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I bought Dawnguard before ending a questline from Skyrim. Because of that, I often visit main cities to do some quests. Every time I visit a city, I find dead bodies of NPCs that I talked to earlier. Yey, vampire attack AGAIN!

Maybe these NPCs aren't so important for the quest lines, but they're making my Skyrim experience better.

How do I make NPCs in cities not die from vampire attacks and stop this madness?

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I found the 'When Vampires Attack' mod which should help people with similar issues.

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Thanks for finding this. I just started Dawnguard, and it's frustrating to find random NPCs killed by vampires. – galacticninja Apr 12 '13 at 8:51

If you don't want to mod your game, you can set individual NPCs essential using

setessential <baseid> 1

More info on using that command can be found here: In Skyrim, the console command to set a follower as essential is not working. What am I doing wrong?

Personally, I would go with the mod iber provided. It's not a 100% guarantee that NPCs won't die, but it drastically improves their survival rate, and you don't have to walk around town applying essential commands to every NPC.

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I found a mod that stops the vampire attacks on the cities and villages altogether:
Dawnguard no Vampire Attacks.

No Random Vampire Attacks for Dawnguard

This is a quick fix for the annoying vampire attacks killing the townspeople in the Dawnguard DLC.

The mod will add an amulet called "Ancient Vampire Repellent". As long as you wear this amulet, the timer for the next vampire attack will continuously set to the far future. When you take the amulet off, the timer is set as if a vampire attack just happened.

V2.0 will also disable the "Traveler"s and the wilderness attacks while wearing the amulet. (The "Traveling Bard"/merchant/etc. and the "Advisor" for the Dawnguard misc. quests are NOT affected by this. The quests work fine. If some of these quests suddenly auto-advance, your target was already killed by NPCs/Dragons/monsters/etc.)

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Thanks :) I will look at it! – iber Aug 12 '13 at 8:23

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