The most common type of priest is the cleric. The cleric may be an adherent of any religion. The cleric class is similar to certain religious orders of knighthood of the Middle Ages: the Teutonic Knights, the Knights Templars, and Hospitalers. These orders combined military and religious training with a code of protection and service. Members were trained as knights and devoted themselves to the service of the church. These orders were frequently found on the outer edges of the Christian world, either on the fringe of the wilderness or in war-torn lands. Similar orders can also be found in other lands, such as the sohei of Japan.

Base Class Statistics:

  • Ability Requirements: Wis 9
  • Alignments: Any
  • Experience Chart: Cleric
  • Hit Dice: d8
    • Maximum Hit Dice: 9d8
    • Additional Hit Points: +2 per level beyond 9th
  • Attack: Priest
  • Saves:
    • Paralyzation/Poison/Death: as Priest
    • Rods/Staves/Wands: as Priest
    • Petrification/Polymorph: as Priest
    • Breath Weapon: as Priest
    • Spell: as Priest
  • Proficiencies:
    • Weapons, Initial: 2
    • Weapons, Advancement: +1 per 4 levels
    • Non-Weapon, Initial: 4
    • Weapons, Advancement: +1 per 3 levels
    • Bonus Proficiencies: Religion
  • Allowed Weapons: All Bludgeoning weapons
  • Allowed Armor: Any

Class Features:

Clerics are sturdy soldiers, although their selection of weapons is limited. They can use a fair number of magical items including priest scrolls, most potions and rings, some wands and rods, staves, armor, shields, and magical versions of any weapons allowed by their order.

Spells are the main tools of the cleric, however, helping him to serve, fortify, protect, and revitalize those under his care. He has a wide variety of spells to choose from, suitable to many different purposes and needs. A cleric has major access to the All, Charm, Combat, Creation, Divination, Guardian, Healing, Necromantic, and Protection spheres, and minor access to the Elemental sphere.

The cleric receives his spells as insight directly from his deity (the deity does not need to make a personal appearance to grant the spells the cleric prays for), as a sign of and reward for his faith, so he must take care not to abuse his power lest it be taken away as punishment. In addition to those spells gained by leveling (see the Table below), the cleric gains a number of bonus spells based on his Intuition score. Bonus spells of a given level are not gained until the cleric could cast at least 1 spell of that spell level normally.

Priest Spells
Level 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1 1
2 2
3 2 1
4 3 2
5 3 3 1
6 3 3 2
7 3 3 2 1
8 3 3 3 2
9 4 4 3 2 1
10 4 4 3 3 2
11 5 4 4 3 2 1
12 6 5 5 3 2 2
13 6 6 6 4 2 2
14 6 6 6 5 3 2 1
15 6 6 6 6 4 2 1
16 7 7 7 6 4 3 1
17 7 7 7 7 5 3 2
18 8 8 8 8 6 4 2
19 9 9 8 8 6 4 2
20 9 9 9 8 7 5 2

The cleric is also granted power over undead-evil creatures that exist in a form of non-life, neither dead nor alive. The cleric is charged with defeating these mockeries of life. His ability to turn undead enables him to drive away these creatures or destroy them utterly (though a cleric of evil alignment can bind the creatures to his will). Some of the more common undead creatures are ghosts, zombies, skeletons, ghouls, and mummies.

When encountering undead, a cleric can attempt to turn the creatures. Only one attempt can be made per character per encounter, but several different characters can make attempts at the same time (with the results determined individually).

Attempting to turn counts as an action, requiring one round and occurring during the character’s turn in the initiative order. The mere presence of the character is not enough-a touch of drama from the character is important. Speech and gestures are important, so the character must have his hands free and be in a position to speak. However, turning is not like spellcasting and is not interrupted if the character is attacked during the attempt.

To resolve a turning attempt, look on the Table below. Cross-index the Hit Dice or type of the undead with the level of the character. If there is a number listed, roll 1d20. If the number rolled is equal to or greater than that listed, the attempt is successful. Only one die is rolled regardless of the number of undead the character is attempting to turn in a given round. The result is read individually for each type of undead. If the letter “T” appears, the attempt is automatically successful without a die roll. If the letter “D” is given, the turning utterly destroys the undead. A dash means that a cleric of that level cannot turn that type of undead. A successful turn or dispel affects 2d6 undead. If the undead are a mixed group, the lowest Hit Dice creatures are turned first.

Turned undead bound by the orders of another (for example, skeletons) simply retreat and allow the character and those with him to pass or complete their actions. Free-willed undead attempt to flee the area of the turning character, until out of his sight. If unable to escape, they circle at a distance, no closer than ten feet to the character, provided he continues to maintain his turning (no further die rolls are needed). If the character forces the free-willed undead to come closer than ten feet (by pressing them into a corner, for example) the turning is broken and the undead attack normally.

Undead Type Cleric Level
or Hit Dice 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-11 12-13 14+
Skeleton (1 HD) 10 7 4 T T D D D2 D2 D2 D2 D2
Zombie 13 10 7 4 T T D D D2 D2 D2 D2
Ghoul (2 HD) 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D2 D2 D2
Shadow (3-4 HD) 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D2 D2
Wight (5 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D D2
Ghast 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D D
Wraith (6 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T D
Mummy (7 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T T
Spectre (8 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 T
Vampire (9 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7 4
Ghost (10 HD) 20 19 16 13 10 7
Lich (11+ HD) 20 19 16 13 10
Special1 20 19 16 13

1 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.

2 An additional 2d4 creatures of this type are turned.

Clerics can always count on assistance from temples of their faith. Assuming a local temple of the appropriate faith is available, a cleric can request and expect the following aid (and perhaps more):

  • Safe haven, food, and board within the temple. In exchange, the cleric is expected to help the other clergy present. This hospitality is automatically extended to as many companions as the priest has levels. (A generous and gracious temple may extend it to anyone.)
  • A loan. Moneys borrowed may equal up to twice the cleric’s level times a hundred (in gold pieces). The loan must be repaid within 30 days.
  • Muscle. An cleirc may request the services of a number of 1st-level fighters equaling twice the priest’s level. All fighters will be equipped with chain mail and the traditional weapon of their faith (i.e. warhammers for Tyr or battle axes for Tempus). The time of service cannot exceed the cleric’s level in days, and the purpose of the mission should somehow advance the cause of the priest’s faith.
  • A cleric assistant of the same faith. The helper’s experience level equals half that of the priest served, rounded down; up to a maximum of 4th level. The assistant may be kept for up to one week per level of the priest before having to leave.

Upon reaching 8th level, the cleric automatically attracts a fanatically loyal group of believers, provided the character has established a place of worship of significant size. The cleric can build this place of worship at any time during his career, but he does not attract believers until he reaches 8th level. These followers are normal warriors, 0-level soldiers, ready to fight for the cleric’s cause. The cleric attracts 20 to 200 (2d10 x10) of these followers; they arrive over a period of several weeks. After the initial followers assemble, no new followers trickle in to fill the ranks of those who have fallen in service. The DM decides the exact number and types of followers attracted by the cleric. The character can hire other troops as needed, but these are not as loyal as his followers.

At 9th level, the cleric may receive official approval to establish a religious stronghold, be it a fortified abbey or a secluded convent. Obviously, the stronghold must contain all the trappings of a place of worship and must be dedicated to the service of the cleric’s cause. However, the construction cost of the stronghold is half the normal price, since the work has official sanction and much of the labor is donated. The cleric can hold property and build a stronghold any time before reaching 9th level, but this is done without church sanction and does not receive the benefits described above.

Evil Clerics and Undead:
Evil clerics are normally considered to be in league with undead creatures, or at least to share their aims and goals. Thus, they have no ability to turn undead. However, they can attempt to command these beings.

This is resolved in the same way as a turning attempt. A maximum of 12 undead can be commanded at any one time. A “T” result means the undead automatically obey the evil priest, while a “D” means the undead become completely subservient to the evil priest. They follow his commands (to the best of their ability and understanding) until turned, commanded, or destroyed by another.

Evil priests also have the ability to affect paladins, turning them as if they were undead. However, since the living spirit of a paladin is far more difficult to quell and subvert, paladins are vastly more difficult to turn. An evil priest attempting to turn a paladin does so as if the priest were three levels lower than he actually is. Thus, a 7th-level evil priest would turn paladins on the 4th-level column. He would have only a slim chance of turning a 7th-level paladin (7 HD) and would not be able to turn one of 8th level at all (using the level of the paladin as the HD to be turned). All “D” results against paladins are treated as “T” results.


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