The witches in Lord Impaler and Silver & Blood are the same. The ranks, origins, and government are identical.
However, there are many sub-categories and vocabulary that distinguish the witches from other Frankensteins and daywalkers.
To simplify the present alternate universe of the two series, here is your witch guideline to keep you company!
All witches are aware of the Frankensteins, and all of them are individuals. Some joined the Nightfall Coven while others joined the movement against the Frankensteins. There is even a proportion of the witch community that decided to come together against all people.
Bloodline: The witches mentioned in the series come from direct witch bloodlines. The word itself is neutral. There are just as many male witches as females. The bloodlines come from ancient times, and each has its purpose.
A witch from a bloodline can teach others to be a witch, but their abilities cannot be as strong as one that has a DNA containing witchery for centuries. That is how ranks among witches come to be.
Healers: Witches with the ability to use nature as a guide and follow its ancestral path are often healers. They can help someone regenerate faster than any other medical or treatment at their disposal.
Note that witches with healing abilities are often those called by Frankensteins to attend their sickness or wounds. Monsters avoid clinics and hospitals at all costs; therefore, the population of healers grew with the witches—by blood—that were healers to teach new ones.
Hedge: The witches that have the capability of projecting themselves in other places in the world or follow someone across it. They are the eyes of the Frankensteins and a line of defense when it comes to the Conservatives and humans against Frankensteins.
The hedge witches work collectively to reinforce their mental capability. Though vulnerable to mindspell from vampires, they do possess a psychological barrier stronger than other people.
Goety: Those witches are the ones bending spirits and torturing them into haunting whomever they desire. They can even order the undead and torture them with their thoughts and spells. Most of those witches stand alone against the Nightfall Coven, the Conservatives, and those against Frankensteins.
Their main goal is to destroy humanity and all monsters. They are tormented witches and offer nothing but pain and lamentations from those they command.
Gramarye: The witches that go by the Book of Shadows and their DNA goes back to the Dark Ages. Their desire to conquer the Frankensteins food chain is the most pressing. They often want to work with their kind, but if needs be, they might answer the call and help the Nightfall Coven succeed.
Gramarye is scarce and is, for the most part, xenophobe to every single being other than other Gramarye witches. Then again, they are aware of their existence depends on an alliance. Their magic is strong but quite traditional.
Necromancer: One of the most potent forms of witchery. Capable of commanding the dead/undead, they suffered persecution by vampires. Not all of them are part of the Nightfall Coven, and some joined the humans against Frankensteins.
Not to use the word necromancy, those in the coven prefer Ghost Talker. Their ability to interact with the dead and undead, to read them and see them, is a particular skill to possess.
Gravedigger: Those given the ability to read the blood of those around them. It can use the skill to see the past. They often can understand the person if lying or hiding something from them. They are capable of absorbing abilities from other Frankensteins. If so, suck the life out of them while tasting a drop of their blood.
Gravediggers are one of the rarest witches and the outcome of their abilities remains unknown. Their control over newly acquired skills is clumsy, and although immortal, no one knows if they are unkillable.
Ceremonial: Witches that are the ceremonial types have a division by their desire to be part of the Nightfall Coven or join the others against the existence of Frankensteins. They focus on traditions and perform ceremonies according to their grimoires and rituals.
The conservatives brought many ceremonial witches to help them protect their people. Some witches agreed to an alliance with them to preserve their traditions.
Blood: The darkest of magic practiced by powerful witches. Using human sacrifice requires an act of cannibalism and human hunting. They are the ones attacking the most influential people of each Frankenstein species.
Blood witches answer to one coven alone, the Dawn Coven. Founded with many witches sharing psychotic behavior, often coming from a horrific past, they use their rage and feed their thirst for blood. Most of the blood witches have DNA going back to the earliest Crusades.
They are also when all together, stronger than any other Frankenstein. Their mental barrier is the strongest, their protective circle impenetrable, and they laugh at curses.
9 to 5: A common insult directed at humans, also referred to as daywalkers by most vampires. Witches by bloodlines are often working within the Frankenstein community or for either the Conservatives or movement against monsters. Therefore, they do not have that regular day-to-day schedule.
Greyscale: Another common insult to other humans referring to the zombie routine of their monotone life. Witches are often more eccentric or see things quite differently than most, calling someone ‘greyscale’ to them would be a severe insult.
Corpse: That is an insult witch would use against vampires, revenants, pharaohs, and Stitched. Because those people are undead, one word to insult them came up, and that was ‘corpse.’
Bewitch: One insult witches despise as it refers to a beloved character that could make everything go right with one shake of her nose. They also hate “Jiggle your nose!”
Blair: Another direct reference that isn’t welcomed by witches but not for the reasons one would think.
Satanist: A witch misconception they are a victim of and despise. Some witches went as far as casting spells onto those who called them that word.
The Nightfall Coven is the main witch politic seen as a parliament. The Nightfall Coven is around the world, and each sub-coven responding to its name has a mentor. Mentors are the priest or priestess but chose the word mentor, as it had no gender just like the word witch.
Those mentors won by votes, not necessarily according to their bloodlines, but who they are in the community. Mentors are responsible for their coven, the efficiency of their witches, and respect for the art.
The Nightfall Coven headquarters’ location is in New Orleans. However, its most revered witches are around the world. When a situation demanding the council of the entire coven is pressing, all witches gather and discuss the matter at hand.
THE CANTA STAKE
The canta stake is one of many spellbound objects the Nightfall Coven keeps hidden. It is a stake not like any others and wanted by many monsters and humans. The spell cast upon it went back to the Pagan Age and contained within itself a high power that could be good or bad.
WITCH POLITICAL SIDES
Idealists: The witches called idealists are the ones sharing the ideals of the vampires sharing the same name. They wish to have the vampire council openly say they agree to equality between all Frankensteins, including humans, and allow hybrids.
Idealists also preach the ideals of slowly walking their way out of the dark into society. They often use places as a reference: New Orleans, Mont La Bellerose, Transylvania, Paris, Scandinavia, etc.
Idealists also want to have respect for all Frankensteins and humans. They want all humans and monsters to have equal rights and end the old ways. Idealists banned the usage of mindspelling unless crucial, i.e., self-defense.
Traditionalists: The witches that share a more traditional way of thinking are often strictly against equality. They usually have much hatred toward other species, humans are dangerous, and most of all; they aspire to avenge the 300 Years of Witch Trial.
Traditionalists fight the Nightfall Coven to dismember it. They use old ceremonial laws to ensure their plan to dissolve the idealists’ work. Their representatives are powerful, influential witches and are willing to start a civil war to protect their rights to the traditionalism of their bloodlines.
Witches have representatives, and those are often mentors of a given district or country. The witch population of their home votes them. They rule until the decision of a vote among the council is against them.
Only those mentioned in the novels so far are part of the list.
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