Marcelo Bezerra Serafim – Patriarch (Rank 5 Mage), 2004-present
Luana Takeda Farias – Rank 5 Mage
Conrado Medina Antunes – Rank 5 Healer
Zilda Ribeiro Franco – Rank 5 Potion Master
Leonardo Gimenes Serafim – 1979-2004
Cleiton Marques Serafim – 1954-1979
Iago Fagundes Serafim – 1929-1954 (deceased)
Sebastião Cunha Serafim – 1904-1929 (deceased)
Danilo Espíndola Serafim – 1879-1904 (deceased)
Gabriel Aguiar Serafim – 1854-1879 (deceased)
Henrique Fontana Serafim – 1829-1854 (deceased)
Diego Serafim – 1804-1829 (deceased)
💁🏽 The Serafim Coven is traditionally patrilineal, making it the opposite of most covens. The firstborn son is the rightful heir, though most patriarchs will only sire children with mates that have been predicted to bear sons through fortunetelling. Since they usually pair with these women for the sole purpose of having a son, the heirs of this coven are usually only children. Since the matriarch’s firstborn child was always female, this had never been an issue until Val was born.
Gerardo Farias Serafim – Rank 4 Mage, first heir
💁🏽 Gerardo is an only child and the sole heir of the Serafim Coven. Since the end of Marcelo’s term is near, the Farias family would need to offer an heir to replace Gerardo should anything happen. The eldest is Ivete Farias, who will be enrolled in AOA following Gerardo’s graduation–and appointing her would defy their tradition.
Members Attending AOA
Michele Gimenes Calixto – Rank 3 Mage Apprentice, junior
Galiana Ribeiro Franco – Rank 2 Healer Apprentice, sophomore
Sofia Lima de Paz – Rank 2 Potion Apprentice, sophomore
Edgar Gimenes Calixto – Rank 1 Mage Apprentice, freshman
Rebeca Meireles Ribeiro – Rank 5 Healer
Arthur Bitencourt Ribeiro – Rank 5 Potion Master
Lavínia Serrano Ribeiro – Rank 5 Healer
Elisa Ribeiro Antunes – Rank 5 Potion Master
Benício Amorim Antunes – Rank 5 Healer
Giovana Rezende Antunes – Rank 5 Fortuneteller
Estefânia Maciel Franco – Rank 5 Mage
Sandro Yamada Franco – Rank 5 Alchemist
Marilsa Franco Paiva – Rank 5 Mage
Cícero Lourenço Paiva – Rank 5 Alchemist
Gilberto Maciel Franco – Rank 5 Alchemist
Fernando Maciel Franco – Rank 5 Alchemist
Iara Gimenes Calixto – Rank 5 Mage
Cristiano Damasceno Calixto – Rank 5 Mage
Renan Moraes Farias – Rank 5 Mage
Vitor Rezende Antunes – Rank 4 Healer
Breno Gimenes Calixto – Rank 4 Mage
Ivete Takeda Farias – Rank 1 Mage Apprentice
Thiago Rezende Antunes – Rank 1 Healer Apprentice
Sidnei Justino Salgado – Rank 1 Mage Apprentice
💁🏽 This list is just a small portion of the witches in the Serafim Coven. They have recruited Enchanter families from all over South America, making them almost as large as the De Ardo and Quercini covens.
The Serafim Coven was founded in the late 16th century by witch families who left the De Ardo Coven and fled Portugal. They were led by Thiago Saturnino Vidal y Garcia de Serafim, who came to be known as Thiago Nino Serafim after fleeing the Inquisition. While he and his loyalists were certainly encouraged to avoid the wrath of the berserkers, he ultimately grew tired of the De Ardo Coven’s matrilineal rule and sought a different way of life that wasn’t all that different, to be honest; they used fortunetelling to seek out mates that would give them sons, seduce them, sire a male heir, and then kill off the woman using magick. Their heirs would only become patriarchs after reaching their 25th birthday, and they would reign for twenty-five years.
It wasn’t until the 19th century that this began to change–Diego, the patriarch of that time, fell in love with Julinha Amaral Fontana, a mortal woman visiting the country from Portugal that was predicted to bear him a son. Diego used his influence to change the antiquated mating rule, allowing any member of the coven to seek the love they desire in any mortal. Their son, Henrique, took his predecessor’s ruling a step further and extended that to members within the coven, as their newfound free will brought a surge of daughters into the next generation.
When emissaries from the De Ardo Coven came around, the Serafim Coven sent them packing. They had claim over the witch families sprouting all over South America, and they used this mutual loathing of their former coven to seek out alliances with the Luna, De Mortie, and Zaldivar covens. The patriarchs also saw the Quercini Coven as their longest-running rival, as they were the only other patrilineal witch family. This put a serious strain on their European relations, though the Hollingsworth Coven had taken an interest in them.
Towards the middle of the 20th century, North American witches began to travel to South America and vice versa. Patriarch Iago met with Matriarch Estela, and the two covens came to a mutual understanding that led to partnerships and business deals. To this day, it isn’t uncommon for the Serafim Coven to send their best healers to other covens at the behest of the de Ardos, nor for the de Ardos to send powerful spies or assassins at the request of the Serafims. This put a strain on the professional relationship the de Ardos had with the Quercinis.
The Serafim Coven has their hands in a lot of businesses, but most of their income is derived from Jaci Tecnologias, the pharmaceutical conglomerate with ties to several other companies in the healthcare and household categories. The heads of their biggest families hold high-paying positions here, with some of their best healers, alchemists, and potion masters doubling as scientists and chemists. The only other businesses within the coven are fairly small, such as the Ribeiro family’s Criações Cremosas bakery, and the popular occult nightclub Sonhe run by the Goiânia Frolick. Though not officially recognized as members of the coven, all enchanters in their territory are under their protection, and thus pay taxes for the security provided.