How can Elide have witchblood and still be human?
We’ve all been there. When Manon scratched Elide in QoS and figured out the crippled servant girl had witchblood in her, and not just any, but specifically Ironteeth. We all asked ourselves the question: wait, what? How is that possible? Shouldn’t all girls born to witches be witchlings and, subsequently, witches?
Ironteeth witches breed with human men and have witches, right?
Yes, but also no.
Let me explain.
So I was rereading some scenes in Queen of Shadows and I came across this passage in Chapter 12 from Manon’s POV (point-of-view):
“Witchlings were so rare, and all of them female, as a gift from the Three- Faced Goddess.”
Only the Ironteeth seem to have the ‘all female’ rule, as we know Crochans can have boys too (although they are significantly rare).
“They were sacred from the moment the mother showed signs of pregnancy to when they came of age at sixteen.”
It seems that Ironteeth (Blackbeaks, if we’re getting specific here) do not need to go through a trial or something similar to “prove” they are no longer witchlings. The moment a witchling first bleeds she is ‘of age’ and considered a witch.
“To harm a pregnant witch, to harm her unborn witchling or her daughter-”
“Unborn witchling OR her daughter”??????
There’s a distinct separation of words there. As if Manon is referring to two different kinds of pregnancies. What I’m saying here is that witches can and do in fact, have human daughters.
This is further evidenced in the very next paragraph after the above statement first appeared.
“Human children didn’t count-”
Manon is referring to how human children aren’t protected or at all as sacred as witchlings.
“-human children were as good as veal to some of the Clans.”
Not all of them, however. Interesting.
“Especially the Yellowlegs.”
Let’s be real, ya’ll, this isn’t a surprise.
“But witchlings…there was no greater pride than to bear a witch-child for your Clan; and no greater shame than to lose one.”
I bolded some words in the above sentence because it clearly implies there could be something other than a ‘witch-child,’ in other words a ‘human-child’, a daughter.
I assume Elide’s mother, Marion, was born human and so was let go, moved, or was thrown out from her Clan. Manon clearly mentions how only ‘some Clans’ see human-daughters as a waste, which means there are others that might value any children they have, including humans. Perranth is close to the Wastes so it makes sense.
That’s why Elide is human while having witch blood, because witches can in fact, have human children. (At least the Ironteeth, Crochans are still a mystery) It also explains why Manon asked her if she wanted to be a Blackbeak-to be considered a witch. I’m assuming it’s because Blackbeaks keep their human children, or at least, don’t kill them. I can see these human girls being of the lowest ranks, perhaps servants and cooks and whatnot.
Anyway, it’s a theory.
Also, thanks to @propshophannah for motivating me to make this haha, I’m still in finals and it feels like I don’t have much time or motivation to write fics or finish my theories.