Skyrim:Moldering Ruins

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Moldering Ruins
(view on map)
Added by Dawnguard
# of Zones 1
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Vampires, Death Hounds
Console Location Code(s)
Whiterun Hold
West of Rorikstead
Southeast of Bleakwind Bluff
Special Features
# of Cooking Pots/Spits 1
Moldering Ruins exterior

Moldering Ruins is a small camp and concealed cave in western Whiterun Hold, occupied by vampires. The place consists of a small camp above ground and a cave underground.

Related Quests[edit]



The camp consists of two small tents (each with a bedroll), a campfire, and one large tent. Several enemies will be around the camp, either death hounds and/or thralls. Inside the large tent there are several random items on a table, including a poison, a potion, an iron dagger, some arrows and a bow. Underneath the table is an unlocked chest. Against the rear of the tent are several crates and barrels, a couple of food sacks and a coffin, with a trapdoor at the southern end of the tent. It leads down into the cave section of Moldering Ruins.

Moldering Ruins[edit]

Upon using the trapdoor you enter into a small circular room with a tunnel in front of you descending a flight of stairs to the south. There are five hanging mosses growing in this first room. At the bottom of the stairs you enter a badly damaged room with rubble all around. A vampire's thrall and a leveled vampire boss will attack as soon as you are detected.

There is a stone table on your left in an alcove against the east wall with two draugr, a salt pile, a skeever tail and a burial urn on top, and a second burial urn underneath. There are a couple of empty coffins, a few more hanging mosses and several opened sarcophagi along both the east and west side walls; some of the draugr may get raised during the fight. There are a couple of large urns along the east wall and halfway along the west wall is a set of shelves holding a bowl of troll fat, a salt pile, and a burial urn. There is another burial urn and partially buried dead draugr at the rear of the room against the south wall, on a ledge above the floor that can be reached by following either of the side walls and then climbing the rubble until you reach the end. Stairs descend on either side of a large carved piece of stone to a lower level with a bedroll on the left-hand side and further to the rear on the right-hand side over a gap is a barrel containing ingredients and a couple of food sacks along with a few unusable barrels and a unique but worthless bloody tankard. At the very bottom is a campfire in a brazier with a cooking pot balanced on the edge. To the south of the fire is a partially buried unlocked chest between a partially buried dead draugr and another large urn.


  • Moldering Ruins does not appear to have been created for a specific purpose. The only reason anything else added by Dawnguard will send you here is because the ruin was added to the preexisting random-selection lists.