Explore the World of the Hidden Houses
Just outside an ordinary small town in rural Ontario, Canada...
...in a conservation park, along a hidden path, and behind a high stone ridge..
...a tribe of Celts from Scotland and Ireland, called the Brigantians,
established a secret garden called Fellwater Grove,
where they made their new home.
Two thousand years later, it is one of the last places on Earth
where the presence of the Mythic Age can still be found.
The Chieftain of Clan Brigantia, an ancient Hidden
House descended from the gods of Ireland and Britain.
Some time during the Dark Ages, Miranda led her
people on a sea journey to the west, hoping to find the
otherworldly islands described in Celtic myth.
Instead she and her people came to what is now Canada.
There, with the permission of a local aboriginal clan
called the Orenda Nation, Miranda established Fellwater
Grove, and so made a new home for her people.
Ever since she was a child, Katie had
prophetic dreams and clairvoyant visions.
When she first met Carlo DiAngelo, she
experienced one of the most lucid visions in
her life. She saw him as he was thousands of
years ago, in the Celtic heroic age.
Thus began her entry into the Hidden Houses
of the Secret People.
Katie is curious, adventurous, and strong
willed, but also impetuous, and she often
makes impulsive decisions.
Although descended from ordinary people and not
from the gods, Eric is respected by the Brigantians
as a detective and strategist, and for his
unwavering loyalty to Katie.
Although Fellwater Grove is a place of great natural beauty,
some of its features are dangerous.
For instance, it is said that those who look into its ancient well
will see their worst and deepest fears reflected there.
Carlo Maliguida DiAngelo
The head of his House for all of Ontario,
Carlo Maliguida DiAngelo claims to be
descended from one of the Emperors of
Rome - he doesn’t like to say which one.
He’s the head of a wealthy family called
House DiAngelo, and a prominent leader
in a social movement called The New
Carlo often seeks out young people who
are descended from the gods but don’t yet
know it, in the hope of recruiting them to
He also claims the Brigantians owe a debt
to his House - a debt Miranda refuses to
Fellwater Grove is not alone:
there are thought to be hundreds of secret magical places
scattered elsewhere in the world.
The Villa Urania Library, in the middle of Fellwater village, was the place where several people over the years
were Awakened, just by reading its oldest books.
Eventually it became the meeting place for a band of clan-less warriors called The Fianna.
Hidden in Mount Hallowstone National Park, somewhere in northern Ontario,
there is a village with a castle on a steep hilltop. Built by some of the first
colonists from England, the castle is now home to the members of House Wessex,
and their Lord Protector, Algernon Weatherby. But when Eric is first brought there by
Algernon's nephew Heathcliff Weatherby Wednesday, the village is inexplicably deserted.
Heathcliff Weatherby Wednesday
Heathcliff became the Lord Protector of House Weatherby, and its seat of power,
Hallowstone Castle, when his uncle Algernon resigned the position due to
failing mental health. Heathcliff also serves as the chairperson of the local
chapter of the Guardians International Organization, in Fellwater village.
Heathcliff approaches Eric offering information about what happened to Katie at
the Battle of Fellwater Grove, and he offers to help Eric's investigations. But
over time, he makes some unusual demands.
Originally from France, a member of a Hidden House called Les Voyageurs,
and possibly more than 400 years old,
Ildicoe now works as the official Summoner for Clan Brigantia. In "Hallowstone"
she and Eric are asked to investigate the attackers who attempted
to destroy a magical well in Fellwater Grove. But she also keeps a few dark secrets
about her past. When Eric discovers one of them, he is forced to doubt
whether she can be fully trusted.
The Many Hidden Houses of the Secret People
The world of the Secret People is a world where the gods are as human as we are,
only faster, stronger, wiser than the rest of us.
Time and history have shaped the stories of their lives into myth and legend.
Their descendents walk among us today, still fighting their ancient wars.
Perhaps one of their sacred places hides near your town.
Perhaps you are one of them.
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