You can jazz up the diversity of clerics in your world without adding pages and pages of gods — if you allow for multiple (even conflicting!) belief systems about the deities you already have. Deities in fantasy RPGs are often sketched out in rigid, one-note ways. Imagine for a moment the typical campaign-next-door. Its storm god Thorzeus is Chaotic Good, his […]Read More Fracture Your God
An Experiment with Narrative Because character is best revealed through narrative, I thought I’d present most of this installment of Dice Unloaded in story form. It’s an experiment. Raicho the Recusant—fourth and most controversial in my ongoing series on reskinned clerics—is a divine mercenary, fiercely independent and beholden to no single god. Instead, temples hire him, […]Read More Raicho the Recusant
Past editions of D&D have permitted clerics to serve an entire pantheon, rather than a single god. The 5th edition Player’s Handbook is silent about this matter, but the new Dungeon Master’s Guide (p. 11-13) seems fairly flexible, often repeating paragraphs wholesale from 3rd edition’s Deities & Demigods. Few clerics, even in the old days, have taken the pantheonic route, […]Read More Serving a Divine Court, Instead of a Solo God
Note: The text of this article, including the Death domain presented here, is designated as Open Game Content. (Click here for the license.) I f you’re using a Death domain for clerics in your campaign, chances are that the version you are using explicitly assumes an evil spellcaster. When designers select spells and powers for Death […]Read More A Death Domain Variant for Neutral Clerics
When I first proposed the idea of a cleric whose divine powers came from being a demigod — a half-deity — one of my good friends, also a long-time gamer, took exception with the idea, contending that a demigod character with entry-level (first-level) abilities might be fine for a novel, or for fiction, but that […]Read More Mitra, Daughter of Masks
The Book-Knight In his response to the first article of this series, Wallace Cleaves argued that Jedi may be better represented as clerics of The Force than as any other class (yes, including the monk, though it’s a close call). This time around I’m going to go a step further: Gandalf isn’t a wizard. He […]Read More Bettelfegne
Once you’ve chosen a deity, consider your cleric’s relationship to that god. Did you enter this service willingly? Or did the god choose you, impelling you into service with no regard for your wishes? The 5th-edition Player’s Handbook, page 57 It’s funny how often lines like the one above get overlooked as players and […]Read More Galatherina the Relic-Bearer
Freeing Clerics from their Character Straitjackets I usually DM. However, when I play, I will play darned near anything. I once played a merchant. This was during the 2nd edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The typical game settings had no “merchant” class, of course. Dark Sun added a “Trader” class in a supplement, but we weren’t playing […]Read More Tremble! I Am the Mini-Me of Thor!