By Mykela

Baa’mith

Summary

Baa’mith’s mother and older sister were witches, so she grew up as a witch and in a witch community, thus witching became what she knew and loved.  At age four, she attended her naming ceremony where she gained her witch name. Shortly afterward she was ready to take her two years test.

Of course, in families there are misunderstandings and jealousies so at one point in Baa’mith’s life she came close to joining the black witch community.  Her mother found out and revealed some secrets or surprises to Baa’mith including whom she was to marry.  This helped Baa’mith know and realize that her mother did not favor her sister over her.

Baa’mith also entered the ancient magic chamber at a fairly young age.  The chamber had called her sister, so Baa’mith and her mother entered the chamber to find the sister.  No matter the reason for entering the chamber, a test is set up for each individual, and that test must be passed to exit with your magic.  Baa’mith passed her test, and she gained many benefits.  One great benefit was that since she was so young no one was watching her witching, so most witches didn’t know or realize she ever entered the chamber and having such a secret was highly advantageous.

Baa’mith did not grow up with the name Baa’mith.  Her name was changed to Baa’mith when her husband and son faked her death.  In the battles and wars before the story, Baa’mith had been a formidable witch and started having black witches seeking to kill her, a few tried by using the curse of a name.  Baa’mith didn’t know what name to take or how to take another name, but she decided to use the name of her daughter who was born still.  And with all the attempts on her life her husband had an easy time of faking the death.  At that point Baa’mith only helped with the battles remotely, but she still helped and did her part through her caldron, until the battles stopped.

Baa’mith grew up with her mother as her teacher and her mother, her students, and her husband died during the battles, so with the attempts on her own life Baa’mith became more cautious, and when the battles ceased Baa’mith did not try to gain more students.  She did study and practice magic herself, but without her own teacher she didn’t have someone directing her course of study, but she did vow to take students again once Guinevere returned among them.

After losing so many people during the battles she felt very much alone.  Moreover, her sister had disappeared long ago, and no one was sure if she was still alive, so the only family she had left was her son; although because her husband and son faked her death, they did not openly acknowledge the relationship.

Even though all these things didn’t encourage Baa’mith to practice and learn magic, magic was what she knew.  As she continued to practice magic even for the little things, it helped her deal with all her losses.  She really wanted a teacher and with a teacher or Guinevere’s return, she would take more students.  However, she had actually passed her mother in her witching before her mother’s death, and did not know a witch strong enough to lead her.

In book one, the story more just talks about this witch.  She is allied with King Kurst and has told him that she will take students if witch Guinevere lives.  King Kurst doesn’t delve into why, but he knows that the existence of witch Guinevere is significantly important.  He hopes and tries to ascertain if Mi’atsha is witch Guinevere.  He, as all the kings, would love to see the white witch community grow once again.  As King Kurst learns about Mi’atsha he consults with Baa’mith to gauge Mi’astsha’s power.  King Kurst’s reports much encourage Baa’mith, and she starts watching Mi’atsha more closely as she is able through her caldron.

In book two Baa’mith joins Mi’atsha’s coven and does become one of Mi’atsha’s head witches.

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