I have talked about and around the Queen of Witches many times here. It is one concept that you will see in almost all my games. I have talked about it for Basic D&D, Ghosts of Albion/Buffy and even 3rd Ed/Pathfinder. I even began this challenge with Aradia, the first Queen of Witches.
But what is a Witch Queen or a Queen of Witches?
In my games the Witch Queen is the most powerful witch of any given tradition. She would control many covens and their leaders, the high priestesses, report to the Queen and her Court.
The last season of American Horror Story: Coven gave us an idea of what Queen of the Witches would be like. We had a Witch Queen, called a Supreme, and a Voodoo Queen. It certainly gave me some ideas of what could happen when rival queens interact.
One point I have made in my books, but never really elaborated on was the fact that there is only one Queen of Witches per Tradition. With magics like longevity and Timeless Body a powerful Witch Queen can reign forever...or at least a really long time.
I would say in traditions that are closer to nature, Craft of the Wise and Classical, the Witch Queen steps down after a number of years in favor of younger sharper minds. In evil traditions, like the Demonic, Mara or Malefic I would say the Witch Queen is usually killed. Other traditions might vary. I can see a Family or Gypsy Tradition doing either, depends on what they need.
I came up with the idea of a Queen of Witches from a lot of different places. Most obvious was the well trod ground (for me) of the Sisterhood of Karn. They were Gallifreyians! They were witches! Perfect really.
|A member of the witch court and her Queen|
Plus I was doing most of this writing in the 80s so this had some influence as well:
This was the hot stuff back in 81!
I have a few Witch Queens detailed out. Interestingly enough my Witch Queen for the Voodoo witches is a Witch King, a character I have been using for years, Bone Man. He is not a particularly nice guy, but as a character I really like him.
Another character familiar to Greyhawk fans is Iggwilv she is the Queen of the Demonic Witches and maybe one of the more powerful Queens in my game. I think as a nod of respect to Vince Garcia and his Quest of the Ancients I might name my Queen of the Faerie Witches, Elvyra.