Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Witch: a sourcebook for Basic Edition Fantasy

Elf Lair Games is pleased to announce our newest release, just in time for Halloween!

"By the pricking of my thumbs

Something wicked this way comes!"
 

Written by popular RPG writer and blogger extraordinaire Timothy S. Brannan, The Witch covers the Witch character class and the various traditions of witchcraft one might encounter in an old-school fantasy game. This sourcebook contains plenty of information for players and game masters alike, including new spells, powers, magic items, and monsters. Compatible with original Basic Edition fantasy games, or your favorite retroclone!

The Witch can be purchased through our DriveThruRPG storefront.

 Currently it is only available as an e-book, but we plan to put it up for sale as a softcover book very soon. The ebook is only $5.00; the softcover print edition will likely be priced at $25 and discounted through DTRPG around $19.95.  Purchasing the print edition will get you a FREE copy of the PDF. 



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Witches: Hex from Skylanders

It is no secret that I am a fan of the game Skylanders.  I even got caught up in all of the hype about collecting the figures and everything.  I am embarrassed (a little) to discuss the lengths I went too to get some of these figures.  There were other parents right there next to me, so I figured I was in good company.

Well just when we all thought the madness was dying down, Activision is releasing the new Skylanders Giants this weekend.  New game, new figures, and your old figures can now go to level 15 (previously only 10).  Here we go again.

I don’t think it is a stretch to  guess that my favorite character in the game is Hex, the dark elf witch of the “undead” element.  Early this year I stated her up for Dungeons & Dragons 4e and Pathfinder using their respective witch classes.
Given there is a new Skylanders game AND my new books are on the way I thought I Would stat her up once again for The Witch and Eldritch Witchery.

And yes, I have already pre-ordered my "Lightcore Hex" figure.

Here she is as an Eldritch Witchery warlock (thought this might be better).

Hex, 13th Level warlock (Goetic Lodge)


Strength: 10
Dexterity: 9
Constitution: 10
Intelligence: 18
Wisdom: 13
Charisma: 12

Hit Points:  30
Alignment: Unaligned Neutral
AC: 6 (talisman of protection)

Occult Powers
Familiar: Special (Spirit)
7th level: Summon Elemental (form of a ghostly vapor skull),
13th level: Summon Demon (summons a skull demon; roughly equal to a Type I)

Spells 
First: Black Flames, Detect Spirits, Fey Sight, Ghostly Slashing, Minor Fighting Prowess, Sleep, Spirit Dart
Second: Agony, Death Armor, Discord, Ghost Touch, Levitate, Phantasmal Spirit
Third: Astral Sense, Cause Fear, Fly, Ghost Ward, Lesser Strengthening Rite, Speak with Dead
Fourth: Dance Macabre, Phantom Lacerations, Spiritual Dagger, Tears of the Banshee
Fifth: Death Curse, Dreadful Bloodletting, Teleport
Sixth: Death Blade, Wall of Bones


Want to see how she would look for my other book "The Witch"?
Head over to my blog and see, http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/2012/10/witches-hex-from-skylanders.html

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Witches: Tascela (Red Nails)

Tascela, Princess of the Tecuhltli (City of Xuchotil)
From "Red Nails"

"She was tall and lithe, by far the most beautiful woman in the room. She was clad more scantily even than the others; for instead of a skirt she wore merely a broad strip of gilt-worked purple cloth fastened to the middle of her girdle which fell below her knees. Another strip at the back of her girdle completed that part of her costume, which she wore with a cynical indifference. Her breast-plates and the circlet about her temples were adorned with gems. In her eyes alone of all the dark-skinned people there lurked no brooding gleam of madness."
- Red Nails, Robert E. Howard

Tascela is an immortal witch from Robert E. Howard's "Red Nails", his last Conan story.
She is so old she does not remember her youth though she knows she learned her magic from a Stygian priest.  For this reason I choose to make her a Witch and give her the Demonic Tradition.  Her familiar has died out and she has not expanded on her spells.  She is also very, very strong and not a stranger to combat.

Here she is as an Eldritch Witchery witch.

Tascela, 1st level Warrior/7th Level Witch (Demonic Tradition)

Strength: 15 (19 with spell)
Dexterity: 15
Constitution: 16 (20 with spell)
Intelligence: 17
Wisdom: 19
Charisma: 15

Attacks: 5 + 3
Hit Points: 50
Alignment: Evil
AC: 9
Dagger

Occult Power:  Curse

Spells:
First: Bewitch I, Charm Person, Sleep
Second: Agony, Augury, Guard Watch,
Third: Lesser Strengthening Rite*, Toad Mind
Fourth: Steal Youth*

For her Lesser Strengthening Rite and Steal Youth spells she needs the life force of a young beautiful woman. Because she getting her power from such a pure source the number of years she steals is greater and her strength and constitution are greater than normal.



Links
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32759
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Nails
http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2009/09/pulp-fantasy-library-red-nails.html
http://conan.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Nails
http://www.conanrednails.com/
http://www.comicvine.com/tascela/29-60877/

Monday, October 1, 2012

Witch Monster: Impundulu

Note: Here is a monster you can use with the upcoming Eldritch Witchery from Elf Lair Games.

Impundulu


The Impundulu, or Lightning Bird, is a type of vampiric servant used by evil witches. The bird is born when lightning strikes the ground.  To all others it appears as a lighting strike, but to the witch it has chosen it appears as a bird.  Once so chosen the bird will manifest to all as an Impundulu.
The bird can also assume the form of an attractive man to lie with the witch each night.
The Impundulu may also attempt to seduce other women, and feeds on them as a vampire, but it is not an undead creature, but rather one of the Calabim, or Demons of destruction.
The Impundulu must charm his victim to gain access to her home and bed, once there he will drain 1-3 (1d6/2) points of Constitution in blood each night. After three nights he will cease his attacks.  The victim could well be close to dead at this point. Any victim lowered to 0 Con dies. Victims killed by the Impundulu will come back as weak ghost (1 hit die).
The Impundulu is immortal and is often passed down from mother to daughter.  The Impundulu is incapable of fathering children.
The feathers of the Impundulu are considered to be a great source of magic for a gris gris or other talisman.
Impundulu have all teh same immunities as do other Calabim; Half damage to Cold, Fire, Gas, and Lightning.  They take full damage from magic and silvered weapon. They are fully immune to the effects of sleep spells and toxins.

Impundulu
No. App: 1
Align: E
Size: M
AC: 6
MV: 30’ Fly 60’
HD: 6 (25 hp)
Attacks: 2 talons/ 2 claws /1 bite (2 short swords, 2 hand axes, 1 dagger)
Demonic abilities, charm, drain blood
Treasure: none
XP: 1,200


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