Mystic Steeples is an enormous, ancient citadel in Severance, the largest of Hoopenfangia’s ten interconnected island regions. The kingdom’s majestic expanse houses Mystic Ministry, an administrative hierarchy whose vespercestors rule over the Sanguinati, the most prominent and elite society of witches — the second being Toadvine Citadel. Mystic Steeples also houses workers and apprentices who choose not to live in their coven houses, usually because they are elderly or married with children. Much of the Sanguinati believe that the Great Witch designed and oversaw the construction of the 640-acre metropolis known as Mystic City, before building Mystic Steeples around the city making the metropolis inside the citadel appear as a sunken labyrinth in comparison. Some speculate that Usabelli (head vespercestor from 1641 to 1671) was this Great Witch.
Mystic Steeples is crowned by hundreds of steeples and towers that rise to the clouds, and massive carved spires with open-arched windows, each guarded by a stone Ancient who appears ready to cast a curse on trespassers. Buckthorn Hall and Toadflax Hall are the two main wings (theurgists’ halls) of the citadel and they each rise ten stories over the city. Mounted on the exterior walls of these east and west halls are an army of stone gargoyles.
Sanguinati apprentices of magic on different levels attend daily assemblies in the countless rooms of Mystic Steeples, where they learn different forms of witchcraft from theurgists. Mystic Steeples is not a school in the modern sense, it is an enormous sovereign institution, a chantry with assemblies lasting all day and all week.
Official Crest of the Sanguinati
Official Crest of Mystic Steeples
Rooms and Buildings
Aeromancy Terrace: A rooftop terrace on Mystic Steeples where aeromancers go to study the formation of clouds and their meaning. Lithium used to spend a lot of time there.
Ancient Alley: Also called the Deadway. On hallowed nights of the year, residual phantom trails of the Ancients’ footsteps move through Ancient Alley.
Apprentice Apartments: Located inside Mystic Steeples for apprentices who choose not to or are unable to live in one of the six coven headquarters/ mansions. This usually is limited to married apprentices, the elderly, or handicapped.
Atrium: The interior entry of Mystic Steeples facing Mystic City. The Bound Order of the Zodiac Hexagram is on display in this atrium, which leads straight into the Grand Hall. The exterior entry to Mystic Steeples is called (Propa Gate) and it is the main entry.
Avitestari: The floor near the altar in Mystic Chantry is one giant spirit board called the Avitestari. *See the Mystic Chantry Map.
Buckthorn Hall: West Hall wing of Mystic Steeples: the theurgists’ hall containing mostly assembly rooms as well as the Hall of Consumption.
Buckthorn Hall Side Entry: This gated tunnel cuts through Buckthorn Hall and exits onto Salty Charm Avenue into Severance, Hoopenfangia (the exterior of Mystic Steeples) and also exits onto Stumptoe Street into Mystic City (the interior of Mystic Steeples).
Catacombs: Tours begin only in (the viewable) portions of the catacombs far beneath Usabelli’s Square, under the revolving stairs. The tour exits through the Mystic Steeples’ Catacombs (former tombs of the Sanguinati, before they excavated the elite, put their corpses on display, and reburied the non-elite outside of Mystic Steeples.)
Cavern of the Choir: A deep cave below Mystic Steeples used for rehearsals; it is decorated with sculptures and murals by Homasassa.
Chanting Arena: Chanting room with walls built to produce an echoing effect.
Choir Loft: The narrow, polished wooden staircases leading up to the choir loft in Mystic Chantry have no hand railings, even though the steps rise at a 50-degree angle. The massive choir also rises at a 50-degree angle as well.
Concoctions Gallery: Located on the ground floor of Mystic Steeples, this gallery features famous potions, brews, teas, and other concoctions, many of which are reproduced and available for purchase.
Congre Gate: The gated entry that leads from the Vespercestors’ Vestibule into Mystic Chantry.
Before anybody can enter Mystic Chantry through Congre Gate, statues of the Ancients inspect him or her with lights from their magic wands.
Conqueror Bridge: A bridge on the east side of Usabelli’s Square. Only witches who have conquered his or her fears can walk across this bridge.
Converts’ Grotto: A cave under Mystic Steeples that is kept secret from the Sanguinati. Allegedly, some manner of “conversion therapy” is said to occur there.
Den of Divination: A public room of prophetical insight and meditation on the ground floor. The Den of Divination is secured by a wrought-iron gate and guarded by a soothsayer at all times. The den has a great gilded bronze statue of Ancient Ramrod on the altar. This room is strictly for those who wish to meditate in order to receive prophetical insight, so silence is enforced.
Dis Entrance: The back entry of Mystic Chantry. It is located on the left side of the choir loft, under the steep loft’s steps. This exit leads to Ickylous Street and the Riverwalk toward the Severance River.
Divine Armory: A room of enchanted armor and weapons. There is a two-pegasus chariot on display in the middle of this room.
Esotericum Incantatory: A private sanctuary for the Soothsayers where they practice incantations of protection over Mystic Steeples. Soothsayer Numinous Vulci’s corpse is at the entrance to the Incantatory. Near this room is the displayed corpse of Rendum LaRock at the entrance to the Scarcity and the Scarab. To the left of the Incantatory is a monument to Virtuous XXX by legendary artist, Homasassa, near the Cavern of the Choir.
Fairy Vivarium: A large glass room where fairies are kept to produce fairy dust, which is then collected for use in creating enchanted implements and by the Twirlyurgy.
Fools’ Stairway: A stairway that has been known to fling off witches it judges to be foolish or flippant about their magic craft. Not many witches brave to cross it.
Fridline Gate: Entrance to the underground catacombs.
Gaggarts’s Plaza: A plaza on the west side of Usabelli’s Square.
Gallery of Black Mirrors: A gallery of black scrying mirrors located in Mystic Steeples next to Magical Multiple Media Manipulation for Mediums assembly.
Gallery of Crystaleers: A secure hall that has crystaleers with famous captures such as profound prophecies and monumental occasions on display for the public to see and hear.
Gallery of Talismans: A secure hall that has legendary talismans on display for the public to see while passing through the hall.
Garden of Devotional Bowls: The Sanguinati also erected the Usabelli’s Fount of Age Repression a bowl sculpted into a turtle on its back. The Sanguinati toss globulnugees, gold rings, and other offerings into the bowl with petitions. One can access the bowl in the shady enclosed Garden of Devotional Bowls near Mystic Chantry through the winding halls of Mystic Steeples. There are fountains of bowls under the tangling hexteria vines just inside the garden’s labyrinth of hedges.
Grand Hall: The main entry hall of Mystic Steeples.
Hall of Consumption: Mystic Steeples’ dining room in Buckthorn Hall. Hexagram shaped and several stories high with balcony seating. Mystic Ministry has a private dining section on a raised platform at the top.
Hall of DeLusian IV: A hall dedicated to the Ancient Constantine DeLusian IV. Constantine never became a seventh son and spent his whole life trying to have a Seventh Son (according to an oracle he declared publically would be fulfilled if he bathed daily in fairy dust.) But alas, Constantine only had four boys before his death, just as he had been his father’s fourth and last son. Mystic Ministry named a hall after him for his faith and efforts nonetheless. The Fairy Vivarium is located in this hall.
Hall of Missing: A hall, next to the Hall of Mourning, filled with portraits of Sanguinati witches who are currently missing or who went missing in history. This hall was named after six apprentices vanished from Mystic Steeples in 1794 in that very hall.
Hall of Mourning: A long meandering hall filled with bone-work wallpaper and memento mori portraits. It is the fastest shortcut to the Spurgmulin Dome but you have to walk respectfully, for there are sofas in this hall for Sanguinati witches to sit and lament the loss of their beloved family and friends. There are a few corpses of former schlemeasels on display in this hall.
Honorary Penthouses: Grand apartments on the tenth floor of Mystic Steeples’ north, south, east, and west wings, reserved for magisters of magic and other members in the high-ranking ministry.
Hostels: Small apartments for Nizzertit or Sanguinati workers who cannot afford to live in Mystic City, or who choose not to live in Mystic City. The handicapped or the elderly most always live in the Hostels of Hospitality as they are formally called.
Incensory Dispensary: A room where Roma Phunga tends to censers and incense for various purposes. She dispenses these herbs and censers to authorized ministry through a small window in the wall of the dispensary. The room is ventilated to the tenth-floor rooftop of Mystic Steeples.
Kitchen: Located next to the Hall of Consumption.
Library of Metaphysics: A library with crystaleers, books, and ancient scrolls of a metaphysical nature, or any similar subject pertaining to the nature of the universe, and human reality along with its state of being. Former high priests and priestesses, as well as their understudies (the abracadabraian), oversee and maintain this public library.
Library of the Council: The Library of the Council of Elders is located inside Mystic Steeples on the eighth floor of Toadflax Hall. The public can use it, but only authorized members of Mystic Ministry can check out books. The council of elders functions as administrators of the Library of the Council and advisors to the coven presidents. The main entry to this library is a giant stone grandfather clock.
Lounge: First-level lounge located in front of Concoctions Gallery.
Magical Multimedia Manipulation for Mediums: Hiccius Doolally (a Pumpaninny) is the magister of this assembly, located inside the mouth of a dragon sculpture in the Toadflax Hall wing of Mystic Steeples, the next right after the Gallery of Black Mirrors. Apprentices in this assembly learn the art of arts, and how to enchant or work with multiple enchanted mediums including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture.
Mission of the Mind of the Mesmerists: A dark room where the Mesmerists work.
Mystic Chantry: Mystic Chantry is the most gloriously imposing sanctuary in the history of witches. It is the heart of Mystic Steeples, designated for large gatherings called Convocations, as well as for performing rituals and chanting. Mystic Chantry is located in the Toadflax Hall wing of Mystic Steeples, in Severance, Hoopenfangia. It has stained-glass windows, a muraled, arched ceiling with twenty chandeliers. Ancient Head Vespercestor Dinah Devinhorn took over in 1721 and gave Mystic Chantry its final touches, such as the balconies in various shapes, sizes, and styles. She also commissioned Sanguinati artist Homasassa to paint more murals throughout the Chantry. It contains ten stacked main balconies, twenty corner balconies, and the lower ground: The Vespercestors’ Balcony is the highest in Mystic Chantry, located on the 10th level. The lower ground floor has six coven sections, four main aisles, one cross aisle, and the Avitestari near the altar. The Avitestari is the spirit board floor. See the Map of Mystic Chantry. The narrow, polished wooden staircases leading up to the choir loft in Mystic Chantry have no hand railings, even though the steps rise at a 50-degree angle. The massive choir also rises at a 50-degree angle as well. The platform holds ten vespercestor throne chairs, a lectern from which the Dirge Diviner directs the choir and orchestra, an old wooden podium or dais from which the head vespercestor and other people speak into a levitating magihorn. The altar sits on the ground floor.
Mystic Coven Sections: There are six coven sections divided between 4 aisles and one cross aisle on the ground floor. The front three sections are reserved for Graven Dust, Wormwood Philters, and Warlocks’ Bane. The back three sections are reserved for Dragon’s Mantle, Snuffinumbra, and lastly Cryptic Chambers.
Mystic City: Much of the Sanguinati and Mystic Ministry believe that the Great Witch is Usabelli, head vespercestor from 1641 to 1671, and it was she who designed and oversaw the 640-acre construction of Mystic City in 1592, starting with Spookum Alley in what became known as the Crescent Moon district in the darkest heart of Severance, the largest of Hoopenfangia’s ten interconnected island regions. After the Great Witch built Mystic City, construction began on Mystic Steeples, an enormous ancient stone citadel rising protectively around the city in a majestic expanse. Mystic Steeples houses Mystic Ministry, a multi-level administrative body whose vespercestors rule over the Sanguinati, the most prominent and elite society of witches. Mystic Steeples, crowned by hundreds of steeples and towers that rise to the clouds, surrounds Mystic City, making it appear as a sunken labyrinth. Fire burned much of Mystic City in 1649.
Mystic Medicinary: Witchdoctor’s clinic inside Mystic Steeples on the tenth floor of the eastern wing.
Mystic Sewer: is the secret Sorcerer gathering place in the drainage conduits under Mystic Steeples that transported wastewater to the foot of the castle wall where it emptied into the Severance River.
Mystic Steeples: Founded in 1596, Mystic Steeples is an enormous ancient citadel that offers extensive training to apprentices of magic. A majestic expanse of a kingdom, it also houses the elite Sanguinati and the vespercestors under its massive steeples and carved spires with open-arched windows, each guarded by a stone Ancient.
Obli Gate: The interior entry to Mystic Steeples is a series of steps facing Bootjack Square in Mystic City. Also at this entry is a covered carriageway with a formal garden shadowed by live oaks. Some of the walks here have pea gravel and animated statues. If not flying brooms, Sanguinati apprentices often gathered under the canopy of a wisteria-covered gazebo to await carriage drivers to pick them up. The interior entry leads to the Atrium of Mystic Steeples where the Bound Order of the Zodiac Hexagram is stationed in alcoves. For the main exterior entry to Mystic Steeples, see the Propa Gate.
Office of Apprentice Registration: Located on the left off the Grand Hall near the entry of Mystic Steeples.
The Pantheon Pedestals of the Production: A pantheon containing the displayed corpses of the Ancients, especially Monavu and Tannimanis Flemma.
Passage of Prestige: Left exit hall from the Grand Hall, honoring select Sanguinati, living and dead.
Persuasion Gallows: A room where the vespercestors used to hang criminals to death by the neck. Now it is used to shackle traitors high on the wall by the wrists to make a public example of them.
Pompous Pavilion of the Apprentice: The pavilion where new Sanguinati apprentices of magic find their assembly schedules, test results and recommendations, maps, brochures, as well as information on how to make the most of Mystic Steeples. Located down a breezeway from Usabelli’s Square.
Propa Gate: Used mostly by visitors and tourists to make a grand impression, Propa Gate is the main exterior entry to Mystic Steeples, nestled between the legs of a giant stone gargoyle that squats over the entry. The gargoyle’s bat-like wings remain unfurled as a protective wall between the Severance River and the formal garden. Past the gate, the stone-carved bridge crosses over the river and has an extensive rise of stone steps leading up to the front entry of Mystic Steeples with its double-dragon doorknockers with iron wings. For the interior entry to Mystic Steeples, see the Obli Gate.
Ramrod’s Arena: A coliseum once known as Mystic Meadows.
Sanguinati Chamber of Oracles: A chamber where ancient oracles are kept. Only authorized ministry and presidents of Cryptic Chambers are allowed access.
Sanguinati College: A college for Sanguinati witches seeking a degree or career that doesn’t involve or require magic, such as a career in law or certain administrative offices.
Sanguinati Souvenirs: No cameras are allowed in Mystic Steeples. For souvenir pictures, the tourist must purchase postcards and such at Sanguinati Souvenirs, the official Mystic Steeples’ gift stores located at every exit.
Scarcity and the Scarab: A museum nine floors above the Hall of Mourning. Among its many treasures, it contains a powerful sacred scarab from an ancient Egyptian witch, and a spherical brass compass the Great Witch supposedly used to find the hidden country of Hoopenfangia. It doesn’t seem to work for any other witch, and there has been no other enchanted object like it; therefore, the Sanguinati call it the scarcity.
Seat of the Assembly of Stargazers: A circular room with a domed ceiling that Stargazers hold meetings and study the galaxies’ reactions to their petitions.
Seventh Heaven: The seven-story Tower of Virtuous XXX in Mystic Steeples — coven home of Wormwood Philters.
The Spunky Mime: A theater hall in Mystic Steeples where live plays are performed for the public.
Toadflax Hall: The eastern hall/wing of Mystic Steeples: the theurgists’ hall containing mostly assembly rooms. Mystic Chantry is located in this wing.
Toadflax Hall Exterior Entry: The western exterior side entry leads into the region of Severance, Hoopenfangia. The interior side entry leads onto Ickylous Alley.
Tower of Sesepha: A spiral stairway named after Ancient Sesepha.
Tower of Virtuous XXX: Also called Seventh Heaven, it is a seven-level tower in Mystic Steeples, the coven home of Wormwood Philters.
Traveling Floor Tiles: Each hall on every floor of Mystic Steeples has traveling floor tiles that carry Sanguinati to his or her destination, especially if they don’t know their way or are elderly. Stomp on a floor tile and tell it where you want to go and it’ll take you there; just don’t fall off or it’ll leave you.
Usabelli’s Floating Gallery: Aka Warlocks’ Bane Gallery in Usabelli’s Square in Mystic Steeples. Yes, this gallery floats.
Usabelli’s Square: Adjacent to Mystic Chantry, Usabelli’s Square is one of the most ancient squares inside all of Mystic Steeples.
Veils: Doorways as well as gateways of perception to other areas in Mystic Steeples. There are several Veils in Mystic Steeples but they are hard to find and they move about randomly.
Vespercestors’ Balcony: The highest balcony in Mystic Chantry, reserved for the Vespercestors when they are not sitting on the platform. This balcony is located on the tenth level.
Vespercestors’ Veranda: At midnight and on Sabbats, O Enchantedness occasionally appears at the Vespercestors’ Veranda, which overlooks Usabelli’s Square. He likes to toss tokens down to the crowds in the Square.
Vespercestors’ Vestibule: A meeting room for the vespercestory located just beside Mystic Chantry and the Grand Hall. While inside, you must be silent because one is likely to hear the low hum of the voices of the Ancients. You cannot take crystaleers or any recording devices inside Mystic Chantry. Camera flashes damage the precious murals. For souvenir pictures, the tourist must purchase postcards at Sanguinati Souvenirs, the official Mystic Steeples’ gift stores now located at every exit.
Visitors’ Veranda: A grand high balcony with a spectacular view that Sanguinati Scouts, employed by Mystic Ministry, take potential visitors to in order to persuade them to join Mystic Steeples.
The Wardrobes: Wardrobes / changing rooms for sporting events (one for boys, the other for girls) connected to the Spurgmulin Dome.
Warlocks’ Bane Gallery: Aka Usabelli’s Floating Gallery, the coven home for Warlocks’ Bane. Usabelli’s Floating Gallery in Usabelli’s Square in Mystic Steeples.
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