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If we get an Occult-only Witch, I would probably play it, because it would be good, but sight unseen I rather believe I would never shake the feeling that it was only half the witch it could have been.
And yet this is exactly my problem with the multi-school Witch, that it is only half of a Witch at any point unless you go Occult.
My all time favorite Witch Archetype is the Winter Witch. Both for the Golarian lore and for just the Winter feel itself. The fact that Winter Witches are currently made to be Primal has me feeling so frustrated with the playtest version of the class that I have made 6 versions of the same character and scrapped ALL of them because they just don't work.
Because the nature of what makes a Witch has always been the fact that they are the fringe casters, walking half in our world and half in a world that others don't understand. They have hexes and curses and they are mysterious and otherworldly and they scry and feel the spirit of the world around them and delve into the realm of the mysterious and esoteric.
Winter Witches, as well as all others, should do all this too. I love the Winter Witch because the idea of seeing the cold unknown of Winter and how it connects with this is compelling to me. And tapping into the ancient and unknowable cold to freeze the spirit or command the Winter itself to freeze the body is important to the concept. A Winter Witch should be able to do both.
As I said in an earlier post, I feel like I can currently be Winter or I can be Witch. I cannot be both. And it has me tearing my hair out.
The same is true of the forest Witch who learns from an ancient Fey. They are still a Witch and should still have all hexes and esoteric mystery as any other Witch. AND they should also have some of the druidic type of magic to show how the lessons and mysteries of their patron deals with this stuff, but they should not have the full Primal Spell list because while they may be druidish, they don't go full ham "I am part of nature itself". Instead they connect to the spirits of the woods to enthrall and ensnare and go deeper down the unseen path than any Druid would.
I do still feel like there are some things that should be staples of all Witches that Occult doesn't have, such as Baleful Polymorph. It's not Occult but all Witches should have it as an option just because it's so iconic. These things can be solved with Lessons or otherwise in Class Feats though.