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It seems that the earliest way to contract vampirism is via random event after escaping Helgen (at the beginning of the game). If so, is there a consistent way to do it?

It is important to me that the means is legitimate, but information about less-legitimate means may still prove useful and I am willing to cheat to simulate optimal RNG.

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There is a vampire cave if you head east into the mountains after leaving Helgan. Should be the road to Iverstead. http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Haemar's_Shame

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You can always just run commands in the console.

To forcibly get Sanguine Vampiris, simply run player.addspell xx0037E9 in the console. Replace the xx with the Dawnguard DLC Load code (Usually 02, but may vary).

If you don't have Dawnguard, use player.addspell 000B8780.

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