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Witches, nomenclature and how it can complicate world-building. Opening a can of worms and relying on my poor communication skills.

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Everyone and their auntie (yes hag pun) loves the concept of women who harness special powers or knowledge that separate them almost entirely from their humanity (or in the case of dnd ANY race). Whether that power is harnessed by one dealing with fiendish forces (warlock), or well versed in the field of the arcane and love books (wizard), or sworn to protect the forest by using the powers of nature (druid), or your "magic" is really just science that those droll headed common folk can't wrap their head around and call it heresy (artificer), or your otherworldly charms encapsulate the weak minded to do your bidding (bard), or you were just *born* with your powers thanks to someone in your ancestry diddling a dragon or fey (sorcerer), or you're a devout ray of light and sunshine in the world using your white magic (cleric), or you just like the fun hat (completely understandable).

My point here is that really any spell caster can take the moniker of "witch" because witches are, like dragons and undead, something of an amalgamation of all the folklore and religious texts we've been able to uncover and discuss thus far in terms of human history. What I want to gather is what would the divider be? The nomenclature is so versatile one could say ALL magic users could be labeled witches, but that's not what I'm looking for.

I guess what I want to know is how I should differentiate witches from other magic users without having to make them reflavored hags or be witches in name only. In my setting witches are obviously mostly female but I didn't want to exclude males entirely, (this just further complicates matters by adding words like warlock and sorcerer without explicitly referring to the classes), and they can be any race. I would assume not every magic user wants to be identified as a witch (player or NPC), and to do so could cause a rift in the narrative.

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I know this was kind of hard to follow but I'd love to get some insight from everyone, (as long as it's on topic of witches and magic users and everyone's being nice). I appreciate it.

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