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Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Coven (PFRPG)

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Are You a Good Witch? Or a Bad Witch?

Wizards may wield studied spells and clerics pray to the gods themselves, but witchcraft—wild, untamed, perilous—is the magic of the common folk, with all the desperation and danger that implies. Embodied by hags and their half-blood daughters, changelings, witchcraft has always been one of the broadest, most potent, and most misunderstood forces of magic... until now. Learn the dark rituals and curses witchcraft empowers, and the good it stands to do in the world as well.

Inside this book you'll find:

  • An examination of the changeling race, including changeling covens, enhanced hag heritage, and specific rules for the 10 subraces of changelings, depending on their hag mothers.
  • New hag- and witchcraft-focused archetypes for a variety of classes, including bloodragers, clerics, investigators, and witches.
  • New curse spells and magic rituals employed by witches, as well as curse-related feats to help adventurers get the most out of a bad day.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but it can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-982-0

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Art question: Who's the cover artist for this product?


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One more question for those who have a copy. Would it be better to describe this as the Changeling race book, or as the Witch character class book? It sounds more like the former than the latter.


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Eric Hinkle wrote:
One more question for those who have a copy. Would it be better to describe this as the Changeling race book, or as the Witch character class book? It sounds more like the former than the latter.

It is very solidly both.

Changelings get ten subraces, at least three feats, two traits, and special coven rules, and a unique drawback with a d100 table of arcane malignancies.
Witches get expanded patron rules, three archetypes (all of which are good if you use the expanded patron rules for earlier hex access), five curses, and some rituals. For flavor, they also get a section on witch religions.

Liberty's Edge

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That sounds like a very doable compromise. I didn't like Beasts, I didn't like Shadows, because so little for so many. But one race and one class...I'd prefer either or, of course, but I think this is a compromise I can live with. Especially since the race and class are so thematically linked that the options are often applicable to the same character.

Dark Archive

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Heine Stick wrote:
Art question: Who's the cover artist for this product?

The cover artist's name is Setiawan Lie. He's done other things for Paizo like some of the chapter openers for Horror Adventures, the cover for Seers of the Drowned City, or the one from Starfinder with the goblins in bubble helmeted space suits dismantling the PCs' spacecraft.

Liberty's Edge

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I didn't check out the updated cover until now but it looks great! I like the artist. Feiya's face looks great, and we have a DAJI appearance.


What is the Hag-called physchic about?

Does the Arakineticist gain Hexes or a new infusion?


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Cruel Illusion wrote:
What is the Hag-called physchic about?

Spoiler:
Not surprisingly, it's charisma-based. Their first level stuff is weak, but that's because they get the most reliable way to refresh their phrenic pool. You get some at-will change shape abilities (no imitating specific people), and eventually get a small DC boost to curse-related things, immunity to curses, and the ability to apply certain phrenic amplifications to your curses that you wouldn't normally be able to.
Cruel Illusion wrote:
Does the Arakineticist gain Hexes or a new infusion?

Spoiler:
No, and yes. You'll be waiting a long time for the latter, though. It's a substance infusion.

QuidEst wrote:
Cruel Illusion wrote:
What is the Hag-called physchic about?

** spoiler omitted **

Cruel Illusion wrote:
Does the Arakineticist gain Hexes or a new infusion?
** spoiler omitted **

Hag-called sounds really nice!


Can we get a bit more information on the Investigator archetype and the kinds of effects the fetters are capable of ?


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nighttree wrote:
Can we get a bit more information on the Investigator archetype and the kinds of effects the fetters are capable of ?

Personally, I think it is too detailed to include here before the street date. This is one of the longest, most detailed archetypes I can recall. The fetters are VERY specific and detailed. You do need to steal possessions or tokens of their body--like hair--to pull this stuff off (ugh, pun!). Shaken, bonus on Will saves vs. spells and other such abilities, deafen or silence foe, etc are just a few examples.


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This has gone from a meh thing for me, to an awesome one now that details are coming out. So many Hag themed character ideas now.


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I was always looking forward to this, but now that I'm hearing everyone talk about what's in it I just want to read it all the more.


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I have wanted to create a natural attack (claws) Bloodrager with the Fey Bloodline but would've had to go Crossblooded to get the claws...not anymore! The only concern I have about the Hag-Riven archetype (Bloodrager) is giving up DR--I like DR for frontliners. Still, I think this is the archetype I will use for that concept.

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nighttree wrote:


Bloodline.....
...hmm....sounds like many of the abilities are intended to be constant, not just while raging (which I'm OK with)....maybe Lissa will see this and chime in on intent (hint...hint...)

Intent was really to make it work similar to other bloodlines in that these things only work while raging; to give you something you can do to affect combat when you can't be adjacent to a foe but didn't overlap with hag-riven issues. It's advantageous when you can't reach a foe in a single move or when you have multiple foes and one of your friends a couple squares away is in trouble and needs an easier target.

I personally like to have options, so things that can soften up a particular foe for everyone is pretty great use of a standard action. Situational but not an uncommon situation. I also didn't want a lot of overlap with the Hag Riven.

Sovereign Court

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The new Witch Archetype is really cool! Being able to eat and throw up your familiar and control swarms is really flavorful, and might be my new "go-to" witch archetype. The ability to have your hexes come out of your swarm instead of you is kinda freaky, especially with the White-Hair hex. Would the spiders suddenly grow hair? I'm sure most GMs will let me flavor it as the spiders whipping out to grapple instead.


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KitsuneWarlock wrote:
The new Witch Archetype is really cool! Being able to eat and throw up your familiar and control swarms is really flavorful, and might be my new "go-to" witch archetype. The ability to have your hexes come out of your swarm instead of you is kinda freaky, especially with the White-Hair hex. Would the spiders suddenly grow hair? I'm sure most GMs will let me flavor it as the spiders whipping out to grapple instead.

.....web's maybe ?

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Fourshadow wrote:
I have wanted to create a natural attack (claws) Bloodrager with the Fey Bloodline but would've had to go Crossblooded to get the claws...not anymore! The only concern I have about the Hag-Riven archetype (Bloodrager) is giving up DR--I like DR for frontliners. Still, I think this is the archetype I will use for that concept.

I like DR too but natural armor is nothing to sneeze at and is really great thematically. I wanted something that would be kind of terrifying to come up against on the battlefield and thinking about this hulking scarred woman with giant claws was great. =)

Liberty's Edge

More bloodrager material is alwayyyyyyys good. <3

And something that loses just DR is still nowhere near as bad as the savage barbarian . . .


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Lissa Guillet wrote:
nighttree wrote:


Bloodline.....
...hmm....sounds like many of the abilities are intended to be constant, not just while raging (which I'm OK with)....maybe Lissa will see this and chime in on intent (hint...hint...)

Intent was really to make it work similar to other bloodlines in that these things only work while raging; to give you something you can do to affect combat when you can't be adjacent to a foe but didn't overlap with hag-riven issues. It's advantageous when you can't reach a foe in a single move or when you have multiple foes and one of your friends a couple squares away is in trouble and needs an easier target.

I personally like to have options, so things that can soften up a particular foe for everyone is pretty great use of a standard action. Situational but not an uncommon situation. I also didn't want a lot of overlap with the Hag Riven.

Thanks for the clarification! And it does make sense for it to have a more caster-y feel than some of the other bloodlines.


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Lissa Guillet wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:
I have wanted to create a natural attack (claws) Bloodrager with the Fey Bloodline but would've had to go Crossblooded to get the claws...not anymore! The only concern I have about the Hag-Riven archetype (Bloodrager) is giving up DR--I like DR for frontliners. Still, I think this is the archetype I will use for that concept.

I like DR too but natural armor is nothing to sneeze at and is really great thematically. I wanted something that would be kind of terrifying to come up against on the battlefield and thinking about this hulking scarred woman with giant claws was great. =)

No indeed. Especially if you start with natural armor as a Changling in addition to what is given by the archetype...>:)


Fourshadow wrote:
Lissa Guillet wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:
I have wanted to create a natural attack (claws) Bloodrager with the Fey Bloodline but would've had to go Crossblooded to get the claws...not anymore! The only concern I have about the Hag-Riven archetype (Bloodrager) is giving up DR--I like DR for frontliners. Still, I think this is the archetype I will use for that concept.

I like DR too but natural armor is nothing to sneeze at and is really great thematically. I wanted something that would be kind of terrifying to come up against on the battlefield and thinking about this hulking scarred woman with giant claws was great. =)

No indeed. Especially if you start with natural armor as a Changling in addition to what is given by the archetype...>:)

One potential fly in the ointment....the same alternate racial ability (Hag Magic) that ditched your claws also cost's you the Changelings NA bonus...:(


Question....do the new Heritages replace the "Hag racial trait" chosen at character creation ?


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nighttree wrote:
Question....do the new Heritages replace the "Hag racial trait" chosen at character creation ?

They are that.

Sovereign Court

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nighttree wrote:
KitsuneWarlock wrote:
The new Witch Archetype is really cool! Being able to eat and throw up your familiar and control swarms is really flavorful, and might be my new "go-to" witch archetype. The ability to have your hexes come out of your swarm instead of you is kinda freaky, especially with the White-Hair hex. Would the spiders suddenly grow hair? I'm sure most GMs will let me flavor it as the spiders whipping out to grapple instead.
.....web's maybe ?

By strictest reading, the swarm is composed of rats, centipedes, spiders, frogs and other vermin. I think most people will just flavor it as one type, since no matter the flavor it functions as a spider swarm.


QuidEst wrote:
nighttree wrote:
Question....do the new Heritages replace the "Hag racial trait" chosen at character creation ?
They are that.

So they have just added altered ability score modifiers right ?


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nighttree wrote:
QuidEst wrote:
nighttree wrote:
Question....do the new Heritages replace the "Hag racial trait" chosen at character creation ?
They are that.

So they have just added altered ability score modifiers right ?

Yes and no. There's also the awakened hag heritage (and of course, now you have ten heritage options instead of three).


Any new information on the goddesses often associated with Hag's ?


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I am so excited about this book!!!

I have some questions:
Are there any options for non human changelings?
Are the new subraces based on the type of hag? Are they similar to tiefling/aasimar subraces?

Silver Crusade

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Kileanna wrote:

I am so excited about this book!!!

I have some questions:
Are there any options for non human changelings?
Are the new subraces based on the type of hag? Are they similar to tiefling/aasimar subraces?

I don't know about your first query but for your second from what's all been said in this thread it looks to be this way ^w^


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Yes, non-human changeling fathers are covered!

Yes, hag deities and common witch deities are covered!

Silver Crusade

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Woohoo!


That's cool, I play an elven green hag changeling and I am so curious to see if there are any changes for her!


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Kileanna wrote:
That's cool, I play an elven green hag changeling and I am so curious to see if there are any changes for her!

Shouldn't be anything mechanical for elves. It's the usual situation where different sizes are possible, although I think there was also an allowance for unusual body types, like centaurs.

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QuidEst wrote:
Kileanna wrote:
That's cool, I play an elven green hag changeling and I am so curious to see if there are any changes for her!
Shouldn't be anything mechanical for elves. It's the usual situation where different sizes are possible, although I think there was also an allowance for unusual body types, like centaurs.

Wat


QuidEst wrote:
Kileanna wrote:
That's cool, I play an elven green hag changeling and I am so curious to see if there are any changes for her!
Shouldn't be anything mechanical for elves. It's the usual situation where different sizes are possible, although I think there was also an allowance for unusual body types, like centaurs.

Thanks for that image.....0.O

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QuidEst wrote:
Kileanna wrote:
That's cool, I play an elven green hag changeling and I am so curious to see if there are any changes for her!
Shouldn't be anything mechanical for elves. It's the usual situation where different sizes are possible, although I think there was also an allowance for unusual body types, like centaurs.

Witch dragon is it?

Or, alternatively, tengu tango?

...Oh. My.


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QuidEst wrote:
Yes, non-human changeling fathers are covered!

YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!

YES YES YES!

I've been wanting this since changlings were introduced! Where is my dang shipping notice?!

Silver Crusade

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I got mine! Yay!


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Nate Z wrote:
QuidEst wrote:
Yes, non-human changeling fathers are covered!

YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!

YES YES YES!

I've been wanting this since changlings were introduced! Where is my dang shipping notice?!

Oh, there it is. :)


I was late to the game even hearing about this one. Got it ordered, and the wait is killing me!

I'm very curious about the expanded patron stuff, and the religion of witchcraft. Ever since I read about "The Horned King" in the Wild Hunt entry in B6, I thought he would be a very cool witch patron. Can anyone tell me if there's anything in the book that helps with getting that specific with a witch's patron? The Horned King would probably fall in the fey category.


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Joe Hex wrote:

I was late to the game even hearing about this one. Got it ordered, and the wait is killing me!

I'm very curious about the expanded patron stuff, and the religion of witchcraft. Ever since I read about "The Horned King" in the Wild Hunt entry in B6, I thought he would be a very cool witch patron. Can anyone tell me if there's anything in the book that helps with getting that specific with a witch's patron? The Horned King would probably fall in the fey category.

There is a focused patron option called Fey Gifts that may be of interest. It's geared a little more toward the trickster kind of fey, but I think you could make it work. You'd get a portion of the Horned King's ability to command others at the cost of some luck.


KingOfNinjas wrote:
Joe Hex wrote:

I was late to the game even hearing about this one. Got it ordered, and the wait is killing me!

I'm very curious about the expanded patron stuff, and the religion of witchcraft. Ever since I read about "The Horned King" in the Wild Hunt entry in B6, I thought he would be a very cool witch patron. Can anyone tell me if there's anything in the book that helps with getting that specific with a witch's patron? The Horned King would probably fall in the fey category.

There is a focused patron option called Fey Gifts that may be of interest. It's geared a little more toward the trickster kind of fey, but I think you could make it work. You'd get a portion of the Horned King's ability to command others at the cost of some luck.

Thanks!

Sounds cool. It would probably work well with the Seducer archetype.

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Got my PDF. *Extremely* happy. Dropped a review.

Can the Foxfire Lantern be re-attuned at will? Do you know if the attuning worked? Can you just keep retrying the Knowledge check until you succeed?


Can anyone give a bit more info about the Putrefactor Witch and the Rot patron? :O


Samy wrote:

Got my PDF. *Extremely* happy. Dropped a review.

Can the Foxfire Lantern be re-attuned at will? Do you know if the attuning worked? Can you just keep retrying the Knowledge check until you succeed?

Read it. Great review- it gives a lot of helpful product info.


I'm curious as to what the cleric archetype does. Can anyone give more information as to what it can do?


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And my copy shipped, huzzah!

Blood of the Coven Rules Elements:
Archetypes: Arakineticist (Kineticist), Covenbane (Slayer), Hag-Haunted (Spiritualist), Hag-Riven (Bloodrager) Hagbound (Witch), Hexbreaker (Magus), Malice Binder (Investigator), Putrefactor (Witch), Triadic Priest (Cleric), Vellemancer (Witch)

Bloodrager Bloodline: Hag

Changeling Heritages: Annis-Born Changeling (Slag May), Ash-Born Changeling (Hearth May), Blood-Born Changeling (Veil Mey), Dreamthief-Born Changeling (Waker May), Green-Born Changeling (Callow May), Mute-Born Changeling (Sorrow May), Night-Born Changeling (Moon May), Sea-Born Changeling (Brine May), Storm-Born Changeling (Virga May), Winter-Born Changeling (Snow May)

Feats: Awakened Hag Heritage, Coven-Touched, Cursed Conduit, Enhanced Coven, Familiar Link (Coven, Teamwork), Latent Curse (Metamagic), Metamagical Synergy (Coven, Teamwork), Scapegoat, Sin-Sharing Critical (Combat, Critical)

Magic Items: cauldron, battlepot (none, 9,312 gp), cauldron of fireworks (none, 7,500 gp), collar, bloodstone (neck, 900 gp), collar of sacrifice (neck, 2,000 gp), coven charm (belt, 75,000 gp), foxfire lantern (none, 3,000 gp), lock of formbinding (none, 50,000 gp), pactseeker's blade (none, 55,330 gp), witching doll (none, 30,000 gp)

Occult Rituals: Five-Generations Curse, Grand Coven, Hag's Eye Brew, Invoke the Nemesis

Psychic Discipline: Hag-Called

Specific Patrons: Celestial Agenda, The Condition of All, Empath, Fey Gifts, Green Whispers, Hag's Calling, Infernal Contract, Touched by the Outer Gods, Shadowbound

Spells: calamitous flailing (bard 3, cleric 4, mesmerist 3, sorcerer/wizard 4, spiritualist 3, witch 3), curse of dragonflies (druid 3, magus 3, shaman 4, sorcerer/wizard 4, summoner 4, witch 3), fair is foul (antipaladin 2, cleric 3, shaman 3, sorcerer/wizard 4, spiritualist 3, witch 2), hag's seasoning (antipaladin 2, bloodrager 2, druid 3, shaman 3, witch 3), knell of the depths (druid 3, magus 2, shaman 3, sorcerer/wizard 3, summoner 3, witch 2)

Traits: Blessed of the Norns (Region - Lands of the Linnorm Kings), Coven Casting (Magic), Cruel Child (Race - Changeling), Malevolent Temptations (Social), Preternatural Awareness (Social), Rebuke the Curse (Faith), Shadow Dealer (Region - Ustalav), Swamp Skulker (Region - River Kingdoms), Switched at Birth (Race - Changeling), Witch-Tongues (Region - Irrisen)

Witch Patron Themes: Jynx, Mercy, Rot


Wow so many questions. I guess I'm most curious about the Triadic Priest.


Sweet! Thanks Luthorne! :)

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