|Appears in||Daggerfall, ESO|
The Isle of Betony, which has also been called Betnikh, as well as the Protectorate of Betony, is a strategically important island in the Iliac Bay, off the coast of Daggerfall.
Besides being a prosperous fishing island, Betony is also known for its lush, fertile interior. It is home to three Ayleid ruins: Eyearata, Moriseli, and Carzog's Demise. Perhaps because of this rich reputation, it has been a frequent target of pirates and others throughout the years. Any would-be attackers must face Betony's steep cliffs and defensible nature, which may have inspired early legends claiming it was home to a mighty rock monster that flung its craggy spines into the sea, threatening sailors who drifted too close. Skyspire Keep was carved from the rock of the cliffs during the reign of Emperor Reman II, and has been touted as impenetrable and invincible, having held against countless attacks. Bretons inhabited the island for untold years, but in the Second Era, despite the reputation of their defenses, they were driven off by the Seamount Orcs, who renamed the island Betnikh. When the Daggerfall Covenant was formed, Bethikh was still ruled by the Seamount Clan, who did not initially join it. The Clan only joined the Covenant after the Soulless One helped them repel the invading Bloodthorn Cult and decided the fate of a dangerous Ayleid relic in 2E 582.
Over the years, Betony changed hands again. Bretons once again took control and re-inhabited the island, though politically, they eventually came under the loose control of the Redguards of Sentinel. The island is perhaps best known for triggering the War of Betony in 3E 403. The island's ruler, Lord Mogref, asked King Lysandus of Daggerfall for protection against pirates and brigands. When Lysandus agreed, Sentinel attempted to enforce its own claim to Betony, resulting in a direct war between the two strongest powers in the region. With Daggerfall's victory in the war, Betony fell under their sway, leaving it solely in the hands of Bretons once more. In the period leading up to the Warp in the West, the dominant vampire bloodline in the region was Vraseth, and the regional deity was Mara. The town of Betony was a major settlement on the island, although its political capital was Daggerfall City.
The town of Betony (Daggerfall demo)
- The Temple of Kynareth on the Isle of Betony was a place where Emperor Pelagius Septim III, also known as Pelagius the Mad, died after a brief fever in 3E 153. The 2nd of Sun's Dawn, which may or may not be the anniversary of his death (records are not very clear), since became celebrated as Mad Pelagius.