Ability Requirements: As your faith progresses, the requirements to qualify likewise increase. At Rank 0, the base Wisdom 9 applies. At each additional rank, you must either increase requirements by 2, or choose a second (or third) stat to add. You can have no more than 3 required stats. Example Rank 3: Wis 11, Str 9, Dex 9 -- or -- Wis 13, Str 9 -- or -- Wis 15 ...
Realm Spells and Casting Area:
|# Spells/Faith Rank||Bloodline Score||Temples||Shrines Associated||Expanded Casting Area||Spells you can Grant|
|0||1||0||0||Where you have a temple 1+||None|
|1||5||5||5||within 1 province of a temple 1+||able to grant spells (level 1-2) to non-blooded Priests.|
|2||10||10||10||within 2 provinces of a temple 1+||able to grant spells (level 1-3) to non-blooded Priests.|
|3||20||20||20||within 3 provinces of a temple 1+||able to grant spells (level 1-4) to non-blooded Priests.|
|4||30||30||30||within 5 provinces of a temple 1+||able to grant spells (level 1-5) to non-blooded Priests.|
|5||40||40||40||within 6 provinces of a temple 0+||able to grant spells (level 1-6) to non-blooded Priests.|
|6||60||60||60||anywhere||able to grant all spells to non-blooded Priests.|
Each Priest regent will start with some small divine powers, sparked by their own latent divinity (bloodline). You start as a weak divine focus, only able to power yourself in your capital at start.
All Sphere (Minor) 3CP
You must allocate at least 25 of your starting points towards Spheres. You must select one sphere that is your faith's focus, which you buy as a Major Sphere. It permanently counts, for all priests of the faith, as their favored sphere for purposes of spells gained/level, and any other power or feature that triggers off of your Faith's Favoured Sphere. You may not select any other Sphere as Major at start.
You may start with up to 25CP worth of "Optional Abilities" (see below).
You may not start with any Spell-like Abilities.
You may not start with any "Optional Limitations" (see below).
Each time you reach a new Trigger for a Realm Spell ("Faith Rank"), you may spend an additional 20CP as you see fit. You may opt to add a further 10CP worth of "Optional Limitations" in exchange for 10CP worth of "Optional Abilities." All Priests of your faith gain or lose abilities when you customize your faith in this manner. You may not chose a Major Sphere unless you previously already had it as a Minor Sphere.
You also choose an additional class that can be recruited from an Academy of your Faith.
It is worth noting: So long as your Shrines are associated to a faith (eg if you are a Fighter/Priest but don't have temples, so you gave your "shrine power" to another player), you are bound to whatever priesthood they construct. Of course, they probably should consult with you, because you could pull your support, but if you opt to remain part of their faith, your priest class becomes aligned with their choices. Negatively, if you pull your support, you also lose access to any magic you gained by being part of their faith!
Spell-like Abilities: Spell Level can be no higher than 2+faith rank
Access to spheres (variable):[/b] The priest must purchase each sphere of access with character points. He may cast spells only from spheres he has access to and may only cast spells of 4th level or higher if he has major access to a sphere (see above).
Unique Bonus (5-15?): Can be discussed. Can only have 1 unique ability.
Improved Bless (10): Tier 4 Required. Takes up a Realm Spell Slot. Can Bless Level-Provinces per bless, instead of Half-level +1. Base Spell Cost: 1GB. Requires: Bless Land previously taken as a Realm Spell.
Animal empathy (10): This ability is similar to that of the ranger character class. If the priest carefully approaches a natural animal, he can modify the animal’s reactions. Domestic or non-hostile animals are befriended automatically, while wild animals or those trained to attack must make a saving throw vs. rod, staff, or wand to resist the priest’s overtures. The priest imposes a saving throw penalty of –1 per three experience levels (–1 at 1st to 3rd, –2 at 4th to 6th, and so on.) If the animal fails to save, its reaction is shifted one category as the priest chooses—for example, from hostile to threatening, or neutral to friendly.
Armor Class improvement (15): The priest is trained in avoiding blows through timing and deception. His natural Armor Class improves by one point at every even level (AC 9 at 2nd, 8 at 4th, 7 at 6th, and so on) to a maximum of AC 2. However, this ability is useless if the priest wears any form of armor or magical devices which replace armor, like bracers of defense.
Casting time reduction (5): The casting time of the priest’s spells is reduced by 1, to a minimum of 1.
Cold resistance (5): The priest enjoys an unusual resistance to natural and magical cold, gaining a +2 bonus to saving throws versus these effects. Ice-based attacks or effects are included in the priest’s resistance.
Combat bonus (20): The priest’s THAC0 advances at the warrior rate of 1 per level instead of the normal priest rate of 2 per 3 levels. The effects of this ability become more pronounced at higher levels.
Communication (10): A priest with this ability learns one language per level from a related group of racial tongues. For example, a druid learns the languages of woodland or sylvan races. A priest of a god of the sea might learn the languages of aquatic races instead, while a dwarven priest could learn the languages of mountain races or creatures of stone.
Detect evil (10): This power allows the priest to use detect evil once per day per two levels (twice a day at 3rd, three times a day at 5th, etc.). The priest must stand still and concentrate for one round; in all other respects the ability operates just like a detect evil spell cast by the priest.
Detect undead (10): A priest with this ability may use detect undead once per day per two levels. He need only stand still and concentrate for one round to invoke the power. The duration and area of effect are the same as a detect undead spell cast by the priest.
Expert healer (10): A priest with this power grants +1HP per spell level on all cure wound spells (ie, Cure I = d8+2, Cure II = 2d8+4, etc).
Extended spell duration (10/15): The duration of any noninstantaneous spell cast by the priest is increased by one time unit per two levels. The unit of time varies, depending on how the spell’s duration is normally measured; rounds for rounds, turns for turns, and so on. For 10 points, this applies to spells of one sphere and for 15 points to spells of all spheres.
Fire/electrical resistance (7): The priest gains a +2 bonus to saving throws vs. fire or electrical effects, including both natural phenomena and magical attacks.
Followers (10): For 10CP, a priest has access to Tier 5 units, requiring a Temple 5. This also is required to allow Holy Units [Holy Units cast the Battle Spell Cure Unit in Round 2 of any combat; only Tier 5 units may be "holy" and must be mustered/trained from a Temple (unless accessed via Paladin)].
Hit point bonus (10): A priest with this ability uses a d10 for his Hit Die instead of a d8.
Identify plants and animals (5): At 3rd level, the character gains the ability to identify natural plants and animals. He may also identify pure water.
Immunity to charm (5+): At 7th level, the priest becomes immune to charm effects or spells cast by a group of related creatures, such as woodland creatures, undead, plant monsters, extraplanar monsters, or wizards. The priest may gain this power at an earlier level for a cost of +1 CP per level (6 CPs at 6th level, 7 at 5th, and so on.) Each class of monsters or races the priest is immune to costs an additional 5 CPs each.
Immunity to magic (15): The priest enjoys partial immunity to one type of magic—alterations, invocations, necromancy, and so on. Both wizard and priest spells of this type are included. The priest gains a +4 bonus to saving throws against spells of the type chosen, or a normal, nonpenalized saving throw against spells that do not normally allow a save.
Immunity to natural disease (10): The priest is immune to normal diseases, although magical diseases such as lycanthropy and mummy rot still affect him. This is similar to the paladin’s ability to resist disease.
Inspire/enrage allies (5/10): Through his prayers and exhortations, the priest can inspire his allies in battle, giving them a +1 bonus to their attack rolls and saving throws. The priest must do nothing but chant for at least three full rounds before his allies gain bonuses, and the effects last for 1d3 rounds after he stops. All allies within 10 feet per level of the priest are affected. As a 10-point power, his allies become enraged, increasing the bonuses to +2. The priest can do nothing else while using this power.
Know alignment (8): Once per day per two levels, the priest may make use of know alignment. The spell functions exactly as if it was actually cast by the priest.
Lay on Hands (5): The priest has the power to lay on hands once per day, curing up to 2 points of damage per experience level. This is identical to the paladin character class ability.
Pass without trace (5): At 3rd level, the priest gains the ability to pass without trace, as per the spell, at his normal movement rate.
Proficiency group crossovers (5+): Normally, priests may learn nonweapon proficiencies from the priest and general lists at no extra cost. Each additional crossover group costs 5 CPs and allows the priest to learn nonweapon proficiencies from another character group’s list with no penalty.
Purify water (3): Once per day, the priest may make use of a purify food and drink spell, applying it to water or brine only. The power operates as a spell cast by the priest in respect to area of effect.
Resist energy drain (5/15): Priests with this ability gain a +1 to saving throws versus the energy drain spell and the level-draining attacks of the undead. If the attack does not normally allow a saving throw, the power has no effect, but the saving throw modifier does apply to characters under a negative plane protection. For 15 points, this ability allows a priest to attempt a saving throw vs. spell with a –4 penalty to avoid a level-draining attack that normally allows no saving throw.
Secret language (5): Priests with this ability share a secret form of communication that only they understand. This permits secure conversations in almost any setting.
Shapechange (15+): This is the druid’s normal shapechange power. Beginning at 7th level, he may change into a mammal, reptile, or bird three times per day—each form may be used once. Each transformation heals 10%–60% of any damage the character has sustained. The acquisition of this power may be accelerated for 2 CPs per level, so for 17 CPs the priest may shapechange at 6th level.
Spell-like granted power (special): Many priests have unusual granted powers that simulate the effects of various spells. Unlike spells, these granted powers require no material components. A spell-like granted power may be invoked once per week and has a base cost of 10 CPs, plus the following modifiers:
1 CP/spell level for priest spells
2 CPs/spell level for wizard spells
5 CPs for a once per day use
1 CP/level for each additional daily use
10 CPs for a continuous or persistent power
For example, a priest who wishes to invoke a fireball once per week would pay 10 CPs, plus 6 CPs (3rd-level wizard spell), for a total of 16 CPs. The ability to use the power once per day would cost an additional 5 CPs, for a total of 21 CPs. Using cure light wounds three times per day would cost 10+1+5+2, for a total of 18 CPs.
Regardless of the amount of points paid, a priest may not have a spell-like granted power of no higher spell level than 2+Faith Rank. Note that when the priest invokes a power, factors such as range, damage, duration, and other effects are determined as if he had actually cast the spell.
Spirit powers (30+): A priest with this ability commands spirit powers , as described for the shaman earlier in this chapter. For 30 CPs, the shaman may contact one class of spirit: dead, animal, or nature. For each additional 5 CPs, the shaman may contact one more class, so 40 CPs gives the character full spirit powers.
Thief ability (10+): For 10 CPs, the priest may select one thief ability. Each additional 5 CPs allows the priest to select an additional ability, up to a maximum of five abilities. (Backstab and thieves’ cant may be selected as abilities.) The priest’s percentile score increases as noted on Table 19: Thief Average Ability Table of the DMG. Modifiers for race, armor worn, and Dexterity still apply to this score.
You may opt at Tier 0, to instead spend 25CP, and progress as a thief of half your level (rounded up) in all thief skills (buy as per normal thief rules). Optionally, for an additional 5CP at tier 1 you would gain backstab as a thief of half your level.
Turn Undead (15): A priest with this power may turn undead, using Table 61 : Turning Undead in the PHB. Priests of evil alignment may command undead.
Unarmed combat skills (5/10): The priest is a specialist in unarmed combat, as described under the monk entry. The first purchase (5CP) - the character gains weapon specialization with unarmed comabt. The second purchase requires that you first have also taken the Optional Limitations of "no armor."
Paladins (5): For 5CP, your faith is able to have paladins. The Faith must be Lawful OR Good (restricted faith alignment, with at least no chaotic, or no evil).
Fast Casting (5/10): Paladins (or Bards, or Rangers) start spell casting 2 levels earlier. If you buy the second rank - start 4 levels earlier (min: start at level 1). Note that Paladins and Rangers may only cast spells from your faith's Major Spheres.
Paladin/Ranger Bonus (15): Paladins/Rangers have access to Priesthood Special Abilities (Exception: Wizardly Priest only counts as Major Sphere equivalent with the 25CP purchase).
Warrior ability bonuses (10/15): If the priest has a Constitution score greater than 16, he gains the additional hit point adjustment allowed for warriors instead of the normal +2. For an additional 5 points, the priest may roll an exceptional Strength score if he has a strength of 18.
Weapon selection (5/10): For 5 CPs, the priest is allowed to include one edged weapon in his list of permissible weapons, or instead he may have access to a list of tribal or special weapons approved by the DM—for example, the druid or thief selections. For 10 CPs, the priest may wield any weapon he wishes to.
Weapon specialization (15/25): This ability allows first paladins/rangers to specialize using the normal specialization rules. For the additional 10CP, you can also have single-class priests gain specialization, multi-class priests would now be able to take Expertise instead. Note that the paladin/ranger or priest must still spend the required number of proficiency slots to actually gain proficiency and specialization in a weapon.
Wizardly priest (5/10/25): A priest with this power may treat one school of wizard spells as another sphere of access. Spells memorized from this school count against the priest’s memorization limits, just as if they were additional priest spells. For 5 CP: you can gain access to level 1-2 spells, for 10: 1-4, and for 25: all spells of the school. You may only acquire a step of Wizardry (per school) per Faith Rank (including the creation phase).
When you first choose this ability, you must decide. If you want to add spells to your spell list, or have a secondary spell-list, but only have access at half level(rounded up). This choice will apply to all Wizardly Priest selections going forward (The "Ruornil" option).[/b][/spoiler]
By choosing limitations, a priest character can gain extra character points to select class abilities, thus balancing out any “overspending” in the previous step. The available limitations are as follows:
Armor restriction (5+): The priest is limited in his choice of armor. As a 5-point limitation, the priest is restricted to chain mail or lighter armor; for 10 points, he is limited to studded leather or lighter armor; and for 15 points, the priest may not wear any armor at all.
Awkward casting method (5): Spells cast by the priest are unusually obvious—the priest may be surrounded by a glowing halo of divine light, he may have to invoke his deity’s power with peals of thunder and tremors in the ground, or some sensation (fear, cold, elation) may be noticed by anyone nearby. Any intelligent creature in earshot automatically notices the priest’s spellcasting, even if they weren’t paying attention to him before. Casting spells from ambush or without being observed is nearly impossible with this limitation.
Behavior/taboo (2): The priest’s religion has an unusual code of behavior or conduct that may hinder him in certain situations. For example, a priest may be required to speak a ten-minute prayer every time he crosses a river, which could be very inconvenient if he was being pursued. Another priest might be required to use cure spells on anyone in need, expending spells on strangers or NPCs instead of his companions. A priest who violates his behavior guideline loses access to his spells and must perform some appropriate penance for his failing.
Ceremony/observance (5): The priest’s faith demands the observance of a special event or ceremony every day, such as a prayer at sunrise, a small sacrifice or libation performed in a certain way, or a lengthy atonement for the day’s thoughts and actions. The priest must drop whatever he is doing to perform the ceremony; there are no excuses for missing it. A priest who skips the ceremony may lose his memorized spells or suffer some other sign of his deity’s disfavor until he finds a way to atone.
Difficult spell acquisition (5): The priest’s deity is particularly demanding about granting spells, and the priest can pray for spells only in very specific circumstances. For example, the priest might only be able to gain spells in a temple of his deity, he might have to wait for certain celestial alignments or phases of the moon, or he might be required to fast and pray for a minimum of three days before gaining spells. In general, this limitation should make it hard for the priest to gain spells while traveling or adventuring.
Fanaticism (5): A priest with this limitation comes from an intolerant faith. Followers of other powers must convert or forfeit their lives. The priest absolutely refuses to accept any companion who does not worship the power he represents and suffers a –4 reaction adjustment with any NPCs not of his faith—the priest can’t hide his contempt for nonbelievers.
Hazardous spells (10): Channeling the power of a deity can be dangerous, and a priest with this limitation can sustain harmful side-effects from casting spells. The priest might suffer 1 point of damage per spell level when he casts a spell, with a saving throw vs. breath weapon for half damage. Another option would be a chance (5% per spell level, –2% per character level, minimum 1%) of losing all spells in memory and being feebleminded for 1d3 days.
Limited magical item use (5+): The priest is banned from using certain types of magical items. For each category of magical item he cannot use, he gains a 5-point limitation. The categories are: potions, oils, and scrolls; rings; rods, staves, and wands; miscellaneous magic; and weapons and armor.
Limited spell selection (5): The prayers required to petition the priest’s deity for spells are extremely complex. In fact, they are as complex as a wizard’s spells, and as a result the priest is required to build a “spell book” of priest spells. First, this limits the priest to a maximum number of spells per level, as indicated by his Intelligence score. Secondly, the priest must make a learn spells roll in order to add a new spell to his selection; if the priest fails to learn a spell, he may not try to learn it again until he gains another level.
Reduced hit points (10/20): A priest with this limitation uses a smaller Hit Die than normal. For 10 points, the priest uses a d6 Hit Die; for 20 points, the priest uses a d4 Hit Die.
Reduced spell progression (15): A priest with this restriction memorizes one less spell of each level than normal; a 1st-level priest gains 0 1st-level spells instead of 1, and so on. If the priest’s spell allocation for any given level is reduced to 0 by this limitation (like the 1st-level priest above), he gains no bonus spells for an exceptional Wisdom score for that character level.
Slower casting times (5): The priest’s spells are unusually long-winded; all casting times are increased by 3. A casting time of one round or longer is simply doubled.
Talisman/symbol (8): The priest’s spell powers are focused through one specific talisman or holy symbol. Without this symbol, he is incapable of casting spells. If his talisman is destroyed or stolen with no hope of recovery, he may create a new one with 1d4 weeks of prayer, meditation, and fasting in his home temple.
Weapon restriction (5/15): Unless otherwise stated, a priest character has access to the cleric’s weapon selection of any Type B weapon. A priest with this limitation is further restricted to the staff, club, war hammer, horseman’s mace, and horseman’s flail. For 15 points, the priest is not allowed to gain proficiency in any weapon.[/spoiler]
Restricting Alignment/Expanding Alignment:
Start: Choose 1 "barred" alignment (options: Must be Neutral on 1 axis, or no Evil, or no Good, or no Lawful, or no Chaotic)
Restrict: 5CP, pick a corner alignment as base alignment. Note: You may ONLY choose your own alignment.
Greater Restriction: 10CP, Must be 1 step from your Alignment, or "only Evil" or "only Chaotic" etc.
Expand: Costs 5CP, can be any alignment. Obviously, you cannot take this option if you have previously restricted the available alignments.