THE 13 FAMILIES
A witch is a man or woman who was born into one of the Thirteen magickal families. Traditionally, the word was used to accuse someone of bewitching someone or casting a spell on them to gain control over them by magic.
When the world began, the mythical Watchtowers blessed thirteen unique families and gave them the ability to use magick. This blessing was carried on generation after generation and branched out to smaller branch families. Most individuals who can use magick belong to one of the Thirteen Families, even those who no longer identify as witches once belonged to one of these families at one point in their history. They all possess an affinity to a particular watchtower and possess a supernatural ability(not to be confused with an all-encompassing superpower). Each family has their unique magical style, origin, lore, and family-specific spells that the character can access.
Witches born without a family are called Carrion Witches
, and have no book of spells to start from, but have the advantage of being able to learn any magic.
THE AFRICAN CLANS
African continent and outlying islands
Magic is still very much alive and mainstream in Africa. The traditional beliefs and practices African people include various traditional religions. These traditions are oral rather than scriptural, include belief in a supreme creator, belief in spirits, veneration of ancestors, orphic use of magic, and traditional medicine. The role of humanity is one of harmonizing nature with the supernatural. The Omoni is perhaps the most powerful in Africa, though their descendants in America are even more powerful, claiming the name of their most famous witch, Laveau. Meanwhile, the Abusiri and Sheba are small families that have little in common with the other African families other than the continent. The families of Africa and their diaspora have often feuded about which of them is the most powerful. Thus, there is no parent family, in particular.
Magickal Style: Spirit Magic, Voodoo, Hoodoo
was a very dominant form of sorcery that drew its energy from the Spirits who resided in both the Further and other realms of existence. Unlike other types of magic, the Spirits dictate how the magic is used. If a witch abuses power bestowed upon them, the Spirits may break their connection to the witch, preventing them from further harnessing that kind of magick.
is an ancient and powerful magical practice; that is also a religion, used by some witches. Voodoo is described as a set of spiritual folkways which originated from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a refined form of the Afro-American religions which developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole population of the U.S. state of Louisiana.
is a magical practice that mixes occult elements of African, European and Native American witchcraft along with some Christian mythology. Contrary to Voodoo, Hoodoo is not a religion, but rather a various practice of witchcraft that is solidly based on herbal knowledge and used both negatively or positively.
Traditional African Religion
(Bantu mythologies – Central African)
o Bantu Mythology
• The San
(San religion. No surnames – Southern African Bushmen)
o San religion
o They are Southern African Bushmen, tribal, traditional cultures with no specific name. One of the Pure Families untouched by outside influence.
(Yoruba/Vodun – West African)
o Yourba Religion
o This family is the root of many of the American subfamily trees.
(African diaspora in the Americas)
o Afro-American Religions
o Hoodoo Folk Magic
o Heavily mixed with Tzeltal families in some regions.
o Few claimed by the Laveau have any blood relation to Marie.
(Beta Israel – Horn of Africa)
o Beta Israel
(Ancient Egyptian pantheon – Egypt)
o Ancient Egyptian Religion
South & Central America
Descendants of the native tribes of South & Central America. Many forms of ancestor worship, blood sacrifice and necromancy. They often eat human hearts as part of their rituals, but that may have been Blackwell propaganda. Some Tzeltal and their branches have mixed heavily with branches of the African-descended Laveau family in some areas.
o Mesoamerican Mythology
o Aztec Mythology
o Maya Mythology
o Olmec Religion
Magickal Style: Ancestral Magic, Sacrificial Magick, Necromancy
Similar to spirit magic, this type of sorcery draws its energy from the power of every ancient witch who's body has been consecrated into the area.
is a potent form of sorcery that is highly dependent upon the ritualistic sacrifices of supernatural creatures and sometimes, even animals. This type of sorcery draws its energy from the power of every life sacrificed.
is a magical practice that allows a witch to contact, control and even revive the dead. While most witches who practice Necromancy are known to channel Dark Magic, a witch can use any Magic of their choosing to practice Necromancy.
(Mexico - Santa Muerte)
o Our Lady of Death Witchcraft
• The Amazonians
o Tribal, traditional cultures with no specific surname. One of the Pure Families untouched by outside influence.
(Incan Mythology – Andean Regions in Western South America)
o Inca Mythology
Native North America
The Anasazi evolved from nomads who lived in temporary dwellings to become accomplished farmers. In time, they created massive, free-standing stone buildings of up to five stories and cliff dwellings like those on display at the Manitou Cliff Dwellings, well before the time of the Roman Empire. The witches of the Anasazi practiced a form of ritualistic cannibalism, embedding it into their sacred rites. This profane practice led to the sudden abandonment of their empire and scattered their tribe to the four winds.
The former members of the Anasazi joined new tribes, becoming medicine men and dream walkers, populating the Americas in various tribes before colonization. Primarily healers who used several methods to diagnose a patient's ailments, including the use of special tools such as crystal rocks, and abilities such as hand-trembling and trances, sometimes accompanied by chanting.
Magickal Style: Totemic Shamanism, Dreamwalking, Shapeshifting
Native Americans do not use the term shaman in their culture, but prefer the term, Medicine Man. These men utilize Medicine, which is the act of appealing to and bartering with spirits in return for their aid. To gain the attention of or access to these entities, the Medicine Man utilizes dreams or trances, bribes or offerings appropriate to the personality of the spirit, ritual dance or singing, and other ceremonial appeals. Each spirit has its personality and must be paid for their service, though they are capable of many great and strange things.
is a term used to describe the power of penetrating, probing and manipulating someone else's mind, especially during sleep when the mind of the victim is at rest, and then the protective barriers are lowered. Doing this involves consideration of several factors. Invading the mind of a stranger, for example; is harder than that of an acquaintance. The side effect of this option is to remain trapped in the oneiric realm, unable to tell dreams from reality. When a reckless witch, for one reason or another, remains stuck in a dream world, her body begins to be in the grip of violent convulsions and, if not awakened in time, may even die.
in Indian legend refers to Skinwalkers, witches who transform into animal form to take advantage of the unique characteristics and special powers of that animals. To become a skinwalker requires the evilest of deeds, the killing of a close family member. They become humans who have acquired immense supernatural power, including the ability to transform into animals and other people. Because of the belief that skinwalkers wear the skins of the animals they turn into, it is considered taboo to wear the pelt of any animal.
• Black Deer
• Hatathli, Navajo
• Black Elk
• Raincrow Cherokee
The Atharvaveda is not the name of a family, but a blanket term to cover the many clans of that particular region. Many of them are practitioners of the Hindu religion. Very numerous and unorganized due to the large expanse of the planet they cover. They were known to seek perfection of body, soul, and spirit with meditation and intense rites. Atharvaveda the broadest family (including their secondary branches), and some believe their blood is too deluded to make a difference.
Magickal Style: Summoning Magick, Shamanism, Herbal Magick,
Souls or Spirits exist in non-human entities such as animals, plants, natural phenomena, geographic features and everyday objects (sometimes even manufactured articles), as well as in humans. Often these entities must be placated by offerings to gain favors or even worshiped.
encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community.
( Gong-Tau Korea & China)
o Gong-Tau Witchcraft
(Taoist - China)
o Taoism Witchcraft
o Aghori Witchcraft
(Onmyodo – Japan)
o Onmyodo Witchcraft
o Shinto Religion
Wales, England, English and Welsh Islands, and the Channel Islands.
This family is likely the oldest or one of the oldest lineages from the United Kingdom. Many of them dabble in darker aspects of magick such as necromancy, summoning other-worldly entities, and forms of high sorcery. Speculation is that the Blackwells originated from Merlin of the Arthurian Legend. In the United States, they are known as Blackwell, though some are still, reside in Wales.
Magickal Style: Dark and Summoning Magick
(or Black Magic) is an incredibly powerful form of sorcery that draws on the individual witches emotional state. Therefore, there is the potential for malicious purposes (e.g. to cause destruction or misfortune, to injure or kill, or for the profit of oneself rather than for the benefit of others). In modern usage, the term "dark magic" is often used to describe any form of sorcery that goes against the Balance of Nature.
in were the caster teleports other creatures in from other places or dimensions, usually under his control and typically to fight for him. These include a bevy of demonic entities like demons, angels, faeries, ifreets, djinn or spirits of intellect.
(Spiritual Mediums - English)
o Victorian Era Spiritual Mediums
o Chatham Inspiration
(Thelema - English)
o Crowley Inspiration
o Ties to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
(Extinct – English)
o Southeil Inspriation
(Demon Summoning - Dutch/German)
o Faust Inspiration
o Secret Circle Canon Family
o Chance Harbor, WA
Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, & Ukraine
Witches who lived exclusively in the Black Forest and very in tune with nature. They were rumored to be related by blood to the Faerie folk. They did not dabble in coven politics, and slow to act, seeing to play the long game rather than immediate action. They were the Coven’s ties to the Fae, as many times a member of the family was born a “throwback” that had faerie blood. In the United States, they are more commonly known as Richardson.
Magical Style: Glamours, The Ways of the Never-Never
The Ways of the Never-Never
Von Dasenstein witches know the in's and outs of Faerie, and in particular, know and understand how to navigate the Ways. Ways are little pockets in space-time where they can enter in one way, and out the other in another place entirely.
Originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see, when in fact, it was not what it seemed to be.
Von Dasenstein Inspiration
o Knowledgeable about various species from the Never-Never
o Herbalists and Midwives
o Nautical witchcraft, Sea-fairing
o Knows how to navigate the Ways in the Never-Never
o Secret Circle Canon Family
o Chance Harbor, WA
Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel, many Islamic countries
Witches who during the dark age turned to science and alchemy to help augment their natural abilities. Studios, serious, but always staunch defenders of justice. Uptight and unyielding with a proclivity to be enemies of the carefree attitude of the Everett family. Recently known as Marlowe.
Magickal Style: Alchemy, Astronomy and Mathematical Magick
refers to any process that might add value or usefulness to unrefined materials, although it thought of medieval philosophy and an early form of chemistry. It usually conjures up images of a medieval “scholar” in his laboratory, surrounded by piles of rare books and manuscripts, test tubes, retorts, alembics and other paraphernalia associated with chemical experiments. Over time, it has come to be used in modern language to refer to any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.
may seem a strange combination, but many of the most powerful magical effects performed today have a mathematical basis. Math is also the secret behind the technologies we use, the products we buy and the jobs we do.
Astronomy is a branch of magic that studies stars and the movement of planets, and how it affects magick. Sacred geometry falls into this category.
(extinct – English Alchemist)
o Dee Inspiration
o Trevisan Inspiration
o Chance Harbor, WA
(English - Alchemist)
o Newton Inspiration
• Ben Sira
(Extinct – Israel/Jewish diaspora)
o Ben Sira
Scotland and its islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Wales, and the Isle of Man.
Celtic seers, who are often so involved in their proclivity to see beyond the veil that they are left fragile and prone to bouts of delirium. Gilbert's are also a bit of a nomad family, moving from place to place. Often clash (Hecatine) style of magick commonly referred to as Druidry. It is a denomination of The Craft that comes from a Scottish origin which preserves the unique rituals of the Scots. A somewhat secretive tradition, not much is known of their rituals by outsiders. Their name became anglicized to Gilbert in the 1700's, but some MacGilleBhrìghde lives in Ireland.
Magickal Style: Elemental Magick, Oghram Gaelic Rune Magick
is a magical practice that involves the utilization of the four alchemic elements Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. A witch with enough magical power can interconnect Elemental Magic with their rituals and spells to draw on their unique properties.
manifest magical power that is arcane, but purely benign and non-corrupting. This culture uses Ogham runes for casting spells, soothsaying, and divination.
(Hedge Witches - England/Wales )
o Meade Inspiration
o Chance Harbor, WA
(England - Clarivoyant)
o Kelley Inspiration
(Scotland - Necromancy)
o Whitlock Inspiration
• Quincey/ Kinsey
(Canada/America - Appalachian Granny Witchcraft)
o Quincey Inspiration
Romany/Gypsy, Persia, India, Romania,& Ukraine.
Gypsies (Romany, not to be confused with Romanian!
) is originally from Northern India, and their diaspora moved West. The Domari ancestors of the Winston's moved into Persia first, intermarrying with the Bukhari, an already well-established line of witches there. They are ruled completely by women and have even gone as far as to castrate a male member of the household to take leadership of the family when a woman is not available to be the family head. Nomads, thieves, con men who attune their natural magick with guile and misdirection.
Magickal Style: Discordimancy, Entropomancy
o The Domari
sews confusion, fear, and disorientation through the use of slight of hand and glamour. It's a much smaller and less flashy than what the Von Dastenstein witches
Entropomancy goes by a variety of names - malocchio, maladicto, katadesmoi --- and in all cases it amounts to virtually the same thing; the pure art of inflicting curses on targets, driving their lives toward greater disarray (and at it's extreme, death.) As long as the magic follows the principle of "things fall apart," entropomancy has an affinity for it.
(Con Artists - Gypsy)
o Romani Mythology
(Ceremonial Witchcraft - German/Dutch)
(Genealogists - Gypsy)
o Gypsy Lore Society
(Zoroastrianism – Iran)
o One of the oldest witch families, interbred with the Winstons, who became more powerful
(Sufism – Turkey)
o Whirling Dervishes
Scandinavian Peninsula, Faroe Islands, Svalbard, Greenland, & Iceland
The Maartenson family was prominent along the Scandinavian Peninsula as Seiðr, sooth-sayers, and warriors in Norse society. They excelled in casting runes, spells, auguries and assisting soldiers in channeling a berserker rage.
In true Viking fashion, male and female members were on equal footing, and a Maartensdottir witch would know freedom many women of that era couldn't even dream about. They are masters at combat-inspired magick, using both divination and manipulative magick. A strong, proud family of warriors, they would often clash with other families in on-again-off-again wars, most notably with the d'Osons and the Wison's..then again they would feud with any family that was working against the best interests of the coven.
Magickal Style: Connective Magick, Combat Magick and Runic Magick
is a form of sorcery that allows a witch to create a semi-permanent bond that draws strength from other supernatural beings such as another supernatural or animal.
involves the use of connective magic to heighten physical capabilities and enter into a berserker rage. This style of magick allows the witch to survive critical damage and great prowess on the battlefield.
manifest magical power that is arcane in nature, but purely benign and non-corrupting. This culture uses Old Norse runes for casting spells, sooth-saying or as an enchanted object to store a spell for future use.
(Icelandic - Werewolf Curse)
o Armstrong Inspiration
o Secret Circle Canon Family
(extinct – Scotland)
o Weir Inspiration
(Switzerland/Germany - Connective Magick)
Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan
The untamed wild-card in coven politics, the Avramidis are wild witches of Greek ascendancy who worship at the altar or vice and excess. The forerunners of the Orphic Mysteries and the Cult of Dionysis, their rituals often involved drunken debauchery, orgies, drugs, and music. They are often known for creating new spells or new magickal items. Descended from Sappho, the creator of the most potent magickal tools called the Major Arcanum.
Rooted in the value of experience and sensation, they believe that magic is born from the mastery of the senses and understanding that things such as obstacles only exist as we perceive them. Shift your perspective, and obstacles melt away. To fuel this, the Avramidis relies on a library of sensations that they’ve experienced first-hand. A witch familiar with excruciating pain, for example, can use their familiarity to disregard it, or perhaps inflict it upon a target.
It’s no surprise then that those in the family throws itself into new experiences with what seems to be reckless abandon. The experience of new sensations is valuable, and even unpleasant ones have some use down the line. Their name was anglicized early on to Everett, but they still have descendants in Greece with the original surname.
Magickal Style: Hedonism Magick, Ascension Magick
o The Cult of Ecstasy
o The Cult of Dionysis
o Orphic Mysteries
is all about pooling together latent magic from multiple, hidden sources and using it to great effect. Hedonism magick also includes sacrifices, wild sex orgies, and rituals.
Dionysis and the Orphic Mysteries have taught the Avramidis how to willingly and purposefully reincarnate after death, which can happen up to nine times. Spells allow the witch to tap into their past lives and re-live their former experiences.
(Psychopomps - Egypt)
(Horror Writer - American)
Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, & Hungary
Italian witches originally dedicated to their dark version of the Cult of Nyx, harnessing the power of blood and shadow, risen from the Benevento area to become the assassins of Rome. They were often enemies of the Blackwells, clashing over rulership of the covens. Often they walked a fine line, due to their chaotic nature. They could be bought for the right price, commit murder and worse. They did a lot of black magick, and the family members who had paid "the blood price" received with the ability to animate shadows.
The family married outside of the witch community and in the most recent generations in the United States became closely associated with the Keller family. However, there are Di Benevento witches still in Italy.
The Witch King had the clan exterminate the following families: Corvinus/Corvin (Italy), de la Barthe (Northern France), Southeil (England), Monvoisin (Southern France), Weir (Denmark), Hausmännin (Austria), Ben Sira (Israel)
Magickal Style: Shadowmancy, Blood Magick, Necromancy
o Di Benevento Inspiration
is a magical practice that refers to the mystical properties found in non-human blood. Blood from different supernatural species possess different uses and used by witches to interconnect them with their rituals and spells to draw on their unique properties.
is the magical art of manipulating shadows and is used almost exclusively by the Di Benevento family of witches.
Those who dabble in Shadowmancy learn how to bend light around them, to cloak themselves in shadow, and have the frightening knowledge to turn the very shadows around an individual into servants that have the power to suck the life out of the one whom they have attacked.
is the art of manipulating the dead.
(Serbia - Extinct)
(Irish - Extinct)
• Cerne/de Cernia (Croatian/Slovenian, or Venetian "de Cernia")
Upper Rhine (France, Switzerland, & Germany)
This family has long been looked upon with some speculation, as they were involved with the culling of many witch families during the Inquisition. Most notably French in lineage, who prized knowledge over brute strength. Elegant, clean styles of magick but highly secretive employing many tactics of espionage, misdirection, and secrecy. The d'Oson family has the most ties with the Order of Cagliostro, and have questionable loyalty. Do they serve the Coven or the Order?
Secrets are their main staple and have practiced in the art of Secret Keeping
. Employing charters and sigils, they craft an immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living book. The information is hidden inside the book held by the Secret-Keeper and is henceforth impossible to find — unless, of course, the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it. Anyone who obtains the book will find it empty; only the Secret-Keeper can unlock it.
Magickal Style: Representational Magick & Secret Keeping
o Fidelius Charm
is a magical practice which using representative objects to manipulate reality. Its origins remain unknown, but is unique to the d'Oson families. Usually, such spells use much more power than one realizes. It's also a very delicate magic that requires much concentration by the witch who practices it.
: Takes a fact and entrusts it with a single person. As long as that secret remains unspoken, it cannot be discovered by an outside party.
• De la Barthe
(extinct – Northern France)
o de la Barthe Inspiration
(extinct – Southern France)
o Monvoisin Inspiration
(extinct - Austria)
o Hausmannin Inspiration
• Gaspar (formerly Gasparotto)
o The Benandanti "Good Walkers"
o Secret Circle Canon Family
o Chance Harbor, WA