Sorcery and Witchcraft have been reported since the days
of antiquity. Witches have been ascribed the powers of divination,
possession, and shape-shifting. They are frequently presumed
to be in league with Satan--pledging their fealty with bizarre
sex rituals and human sacrifice. It's said that witches cast
spells which cause disease, suffering, and death. Crops wither
in the fields. Healthy men are afflicted with strange illnesses
and sudden insanity. Infants die in their cribs, or are abducted
in the dead of night.
Witchcraft--and the purging of witches--reached its heyday
in Post-Renaissance Europe. Old women were said to wander
dark roads in the black of night, looking for victims, or
hoping to meet Lucifer himself in the darkness. Witches recognized
each other by the secret mark of Satan emblazoned into their
flesh, and formed covens hell-bent on death and destruction.