Witches are female magic users, spread all across Tamriel. They are usually organized in covens.

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Anise, a witch in Skyrim

Witches are seen as powerful beings, feared and respected by common folk. According to accounts such as 2920, witches rely on their connections to spirits and magical creatures and use a special kind of Conjuration magic, closely related to their respective Daedric patron. Most witches will worship in a coven that is dedicated to a Daedric Prince and are able to summon their respective Prince. For example, Sigillah Parate has been a witch of various Daedra in her lifetime, and the Glenmoril Coven are devouts of Hircine.

In The Elder Scrolls: Arena, witches are members of various covens throughout High Rock.

In The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, witches are found near Daedric Shrines and could perform a Daedric Summoning that would summon the Daedra corresponding to the nearby shrine if the Hero of Daggerfall had a high enough reputation with the Witches and for a sum of gold. The character would change from a beautiful woman, to an ugly old woman holding a staff, called a beldam, or hag.

In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, witches are not prominent, but in Bloodmoon, three Glenmoril Witches make an appearance and are able to cure lycanthropy.

In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, a lonely old woman by the name of Melisande is one of the last known Glenmoril Witches. She helps the player find a cure for vampirism.

In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Witches are female mages that dwell in Covens with other witches and Hagravens. Witches may be any of five races depending on their Destruction magic specialization (Breton, Nord, Imperial, Dunmer, Altmer). Some witches, such as Anise and Illia, aren't initially hostile towards the player. Hagravens are the head of a coven and they train the witches. Hags are witches training to become Hagravens. EttieneFallaise, and Isobel make an appearance in Dragonborn as Hagravens.

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