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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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Liberty's Edge

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Right, CRB Barbarian writeup using she doesn't mean men can't play bbns. :D

Silver Crusade

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The pronoun used in Paizo published material is very much tied to the pronoun the iconic for the class uses.

Shadow Lodge

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Kileanna: Might it have something to do with swanmay and swanmaidens, perhaps tied into the First World?

No idea, just stabbing in the dark?

Not directly. But Baba Yaga is also linked to the fey, and the transformation of mortal maidens into swanmays through ritual, simular to the hag/changeling ritual would suggest a relation.


Is it just me, or did the Paizo editors let one slip their notice with the Vellemancer's "Expanded Wishgranter" ability? Ability boost spells are nice, "...but she may sacrifice any spell of 2nd level or LOWER to spontaneously cast one of these spells..."

Not the kind of thing 1st level slots are normally used for...

Dark Archive

I can't help by think that the Putrefactor was partially inspired by a certain image macro about centipedes in private places.

The Exchange

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Kileanna wrote:

Thanks for answering my super stupid question! These are the kind of obvious things that a non native speaker finds confusing.

Well, thanks for asking that question, because now I don't have to :D

nighttree wrote:
It's very much a Gaelic/UK thing

Aaaah, you shouldn't have said that.

Spoiler:
Now I can't help about thinking about which kind of hag heritage would make for a good Theresa May.


I tried searching for it but couldnt find it, for the Hag-Touched Spiritualist, are they meant to suffer arcane spell failure for armor?

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bewareoftom wrote:
I tried searching for it but couldnt find it, for the Hag-Touched Spiritualist, are they meant to suffer arcane spell failure for armor?

Nothing says they don’t, and since they’re arcane casters, they do.


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bewareoftom wrote:
I tried searching for it but couldnt find it, for the Hag-Touched Spiritualist, are they meant to suffer arcane spell failure for armor?

Drat, I forgot about that. Wish the archetype either traded proficiency or granted ignore at least light armor's ASF.


Rysky wrote:
Nothing says they don’t, and since they’re arcane casters, they do.

That's what I assumed, but a lot of the companions have had rules missing/assumed but not work so I thought I'd ask if the author posted here about it (like the phantom blade spiritualist supposed to work with any weapon they are proficient in even ranged weapons, or work with spiritualist spells even though it says "as magus")


So I missed it if the book covered it and it's one of the things I wanted to (kind of needed to) know - When a changeling has a child, is it always the father's race? Is there a chance of it being a changeling? Is it an appropriate half-breed based on the child's father and the changeling's father's race?


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They did say all Changlings are female, they did not address what Changling's children might be, though--IIRC.


Fourshadow wrote:
They did say all Changlings are female, they did not address what Changling's children might be, though--IIRC.

I imagine myself that it's perfectly possible for a male character to have a Changeling mother or grandmother.

While I'm here, just got the book, great piece of work and I love it. But two questions:

1) On page 12 with 'Customizing Hag Covens' and the new spells by hag type -- does a coven containing those hags get them automatically? Or must they trade out some of the usual coven spells for them?

2) With the Malice Binder investigator and their fetters, it says they replace the normal alchemy feature of the class. Does this also mean that the Malice Binder can't use extracts any more? I assume the answer is 'yes' but I'm not 100% sure.


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Don't know the answer to #1, but the answer to #2 is yes. Any time it says a feature is replaced, then only that text applies. No mention of extracts means no extracts. Fetters instead.


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Thanks, Fourshadow.

In the book I also love the Battlepot cauldron. Part of me wants to make up a (non-magical) battle cauldron just so I can send them into the fray alongside the Gravedigger investigator with their trusty shovel and the Living Grimoire inquisitor and their iron-bound holy text. That's the kind of fun weird silly stuff that tabletop RPGs need more of.


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Just got this book today and man I'm glad I picked the right time to play a changeling.

I'm especially happy about the artwork for the Hearth May (Ash-Born changeling); as someone with psoriasis its nice to have some artwork depicting it (and not in a negative light).

Shadow Lodge

Fourshadow wrote:
They did say all Changlings are female, they did not address what Changling's children might be, though--IIRC.

My reading of the race has always suggested that for "breeding purposes" changelings are effectively her father's race. So if a changeling's father were human, her children would default to human. If 'human' changeling had a child with an elf you would get a half elf.

That said, I would probably look at some racial traits and see if they couldn't be flavored to suggest hag ancestry. For example, a half elf with the mismatched trait from horror adventures would make sense.


Kerney wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:
They did say all Changlings are female, they did not address what Changling's children might be, though--IIRC.

My reading of the race has always suggested that for "breeding purposes" changelings are effectively her father's race. So if a changeling's father were human, her children would default to human. If 'human' changeling had a child with an elf you would get a half elf.

That said, I would probably look at some racial traits and see if they couldn't be flavored to suggest hag ancestry. For example, a half elf with the mismatched trait from horror adventures would make sense.

This is pretty much how I had been running it, but I was hoping for official word.

Edit: Though of course in my specific case it's complicated by the father being a Werebear anyway...

Silver Crusade

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Is it just me or is the Hag bloodline on page 27 missing it's 8th level bloodrager power?

Paizo Employee Developer

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Eric Hinkle wrote:

While I'm here, just got the book, great piece of work and I love it. But two questions:

1) On page 12 with 'Customizing Hag Covens' and the new spells by hag type -- does a coven containing those hags get them automatically? Or must they trade out some of the usual coven spells for them?

As the author of this bit, it's very much up to the GM. Personally, I'd be inclined to flat-out add some or all of the spells as options if the hag is unusually powerful (such as if she has class levels). For a baseline hag, I'd probably trade out some of the existing spells for custom spells of their level or lower.


Richter Harding wrote:
Is it just me or is the Hag bloodline on page 27 missing it's 8th level bloodrager power?

Dang. No, it's not just you.

Maybe one of the authors will be kind enough to help us here?


Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote:
Eric Hinkle wrote:

While I'm here, just got the book, great piece of work and I love it. But two questions:

1) On page 12 with 'Customizing Hag Covens' and the new spells by hag type -- does a coven containing those hags get them automatically? Or must they trade out some of the usual coven spells for them?

As the author of this bit, it's very much up to the GM. Personally, I'd be inclined to flat-out add some or all of the spells as options if the hag is unusually powerful (such as if she has class levels). For a baseline hag, I'd probably trade out some of the existing spells for custom spells of their level or lower.

Thanks for answering my question. I like the suggestions you made here.


Got my copy and pretty good stuff ^_^

2 issues though:
1) Compared to Blood of Angels and Fiends, there is no backstory chapter about the changelings, their relation to other races and about which alignments and classes can work for them. Witches are popular and in line with their heritage, but there is no info about playing other classes.

2) 2 of the heritages are tied to hags that aren't in any of the Bestiaries... That can be hard to use. At beast, they could have added them as monsters at the end of the booklet. Ash and Mute Hags are from Golarion booklets.

Aside from that, pretty solid booklet ^_^


JiCi wrote:

Got my copy and pretty good stuff ^_^

2 issues though:
1) Compared to Blood of Angels and Fiends, there is no backstory chapter about the changelings, their relation to other races and about which alignments and classes can work for them. Witches are popular and in line with their heritage, but there is no info about playing other classes.

Aside from that, pretty solid booklet ^_^

They did give some notes on the character classes preferred by various changeling heritages in the subsections about them, but I will admit that a few more notes on how they interacted with various character classes would have been appreciated.

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