The Baldung Witches on Archive 81 are the most powerful ancient witches who embark on a mission to preserve the planet from other beings. Is Melody a Baldung witch? Her mother’s ring carries a Baldung sigil. Archive 81 reveals the secret Baldung coven gave up their powers to ensure that Kaelego never crosses over.
The American horror streaming television series Archive 81 was executively produced by Sonnenshine, Boardman, and James Wan and created by Rebecca Sonnenshine.
The show is based on the same-named podcast, which follows researchers as they organize a missing filmmaker's video library. On January 14, 2022, the series premiered on Netflix where the main characters are played by Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi.
Archive 81, Netflix's mind-bending thriller, is woven with mythological and technological elements into a complex tale that will make anyone's head swing like a pendulum.
The storyline tries to tie together the lives of two people living in different times who are in conflict with an outside world divine who appears in mythology and xenoarchaeology.
Archive 81 portrays a man who discovers videotapes of a mysterious woman's adventures in an even more mysterious apartment complex.
When the strange thing who grabbed the woman's life in the past seemed to have found a way back to him 25 years later, what looked to be a regular task becomes a nightmare.
Archive 81: What are the Baldung Witches Coven?
The Baldung is an old group of witches who have struggled to keep the doorways to the "other world" open. The fight between the two ancient factions is supposed to give a backstory for the series, which mostly follows Melody Pendras' and Dan Turner's adventures.
Melody first notices the Baldung when she breaks into the recently murdered Father Russo's study. She discovers a clan known as the Baldung after reading an ancient magical text.
It tells that a coven of witches handed up their abilities and she begins to read but is abruptly interrupted, so she hides it in her purse. However, when Samuel snatches the book from Melody, she is denied the opportunity to read it.
On one side of this, we find the cult of the Vos family, among whom Samuel is a member, doing rituals in front of the statue of Kaelego. Members of the Baldung stand in their way, attempting to prevent them from merging the actual world with the Kaelego's "other world."
The book Melody discovers is a powerful ancient treasure that was formerly in the possession of Father Russo. The Baldung got rid of it in the hopes of stopping the Kaelego clan's progress. However, by tossing the book, they also lost their magical abilities.
Baldung Witches Sigil: Is Melody Pendras a Witch?
Melody also discovers that her mother's ring, which she wears around her neck, has a Baldung sigil. As a result, it is assumed (and later verified) that Melody's mother is a Baldung.
In truth, the reason she abandons Melody as a kid is to keep her out of the terrible supernatural affairs surrounding Kaelego and the Baldung.
However, the fact that Melody is drawn into the world of black magic despite her mother's best efforts to keep her out of it indicates that the daughter has inherited at least part of her mother's magical preferences. This is emphasized when Samuel expresses how vital Melody is and how the cult would never wish to harm her.
As a result of her heritage as a Baldung ancestor, Melody appears to be equipped with magical abilities. Though she has so far been unaware of her abilities, being reunited with her mother (a full-fledged Baldung witch) and the fact that Melody may now have to rescue Dan appear to imply that she may begin to take her magical ancestry more seriously and may even use it when necessary.