The Beldama Wyrd (also known as the Beldama Coven or Beldama Ward) is a group of Breton witches, or more specifically, ward-sisters from the province of High Rock, specifically in the region of Daenia, and its political counterpart in the Third Era. They are a coven attuned to nature, known to venerate the ancient forest and commune with the Forest God of the Bretons, Jephre the Storyteller. The Beldama are known to congregate around the eponymous Beldama Wyrd Tree, a gargantuan oak tree that serves as the heart of the coven's mystical crafts.
The Beldama Wyrd trace their origins all the way back to the Dawn Era, when Y'ffre established the laws of nature and became the first of the Ehlnofey. They serve the purpose of safeguarding the forest, all the while guided by the Elemental Guardians (Water, Fire, and the Earth) that are preserved by the Wyrd Tree and wholly protect the region. They inhabit the vale that surrounds the Wyrd Tree, in the north edge of Daenia, at the base of the mountains. In this vale, they live in wooden huts draped in hanging moss, circling around the great-oak and the ring lake where the tree's roots are sprawled across. The wyress are known to keep and breed Great Daenian Hounds, who often serve as their companions and guardians. One of their most well-known members is Marieve, an oracle that was able to predict the death of King Folbert of Daggerfall and King Tamlien of the Summerset Isles. Despite the peaceful nature that the Beldama Wyrd exudes, the local Bretons and even the Empire of Cyrodiil find them dangerous.
During the Interregnum in 2E 582, the Bloodthorn Cult had invaded Glenumbra, in the hopes of conquering the land. One of their primary targets was the Wyrd Tree and the Beldama Coven, corrupting the tree to cut the connection between the guardians and the Wyrd. This caused the creatures of the forest to run rampant across Daenia, resulting in the burning of Deleyn's Mill. A group of wyress helped gather the village-folk in the mill and sought ways to quell the chaos. They garnered help from a wandering traveler, who managed to calm the beasts and save the villagers. But without their connection, the coven was completely oblivious to the tampering in the tree. Wyress Ileana began the ritual to communicate with them at the Vale of the Guardians, to learn of the true happenings and the Bloodthorn's involvement. The traveler was sent to the Wyrd Tree and was able to cleanse the corruption from within.
The Beldama Coven continued its activities for many years, by 3E 405, the Beldama Coven was located in the north-central region of the duchy, near Greenham Manor. Many years ago, the Beldama wyress, Daenella had fallen in love with the knight named Simon Rodayne, who gave his heart to her to live together, with facing their faction's wrath. The Order of the Crypt of Shornhelm had retaliated by directly attacking the Beldama Coven, forcing them east into the Reach and slaying Reachmen that gave them refuge. When Simon died, he was buried on a hilltop somewhere in the Reach, where Daenella mourned the loss. Sometime in 4E 201, the Beldama were able to track Daenella in the Reach after several years. She was brutally killed and her heart extracted for corruption. The Coven took it to the base of Karthspire to prepare the ritual, but were stopped by an adventurer.
- Crypt of the Heart - Draft — Ariana Dumas
- Beldama Ward Mother in Spell Knight Armor Creation
- Witch Cults of Northern High Rock — Wafimeles Masteret (Lorekeeper)
- Beldama Wyrd Tree loading screen in ESO
- Wyress Ileana's dialogue in ESO
- The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: High Rock — Flaccus Terentius, 2E 581
- Great Daenian Hound description in ESO
- Vanus Galerion's dialogue in ESO
- Glenumbra story quests in ESO
- Beldama Witch's Note
- Crypt of the Heart quest in Skyrim (Spell Knight Armor)