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Skyrim: 5 things you missed in Dawnguard

Think you've seen it all? Think again

Master Dawnguard with our 15 essential tips and secrets for the Skyrim DLC.

If you're even remotely sane, you'll have spent the last couple of weeks caning Skyrim DLC Dawnguard for everything it's worth. But you might not have seen everything. In the list below, we've picked out five things that might have passed you by, ensuring that you get even more out of your adventuring.

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1. The importance of the Snow Elves

During the 'Touching the Sky' quest you encounter two Snow Elves, Knight-Paladin Gelebor and Arch-Curate Vyrthur, though the significance of this may have passed you by. To understand the importance of this meeting you need to know a bit of Skyrim history.

The Snow Elves are an ancient race that lived alongside the Dwemer, long before the arrival of the Nords. When the Nords began inhabiting Skyrim they initially had a peaceful relationship with the Snow Elves, but after realising the human population was growing rapidly and outnumbering them the Snow Elves embarked on a mass cull.

The Nords responded by raising an army, known as the Companions, and waging war on the Snow Elves. After years of battle and close to defeat, the remaining Snow Elves fled underground to the Dwemer, who granted them refuge as long as they consumed a toxic fungi that made them blind.

Over time these blinded Snow Elves devolved into the hideous subterranean creatures know as the Falmer, who are regularly encountered in the Dwemer ruins where they have become enslaved. Very few Snow Elves managed to refuse the Dwemer by escaping to live in seclusion, with Knight-Paladin Gelebor and Arch-Curate Vyrthur believed to be the only surviving 'pure' Snow Elves left - making what happens during 'Touching the Sky' even more significant.

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