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"General Washington made a pact with our coven. If we helped win the war, witches would finally reintegrate into society. A promise he reneged on and one that must be reconciled at any cost."
Katrina Crane[src]

A Witch (Warlock for males) is a person with the power to affect change by magical means ("Witchcraft").

DescriptionEdit

Humans who possess mystical or magical abilities are called "witches" or "warlocks", for females and males, respectively. The origins of witchcraft currently remains unknown. However, it is believed that witches and warlocks have existed since the beginning of humanity, passing down their knowledge and skills through generations of family bloodlines. Contrary to popular belief, a witch or warlock's powers are not demonic in nature, although some may use his or her abilities to do evil, oftentimes summoning dark forces by which to achieve their own ends. It appears that the ability to harness magic is hereditary, as three members of the Van Tassel clan have possessed magic; Helena Van Tassel, Katrina Crane, and Jeremy Crane. Furthermore, Jeremy Crane was seen using pyrokinesis as a baby and animating a Golem to protect him as a child.[1]

Witches can draw their power from many different sources. Some, like Katrina, draw their powers from nature, while others may draw it from other places, such as blood, fire, the lunar cycles, the stars, the sun, or even the cosmos itself. Depending upon the individual, some witches and warlocks can choose to join or form covens, while others remain solitary, practicing their powers in secret. When a witch or warlock dies, their body disintegrates into dust.

Henry spoke about an "Awakening Ritual" that turns mortals who have witch heritage into witches, though he did not elaborate on why the ritual was needed, as it was not required back in the 1700s. This may imply that witches are an extinct or dying breed as of the 21st century.[2]

Katrina Crane claimed that George Washington promised her coven that the Thirteen Colonies would no longer persecute witches, thereby allowing them to reintegrate into society, under the condition that they used their magic to help win the Revolutionary War. Apparently, he did not live up to this agreement, as witches continued to be persecuted and had to remain in hiding.

CovensEdit

There are two known covens that witches and warlocks are associated to. One is known as the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, which practices magic for benevolent purposes, and the other is known as the Order of the Blood Moon, which practices magic for malevolent purposes.

MagicEdit

Magic is the power to affect change by supernatural means. Magic can often be split into black and white, depending on the situation, and may even be neutral. All creatures (both human and non-human) are connected to this power. While it is possible for mortals to cast spells and/or perform other feats of magic with the aid of supernatural artifacts or otherworldly assistance, witches and warlocks generally have more knowledge and understanding of paranormal energies as well as the forces that charge the entire universe, which they are connected to from the moment of their birth and can inherently control without assistance.

Magic PowersEdit

Basic PowersEdit

  • Channeling: The act of invoking extra forms of energy by focusing on external forces.
  • Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events by magical influence.
    • Cursing/blessing: The act of control the luck of others, intentionally causing either positive or negative effects.
  • Potion Brewing: The act of brewing and concocting magical potions that contain mystical properties.

Individual PowersEdit

  • Necromancy: The ability to control life and death itself, as well as dead people. Witches can use this for healing purposes or to keep themselves young, even rejuvenating others.
  • Elemental Manipulation: The ability to manipulate the four classical elements:
    • Pyrokinesis: The ability to generate and manipulate fire or heat.
    • Aerokinesis: The ability to generate and manipulate air and wind.
    • Geokinesis: The ability to generate and manipulate all earthen materials, such as sand, lava and rocks.
    • Hydrokinesis: The ability to generate and manipulate water and all of its forms (liquid, solid or gas), as well as to change it from one state to other. Skillful witches gain the power of cryokinesis, or the ability to freeze people or objects.
  • Astral projection: The ability to project one's own soul as well as the souls of others both to and from the Underworld.
  • Telekinesis: The ability to move and manipulate objects with the mind without making physical contact with them. Witches can also generate telekinetic shields and blasts.
    • Flight: Witches can levitate themselves and others to simulate flight.
  • Telepathy: The ability to read or control minds, communicate mentally, and project thoughts.
    • Animal Control: The ability to control all manners of fauna.
  • Chlorokinesis: The ability to control all manners of flora. Can conjure plants, as well as promote their growth and rejuvenation.
  • Teleportation: The ability to move instantaneously from one location to another without physically occupying the space between. Some witches can also generate inter-dimensional portals or space gates which lead to other worlds.
  • Transmution: The ability to change and transmute matter; skillful witches can even change their own appearance, allowing them to have a beautiful and attractive appearance which they can use to physically charm men and women. This skill is also known as a "glamour".
  • Electrokinesis: The ability discharge, conduit, and control electricity, as well as lightning.
  • Clairvoyance: The ability to gain direct visual information about an object, person, location or physical event. This also allows the user to see or hear far off places with their mind, during which they can sense, see and/or hear spiritual/psychic beings or other peoples' presence. This power allows witches to see into the past, present and/or the future.

Known Witches/WarlocksEdit

  • Alfred Knapp: A member of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart (Deceased, beheaded by the Horseman of Death)
  • Jeremy Crane: The firstborn child of Ichabod Crane and Katrina Crane (Deceased, sacrificed himself to kill the demon Moloch with the Sword of Methuselah (first death); shot by Abbie Mills (second death))
  • Katrina Crane: High Priestess of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, corrupted and turned to malevolence by the love she shared for her son and a growing distrust of her husband (Deceased, stabbed by Ichabod Crane)
  • Lachlan Fredericks: A member of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart (Deceased, impaled by a tree monster summoned by Moloch)
  • Grace Dixon: Lachlan Fredericks' housemaid and a practitioner of witchcraft (Deceased)
  • Serilda of Abaddon: High Priestess of the Order of the Blood Moon (Deceased, attempted to resurrect herself with sacrificial dark magic before being destroyed by Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane)
  • The Four Who Speak As One: Former members of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart, responsible for entrapping Katrina in Purgatory and locking her son in a coffin for several hundred years (Deceased, killed by a golem - an inevitable demise they had foreseen for centuries)
  • The Librarian: A member of the Sisterhood of the Radiant Heart (Deceased)
  • Solomon Kent: A powerful warlock that specializes in blood magic and the sole cause behind the Salem Witch Trials (Deceased, electrocuted and beaten to death by Abbie Mills, Ichabod Crane, and Frank Irving)
  • Helena Van Tassel: Grandmother of Katrina Crane and a member of the Salem coven (Deceased, hanged in the Salem Witch Trials)
  • Moll Dyer: One of the Dyer Sisters and leader of the Dyer Sisters coven (Deceased; killed by her own sisters)
  • Marg Dyer: One of the Dyer Sisters and a member of the Dyer Sisters coven (Deceased; the enchantment that kept her immortal and youthful was broken)
  • Malligo Dyer: One of the Dyer Sisters and a member of the Dyer Sisters coven (Deceased; the enchantment that kept her immortal and youthful was broken)

AppearancesEdit

Season One
"Pilot" "Blood Moon" "For the Triumph of Evil..." "The Lesser Key of Solomon" "John Doe"
"The Sin Eater" "The Midnight Ride" "Necromancer" "Sanctuary" "The Golem"
"The Vessel" "The Indispensable Man" "Bad Blood"
Season Two
"This Is War" "The Kindred" "Root of All Evil" "Go Where I Send Thee..." "The Weeping Lady"
"And the Abyss Gazes Back" "Deliverance" "Heartless" "Mama" "Magnum Opus"
"The Akeda" "Paradise Lost" "Pittura Infamante" "Kali Yuga" "Spellcaster"
"What Lies Beneath" "Awakening" "Tempus Fugit"
Season Three
"I, Witness" "Whispers in the Dark" "Blood and Fear" "The Sisters Mills" "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
"This Red Lady from Caribee" "The Art of War" "Novus Ordo Seclorum" "One Life" "Incident At Stone Manor"
"Kindred Spirits" "Sins of the Father" "Dark Mirror" "Into the Wild" "Incommunicado"
"Dawn's Early Light" "Delaware" "Ragnarok"
Season Four
"Columbia" "In Plain Sight" "Heads of State" "The People vs. Ichabod Crane" "Blood from a Stone"
"Homecoming" "Loco Parentis" "Sick Burn" "Child's Play" "Insatiable"
"The Way of the Gun" "Tomorrow" "Freedom"

ReferencesEdit

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