B.A.P as Witches
Daehyun: OCEAN WITCH | Specialty – Cleansing
Born by the sea, water has always been in his veins. He doesn’t discover his own magic until a family trip to a nearby coastal town that is still, in many ways, untouched by time thanks to a resident coven that keeps it from being touched by the currents of time. After disturbing a seashell tower near the beach, everything changes. In the presence of their magic, he feels every molecule in his own body wake up and spends many days with a fever. He is very confused and skeptical at first of the sudden awareness he feels, but suddenly he can feel emotions everywhere. He spends many nights dreaming of the Han river before he’s inexplicably drawn to it. The very first day he sets foot in Seoul, it’s the first place he goes – and there, on the river bank, there’s a kitchen witch peddling his wares. The rest is history.
Zelo: HEREDITARY WITCH | Specialty – Dream magic
Junhong’s parents always knew he’d be a special child. He is born quite small but grew incredibly quick, sprouting up like a weed always keeping a dreamy look in his eyes, like he can see things that they can’t. His magic ebbs as he grows, infused with his very DNA. From seeing spirits, to dream-walking, to mild hexing – his childhood is a flurry of unexplained phenomena. That is, until he hits age sixteen and his grandmother dies, leaving him a stranger book written on seemingly ancient paper. Neither of his parents can see the words but Junhong is confronted with the fact that he is inherently different at his core. Feeling isolated for some time, he can’t bare to make his parents suffer through his sporadic sort of magic-puberty that leaves him worn and erratic. One day, a healer moves through town, and Junhong offers up heart and soul to follow him.
Youngjae: KITCHEN WITCH | Specialty – Potions
It only seems natural to Youngjae that there is more to life than what one can see. The first time he sees a shaman’s funeral, he’s certain of it. So, it becomes a young bright-minded boy’s mission to dissect it. He researches for an entire year before he even considers casting a spell. He learns the ins and outs of casting, making potions, cursing, cleansing – everything there is to know, as much as books can tell him, he devours. When it finally comes time, he decides that kitchen crafting is the most like chemistry. Something he excels at. He runs a blog called the the Witch’s Brain where he strives to make a science out of the metaphysical, creating more specific recipes than ever before, juxtaposing them with chemical break downs. He has quite the internet following, and despite magic, he doesn’t believe in faith until the day he sells a magic bun to a boy fresh out of Busan, who later refuses to leave his side.
Himchan: ECLECTIC WITCH | Specialty – Tarot Reading
Himchan is born into the craft. Or at least, born into a craft. He remembers drum circles and rituals conducted after his hours at school for as long as he can remember. His mother is the leader of an age old coven that relies heavily on old world magic. What others called Shamanism, Himchan calls normal. However, he doesn’t want to follow in the same footsteps, allowing his spirit to be fractured in order to help the world. Too selfish for that, he begins practicing a variety of western rituals, taking up their crystals and their divination – leaving his tradition for a more modern approach, much to the disappointment of his parents. Visiting a village with his parents, he’s introduced to a town wrought with spirit sickness. Their solution is to kill the person acting as the gateway – a boy named Moon Jongup, youngest of three brothers in a poor family. The boy in question is more than happy to give up his life if it means the town will be safe but Himchan can’t stand to see someone so kind returned to Earth. Defecting once and for all, he steals the young man and never looks back, managing his spirit sickness by himself.
Yongguk: HEDGE WITCH | Specialty – Prophecy
Yongguk is not like his olde brother, it is clear from birth. For five years, one twin lives in silence while the other flourishes. Developmentally, his parents cannot find anything wrong with Yongguk. He understands the world, can point to, and even write a number of words by then – but he never makes a sound. It is not because he is sick, but rather because his old soul sees no reason to talk until it is important. Shortly after his fifth birthday he speaks up, asking his parents not to go for a drive because something bad will happen. Too shocked by the fact that he’s talking he succeeds then – but Yongguk’s childhood is not easy to stomach. All around him, he can see misfortune before it even happens – and in the face of current tragedy, he can feel it in his bones. He can meet a person and feel all their pain to the point of collapse. With age, it tears him away from everyone he cares about – a baby brother isolated from his own siblings, his hurt only amplified by theirs. He leaves town to travel in hopes of helping some people evade their fates – but as he’s moving through Mokpo, a young boy grabs his hands, claiming to know what he is. He pleads to travel along with him, offers money and loyalty and answers but most of all, Yongguk is floored by the fact he can’t feel an ounce of death on this boy. He is the most alive person he has ever met.
Jongup: GREEN WITCH | Specialty – Animal Communication
Jongup has never needed much to be happy. As long as he can eat and be with his family, he figures he will always be happy. From a young age, he works harder than most – collecting trash around the school after class to be forgiven the cost of uniforms, making fun out of nothing but abandoned toys and sticks throughout his neighborhood. He is not stupid by any means, just lives an uncomplicated life. A poor boy from Gyeonggi-do, he is not well liked by his peers, called weird and slow despite not being either – but that is all fine by him, he doesn’t need to talk to people because for as long as he can remember, animals proved chatty enough. A mother bird or a stray dog prove to be his closest friends, so he spends many hours of each day enveloped in nature. Simple as he is, he trusts far too much. At sixteen, he’s nearly done with school, but has not left behind his ‘imagined’ conversations with the animal kingdom. He comes across a dying kitten and is overwhelmed with the feeling that something is very, very wrong but his heart is kinder than his head. He takes the kitten home so that it may spend its last hours in company but with that dying creature comes a disease that soon wracks everyone he loves. He cannot remember something that hurts more than something clawing at his soul, hoping to devour it the moment he breaks. His whole body feels like it’s dying until he meets Kim Himchan who presses an angel crystal to his heart and steals him away in the middle of the night. He owes his life, quite literally, to the complicated witch who introduces him to his own magic and takes him on a long journey to find a famous pair: a healer and a young witch teeming with powerful magic in order to heal him.