Besom Witch

Some witches are especially connected with the akashic forces underpinning existence, and they use this connection to protect and nurture. These witches call upon the powers of their patrons not by a familiar bond, but through a special veil interwoven with mysterious power.

Alignment: Because of the nurturing and protective nature of their magic, a besom witch must not be of an evil alignment. If a character with the besom witch archetype becomes evil, they lose the ability to use all alternate class features granted by this archetype (but still retains all other witch class features), though she’s still considered to be a besom witch when taking further levels in the witch class. A besom witch regains use of all archetype alternate class features if they atone for their violations (see the atonement spell).

Class Skills: A besom witch gains Heal and Knowledge (religion) as class skills.

Patron: A besom witch must choose Boundaries, Healing, Peace, or Plants as their witch patron.

Akashic Vessel

At 1st level a besom witch gains the ability to shape the Witch’s Broom veil with a veilweaver level equal to their class level, increases their total veils shaped by 1, and gains a pool of essence equal to 1/2 their class level (minimum 1). A besom witch uses Intelligence as their primary veilweaving attribute. Shaping this veil requires 1 hour of quiet contemplation. At 3rd level and every 7 levels thereafter, the maximum essence capacity of their Witch’s Broom increases by +1. At 3rd level, the besom witch gains the ability to bind veils to their [hands] slot. At 5th level they gain the ability to bind veils to their Feet slot.

This veil is the physical manifestation of the besom witch’s bond with their patron. Its ability to hold spells functions identically to the way a witch’s spells are granted by their familiar. The besom witch must meditate upon their Witch’s Broom each day to prepare their spells and cannot prepare spells that are not stored in the veil. This veil cannot be used for this purpose if the besom witch is unable to shape it.

At 3rd level, a besom witch can use their Witch’s Broom to deliver touch spells a number of times per day equal to 1/2 their witch level (minimum 1). When casting a touch spell, as a free action they can use this ability. When the besom witch does, they can deliver their spells as a ranged touch attack within a range of 30 feet. At 10th level, the besom witch can deliver these spells within a range of 60 feet. At 15th level and higher, they can deliver these spells within a range of 90 feet.

This replaces the witch’s familiar and hexes gained at 1st and 10th levels.

Green Ointment (Su)

At 6th level a number of times per day equal to their veilweaving modifier a besom witch’s Witch’s Broom gains the ability to produce a thick green liquid from its bristles, which the besom witch can apply to nearby plants or natural earth as a full round action. The target sprouts with fruits, nuts, or berries, 1d6 + 1 per point of essence invested in the witch’s akashic vessel. Each fruit, nut, or berry functions as if affected by goodberry. You can choose for one of the items produced to instead function as a potion of polypurpose panacea (effect determined at creation). All produced items last for 1 day per witch level or until the Witch’s Broom veil is unshaped or suppressed. If a besom witch takes a point of essence burn when using this ability it instead functions as the spell plant growth using their witch level as the caster level.

This ability replaces the witch’s 6th-level hex.

Consecrate (Sp)

At 12th-level level a besom witch’s ability to purify and consecrate an area with their broom grows dramatically. When using the sacred space spell-like ability granted by the Witch’s Broom veil, a besom witch can instead make a lasting holy site. This functions as the spell hallow with a bless spell fixed to it, except the radius is increased by 10 feet for each point of essence invested in the veil. The besom witch must still pay any material costs associated with hallow and the spell fixed to it. The besom witch can only have one instance of this ability active at any one time. Using this ability while a previous casting is still active instantly dismisses the first, but the sacred space ability of the Witch’s Broom veil can still be used normally.

This ability replaces the witch’s 12th-level hex.

Hexes: The following witch hexes complement the besom witch archetype: akashic patronage, aura of purity, protective luck, ward.

Major Hexes: The following major hexes complement the besom witch archetype: hidden home, major healing, witch’s bounty.

Grand Hexes: The following grand hexes complement the besom archetype: final blessing, lay to rest, witch’s hut.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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