|Lamae Bal as seen in ESO|
- "The first vampire came from Molag Bal. She... was not a willing subject. But she was still the first. Molag Bal is a powerful daedric lord, and his will is made reality. — Serana
Lamae Beolfag (better known as Lamae Bal or the Blood Matron) was a Nedic priestess of Arkay who was transformed into the first vampire sometime between the Merethic Era, and the second century of the First Era.[nb 1] She is the progenitor of a strain of vampirism caused by Noxiphilic Sanguivoria. She is an enemy of both Molag Bal and Arkay.
Through blood and sorcery, Lamae altered her bloodline to create Blood Scions, vampires whose strength almost rivals that of the vampire lords that were turned directly by Molag Bal.[UOL 1] She embraces her condition, seeking to use it against her hated adversaries. She openly encourages vampires to feed freely upon the blood of mortals, and her alterations to the bloodline allow her children to become stronger by consuming blood.
Lamae was unfortunate enough to be a priestess of Arkay at a time when Molag Bal, an avid wielder of necromancy, decided to spite Arkay for daring to hold sway over the cycle of life and death. Lamae was brutally raped by Molag Bal in the wilds of Skyrim, leaving her viciously mangled. Once Molag Bal finished his assault, he shed a single droplet of his own blood on the gravely injured girl's brow before disappearing back into Oblivion.
Shortly afterward, the comatose Lamae was discovered by a tribe of human nomads, who took her in and cared for her wounds. As the tribe tended to the young woman, they noticed her injuries begin to rapidly heal on their own. Horrified, the tribe attempted to cremate Lamae, but as the pyre was lit, Lamae awoke. She had become the very first vampire.
Disoriented and enraged, Lamae massacred the nomads and feasted upon them. She eviscerated the women and children, and raped the men as savagely as Molag Bal had raped her. After finishing her rampage, Lamae began to return to her senses. Horrified by what she had become, she desperately prayed to Arkay for help. Despite her efforts, Arkay did not answer. Embittered by Molag Bal's attack and Arkay's subsequent betrayal, Lamae cursed their names and swore to undermine them wherever she could.
Lamae later founded a cult of vampires, its core tenet being hatred for both Arkay and Molag Bal. She considered the members her children, who referred to her as Mother Lamae. Those infected with Noxiphilic Sanguivoria who found their way to her crypt would be given the option to engage in the cult's initiation ritual, known as the Rite of the Scion. During the Rite, initiates would experience visions of Lamae's past and would profane symbols of Arkay and Molag Bal. After the first portion of the ritual was completed, the initiate would kneel in a pool of blood. The initiate would then be completely drained of their own blood by the cult's priests. If the initiate was deemed worthy, Lamae Bal herself would appear and fill the initiate with her own blood, enhancing their power and transforming them into a Blood Scion.
- Frontier, Conquest — University of Gwylim Press, 3E 344
- Vampirism mechanics and associated disease in ESO
- Lamae Bal's dialogue in ESO
- Opusculus Lamae Bal ta Mezzamortie — Mabei Aywenil, Scribe
- Events Scion of the Blood Matron in ESO
- Rahaja's dialogue in ESO
- Rite of the Scion
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.