Elspeth is immensely powerful, and immensely ancient. There have been Witch Queens before her, but nobody can remember just who or just when. The fact that she's been rejuvenated and reincarnated numerous time without ever taking a day off the job does not make the would-be chronicler's job easier, of course. In due time Elspeth will teach Machiavelli a few tricks, but here in the year 1000 those in the know use "Elspethian" as a synonym for devious, manipulating, uppity, creepy, oh-no-I'm-dead. She's what grown-up witches threaten naughty little witches with, and what Satan threatens unruly demons with. The tales of Elspeth circulating in wicca kindergarten are hair-raising enough that even young adult witches like the headstrong Krakatoa revert to blubbering infancy when given a talking-to by the Witch Queen.
Elspeth is sometimes called Queen of Wicca, even if that's somewhat misleading. She's no priestess. There are wiccans who hate her guts (or whatever it is that squirms inside that withered body), but few who dare stand up to her. Most of those are never heard from again. Elspeth believes in setting examples, and in the power of imagination. She rules by hints, intrigues, secret schemes and by letting her people wonder just what was in the 100 small packets carried out of the palace dungeons one late night under the full moon.
The Queen does not tolerate open rebellion, but the person she is the most wary of does not engage in it often. Her distant reative Duchess Guðrún works her schemes quietly, out of the public's eye.
Elspeth's seat of power is the Undercity, a hidden sprawling underground palace spanning muliple dimensions. In the world of Clwyd-Rhan, the Undercity is believed to be located somewhere under the city of London.
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