Coventree: The Basic Beliefs of Wizardry

Wizardry (which is always capitalized in Coventree) is similar in many ways to modern Wicca, although it has evolved in somewhat different directions and taken on a much more rigid structure because it is a state religion. In the kingdom of Coventree, attempts have been made to keep magic “white” with curse-casting more or less forbidden. But some curses are handed down, especially against vermin and threats to crops, and human nature being what it is, some innovate minds have looked for ways to expand their use. Coventrean wizards do believe in the Threefold Rule though, which states that whatever they do for good or evil will come back to them threefold. That is usually enough to keep most practitioners of magic in line.

They invoke the gods and goddesses, or Mighty Ones, in their public rituals, and in most of their spellcasting. There is some dispute among Coventree scholars over whether a difference exists between Gods/Goddesses and the Mighty Ones. Some, nervous about the close relationship between the Mighty Ones and the Black Priesthood, like to make a distinction. Others argue that the Black Priesthood has been presumptuous in calling their spirit allies Mighty Ones, and that they are really something else altogether. Which goes to show you that theologians are pretty much the same, whatever world you may find them in.

Click on the Coventree tag below for more background on Coventree.

The Founding of Coventree

The First Founders of Coventree were a coven of English witches, brought to an Earth in a parallel universe by Mighty Ones who took advantage of a short-lived rift between the two worlds. Seeing as they were being severely persecuted in the England of the time, they did not need much persuading to leave behind everything they knew for a new world empty of all other people. Other covens followed in short order, but the original group took on an almost mythical status in Coventrean society. Children memorized their names in school and those fortunate enough to be descendants of the First Founders usually made a point of telling their neighbours more often than was strictly necessary.

The Founders, whether of the First or subsequent Orders, had only been able to bring with them what they could carry. Because of this they inevitably suffered a technological setback, and some technologies had still not been recovered at the time of the events of Disenchanted. By then they had reached a level similar to that of the late medieval period in our world, but with a very different mentality. They had come with a Renaissance mindset, and although their living conditions brought about quite a few changes, its influence was never erased. The books they had brought with them were reminders of what they could aspire to, and the social restlessness that had grown up by Blayn Goodwin’s time meant that they were starting to look for greater things.

Founder of Coventree
A founder of Coventree

Guest-blogging at Finding the True Fairy Tale

The Word Changers

Today I am guest-blogging at Ashlee Willis's website, Finding the True Fairy Tale. There I explain why a woman on the downside slope of middle age wrote a novel in a genre that traditionally appeals more to young men than mature women. (The fact that I haven't fully grown up was never mentioned, primarily because I was the one writing the post.)

Click through to find my post about finding the story of Coventree.

Ashlee is the author of The Word Changers, a story about a girl who falls into a storybook and finds herself replacing the princess. She comes to the disturbing realization that the princess deliberately escaped, but what was she escaping? Ashlee's short story "A Wish Made of Glass", an adaptation of the Cinderella theme, is coming out soon, and in honour of that she is doing a series of interviews with other authors of Cinderella rewrites. Fairy-tale lovers, you have been advised.