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Surrender thy soul... to me.
~ Scáthatch to Tomasyn White

Scáthach, also known as the Witch of the Woods, is the overarching antagonist of American Horror Story: Roanoke and American Horror Story: Coven.

She is a savage immortal witch and a practitioner of prehistoric Celtic religion and worshipper of Old Gods. Scáthach's corrupting influence is directly responsible for several colonial incidents, most notably the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. Chronologically, she is the first Supreme Witch and the one behind the actions of Tomasyn White, the Butcher.

In the re-enactment scenes of My Roanoke Nightmare, she is portrayed by singer Lady Gaga, who also portrayed the Countess Elizabeth Johnson. She is primarily portrayed by an unknown actress, rumored to be Alexandra Daddario.

History

Background

Scáthach was once an English woman who was descended from both druids and their Roman conquerors. A worshiper of old pagan gods, she left for the British colonies as a stowaway on a voyage that was plagued with death. Upon being discovered at landfall, the British soldiers blamed Scáthach's female presence for enraging the sea gods, imprisoned her and sentenced her to be burned at the stake. She answered the call of more ancient and bloodthirsty gods and massacred the soldiers, thereby incriminating the Native Americans and allowing her to escape into the wild.

In the 1500s, Scáthach came across the exiled former leader of the Roanoke colony, Tomasyn White, who she spared from a wild boar, in exchange for her soul. After White returned to Roanoke and violently regained control of the colony, the colonists were subjugated to follow in Scáthach's religious ways. The colony migrated to a location in North Carolina, hundreds of miles away. White's own son, Ambrose, defied his mother and called on the colonists to return to Christ. As such, White personally killed the entire colony, so that their souls would belong to Scáthach. As a final component of the deal, White let Scáthach take her life, for eternal posthumous servitude.

Over the hundreds of years since, many encountered Scáthach and her ghostly Roanoke followers. While most would die under White's blade, Scáthach had a strong sexual appetite that she loved to have sated by hapless men.

Recent Roles

Matt Miller, the new owner of the colonial mansion located on Scáthach's domain, attracted the witch's attention. At the first opportunity, she bewitched Miller and engaged in an orgy with Matt, much to the chagrin of his wife, Shelby. It was at this point that the clairvoyant Cricket discovered Scáthach's identity as the true architect of the land's corruption. The next evening, she lured Matt out to the cellar, where she once again seduced him, but also shared her life's story with him.

The survivors of the Roanoke incident, as well as the actors from My Roanoke Nightmare, return to the mansion. Scáthach summons Matt to the basement of the house, where they once again engage in a passionate embrace. Shelby and Dominic Banks interrupt, prompting Matt to confess that he returned to the house to be with his one true love- Scáthach. Subsequently, Shelby murders him in a rage.

During the final night of the blood moon, Scáthach saves the grievously wounded Lee Harris by slaughtering a wild boar sniffing her out. Scáthach cuts out the boar's heart and offers it to Lee, who consumes it for salvation, in exchange for her soul. Under Scáthach's control, Lee sees to the death of every living person on the mansion's property, alongside Tomasyn White and the Roanoke colony.

Gallery

Trivia

  • She was named after the mythical figure in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.
  • American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed to The Huffington Post that Scáthach was the first Supreme Witch.
  • Scáthach is the true main antagonist of the season, being the master of The Butcher, who in turn is the direct main antagonist of the season.

Navigation

           Ecran Titre d'American Horror Story Villains

Murder House
Rubber Man | Constance Langdon | Hayden McClaine | Larry Harvey | Moira O'Hara | Charles Montgomery | Infantata | Bianca Forest | R. Franklin | Michael Langdon | Langdon Family | Fiona | The Devil

Asylum
Bloody Face (Dr. Oliver Thredson | Johnny Morgan | Imposters) | The Devil | Dr. Arthur Arden | Sister Jude | Leigh Emerson | Jenny Reynolds

Coven
Fiona Goode | Marie Laveau | The Axeman | Delphine LaLaurie | Madison Montgomery | Hank Foxx | Spalding | Papa Legba | Minotaur | Joan Ramsey | Archie Brener

Freak Show
Dandy Mott | Stanley | Maggie Esmerelda | Elsa Mars | Twisty the Clown | Chester Creb | Dell Toledo | Edward Mordrake | Rita Gayheart | Larry Gayheart | Hans Gruper | Penny's Father

Hotel
Countess Elizabeth Johnson | James Patrick March | Ten Commandments Killer | Sally McKenna | Addiction Demon | Ramona Royale | Richard Ramirez | Hazel Evers | Charles Montgomery

Roanoke
Tomasyn White | Scáthach | Polk Family | Agnes Mary Winstead | Shelby Miller

Cult
Kai Anderson | Ally Mayfair-Richards | Ivy Mayfair-Richards | Beverly Hope | Twisty the Clown

Apocalypse
Michael Langdon | The Devil | Cooperative | Miriam Mead | Wilhelmina Venable | Dinah Stevens | Ariel Augustus | Tate Langdon | Constance Langdon | Madison Montgomery | James Patrick March | Moira O'Hara | Langdon Family | Papa Legba | Delphine LaLaurie | Marie Laveau

1984
Margaret Booth | Mr. Jingles | Lavinia Richter | Richard Ramirez | Donna Chambers | Montana Duke | Ray Powell | The Devil | David Chambers | Xavier Plympton | Bruce

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