Motherland: Fort Salem Cast and Character Guide

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A guide for FreeForm’s Motherland: Fort Salem featuring who plays who, character descriptions, and other noteworthy information.


Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

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Raelle (Taylor Hickson)

Raelle (Taylor Hickson) waiting to be conscripted.
Raelle (Taylor Hickson)

Character Description (Introduced In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Say The Words” [Series Premiere])

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.

Quotes From The Character


Abigail Bellweather (Ashley Nicole Williams)

Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) during an assembly.
Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams)

Character Description (Introduced In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Say The Words” [Series Premiere])

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.
  • 1: Her mother, Petra, is a commanding officer

Quotes From The Character


Tally (Jessica Sutton)

Tally (Jessica Sutton) talking to Raelle
Tally (Jessica Sutton)

Character Description (Introduced In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Say The Words” [Series Premiere])

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.

Additional Information About The Character

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Quotes From The Character


Scylla (Amalia Holm)

Scylla (Amalia Holm) talking to Raelle.
Scylla (Amalia Holm)

Character Description (Introduced In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Say The Words” [Series Premiere])

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.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.2: Comes from a family of draft dodgers 

Quotes From The Character


General Sarah Alder (Lyne Renee)

General Sarah Adler (Lyne Renee) giving a speech.
General Sarah Adler (Lyne Renee)

Character Description (Introduced In: Season 1 Episode 1 “Say The Words” [Series Premiere])

A witch who is over 327 years old, and is the founder of the American army ran by and filled with witches. To many, she is a controversial figure, but also a respected one.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.2: Before summoning a storm and handing the fate of witches to mortals, General Adler lost her sister.
    • It is said the song she released, which summoned the storm, caused her to be infertile.

Quotes From The Character


Bryon

Bennett Taylor as Bryon introducing himself and revealing he is queer.
Bennett Taylor as Bryon: You can’t sense my “I’m not interested in girls” vibes?

Played By Bennett Taylor

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Hail Beltane”

Brief Description

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.

Additional Information About Bryon

Quotes


Mikaela

Veronika Hadrava as Mikaela reminding Scylla of her mission.
Veronika Hadrava as Mikaela

Played By Veronika Hadrava

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Hail Beltane”

Brief Description

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.

Additional Information About Mikaela

Quotes


Petra

Catherine Lough Haggquist as Petra talking to General Adler.
Catherine Lough Haggquist as Petra

Played By Catherine Lough Haggquist

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 4 “Hail Beltane”

Brief Description

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.

Additional Information About Petra

Quotes


President Kelly Wade (Sheryl Lee Ralph)

President Kelly Wade (Sheryl Lee Ralph) speaking to General Adler.
President Kelly Wade (Sheryl Lee Ralph)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “My Witches” 

Brief Description

The president of the United States who asserts her authority in episode 2 as the Spree threat starts to increase its number of casualties during an election year.

Additional Information About President Wade

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Quotes


Libba Swythe (Sarah Yarkin)

Libba (Sarah Yarkin) ready for training.
Libba (Sarah Yarkin)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “My Witches” 

Brief Description

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.

Additional Information About Libba

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Quotes


Glory (Annie Jacob)

Glory (Annie Jacob) excited about what Tally did.
Glory (Annie Jacob)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “My Witches” 

Brief Description

One of Tally’s friends, her best friend to be exact, from back home who questions why did she join the military?

Additional Information About Glory

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Quotes


Anacostia (Demetria McKinney)

Anacostia (Demetria McKinney) watching her trainees practice.
Anacostia (Demetria McKinney)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “My Witches” 

Brief Description

The drill sergaent for Abigail’s graduating class who has close ties to General Adler.

Additional Information About Anacostia

  • 1.2: Is a fosterling

Quotes


Lt. Helen Graves (Camille Hollett-French)

Lt. Helen Graves (Camille Hollett-French) talking to Raelle.
Lt. Helen Graves (Camille Hollett-French)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 2 “My Witches” 

Brief Description

Someone who presents themselves as a sophomore in war college, with a specialty in necromancy, but is likely another Spree disguise of Scylla.

Update

1.8: Is an actual person and hasn’t done guard duty, when she supposedly met Raelle, in years.

Additional Information About Lt. Helen Graves

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Quotes


Witchfather (Nick Tarabay)

Witchfather (Nick Tarabay) greeting General Adler.
Witchfather (Nick Tarabay)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “A Biddy’s Life”

Brief Description

General Adler’s lover who isn’t necessarily her male counterpart, but is in charge of training the male witches.

Additional Information About Witchfather

  • 1.3: While his age isn’t mentioned, he seems familiar with Abigail’s mother, Petra, when she was Abigail’s age.

Quotes


Porter (David Lennon)

Porter (David Lennon) speaking to Raelle.
Porter (David Lennon)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “A Biddy’s Life”

Brief Description

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.

Additional Information About Porter

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Quotes


Gerit (Kai Bradbury)

Gerit (Kai Bradbury) seeking out Tally.
Gerit (Kai Bradbury)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “A Biddy’s Life”

Brief Description

Tally’s love interest and the one she hones in on during the Beltane.

Additional Information About Gerit

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Quotes


General Sharma (Chelsea Gill)

General Sharma (Chelsea Gill) challenging General Adler.
General Sharma (Chelsea Gill)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 3 “A Biddy’s Life”

Brief Description

One of General Adler’s biggest critiques, and likely the one who would be the first to volunteer to challenge General Adler for her position within the Hague. 

Additional Information About General Sharma

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Quotes


Dean Coral (Maria Marlow)

Dean Coral (Maria Marlow) talking to Abigail.
Dean Coral (Maria Marlow)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 5 “Bellweather Season”

Brief Description

The dean of war college that Abigail is tasked with impressing in episode 5, alongside her unit.

Additional Information About Dean Coral

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Quotes


Charvel (Bernadette Beck)

Charvel (Bernadette Beck) during the bonding ceremony.
Charvel (Bernadette Beck)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 5 “Bellweather Season”

Brief Description

Abigail’s cousin who is getting married.

Additional Information About Charvel

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Quotes


Bridey (Naiah Cummins)

Bridey (Naiah Cummins) looking down.
Bridey (Naiah Cummins)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Up Is Down”

Brief Description

Abigail’s bodyguard after the incident in episode 5.

Additional Information About Bridey

  • 1.6: The reason she wears an eye patch is because she refused healing after losing a member of her unit.

Quotes


Adil (Tony Giroux)

Adil (Tony Giroux) talking to General Adler.
Adil (Tony Giroux)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Up Is Down”

Brief Description

A Tarim witch brought to Fort Salem as his sister, Khalida, recovers. 

Additional Information About Adil

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Quotes


Khalida (Kylee Brown)

Khalida (Kylee Brown) in what appears to be a coma.
Khalida (Kylee Brown)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 6 “Up Is Down”

Brief Description

Adil’s younger sister who, due to her sickness, leads to them both ending up in Fort Salem.

Additional Information About Khalida

  • 1.7 (After Show): Her power is on a High Priestess level.

Quotes


Willa (Diana Pavlovska)

Willa (Diana Pavlovska) questioning Scylla.
Willa (Diana Pavlovska)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 10

Brief Description

Raelle’s mother, who we were led to believe died in a mission led by Petra Bellweather but, in reality, she is a Spree member. If not a Spree in a leadership position.

Additional Information About Willa

  • Is well known for her healing powers.

Quotes


Edwin (Hrothgar Mathews)

Edwin (Hrothgar Matthews) learning the fate of his daughter.
Edwin (Hrothgar Matthews)

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 10

Brief Description

Raelle’s mortal father who raised her in her mother’s absence.

Additional Information About Edwin

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Quotes


General Information About Motherland: Fort Salem

Network
FreeForm
Creator(s)Eliot Laurence
First Aired3/18/2020
Hashtag#Motherland

Groups & Organizations

Spree

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.

Camarilla

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


Notable Locations

Circe Barracks

Where the show’s story begins and the unit comprising of Raelle, Tally, and Abigail get trained.

The Hague

The international tribunal for witches, similar to the UN.

Citydrop

A training facility, somewhere near Boston, MA where training exercises are held which are supposed to mirror real combat situations.


Terms To Know

Conscription Day

The day when girls are asked to give their oath to the military.

Salem Accord

The document which allowed for peace between witches and mortals in the Americas.

Biddies

  • 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.

Salva

1.1: A drug used for combat drops

Beltane

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.

Codices

A book the men using during Beltane to help them woo girls.

Wind Shear

A defense spell which acts as an impact-absorbing shield.

Fosterlings

The name given to children who lost their mothers to war.

Tarim Witches

1.3: Witches who, alongside having no desire to fight or be militarized, have songs that haven’t been heard in generations.

Puppeting

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

Magic Types

  • 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.

1.1

  • 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.

1.2

  • It usually takes 9 months to train a squad for war.

1.4

  • 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.

1.5

  • 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.

1.7

  • It appears one of the main tasks of the men, beyond procreation, is building and modifying weapons.

1.8

  • Their history timeline is different from our world.

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