And of course my favorite...
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Witches are more earthy versions of wizards. They have cool magic items like cauldrons, brooms, wands, and familiars. They brew potions in massive cauldrons and often have the power to hex you with a glare! Ah, the evil eye, for good or for ill, witches are powerful figures in myth, folklore and popular consciousness. Usually their powers are gained from communing with spirits of the earth and air and they often carry powerful magic on their person or IN their person. These aren't your book wizards we are talking about. And they are intimately tied with Halloween. They just have a sort of creepiness to them, even the sexy ones.
|Circe...do not take a drink from this woman!|
|This would be that other flavor...but tastes vary...I mean Rule 34, right?|
|You're pushing your luck with this article, sonny boy...|
Warlocks are male witches, but in fantasy culture they are so much more. For example in Charmed warlocks are evil spell casters and could even be female. Yep, warlock just meant "evil witch". In gaming, however, warlocks are more like wizards that gain their powers through pacts with extra-planar entities. Where a basic wizard studies to learn his powers a warlock just cuts a deal and gets ripping cool powers. These are the guys in wizard school who can't be bothered to go to class. Warlocks often get better melee stats than normal wizards as well. Having a host of infernal powers at your beck and call means you get to spend more time learning to hit people with swords and the like. Warlocks are more likely to wear armor as well, usually something in a leather, maybe demonhide. Expect lots of fire spells and curses. As male witches, however, they get to be in the Halloween vibe, but in that case we are looking for hexes and curses again. In most cases warlocks are not as powerful as witches. Consider that a bit of fantasy feminism balancing out the otherwise patriarchal domination of masculine spell casters in fantasy.
|The Warlock from Mage Wars. The hat alone spells trouble, but let's not ignore the flame whip or armor.|
|I chose this lame-oid "warlock" costume to illustrate my point, although he does channel Skeletor a bit.|
Keep your pumpkins lit.