Tzinghalis's Tower, The Undergrove, Greymoor Keep
|Faction(s)||Gray Host (leader)
Icereach Coven (allied)
Rada al-Saran is a Redguard elder vampire also known as the Ashen Lord and current leader of the Gray Host, an army of vampires and werewolves which ravaged the land in the First Era, before their defeat at Bangkorai Pass. Recently, the army reemerged from the shadows in Skyrim, allied with the Icereach Coven and brought back to Nirn from Coldharbour.
While he prefers to work through proxies, such the Draugrkin, Rada al-Saran has been making his presence known as his plans progress. In the Alik'r Desert, he is also known as a master swordsman who dueled the goddess Leki for three days straight, according to the story of the creation of Leki's Blade.
- Bound in Blood: Escape captivity at the hands of the Icereach Coven.
- The Vampire Scholar: Find Fennorian in Blackreach and bring him back.
- The Gray Host: Create a defense against the Harrowstorms and learn the Gray Host's plans.
- Greymoor Rising: Prevent the Harrowstorm from being unleashed on Solitude.
- The Gray Council
Bound in Blood
Rada al-Saran is first encountering speaking to Matron Urgala atop the Deepwood Crossing, where you and Fennorian will overhear him while he is unaware of your presence:
- Matron Urgala: "As you'll see, the storm's effects will be quite devastating."
- Rada al-Saran: "As long as everything's ready for the first harvest, Urgala, I will be pleased."
At the Deepwood Temple Pinnacle, Rada will give his orders to Urgala before disappearing in a flock of bats:
- Rada al-Saran: "The harrowstorm ritual is a thing of beauty, Urgala. I'll be in touch after the harvest."
The Vampire Scholar
- Exarch Tzinghalis: "It fights against its nature, Rada al-Saran. A weaker breed."
- Rada al-Saran: "No, Tzinghalis. Just the deceived son of an estranged brother, forced to deny his nature."
After you bypass the Netherroot Garden, you will hear Rada al-Saran tell Tzinghalis to dispose of Fennorian.
- Fennorian: "Ahh! No! Why are you doing this to me?"
- Rada al-Saran: "We have what we need. In his last moments, let him truly understand the power of the Gray Host!"
- Fennorian: "Arrgghh!"
- Rada al-Saran: "A shame he could not be recruited to our noble cause."
- Exarch Tzinghalis: "The machine will finish him momentarily, my lord."
- Rada al-Saran: "Finish your work here, Tzinghalis, then join me in the keep. You must bear witness when we make our move."
- Exarch Tzinghalis: "Of course, Rada al-Saran. I am eager to see the power of our ultimate harrowstorm."
- <Rada al-Saran vampire-teleports away.>
- Fennorian: <Tortured sobbing.>
The Gray Host
After learning about the Gray Host, you will find out that they are testing a harrowstorm in the the Undergrove. This makes it an ideal place to test the elixir created to protect against a harrowstorm's effects.
Once you enter the Undergrove with your companions, you will soon hear some familiar voices.
- Fennorian: "We need to find where they're experimenting with the harrowstorms."
- <Voices will echo from the center.>
- Exarch Ulfra: "You honor me with your presence, my king."
- Lyris Titanborn: "Gray Host! Stay quiet and listen!"
- Rada al-Saran: "This harrowstorm must be the biggest we have ever wrought, my sister-in-arms."
- Svana: "That's the leader of the Gray Host!"
- Fennorian: "Rada al-Saran and Exarch Ulfra? Should we postpone the test?"
- Svana: "Certainly not! The holds are counting on us! Besides, we might be able to end this threat right here and now."
- <The group stops outside the door.>
With the decision made to confront the two leaders of the Gray Host, you can head on in. Rada al-Saran will recognize you and quickly show he isn't to be trifled with:
- Rada al-Saran: "Who dares intrude—you! The murderers who killed our beloved Tzinghalis!"
- <Lyris walks forwards.>
- Lyris Titanborn: "And you're about to join him."
- Rada al-Saran: "Impudent mortal! You will pay for your crime!"
- <Red lightning appears in his hands and he strikes Lyris who is thrown back.>
- Lyris Titanborn: "Argh!"
- Rada al-Saran: "Now for the rest of these curs!"
- Exarch Ulfra: "My king, allow me the honor of spilling their blood!"
- Rada al-Saran: "Very well, sweet sister. Join me in Greymoor Keep when the task is done."
- <Rada al-Saran bat-teleports away.>
- Exarch Ulfra: "Let this harrowstorm flay the flesh from your bones!"
- <A red haze fills the air as the Harrowstorm begins.>
In the aftermath of High King Svargrim's betrayal, you will descend into Greymoor Keep which is directly beneath Solitude to stop the Host's plans to unleash a harrowstorm on the city. After hearing Svargrim's yell, your group will head in the direction of the sound which leads them to a balcony overlooking a massive witch pike, wreathed in harrowstorm energy while a beam of red energy shoots from the top. Svargrim and Rada al-Saran stand on either side of the beam, facing each other.
- Rada al-Saran: "Pain is part of the process, Svargrim."
- High King Svargrim: "It's … exquisite … my master!"
- Rada al-Saran: "Once you are attuned to Greymoor, the storm will be yours to command."
- <The attunement of Svargrim progresses and he begins to rise up in the air and float towards the surface.>
- Rada al-Saran: "Rise, Svargrim, and unleash my storm upon Solitude! Then the last of the Gray Host shall be reborn!"
- <Rada then follow him upwards.>
- Fennorian: "The Ashen Lord, he turned Svargrim into the heart of his harrowstorm!"
- Svana: "They're moving higher up the tower! We need to follow them!"
Once you enter the Central Overlook, you'll find Rada al-Saran himself doing something while within a red barrier.
- Rada al-Saran: "And so the thorns arrive to once more prick my thumbs …."
- Fennorian: "A barrier …."
- Svana: "And—Rada al-Saran?"
You now have the opportunity to talk to Rada al-Saran.
- "Your persistence begins to annoy me, mortal. You killed my beloved brother and sister, Tzinghalis and Ulfra. I freed them and you sent them back. Back to the hated Molag Bal!
I will see you suffer for that transgression."
- Then drop the barrier and let's finish this.
- "As much as it would please me to flay the flesh from your bones, I have more pressing matters to attend to.
But know this. As I felt each death, you shall feel it when the harrowstorm takes every life in Solitude. You shall feel it when you fail!"
- I'm not going to let that happen.
At this, your audience with the Ashen Lord is over:
- Rada al-Saran: "Bold words, but futile. Svargrim rises, and the harrowstorm with him. Once the attunement is finished, they will be unstoppable!"
- <He disappears.>
- Lyris Titanborn: "What happened? What did that damned vampire do?"
- Fennorian: "He's merging the power flowing through the keep with Svargrim, giving him control of the harrowstorm."
- Svana: "Then you must undo it. I'll stay and help. Lyris, you and our friend keep going up and find my father."
Getting closer to the surface, the effects of the attunement can be felt as waves of red light fill your vision. Rada will further hinder you by remotely activating the Stone Husks. While with Svana, you find Svargrim and Rada once more:
- Rada al-Saran: "The attunement is complete, Svargrim. You and Greymoor Keep are one."
- High King Svargrim: "The power! I am unstoppable!"
- Svana: "We need to hurry!"
You will see Svargrim and Rada through a window as they continue to ascend the harrowstorm energy.
- Rada al-Saran: "I leave the harrowing of Solitude to you, little king. Remember your oath to me."
- Svana: "Rada al-Saran is leaving? Why?"
As you get higher, you will see the end of the harrowstorm structure. There is another wave of red light as a suspicious Svargrim questions Rada.
- High King Svargrim: "You abandon me, in our moment of triumph? What game do you play, Rada al-Saran?"
- Rada al-Saran: "Game? I gave you power. If you can't conquer Skyrim, the fault is your own."
- Svana: "This place is connected to Castle Dour! How long has my father been planning this?"
- Rada al-Saran: "Now ascend to your Tower of the Wolf and unleash my most potent harrowstorm! The Gray Host is counting on you, little king."
This is the last time you see Rada al-Saran before you reach Solitude.