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Location Ravenwatch Castle
Race Khajiit Gender Female
Health 39,959
Reaction Friendly
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Faction(s) House Ravenwatch
Condition Vampire

Adusa-daro is a Khajiit vampire and second-in-command of House Ravenwatch. During your time in Rivenspire you can assist her in work dealing with the forces of House Montclair.

Related Quests[edit]

Quest-Related Events[edit]


Hope Lost[edit]

Outside the small village of Moira's Hope, you'll find a Khajiit in leathers crouched behind a wall. When you approach her, she will scold you:

"You stomp around like a wounded guar! Do you want the enemy to hear us?"

Speaking to her:

"Get down, you fool! Do you want the bloodfiends to see us? Now hush, hush. Adusa needs her ears right now.
No, wait, strike that. Let's talk. You can help Adusa, yes?"
What kind of help are you asking for?
"What kind of help? The helpful kind, of course.
I meant to arrive before evil invaded this hamlet. Find Constable Maldred and provide what help I could. But this one was detained and the constable is nowhere to be seen. Moira's Hope is lost."
So what do you want me to do?
"Patience! Adusa will explain. The survivors. They are our priority. We move together to—no no, too obvious. We move separately. Draw less attention that way. Adusa noticed a few survivors headed toward the large barn in the distance. Meet me there."
All right, I'll meet you at the barn.

Continue to speak to her and she'll give you some more intel:

"You go first. Then Adusa shall sneak off. Less chance of both of us getting captured by these cursed creatures that way."
Can I ask you a few questions before we head into Moira's Hope?
"If you must, but hurry please. Survivors have a terrible habit of becoming dead when they are left unattended."
What is this place?
"Not is. Was. This was the peaceful hamlet of Moira's Hope. Now? Now it is a disaster area."
What's going on here?
"Must Adusa explain everything? Look around. The people of Moira's Hope were either turned into bloodfiends or turned into food for bloodfiends.
Now as to the who and the why of this horror, Adusa cannot say."
And who are you, exactly?
"Someone who wishes she had arrived in time to divert this tragedy. But if wishes were fishes, Adusa would be a very happy cat.
This one is here to help. Now, please, the survivors need us."

Enter the barn on your search for survivors and you'll find that Adusa-daro has beat you there and has already met the townsfolk:

Emiliard Daillon: "Stay back, vampire! I'll stick you with this sword. I mean it!"
Adusa-daro: "Calm down, shaveskin. Your courage is commendable, but highly misplaced. We are here to help."
Emiliard Daillon: "And how am I supposed to trust you?"
Adusa-daro: "This one could have overpowered you at any time. Now stand down or Adusa will stick that sword where the Bright Moons never shine."
Emiliard Daillon: "What? How dare you! Oh, very well! I'll just go and sit down or something."

Speak to her:

"Mortals! Show a little concern and this is the thanks you get! And where is the constable? Why isn't he here? But that is a mystery for another time.
The survivors are our priority. Still, these vampires … they are most unusual."
What do you mean, unusual?
"Such precision … such coordination. Rarely have I seen vampires behave like an army instead of raiders. This wasn't an incursion—it was an occupation!
We must work quickly. It won't take long for the enemy to discover our presence."
So what's the plan?
"You stay here and guard these townsfolk. I'll go search for more survivors. No, no, reverse that. Better for you to search and Adusa to stay here.
Watch for signs of the constable. I will try to learn more about our enemy while you are gone."
Tell me more about the constable.
"You ask many questions. Like a young one who has eaten too much moon-sugar.
Constable Maldred is a friend, a trusted contact. We have worked together in the past. And speaking of work, don't you have some survivors to save?"
That person. He called you a vampire./That townsfolk. He called you a vampire.
"That is what I am, yes? Surely you have learned by now that not every vampire is a monster.
Adusa hopes that this doesn't make you uncomfortable. We still have survivors that need our assistance."

Speak to her before heading out and she'll demand:

"So? Where are the other survivors? Adusa doesn't see them, so that means you need to get back to the looking, yes?"
Right. I'll get back out there and look around.
"That is all that Adusa asks. Is there something else you want to say?"
You gave Thibierry a pretty good scare. (If Thibierry has been rescued)
"Sorry, but this one couldn't be too careful. Adusa had to dispatch the vampires that came sniffing around the barn.
How was I supposed to know you weren't another wave of the vile creatures?"
How will I recognize the constable?
"Constable Maldred is a Breton. He wears … Breton clothing … keeps himself moderately clean … is a … male ….
This one is sorry, but all of the furless ones look the same to me."

When you escort Thibierry back to the barn, Adusa scares him by accident:

Adusa-daro: "Vampire or bloodfiend, you will fall to Adusa's terribly swify blades! Oh, it's just you. Never mind, then."
Thibierry: "Aieeeee!"

Find other survivors and get them to the barn:

"While you were gone, we had a few visitors. Nothing Adusa couldn't handle, of course. But we shouldn't linger in this place much longer."
I found as many survivors as I could.
"Yes, Adusa noticed. Fewer than I hoped but more than I expected.
Meanwhile, this one learned that the vampires left a commander here. He's up in the house atop the hill. Moira's Hope can never recover while he controls the town."
A vampire commander?
"Militant vampires require structure. Why is that so surprising?
But we have more pressing matters. I will get the survivors out of town. You must deal with the vampire commander. Meet us on the road when the deed is done."

Speaking to her again:

"The vampire commander is in the house on top of the hill. As soon as you get up there and start causing a distraction, Adusa will use stealthy-stealth to escape with these townsfolk.
Meet us outside of town when the deed is done."

Once everyone makes it outside of town, she'll say:

"Ah, by the look on your face, Adusa assumes you were successful? The vampire commander is dead, yes?"
I killed the vampire commander. His name was Maldred.
"Maldred? That's the name of the … no. That unclawed traitor! Adusa only wishes she had been the one to end him!
You did well, five-claw. Adusa will see that these people reach a safe haven. Then I have business of my own to attend to."

After the quest, she will warn you to keep your eye out:

"There is something sinister going on in Rivenspire, five-claw. Keep your wits about you and stay fragrant. What you saw here is only the beginning."
Where will you take the survivors?
"Adusa will take the survivors to Hoarfrost Downs. They should be safe enough there.
Pardon, but this one is still coming to grips with how fast the bloodfiends were created. And with the constable's betrayal."
What about the bloodfiends?
"Typically, a vampire degenerates over time, eventually withering into a mindless bloodfiend.
The process we observed in Moira's Hope was quite the opposite. The blood-curse appeared to change its victims into bloodfiends almost immediately."
I'm sorry the constable betrayed the town.
"Yes. Word of what happened here must be carried to my master, Count Verandis.
There is much work to be done and very little time if Lleraya has truly ventured this far south."

After the events of Moira's Hope, Adusa can be found at Oldgate relaxing on a stone outcropping while she observes the soldiers below.

"Five-claw! Adusa is glad to see you again, my friend!"
Did Moira's Hope's survivors make it to Hoarfrost?
"Do you question Adusa's skills? Her committment? Her honor?
Of course they made it to Hoarfrost Downs! I must admit, though, that your help was welcome. Without your involvement, fewer would have survived that disaster."
I'm sorry your friend betrayed you.
"Considering what happened, we should not call Maldred Adusa's friend.
He betrayed me. He betrayed his town. A quick death was too good for that traitor. Unfortunately, you dealt with him before I could get my claws into him."

Dream-Walk Into Darkness[edit]

When you arrive at Ravenwatch Castle, Adusa can be found at the dining table where Kallin acts as their blood donor. Once Verandis and Gwendis stop talking you can speak with Adusa who will preemptively defend herself.

"Oh, don't look so shocked. Haven't you ever seen anyone enjoying a meal before?
Do not give Adusa such a look! We are not all Montclairs, you know."

After speaking to Count Ravenwatch, he'll ask Adusa to monitor Gwendis' appetite:

Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Adusa, please make sure Gwendis behaves herself. Poor Kallin needs time to recover."
Adusa-daro: "The little one gets no dessert this evening. Adusa will make sure."

Speak to her again at this point and she'll comment:

"Adusa has always liked this old castle. It has personality."

A Spy in Shornhelm[edit]

After The Blood-Splattered Shield is completed, Adusa-daro can be found resting against the fountain outside the entrance to Shornhelm Castle. She will say "Smell that air. Smells like victory." Her greeting will depend on the status of Baron Montclair:

Baron Montclair still lives
"House Montclair's hold on Shornhelm has been broken, but our job isn't done yet."
What more needs to be done?
Baron Montclair has been defeated at the Doomcrag
"Smell that air. Smells like victory." [verification needed — see talk page]
"Montclair loyalists still operate out of Shornhelm, yes? Whatever they are planning, we must know. They use couriers to pass messages, and that is how we shall find their informer. Their spy."
How do I find the informant?
"Adusa would sniff him out. But for you, something more subtle. Start at the west gate. Find the courier named Guitaut. Follow him. Watch him.
He will try to pass a message. Watch and see who comes to find it."
I'll find out who the courier is in contact with.

Speaking to her again:

"Follow the courier and see if he leads you to the informant."

There are multiple branches to this quest and depending how you go about it, different informants can be discovered.

If you picked up the coin the courier left in the fountain, when you return to Adusa, she'll say:

"Adusa was just thinking of you! Did the courier reveal anything important?"
The courier tossed this coin into the fountain in the town square.
"A coin? How clever! Who would suspect a simple coin thrown into a fountain for good luck?
And see this. There's a message on the coin!"
What does the message say?
"No clue. It's in some sort of code. Adusa can't make heads or tails of it. Hee hee. This one made a joke, yes?
Hmm. This date. Could it be the key to the code? Here. Take this copy of the message."
What do I do with this?
"Adusa has her own inquiries to make. You must decipher this code.
Seek out my friend, Sahil. He should be able to help. He's usually on the second floor of the Dead Wolf Inn. He loves to watch the fire burn in the hearth."
"Remember, seek out Sahil at the inn. But tell him Adusa sent you, or he might try to kill you or something."

If you tracked down who the contact was on your own, or if you discovered him with Adusa's suggestion of talking to Sahil you can decide how to deal with them and then return to Adusa:

"Have you discovered the identity of the informer?"
Revealing the truth
I found this codebook in Edouard Celd's house.
"Edouard Celd? Really? It's always the ones you least suspect. We'll learn much from Edouard, though he may not be a willing teacher.
Thank you for your help."
Keeping the informer's identity a secret:
I took care of the informer.
"That's a strange way to put it, but Adusa will not pry. I'm disappointed we can't interrogate the informer, but the threat has been taken care of.
Thank you."

Assassin Hunter[edit]

After retrieving the codebook from the informer, Adusa will have more work for you but at first she is easily distracted and will grab your attention by saying "Over here friend. When you get the chance."

Speaking to her:

"You have been extremely helpful, Five-Claw. We unraveled the threads of this plot with skill and daring. Like unrolling a spool of yarn. Yarn ….
Sorry. This one gets easily distracted sometimes. What were we talking about?"
I found a codebook for you.
"Oh! Yes, yes. This proves Montclair's allies are still plotting and scheming. While you were tracking the spy, Adusa did some tracking of her own. Arcorion Two-Blades, a ruthless killer, is now on the Montclair payroll."
What do you need me to do?
"Kill the killer. Adusa would rather do the work herself, but this codebook demands immediate attention.
Find the assassin where he waits, west of town. When the deed is done, find me at Ravenwatch Manor. Bright Moons guide you!"
I understand. I'll take care of it.

You can ask her for some information on Arcorion Two-Blades before you leave:

"That Two-Blades, he has been a scourge on Rivenspire for years. But working for Montclair? That is the straw that broke the pony guar's back!"
What else can you tell me about Arcorion Two-Blades?
"He is a cold-hearted killer who enjoys what he does. Just last month, Two-Blades ambushed a caravan bringing supplies to an orphanage in Stormhaven. Slaughtered the guards and made off with the goods. He has no sense of honor."
Why don't you handle this yourself?
"This one is a master of stealth and a gatherer of information.
Sometimes Adusa strikes, but sometimes Adusa points the blade and lets another drive it home."

Once you have dealt with the assassin, you can find Adusa back at Ravenwatch Castle where she will be working at her desk on the upper floor:

"Give Adusa the good news. Tell this one that Arcorion Two-Blades is just a bitter memory."
Arcorion Two-Blades will no longer be a problem.
"Best news this one has heard all day. Rivenspire will sleep easier without that monster lurking in the shadows. Maybe we should change his name to No-Blades, yes? Get it?
Anyway, thanks for your help. It's good to see Verandis was right about you."

The Assassin's List[edit]

She will immediately have more work for you, as Adusa has learnt that the Montclairs are hiring killers to deal with a particular list of targets. She wants to get her claws on said list.

"You make Rivenspire a safer place with every task you complete. You had a taste with Two-Blades. Ready for something with a little more meat on its bones?"
What do you mean?
"Adusa has been studying this code book. Gathering information, learning what she can. It seems Montclair's forces are resolved. They hired Two-Blades to eliminate a list of targets.
We need that list."
You want me to get the list?
"Do you actually listen to what Adusa says? Yes. Get the list.
This one learned that Rasaba the Keen carries the list. Kill Rasaba, or do not, Five-Claw. As you choose. We only need the list."
I'll find the list, Adusa.
"To find Rasaba and the list, head due south from the manor. Follow the river and you should see them camped between Silverhoof Vale and Camp Tamrith."

You can ask her about Rasaba:

What should I know about Rasaba the Keen? / What else can you tell me about Rasaba the Keen?
"Rasaba the Keen's as cunning as she is brutal. She fought her way to the top of her organization, climbing a ladder of blood. There's always a group of fierce young warriors at her side.
If it turns into a battle, you're going to have a war on your hands."
Why don't you handle this yourself?
"This one is a master of stealth and a gatherer of information.
Sometimes Adusa strikes, but sometimes Adusa points the blade and lets another drive it home."

Return after retrieving the list from Rasaba and you'll find Adusa outside the castle surrounded by bodies:

"Ah, my friend! Your return, it is well timed.
For some reason, Montclair's forces have attacked the castle. This one can't imagine why they would do such a thing."
I have the list. Are you all right?
"Oh yes, Adusa is fine. Nothing to worry about. Let's take a look at that list.
Of course. Verandis. Adusa. And Gwendis. We're at the top of the list! That would certainly explain why they attacked the castle, yes?"

Threat of Death[edit]

Adusa sees the fact that people are trying to kill her an her family as sign they are doing something right. But there are still attackers in the castle that need to be gotten rid of:

"We are the targets? Well, that only proves we are doing something right!
If no one wants to kill you, you're not trying hard enough, this one always says."
Is the castle safe? Did you take care of all of Montclair's assassins?
"All? All is a very big number, Five-Claw. This one smells more of them. All around. In the shadows. We'll meet them here, in the open! No, no. Too open. Into the castle! Less directions to defend against.
Quickly, Five-Claw! Follow Adusa!"
I'm right behind you.

Once inside Adusa will shout a warning when the first wave of soldiers arrive:

Adusa-daro: "Ready yourself, Five-Claw! Here they come."

As the fight continues, Adusa will be constantly amused by their attempts:

Adusa-daro: "Adusa has claws enough for all of you."
Adusa-daro: "May your fur fall out and never grow back, you traitors!"
Adusa-daro: "How courageous of you. Ill advised, but courageous."
Adusa-daro: "Adusa warned you, but no one ever listens to Adusa."
Adusa-daro: "Thanks to these Montclair curs, this one will have fresh blood for weeks!"
Adusa-daro: "Adusa can smell your fear—and it is delicious!"
Adusa-daro: "That is the best you can do? Adusa laughs at you."
Adusa-daro: "You learn too late that Adusa's claws are sharp indeed!"

Speaking to her before engaging in combat with the waves of Montclair forces:

"Fight now, talk later."

Once the attacks subside, she'll say:

Adusa-daro: "Meet this one outside, my friend. Let's make sure we eliminated all of the assassins."

When outside, you can talk to her. She will be enraged at the temerity of the Montclair forces:

"How dare the fools invade Ravenwatch Castle! Did they really think they could prevail against us?"
What do we do now, Adusa?
"Now? We fight back! These villains, they think they can strike at us where we live? They are fools and less than fools!
We will take the fight to them. Thanks to the information you have gathered, we know where the worm behind this hides."

A Dagger to the Heart[edit]

It is time to end it and bring the fight to the Montclairs:

"These assassins. They thought they were hunting us. Now Adusa turns the tables. Now we hunt them!"
What do you propose?
"Arcorion Two-Blades, Rasaba the Keen. They were hired by Montclair's nephew. A diseased worm named Rohlbert. He seeks to turn Montclair's remaining forces into an army, bolstered by hired blades."
And you know where we can find him?
"Thanks to the codebook you found, yes.
Rohlbert is hiding inside the old Montclair Manor in Shornhelm's upper city. We'll meet in front of the manor house. Then we finish this. One way or another."
I'll meet you there.
"Meet Adusa at Montclair Manor, Five-Claws. It's in Shornhelm's upper city. This one must clean up here first, or Verandis will become very cross. He hates it when we play with our food."
What else can you tell me about Rohlbert Montclair?
"A shallow man, lacking any redeemable qualities. This is a power grab, pure and simple. He's trading on his name to try to get a slice of the Rivenspire pie.
But if he wants pie, Adusa has a pie for him right here."

Travel to Montclair Manor and Adusa will be waiting for you:

"Montclair's nephew is close. Adusa can smell Rohlbert from here."
Are you ready?
"Adusa is very, very ready. Besides, the odds of actually dying … well, you know how it is with vampires. We're pretty hard to kill. Come, let us put an end to this."
I'll be right behind you.

When you are ready, Adusa is primed for battle:

Adusa-daro: "My claws and daggers are ready! This one will fight like a whirlwind of fury!"

Enter the manor and your partner will have already made it upstairs to face the younger Montclair:

Adusa-daro: "You are a worm and you will die like a worm, you worm!"
Rohlbert Montclair: "You've meddled in my father's business long enough. It looks like I'll have to kill you myself."

As soon as you finish Rohlbert, Adusa will vanish in a flash. Meet up with her outside and she'll say:

"Adusa is so happy she could just purr! The fighting, the blood, the excitement—Adusa hasn't had so much fun in an Elf's age!
And, yes, we ended another threat to Rivenspire. That, too. All in all, Adusa had a fine, fine day."
Is this threat eliminated, then?
"This threat, yes. But don't worry. Another will appear before you know it.
You have been a friend to Adusa. And to Rivenspire. Stay fragrant, Five-Claw. This one is sure we will meet again some day."

You then complete the quest. If you continue to talk to her she will comment that she is impressive by your work and wouldn't mind working with you once more.

"You did well, my friend. Adusa would fight at your side any time."
If you need any more help, just let me know.
"You'll be the first person Adusa calls. Promise."

Puzzle of the Pass[edit]

You can meet Adusa again at the foot of the Doomcrag, waiting on the beach with Gwendis:

"Adusa wishes she could go with you, but Verandis has other tasks for this one to perform."

The Crown of Shornhelm[edit]

During the celebrations, Adusa can be found on the floor overlooking the throne room:

"House Ravenwatch is in your debt, Five-Claw.
Thank you."
Appears only with Greymoor


The Lady of Blood[edit]

Adusa is being held captive in Greymoor Keep by a pureblooded vampire named Lady Essenia. When you enter the Ritual Chamber, Adusa-daro can be found suspended in the air while a red light surrounds her. Far below, Essenia is channeling her power.

Adusa-daro: "Gwendis! Help me!"
<The ritual is completed and Adusa falls to the ground with a thud.>
Lady Essenia: "You're too late! The experiment nears completion. The heir of Verandis is mine!"

After Lady Essenia dies, she acknowledges Gwendis's heroism.

Adusa-daro: "Gwendis … you came."
Gwendis: "Of course I did, you mangy scamp! Take a breath, then we're getting you out of here."

Speak to Adusa.

First time meeting:
"So … you helped this one's sister, yes? Helped her find Adusa? You have the thanks of House Ravenwatch, walker. We have little to offer, but our memory is very long.
Now, you killed that monster Essenia, yes?"
Saved Rivenspire:
"Ah, the hero of Rivenspire. It is good to see you again. You helped this one's sister, yes? You have the thanks of House Ravenwatch, walker. We have little to offer, but our memory is very long.
Now, you killed that monster Essenia, yes?"
We did. Are you all right?
"Heh. This one has seen better moons.
I … I do not know if any trace of Essenia's corruption still flows through my veins. Adusa feels weak, but clear-headed. Unlike the bloodknights. Only time will tell, yes?"
Will killing Essenia stop the bloodknights?
"Hard to say.
Essenia took long notes, you see? Very thorough. One of the Ashen Lord's alchemists may pick up where she left off, but it will take time. Time enough to strike this latest threat to Skyrim through the heart."
Why was Verandis's bloodline so important to this ritual?
"A good question. One Adusa has asked herself many times. Unfortunately, only one person can answer that, and he is far away.
We will have time to think on this later. First, we must escape this place, yes?"
Fair enough. Let's get moving.

After the quest, Adusa can be found sleeping peacefully at Gwendis's camp outside Greymoor Keep.

Daughter of the Wolf[edit]

Adusa-daro and Gwendis at the Blue Palace

She will also appear for the ceremony along with Gwendis during Daughter of the Wolf if you completed her quest beforehand:

"Walker. You and Fennorian did well, to stop the traitor-king. We will make sure no other threats befall the city. We swear it."
What is the Ravenwatch planning?
"Rada al-Saran is still out there and, eventually, he might try something like this again.
Solitude might be safe, for now, but wherever he strikes next may not share the same fortune."


By Love Betrayed[edit]

As you approach her near the entrance to Reachwind Depths, you'll hear her vehement:

Adusa-daro: "This one hates criminals. Especially vampire criminals."
First time meeting:
"Hmm. This one requires an extra set of eyes. To watch her back, you understand?
What say you, five-claw? Are your eyes sharp? Will you aid Adusa-daro?"
What do you need help with?
"The Lothid, a local clan of vampires, terrorizes the countryside from their lair in the ruins beneath this mountain. This one convinced young Kathad to leave this clan of criminals. Or so I thought.
For some reason, he has returned to them."
Why is that a problem?
"This one was close to saving a vampire from a life of crime and evil intentions. Why Kathad went back to them, I do not know. But Adusa-daro is not ready to give up on him quite yet.
Will you help me extract Kathad from the Lothid clan, five-claw?"
I'll help you save Kathad.
"Five-claw? Adusa doesn't know what twist of the tail brought you here, but she finds your presence most fortuitous.
I could use an extra set of eyes to watch my back. What say you, my friend? Are your eyes still sharp? Will you aid this one again?"
What do you need help with?
"The Lothid, a local clan of vampires, terrorizes the countryside from their lair in the ruins below us. This one convinced young Kathad to leave this clan of criminals. Or so I thought.
For some reason, he returned to them. This troubles me."
Why is his return to his old clan a problem?
"Adusa-daro was close to saving a vampire from a life of crime. Why Kathad went back to his clan, I do not know. But I am not ready to give up on him just yet.
Will you help me extract Kathad from the Lothid clan, five-claw?"
I'll help you save Kathad.

Either way, agree to help her and she'll add:

"The Dwarven apparatus will take us into the bowels of the mountain. To the Reachwind Depths, the ruins that now serve as the lair of the Lothid clan and their leader, Boss Trenlor.
Meet Adusa there, five-claw, and we will find Kathad together."
Why should I help you rescue a vampire?
"Because this one asked you to. If that isn't enough, consider that turning one more vampire away from evil helps everyone.
And if that doesn't motivate you, then remember the gold. House Ravenwatch pays well. Very well, indeed."
What's House Ravenwatch? <If this is your first meeting>
"A noble house of Rivenspire, to which I belong. As you can plainly see, this one is also a vampire.
It is the sacred mission of the Ravenwatch to help vampires fight their worst urges and stop them from harming mortals."
Tell me more about the Lothid clan.
"The Lothid is an ancient clan of vampires. Older even than the Ravenwatch. They turned more troublesome in recent years. Ever since Boss Trenlor took charge of the clan.
He drives them to perform unspeakable horrors while terrorizing the locals."
Unspeakable horrors?
"Must Adusa paint you a picture? Boss Trenlor has appetites that he forces the clan to satisfy. Murder, torture, extortion. These are some of the clan's crimes. And now this one hears rumors. Tales of a prison where mortals are kept like cattle."
Why do you care what happens to this Kathad?
"This one met Kathad when he first became a vampire. Before he got involved with the Lothid clan. I tried to recruit him then, but his attention was … unfocused.
Between his newfound abilities and Freyleth, he wasn't ready to listen to me."
"Another vampire. A friend. Or so I thought. She seduced Kathad and led him away.
I hadn't seen either of them until I ran into Kathad here in the Reach. We talked. He agreed to leave Lothid and join me. And then, suddenly, he came back here."

As you head to the tower entryway, she'll yell:

Adusa-daro: "This way, five-claw! Follow me!"

Once you reach the depths, she'll hail you:

Adusa-daro: "Hold, five-claw. Adusa has a plan."

Speak to her.

"Adusa has scouted these ruins and come up with a plan. This one will barge in through the front door, confront Boss Trenlor, and try to determine where Kathad is.
Meanwhile, you go in through the sluice gate along the wall to the southwest."
Shouldn't I go with you to confront Boss Trenlor?
"No, five-claw. Even the two of us would be hard-pressed to defeat the entire Lothid clan. While this one figures out where Kathad is, you quietly find a vantage point and see what happens.
You're my safeguard in case something unfortunate occurs."
Something unfortunate?
"If the meeting goes well, Adusa will signal you to join her. If not ….
There is a good chance this one will be tossed into the deep prison. If that happens, you will come to my rescue, yes? Either way, we should learn where they're keeping Kathad."

Part ways and she'll add:

Adusa-daro: "Remember, five-claw. Watch. Then come to my rescue if things go badly."

Enter the ruins through the sluice gate and make your way past several dwemer constructs. Once you reach the audience hall, you'll be barred by a gate and you'll have no other option that to witness Adusa-daro's capture:

Boss Trenlor: "Ah, Adusa-daro of the Ravenwatch. Kathad told me to expect you."
Adusa-daro: "Let me talk to Kathad, Trenlor."
Boss Trenlor: "Kathad returned for his love, so I sent him to her. I banished them to the Deep Tombs."
Adusa-daro: "His love … you mean Freyleth? She's here, too?"
Boss Trenlor: "Freyleth bit above her station. As for Kathad, you can join him. Toss her in the Deep Tombs!"

<Adusa-daro is led to the dungeon gate>

Boss Trenlor: "Try not to die too quickly, Ravenwatch cur!"

You're now tasked with finding your friend. Make your way further into the dungeon and you'll catch glimpses of Kathad along the way but not quite catching up with him. Eventually you'll hear Adusa:

Adusa-daro: "Over here, five-claw!"

Follow her voice and you'll find her among a couple of vampire corpses:

Adusa-daro: "That worked better than this one expected, yes?"

Speak to her.

"Adusa loves it when a plan comes together! This worked out better than I expected! Now, we just have to find Kathad.
And Freyleth."
Your plan was to get thrown into this ancient prison?
"No, not exactly. This one hoped not to get overpowered by Boss Trenlor's lackeys and flayed alive. After that, I was going to improvise.
This is much better, yes? We are in the Deep Tombs. Kathad is here somewhere. We should find him."
I spotted Kathad. He's looking for Freyleth.
"Good. I didn't think these monsters could overpower Kathad.
Let's hurry and catch up to him, five-claw."
And then what?
"Convince him to leave. Lothid clan is no place for a sane and honorable vampire. No place at all.
Be cautious, though. If we run into Freyleth, remember that she twists words and tells lies that sound like the most beautiful truths."
Tell me more about Freyleth.
"Freyleth, she … we traveled together a long time ago … before I joined the Ravenwatch.
She comes and goes. Sometimes I don't see her for decades. Then she appears and, purposely or not, causes some amount of havoc."
And she and Kathad are lovers?
"Freyleth made a reappearance when I was first trying to recruit Kathad. She befriended him. Lured him away. This one did not realize she was still a part of Kathad's life until Boss Trenlor mentioned her.
She may be what drew Kathad back here."
What is this place?
"It looks like an ancient Dwarven prison, but this one has no idea what the Dwarves kept down here. Now, Boss Trenlor uses it to hold mortals to feed upon, as well as members of his own clan that displease him.
He truly is a monster."

If you interact with her while she's following you:

"Quickly, five-claw. Let us search this Deep Tombs prison and locate Kathad.
And Freyleth, too, I suppose."

Continue on and you'll eventually see Kathad slay a Bloodfiend before escaping once again:

Adusa-daro: "There, five-claw! Kathad went down the east corridor!"

Enter the nearby storage room and you'll finally corner the young man and his love, Freyleth. He'll turn to her before noticing you and Adusa:

Kathad: "Stay behind me, beloved! Oh, Adusa? What are you doing here?"
Adusa-daro: "We came to save you, Kathad. Talk to him, five-claw. I'll watch the door."

If you speak to her before speaking to the others:

"That's Kathad, five-claw. And the vampire behind him, that's Freyleth.
This one will keep watch while you talk to him, yes?"

Listen to Kathad's proposal and Adusa will say:

"Freyleth has a plan? Be wary, five-claw. Her words drip like honey from her lips, but taste of dust and ash."

After getting the plan from Freyleth, she'll say:

"Strange, this one has never heard of darkcap mushrooms before. I will need to see what they do and bring that information back to the Ravenwatch.
In the meantime, be on your guard. There's something about Freyleth's plan that doesn't ring true."

Head down into the Blinds and Adusa will follow. Reach a large cavern and Adusa will note:

Adusa-daro: "Hmm. This place is full of mushrooms! Look sharp, five-claw."

Talking to her while looking for the mushrooms:

"Check near the walls for a darkcap mushroom. While Adusa isn't familiar with this type, most fungal growths don't bloom out in the open."

Locate a sample of the mushroom and she'll say:

Adusa-daro: "That's it, five-claw. Now let's find that lift Freyleth mentioned."

Speaking to her again:

"We have the mushroom Freyleth requested. Now let's find that lift she mentioned and get out of here."

Reach the lift:

Adusa-daro: "That must be the lift, five-claw. Let's go."

If you speak to her at this point:

"That must be the lift Freyleth told you about. As long as it takes us out of this hole, Adusa doesn't care where it goes."

The lift will lead you up to the Servant's Quarters where Freyleth and Kathad are waiting for you. Before you deliver your goods, Adusa will stop you:

Adusa-daro: "One moment, five-claw. This one has something to say."

Talk to her.

"Before we hand over the mushroom, this one feels she must tell you something.
It concerns my history with Freyleth."
What about your history with Freyleth?
"When this one first became a vampire, she was alone, confused. Frightened. Adusa did some terrible things before she understood exactly what was happening.
Then I met Freyleth."
Then what happened?
"Freyleth took Adusa under her wing. Trained her. Guided her. She was exactly what I needed. But she also wasn't.
Freyleth is wild, chaotic. She loves both the power and the freedom that vampirism provides. I don't want her to lead Kathad astray."
What do you mean, astray?
"Freyleth may not be the monster that Trenlor is, but she's no fragile flower. She led me to places … actions … that seemed like a good idea at the time.
I see much promise in Kathad. He can be an asset to the Ravenwatch. If he isn't corrupted."

She'll then turn her attention to the others:

Adusa-daro: "Talk to Kathad, five-claw. Tell him what you found."

As you approach the couple, Freyleth will be rising up off of a dead servant.

"Freyleth claims that guard had to die, but I know her. She has never been able to control her impulses.
Talk to Kathad. Tell him what you found in the Blinds and see how he wants to proceed."

Speak to Kathad and he'll tell you the plan and hand you a disguise:

"Adusa supposes that outfit will work. Provided Boss Trenlor and his court are suitably intoxicated by the time you walk in."

After you put on the outfit, she'll add:

"Be careful, five-claw. Adusa has rarely walked into a room full of hostile vampires without something going terribly wrong."

In the audience hall, you'll poison the chalice and hand it to Trenlor. He takes a swig and doubles over.

Boss Trenlor: "Bah! Stupid slave! You gave me spoiled blood!"

Adusa, Freyleth, and Kathad enter the hall:

Freyleth: "It's not spoiled, you bastard. That's darkcap!"
Kathad: "Freyleth? You … poisoned …."

Trenlor slumps into his throne, dead.

Adusa-daro: "Murder, Freyleth? Where is your honor?"
Freyleth: "Boss Trenlor got exactly what he deserved. And now I want to talk to our friend here."
Adusa-daro: "Let's go, Kathad. Freyleth has chosen her path. It's time you took another."

Kathad and Adusa will have left Reachwind Depths and will be discussing the situation outside:

Kathad: "Freyleth lied to us, but the clan is better off in her hands than Boss Trenlor's. I'm ready to join the Ravenwatch now."
Adusa-daro: "That's her way, Kathad. Five-claw, a word."

Speak to her:

"This one hates being used. Boss Trenlor needed to be dealt with, but there was no honor in how that played out. I should have expected Freyleth's deception. Still, it twists Adusa's tail.
At least Kathad seems ready to move on now."
Do you still plan to induct Kathad into the Ravenwatch?
"Absolutely. Kathad risked everything to save his clan. He performed admirably, despite Freyleth's dark influence. He will make a fine addition to our family.
And Adusa appreciates your help, five-claw. The Ravenwatch will not forget your service."

After you complete the quest, she'll add:

"There are more problems in the Reach than Freyleth and the Lothid clan. The Ravenwatch's work never ends, it seems."
So what's next for Adusa-daro?
"This one needs to get Kathad settled. Explain the rules of the Ravenwatch and start his training.
But Adusa also wants to check in with the rest of House Ravenwatch. See what else must be done to safeguard the Reach."
Is that what brought you to the Reach in the first place?
"Count Verandis, Gwendis, Fennorian … we came here to look into the threat posed by the Gray Host. As you can imagine, a renegade army of vampires and werewolves has us quite concerned.
Kathad may have to learn on the job, as it were."
What are you going to do about Freyleth and the Lothid clan?
"For now? Nothing. The Ravenwatch has other, more imminent threats to deal with.
I hope Freyleth decides to take the Lothid clan in a different direction. However, if she continues the practices put in place by Boss Trenlor …."
Would you really intervene against your old friend?
"If the Lothid clan continues to be a threat and Freyleth is a part of that, then yes, the Ravenwatch will deal with them.
For now though, Adusa will give her the benefit of the doubt. And a chance to show us she really is a good leader for the clan."

Second Chances[edit]

In Understone Keep, Arana will tell you you have "a friend who's journeyed a long way to thank you personally for all you've done." Go to the place in the keep she indicated and Verandis will be there to greet you.

As you say your goodbye to Verandis, you hear voices come in behind you:

Gwendis: "Arana said they'd be this way, come o—"
<Gwendis stops and covers her mouth>
Fennorian: "F—father!"
Gwendis: "You—they said you were gone …."
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "I was. And I will be again. We have much to discuss, but I will not be returning to House Ravenwatch."
Adusa-daro: "But who will—"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "You three have no more need of a guardian. It's time I put the future of the Ravenwatch in your hands."
Gwendis: "But … you'll still visit, right?"
Count Verandis Ravenwatch: "Every chance I get."

Speak to her and she'll say:

"Adusa heard that Verandis had been imprisoned in the Void, but he's here!
Forgive me. This one is glad to see you, five-claw. Your help at Reachwind Depths was much appreciated. Without your assistance, Kathad would still be in the Deep Tombs."
Are you ready to lead the Ravenwatch?
"There was a time when this one felt more like a nurse-maid than compatriot to those two, but Gwendis and Fennorian are no longer helpless kittens.
Count Verandis need not worry. Adusa stands firm. House Ravenwatch will endure."
Without Verandis, what will happen to the Ravenwatch?
"House Ravenwatch has a long and noble tradition. This one will run the estate in Count Verandis's absence. She has done so before.
As for the Ravenwatch, our work will continue. Gwendis is coming into her own, and Fennorian shows promise."
And what about Kathad?
"Kathad has much training to complete before he can take his place as a fully functional member of the Ravenwatch. Oh, he has the skills and the proper outlook, but he needs time to hone those abilities and learn our methods.
He will work out well."

Speak to her again and she'll add:

"At the start of this day, it seemed the Ravenwatch was doomed. Now I see it is transforming. Into what, Adusa does not know, but I have great hope."

You can speak with her again after the speeches:

"This one is not used to being this close to the center of attention. She does not like it.
Give Adusa a shadow or a dark corner. Celebrations such as these tend to be too bright and noisy for my taste."
You don't like being thanked for your work?
"Does a tiger need to be thanked for killing a terrorbird? Adusa-daro does not hunt to be appreciated. She hunts because it is her nature. The only reward this one needs is worthy prey and fresh blood."
Someone here might offer their blood as thanks.
"Hmm. You think so? That would make this endeavor much more bearable. Perhaps this tiger will linger a while longer."

If you have already completed the quest By Love Betrayed, you can also ask her how Kathad is doing:

How's Kathad doing, by the way?
"So far, so good. He has skills and a sense of honor that will serve him well.
This one hoped to let Gwendis take him under her wing. Finish his training. But as usual, the little one sees a toy to play with instead of a brother to assist."


Adusa-daro lives by a code of honor, vigilance, and restraint—the latter being of particular concern for a vampire. Will you invite her in? After adding Adusa-daro to your home, you can set her on a path, plus you and your visitors can speak with her.
Type Houseguest
Acquired From Crown Store
Price 015001,500 Crowns
Availability October 14, 2021 - October 28, 2021

Adusa-daro is available as a houseguest. She could be purchased from the Crown Store for 015001,500 Crowns from October 14 to October 28, 2021. She returned to the store during the Dark Heart of Skyrim Celebration in November 2022.


Appearances: 2

  • Crown Store — October 14, 2021 - October 28, 2021
  • Crown Store — November 2022: Dark Heart of Skyrim Celebration (ESO Plus discount)

Houseguest Dialogue[edit]

When you speak to her, she will say one of the following: [verification needed — need some triggers, and some dialogues might not belong]

"This one is a vampire, yes. Oh, do not get your tail all twisted. Adusa is not that kind of vampire. I only feed on willing subjects, and never to excess. This one has good table manners, yes?"
"Adusa is always on the lookout for good places to rest between missions. This is a good place, I think. Yes, Adusa approves. This will make a fine safehouse for the Ravenwatch. But you never heard that name. To you, Adusa is just a houseguest, yes?"
"This one is Adusa-daro of House Ravenwatch. From Rivenspire.
Assume I am here on a diplomatic mission. Such assumptions make everything that comes later much easier to accept, yes?"
"The hardest part about being away from home is finding good places to eat. Especially when one follows a restricted diet.
Oh, do not concern yourself. Adusa will make do."
"This one hates when ignorant locals recognize her. Toughs from the tavern see a vampire and assume the worst. Of course, when Adusa threatens to stick their paltry weapons where the Bright Moon never shines, they usually back away right quick."
"Mortals! Sometimes Adusa wonders why she bothers. Do they ever thank us? Do they ever look upon us as anything other than monsters, no matter how often we save their furless arses? Sigh.
Do not mind me. Adusa gets grumpy when she hasn't fed."
"Yes, Adusa is a vampire. Surely you have learned by now that not every vampire is a monster. This one hopes her nature doesn't make you uncomfortable, because Adusa likes it here and isn't ready to leave just yet."
"Is it just Adusa, or do all furless mortals look alike?"
"The Ravenwatch. We're a group of good vampires determined to keep menaces of a supernatural disposition in check. Evil vampires, rampaging werewolves, destructive spirits … we deal with clawless monsters of every stripe and color."
"Adusa likes it here. This place is fragrant!
Much better than most of the tombs and barrows this one has sheltered in. I especially like the distinct lack of untamed spiders."
"Despite what my sister Gwendis thinks, this one does not crave moon-sugar.
I like moon-sugar, yes. But do I crave it? Adusa would never use that word."
"Khajiit beverages are among the finest in the land. You will find nothing more satisfying than a glass of plum brandy or a snifter of Dark Moons spiced whiskey.
Unless you are a vampire like Adusa. Then nothing tastes better than fresh blood."
"When Adusa gets really hungry, she seeks out villains upon which to feed. Even then, this one rarely drains them dry.
Unless there is no other choice or option available, the Ravenwatch refrains from executing those we bring to justice."
"Understand, House Ravenwatch is a noble house. Known far and wide as an influential faction in Rivenspire. The Ravenwatch, on the other hand, must remain secret. The mortal world doesn't need to know about the nightmares we deal with to keep it safe."
"Stay sleek and remain fragrant, my friend. This one prefers you just the way you are."
"This one comes and goes. Like the phases of the Moons. It is her way."
"Most cannot see Adusa-daro. Not unless she wishes to be seen. Like a shadow, this one is.
Consider yourself privileged, five-claw."
"I had a disagreement with a priest of Arkay today. She was not pleased that this one was a vampire. I told her I was not pleased she was a bigoted deist.
If she asks about me, tell her you never heard of anyone by the name of Adusa-daro."
"Adusa-daro keeps her claws as sharp as razors!
Do not fear, though. The curtains and furnishings remain safe. This one has a scratching post."
"This one is expecting an important letter. It should arrive tonight by carrier bat.
This one made a joke, yes?"
"So many monsters, so little time. But Adusa has claws enough for all of them, of that you can be sure!"
"And that was when Adusa said, "May your fur fall out and never grow back, you tailless gutter rat!" And did he laugh? Giggle? Even so much as smirk? No.
Sometimes, this one thinks her sharp wit is wasted on the villains she fights."
"The leader of the evil vampire clan pulled out a dagger and brandished it at Adusa. "How courageous of you," I said. "Ill advised, but courageous."
And then this one showed him the error of his ways."
"No matter how many times Adusa warns the villains she faces, they always decide to fight. And it never ends well for them.
No one ever listens to Adusa."
"Adusa is so happy she could purr! This one cut down a pack of marauding werewolves, ended a murderous vampire, and saved a wandering merchant from a ravenous wamasu.
All in all, Adusa had a fine day!"
"Is Adusa-daro a hero? This one has never referred to herself as such. If you want to say it, Adusa will not disagree with you, though.
This one is nothing if not polite."
"Please, friend, do not tell anyone that Adusa is here. This one prefers to maintain a low profile when she is working."
"Ravenwatch Castle, in Rivenspire, is Adusa's home. But as far as nice places to stay when I can't be there, this location suits Adusa's needs."
"Adusa may be on a mission. Maybe not. She really can't say. The Ravenwatch prefers we keep those kinds of details on a need-to-know basis."
"Adusa likes this place. It has … personality!"

If your character is a Vampire:

"We are both vampires, five-claw, and by the blood, we decide what that means.
Adusa hopes you walk the same path as the Ravenwatch. I would hate to find out that was not the case."
"We may be vampires, five-claw, but we are not slaves to our affliction. We can rise above it. Use our gifts for the greater good.
That is the way of the Ravenwatch."
"We allow some myths to perpetuate. It maintains our vampiric allure and keeps our enemies off guard. Meanwhile, we must know the truth in order to combat our evil kindred. But no, the only thing garlic will repel is my sensitive nose."

If your current character has completed (?) she may also say:

"Five-claw! This one is glad to see a familiar face from Rivenspire. The province would have been lost without your timely assistance."
"Ravenwatch Castle stands empty most of the time these days. The Ravenwatch is too few and the threats too many. We cannot afford even a moment's respite.
Still, Adusa is happy for this visit. I wish to hear all about your latest adventures."
"Five-claw! This one is glad to see a familiar face from Rivenspire. The province would have been lost without your timely assistance."

If your current character has completed (?) she may also say:

"In all her years, Adusa-daro has never faced an enemy like the Gray Host. This one never expected an ancient army of vampires and werewolves to return from the dead!"
"This one can hardly believe it. The legends were true. There really is a vast underground realm beneath the surface of Skyrim. It does make a perfect hiding place for nests of evil vampires, though."
"So now you have met Adusa's little brother. What do you think of Fennorian, five-claw?
You can be honest. Your secrets are Adusa's secrets, yes?"

If your current character has completed (?) she may also say:

"At long last, the threat of Rada al-Saran and the Gray Host is over. Thanks to you, five-claw.
Know this. The Ravenwatch owes you. And the Ravenwatch always pays its debts."
"This one never expected to save Skyrim and the Reach from an army of vampires and werewolves, but the Ravenwatch goes wherever our mission takes us.
As do you, five-claw. As do you."
"Gwendis suggested we hire a bard to sing your song, five-claw. The hero of Western Skyrim and the Reach. The slayer of Rada al-Saran. Unless you are too modest to accept such praise?
Just know Adusa appreciates your efforts. We all do."