A Witch Hunter’s Guide to Frankfurt, part 3

First, I just want to say hey to the folks from the RPGSite who are blowing up my stats today.  Glad to have you aboard!

Second, yes another obligatory mention of the Kickstarter campaign for the 2nd edition Grand Tome of Adversaries for the Witch Hunter RPG.  No, I didn’t write it.  But I do have a serious interest in having a hard cover to match my core rulebook.  It’s full of great stuff for any RPG that deals in monsters, macabre, historical roleplaying and dark fantasy.   Yes, that includes you Lamentations of the Flame Princess crowd.

If you haven’t seen them already, the earlier parts of the Witch Hunter’s Guide to Frankfurt can be found here and here.  Here are some additional pieces that are missing from the original gazetteer:


There are two recognized guilds, and one unrecognized, dedicated to combat and sword fighting. (The name of the current guild master is listed in parenthesis.)

Brotherhood of St. Mark (Laurenz Buckholtz): Dating back to the 15th century, this prestigious academy is the oldest recognized sword fighting guild in the Holy Roman Empire.  It is a great honor to be accepted into their ranks.  Best known for their skill in the Zweihander (great sword), its masters also instruct in the use of the fencing sword, quarterstaff, spear and longsword.  An intense rivalry exists between the Brothers of St. Mark and the Federfetcher, and their members are prone to unrestrained clashes in the city streets.
Fighting Traditions: Freifechter Fencing, La Verdadera Destreza (the True Skill)

Federfetcher (Sigrun Katz): Founded in Prague over a century ago, the Federfetcher guild was recognized as an official guild around the turn of the century, much to the protests of the Brotherhood of St. Mark.  While their masters are easily as talented, they lack the pedigree and prestige of their rival.  As such, their ranks are comprised of Frankfurt’s less wealthy and noble.
Fighting Traditions: Freifechter Fencing, La Verdadera Destreza (the True Skill)

Brotherhood of St. Luke (Nils Kalbfleisch): The Brothers of St. Luke have no official sanction in Frankfurt and are despised by both their rival academies.  Their members are viewed as little better than hooligans.  These bravos do their best to live up to that reputation.  But lack of pedigree does not mean lack of skill; the brothers hold their own in a fight.
Fighting Traditions: Acciaio Mantello, La Verdadera Destreza (the True Skill), Devil’s Wager


Rudolphe Fassnacht: A proud descendant of Swiss nobility, Rudolphe is lean, erudite and charismatic.  Trained in Spain under the finest tutors of hermeticism, Rudolphe is a staunch catholic and supporter of the Habsburg’s efforts against the Ottomans.  He often consults with the local Catholic priests and Jesuits on matters of the arcane and occult.

Part One of this article is available here.
Part Two of this article is available here.

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6 thoughts on “A Witch Hunter’s Guide to Frankfurt, part 3

  1. Tordenskjold

    I’m really enjoying your series on Frankfurt. I’m playing a 1600s Europe-esque fantasy setting right now, might very well use some of your stuff for my own games.


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