The Priest

Priests carry forth the message of their chosen deity and make their way into the world to proselytize, teach and effect change in the name of that deity.  Their goals are always those of their sect, and they may not participate in anything that runs contrary to these goals.  They are trained in combat to some degree, are bestowed Talismans, and gain certain abilities to affect the supernatural.  A Priest’s Talismans can give him the ability to heal wounds, command his enemies, cure disease, improve saves, and even temporarily raise Primary Stats.  Usually they are unrestricted with regards to armour and weapons.  Combine these advantages with their Sacred Blessings and Priests can be formidable as friend or foe.

When traveling with Priests there are usually many benefits due to their high social standing, though there are some darker cults whose prophets are feared and shunned.  Regardless of the sect they follow, Priests are respected everywhere for their powers and as the flesh and blood representatives of their divine masters.  Though some groups of adventurers are wary of the influence of Priests; few people doubt that there is more to this cosmos then the material world and many more learn that the gods are indeed active in all aspects of life on Aeres.  The primary attribute for this class is Wisdom, with Charisma as secondary.

 

Class Abilities:

 

Level Title Attribute Class Ability Table
1 – 4 Acolyte Wis:          12

Cha:        10

Sacred Blessing 1: A Cleric’s deity provides him a sacred ability, which is dependent on mythos and sect.  See Below.
5 – 8 Priest Wis:          13

Cha:        11

Sacred Blessing 2: A Cleric’s deity provides him a sacred ability, which is dependent on mythos and sect. See Below.
9 –12 High Priest Wis:          14

Cha:        12

Sacred Blessing 3: A Cleric’s deity provides him a sacred ability, which is dependent on mythos and sect.  See Below.
13 – Patriarch Wis:          15

Cha:        13

Sacred Blessing 4: A Cleric’s deity provides him a sacred ability, which is dependent on mythos and sect.  See Below.

 

 

Special Advantages:

 

Holy Rites

– The Talismans of Priests are a function of calling on the power of the divine.  As such they require no material components for casting save their Holy Symbol.

 

Faith

– With the symbol of his faith held forth boldly and calling upon the power of his deity, the Priest has the ability to either rebuke or command the foul undead and creatures of the Lower or Outer Planes.  Whether a Priest can rebuke or command the particular being is dependent on alignment.  Those of good alignment repel and destroy these abominations of life, while those of evil alignment repel and dominate the lesser servants of the lower planes, if the Priest is of Neutral Alignment then the secondary characteristic determines the effect with those of Chaotic bent repelling and commanding and those of Lawful bent rebuking and destroying.

 

Non-Weapon Proficiencies:

The Order of the Priest has taught him some basic things that will be important in the performance of his duties and so he gains these additional skills.

 

-Education 3

-Etiquette

-Healing

-Theology

-Undead Lore

-Local History

-Rhetoric

 

 

Sacred Blessings:

Sacred Blessings are unique abilities or effects that are granted to those found worthy to represent a god by becoming a Priest.  These blessings are specific to a deity and usually represent the sphere of influence inside a mythos to which a deity is aligned.  These may be permanent effects or effects usable x number of times a day, week, or year.  The following tables are examples of the types of Sacred Blessings that Priests might expect to see.

 

Sacred Blessings Table:

Sphere Blessing 1 Blessing 2 Blessing 3 Blessing 4
Air Turn Earth Creatures Obscuring Mist Wind Wall Air Walk
Death Cause Fear Animate Dead Create Undead Wail of Banshee
Earth Turn Air Creatures Stoneskin Wall of Stone Earthquake
Evil Protection from Good Desecrate Unholy Aura Blasphemy
Fire Burning Hands Fire Resistance Fire Shield Incendiary Cloud
Good Protection from Evil Holy Smite Holy Aura Summon Planar Creatures
Knowledge Foresight Divination Detect Thoughts True Seeing
War Combat as Warrior Spiritual Weapon Divine Power Blade Barrier

 

 

Rebuking the Undead:

Priests of all alignments have the ability to wield their divine power against the undead.  Those of good or lawful alignment eventually gain the ability to destroy them, while those of evil or chaotic alignment are able to dominate and command them into service.  The Priest may attempt to rebuke or turn undead 3 times + Charisma Reaction Bonus per day.  In order to Rebuke the Undead, the Priest must hold forth his Holy Symbol boldly.

To resolve the encounter the player rolls a D20 and compares the result against the Rebuking Undead Table.  One roll is made regardless of the number of undead encountered and a successful turn results in 2D6 undead rebuked.  If there is a mixed group of undead, the lowest Hit Dice creatures are turned first.  As a Priest advances in levels he is able to turn creatures of the lower planes as well as Templars of oppositional alignments. Templars are not forced to retreat but are held in abeyance by the Priest and cannot advance against him or his allies.  Templars turn the undead as a Priest two levels below their own.

 

                        Rebuking / Commanding Undead Table

Type or HD of Undead Level of Priest
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13+
Skeleton, 1HD 10 7 4 T T D D D D* D* D* D* D*
Zombie 13 10 7 4 T T D D D D* D* D* D*
Ghoul, 2HD 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D D* D* D*
Shadow, 3-4HD 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D D* D*
Wight, 5-6HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D D*
Ghast 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D
Wraith, 6HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T T D
Mummy, 7HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T T
Spectre, 8HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T
Vampire, 9HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 4
Ghost, 10HD 20 19 16 13 10 7 7
Liche, 11HD 20 19 16 13 10 10
Special** 20 19 16 13 13

*An additional 2D4 creatures of this type are turned.

**Special creatures include unique undead, free-willed undead of the Negative Material plane, certain Greater and Lesser                         Powers, and those undead that dwell in the outer planes.

Becoming a Priest:

The way of the Priest is the way of service.  Those who enter a particular order or whose families have dedicated them to service at a young age become completely immersed in the life and lifestyle of an acolyte.  They spend their time learning the rites, texts, and trials of their faith.  Along with this standardized training they will be taught to call the Talismans of their god, as well as any other secret learning particular to that god’s sphere of influence.  The Priest must swear oaths of service to their god and dedicate their life to advancing the causes of that god.  The character must have a minimum of 12 Wisdom and 10 Charisma.

 

 

Advancing as a Priest:

Priests must return to a church or sanctuary of their faith to receive training as they progress in levels.  Only other Priests of their faith can teach them, without exception.  They will likely be required to turn over most, if not all of their material wealth but conversely all they need to live will also be supplied by their Order.  Furthermore, any costs associated with training will be covered by the church.

 

Experience Table:

Experience Level Hit Dice (d8)
0 1 1
3,000 2 2
6,000 3 3
11,000 4 4
22,000 5 5
44,000 6 6
80,000 7 7
130,000 8 8
210,000 9 9
260,000 10 10
320,000 11 11
395,000 12 12
515,000 13 13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Talismans:

Priests do not cast spells as Mages do, nor is the power they wield the same in its intrinsic nature.  Therefore, these manifestations of faith are not called Spells, but rather they are referred to as Talismans.  Each level a Priest gains the ability to use a certain number and level of Talismans, which may be adjusted according to his Wisdom score or a potential divine gift.  Each morning the Priest must enter prayer and meditation in order to renew his Talismans.

 

Talisman Table

Priest

Level

Talisman Level
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 4
2 5
3 5 1
4 6 2
5 6 3 1
6 6 3 2
7 7 4 2 1
8 7 4 3 2
9 7 5 3 2 1
10 8 5 4 3 2
11 8 5 4 3 2 1
12 8 6 4 4 3 2
13 9 6 5 4 3 2 1
14 9 7 5 5 4 3 2
15 9 7 6 5 4 3 3

 

Talisman List

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1 Bless Aid Agility Cure Disease Atonement Animate Object (Un)Holy Aura
2 Command Alignment Beauty Death Ward Break Enchant. Banishment (Un)Holy Word
3 Create Water Augury Cont. Light Detect Lie Commune Blade Barrier Astral Form
4 Cure L. Wnds Chant Create F / D Divination Cure C. Wnds Call Animals Control Weather
5 Death Watch Detect Charm Cure Blind Exorcise Dispel Find the Path Divine Vengeance
6 Detection Endurance Cure S. Wnds Holy Weapon Disrupting Weather Forbiddance Earthquake
7 Divine Favor Find Traps Dispel Magik Intellect Flame Strike Heal Gate
8 Endure Element Gentle Repose Feign Death Lower Water Locate Person Part Water Hallow
9 Inv. To Animals Hold Person Glyph Neut. Poison Mark of Justice Planar Servant Regenerate
10 Inv. To Undead Resistance Locate Object Obscure Plague Spk. w/Monster Repulsion
11 Light Silence 15’ Prayer Protection 10’ Plane Shift Stone Tell Restoration
12 Protection Slow Poison Remove Curse Sp. Immunity, L. Quest Wind Walk Resurrection
13 Purify F / D Speak w/ An. Restoration, L. Speak w/Plants Raise Dead Word of Recall Sp. Immunity, G.
14 Remove Fear Spirit Weapon Shield Other Sticks to Snake Restoration, G. Zone of Truth Succor
15 Sanctuary Status Speak w/Dead Tongues Spirit Wall Exaction Symbol
16 Shield of Faith Strength Vestment Wisdom True Sight Magik Font Wind Walk

 


Talisman Descriptions:

 

Level 1

 

 

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Level 6

 

 

Level 7