, The Sects of the Magical
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Witches, powerful mortals who wield the magical forces of the world, have been around for as long as vampires. They have long existed in families and small covens until forming into the Sects of today beginning with the first coming together in 1299 AD.
In 1236 AD, the "founder" of the Sect, Symon Mufhet aided Gwilim Bongam in hunting down the vampire that had taken his daughter. Nearly thirty years later, he had contacted many of the others who either shared his last name or the powers of their bloodline. They met for many days before coming to an agreement that the long centuries of family, coven, and helping the slayers only sometimes should come to an end. Thus the first Sect was formed and the thriving Bongam Clan was the first to profit from a more direct connection to those with magic. Most modern witches of the Sect go by the surname Moffat.
Almost two hundred years after Mufhet brought his Sect together, Lynda Ward was doing the same just before her death at the hands of a vampire later identified as one of the Elders, Djal. While her husband, Daniel Wolfe, brought together what would become the Clan, their son Alexander rose up as her successor and took on the Ward name. Marriage between Clan and Sect has become something of a tradition now and while there are a few Wards born slayers and Wolfes born witches, many more are born with the abilities of both in some fashion.
Only six or so decades after the Wards, a brother and sister brought the Ottolini Sect together. After seeing terrible devastation wrecked by a group of vampires while aiding a trio of Kosho slayers, Bortolo and Marcella made the decision to bring their close and extended family together to better aid their longtime ally. Most modern witches of the Sect go by the surname Otto.
A year after Ottolini, cousins Teige and Meave Hancock brought their respective families together to form the beginning of the Hancock Sect. As the Sect grew, it was determined that they needed a place designated as their headquarters and Connor Hancock offered his family's home at Dún Másc, their occupation and rebuilding of the old site hidden magically since the 1330s. Several other seemingly ruined sites around Ireland were also later occupied by members of the Sect. In 1646 the Sect experienced a split due to unknown internal conflicts and this has since caused an Irish and Scottish side, each with their own leadership. The Scottish side also includes a small number of Welsh Hancocks.
Twin Cunz and Balthasar Scherer had no intentions for forming their Sect in the almost one hundred and fifty years after the Hancocks, but Balthasar's wife changed all that. When Katharina entered the family and learned of their magic as well as the long Scherer allegiance to the Neruĝal and Alkina Clans, she deemed it necessary. Convincing her husband and brother-in-law, the three oversaw the rather rapid construction of a Sect that was all too willing to help it's allies in a greater fashion.
Not quite a century after Scherer, Geoffrey Ollyett officially called for the creation of a Sect to join those already formed. Part of his push to bring the Sect together was to give greater aid to the Coranus Clan, who were at their height during this time. Only a few years after his formation of the Sect, however, the Clan began it's decline and in the last twenty years before their destruction then Sect leader, Nathaniel Ollyett ordered a disconnect from all members of the Clan. Since the fall of the Coranus, the Sect has aided all of the other Clans at some point but they remain relatively aloof.
It is only within the last thirty years that the Cornwall Sect has made an official appearance but they have considered themselves a Sect for quite some time. Despite Susan Cornwall's best efforts in officially placing a founding date, there are many who do not regard them as an official Sect. Their ally, the Holt Clan, are the only full group to entirely accept them as a true Sect.
Of the seven bloodlines that run through the seven Sects, each wields a power of their own alongside the general spell craft and rites (usually requiring the help of mystical emblems, foreign tongues, and foci) that is common knowledge.
It also should be noted that a witch's magic can have problems around electricity. Most times a witch will be fine near anything electrical but if experiencing strong emotions or using a great deal of magic, a witch can blow out light bulbs, cause circuit breakers to spark, and even take out a city block's electricity.
Wield water magic and can draw water from any source to use in their defense. Drawing the water from a living being, however, is considered a crime and any offender will be punished by the leader of the Sect. One must have a care with this magic as water is sometimes temperamental depending upon the tides.
Cursed with the Sight, able to see future, past, and present. They do have power over this ability in that they can touch objects or people in order to See but the most powerful of visions are random. Overuse of their power can cause mental issues and even insanity.
Healers, able to use their own magic to heal the wounds of another. One must be careful, however, not to overuse it as draining away too much of one's own magic can cause it to never return. The strain of healing too many, too quickly can also cause death.
Fire starters, able to draw the magic from within themselves to create the flames. One must be careful with the power, however, for fire can still burn even its master.
Wield air magic and are considerably one of the most powerful of witches since they have access to their power virtually everywhere. Chemicals in the air, however, do sometimes mess with their magic and cause spells to go wrong.
Able to harness the powers of the earth and are the other most powerful of the witches. Not only can they shatter the earth but plants also come to their command. One must be careful how kindly one wields earth magic, however, as the Mother Earth is sometimes not happy with its use.
Shape shifters. The number of forms one can attain depends on both the magical ability, amount of magic, and how well one can recall the shape of an animal. Shifting to human forms is impossible for anyone of mortal Cornwall blood to learn but it is theorized by older Cornwalls that a Turned witch of their blood could gain such an ability given enough practice and time.
Most witches tend to keep the name of their Sect as their surname but there are a few who choose not to so blatantly give away who they are, taking instead a random name or that of their non-witch parent.
HOME AREAS AND LEADERS
The home areas for the Sects are the countries where they were first founded. Because of this, these places tend to have the highest amount of them living there and are where the leaders of the Sect live.
Mufhet: Scotland - Leader, Quincy Moffat
Ward: Australia - Leader, Loraine Ward
Ottolini: Italy - Leader, Tori Otto
Hancock: Scotland - Leader, Angus Hancock
Ireland - Leader, Kallian Hancock
Scherer: Germany - Leader, Thaddeus Scherer
Ollyett: England - Leader, Jeff Ollyett
Cornwall: USA - Leader, Susan Cornwall
** Those born of a slayer Clan and a witch Sect refer to themselves by however they were raised and they will take the last name of that side but claim both. **