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Badb, Macha, Morrigan, or collectively known as The Crow Goddess are three minds that inhabit one body. The Crow Goddess is the niece of Bastet, Mars Ultor, Hekate, and Zephaniah and the cousin of Anubis and Aten. She is a Next Generation Elder. The Morrigan sides with the Dark Elders, but her sisters, Badb and Macha, side with Perenelle Flamel from the third book, The Sorceress, onwards.

Background

The Morrigan was worshiped and feared throughout the Celtic kingdoms as the Goddess of Death and Destruction. Once there had been three sisters: Macha, the Badb, and the Morrigan, but the others had disappeared over the years and the Morrigan reigned supreme. The Morrigan states that The Badb and The Macha now "live inside of her."

Appearance

The Morrigan has pale skin, black lips, and jet-black eyes with no white showing while Badb with red color and Macha with yellow color. Her overlong canines were visible against her lower lip. She wears a cloak made entirely of ravens' feathers that sweeps the ground behind her and a full hood. She is described as tall.
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The Badb

Abilities

As the Crow Goddess, the Morrigan has the ability to control crows. The Morrigan has been shown to send a flock of ten thousand birds, that she and Nicholas Flamel call "The Morrigan's children." The Crow Goddess even has Dire-Crows, her special-pets. Once her summoned birds entered Hekate's Shadowrealm, their bodies underwent a transformation. "The Morrigan's birds had changed when they entered Hekate's Shadowrealm: They had become almost human... though not entirely so. They were now tall and thin like their mistress; their wings had stretched, becoming long and bat-like, connected to human-shaped bodies by translucent skin and tipped with deadly claws. Their heads were still those of birds." (The Alchemyst: Page 230).

  • The Morrigan can use Necromancy, having learned it from Roger Bacon. She used this power to contain her sisters, the Macha and the Badb, inside herself.
  • The Morrigan has a formidable scream. In The Magician her voice can even turn glass into dust.
  • The Crow Goddess also has ability to fly with massive wings. Unfortunately, she is weak physically, as she has almost hollow bones to be able to fly.


  • Immortality: The Crow Goddess is Immortal and does not age. Though an immortal may be poisoned or slain in battle, they may live for thousands or millions of years.

Necromancer

  • Necromancy: Does whatever it is necromancers do.

In The Series

The Alchemyst

In the Alchemyst, Dr John Dee summons the Morrigan to help capture Nicholas Flamel, Sophie and Josh Newman, and Scathach. She sends Dire-crows to maul the van that the Immortal, Next Generation, and the two Humani were driving in, but Nicholas makes a call to Hekate and asks her to send the ghost wind to drive away the crows.

Later, the Crow Goddess, Dee and Bastet travel to Hekate's Shadowrealm while Sophie is being Awakened. They attack the realm using the Morrigan's human-crows and Bastet's human-cats. They retreat when Dee uses Excalibur, the Sword of Ice, to destroy the Yggdrasil, the Shadowrealm, and two other connecting Shadowrealms. Later on it, turns out that Dee had destroyed thirteen connecting Shadowrealms. The Morrigan then tells Dee that he'd just made a lot of new enemies.

The Magician

The Morrigan is sent to kill Perenelle, who is trapped on Alcatraz, but Areop-Enap traps the goddess and her crows in spider webs. Perenelle locks her under the island where Areop-Enap was trapped.

The Enchantress

By the end of the Enchantress, Perenelle and Nicholas cross paths with the Morrigan once more. However, at this time, the Macha and the Badb were in control of their body, having the Morrigan trapped inside. This is depicted when they spoke to the Sorceress in two different voices with yellow and red eyes. Utimately, the two now carry a debt to Perenelle for freeing them, and although Nicholas is skeptical about the act of alliance that the Crow Goddess shows, the Morrigan proves her change of heart as she sacrifices her life to save Perenelle from a spearhead that Billy the Kid unintentionally throws at Perenelle (thinking that she was one of the beasts residing on the island). During the last moments of her life, the Morrigan appears and takes control of their body and thanks the Sorceress for uniting her with her two sisters, noting though that she despises Perenelle.