Circle of the Crone of DC

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Current Belief Structure

As the national, and even global, seat of democracy, the Circle of the Crone here enjoy a remarkably wide and varied collection of accepted belief systems. While the current Hierophant is extremely traditional in her beliefs, many others of the Circle practice highly personalized variants of known and obscure faiths, as well as amalgams of multiple faiths. The tolerated beliefs of this city have been glibly described by some as “And it hurt none, do what thou will.”


The Hierophant has been known to gently correct this perception. It may be more appropriate to describe tolerated beliefs in this city as “And it further the Circle, do what thou may.” Tolerated beliefs under the current Hierophant are those that:

• Strengthen the Circle’s influence, or at minimum, do not diminish it

• Acknowledge the supremacy of the Circle as compared to other covenants

• Support and abide by the roles and structure of the Circle, including Crone, Hermit, Mother, Father, Maiden, and Hero

• Cherish the creation, nurturing, and sustaining of life

• Value the long-held utility of suffering in bringing enlightenment


Any belief based in part or in whole on Livian heresy will not be tolerated in the Circle.

Any belief that espouses the damnation of kindred simply for being kindred will not be tolerated in the Circle.

Any Acolyte that creates childer and fails to perform their duty as a sire will be enlightened through great suffering.

Acolytes are forbidden from sharing the secrets of the Circle with a kindred outside the Circle, with very few exceptions made for trusted members of the Chorus.


The Hierophant believes that new benefits from respect and knowledge of old, and that old benefits from the verve and clear vision of new. It is her wish that every resident Acolyte find a suitable place in the Circle of D.C. This desire, however, is not to be mistaken for blind acceptance.

As it is her duty to ensure that the Circle of D.C. remain untainted by untrue or misguided Acolytes, she requires, as is traditional, that all members of the Circle enlighten her about their beliefs and accompanying rituals before they may enjoy the favor of the Circle, participate in the Circle’s rituals, or access the Circle’s temple. She has even been known to take the voice from Acolytes unwilling to share their faith with their brothers and sisters (OOC: Acolytes who have not had their beliefs and rituals approved of by the Hierophant will not be allowed to speak at Crone meetings; “If you will not speak with the Hierophant, you will not be heard.”)


(OOC: Acolytes seeking acceptance into the Circle of D.C. must answer the following questions and their answers must be found acceptable by the Hierophant:

1) Who do you worship?

2) What acts or ceremonies do you perform to demonstrate your worship?

3) Why did you join the Crone?

4) Why do you stay with the Crone?

5) What are your feelings concerning the Lance?

6) What role do you expect the CotC to play in our city?)

Rituals

'''Winter Solstice/Yule''' (longest night) Dec 20-23
Marks the last month of the old year and the first month of the new year
One of the four lunar festivals (Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon)


'''Imbolc''' Feb 2
Traditionally marks winter's end and spring's start; it is time for purification
One of the four solar festivals [a fixed date] (Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain)


'''Vernal Equinox/Ostara''' March 19-22
The day equals the night; a time of rebirth and a time of fertility
One of the four lunar festivals (Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon)


'''Beltane''' May 1
Traditionally the first day of summer
One of the four solar festivals [a fixed date] (Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain)


'''Summer Solstice/Litha''' (longest day) June 19-23
Considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest
One of the four lunar festivals (Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon)


'''Lughnasadh''' Aug 1
The first of the three Pagan autumn harvest festivals, it emphasizes abundance; the other two being Mabon and Samhain
One of the four solar festivals [a fixed date] (Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain)


'''Autumnal Equinox/Mabon''' Sept 21-24
A ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months
One of the four lunar festivals (Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon)


'''Samhain''' Nov 1
A time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on; at Samhain the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest point of the whole year
One of the four solar festivals [a fixed date] (Beltane, Imbolc, Lughnasadh, and Samhain)

Hierophant

Status

Acolytes

  • Maia Highbourne - 4 (Respected)
  • Victor Smith - 5 (Admired)
  • Faistine [aka Oracle] - 4 (Respected)
  • Nathaniel Deacon - 3 (Valued)
  • Tonitrus - 3 (Valued)
  • Michel Fontaine - 2 (Recognized)
  • Sanguine - 2 (Recognized)
  • Robert Blackwell - 2 (Recognized)
  • Olivia Deacon - 2 (Recognized)


Chorus

Daeva

Gangrel

Mehket

Nosferatu

Ventrue