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Characters / The Elder Scrolls: Daedra

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This is a page for listing tropes related to the various Daedric beings of the The Elder Scrolls. For other Divine Beings, see here.

For other characters, see The Elder Scrolls Series Character Index.

Note: Elder Scrolls lore is generally not clear-cut. Reasons for this range from biased in-universe sources intentionally only giving you only one side of a story, to sources lacking critical information or working from false information, to the implication that All Myths Are True, despite the contradictions, or that at least all myths are Metaphorically True. Out-of-game developer supplemental texts (frequently referred to as "Obscure Texts" by the lore community) are more trustworthy, but are frequently left unofficial and sometimes later contradicted. Because of this, it is entirely possible for two contradictory statements in the below examples to both be true. (And due to frequent events in-universe that alter the timeline, both may literally be true in-universe.)


The Daedra are the "original spirit" divine beings that did not take part in the creation of the world. Unlike the Aedra, they did not sacrifice any of their power during creation and remain truly immortal. Most tend to be seen as evil, often drawing comparisons to demons, though this varies between cultures. The name Daedra comes from Aldmeri, meaning "not our ancestors", and opposes the Aedra, meaning "our ancestors".

Due to its length, it has been split into subpages: