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Baba Yaga’s Hut

Nicholas Roerich  (1874–1947)  Title Cabin on chicken legs, Baba Yaga
Nicholas Roerich  (1874–1947)    
Title Cabin on chicken legs

The legendary abode of the witch Baba Yaga has appeared in various tales over the years. And predictably, the details have varied over the years. Baba Yaga often herself lies and spreads rumors of the Hut’s abilities.

Liber Mysterium

The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks

By Timothy S. Brannan and The Netbook of Witches and Warlocks Team

The hut appears as a small, 15’ by 15’ by 10’, windowless and doorless Izba made of logs with a thatched roof. It stood on two (sometimes three) giant chicken legs, and spun rapidly in a yard that contained her geese and horses. The hut was surrounded by 11 skull-lanterns on poles with a 12 th pole standing empty. The hut could spin faster than any person could run and if someone managed to grab on it would fling them of into the woods.

Getting inside the hut was a secret only Baba Yaga knew. She could will it to stop spinning and open it up, but other times it took the use of a command in folk magic to get the hut to obey; usually something like, “Hut, hut! Still you should be, with your back to the forest and your door to me!”

Inside the hut was much larger than the outside, at least 10 times greater. Also no one could leave the hut unless Baba Yaga willed it, this includes the souls of the dead. Occupants inside were immune to all magical effects from the outside.

The hut is known to have the following powers, all are at caster level of 20.

Movement. The hut could travel over any land terrain or water at speeds of 60 feet. It could not fly, but it could go up shear cliffs and mountains or over seas.

Protection. The hut has protections against all forms of magic, psionics and environment. In each case the proper protection spell is used at 20 th level spellcaster. Magic effects are also hampered inside the hut. Spells cast within the confines of the hut have their DCs increased by +5.

Travel. In edition the travel over land the hut could become Ethereal or Astral when needed. In every case Baba Yaga could invoke these powers by will. Others will need to learn the folk magic command phrases in order to use the powers.

Semi-Sentient. The hut is semi-sentient. Not truly alive, it does have an awareness about itself. It mimics Baba Yaga’s personality in that attempts to lure people to it and it then spirits them off to Baba Yaga who will decide what to do with them. Usually it is a split between putting them to work or eating them. Other times the hut stays in possession of someone for a much longer time before disappearing again. It is rumored that the mage responsible for the Tiny Hut spell was in possession of Baba Yaga’s hut for years.

Caster Level: 20th ; Weight: NA.

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