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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.


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 & his family are technically royalty even if the kingdom in which they reign is no more.
  • Vingalmo and Orthjolf are Harkon's advisors & the highest ranking members of the court outside of the royal family.




Start a Discussion Discussions about Volkihar Clan

  • Dawn Guard or Volkihar?

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    • Ifnsman wrote:Being a Vampire Lord of the Volkihar isn't all that it's cracked up to be.  It's hardly any better than being a nor...
    • Dawnguard all the way. *smacks Volkihar lovers*.
  • What happens if vamipirism is cured before...

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    • Depends on what stage you are at in the Volkihar questline. If you are up to the quest Touching the Sky, which is toward the end of the questli...
    • Thank you. I guess I'll just have to deal with it till then.

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