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Secundum Naturae Ordinem Wesen
Notables: Dead Charlie Riken
Dead Jonah Riken
Dead Shaw Steinkellner
Dead Harold Johnson
Dead Walter Dempsey
Handcuff Jessie Acker
Handcuff Purifier
Handcuff Prosecutor
Roger Briggs
Matthew Howard
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The Secundum Naturae Ordinem Wesen (Lat. "Wesen (who live) according to the natural order"), also known as the Wesenrein (VEH-sin-rine; Ger. Wesen + rein "pure"), is an ancient organization founded during the Middle Ages to keep Wesen pure.

Each member wears a mask called a Gleichheit (Ger. "equality") and during tribunals they wear hooded robes with a Wolfsangel on the front. Most members wear a plain black robe with a white Wolfsangel. Higher-ranking jury members wear a black robe with a red Wolfsangel and red hem while the "prosecutor" wears a black robe with a white Wolfsangel and white hem. The Grand Master will wear a red robe with a black Wolfsangel and hem, and the Purifier wears a pure white robe with a silver Wolfsangel. ("Wesenrein") ("Tribunal")

To them, inter-marriage is a crime against man and nature. ("Highway of Tears") They often use a Wolfsangel in some form as a warning to Wesen in an inter-species marriage. ("Dyin' on a Prayer") ("Cry Luison") ("Highway of Tears") Another type of warning they will carry out is to hang a dead animal outside the home or workplace of their targets as a "final notice" for the couple to split up. ("Chupacabra") Eventually, they will kidnap their targets with the plan to kill them by impaling them on a stake and burning them after a rigged tribunal. ("Chupacabra") ("Wesenrein") ("Tribunal")

Once the tribunal ends, the Grand Master will deliver the verdict. The Wesenrein members, including the Grand Master, will take off their mask if they believe that the defendant is guilty, but if they believe that the defendant is innocent, they will leave their mask on.

Known Wesenrein LawsEdit

  • Eigenes Fleisch und Blut (EYE-gun-us FLYSHE oont BLOOT; Ger. "own flesh and blood") - Wesen should marry within their own race.
  • Grimmig Freundschafterweisen (GRIM-migh FROYNT-shof-tuh-vize-uhn; Ger. Grimmig "grim, fierce" + Freundschaft "friendship" + Erweisen "to render/to bestow") - Wesen cannot befriend a Grimm.

Excerpt from Grimm DiariesEdit

1252, Lyon

I first encountered the Secundum Naturae Ordinem Wesen, also known as the Wesenrein, during a trial conducted by the Catholic inquisition. Not only were they searching out heretics and burning them at the stake, but some of the inquisitors, I discovered, were Wesen and using their positions to root out impurity within the Wesen society. The Wesen heretics, or as they were known, The Impuro, were tried outside the cities by secret tribunals. These brutal trials dragged on from one to three days, bereft of mercy.

They too were burned, not necessarily so much at the stake as through the stake. Seeing as the tribunals were doing my work for me, I took a much needed sabbatical on the Isle of Crete.

The Inquisition wear a mask to all their gatherings to hide their identities and allow them to kill without shame or fear of retribution.

I witnessed the tribunal members wearing this symbol on their robes. The Wolfsangel, or "wolf-hook" as it is translated from German, is taken to be a stylized representation of a kind of a baited iron hook hung from a tree historically used as a wolf trap.

The Wesenrein adopted it as a symbol of liberty and independence after its adoption as an emblem of revolt against oppression of the Wesen. It has evolved to also represent purity of their individual species

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  • The group shares some similarities with various Neo-Nazi groups and also bear a certain resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan (at least historically), being a purist organization who burn symbols into the property of those who 'defy' them, and capable of extreme violence in defense of their beliefs.
  • Charlie Riken's title of the Grand Master is based on the Grand Wizard, which was the title given to the head of the Reconstruction Era Ku Klux Klan which existed from 1865 to 1869.
  • Their flag appears to be a combination of the KKK emblem and the swastika used by the Nazis, but instead of the swastika, a Wolfsangel is used by the Wesenrein.

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