A guide for FreeForm’s Motherland: Fort Salem featuring who plays who, character descriptions, and other noteworthy information.
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From the Chippewa Cession, near the Carolina’s, Raelle’s family are a long line of healers, and she is no different. But, unlike her peers, she finds no honor in serving as a witch. Especially after her mother died in action.
Additional Information About The Character
1: It is revealed her mom died under the leadership of Abigail’s mother during a firefight in Liberia.
1: Was well known back home due to her healing locals, even though most witches aren’t supposed to practice magic, in that capacity, until they get to basic training.
1: Taking note of her kissing Scylla, it is safe to assume Raelle is open to girls.
Abigail comes from a long line of witches, including some of those who fought alongside General Adler when she first began a witch army. And it is because of that legacy she, of her unit, takes training and the possibility of prestige the most serious.
Additional Information About The Character
1: Her specialty is manipulation
1: Abigail’s family stretched from Maryland to New York.
A young woman who grew up in a matrifocal compound, near Sacramento, California, whose mom lost 4 sisters, so neither her mother nor her were required to join the military. Yet, with ideas of traveling, and really buying into the sales pitch, Tally is gung-ho on all she can do.
Scylla is a necromancer who also happens to be an undercover member of the Spree. Now, as for what she plans to do at Circe Barracks? Well, one of the first things she seems to be doing is recruiting, and Raelle might be the first one she convinces to join the Spree.
Bryon is someone who befriends Raelle during the Beltane for, as someone who is also queer, he recognizes how awkward the whole experience is. Yet, the dance which proceeds the ceremony, the Reel, probably matches them together not due to them being the opposite sex, or sexuality, but since they truly understand one another. Leading to Bryon perhaps being one of the first real friends Raelle makes since conscription. At least without some sort of physical force being involved.
All we know about Mikaela, upon introduction, is that she is a member of the Spree. Now, what is her specific role, is she Scylla’s handler? This isn’t known. However, she clearly is part of the plan to hit the Bellweather clan.
Abigail’s mother, the head of the Bellweather family, as well as the Head of Intelligence for General Adler’s army, Petra is beholden by the family name and expects the world of Abigail. Thus making it so Abigail and her have a relationship more focused on legacy than love.
Libba belongs to a rival family of Abigail’s and is her rival. One who does have the capability of being friends with her, but with generations of bad blood placed into her and Abigail’s minds, it would take a life or death situation to bring them together.
Scylla’s ex-boyfriend whose family were also dodgers, and together, their families were on the run from the government for years. Information that Porter finds strange Raelle doesn’t know, and by forcing Scylla to reveal something personal before she was ready, Porter pays the consequence.
Raelle’s mortal father who raised her in her mother’s absence.
Additional Information About Edwin
General Information About Motherland: Fort Salem
Groups & Organizations
A terrorist group that thinks conscription into the military is akin to slavery and their goal is to dismantle the global military-industrial complex by any means necessary. Even if that means killing fellow witches or those without magic.
YouTube: The Spree began their attacks 20 to 25 years ago. For reference, General Adler has run her army for over 300 years.
1.6: Usually doesn’t attack witches.
1.7: Has a base in Middlebury, Vermont at Baylord Auto Plant.
Military High Council
The decision-makers behind who will go on to war college.
Witch hunters that General Adler believed she handled 200 years ago but they have since returned.
1.10: Began around the time of Henry the 8th and Phillip the 2nd
Do bastardized magic, using vocal chords from witches, to do magic
Where the show’s story begins and the unit comprising of Raelle, Tally, and Abigail get trained.
The international tribunal for witches, similar to the UN.
A training facility, somewhere near Boston, MA where training exercises are held which are supposed to mirror real combat situations.
Terms To Know
The day when girls are asked to give their oath to the military.
The document which allowed for peace between witches and mortals in the Americas.
1.3: The women who keep General Adler alive by sacrificing their youth and magic. According to the after show, they only last 5 to 6 years.
1.10: When a person becomes a biddie, they take on 45 years
2020 Comic-Con Panel: The bond Biddies have with Adler is a psychic bond that will allow Tally into Adler’s memories.
1.1: A drug used for combat drops
A celebration of life, joy, and sexuality that occurs that includes a ceremony known as the “Reel” which partners up witches with who they are compatible with and shall spend the evening with. Mind you, not always to have sex, but that is often what happens.
A book the men using during Beltane to help them woo girls.
A defense spell which acts as an impact-absorbing shield.
The name given to children who lost their mothers to war.
1.3: Witches who, alongside having no desire to fight or be militarized, have songs that haven’t been heard in generations.
1.9: An illegal act in which a witch can take over someone’s person and force them to say or do what they please.
Other Noteworthy Information
1.1: Necromancer, Healer, Shapeshifters, Wind Magic, Mind Manipulation
1.3: In India, rather than use their voice, as American witches do, they use gestures.
1.4: We learn healing magic often connects the healer and wounded to the point of creating a permanent connection. One that can lead to the healer absorbing past memories.
1.7: Christo-Pagan: A type of magic that is looked down upon compared to “Canon” magic, which is what General Adler’s army used. From what it seems, Christo-Pagan magic might be a bit more common where Raelle is from.
On every girl, there is a mark which proves they are a witch and, after having sex, usually it is shiny.
We’re told the draft for that year was one of the smallest in history
Promotions and performance are based on the unit, rather than the strengths of an individual.
It usually takes 9 months to train a squad for war.
Sexuality isn’t something necessarily cared about amongst witches but, if you have functioning reproductive organs, you are expected to contribute to the cause.
One of the reasons why the Swythe and Bellweather family have beef is over the battle of Juarez and the question of, between Madeline Swythe and Jem Bellweather, who was the true heroine of the battle.
Witch weddings last only 5 years and the main intention is to take a man off the market and have children with a single witch.
There are breastplates, as we see the Spree wear, which can undo a witch’s ability to use their magic.
It appears one of the main tasks of the men, beyond procreation, is building and modifying weapons.
Their history timeline is different from our world.