But Downtown wasn’t always like this; in fact before it was the “Downtown District” it was originally the Ashwood Grounds which was considered an inhabitable area with powerful lay lines spanning all over. One major connection of lay lines is the Ouroboros Path which encircles all of the Downtown District and empowers most of the magical citizens living here.
Most of the forest that made up Ashwood Grounds have been destroyed and in its place are metal towers that oversees all life Downtown. The only evidence left of the Ashwood Grounds ever existing are the city parks left up and the Mist Wytch Caldron that has been placed in the museum. And all of this was sponsored by the Downtown Witches also known as the Circle of Merlin.
The Circle of Merlin
The Circle of Merlin sees to everything in Downtown Port Town. From the legitimate businesses like stock brokering and tech industries to the illegitimate businesses like drug trafficking, soul stealing, organ harvesting, and black market arms dealing. They make sure that every I is dotted and every T is crossed, especially on a contract that will make them thrive.
Every member of The Circle of Merlin signs a blood oath that reads "Blood Pays for It All..." which means that you must get your hands dirty and shed so blood and toil to be a part of this coven. Instead of one head of The Circle of Merlin, multiple individuals of the ruling families are put in place as heads of the Downtown witches. Their job is to make sure that nothing is out of place and any opposition is put down at all cost.
All decisions are put to a vote called "Black Veil Vote." Members send a veiled individual (formerly a veiled maiden) to cast a vote. If a unanimous decision wasn't reached, the the veiled individual was sent back to their respected party again for their vote.
Veiled individuals are allowed to be sent back three times, if they aren't sent back with a unanimous vote, the sitting veiled individuals are sent away or "sacrificed" (they used to be used for blood sacrifices before new international laws forbid the practice) and a new sitting group is sent hopefully with a unanimous vote. If the proceedings are being held up by one family member then that veiled individual is "sacrificed" and the vote is decided.
Every member of The Circle of Merlin donates a portion of their earnings back to the District whether it's money from a legacy donation, drug money from a pharmaceutical company, a blood contract which owns a politician's soul, or a harem of Oni if you own it then The Circle of Merlin owns it.
They also donate a portion of their labor to their special forces known as The Crimson Hunters. Originally as a private security group, this special group of witches tackle all the supernatural issues that happen around Downtown Port Towne and have been recently expanding their reach to the other districts much to the other districts chagrin. They are specialist in combat magic and don’t mind taking on anyone who questions them.
From Guns to Fire Magic to Blood Magic the Crimson Hunters destroy everything in their wake. However, they are only sent out under the most extreme conditions and can only act within the Circle of Merlin's decisions and the Humanitarian act of 1985 at least that's what we've been told.