Subplot: The Cult of Hecate
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Warning: racism, misogyny

The Cult of Hecate is an optional subplot for a specific group of (mostly) female migrant characters who have recently decided to settle in Menka's bog, just outside of Madsmoor Village.

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  • Strange New Arrivals
  • On Becoming A Sister
  • #2
    Warning: racism, misogyny

    Strange New Arrivals

    The sound of wheels rolling over the uneven cobble up to the town square interrupted the sleepy morning. A caravan had arrived, with two yellow horses and a shrouded driver. It barged its way through from the road, trailing muck and mire in its wake. From the sheen, it looked to have been caught in a large puddle, or stranger still, submerged in water not long ago.

    The driver removed her hood; a young, fair face. She abandoned the reins to hop down from the high seat and platform, pat one of the horses on the flank and disappear inside the caravan's side door.

    Rumour began to spread; they are gypsies, a gaggle of womenfolk come to pilfer and swindle. Their true purpose is, as yet, undiscovered. They were chased away from the town and have now settled somewhere near in the moors, though the general public has yet to discover their exact location.

    After taking some time, they have quietly set up a small shop near the market, Hecate's Emporium, selling strange goods and boasting mystic powers such as fortune telling and conversing with the dead. They take little time dallying around the streets however, and have yet to be seen stealing anything. But that has not stopped fear and suspicion abounding. Overriding any trace of common sense or reasonable deduction. Soon, a few pejorative titles bestowed themselves upon them. Mildly; the Moorland Hags, worse; the Bog Gypsies, or worse still; Gypsy Bitches.

    Are they as bad as all that? Certainly, they are strange to behold together. Often clad in unkempt rags, strange costumes, or, more rarely, nothing at all. Not truly Romani people, as the caravan might suggest, but likely not all homegrown from English soil either.

    The latest gossip tells remarks on one of their rank being invited into the castle to perform a séance, which has boosted their reputation for both good and ill so far.

    On the inside, they call themselves the Cult of Hecate. Worshipping the Greek goddess, but only in concept. Adopting the monikers of famous witches, if only to hide their identities. Their purpose is nothing so sinister or concrete as Madsmoor has imagined; they seek only to live in peace among each other after fleeing their former lives. Perhaps some seek redemption after a criminal charge, or freedom and safety from an impoverished or dangerous locale. Others merely could not resist the call of the open road.

    Only a very select few are allowed within their sacred trust. While they are wary of the common English man, they have been known to accept those of any sex to walk among them, or even those who skirt the poles of man and woman altogether. All one must do to visit their 'coven' is follow their creed:

    No blade or pistol shall be drawn,
    No fist or palm aloft in rage,
    All gods and demons loved in turn,
    All hearts and spirits we engage.

    All praise Hecate, grand enchantress!
    All will dance in gleeful madness!

    Moon and Eye, ye sign our treaty,
    Strike the earth and burn the crown,
    Swear to us thine faithful fealty,
    All our friendly winds be blown.

    All praise Hecate, grand enchantress!
    All will dance in gleeful madness!
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    On Becoming A Sister

    Currently, there are twelve Initiated Sisters living in and among the caravan and the hut that is under construction in Menka's Bog. Check our Want Ad Submissions thread and Position Claims to see who's who thus far. They do not have to be cis female, but for IC reasons, they are generally wary of those they perceive to be binary/cis male. On some rare occasions, they allow male people to be their allies, depending on the circumstances, and particularly if they are blood relatives of one or more of them.

    To become a sister officially, one must go through a small initiation rite performed by the entire group. During which, the sister is given a nickname, often of a famous witch of yore, or a feminine goddess of some kind. Some suggestions for names: Befana, Black Annis/Agnes, Cassandra, Cat Sìth, Cerridwen, Freyja, Grimhild, Gullveig, Heior, Jezebel, Kikimora, Lilith, Medea, Nyx,


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