Witches use descensum to travel to the nether worlds of afterlife. They lie down, shut their eyes, and usually chant an incantation to help them. When a witch descends to the nether world, the plane takes the form of their worst fears. A witch can only survive for so long with her soul away their her body, and if they fail to return in time their body will die and disintegrate into dust.
Descensum is a tricky skill to master, and rarely used as it is not as useful as other skills such as telekinesis or concilium. However, it has proved its usefulness on some occasions. Queenie used it to travel to the nether world in order to discover the location of Marie Laveau after she disappeared. She found herself in the fast food restaurant she worked in before she became a witch, tirelessly being nagged by customers and facing an eternally long queue. Papa Legba, the ruler of Hell, came to her and explained that this was her worst nightmare, she was stuck with little pay, no attention and no respect: she was a nobody. Queenie eventually managed to return safely before she could die.
During the trial of descensum, the four girls: Zoe, Madison, Misty and Queenie, sat on the floor opposite each other with their heads connecting. They chanted an incantation and the four traveled to Hell. Queenie, having experience, was the first to wake up, back from the restaurant in her nightmare. Madison then returned, her worst fear being cast as a minor role in a televised screening of the Sound of Music. Zoe then came back, having returned from a Hell of breaking up with Kyle. Misty, who was trapped in a Hell of having to dissect living animals, whilst her science teacher and her class made fun of her, failed to return and turned to ashes whilst the coven looked on, as they couldn't help her. When Cordelia took the test, her fear was not gaining approval from Fiona.
"Spiritu duce, in me est. Deduc me in tenebris vita ad extremum, ut salutaret inferi. Descensum!"
- Fiona Goode
- Zoe Benson
- Madison Montgomery
- Misty Day
- Cordelia Foxx
- Anna Leigh Leighton