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Lord Harkon, leader of the Volkihar Clan

The Volkihar Clan are a faction of vampires, led by Lord Harkon, the main antagonist in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.

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.[1]


  • 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.




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