Very recently this image popped up again. This time on Tumblr.
Which started a conversation on the existence, or lack thereof, of the Holmes Witch.
The witch, as speculated then, would have been a sub-class of the Magic-User.
But where did this come from?
Well research into the original Holmes manuscript over at Zenopus Archives, gives some backing to long-held idea that the witch was something added later on in editing.
"That mention slipped by me, and all I can assume was that either Eric was planning to force such a class upon me, or else someone editing the work thought it a good joke to play. I never had a PC class of that sort in mind for the game." (Enworld forum post archived at greyhawkonline)
In truth there never really was a "Holmes Witch". There are "Holmesian-like Witches" to be sure (I classify my own witch class as more "Moldvay"), but nothing he ever wrote himself.
- Recent Google+ discussion that prompted this post
- An older OD&D Boards Discussion
- Um, I was promised Witches?
- Holmes Rules: The Witch
- Tom Moldvay on Witches