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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
Originally posted by Wilfredo Martinez
WHAT is a witch supposed to be, exactly? Why do they have to be killed? How come some are allowed in the team, and IS Robin a witch or not?
A witch is a person who inheirited a certain gene that causes special abilities to surface in their inner being. They can manefest at any time. Thousands of years ago, the witches were gods, but gradually the ability to pass the gene down generations led the normal people, the humans, who had no spectacular ability at all, to hunt down the witches. Most were killed off, but the gene survived and a minority of the population still carries it.
Most likely, the person that is a witch, has no idea at all they are one. These people are called Seeds, because they have a potential to become dangerous if their powers manifest, which may or may not happen. It usually does. Anyways, if a person is mentally unprepared to handle an abrupt surfacing of witch’s power, they go out of control, become apthetic, etc. Some withdraw from humanity, others seek to harm humans just to blame someone for their being a freak of nature and…some witches control their powers and live in hiding. Other witches use their ability to their advantage (Episode 2 is a major example).
By society’s standards, this labels them dangerous. For the public protection, hunters are employeed under utter secrecy, in Solomon, to track down potentially dangerous witches. In Italy, and other parts of the world as well, the witches are hunted down (by gun, and craft, which I’ll explain in a sec) and killed. Well in Japan (Solomon’s branch there is called STN-J), a more “humane” method is practiced. The witches get “hunted” but they don’t get killed. STN-J allows its hunters to use a type of liquid ammo, called Orbo, which blocks most incoming witches power (basically nullifies it, the hunters wear a chain of Orbo across their neck for protection). They shoot the witches with orbo, which may render them unconsious. Then, an organization, called Factory drives in and picks up the body. Factory is well, a factory, and a heavily guarded compound which houses all the captured witches.
Now onto craft and Karasuma. Some hunters, are actually witches. When hunters get employed, they go through a mental test given by a higher power of authority flown in from Solomon. if they are in the right frame of mind and can totally control their powers, they are considered for the hunting job. Most hunters who are witches live life as a normal human. Others like Kate, snap. But anyways, these hunters use their ability, which is called Craft. This is the technological term for witches who have been trained to control their power and present absolutely no danger to the hunters or society whatsoever. Karasuma is a witch, for she can use her “scrying” ability (psychometry?). This type of power isn’t threatening at all- it’s more along the lines of a pyschic, so her witch heritage isnt even considered at all in the series. When Robin comes along, we learn that she can use Craft as well- the ability to control fire. Essentially yes, this makes her a witch, but she doesn’t get called that, since the term witch is associated to the danger and whatnot. That fact isnt acknowledged until Ep 10. Robin starts to realize she is a full fledged witch, and much much more. This contrasts with her Amon-love, because she becomes increasingly scared that he’ll try to kill her, and we are lead to believe that. She doesn’t acknowledge anyone else’s opinions in the matter, just his, because Kate, the dead hunter, was Amon’s partner and well…things look suspicious. He has a hatred of witches and she was one and…got killed.
It’s a lot more complex than this…Robin’s history goes back to the Salem Witch Trials and Methuselah a 400 year old witch who explains what Robin really is, and her potential.
Personally, I like well-written series, action is not always necessary. On the other hand, I don’t like it if things are TOO fatalistic. Could you link me to a site that describes EVERYTHING about the series? (Don’t worry, I AM perfectly capable of enjoying a series EVEN when I know everything about it, which apparently makes a rarity around these parts. 8 )
I’m like that too. I usually like to understand everything before I watch.
I recommend visiting usuyami.vauss.com It’s my WHR base on the net (WHR sites are so limited ><) and the web mistress there is really great.
This is a shrine to Amon. It’s pretty cool. He’s the other leading half, so he has a lot to do with how the storyline shapes out.
Any more questions feel free to ask.