New Archetype: Occult Scholar (Witch)

I was just talking about random stuff with my friends when one of them had an idea for a witch, which I decided to turn into an archetype. (Credit for the idea goes to Jose “Paladin” Reynaldo)

Occult Scholar

Not all witches are ignorant to who or what their patron is. The occult scholar knows that his patron is a being from beyond the realm of the real, an entity that was once a god, and worshipped across many stars, a being that bides it’s time, for soon it will return to reclaim its planet. Occult scholars don’t possess familiars; instead they possess a direct gift from their patron a powerful spellbook that speaks to them dark secrets. Occult scholars as such, are sometimes confused with wizards.

Patron: The occult scholar does not choose a patron, instead the book acts as a direct conduit to the dark patron it serves. The patron spells an Occult Scholar gains are as follow: : 2ndLesser Confusion, 4thBlood Transcription, 6thVision of Hell, 8thConfusion, 10thContact Other Plane, 12thMage’s Lucubration, 14thInsanity, 16thScintillating Pattern, 18thSummon Yog-Sothoth* This ability replaces the patron class feature

Spellbook: Instead of a familiar an occult scholar gains a spellbook, he stores all the spells he knows in this spellbook, but instead of studying his spellbook to prepare his spells, he communes with the dark forces within the spellbook. Otherwise this feature functions just like a wizard’s spellbook. This ability replaces the witch’s familiar.

Bonded Book: The occult scholar’s spellbook is deeply tied to his ability to cast spells, as such, if an occult scholar tries to cast a spell without having his spellbook on hand he must succeed at a concentration check (DC 20 + the level of the spell he is trying to cast) or lose the spell. Moreover, an occult scholar’s spellbook is nigh indestructible. If an occult scholar’s spellbook is ever destroyed he loses 1d3 Wisdom permanently, however, it appears back in his personal gear intact after 24 hours have passed since its destruction, plus he regains all Wisdom lost due to this ability. After he recovers his spellbook in this manner he is confused (as the spell) for 24 hours.

Devouring Spellbook: The occult scholar’s spellbook is almost sentient and requires sustenance in the form of spells. From 10th level and onward, the occult scholar may feed his spellbook scrolls, other spellbooks, or other witch’s familiars. Doing so lets the spellbook learn spells and add them to itself. Devouring a scroll, spellbook or familiar takes 1 hour per spell the spellbook is going to learn. In one sitting the occult scholar’s spellbook may learn a number of spells equal to half his witch level. Using this ability completely destroys the scroll, spellbook or familiar. This ability replaces the witch’s first major hex.

Summon Spellbook: At 18th level, the occult scholar can spend a prepared or unprepared spell slot of 7th level or higher to summon his spellbook from anywhere in the multiverse. The spellbook appears in the occult scholar’s hands, but he suffers 1d4 Wisdom drain and he is confused (as the spell) for 1 minute. This ability replaces the witch’s first grand hex.

(New Spell) Summon Yog-Sothoth

School Conjuration (summoning); level Witch 9


Casting Time 1 round

Component V, S


Range close (25 ft. +5 ft./2 levels)

Effect one summoned creature

Duration 1 round/level (D)

Saving Throw none Spell Resistance no


This spell functions as Summon monster IX, except you summon a Spawn of Yog-Sothoth with the advanced, fiendish and giant simple templates.

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One thought on “New Archetype: Occult Scholar (Witch)

  1. Book symbolizes knowledge and hidden secrets, and in a wider sense the book symbolizes the very Universe itself. There are also parallels with the book and the Tree of Life; like a tree, the book has “leaves” that represent individual ideas and concepts and that collectively represent the sum total of all knowledge, occult or otherwise.


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