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Wizard Tradition: The Witch

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The Witch is an optional sourcebook of three Arcane Traditions that Wizard characters can use to customize their character. Unlike their more traditional Wizard brethren who generally learn the ways of The Art through Arcane Academies and/or apprenticeships to learned mentors, Witches have attracted the attention of a powerful Patron (not unlike those Patrons that Warlocks strike pacts with). Being outwardly shunned by most people and societies, Witches tend to gather into Covens, to preserve and protect their way of life.

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TD BANK G February 08, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
I have a question, before I purchase the product, why did you choose this to be a wizard tradition rather than a Warlock subcass?
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Devlinus P February 11, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
One of my favorite characters from 2nd Edition was a female wizard using the witch kit from the Complete Wizards Handbook. Plus a little bit of home-brew to give her a slight druidic feel (able to cast cure light wounds, but it took a 3rd level wizard slot instead of a 1st level slot).

So, that was what I tried to emulate at least somewhat with this 'kit' or 'tradition'. Back in 2nd Edition, we didn't really have the warlock class... but warlock in 5th Edition gave a mechanic to explain the supernatural entity from the 2nd Edition witch kit. So I used that same concept, but only so far as to explain the patron.

I also liked the concept of the Book of Shadows from the Pact of the Tome feature of warlocks, and used that as concept to explain how the witch tradition becomes an even more capable ritual caster than normal wizard traditions. That was also how I linked in more of the druidic type feel and giving access to healing and restorative magics (with the dark witches getting various...See more
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March 16, 2016 8:10 pm UTC
Then why make them Intelligence based instead of Wisdom, which is more symbolic of the Faith and Nature based casters? Kind of like in the old Witch's Handbook in 3.5e? *Sorry for comparing your work to another work, I was just a really big fan of that book*

One more question though. Why does the neutral witch have lesser restoration? If the witch is neutral shouldn't it have the choice between the white witch spells (cure, etc.) vs the black witch spells (inflict, bestow curse, etc.)? Because if they are truly gray (neutral) they would choose which they prefer wouldn't they?

It's just in the past I have a played a Witch that treated magic almost like a play thing. She respected it but believed it was supposed to bring fun and enjoyment to others. She hated to see suffering but she had no issue using magic to steal from people and curse those who would use their magic to abuse others. I just want to know is that even possible for me to do? Because I'd like to play Witch like...See more
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Devlinus P March 20, 2016 4:32 pm UTC
Thank you for your questions and comments!

I wanted to keep them INT based because my interpretation is as an Arcane Tradition (taken at Level 2) of the Wizard class (which is INT based). However, I chose to implement minimum ability requirements for both INT (due to being a wizard subclass), WIS (due to resemblance to Nature based Druidic magic), and CON (to resist the corruption of the otherworldly patron influence). This was a direct reference to the 2nd Edition Wizard's Handbook kit (which is what one my favorite characters from my old college days was based on).

I wouldn't see any problem with players and DMs choosing to instead base the subclass on WIS if they wish... just understand that you would need to base the rest of the Wizard Class chassis for that character on the same stat. One word of caution is that it might open up more synergistic multi-class options than what Wizards as a class currently have access too. Could this be abused in some way? I'm not sure, since currently...See more
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March 23, 2016 1:09 am UTC
Understood. Thanks for the response! I didn't mean to imply that witches should be super powerful. I just wanted to say that having witches be restricted to those spells by alignment is cool, however, maybe just let the witches choose one of the three options each level to flesh themselves out as a witch. Witches would naturally choose spells that reflect their nature. Thanks for the feed back, I'll definitely bring this up at my table!

If you ever really want to do 3.5E I suggest giving the Witch's Handbook a look since you like Witches. It is very cool. :-)
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Scott W February 02, 2016 1:50 am UTC
While you were write to write that most witches perhaps were once women, today's Witches are all genders. I know for I am a Male Witch.
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Devlinus P February 02, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
I apologize if you were offended in any way. Yes, I was actually researching the proper name for a Male Witch the other day, which as you said is usually simply just Male Witch.

I included a note about gender in the material, hoping that it would be clear that both Male and Female characters should be allowed to follow the tradition. Obviously, the note was not as clear as it could have been, so I will make a quick revision in order to make this point more clear. Please let me know if the new verbiage is more clear?
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