Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Coven (PFRPG)

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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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Revisits Blood of Fiends/Angels quality

5/5

This is one of the best Player Companions in a long, long time. Rather than casting a too-wide net and trying to give something to everyone, it is *focused*. If you're not either a changeling or a witch, you might be able to find useful things here and there. But if you *are* a changeling or a witch...there is so much material. Blood of Fiends/Angels are the gold standard of Player Companions because they really went all-out in focusing on a single race, and resultantly were able to really give that race a wealth of options. On the other end you have products like People of the Stars, Blood of the Beasts, that give something like two, four pages per race and don't manage to do anything meaningful. I'm delighted to say that Blood of the Coven is very much like Fiends/Angels on this scale.

Some of the highlights of the book include 10 changeling heritages (half-pagers each, like the ones tieflings/aasimar get, with different ability modifiers) that allow you to basically make a changeling character that will have suitable ability bonuses for pretty much any class, 10 new traits (of which 2 are changeling-restricted), 9 new witch patrons, 3 witch archetypes, 7 other archetypes, a bloodrager hag bloodline, a hag-called psychic discipline and a two-page spread of magic items (of which my favorite is a lantern that changes color when a specified monster type approaches).

If I had to come up with negatives, I would say that Blood/Coven fails by perpetuating the frequent Pathfinder flaw of forgetting that such a thing exists as alternate racial traits. You know, those things in the Advanced Race Guide where you can customize a race better by swapping out certain aspects. It would have been a really nice treat to get some customization to the basic root aspects of the race, but Paizo seems determined to bury the concept of alternate racial traits. Other than that, I would say the book is pretty much perfect. It could have maybe used some more crunch text to cover special use cases (like the aforementioned lantern, how frequently can it be re-attuned and such), but by and large, this is a really good book and I warmly recommend it.


Very nice

5/5

Good art, good flavor, and some pretty cool options.


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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.

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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;)

Silver Crusade

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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!

Silver Crusade

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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

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

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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