Witches' Guild

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The witches' guild is a gathering of crones and hags, biddies and busybodies, pagans and practitioners of the occult. Members of this guild are well versed in occult spellcasting, the preparation of potions, and the mysterious and womanly art of 'headology'.

Joining the guild

Prospective witches may join the guild by speaking politely to Granny Weatherwax in Bad Ass, or Aunty Ogg-San in Bes Pelargic

Granny considers sexual equality as something that happens to other people (usually Nanny Ogg), therefore she will only permit women to join the guild. Gennie Applebottom in Ankh-Morpork can provide gender-reassigment assistance for males wishing to join the guild.

Locations

The witches guild is to be found in the witches cottages scattered about the disc. These cottages are generally concentrated in the Ramtops area of the disc; however, there is at least one cottage in every major city (Except Djelibeybi - where there is a wandering caravan instead of a cottage and in Uberwald where there is the wandering cottage that walks in the forest near Escrow).

The largest and most well-equipped of these cottages is Granny Weatherwax's cottage in Bad Ass

Subdivisions

Unique amongst all guilds, the witches guild does not have any subdivisions - all witches are simply 'members of the witches guild'.

Titles and rank

The following titles can be used by witches who ask Granny nicely about them: Aunty, Biddy, Black, Gammer, Goodie, Goody, Gramma, Granny, Mama, Mistress, Mother, Mss, Nanna, Nanny, Old, Sister, Wee, Wicked and Young.

Unlike other guilds, witches do not have ranks based on guild levels. All witches are simply listed as '<player> the Witch'. An indication of a witch's guild level can, however, be determined by looking at her - a witch gains one wart for every 10 guild levels they possess.

As a general rule, witches eschew rank and levels - this is famously exemplified by Granny Weatherwax, who has no warts (despite her best efforts...) and is, in her own words "level one"[1]...

Politics

Granny's in charge, and she takes care to ensure everyone knows it. There is no player-based hierarchy or privileges, there are no elections.

Every once in a while are held the Witch Trials, an event where all witches are invited to come and show some tricks they've been preparing. Lately there has been other types of performances like mocks and fruitbat competition.

Abilities

Witches have a wide variety of guild-specific abilities available to them:

Magic

Witches are magic users, capable of casting their own magical spells in similar fashion to the wizards. Witch magic tends to be less combat-oriented than wizard magic: there are a handful of offensive/defensive witch spells and a large selection of miscellaneous spells.

Unlike wizard magic, witch spells can only be cast by witches. Witches acquire magic spells by asking Granny Weatherwax or Aunty Ogg-San to teach them, or by educing them from a hag stone.

Potions

Witches can brew a variety of potions, with effects ranging from healing the drinker to curing them of their ailments. Potions are commonly sold by witches to player shops, and form a major portion of most witches' income.

Travelling

Novice witches may ask Gennie Applebottom in Ankh-Morpork for a Taliswoman. This item allows witches up to level 20 to transport themselves between Ankh-Morpork and Granny Weatherwax's Cottage. Experienced witches have their own special means of transportation, the broomstick, with which they can fly to remembered locations, players and named unique NPCs.

Magick Crystals

Witches can imbue certain spells into magick crystals. These crystals will then confer benefits similar to (but not necessarily the same as) the spell in question onto whosoever wears them.

Squints

Witches can squint at others, causing a variety of effects from damage to encouragement to uncertainty.

Commands

The following are the commands available exclusively to members of this guild:

Many commands like fade are acquired automagically when increasing some skills.

The squint command is taught by Millie Hopgood in Slice, with methods taught by several witches.

The Hedgehog command is taught by Nanny Ogg at Granny Weatherwax's cottage, but you'll need to loosen her tongue a bit first.

Other commands like circle, gaze or imbue can be learned from Nanny Ogg at Granny Weatherwax's cottage or from Mama Diksha on the heap above Ming Lane in Bes Pelargic.

It is best to ask once in a while in case you can learn new commands.
It is unclear if commands learned this way could have appeared on their own when increasing skills and vice versa.research

While not a witch only command, bandage can be taught by Gennie Applebottom when someone hurt is in the room.

Witches can also "glare at <fire furniture>" to lit it up.

Spells

All witch spells are taught by Granny Weatherwax in her cottage in Bad Ass and by Aunty Ogg-San in her house in Bes Pelargic.

Jorodin's Magnificent Communicator is an exception: it is a weird spell that can be learned by educing a hag stone sold by Jorodin. It is not taught by Granny.

The following are the spells that can be memorized by members of this guild.

Offensive

Defensive

Misc

For a table with more information on the spells see witch spells.

Primaries

The following are the primary skills for this guild:

Miscellany

External links

Notes

  1. Lords and Ladies
  2. This command can actually be learned by everyone but it is only of use to witches and wizards.