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Vellemancer


While the popular stereotype envisions witches as wicked spellcasters sowing misery, many people turn to the arcane to heal others and better the world. The vellemancer is a guide, using her witchcraft to empower and teach others.

She rarely dispenses every gift a needy soul asks, but she instead offers the advice, opportunities, and tools people require to achieve their own dreams.

Keen Counselor

The vellemancer is a guide and counselor. She adds Diplomacy and Sense Motive to her list of class skills. If a vellemancer’s alignment becomes evil, she loses access to all the unique abilities provided by this archetype.

Invested Hex (Su)

At 2nd level, a vellemancer learns to invest magical aid into a willing creature. Each day, she can implant a number of hexes equal to half her witch level (minimum 1) plus her Intelligence bonus (if any). Any given creature can have only one hex implanted at a given time, and implanting a new hex ends the previous one (the witch still loses the use of this ability she spent on the previous hex).

Only beneficial hexes capable of affecting another creature can be implanted with invested hex, and this counts against the uses per day of hexes with limited uses per day or per creature.

To implant a hex, the vellemancer must take a standard action and touch a willing creature. The vellemancer can activate the hex as a free action, or the hex can activate automatically when a single predetermined condition is met (decided when the hex is implanted).

The subject must be within medium range (100 feet + 10 feet per level) for the witch to trigger the hex, but a predetermined condition can activate the hex regardless of range. An implanted hex lasts until the next time the witch regains her spells.

Once triggered, a hex is no longer implanted and can’t be triggered again.

This replaces the hex normally gained at 2nd level.

Wishgranter (Su)

Beginning at 6th level, a vellemancer can borrow mental strength from others’ hopes and dreams to empower her own spellcasting. A creature can make a wish as a free action at any time, even during the vellemancer’s turn. The vellemancer must be able to hear and understand a wish in order to use it as a spell component. A spell that doesn’t normally have a verbal component gains one when cast using this ability. A wish doesn’t need to mention the name of a specific spell, but it must describe an outcome that can be accomplished by casting a spell the vellemancer knows (for example, wishing to be more likable could supply the verbal component for alter self, eagle’s splendor, or even baleful polymorph, depending on the results). A vellemancer gains a +1 bonus to her caster level when using a creature’s wish as a verbal component in this manner, but she cannot include herself as a target of such spells. She can be affected by such a spell if it affects an area rather than one or more targets. A vellemancer is under no compulsion to grant a creature’s wish. Once the vellemancer grants a creature’s wish using this ability, she cannot use this ability to grant that creature any further wishes for 24 hours.

This replaces the hex gained at 6th level.

Expanded Wishgranter (Su)

At 8th level, the vellemancer adds the following spells to her familiar for free: bear’s endurance, bull’s strength, cat’s grace, eagle’s splendor, fox’s cunning, and owl’s wisdom. The vellemancer can cast these spells only as part of her wishgranter ability, but she can sacrifice any prepared spell of 2nd level or lower to spontaneously cast one of these spells.

This replaces the hex normally gained at 8th level.

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Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Coven © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Compton, Eleanor Ferron, Crystal Frasier, Lissa Guillet, Elisa Mader, Adrian Ng, Mark Seifter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.