The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers a variety of incredibly robust systems to interact with that offer limited gameplay advantages but add immeasurably to the story and role-play experience of the game. These optional systems have kept players in Skyrim for almost a decade, as the ever-increasing number of experience offered through mods has brought the role-playing to an almost Second Life level of interaction.
One such system in Skyrim is the ability for your character to get married. This is significant since who you marry is completely up to you: male and female characters representing a dozen different races are available for romance in the world of Skyrim. There are over 70 NPCs available for marriage once you have unlocked the option. Unfortunately, that means there are hundreds more that can not be married, that is, without a little mod magic.
In this guide, we'll be teaching you everything you need to know about the vampire Serana: Who is Serana, how do you get married, and how do you mod your game so you can marry Serana.
Who Is Serana?
Serana is a vampire featured in the Skyrim expansion Dawnguard. You'll first meet Serana during the "Awakening" quest in the Dimhollow Crypt while investigating the Hall of the Vigilant attack. After setting her free, Serana will ask you to help her get home to Castle Volkihar in order to find out what happened to her mother Valerica.
Serana is the daughter of Valerica and Lord Harkon, the main antagonist in the Dawnbreaker DLC. Serana is one of the only known pureblood vampires, and as such, is titled one of the "Daughters of Coldharbour."
Lord Harkon discovers a prophecy called the Tyranny of the Sun, which has led him to believe that by collecting a series of artifacts, including two elder scrolls, and sacrificing Serana, he can purge sunlight from the world, giving vampires the ability to walk freely day and night.
How To Get Married In Skyrim
In order to get married in Skyrim, you must first complete the quest "The Bonds of Matrimony." To receive the quest, speak with Maramal in the Temple of Mara. Maramal will instruct you to procure an Amulet of Mara.
Maramel will sell you the amulet for 200 gold, but there are other ways to obtain one. A priestess named Dinya Balu at the Temple of Mara will give you a quest called "The Book of Love." At the end of the quest, you will have an Amulet of Mara you can use to get married. You can also find an amulet in random loot and shops.
Once you have the amulet, identify the person you would like to marry, and speak to them while wearing the amulet to propose. Once done, head back to the Temple of Mara to arrange the wedding. Leave the temple and wait until you receive the objective "Attend your wedding." Then, return to the temple and the wedding will begin.
The Benefits Of Getting Married In Skyrim
Marriage has numerous benefits in Skyrim, including a daily home-cooked meal, a store that provides passive income, and occasional gifts from your spouse. Not to mention the role-play advantages of getting married, as doing so will advance your personal story and help make you feel alive in the world of Skyrim.
Though your options for marriage are many, including male and female characters and a dozen choices of race, there is one limitation in Skyrim that will prevent you from marrying Serana: you can not get married to vampires.
While it is possible to turn your spouse into a vampire in the Dawnguard expansion, once you yourself have become a vampire, it isn't possible to marry someone who is already a vampire, like Serana. Fortunately, this is where fan mods come in to pick up the slack and give players what they want.
How To Add The Mod That Lets You Marry Serana
The mod, simply titled "Marriable Serana," was created by C0drm0nk33 and is available on NexusMods. Here are the steps to take if you want to marry Serana:
- You need to purchase and install the Dawnguard expansion in order for the mod to work, so do that first.
- Download "Marriable Serana" by clicking "manual" next to download on NexusMods.
- Unzip the file and add it to your Skyrim folder, usually found at C / Program Files (x86) / Steam / steamapps / common / Skyrim and move the mod folder into Skyrim's data folder.
After that, the final steps take place inside the game. You'll have to complete the main quest line in Dawnguard in order for Serana to be marriable. Once Lord Harkon has been killed, talk to Valerica and tell her it is safe to return to Castle Volkihar. Now, when you talk to Serana, you'll have the option to propose marriage, assuming you've found and are wearing the Amulet of Mara, of course
Marrying Serana works just like marrying any other NPC in Skyrim, so after proposing, go to the Temple of Mara to set up the wedding - and that's it. You're now married to the spookiest lady in Skyrim. Kill the father, marry the daughter, what more could you want out of life?