So I'll share some resources and new adventure I am reading.
First up is the adventure.
The Witch of Monte Rosa is from Bill Barsh over at Pacesetter Games.
For 12 bucks you get an old-school like adventure and PDF. This adventure is for low-level characters using OSRIC or your favorite OSR rule-set.
It is a sanbox adventure designed to be dropped into any campaign and is adaptable to higher levels. The main focus though is the titular witch and the damage she is causing to nearby life.
There are some new monsters and some new magic items that look like a lot of fun.
The main antagonist is Helena, a "Cauldron Witch".
It would not take much at all to retune this to work with my Witch class. "Cauldron Witch" becomes a tradition with some alchemy based powers. Instead of Magic-User spells, give her witch spells.
Here is my take on her.
9th level Witch, Cauldron Tradition
Death Ray or Poison: 11
Magic wand or devices: 12
Paralysis, Polymorph or Turn to Stone: 11
Dragon Breath: 14
Rods, Staffs, and Spells: 13
Hit Points: 50
AC: 7 (Leather Armor)
To hit AC 0: 16
Weapon: Staff (1d6+2)
Familiar: Cauldron* (her connection to her cauldron is explained in the adventure)
Lesser: Immune to the Affects of Undead
Cantrips (6): Black Flame, Ghost Sound, Inflict Minor Wounds, Quick Sleeping, Spark, Summon Vermin
First (3+2): Bewitch, Black Fire, Burning Hands, Cause Fear, Charm Person
Second (3+2): Agony, Biting Blade, Blast Shield, Hold Person, Spell Missile
Third (2+2): Bestow Curse, Danse Macabre, Ghost Ward, Scry
Fourth (2+1): Arcane Eye, Elemental Armor, Spiritual Dagger
Fifth (1): Death Curse
Certainly a worthy opponent!
What sold me on this adventure was that she was described as a "Witch Queen, long forgotten."
Kinda makes it perfect for my War of the Witch Queens adventures. So perfect in fact I am going to use this as the introduction to the series.
Going to be a blast really!
Here are free resources on witches and witchcraft.
- The Cornell University Witchcraft Collection
- Medieval Sourcebook: Witchcraft Documents [15th Century]
- Penn Libraries: History of Witchcraft - Research Guide
- Mysterious Britain & Ireland: The Occult / Traditions / Witchcraft
- Of course: Pacesetter H2 The Witch of Monte Rosa
Though if you are like me these are all very familiar sites.