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    				20 April 2006
                              
                                 Author: Josh Warren
    
                             Email: tehfloorboard@gmail.com
    
    
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    *                        Two very important notices.                        *
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    *           1. ONCE YOU BECOME A VAMPIRE, AND CURE YOURSELF                 *
    *              YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK TO BEING A VAMPIRE                     *
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    *                                                                           *
    *           2. THE VAMPIRE GLITCH IS VERY UNSTABLE, ONCE YOU BECOME         *
    *              A VAMPIRE YOU MAY NEVER GO BACK. TRY TO AVOID THE            *
    *              VAMPIRE QUESTS AT ALL COSTS OR RISK BEING GLITCHED.          *
    *                                                                           *
    *           3. IF THE WITCH DOES NOT TAKE ANY ITEMS BY NOT MENTIONING       *
    *              THEM THEN YOU ARE GLITCHED. THERE IS NO WAY TO GO BACK       *
    *              UNLESS YOU RELOAD.                                           *
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                                  Updated Version
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    1.00: Completed FAQ
    1.50: Added new information on abilites, known bugs, and disadvantages of 
          being a vampire.
    1.90: Added new ways of becoming a vampire, new information on powers and
          new locations of Bloodgrass and Nightshade.
    2.00: Cleared up a few knots, added a few errors and some more information.
    2.06: Added two very important notices.
    
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                                     Introduction
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    The Elder Scrolls Oblivion is an awesome game, and one of the great features 
    is vampires.
    
    Vampires have returned again to The Elder Scroll IV: Oblivion once again, but
    are more powerful and stronger than ever. In this game being a vampire can be
    the most useful thing you could ever hope for, or one of the most painful
    experiences, depending on how you play.
    
    If you play well, you can be well on your way to becoming the most powerful
    being in Cyrodill, or even Tamriel.
    
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                                  Table Of Contents
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    - Becoming a vampire
    
    - Surviving as a vampire
    
    - Advantages of being a vampire
    
    - Disadvantages of being a vampire
    
    - Vampire Powers
    
    - Vampirism Cure
    
    - Hints
    
    - Known Bugs
    
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                                 Becoming a vampire
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    In the world of Cyrodill, vampirism is also known as Porphyric Hemophilia. 
    There are many ways you can catch this disease and is very easy. An easy way 
    to become a vampire, the most easiest way is to fight vampires until you 
    infected yourself. Another way to get this disease is from Vicente Valtieri, 
    he is also a vampire and will offer you his gift after completing some duties
    for him in the Dark Brotherhood quests.
    
    Once you have the disease and are sure you want to become a vampire, you must 
    wait three days for the disease to take your body. After three days, when you
    next go to sleep you will have a dream and find you have become a vampire. 
    Your skin becomes white and your eyes will become red.
    
    An easy place to find vampires to fight is a place called Barren Cave east of
    the imperial palace. It is along to the road to cheydinhal.
    
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                                Surviving as a vampire
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    To survive as a vampire, you must do what a vampire does, feed on blood. How
    strong you are as a vampire, directly relates to how you feed. To feed, you
    must find a sleeping NPC and activate him or her. It acts like a normal 
    interface but you get an option to feed. When you feed, you will not wake up
    the NPC, kill them, or give them Porphyric Hemophilia. You can feed on one 
    person as long as you want, as long as no one catches you.
    
    However, feeding on people is considered a crime, so make sure no one can see
    you. People you can easily rob will make perfect candidates as they will be
    easier to feed on, as feeding is more low risk that pickpocketing a sleeping 
    NPC.
    
    Also your "vampirism level" increases every 24 hours as long as you rest or 
    sleep
    
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                             Advantages of being a Vampire
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    Being a vampire puts you in a catch 22 situation, the longer you go without 
    feeding, the stronger you become, but you become more and more like a monster.
    There are many different advantages and disadvantages, here we will talk about
    the advantages.
    
    At first you will gain many different bonuses to your attributes.
    
    0-24 hours (first day): +5 Attribute/Skill Bonus, 5% Resist Normal
    Weapons, HS
    
    24-48 hours (second day): +10 Attribute/Skill Bonus, 10% Resist Normal
    Weapons, HS, VS
    
    48-72 hours (third day): +15 Attribute/Skill Bonus, 10% Resist Normal
    Weapons, HS, VS, RoT
    
    72+ hours (fourth day onwards): +20 Attribute/Skill Bonus, 10% Resist
    Normal Weapons, HS, VS, RoT, EoS
    
    Attributes that gain bonus: Strength, Willpower and Speed
    
    Skills that gain bonus: Acrobatics, Athletics, Destruction,
    Hand-to-Hand, Illusion, Mysticism and Sneak
    
    You also get Resist Disease 100 % and Resist Paralysis 100 % regardless
    of your level of vampirism.
    
    (submitted by BlackMist)
    
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                            Disadvantages of being a Vampire
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    There are many disadvantages to being a vampire, and they are listed in this
    section.
    
    Vampires in Oblivion take absolutely no sun damage at all when they are at
    immediately following a feeding.  During this time it is totally safe to 
    fast travel or rest in the sunlight.
    
    (submitted by Dan)
    
    Without feeding, and as your bonuses increase, your weaknessess as a vampire
    also increases. When you begin, you will only have a weakness to fire. If you
    have fed within 24 hours you become safe from the sun. However if you neglect
    to feed, you'll start burning when ever you walk out into the daylight. Each
    day you don't feed, increases the damage the sun causes. This means that most
    of your time will be spent at night, this can be a severe disadvantage to many
    players.
    
    After 96 (four days) hours without feeding you'll noticed your face has
    changed significantly. You become looking more and more like a vampire, you
    gain fangs, even more pale skin and your eyes become dark red. This can be a
    severe disadvantage when talking to other NPCs as everyone will know your
    dark secret. This can prevent you from bartering and even receiving certain
    quests.
    
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                                 Your new found powers
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    If you never liked talking to other NPCs or walking around in the sun, then
    you can enjoy your new vampire abilities. These abilities can help you survive
    living the tough life of a vampire. These abilites are given after a certain
    amount of days of not feeding.
    
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    Hunters Sight
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    Hunter's Sight(HS) - Night Eye for 30 secs on Self, Detect Life 100 ft
    for 30 secs on Self, 5 Magicka
    
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    Vampire's Seduction
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    Vampiric Seduction(VS) - Charm 50 pts for 20 secs on Touch, once per
    day
    
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    Reign of Terror
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    Reign of Terror(RoT) - Silence 20ft for 60 secs, Demoralize up to lvl 6
    for 60 secs on Touch, once per day
    
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    Embrace of Shadows
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    Embrace of Shadows(EoS) - Night Eye for 90 secs on Self, Invisibility
    for 180 secs on Self, once per day This can allow you to either bypass a 
    group of people or enemies, or run away from angry mobs with torches and
    pitchforks. This ability gives you more than enough time to do either.
    
    
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                                     The cure
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    So you got tired of running around in the darkness or from people not talking
    to you? Then this is where you want to be. There is a cure for being a
    vampire, but not till you've done this short quest.
    
    To start off, you must talk to a prist about a "Cure for Vampirism". Or the
    alternative could be to ask Vicente Valtieri, in the Dark Brotherhood. They
    tell you to talk to Raminus Polus at the Arcane University. After speaking to
    Polus, he directs you to Count Janus Jassildor in Skingrad, who also has been
    searching for a cure.
    
    Talk to Hal Liurz to get through to the Count and he'll explain that he wants
    a cure for his wife, who has also being infected. Your quest journal explains
    that you must find a woman near the Corbolo River who may be a which andmay 
    know a cure for vampirism. Her house is right next to the river. She gives 
    you a task to find five empty grand soul gems, and she will tell you what she
    knows.
    
    The easiest way to find grand soul gems if you don't already know is to steal
    from the mages guild, or buy them from the mages guild. Either way, once you
    have them, talk to the witch who will tell you she can create a cure but has
    more tasks for you to do. She says she needs:
    
    	- 6 Garlic Cloves
    	- 2 Bloodgrass shoots
    	- 5 nightshade leaves
    	- Argonian Blood
    	- Ashes of a vampire
    
    -The garlic is easy enough, as it is everywhere, an easy place to look would 
     be a farm, or if you need more assistance, at Weynon Priory. Look around in 
     peoples houses, and dinner plates.
    
    -Bloodgrass can be easily found in Oblivion, however if you have finished
     the main quest this may be a bit tricky. Just try to run around old
     Oblivion Gates and you may find some around on the ground.
    
    -Nightshade can be found from nightshade plants, you can find these between 
     Bravil and Skingrad as they seem to grow here. They can also be found in
     the Arcane University.
    
     (submitted by jonny)
    
    -TheArgonian blood is also easy, any blood of an Argonian will do, as long as
     you don't get caught.
    
    -The vampire ashes however cannot be from any vampire, you must travel to Red
     Water slough to seek out Hindaril. Travel through the dungeon, kill the 
     vampire, and collect his dust.
    
    ** If you have the Wizard's Tower add on and have finished it you can have
       access to a garden which is an area with every plant in Oblivion. This is
       and easy way to get the nightshade as well as other plants. **
    
       Submitted by Malmern
    
    When you deliver the ashes to Melisande, ask her about the cure and she'll
    start cooking the cure up for you. Wait a day and collect your potion, and 
    head back to castle Skingrad.
    
    Back at the castle talk to Hal Liurz and tell her you have the cure. You'll
    be lead to a secret door, to a secret area. You will see the Counts wife, 
    Rona in bed, with the Count and the witch Melisande. Apparently, the witch
    agreed to revive the Countess long enough for her to drink the cure, which
    she does. The countess drinks the potion and then talks to her husband, just
    before dying. 
    
    Come back after a day and then see Hal Liurz again, when you see the count,
    he'll give you some gold, and you can turn back into a normal human being.
    However, you'll lose all your abilites and resistances, would it really be
    worth it? Whether you choose to cure yourself or not, the quest is over, and
    you'll have the ability to change back.
    
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                                          Hints
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    - Always know what the times is. As a vampire, you never want to be caught in 
      the sun, it'll harm you and you could die before you get to a safe place
      inside. Also fast travelling is dangerous as you may arrive in daylight and
      will have to quickly scramble for a place to hide for the day.
    
    - Some quests are only avaliable at day time as many characters go to sleep 
      then, and the same applies for stores. If you plan or trading, or need to
      speak to someone, try to hideout somewhere close to minimise your time in 
      the sun.
    - Don't neglect your new powers, if you're not using them then you should ask
      yourself, "Why am I playing as a vampire again?". These abilites can be
      very useful, so don't try and spare them. Not feeding comes at a price, so
      you might as well use it.
    - Remember, feeding puts you back at level one, if you enjoy your new skills,
      abilites and attributes, don't feed as often.
    - Remember your weak to fire now, don't hang around if someone is throwing 
      fireballs at you, try and silence them with your new abilites.
    
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                                      Known Bugs
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    BloodGrass Bug: Many people have been reporting a bug where Melisanda will not
    take BloodGrass. It seems it is linked to having completed the main story. 
    Everyone whom I asked that was having the bug had completed the main storyline
    and loading a save from before they finished solved the problem. There is a 
    workaround for those of you on PC. Open up console and type 
    "set ms40.bloodgrassvar to 2". I do not have the game on PC so I cannot test 
    this, but rumor has it this works.
    
    A prevention for this is to give the witch the Vampire ashes first.
    
    (submitted by pokerjp)
    
    Hindaril's Cave: Some people have been E-Mailing me saying they cannot find 
    Hindaril's cave. Make sure a Cure for Vampirism is your active quest, and it 
    should point you in the right direction. If not, the name of the cave is 
    called Redwater Slough. Hopefully you can find it.
    
    Melisandra in Hiding: After you gather your ingredients and give them to 
    Melisandra, she tells you to come back in 24 hours. Some people are having the
    problem where they return, only to find her locked in her basement, which 
    opens only with a key. I did not have this problem, but I have a solution that
    may work. Technically, you are trespassing inside her house, which pisses her 
    off. Loiter a bit; eventually she should come out to attack you. Be prepared, 
    she will summon all kinds of fun beasts for you. Ask her to yield, then talk 
    care of the creatures. You should be good to go now.
    
    Returning to the Count: Another bug I have had people report is that when 
    going to visit The Count, after securing the cure, the Argonian will not take
    you to him. I do not know the cause of this. If you are on PC, there is a way
    around it, similar to the BloodGrass bug. Open up console and type 
    " player.coc SkingradCastleChamberOfTheLost". This will bring you inside the 
    Counts chamber. Talk to the count to get more information. Once you are 
    finished, type "movetoqt" which will advance you to the next part of the quest
    (you need to do this to leave the counts chamber). The Cure quest must be 
    your active quest for this to work ."
    
    (Submitted by Luis)
    
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                                      Last Words
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    I hope this FAQ has helped you learn about the different abilites a vampire
    can have, including the draw backs and advantages. If you have any
    information, fixes, or anything you like to add, see my mailing section.
    
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                                   Acknowledgements
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    To get exact numbers, I had to rely on the game, friends, people and the Elder
    Scrolls Oblivion Guide. If there are any mistakes, email me and I will add you
    here.
    
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                                     Emailing Me
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    While I was writing this FAQ I was listing to the Dire Straites, so if there
    are any mistakes or lyrics to The Sultans Of Swing, please email me at
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    Copyright Josh Warren 2006
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    yourself.
    
    The Author is not affiliated with Bethesda Softworks or anyone else involved 
    with the making of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
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