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The Witch: An Occult Spellcasting Class


READ BEFORE PURCHASING: The Witch is one of six classes in Strahd's Manual of Shadow, which also has new races, feats, and mosnters, so buy that instead of this if you're interested in everything it has to offer. But if you don't want to pay for all the content in Strahd's and are interested primarily in the Witch, then go ahead and buy this.

What is the Witch?

The Witch is a unique spellcasting class. It uses the Spell Point alternative rules from the DMG, giving it a distinctly different feel than the official spellcasting classes. It is functionally a class somewhere between Druid and Warlock, as witches practice nature-based and occult magic, but it also has some of the Metamagic of the Sorcerer sprinkled in.

Choose from Six Covens

The Witch subclasses are called Covens, and you can choose from any of these options:

  • Coven of Bloodmancy. A subclass that draws power from your very life force to elevate your spells.
  • Coven of Herbomancy. The archetypal "Witch," a herbomancer can learn to brew their own unique potions. This is great for players that want to get really immersed in their campaign setting, but is not recommended for shorter campaigns as it takes a significant amount of time to brew a potion.
  • Coven of Hexmancy. Known colloquially as "witch doctors," hexmancers can make vodou dolls of people they interact with and use the dolls to magically influence those people!
  • Coven of Paganism. The most closely related to Druids out of the covens, pagans learn Druidic and are able to draw in the raw power of the natural elements.
  • Coven of Spiritualism. An occult coven that lets you learn how to conduct seances, speak with the dead, and potentially even keep adventuring after you die yourself.
  • Coven of Synergy. Witches from the coven of synergy gain abilities that let them bolster their allies and pull on the energy of friendly spellcasters to fuel the caster's more potent spells.

Rules for Customized Potions

There are several pages of potential ingredients that Herbomancers can use to make their potions. Not only can Herbomancers use this, but it's also a great resource for DMs to make new potions to sell to the PCs (or their enemies)!
I hope you enjoy the Witch and get good use of it in your games!
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