Mary Culver was the "last of the great London witch-mistresses". She was a member of the original Hellfire Club. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) Following a ritual, she became possessed by Compassion, who used her body to fight Lolita in the 18th century. (AUDIO: Sabbath Dei)

Culver's ritual[edit | edit source]

In 1762, Culver performed "one of the most remarkable rituals in history". (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) In a cave used by the Hellfire Club, she slit her throat with a piece of broken glass, "opening herself up to the outside universe", as part of the Supplication of the Anakim. A part of Compassion's consciousness then entered Culver's corpse.

As Culver, Compassion resided in a curtained area in the whispering gallery of St Paul's Cathedral. She was visited there by Justine, Eliza, Lord Sandwich, and the Sieur d'Eon. (AUDIO: Sabbath Dei)

Inspired by Culver, Sabbath conducted a similar ritual which resulted in him being possessed by an agent of the Great Houses. Compassion-as-Culver confronted Sabbath but was unsuccessful in stopping him from capturing Justine so that she could be sent to the Great Houses' prison-planet. (AUDIO: In the Year of the Cat) Compassion kept Culver's body from death until at least 1763. (AUDIO: A Labyrinth of Histories)

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Sabbath described Culver as "the best-known prostitute and the best-known witch of Medmenham Abbey". (AUDIO: Sabbath Dei)

Mary Culver was once contacted by Mrs Foyle of the House of the Rising Sun. They didn't get on; Culver referred to Foyle in her journals as a "mumbling vulgarian," while Foyle called Culver "Lady High Muckamuck." (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Scarlette obtained the piece of glass which Culver used in her ritual and kept it as a totem. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

Culver was among the famous female mystics that Tiffany Korta intended to evoke. (PROSE: This Town Will Never Let Us Go)

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