should be considered the new Dark Lord of the Vampires. If the Dragonborn is not a vampire, the title should transfer to Valerica, if it ever belonged to Harkon.
- Harkon and his family are technically royalty, even if the kingdom in which they reign is no more.
- Vingalmo and Orthjolf are Harkon's advisors, and the highest ranking members of the court outside of the royal family.
- Feran Sadri – The castle's resident alchemist and quest giver.
- Fura Bloodmouth – A vampire warrior and Two-Handed master trainer.
- CuSith – A Death Hound pet and potential follower.
- Garan Marethi – Senior member of Harkon's court and quest giver.
- Garmr – A Death Hound pet and potential follower.
- Hestla – Resident castle blacksmith and arms merchant. Former member of the Companions.
- Harkon – Ancient pure-blood vampire and lord of the castle.
- Lokil – Encountered inside Dimhollow Crypt, killed by the Dragonborn.
- Modhna – Low ranking member of Harkon's court.
- Namasur – Low ranking member of Harkon's court.
- Orthjolf – Senior member of Harkon's court vying for the throne. Rival of Vingalmo.
- Rargal Thrallmaster – Overseer of the vampire thralls and cattle kept in the castle dungeon.
- Ronthil – Apprentice to Feran Sadri, General goods merchant and Adept Speech trainer.
- Salonia Caelia – Low ranking member of Harkon's court. Lacky to Vingalmo.
- Serana – Estranged daughter of Harkon and Valerica.
- Stalf – Low ranking member of Harkon's court. Lacky to Orthjolf.
- Valerica – Mother of Serana and wife of Harkon.
- Vingalmo – Senior member of Harkon's court vying for the throne. Rival of Orthjolf.
- Watchman – Gatekeeper of Castle Volkihar.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Mentioned only)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Mentioned only)
|Feran Sadri • Fura Bloodmouth • Garan Marethi • Harkon • Orthjolf • Serana • Valerica • Vingalmo|
|CuSith • Garmr • Hestla • Lokil • Modhna • Namasur • Rargal Thrallmaster • Ronthil • Salonia Caelia • Stalf|
|Castle Volkihar • Factions (Skyrim) • Volkihar Clan (Lore)|