Something's Rotten in Faerun
The Witch is a wizard whose powerful magical abilities are extraplanar in origin. Though wizards typically learn the basics of spellcasting at magic academies or from learned mentors, Witches learn magical skills from entities and their minions from other planes of existence, or from other Witches.
Occasionally, these extraplanar entities contact youthful humans or demihumans for magical instruction; other times, humans and demihumans seek out the entities through arcane rituals and petition them for instruction. The entities agree to such instruction for a variety of reasons— some hope to train their students to eventually become emissaries; some hope to use them as conduits for various forces; some hope to seduce them as consorts; and some simply share their magical secrets for their own amusement.
Whatever the motives of the extraplanar entities, they exude a powerful directing influence over their students. However, a few Witches with particularly strong wills are able to maintain their own drives while using their magical skills to further their own goals. Such Witches face a life-long struggle with the forces who relentlessly strive to direct their spirits.
Special Benefits: As a Witch increases in level, she automatically gains the following abilities. These are all naturally acquired abilities, and do not count against the number of spells she can know or use. All of the following abilities can be used once per week.
3rd Level: The Witch acquires the ability to secure familiar. This is identical to the 1st-level wizard spell find familiar, except that a Witch does not need to burn 1,000 gp worth of incense and herbs in a brass brazier. Instead, the Witch must merely concentrate for one turn. If a suitable familiar is within 1 mile per level of the Witch, it will arrive within 1d10 hours. A Witch can have only one familiar at a time.
5th Level: The Witch acquires the ability to brew calmative. Assuming she has access to the proper ingredients (usually available in any forest), the Witch can brew one dose of an elixir that has the effect of a sleep spell when a victim comes in contact with it. One dose is sufficient to coat a sword or any other single weapon. The elixir has no effect on victims with more than 8 HD; victims can resist the effects of the elixir with a successful saving throw.
Special Hindrances: Because of their non-conventional training, Witches do not earn bonuses to their experience for high ability scores. Witches cannot be multi-classed or dual-classed.
Generally, outsiders are terrified of Witches. Unless an NPC is exceptionally open-minded or has extremely high Intelligence or Wisdom (13 or more in either ability), the Witch receives a -3 reaction roll. If the NPC is uneducated, comes from an extremely superstitious or unsophisticated culture, or has low Intelligence and Wisdom (under 10 for both), the Witch receives a -5 reaction roll. Additionally, if a Witch lingers in a superstitious or culturally unsophisticated community for more than a day, she runs the risk of facing a mob of hostile citizens bent on running her out of town, imprisoning her, torturing her, or executing her. (The DM decides the size of the mob, their intentions, and the likelihood of their accosting the Witch. As a rule of thumb, assume a 20 percent chance of a 4d6-member mob forming in a hostile community if the Witch stays for a day. This chance increases by 20 percent for every additional day the Witch remains; the size of the mob increases by 2d6 members.)
|The Witch must periodically struggle with the extraplanar forces striving to direct her. The forces are so powerful that they cannot be dispelled; all the Witch can do is endure them. When undergoing these internal struggles, the Witch suffers penalties to her combat abilities and saving throws.|
- Gray elf of mysterious origin
- She believes she knows her parents, and yet as she grows older, she finds more and more evidence that the elves who raised her may not have been her blood kin
- She is sometimes plagued by visions and strong feelings that betray the ideology she was raised with.
- When she questioned her family about her visions, they became quite uncomfortable and sometimes even showed anger (rare for her order). It was made clear to her early on that things were much worse for her if she spoke to anybody about the odd sensations and visions she had. She grew to be deeply ashamed of them and accepted them as a curse that had been placed upon her, which is what she had been led (nearly brainwashed) to believe.
- Since leaving home, she has learned not to take things at face value, and instead examine things for herself to her own satisfaction. She is often at odds with her powerful sense of intuition as a result of the conflict that had been bred into her.