Pathfinder - Lineage
The Old Beldame is human, although the blood of fey runs deep in her—over the years, her magical bloodline has given her skin a strange greenish cast and lengthened her ears to points, further fuel for the locals’ rumor-mongering.
mysterious crone named Elga Verniex, known to travelers as the Old Beldame. Most of the denizens of the southern Greenbelt believe the old woman to be a hag and call her the Swamp Witch, believing (falsely) that she sold her soul to a demon or devil for malign powers. Any time a child goes missing, the Swamp Witch is blamed, and her legend is commonly used to scare said children into behaving well or finishing their suppers. In reality, the Old Beldame isn’t a witch at all, just a bitter old woman who likes her privacy, though her magical powers are legitimate.
Her dilapidated mud-brick hut squats atop a small hummock in the middle of a fetid marsh, a thin tendril of bluish smoke trickling through a gaping hole in its mosscovered roof. A wooden fence surrounding the perimeter of the mound is festooned with crude fetishes crafted out of sticks, feathers, and animal bones. A lone crow caws noisily from the top of a nearby cypress tree.
The Old Beldame doesn’t take kindly to visitors, and to help ensure her privacy, she’s animated a pumpkin-headed scarecrow to guard her hut and drive away unwanted guests. Those who regularly come to her for her assistance have long since learned to announce their presence before entering the gate.
She is able to create magical items for a price.