One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
I really enjoyed those articles by GVDammerung. I like the anti-god philosophy of the Ur-Flan depicted in there.
And I plan to use this background in my campaign. But as I play with the AD&D 1st edition rules, I am interested to somehow assimilate the Ur-Flan with the witch NPC class found in old Dragon Magazines.
As for the Red Necromancy, I think it is very close to witch magic. Don't we read in Dragon #20: "Just as Magic-Users manipulate the other-worldly forces, whereas Clerics worship those forces as gods, obtaining “divine aid,” so do Witches make sure of the forces of nature worshipped by Druids. Witches may be considered to bear the same relationship to Druids as a Magic-User towards a Cleric of his own alignment. The Witch uses her harmony with nature to increase her knowledge and power."
So, I may say that witch magic does not depend on gods but on nature or blood, or earth blood, (see the dolmen thing) and being related to druid, the Old Faith of the Flan, the witch could be the very Ur-Flan priest.
About "The Myth of Manalisha", Manalisha is a woman, she might be the real first witch.
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