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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Rather enjoyed this product. The specific changeling heritages are both descriptive and varied, much like the “Blood of Angels/Fiends” books were, with an addition to unlock more of your hag-heritage!

Also, of note was an expansion on patrons, called ‘agendas’ – you can now have a patron that perhaps pays more attention to you than other witches, and include both boons and banes.

There is some material about hags and covens, but it doesn’t make the mistake Blood of the Night’s mistake with dedicating player options for vampires. Informative, but short.

Of the archetypes, the malice binder was very cool and interesting: a witch hunter that uses a specific magic to aid in battling their prey. It is an archetype that I would like to see have more options released in future products regarding one of its selectable class abilities (similar to new discoveries).


One of the best

5/5

Strong archetypes, great changeling material, cool new spells and rituals. Even the magic items section is creative, useful, and even pretty funny.


Mama always said not to wander too deep into the woods

4/5

Blood of the Coven is a well-worth addition to the Pathfinder Library of both players and game masters.

This Player Companion begins by expanding on the Changelings, both in terms of rules mechanics and lore. It starts off by expanding on the lore presented in the Advanced Race Guide and Inner Sea Races, and moves on to a guideline for Changelings based on non humans, and a note that the Hags with the Outsider type can also create Changelings.

Changelings get some good options in this book. They received the treatment given to Aasimar, Tieflings and Skinwalkers, being given ten(!) optional varieties tied closely to the Changeling’s hag mother. Each lists a typical alignment (which is one variety of Neutral or another, except for Waker May, born from Dreamthief hag’s coven-mates, into whom the Dreamthief pours their fiendish soul). These variants also alter the racial ability modifiers of the changeling, though most have at least one or two modifiers in common with the non-speciality Changeling. Finally, the variants are each given a Hag Racial Trait, usefully collected from the various Bestiary entries of Hags, expanding the options from the Advanced Class Guide.

This section is excellent, and my only real disappointment is that Slag May, Annis-born Changelings retain a constitution penalty, the only mar on them making absolutely perfect Bloodragers. Why bloodragers? I’ll get to that, but it's by no means a deal breaker.

The next section covers Covens. Once more, Blood of the Covens does some very useful leg-work in collating information on hags, in this place, the specific spells which a given hag contributes to their coven spellcasting. Additionally, there are a few feats in this section: The shiner here to me is Enhanced Coven. Each changeling with the feat gains an additional 3 coven ‘slots’ per day.

Next up is a fairly long section on Witchcraft. Patrons receive a set of archetypes which left you graft some spells onto your patron spell list, and at the cost of a drawback, you get a bonus hex. The drawbacks by and large are either minor or quite flavourful: the Celestial Agenda wants you to not deceive or threaten people, the Green Whispers patron forbids metal armor and inflicts minor damage in contact with metal and those whose patron is Touched By The Outer Gods are easily confused.

This section also contacts three archetypes for witches, of which my favourite has to be the Hagbound. Hagbound Witches have to take the archetype as their first level, and must continue to take levels in hagbound witch until they can free themselves from the hold a hag has on their souls, slowly transforming them into a Hag, becoming an evil monstrous humanoid with several immunities and hefty spell resistance, unless she can remove the archetype with a miracle before you hit 20th level. The putrefactor gains an honorable mention for being ...thoroughly disgusting, but also an interesting take on a witch with a swarm familiar. The section tops off with three additional patrons, Jynx, Mercy and Rot.

The Witch Religions section provides an overview of the common deities that Witches worship, , and provides the Triadic Priest Cleric archetype, which forms a Triadic bond with exactly two allies, and gains bonuses for working cooperatively with them (I’m strongly considering this archetype if I ever get into a 3 player+GM game in the future)

Next up is a section on curses.slightly over a bag of spells all with the curse descriptor (surprise surprise) and a few feats. The standout feat is the Latent Curse metamagic feat. For a +1 spell level adjustment, you change the target line on a spell to object touched, but the object does not suffer the effect of the spell, oh no, the next creature to touch the object does. I think that this is a legitimately amazing feat with some creative, devious uses.

Hags and the Occult touches on Hagtouched implements and Hag or curse themed archetypes for the Kineticist and Spiritualist as well as a psychic discipline and hag-themed implements for Mediums, and the Arakineticist Archetype. I’m not as familiar as i should be with the occult classes, so I can’t really comment on these.

And then Ritual Magic. I love Ritual magic, and I love these Rituals! Five-Generation Curse is how you get lycanthropic families. Grand Coven lets a coven gain additional members, and gain powerful effects for more members,including wail of the banshee and greater create undead. Invoke the Nemesis is an amazingly thematic spell, I believe it’s a bit let down by being a seventh level ritual that summons a creature with a CR under 4.

Those who hunt is the penultimate section, and probably my favourite in the game, but then I favor martial characters. The Covenbane slayer could easily have been much too niche for consideration in many campaigns, but instead is, in my opinion a viable, strong archetype! The Covenbane slayer gains a supernatural ability to sense spellcasters, hags and creatures with SLAs, as well as recognise creatures disguised magically (“By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes...”), Studied target expands to give bonuses against the entire coven after studying a single member, and later expands to include those bound by hive-minds or telepathic bond, an excellent extrapolation of the theme.

The Hagriven Bloodrager is also amazing, gain claws, the ability to sacrifice spell slots for enhancement bonuses to both claws that stack with other enhancement bonuses, and natural armor bonus, and a free floating critical feat, changeable each day. And the art supplied for it on the previous page is excellent. Despite the con penalty on Slag-May/Annis-born Changelings, they’ve risen high on my “Play this concept” list.

The Malice Binder Investigator is perhaps a step down from the un-archetyped Investigator, but contains a slew of interesting abilities, but is perhaps better suited to an NPC than a PC. (But would serve excellently in that role: Wrack is especially cool, and a fantastic way to create tension.

Blood of the Coven closes up with an item section. There’s nothing essential here, but the Pactseeker’s blade is very cool, dealing bonus damage to each of a struck creature’s allies that the creature shares an active spell effect with, and the Battlepot Cauldron, which is a giant spiky pot you can use as a magical heavy mace. Beyond that, you can put up to five potions into the battlepot as a standard action each. When you hit an enemy with the Battlepot, you can free action effect that creature with one of the potions (of your choice) in the pot, very fun, I think! Also, ‘battlepot’ is just a plain fun word.

This wasn’t a book I had any particular excitement for when I first saw it on the release schedule, but I thought I’d take a look, and I was very pleased with what I found. Some very cool archetypes, interesting rituals, a delightfully tricksome metamagic feat. In addition, Paizo has taken an opportunity to enshrine that while hag’s magical nature causes them to bear only female children, these children can express masculine identities or lack clearly defined sexual traits.

Development leads for this book were Crystal Frasier and Jessica Price. John Compton, Eleanor Ferron, Crystal Frasier, Lissa Guillet, Elisa Mader, Adrian Ng, Mark Seifter and Linda Zayas-Palmer are credited as authors. The cover art is by Setiawan Lie, and interior art is by Kent Hamilton, Alyssa McCarthy and Benjamin Widdowson.


Fair is foul, and foul is fair.

5/5

As an enthusiast of all things hag-related, I waited with baited breath to acquire this gem.

The new options give a lot of customization to witches, changelings, and coven casters. Pleased to see changeling options for the outsider hags and finally (if not a little brief) new information on hag goddesses.

Interesting to see how different casters and psionics can touch upon the feats, spells, and items. Also pleased to see more classic hag homages, Curse of Dragonflies screams Spirited Away.

All of the Blood supplements have been useful, and Blood of the Coven especially so!


Worth the Wait!

5/5

I've been looking forward to this book for months, as our current campaign has a changeling character in it, and we were hoping for more material to work with. Now that it's here I'm blown away by it; I think I can safely say this is my favorite book in the Player Companion line.

This book has great options and information for changelings, hags, and witches in Pathfinder, all in about equal measure. The contributions here go beyond the rule additions however; the book really expands on what we know about hag ecology, the lives of changelings, and the role a patron plays in a witch's spellcasting career. In the case of the patrons, I finally feel like a witch's patron is as active a participant in her character as a cleric's god, which is saying something!

Our game group is going to get a lot out of this book now and in the future. I'd recommend it as a steller expansion on both character options and in-game lore.


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Neriathale wrote:
Dear Paizo, pretty please can you sneak in a one line, PFS legal errata to the cackle hex that says something like "the witch must cackle, chant or recite mystic words of power". Then I will love this book forever.

Would repeating "evil spirits be gone" in your native language count as "mystic words of power"?


I wonder how many hexes we will be getting in this one?

I wonder if any of the new curses will oracle curses or a similar mechanic?


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can't wait to see the cover and description update. :)


Will there be any new alternate racial traits and/or racial feats for changelings?

Will any other races get any love other then changelings?


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Dragon78 wrote:

Will there be any new alternate racial traits and/or racial feats for changelings?

Will any other races get any love other then changelings?

In all likelihood yes, and probably the same amount of love non-aasimar got in Blood of Angels and non-tieflings got in Blood of Fiends.


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I would love to see witch themed bloodlines for sorcerers and bloodragers.

Dark Archive

My witch loving player's response to this book "CAN I COOK CHILDREN NOW!?!?!?" Evil campaigns are interesting lol.


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7crown wrote:
My witch loving player's response to this book "CAN I COOK CHILDREN NOW!?!?!?" Evil campaigns are interesting lol.

You already could. Enjoy.

Dark Archive

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Crai wrote:

This Hag-themed thread *here* ... is an incredibly comprehensive list of all the hag, hag-offspring and hag-related creatures in D&D 3.5, D20/OGL 3PP, Paizo PF and some 3PP PF. It hasn't been updated in a while. But still, the list entries are numerous and impressively comprehensive. I'm sure some of you hag-fans could update the list with some more up-to-date Paizo and 3PP hags if they so desire.

That all said, I'm excited about Blood of the Coven! I hope we get at least a dozen more hags or thematically-related beasties included in this upcoming book.

With Blood of the Coven releasing, I will definitely make an endeavour to update my list to include all the new crones from various sources.

I am hoping for a tiefling option for night hag touched since they did not make it into Blood of Fiends.


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Well this product should be getting a product description/art update soon... if is still coming out in October;)

Silver Crusade

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I hope so, it would be the perfect Halloween product :3


I hope it does as well but until I see a product update I will hold back my excitement.

Shadow Lodge

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Dragon78 wrote:
I hope it does as well but until I see a product update I will hold back my excitement.

Until then, lets imagine those coveners are in the midst of a very MacBeth themed rave.

Eye of newt in the pot,
party till you drop.


If this product doesn't get an update by Friday then I think it will be safe to assume that it will not be coming out next month;)

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well, it is listed in the October new Releases shipping thread. Whatever that might be worth.
(The Ultimate Equipment pocket edition is not listed in said thread, but that could be because it's not a subscription item)


It makes sense that pocket editions are not subscription items anyway.


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Dragon78 wrote:
If this product doesn't get an update by Friday then I think it will be safe to assume that it will not be coming out next month;)

I still have it listed as part of my next subscription shipment, which is scheduled to be authorized tomorrow.


Weird, I wonder if that is a mistake.


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We should both find out tomorrow, since I see that you are also a subscriber to this product line.


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Well I am a happy camper already


pixierose wrote:
Well I am a happy camper already

................do you have it already ???


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Now that's a cool cover!

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Ye!


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nighttree wrote:
pixierose wrote:
Well I am a happy camper already
................do you have it already ???

Nope but the new description already has me estatic


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That cover is SWEET !


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I haven't been this excited for a book in a while! The Changeling background and options alone sounds great, but a Wtchcraft-themed Investigator sounds awesome!


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Wow! Cover! Awesome!


Nice cover:)

Cool, 10 subraces of changelings.


So, 10 new Changeling subraces, and witchy things for Bloodragers and Clerics?

I wonder if this book will also have some brief notes on the main witch-related deities? Going by the Book of Fiends Gyronna, Mestama, the Queens of Night, and Gogunta all have a lot of witch worshipers. I'd like to learn what deities there are for good and neutral witches, as well as who if any of the daemon harbingers acts as a witch patron.


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I love the cover! And kudos on the updated descriptions! :D

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So we are going to have changelings for all of the varients of hag and more. I'm sold. anything that gives more spooky witch options.

also i love the description for witchcraft they use.
"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.

Now THAT is my kind of magic. not something easily tamed, or controlled but something that can strike you dead or save your life depending entirely on the person who uses it and their given mood.

it is a book i am going to buy as soon as i'm able.


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Eric Hinkle wrote:
So, 10 new Changeling subraces

I don't think they'll all be new, just all in one place.


Maybe there will be archetype(s) that grant hexes to brawler, fighter, and/or swashbuckler.


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Gisher wrote:
...a Wtchcraft-themed Investigator sounds awesome!

Ooh! Just noticed that little tidbit. That does sound like something I'd play.


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Investigator is one of my fave classes--witch themed?! Sounds awesome! Cannot wait until next week now! :D

THAT.COVER.WOW!

Me likey Feiya. A LOT.


Bloodrager and Investigator getting some witchy goodness? I'm in.


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Investigator with hexes, familiar, and witch spells would be awesome.


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Heine Stick wrote:
Gisher wrote:
...a Wtchcraft-themed Investigator sounds awesome!
Ooh! Just noticed that little tidbit. That does sound like something I'd play.

Ooh, freaking awesome.

Liberty's Edge

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If those 10 subraces are half-pagers each, like the aasimar/tiefling ones, I'm sold on that alone.

Liberty's Edge

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I went to the subscription page, and there doesn't seem to be an option to start with this product?


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Samy wrote:
I went to the subscription page, and there doesn't seem to be an option to start with this product?

That would be because they are authorizing this month's subscription shipments right now. The option to start with this product should come back some time tomorrow, after this month's authorizations are completed. At that point, Blood of the Coven should replace the Antihero's Handbook as an option for which book you can start your subscription with.

Liberty's Edge

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Thanks.


Are there actually 10 types of hags now? Well 10 not including nighthags;)

Liberty's Edge

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A search on Archives of Nethys turns up exactly 10.

Annis, ash, blood, dreamthief, green, mute, night, sea, storm, winter.


Huh. I didn't realize mute hags were a thing.

Dark Archive

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I think mute hag is from harrowing module and based on the mute hag card?

Anyway, in case of nighthag at least isn't it said since they are outsiders, they give birth to tieflings instead of changelings?

And dreamthief hag is just more powerful occult variant of night hag so I don't think it really counts as its own type. So that would mean 8 types of hag able to create changelings?


CorvusMask wrote:

I think mute hag is from harrowing module and based on the mute hag card?

Anyway, in case of nighthag at least isn't it said since they are outsiders, they give birth to tieflings instead of changelings?

And dreamthief hag is just more powerful occult variant of night hag so I don't think it really counts as its own type. So that would mean 8 types of hag able to create changelings?

I was thinking the same thing. But the fact that there are ten changeling subraces and ten monsters with "Hag" in their name is suggestive.


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Mister Innes wrote:
I was thinking the same thing. But the fact that there are ten changeling subraces and ten monsters with "Hag" in their name is suggestive.

It could also be suggestive of getting a couple of new Hag's :P


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I wonder if graeae might be the source of one type of changeling. They're technically not hags, but they do form covens like hags and can join hag covens or vice versa, so, maybe? There's also witchfires, but...well, you never know, but it seems unlikely they could reproduce.


Generally undead don't reproduce via the usual routes. But Graeae MIGHT be a possibility.

As for Night Hags, I think maybe if they're in human form they could...but I forget.

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