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Home City Davon's Watch
Location Coldharbour, Coral Heart Chamber, Ebonheart, House Indoril Crypt, Kragenmoor, The Hollow City, The Rift, Tormented Spire, Trolhetta Summit
Race Nord Gender Male
Reaction Friendly
Other Information
Faction(s) Ebonheart Pact

Holgunn is the Nord commander of Davon's Watch. He will request you to help the local soldiers fend off a siege by the Daggerfall Covenant, along with delaying their invasion.

He will later join the invasion into Coldharbour.

Related Quests[edit]





Warning Davon's Watch[edit]

You can report to Holgunn once you reach Davon's Watch.

"Have you come from Bal Foyen? What news do you have?"
We've repelled the Covenant attack there. Did the signal fires work?
"Yes, soldier. Thank you. We're giving the Covenant a good fight.
Without your warning, Davon's Watch would be in their hands. Feels good to save a city, doesn't it?"

Legacy of the Ancestors[edit]

Holgunn: "We need an edge in this fight!"

When you talk to him he will introduce himself and ask for your help with the current Covenant attack on the city.

"I'm Holgunn, the Nord commander here in Davon's Watch. My men are the spine and strong arm of the Ebonheart Pact.
I've heard good things about you. Let's see if they're true."
What do you need me to do?
"The Covenant is attacking Davon's Watch. The devils bombarded the northern district. Now they're ashore, preparing to attack.
I need every able hand in the battle to come."
I'll stand with you, Holgunn.
"Then you'll stand where you're needed. Right now, Grandmaster Tanval Indoril's at a manor in the north of the city.
He's got a smart plan, but he needs help."
Let's go.

After you agree to help, you have the option of following him immediately or meeting him later.

"Follow me or meet me there. Your choice."
I have some things to do. I'll meet you there.
"You'll find the manor along the north city wall.
I'll be there with Tanval."
I'll walk with you. I'm ready to go whenever you are.
"Excellent. Let's get going."
What can you tell me about Davon's Watch?
"This port's the key to Stonefalls. That's why these Covenant bastards are attacking.
They're keen on the city, but we aren't going to let them. The Nords are here to defend the Pact."

If you decide to follow Holgunn to the manor, he will have commentary as you move through the city.

Holgunn: "Let's get going."

Passing the crafting stations:

Holgunn: "I came to fight with my old comrade, Tanval."

In the manor district, Holgunn stops to lament the death of an innocent.

Holgunn: "Poor bastard. Didn't even get a soldier's death."

Arriving at Indoril manor:

Holgunn: "We're here."

Speaking to Holgunn before introducing yourself to Tanval:

"Troll's blood! Do you need an invitation? Speak to Tanval."

After speaking with Tanval and receiving your assignment from him:

"Tanval's given you a mission, eh? Back in the Akaviri war, whatever it took, he got it done."

Delaying the Daggers[edit]

"I've been reviewing our defenses. It's not good. The Covenant is bringing up ballistae and siege ladders.
Time to show them what we've got!"
What should I do?
"Do? Burn those ballistae. Same for the ladders. Burn them to ash.
I'll be leading a sortie from the gate. Meet us when you're done. It'll be glorious!"

Speaking with him after this exchange:

"Burn the ballistae and ladders outside the gate. That'll set those bastards back.
Look for me when you're done."

Returning after burning the Covenant's siege equipment:

"I heard the horns. I saw the flames. Are you done?"
I burned down their siege gear, as you requested.
"The damn skeevers tricked us, though. This was only a feint."

City Under Siege[edit]

"They scaled the cliffs like damn mountain goats. Takes guts, I'll give them that."
Where do you want me?
"Get to the tombs. Tanval's in there, performing his ritual. He has no idea what happened.
Guard him until he's done!"
I'll protect him.

Speaking with him after this:

"Tanval's at the tombs. Guard him! I've got invaders to repel."

After you arrive to defend the Grandmaster, Holgunn will also join the defense:

Holgunn: "You face a Nord now, scum. Ysgramor!"

After the Covenant army is destroyed:

"You fight like the great hero Ysgramor, my friend.
You've done the Pact a great service this day."

After the quest:

"You've fought like a true Nord. The skalds will remember your deeds in story and song.
And I'll remember you. Holgunn always remembers his friends."

Restoring Order[edit]

You can find him inside the manor at Ebonheart alongside Walks-in-Ash and Tanval and Garyn Indoril. He is not instrumental to the quest, but you can talk to him.

"Troll's blood! I was hoping you'd show up here."
What's going on, Holgunn?
"Kyne blessed us with a victory at Ash Mountain, but we're still fighting those milk-drinking Covenant bastards. West of us, they've locked horns with Vivec's Antlers.
And I've heard rumors."
"A scout from the northwest border made it to the city, bloody and bruised. He said a force was marching on Fort Virak. If they take Virak, they're on the doorstep of Riften, up in Skyrim.
Those Dagger bastards! To Sovngarde with the lot of them."

The Coral Heart[edit]

Holgunn appears at the end of the quest so that you may turn it in. He subsequently gives you the quest To Fort Virak.

"Well, you're a warm hut in a blizzard.
What news? Could you keep that Coral Heart out of the Covenant's hands?"
The Heart is ours.
"Then Ebonheart is saved! We are once again in your debt. Maybe we'll make you the new Thane of Whiterun. After all, they'll take anyone!
I'll keep the Heart safe. This Brother of Strife must remain bound."

To Fort Virak[edit]

"The Brothers of Strife are too dangerous. I'll keep this from everyone who might want to use it ... even Tanval."
What next, Holgunn?
"You've done well here. We could use more like you.
In fact, we could use more like you at Fort Virak. The Daggerfall Covenant has seized it."
Fort Virak?
"It's a vital link between Stonefalls and the Rift. With Fort Virak held by the enemy, we're cut off from supplies.
Head up there and report to Sergeant Gjorring. I'll be right behind you."
I'll see you there.

Evening the Odds[edit]

Before turning the quest in:

"Well done, my friend. Now where's General Serien? My axe thirsts for his blood."

After the quest:

"We'll have this courtyard cleared of Covenant skeevers in no time.
Then all that remains is to deal with that treacherous dog, Serien."

The General's Demise[edit]

While waiting for the Indorils to dispel the ward over the door on Serien's hiding place:

"Get that cursed thing off the door. Then we'll see what Serien thinks of my axe."

After the ward is down:

"In you go. We're right behind you."

As he charges into the keep to help you slay the general, he yells:

Holgunn: "Glory for the Pact!"

After General Serien dies, Garyn Indoril is killed. Tanval is distraught, and steals the Coral Heart from Holgunn before fleeing.

Garyn Indoril: "We've done it! The general is dead!"
General Serien: "No! I must not fail!"

The General then kills Garyn in a last-ditch effort to take something from the Pact.

Tanval Indoril: "Not Garyn! Not Garyn!"
Tanval Indoril: "The Daggerfall Covenant took my son!"
Holgunn: "Tanval, no! The Coral Heart is too powerful."
Tanval Indoril: "No, Holgunn. The Covenant must pay!"
Holgunn: "Tanval, what have you done?"

You need to meet Holgunn outside to talk.

"Shor's Bones, Tanval's gone mad. I can't believe he took the Coral Heart.
And Garyn! Curse the fates. The wolves are circling, my friend."
Why would Tanval steal the Coral Heart?
"He's planning to use it to release Sadal, the second Brother of Strife.
We've got to stop him. All of Stonefalls will suffer if Tanval exploits the Tormented Spire."

City at the Spire[edit]

"We've got to keep the Pact together. We must preserve the alliance we've spent blood and men to forge."
Holgunn, can I ask you a question or two?
"I'm wounded, curse it, but I'll try to answer any questions you have."
Who is Sadal?
"Sadal is the second, greater Brother of Strife. We put Balreth back into his cage at Ash Mountain, but his ancient fiery brother still lurks in the heart of the Tormented Spire.
We can't allow Tanval to let that monster out."
Why do you think Tanval did this?
"Garyn is why. He was Tanval's only child. For all the medals and honors he received during the war, I think raising Garyn gave him the most pride.
Losing Garyn to the Covenant broke Tanval ... I think he's snapped."
What is the Tormented Spire?
"Another one of those cursed Morrowind volcano [sic]. Like Ash Mountain, they made the spire into a mystic prison to hold a Brother of Strife.
It's south of Virak, just beyond the town of Kragenmoor."
Is something wrong with Kragenmoor?
"It's a bastion of House Dres, and their grandmaster is the only one with access to the mountain. The spire has a mystic veil that stops anyone from wandering to the top.
To get to the spire, we'll have to deal with the Dres."

To the Tormented Spire[edit]

You can find Tanval at the warded entrance to the Tormented Spire after accepting the quest from Sen Dres:

"Welcome back to the fight, my friend.
This mountain's been rumbling for hours, and we're stuck out here, blades in our hands and no one to stab."
I'm ready to help you stop Tanval.''
"So, did you get the key from the grandmaster at Kragenmoor?"

Climbing the Spire[edit]

"Now that you're here, we'll take the fight to the mountain. To Tanval."
Where is Tanval?
"He's already inside. After he disabled the ward, Walks-in-Ash managed to get some troops inside. The ward came back up almost instantly aftwerward.
Damn that old Dark Elf's hide!"
I can lower the wards, Holgunn.
"Shor's bones! What would we do without you? Bring down the ward and I'll lead the boys in.
Go on ahead and find Walks-in-Ash."
I'll find her. Good luck.

Speaking to him after starting the quest:

"These ward stones are the only thing stopping us. Disable them, if you can."
How are you doing, Holgunn?
"I've been better, my friend. Tanval and I have been shield brothers since the war, but Kyne save me, I might have to kill him to stop him.
I don't want to think about it."

After lowering the wards:

"Ysgramor himself would be proud. Glory for the Pact!"

Speaking to him after finding Tanval:

"Look at him, my friend. Garyn's death has ruined him.
History won't remember him as a great general. They'll just remember him as this."

Opening the Portal[edit]

Speaking with him after starting the quest:

"We've already dispatched messengers to Kragenmoor. Shor's bones, I hope we don't need to evacuate to Ebonheart."

After retrieving the Focus Stones, but before placing them:

"What tales did the dead men tell, my friend?"

Sadal's Final Defeat[edit]

Before entering Sadal's prison:

"Sovngarde awaits, my friend. I bet that Brother of Strife can't wait to go."
Holgunn in Sadal's Prison

Upon first entering Sadal's Prison, Sadal addresses the group.

Tanval Indoril: "Hold the portal. We don't want to be trapped here."
Sadal: "Weaklings. You think to enter my realm?"
Holgunn: "Pretty confident, isn't he?"

Another ward blocks your path.

Holgunn: "Kyne preserve us! Another ward. Can you open it?"

Tanval begins channeling the magic of the Coral Heart to break Sadal's fiery ward.

Sadal: "Taste the flames of Oblivion."
Holgunn: "Protect Tanval!"

Tanval eventually breaks Sadal's ward:

Tanval Indoril: "Now! Forward the Pact!"
Holgunn: "Ysgramor!"

When Sadal regains his flaming ward after the first phase:

Tanval Indoril: "Fall back. I need a moment to rest."
Holgunn: "Cut those skeletons down. Don't let them reach Tanval."

Tanval Indoril charges Sadal, bursting with powerful magical energy. He dies destroying Sadal's ward for good.

Tanval Indoril: "Finish it. Finish what we started."
Holgunn: "Tanval! What are you doing?"

After Sadal is sealed away forever, Holgunn kneels beside Tanval's corpse.

Holgunn: "Tanval. I'll see you in Sovngarde, my shield brother."

The next time you speak with Holgunn, he will give you your reward for this quest.

"My shield brother is gone. He died as well as anyone could.
Let's return to Kragenmoor and drink to his memory."
Tanval wished you to follow him as interim leader of our forces in Stonefalls.
"He what? Kyne take him! Wherever he is, I'm sure the old bastard is laughing at me. Imagine. Leading the military here, alone.
I suppose I should thank you, my friend. Without you, well, I hope to see you again before we meet in Sovngarde."

Talking to Holgunn after the quest:

"Tanval left me in charge, warming the hilt until the Great Houses choose a permanent commander. Do you have any idea how many meetings I'll have to go to?
After I die, I'll give Tanval a beating he won't forget."


The Hollow City[edit]

At a certain point, Holgunn will appear in the Fighters Guildhall within the Hollow City in Coldharbour.

"Nice Fighters Guild hall! It's got all the comforts of home. But I'm ready to get out there and fight.
You can only plan so much. Sometimes you need to swing your damned axe and move forward."

The Reaver Citadel[edit]

Holgunn and Walks-in-Ash outside the Reaver Citadel

Holgunn can be found with Walks-in-Ash on the bridge outside the Reaver Citadel.

"We're far from the familiar sights of Stonefalls. But these perils we face—they're epic! They will sing songs of our glory long after we're gone."
does he have additional dialogue if you are ebonheart pact?
"They're coming through the gates! We've got to stop them!"

While you storm the Citadel during The Citadel Must Fall, Holgunn will be watching the gates to the upper city with another fighter for any attacking Dremora.

"Once the mages get inside the upper city, the Dremora will be surrounded!"

As you approach the gate, he will shout out a warning as Dremora come out.

Holgunn: "They're coming through the gates! We've got to stop them!"

After you have taken the Citadel and retrieved the Labyrinth Key, Holgunn can be found up the road with Walks-in-Ash, inspecting the Guild troops.

"These louts better be ready for the battle of their miserable lives, because they haven't seen anything yet!"
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