|Primary Skills||Sneak, Conjuration, Light Armor, One-handed|
|Perks||Bladesman (rank 1); Custom Fit; Fighting Stance; Hack and Slash|
Valerica is a Nord vampire, wife to Lord Harkon and mother of Serana. She is found just outside the entrance of the Boneyard in the Soul Cairn when you go looking for her to find an Elder Scroll to be used by Lord Harkon. She does not have a very good relationship with her daughter because she hid her away from Lord Harkon for many years to keep him from retrieving her blood, which is needed for the ritual to block out the sun, despite the fact that Harkon is still unaware of that part of the prophecy. She also holds one of the Elder Scrolls needed for the prophecy. She is initially very disdainful and untrusting of the player, regardless of which side the player chose. She eventually realizes her error in judgement with Serana after a heated argument between the two, after which she has a bettered relationship with you and Serana, but is still somewhat unsure of your motives for awhile.
After Harkon is defeated, if you return to the Soul Cairn and tell her so, she will return to Volkihar and take up residence in her study, telling you "Ah, it's good to be home again". At the same time, she will replant her garden in the courtyard. You may ask her to make Bloodcursed elven arrows for you, but she will refuse politely.
After completing Beyond Death and leaving the Soul Cairn, if you return and talk to Valerica, she can be asked to turn 5 Soul Husks into a Soul Husk Extract. She no longer offers this option after relocating to her study in Castle Volkihar.
You first meet Valerica while she is behind the barrier in her prison. The following exchange will occur:
- "So how has it come to pass that a vampire hunter is in the company of my daughter? It pains me to think you'd travel with Serana under the guise of her protector in an effort to hunt me down."
- This is no ruse. I want to keep her safe.
- "Coming from one who murders vampires as a trade, I find it hard to believe your intentions are noble. Serana has sacrificed everything to prevent Harkon from completing the prophecy. I would have expected her to explain that to you."
- That's why I'm here for the Elder Scroll.
- "You think I'd have the audacity to place my own daughter in that tomb for the protection of her Elder Scroll alone? The scrolls are merely a means to an end. The key to the Tyranny of the Sun is Serana herself."
- What do you mean?
- "When I fled Castle Volkihar, I fled with two Elder Scrolls. The scroll I presume you found with Serana speaks of Auriel and his arcane weapon, Auriel's Bow. The second scroll declares that "The Blood of Coldharbour's Daughter will blind the eye of the Dragon.""
- How does Serana fit in?
- "Like myself, Serana was a human once. We were devout followers of Lord Molag Bal. Tradition dictates the females be offered to Molag Bal on his summoning day. Few survive the ordeal. Those that do emerge as a pure-blooded vampire. We call such confluences the "Daughters of Coldharbour.""
- The Tyranny of the Sun requires Serana's blood?
- "Now you're beginning to see why I wanted to protect Serana, and why I've kept the other Elder Scroll as far from her as possible."
- Are you saying Harkon means to kill her?
- "If Harkon obtained Auriel's Bow and Serana's blood was used to taint the weapon, the Tyranny of the Sun would be complete. In his eyes, she'd be dying for the good of all vampires."
- "I would never allow that to happen.'
- "And how exactly do you plan on stopping him?"
- I'll kill Harkon.
- "If you believe that, then you're a bigger fool than I originally suspected. Don't you think I weighed that option before I enacted my plans?"
- "And Serana's opinion in this?"
- "You care nothing for Serana or our plight. Whether or not you've become one of us in order to survive the Soul Cairn, you're still a vampire hunter at heart. You're here because we're abominations in your mind. Evil creatures that need to be destroyed."
- Serana believes in me, why won't you?