Trying to tie a few loose threads together and I noticed this was missing from my mix.
So here are some purposes this post serves for me.
- I wanted to go back and have another look at Skylla. In particular how this version compares to Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
- I wanted to go and have a look at the witch from the Adventurer Conqueror King System and the ACKs Player's Companion.
- I am gathering together some threads for my "Adventure Path" War of the Witch Queens.
When it comes to "Old School" Witch classes. Adventurer Conqueror King System and Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea tie for second place in my mind. Both are so close to what I like doing with witches. There are plenty of great ones out there, but these are closest to how I like to play.
Adventurer Conqueror King System also limits characters in terms of levels. While AS&SH goes to 12, ACKs tops off at 14. ACKs is also closer to my favorite version of D&D, Moldvay Basic/Cook-Marsh Expert. In fact all three systems do work pretty well together. In fact I tend to think of the world used in ACKs as being just a little "south" of the world in AS&SH. I have not spent as much time with ACKs as the other games, but what I have played I do like.
Like my witch the ACKs witch can belong to a Tradition. In truth you could move traditions back and forth between the two with relative ease. The problem here though is that none of the traditions really seem to fit the "knowledge at all costs" mentality I see Skylla as having. Chthonic is the closest with Voudon coming in a close second. In the end the powers and spells the Chthonic witch gets tips it into favor.
ACKs though also has a Warlock class. The warlock as described is a much better fit for Skylla than the witch is. Since the warlock is an arcane spellcaster and the witch is more divine it also makes more sense to go with the warlock. The Corrupted Scholar template from the Warlock is also a perfect fit.
Template: Corrupted Scholar
Hit Points: 20
AC: 4 (Ring of Protection AC 4)
Proficiencies: Alchemy, Loremastery, Knowledge (Occult)
1st level: Familiar (owl)
2nd level: Secrets of the Dark Arts (control Undead as a Chaotic Cleric 3)
4th level: Hex
6th level: Contact Dark Powers
7th level: Scribe Scrolls, Magic Reserach (minor)
First: (2+1) Charm Person, Light, Magic Missile
Second: (2) Detect Invisible, Levitate
Third: (1): Lightning Bolt
Ring of Protection AC 4, Dagger +1
This Skylla has less spells, but what makes her shine here is the same thing that makes ACKS shine and that is the proficiency system.