The universal planes house a number of worlds that are home to the higher beings and demonic entities aligned to the side of Good or Evil. Within the higher planes you can find the realm of The Elders, the spirits of good souls, and the ever-watchful Powers That Be. The lower planes are home to the demons of old, the souls of the damned, and things much more sinister. Noticeably, the Heavens are heavily traveled by Whitelighters and other Angelic agents. Conversely, the Underworld is the most prominent of the lower planes and is frequented by many demons and other evil beings.
Save the Underworld, the universal planes all have but one nexus, which allows for one point or method of entry. Because of their limited access to the Mother Nexus only minor feats of magic can be performed in these worlds. Only higher beings have enough power to accomplish great magical feats.
"Yes, we do all of those things for those in our care. And what is your understanding of the difference between magical witches and witch practitioners?"
She feels the intense eye contact from Glynn. This is it, she is totally getting a charge. Why else would she be questioning this? Glynn really isn’t the type to just test her on the spot without having intention for it.
“Magical witches are natural. They come into the world with amazing abilities. Gifted.” The next one hurts a bit. Her family are all witch practitioners. Something she tried to do, but couldn’t. Which is what started the spiral… Shane shakes her head a bit to get those memories out, “Practitioners are mortals who practice the magical arts. They can grow in strength with how much time and effort they put into it.”
The young white lighters glow comes back, “Glynn.. What is this about?” (Please say I have a charge.. Please say I have a charge) She continues the chant with her fingers crossed in her lap.
Glynn nods along as Shane lays out her understanding of the differences between natural witches and witch practitioners. It's fairly spot on. Good. That means Shane is a diligent student as well. (Perhaps Xan's request is not too far off.)
“Glynn.. What is this about?”
(Astute as well.) Glynn had intended upon further questioning Shane's base of knowledge before revealing that the neophyte whitelighter will indeed be assigned her first charge.
"There are some potential charges available for assignment," Glynn says, confirming Shane's suspicions. "Xan has requested that one of them be assigned to you. How do you feel about that?"
"There are some potential charges available for assignment. Xan has requested that one of them be assigned to you. How do you feel about that?"
It takes everything Shane has to not burst off the seat with excitement. Her hands go up in victory, but she keeps her butt in the chair. She doesn’t want to over due it right away. Who knows, this could be another test. Her beam goes to Glynn, her body under control.
“I feel great! I mean, its what we all want. Charges. And I could use a fresh face to see!” Her hand comes to her mouth. “Not that your face isn’t fresh.. I just.. You know.. Seen it a lot here recently.” Resting her hands back in her lap, fingers interlocked. She knows she will have to be professional now, she sits straight and composes herself. “Yes, I'm totally ready.”
She will really have to get a lock on the brain invasions, especially if she is going to have to have an direct link to one person. She will have to be on alert with them all the time. (Its okay! I can handle this. I can do it. Oh god.. Orbing...)
In contrast to Shane's animated reaction, Glynn is far more subdued. She watches quietly, her brow only rising slightly. It is not until the other woman is settled down and verbally proclaims her readiness for the task. The Elder nods.
"This charge, as you may have guessed, is a witch practitioner; sometimes referred to as a wiccan." Glynn pauses to ensure that her student is attentive. "Why is it that we take these practitioners on as charges when they are not born to magic or even necessarily develop any active powers?"
"This charge, as you may have guessed, is a witch practitioner; sometimes referred to as a wiccan. “
“Of course.. I can relate to a practitioner more so than a natural born.” Shane knows she has to stay in serious mode. She can celebrate after this questionnaire.
” Why is it that we take these practitioners on as charges when they are not born to magic or even necessarily develop any active powers?"
“Why wouldn’t we? We should watch out for all of those who are a magical source. Even when not present in their early life. Active powers or not..” Shane pauses, that was more of a rant answer then the actual answer. “Sorry.. We take them on to help guide them with their abilities. They still have good and bad in them, so we have to help keep them on their path.”
She shifts in her chair, keeping her hands on her lap. Sometimes she can start getting really into the conversation and swing those suckers everywhere. But now is not the time or place. “We also have to protect all innocents from evil. When someone opens themselves up to this world they become more susceptible. We have to protect them from anyone who has negative intentions towards them. “
The neophyte guardian seems to run off course and Glynn wonders if she will need to reign the woman in. It ends up being unnecessary as Shane ends her mini rant and proceeds to actually answer the question. It takes a second attempt and a roundabout way, but the Elder eventually hears the answer that she's looking for. More or less.
"Yes, witch practitioners are perceived as weak and an easy kill - especially if a warlock is only looking to recuperate," she clarifies further. "Remember, magic is a warlock's life force. They require it to sustain their immortality. Though a witch practitioner is not typically targeted by those with higher aspirations, their connection to the Craft is enough to serve that purpose."
Glynn knows some about Shane's soon-to-be charge. The man is level-headed and not likely to inadvertently upturn a hornet's nest or otherwise place himself at risk. There's also his brother who possesses formidable powers to protect them both. All things considered, the assignment is as good as any other first for a newly raised whitelighter.
"You will need to see Xan in the Hall of Reverence so that he may establish the empathic connection between whitelighter and charge." Glynn is content with Shane's answers and is now intent upon returning to her duties. "He will tell you more about your charge then."
"Yes, witch practitioners are perceived as weak and an easy kill - especially if a warlock is only looking to recuperate. Remember, magic is a warlock's life force. They require it to sustain their immortality. Though a witch practitioner is not typically targeted by those with higher aspirations, their connection to the Craft is enough to serve that purpose."
"Right. So we need to keep a close eye on them, and those around them." Shane offers with a smile. She knows where this conversation is going. She will have to go meet with the gatekeeper of the heavens next.
"You will need to see Xan in the Hall of Reverence so that he may establish the empathic connection between whitelighter and charge. He will tell you more about your charge then."
Shane jumps out of her seat! This is real. They really have trust in her if they think she can handle a charge. This causes her to feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy. Being accepted as a whitelighter, getting responsibilities, and she will get to leave the heavens. Can germs effect her like they did before? I mean, she is all glowy now and stuff. (Guess we will find out!)
"Thank you! Thank you!" She wants to run out of the library, go meet Xan, then get to her charge as quickly as possible! Should she try this orbing thing? She closes her eyes, and tries her hardest to orb to Xan. Nothing happens.. So she squeezes her eyes and feels a little tingle.... Then nothing. (You can do this! stop over thinking it.) She takes a small breath in, and on her exhale she orbs to the Hall of Reverence