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Serana, an ancient pure-blood vampire.

A Daughter of Coldharbour is a female individual who is granted vampirism via a ritual with the creator and patron deity of Vampires, Molag Bal.[1][2]

The origin of the term refers to the plane of Oblivion that Molag Bal lords over, Coldharbour.


Lamae Beolfag, the first vampire.

The first Daughter of Coldharbour can be roughly dated back to at least the early First Era. Lamae Beolfag was a Nedic virgin who was raped by Molag Bal. It is recorded that after the ordeal, Molag Bal shed a droplet of blood on her brow and left her to die.

During the night she passed into death, but as her funeral pyre was still burning she emerged as the first pure-blood vampire.[1]


Since Lamae, a tradition developed among Molag Bal-worshipping cults which dictated that females be offered to him on the 20th of Evening Star, his invocation day.[3] Few survive the ordeal and those who do emerge as pure-blooded vampires. Being selected as an offering was considered to be an honor that was not rejected lightly.[4]


A prophecy written in the First Era by a Snow Elf named Arch-Curate Vyrthur foretold that "The Blood of Coldharbor's Daughter will blind the eye of the Dragon." This refers to the Tyranny of the Sun, an ancient prophecy that foretells the eternal beclouding of the sun. During the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard, this prophecy is pursued by the Vampire Lord Harkon.

Notable Daughters of Coldharbour

  • Lamae Beolfag – The first vampire
  • Valerica – Mother of Serana and wife of Harkon who tried to prevent the Tyranny of the Sun
  • Serana – Estranged daughter of Harkon and Valerica, who along with the Dovahkiin, ventured on a quest to recover Auriel's Bow.