Bathed in a mixture of blood, dirt, and ash, ten-year old Solomon Sherman can only replay in his mind his coven’s horrific history that gave birth to carnage. Centuries ago, the Shermans was a powerful clan of pure-blooded witches, seers, and clairvoyants that served Merlin and King Arthur. Their roots traced way back before Christianity was established in Europe. The fanatics of the new religion, however, saw the Shermans as a great threat to their mission.
Sometime after Arthur’s reign and Merlin’s death, Christians started a witch hunt against the family, effectively executing more than half of the members that lived in Arthur’s Seat, the alleged site of Camelot and their stronghold. As decades and scores passed, persecutions and raids decreased along with the Shermans’ population. Most fled to other parts of the world, leaving behind a handful of staunch members that still resided in a hidden village in the mountain. They anticipated the signs of King Arthur’s return to England. Unfortunately, the death of their kin also brought with them their rich lineage to doom.
The remaining Shermans attempted to revive their ranks by mingling with outsiders. It was nothing but a band-aid solution. Most of the half-blood foreigners left for various reasons, while the Muggles were scared off after finding out about their magical nature. Some even killed their witch spouses and children. By the twenty-first century, the once mighty Sherman Family was reduced to fifty--members and outsiders combined. They inhabited a sordid mountainside village built from the remnants of their ancient fortress. And with the mixing of blood, their prophetic abilities were only passed to a select number of people through the skipping of generations. Magical powers were extensively diluted as well.
Solomon then remembered his parents, who were now hanged like dead meat by the gable of their elders’ home. His father, Bramwell, discovered that his son inherited claircognizance and a substantial amount of magical potential. At the age of eight, an accidental fall from a ladder triggered Solomon’s first magical incident. Instead of sharply hitting the floor, his motion slowed down and cushioned his fall. Other odd instances manifested in the form of accurate statements of simple events in which he is not present or does not know any prior knowledge about. It included knowing what his neighbors wore, when they ate their meals, where they went to, or how they did certain house chores.
With his half-blooded wife, Godeliva, they swore to protect the last fully gifted Sherman. Albeit the love and care they had given Solomon, their penurious living condition can only provide so much for the child’s other needs. This incongruence made him doubtful of his parents’ concern. It started from a basic hostility that he easily repressed, which then led to occasional feelings of insecurity and vague apprehensions. Nonetheless, he went along well with his parents but not that social towards the other children and clan members.
Sadly, his parents were powerless at the mercy of a band of witch hunters. One of their own kin betrayed them in exchange for material wealth, and led the persecutors to the hidden village. No Sherman was spared from the brutality. In the ensuing chaos, however, the now-widowed Godeliva was able to cast a Fidelius charm on Solomon and their house. Thus, the history of their family was safely concealed in his soul, and he was saved from death. Unfortunately, before being a Secret Keeper, he still witnessed several brutal deaths, including Bramwell’s. His mother then stalled for time that inevitably cost her of her own life. The deafening silence forced the child out of the house to find his whole clan massacred. It was his breaking point. The hostility he subdued suddenly burst forth into anxiety.
Carrying with him an unspeakable secret, Solomon wandered to Edinburgh, which was approximately just a mile away from Arthur’s Seat. His prepubescent mind still cannot process what happened. He was plagued by feelings of helplessness and isolation in a potentially hostile world. And combined with an almost stuporous state, he collapsed along the street.