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WHEN IS ALL OF THIS TAKING PLACE?
Though the verse is happening in present day, John and Katherine Carver came to the New World in 1620.
WHO IS THE ORACLE?
The Oracle is Katherine Carver. She has survived throughout the centuries by selecting and rearing up some of the Culled to become vessels. These women who are selected often have a disposition of the dark arts or are more spiritually attune to the things beyond our world. Once the vessel has reached a particular point where Katherine, the Oracle, finds them favorable, she uses a series of rituals to pass her soul from the physical body she is in to the physical body of the vessel. The soul of the person the Oracle occupies still exists inside of the body, but the vessel's soul cannot do anything, only observe how the Oracle uses her body.
WHO WAS THE WITCH?
The witch was a servant of Katherine's Master, who was sent to find Katherine and give her information, tricking her into becoming the Master's slave.
WHO/WHAT IS THE ORACLE'S MASTER?
The Master, as the Oracle refers to the being whom she is subjected to, is an ancient, dark force that has been upon the earth for thousands of years. This dark being uses the witches who barter with him in exchange for his power as a means to help him create a physical body. Only the Oracle knows the Master's identity and real name.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CULLED AND THE CHOSEN?
The Culled are the people who have been contacted by the Oracle but have not yet given their souls over to the Master. The Chosen are those members of the Culled that have been brought to the House and have gone through the indoctrination ceremonies and rituals in order to subject themselves to the Oracle and the Master.
WHAT DO THE CHOSEN DO?
There is a hierarchical system put in place in the House of Carver. For the Chosen, their given place in the House relies upon their seniority, their particular skills, and their proclivity for the dark arts. There are Hunters who gather the subjects--animal and human--and materials for the rituals, search for the Culled, and special groups are tasked with finding the Outcasts; Enforcers who make up a small military force with the purpose of protecting the House and guarding the borders, ensuring no one enters or leaves without the Oracle's permission; and the Watchers, the right hand of the Oracle. The Watchers are comprised of those Culled and Chosen who the Oracle either seeks to become her vessel, or who show formidable talent with the dark arts. The Watchers work heavily with the occult and dark magic, and are all students of the Oracle and her Master. There are also Chosen who take care of the House and the younger Culled who have not yet gone through indoctrination.
WHO ARE THE OUTCASTS?
The Outcasts were previous members of the House of Carver that have escaped and gone beyond the borders of Essex. They can be anyone and do anything, a fugitive trying to put their life back together. These Outcasts would still have dreams and nightmares as the Oracle tries to call them back to the House, and they would be on the run from the Hunters. There is a leader of the Outcasts (who can be played by a member after discussing with the administration). This leader would keep tabs on all of the Outcasts, making sure they are safe, but would also be in the midst of forming a rebellion, seeking to take down the House.
I read that Watchers are comprised of those Culled and Chosen--- Can you further explain the difference between the two? I originally thought Culled and Chosen were the same. Unless I am confusing myself somewhere.