The Loa

A Loa is ghost spirit of voodoo, with great power und nearly unlimited posibilities. The Loa are capable of granting nearly every wish of their followers. The tempel, where the people pray to them, are called Hounfours. In a ritual Loa get offerings for their blessing, mostly fruits, flowers or drinks, but also animals, each Loa get his or her favorite things. The Loa only takes the spirit of the offerings, which is the essence of his life, the remains can be used by the humans. Each Loa will be called by his name, but also has his own individual sign, his Veve.
There are many different families in voodoo and each Loa belongs in one of them. The Ghede are the family of death, who are responsible for the souls of the dead. But they do not only mean death, they are also meaning rebirth, fertility, circle of life and protection. The family members are said to be loud, rude, honest and really fun. They love music, especially good rhythm, drum or jazz music and to party with their friends and family.

name: Brigitte (Brie) Ghede

gender: female
age: appears like 27
nature: Loa/ Family Ghede
role: guardian of the graveyards
character: she is very obscene, truthful, loud, funny, she loves to be with her family and friends, she likes a good drink and good smoke

behind the story:
Brie is a Loa, a ghost spirit in the human world. She is a guardian of the graveyards and protects the souls and the graves with a cross on top. Especially women and the children get a blessing from Brie. Her husband is Baron Samedi and they are like one soul. In the big battle she fought against the Daeva Agash and nearly died herself. Her husband vanished this day and she never forgave herself, that she was too weak to help him. She was devastated and her soul took great damage by her loss. Benedict, one of their zombies, found her bleeding on the field and carried her home. In the first hours after the fight, they were her only hold on the world, her little girls and her guardian. After she physicaly recovered, Brigitte sent Benedict away to find her husband and traveled with the girls around the world, to find a trace of Samedi. Eventually she founded with her Loa sister and god friend Marienette the witch shop “VeVe”. One day a young woman entered her life. A young Medium called Marielle, with astonishing abilities. Maybe, Brigitte thought, maybe this girl could find her beloved husband.

Veve of Brie:

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Doll: Angel of Dreams small bust body in y-normal Skin/ Doll Chateau Debbie head in yellow skin
face up: NanaM (me)

name: Baron Samedi (Sam) Ghede

gender: male
age: appears like 29
nature: Loa/ Family Ghede
role: former guardian of the graveyards/ vanished together with Aka Manah
Samedi loves Brigitte, loud music and to dance with his wife. He consumes cigars, alcohol and all the good things excessively. He gives blessings and guides the Dead. He has a preference to transform special humans in his personal servants – his loves his little Zombies (see the Undead)

behind the story:
Baron Samedi is the symbol for Death himself and is never full, he has the urge to always want more and more. He also has a big issue with attentions and loves to be in the middle of everything. On every graveyard should be on cross with puple flowers and candles, as symbol of his blessing. Otherwise his ability of protection are reduced. It is very dangerous to open a grave without his permission, unless you offer him some good wine and something to eat. In the battle with the Daevas he fought against Ahriman, before he vanished like thin air and chaos broke loose. Samedi stood in confusion, when Aka Manah attacked him, since she thought he killed Ahriman. Aka Manah unleashed a pure evil energy, so Samedi worried, she could destroy everthing, even his beloved wife. He decided to never let this happen and …was gone. And with him he took Aka Manah.

doll to be: not planned for now

name: Marinette (Nettie) Petro

gender: female
age: apears like 25
nature: Loa/ Family Petro
role: Loa of war and freedom
character: She has a problem with anger sometimes, she loves to be free and independent, She has no real work schedule, but she is mostly in the shop anyways, she brews the potions and poisons

behind the story:

Marinette is freedom-loving, spirited and lives life to the fullest. She comes and goes to the store as she likes, as she is mainly responsible for the production of tinctures and poisons in the back room. She loves to collect herbs and plants, since it gives her spirit some peace. Nettie is married to Ti-Jean, but she is an independent woman, so they do not live together and sometimes meet with others – ghosts, humans, gods (if they still exist). Ti-Jean is also in a relationship with Erzulie, another Loa. But that hardly bothers Nettie, at that times she has her rest from all these love things.

Doll to be: SummerBJD chubby body in brown skin/ Doll Chateau KID Charles head

name: Tie-Jean

gender: male
age: apears like 30
nature: Loa/ Family Petro
role: Loa of war and freedom
character: Ti-Jean is very relaxed and chilled. In the old days he was a warrior smired with blood all over himself

behind the story:
Tie Jean is Marienettes husband since their beginning of existense. That is not always easy, especially since he got also married to Erzulie. After some more troublesome years they all decided to live serpately, but stay together. Since then they are very happy – both couples. Ti-Jean is also somthing like a uncle/ godfather for the Girls Izal and Ana. Since Brigitte can’t be there for the Girls, he took them in and they live togehter on the countryside – Tie-Jean is amazing with kids.

Papa Ghede

Papa Ghede is the corpse of the first man, who ever died, thats what the people say. He is more like the first spirit, who ever got the power to exist beyond the otherworld and has the ability to create. He is the head of the family Ghede and he loves apples, especially the red ones. He often wears a high hat, an old but nice suit and has a cheap cigar in the corner if his mouth. He guides the souls in the otherworld and waits for them at crossroads. He has a very extreme sense of humor and can read others minds, so he always knows, what is going on in the world, in this and the other.

Also members of the family are Baron Samedi and his wife Maman Brigitte, and there are 3 more Barons, who are children of Papa Ghede and the brothers of Samedi. Brigitte and all four Barons are the guardians of the graveyards and the graves. They work together, with black magic, they have a special connection to every ancestor and their death. Besides Samedi (which means Saturday) there is also Baron La Croix, Baron Cimitière and Baron Kriminel.

Baron La Croix (Cross)

Baron La Croix is the Loa of the dead and sexuality. He often wears a black tailcoat and he is carring an elegant cane. He helps the dead to remember the delights of life’s pleasures and to keep their individuality. He is very cultured and well spoken  – loves to philosophize about death and finding death absurd and humorous.

Baron Cimitière (Cementry)

Baron Cimitière especially protects the male souls on the graveyard. His counterpart is Maman Brigitte, who protects especially the women and children. He has an expensive taste, loves to smoke expensive cigars and to drink wine or fine liquor. He was the former guardian of the gate between the living world and the other world, but Papa Ghede recently decided to give this job someone other, to learn a lesson. Cimitière was not sad about that, so he could spend more time with his brothers and sisters. And of course a good wine.

Baron Kriminel (Criminal)

Baron Kriminel  is the most feared Loa from all Barons. He was the first spirit, who ever killed someone. He is the protector of the murderer and the criminals. He is difficult and only Papa Ghede can really manage his temper. He is often very obscene, spit a lot and tries to stab the people around him for fun.

The Barons were all created by Papa Ghede, but are not the only children of him, but the closest. They were a part of him and still are, in a way. They represent the different aspects  and characteristics of Papa Ghede, but with time, they became their own individual beings. All other Loas in the Ghede Family employ with the different aspects of life and death.

The other Families are Family Petro and Family Rada. Petro Loa are war spirits, they are more violent and freedom seeking. Rada Loa have a beneficent personality and loathe rudeness or violence.

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