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A curse is a form of magic invoked for long-term malevolent purposes.

Overview

Curses are a type of magic spell cast for inflicting harm onto specific individuals. A curse manifests in a way that causes its victim suffering that can be physical, psychological, or both. There are even curses that can outright kill the victim. In some cases, they even impose a burden to hold back the suffering.

Once cast, a curse can usually be broken only by the caster, but this is not always the case. Depending on the nature of the curse and skill of its caster, it can be broken by the purification or destruction of whatever carries a curse. Breaking a curse cast by another takes considerable power and skill in magic, and has the possibility of being very dangerous for those involved. Members of the Healing Coven specialize in curse-breaking by medicinal magic. However, depending on the curse in question, not all can be cured or removed by witches. Prior to its destruction, the Healing Hat of the Healing Coven was said to be capable of removing any type of curse. Currently, the only known being powerful enough to remove otherwise uncurable curses is Emperor Belos.

How a curse is generally created is currently unknown. In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", however, it is revealed that the owl beast was once a living creature who was transformed by the Collector into the scroll with which Lilith curses Eda. According to the other circles, this curse is different from anything they have experienced before, which suggests that this kind of magic is unknown to most witches and demons.

Curses may also be removed or lessened via transference to another.

Known curses

  • Owl Beast curse: This curse transforms the victim into a vicious owl-like creature that attacks and devours anything in sight. In addition, it prevents them from performing magic in their cursed state and causes them to lose the ability to perform magic over time. When consulted by the other covens, it's revealed that this curse is unlike anything they have encountered, with the only thing to serve as remedy being a special elixir which the victim must drink daily. The curse comes into effect when the victim becomes very stressed, and also has the side effect of making its victims have easily detachable limbs. Additionally, it causes its victims to physically age faster than the normal rate. Edalyn Clawthorne received this curse at a young age from her sister, Lilith. Eventually, Lilith shared the curse with Eda as of "Young Blood, Old Souls".
  • Death hex letter curse: In "Really Small Problems", someone attempted to assassinate Eda by sending her an letter with some sort of "death hex", but the letter was identified by Eda as such immediately and thrown into a the garbage bin, which apparently activated the death hex, as the letter and the garbage can itself first condensed into a dark purple sphere and then disappeared into thin air.

Sightings

Trivia

  • Some curses can be counteracted through the means of a remedy or elixir. However, they do not permanently remove the curse but inhibit it for a relative period of time, making them a temporary solution at best. Much like antibiotics, if taken over long periods of time, the elixir can lose potency, as what happened to Eda.
    • As shown in "Agony of a Witch", it is possible to delay a curse using pure magic, but this is depletive on a witch's magic bile sac to the point the witch risks succumbing to the curse once they drain their magic supply. As seen later in "Young Blood, Old Souls", if they were to somehow recover from the curse then their ability to use magic would be heavily crippled.
    • In Eda's Requiem, as Eda plays her lute, the curse begins to shrivel up and corrode items around her.
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