I have a number of favorite characters but currently it is my iconic witch Larina that occupies my time.
|Larina by Jabob Blackmon|
|Larina Witch by Rick Hershey|
Larina was my first witch character ever. I have played her in every version of D&D I have ever played. Often times I start her over at level 1 and play her through various versions of the witch rules. She is my "playtest" character in many cases. I keep her stats the same and see how she plays through the different rules. As I played her I would write notes on her sheets and ideas I had. Spells that worked well were noted and spells that didn't work so well were also detailed.
I am not exactly sure where the name came from to be honest. I have her very first sheet where she was a dual classed Wizard/Witch in AD&D 1. Her background was she started out as a Wizard and wasn't very good at it because her "natural" magic was witchcraft. I used the Dragon #114 version of the witch then, but had supplemented more and more of my own house rules. On the back of her sheet I scribbled the following: "Larina Nix was only six when she heard the Call of the Goddess". The idea was she was witch from the start.
Since I have been playing in the same game world for ever each version of the rules represents another generation. So Larina in 2nd Ed used my Netbook of Witches and Warlocks book and was the alternate version of the 1st ed Larina who got stuck Ravenloft. I got very, very loose with the rules and had multi-class as one of my witches and as one of the Witches from the Complete Wizards Handbook. She was quite powerful.
Right now Larina is a major NPC in my kids D&D 3.x game. She is a 20th level Witch / 1st level cleric / 2nd level Witch Priestess. Yeah, we are into the Epic levels now. She is the reincarnation of the 1st ed Larina who was killed by a vampire.
Currently I have no plans (yet) to move her to D&D5. Though I do have Pathfinder, C&C, Basic and D&D4 versions of her.