The Terror of Riltar
The Season of the Witch
"Sure. Blame the trolls. Hells, blame the vampires, the werewolves, the undead. But you know as well as I that's just a convenient scapegoat when the witches have been causing this wickedness from the start." – Saint Cuthbert of Abadar
Witches, hags, and crowns, all words to describe a women capable of casting dark, evil magics to ensare the senses and bring misery wherever they roam. Manipulative, cunning, cruel, and with no regard for any humanity, witches have brought much misery to Riltar. So much so that over the past decades the worshippers of Abadar, and others as well, have begun to share a collective hatred of all spellcasters, linking them to the witches of lore and fable. Many have been burned at the stake, hung, or other torturous means of death to strike fear into any spellcaster. Indeed, many towns and villages share this mindset, and the church of Abadar enforces such thoughts wherever they can. These are the thoughts of all simple folk within Riltar, though sellswords have a different view of them in general.
Despite many believing that witches and hags are one in the same, the sellswords and well educated folk know otherwise. A witch is any woman who is capable of casting arcane magic; they need not be evil nor do they resemble the hags of tales. A hag is a witch who has delved into evil magics, transforming her body to reflect her cruel and hideous nature. A witch can be a hag, and a hag can also become a witch, which is why there is much in the way of confusion about the lot. Either or, both tend to remain relatively isolated so that they may practice their magics. That being said, both witches and hags are capable of coming together and forming a coven; a collection of powerful spellcasters set to further their own goals. A coven is said to be so powerful that they can cause whole villages and towns to bow before their whims or face destruction or worse. And many have begun to say that the largest coven ever is being gathered for some nefarious purpose.