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The most common general type of morph typified
by acquisition of characteristics of the totem animal.
The usual spell-casting wizard capable of
many different magickal effects.
Someone who, through magick, is able to sustain a very long life span.
One cannot become an Ancient;
they are only born into families with great magick within them.
Ancients are usually Alpha-Wizards, Elemental-Wizards, or Pureblood-Morphs.
An Ancient is basically a magickal mutation.
The person will age normally until reaching about 35 years old.
At that point, there is no further change
and none of the signs of physical age appear.
The age limit may have something to do with the fact
that people didn’t get much older than 35
for a significant fraction of our history.
Certain members of humanity (qv) are born with a
direct and accessible connection to the power of magick
above what the rest of humanity has.
Such a person is called a born-witch,
and is said to have a direct connection to magick.
Their connection to magick is much less tenuous than that of a normal human.
These people are capable of attempting more powerful spells than
mere human-witches (qv).
The most powerful wizards are born-witches
who have put in extra effort of study to gain greater power.
See also Magick, Magick Spells.
A very special group of felines.
See The Cats.
A magickal (possibly demonic) dog with multiple heads.
A specific variety of dragon.
The Scottish Clan from which Chelsea is descended
and through which the Curse propagates.
See Clan Chattan.
A practitioner of the witch tradition with normal power and ability.
This is the majority of witches.
Council of Three
The governing body of the
Its basic mandate to prevent wars among members of the magickal community
before they start.
It has existed since 8096 BCE.
See Council of Three.
The three representatives of the three branches of the Netherworld.
See the List of Councillors.
A human who is not a born-witch (qv)
but has nevertheless dedicated his or her life
to the study of the Craft.
Craftsman can come from either a witch or wizard tradition.
A term used by some practitioners to refer
to various Netherworld beings and creatures,
including vampires, were-wolves, and demons.
Curse of Mór Sine
The strong curse that affects the Chattan line.
See The Curse of Mór Sine for full details and SPOILERS.
For those wishing to avoid major spoilers:
It is also called the Mór Sine Curse, the Curse of Antigone,
the Clan Chattan Curse, and the Curse of the Clan of the Cats.
See strips 2000-01-21
and following for Ruth’s explanation to Diane.
Selfish magick as practiced by Tepes-vampires,
first discovered by Morana Muna.
An order of practitioners.
See Dark Practitioners.
See also Practitioners,
COTC uses the CE-BCE dating system.
See Dating System.
Humanoid demons who are also vampires.
They are rare.
Extremely powerful, not necessarily “evil”, magickal beings.
A “device” for detecting the presence of magick.
The stone is normally black, indicating no magick present.
It turns gold in the presence of strong magick.
(other colours may be possible,
depending on how strong the magick emanations are).
Jacob Livingston can produce detecting stones at need:
Planes of existence separate from earth.
Direct connection to magick
Reptilian magickal creatures often capable of flight
and able to breath fire.
See Old Ones.
A wizard whose power is skewed through one of the magickal “elements”.
Small animals who aid a practitioner in performing magick
by channelling the power, thereby yielding a greater level of effectiveness.
Where would a witch be without her familiar?
Not all practitioners use familiars to perform magick.
Any small animal can be a familiar, although the cat seems to be the favorite.
Other popular familiars include dogs (including wolves, foxes, coyotes),
birds (including both domestic and wild),
small reptiles such as lizards and snakes,
and, rising in popularity, ferrets.
So far, only Ruth has a familiar we know about:
A newly created vampire. The creating vampire is called
the sire (qv) regardless of whether it was male or female.
An organisation that tried to replace the Council of Three
See The Foundation.
Usually, apparitions of deceased persons.
A practitioner of the wizard tradition, always a born-witch (qv) and usually an Ancient (qv).
The name used by the Netherworld (qv) for the
war started by Deus Lupus to unite the Netherworld and humanity.
It started shortly after World War One ended when Deus Lupus had
his “vision” of a unified world.
It ended in 2000 CE when Deus Lupus was killed
by Pureblood-Morph Chelsea Chattan.
See also Chelsea Chattan,
Marcus Lupus Ferox/Deus Lupus.
A book of spells, often in the form of a diary.
Many practitioners keep such a log of their successful spells.
Ruth Chattan’s grimoire is called the Book of Shadows.
Another example is the Grimoire of Eleanor Uasal.
Grimoires are often passed down through a family of practitioners
so that each generation can benefit from the experiences of their elders.
Ordinary human beings who are not part of the magickal community
called the Netherworld (qv).
All humans have a normal connection to magick (see Non-Born-Witch).
Humans can become practitioners (qv)
through their own efforts or turned into
It is more rare for a human to become a
A born-witch (qv) who never exercises his or her abilities
would be effectively indistinguishable from a human,
though the genetic potential for high magick can influence
magickal phenomena such as curses.
Term sometimes used for a practitioner following the witch tradition,
who is a non-born-witch.
See Non-Born-Witch (qv).
Inquisition of the Damned
A special Inquisition specifically against the Netherworld lasting from 1231 to 1838 CE.
In 1231 Pope Gregory IX placed inquisitors under special papal jurisdiction.
Later that same year another secret Inquisition began.
This was specifically against the Netherworld.
Many Morphs, Vampires, Wizards, and Witches were killed
in the name of religious purification.
While the Spanish Inquisition was halted in 1835,
the Inquisition of the Damned lasted another three years before being quashed.
However, there are still “Hunters of the Damned”
roaming around, looking for Netherworld prey.
It is suspected that the magickal Family of the Nyx were exterminated
by the Inquisition (see Gustov).
A specialist witch in potions and herbal medicine.
The skill required often results in a Craftsman (qv).
The original lineage of vampires created by Lillith
and all her fledglings.
They are incredibly hard to kill.
Note that Lillith is a Demon-Vampire, not a Lilith-Vampire.
See also Lillith,
The supernatural power that transcends normal physical laws.
See Magick, Magick Spells.
The generic term for all types of were-creatures,
that is, human beings able to assume animal or part-animal forms.
The generic term for unusual, often magickal, creatures
such as unicorns (qv),
dragons (qv), and so forth.
Such creatures usually have some feature which appears
to violate accepted physical laws,
and most have a strong connection to magick.
For the most part, these creatures have fled
the earth dimension to other realms and coexisting dimensions.
A practitioner of the wizard tradition who is just starting out.
Many non-born-witch wizards stay at this level for lack of ability or dedication.
The entire magickal community of beings and creatures
who recognise that magick is available and works.
A practitioner of the witch tradition who is also a born-witch.
Their magick is more reliable than that of a common witch,
mostly due to their direct connection to magick.
A practitioner of the wizard tradition and a born-witch
whose spell-casting is generally successful and reliable.
This is the majority of wizards.
All members of humanity (qv) have, at least,
a tenuous, near mythical, ability to use magick
known as a normal connection to magick.
This is true regardless of how determinedly mundane a person wishes to be.
Any human who decides to devote his or her life to practice and study
will achieve the ability to use magick as a non-born-witch, or human-witch.
Because their connection to magick is weaker than that of a born-witch (qv),
they rarely advance beyond the level of common witch or naive wizard,
depending on which tradition they have chosen.
Especially dedicated individuals may attain the level of Craftsman.
See also Magick, Magick Spells.
Normal connection to magick
The lineage of vampires created by Kern, Lillith’s son,
and including all his fledglings.
They are more vulnerable, especially to sunlight, than other vampires.
Notes that Kern is a Demon-Vampire, not a Nosferatu.
See also Kern.
Term used for the extremely powerful, non-humanoid demons
who set their curse on Lillith and others, creating vampires
and other ghoulies for the earth.
They are also called Elder Demons.
See also Demons.
Name used by the Netherworld (qv)
for the two-thousand-year-long series of battles
beginning circa 10 000 BCE that eventually resulted in the
formation of the Council of Three (qv).
The history of the Portal Wars is largely lost in the mists of time.
It is known that they were quite horrible, were highly destructive,
and caused a lot of dissent between the various factions of the Netherworld.
See also Council, Origin;
Instantaneous magickal pathways between disjoint locations.
The generic term for people able to use magick for their own ends.
It encompasses both witches (qv) and wizards (qv).
The most powerful practitioner of the wizard tradition.
He or she is always a born-witch (qv) and always an Ancient (qv).
A Celtic festival celebrating the beginning of winter,
on the night of 31 October to 1 November.
(Modern usage places the beginning of winter at the winter solstice, around 22 December).
Being an Irish word, it is pronouced “Saun” or “Sau-in” (emphasis on first syllable),
where “au” has the same sound as the “ow” in “how” in both cases.
Scrolls of Hekate
A set of documents known under a variety of other names as well,
including the Prayers of Isis, the Invocation of the Crone, and the Tome of the Old Ones.
They were magickally written on parchment scrolls,
and contain spells purported to have been written by the gods themselves.
(In this case, there is a suspicion that these “gods”
were various powerful practitioners or possibly demons.)
The originals are safely under guard in the Vault of the Council of Three
since Wolf Champion Marcus Lupus Ferox and Vampire-Councillor Lillith
were kind enough to acquire them from Eleanor Uasal in 1461 CE.
However, Eleanor is known to have transcribed at least some of the spells
into her personal Grimoire, making the Grimoire of Eleanor Uasal one dangerous book.
A special type of morph requiring a ritual to change form.
The creator of a vampire, regardless of whether it was male or female.
The newly created vampire is called a fledgling (qv).
The term used to cover a host of magickal effects.
See Magick Spells.
The lineage of vampires beginning with Vlad Dracula Tepes
and including both him and all his fledglings.
They are vulnerable to Holy objects in a way other vampires are not.
Note that Dracula is a Tepes-Vampire.
See also Dracula Tepes, Vlad.
These seem to be relatively weak magickal creatures
commonly found in association with demons.
They appear to have a rather deathly fear of cats.
See also Demons.
A one-horned magickal creature.
The generic term for beings who have become
creatures of the night requiring blood to live.
Voodoo Soul Jar
A container capable of holding a soul
after the death of the physical body.
The soul is prevented from going on to it final resting place.
While some uses of this type of artefact would be
considered cruel and unusual punishment,
Melpomene used one to hold Jubal’s
after was shot and killed until the Resurrection Spell could be cast.
There is no information on how long a soul can remain imprisioned
in a voodoo soul jar.
Opening the jar, or breaking it, will release the captured soul,
which apparently has some awareness of its
A term refering to morphs excluding the Shapeshifter sub-group.
Were-wolves are a specific, and very common, type of morph.
A specific variety of dragon.
The term for a practitioner who follows the witch tradition of magick.
They can use magick, but they have not made it a life-long study and passion.
Compare with “Wizard” (qv).
The term for an unusually dedicated practitioner who follows the wizard tradition of magick.
They use magick, but their focus is on study.
Most have devoted devoted lives life to special study of magick and its nature.
Compare with “Witch” (qv).
A specific variety of dragon.
Corpses of real, dead humans animated by magickal means.
Jubal recognised a walking dead
Zombies do not have a will of their own,
but do retain some fraction of their past memories.
Also, zombies do not need nourishment to sustain themselves,
but they can be instructed to consume human flesh
(or other things) if need be.
They are commonly found in association with demons.
See also Demons.
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