The Heretics are secret followers of a mysterious Source, an entity that grants them power. They are seekers of forbidden and lost magical artifacts containing living spells in a weird and beautiful world.

The Source communicates in strange patterns: fire, winds, the flight paths of birds. The players may treat their Source like an aloof warlock patron that checks in every now and then and doesn’t ask for much, or like an overly involved otherworldly entity on their shoulder, asking when they’re gonna find that goat for the sacrifice, it’s been weeks.

Heretics is a classless system with fast character generation, customizable advancement via feats, a level-less magic system using magic dice, and an omens system based on how often you fall in combat.

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Version 0.9.1

Franco A. Alvarado / Root Devil

Or Oops, All Warlocks!


A previous version of Heretics was published on a subdomain on my personal website. The skeleton is now Cairn instead of Knave because it turns out I hate rolling to hit. The more unique stuff has mostly remained the same.


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