Dr. Nancy Clarice Werlock is one of the most successful marriage and family counselors in the Delaware Valley. Some credit her uncanny empathy. Some credit her quick wit and quirky sense of humor. But Nancy also has a unique set of skills she didn’t learn from any psychology training.
Nancy is a sixth generation demonologist, and though she upset her mother when she decided to pursue a mundane professional instead of taking up the family business, she’s kept her magical skills sharp by integrating a few choice spells into her counseling practice.
As the protagonist of the series, Nancy shares her trials and troubles in the form of diary entries.
Hellfire: Whether due to her family’s uncanny connection to magic or just a byproduct of her temper, Nancy can wield Hellfire, the potent elemental energy of the abyssal planes, like few other warlocks. Whether it is to send a precise bolt of Hellfire at a single target or to call down a column of Hellfire to take out a group, even her friends warn others to be wary of making her an enemy. (Though she insists to this day she only singed Steve’s hair and didn’t actually set him on fire).
Iron Wall Incantation: A useful incantation to have ready when dealing with an apprentice who often accidentally reads minds, the Iron Wall Incantation closes the witch’s aura and mind off to intrusion, preventing others from reading her aura or trying to pry into her thoughts.
Third Eye Incantation: All evokers, and warlocks in particular, find this incantation useful. Nancy is so adept at casting it that she can even do so in front of mundanes without anyone noticing. The incantation allows the witch to read auras and detect and identity paranormal residues or ethereal entities.
The Werlock Bloodline
For six generations, one of the few things that could scare religion into a demon was the name “Werlock.”
Wanda Werlock: Despite all of the family’s magical power, they are still mortal. Wanda was killed in a drunk driving accident at the age of fifty-five, and it was her death that sparks the series of events that leads to Nancy’s return to the craft. Fortunately, death is merely an inconvenience for powerful warlocks, and Wanda continues to provide support and guidance to her daughter from beyond the grave.
Morrigan Werlock: Considered the most powerful member of the family to have ever lived, and possibly one of the most powerful warlocks of the modern era, Morrigan Werlock achieved Rank One status and served as the first female Magus for the School of Demonology. Like Wanda, she hasn’t let a little thing like death get in the way of supporting her family. It is said that Morrigan’s reputation was such that she could summon archdemons and princes, who actually answered the summons willingly just to have the opportunity to argue infernal politics with her.
Morrigan opened Three Wishes in 1969, using the fledgling New Age movement as a cover to operate a shop catering to witches. Considered scandalous and a breach risk at the time, The Nine nonetheless permitted it, and soon more witches realized it was possible to operate in plain site.
Angelica Werlock: Belinda’s daughter was pregnant with Morrigan when her mother and step-father vanished. Her husband, Albert Gordon, was also a warlock. Angelica was the first member of the family to reach Rank Two after banishing three mariliths that had been summoned by a death cult. Angelica lingered for a time after her death to help her daughter Morrigan finish her Rank Three trials, then declared that she was going to go find Albert and the two of them would build a fief on one of the frozen levels of Hell…as she was always found of skiing.
Belinda Werlock: Erna’s daughter was actually the first member of the family to formally join the College of Evocation, later convincing her mother to join. Belinda became a renown scholar of demonic lore and penned a half dozen texts on the methodologies of banishing demonic entities. Her first husband, Simon Schubert, was an archaeologist. Simon died on an expedition when Angelica was seven. Belinda’s second husband, Frederick Ferguson, was a Rank Two Traveler. One day, the pair disappeared and never returned. The only thing they had left behind for Angelica was a cryptic note about taking a day trip to the City of Pandemonium.
Erna Werlock: Erna and her husband Henry came to the United States from Germany under the guise of political refugees during the Revolutions of 1848. In reality, Erna was fleeing persecution from a radical religious sect that blamed her for the demonic possession of their leader. In truth, she had been trying to capture the demon to banish it when it made a deal with their leader, but they were disinclined to listen to the truth. Their last name had been Werner, but they changed it to Werlock, a play on Warlock, when they emigrated. Erna died two years after her husband, and never communicated with her family from beyond the grave.