Thursday, June 27, 2013

Clerical Orders of the Majestic Wilderlands (wip)

Of late, I've tended to favor the Wilderlands pantheon in my homebrews, instead of the 4e pantheon, which had previously been my go-to-- though don't get me wrong I don't mind using that and might even do so in the future. (I think I owe a bit of my fondness of it to the Raven Queen-- come-on, a non-evil death goddess with a raven motif? I was bound to imagine her as Neil Gaiman's Death, and thus to fall madly in love.)

To that end, and also because I like the idea of clerics being a little different for different gods, and because this is supported by ACKS's rules... well, here's some work on my part. Credit for the descriptions of the gods themselves goes to Rob Conley, from whom I cribbed them here, and I think ultimately to some combination of Bob Bledsaw, Robert E. Howard, and ancient people who actually worshiped about half of these bad boys.

Oh, and we should get this out of the way-- by default clerics IMC can always use spears, daggers, and crossbows in addition to the usual blunt fare-- I always thought the "no edged weapons because blood" thing was really, really stupid.

DANNU (DAN-NU) - The Mother of Mercy, Lady of the Green Earth, the Hearth Mother

Dannu is the goddess of mercy, love, home, and fields. Dannu is worshipped by peasants thourghout the Majestic Wilderlands. The church of Dannu works to bring aid and relief to the peasant when they suffer. The church of Dannu has special relationship with the church of Mitra . Together the two churches work to bring justice and peace to the Wilderlands. Also the church of Silvanus and Dannu cooperate on many matters.
SYMBOL: A Sheaf of Wheat on a Green Circle
In place of Turn Undead Dannu's clerics have the following powers:
Purify Food and Drink as the spell of the same name at will, taking 1 turn to take effect.
Blessed Feast: Once per day a cleric of Dannu can imbue a meal for a number of people equal to her level with her blessing. All who partake of the meal are affected as if by a Bless spell.
 Clerics of Dannu use the following spell list:



First Level Divine Spells Second Level Divine Spells Third Level Divine Spells
1 Command Word Bless* Continual Light*
2 Cure Light Wounds* Calm Emotions Cure Blindness
3 Detect Evil Charm Animal Cure Disease*
4 Detect Magic Delay Poison Detect Curse
5 Fellowship* Divine Grace Glyph of Warding
6 Light* Find Traps Growth of Animals
7 Protection from Evil Holy Chant Locate Object
8 Remove Fear* Resist Fire Prayer
9 Resist Cold Silence, 15' Radius Protection fr. Normal Missiles
10 Sanctuary Speak With Animals Remove Curse*



Fourth Level Divine Spells Fifth Level Divine Spells
1 Create Water Atonement
2 Cure Serious Wounds
Command Plants
3 Dispel Magic
Commune
4 Divination Create Food
5 Fate Dispel Evil
6 Growth of Plants Insect Plague
7 Neutralize Poison Quest*
8 Protection From Evil (sustained) Restore Life and Limb*
9 Speak with Plants Strength of Mind*
10 Vigor Summon Weather

HAMAKHIS (HA-MA-KISS) - The Deathlord, Lord of Undeath, The Final Judge

He is the god of death and judgement. All who die come to Hamakhis were they judged; those who fail dwell forever in the City of Bones and the rest proceed to their god. Hamakhis is also able to grant to undeath to his followers.
Hamakhis has two types of sects; the first believing that if one make the proper sacrifices to Hamakhis and glorify his name, they will be granted the state of undeath, the second preachs about Hamakhis the Final Judge and warns people to be ready for him.
SYMBOL: A White Skull
Depending on their sect, some clerics of Hamakhis command undead instead of turning them.

Clerics of Hamakhis use the following spells



First Level Divine Spells Second Level Divine Spells Third Level Divine Spells
1 Cause Fear* Augury Continual Darkness
2 Command Word Bless* Cure Blindness
3 Cure Light Wounds
Choking Grip
Cure Disease
4 Deathwatch Deathknell Detect Invisible
5 Detect Evil
Delay Poison
ESP
6 Detect Magic Find Traps Feign Death
7 Detect Undead Hold Person Glyph of Warding
8 Light* Obscuring Cloud Necromantic Potence
9 Protection From Evil* Silence, 15' Radius Remove Curse
10 Read Languages Sleep Speak With Dead


Fourth Level Divine Spells Fifth Level Divine Spells
1 Cure Serious Wounds* Atonement
2 Death Ward
Commune
3 Dispel Magic
Cone of Paralysis
4 Divination
Control Undead
5 Dismember
Fear
6 Enervate
Finger of Death
7 Infravision Insect Plague
8 Neutralize Poison* Quest*
9 Protection fr. Evil, Sustained* Strength of Mind
10 Smite Undead* True Seeing

KALI (KAA-LEE) - The Black Mother, The Death Crone, Lady of Illusions

Kali is the goddess of murder, hatred, and lust. Her goals directly conflict with those of the goddess Dannu. She revels in death and destruction. She sunders man and wife, takes the newborn from their mother, and brings famine and plague to the Wilderlands. Her followers are secreted in obsure caves, little alleys, and hidden valleys. The Claws of Kali are the most feared killers in the Majestic Wilderlands. The Claws support the main temples of Kali. Also in many lands where temples are not able to be estabilshed, Kali is served by her Blood Childern, the Vampires and Werewolves. The Power of Blood makes them fearsome creatures of the night.
SYMBOL: The Kris Knife (Wavy Bladed Dagger)
Kali's holy orders also include plenty of assassins and mystics. Some of her clerics fight as Bladedancers instead. In place of Turn Undead, Kali's clerics have the following powers:

Bloodlust: Clerics of Kali gain the Zaharan Ruinguard's Death Healing ability for free.
Incite Rage: Once per day, clerics of Kali can cause a creature to enter a berserker rage by touch. The rage lasts a number of rounds equal to the cleric's level.
Clerics of Kali receive the following spells


First Level Divine Spells Second Level Divine Spells Third Level Divine Spells
1 Cause Fear Bane Alter Self
2 Command Word
Choking Grip
Cause Disease
3 Detect Good Deathknell Charm Person
4 Detect Magic
Enthrall
Curse
5 Hemorrhage
Hold Person
Feign Death
6
Light*
Holy Chant
Glyph of Warding
7 Protection from Good
Resist Fire
Invisibility
8 Sharpness Righteous Wrath Invulnerability to Good
9 Trance Spiritual Weapon Levitate
10 Wall of Smoke Swift Sword Striking


Fourth Level Divine Spells Fifth Level Divine Spells
1 Dismember
Commune
2 Dispel Magic
Confusion
3 Divination
Fear
4 Enervate
Finger of Death
5 Inflict Serious Wounds
Flame Strike
6 Nondetection
Insect Plague
7 Poison
Phantasmal Killer
8 Protection fr. Good, Sustained
Quest
9 Raise Dead Scry
10 Vigor Sword of Fire


MITRA (MI-TRA) -The Red Maiden, The Lady of the White Hand, Lady of Paladins

Mitra is the goddess of justice, war, and paladins. Mitra defends the helpless, and protects the weak from those who desire to prey on them. There is great enmity between the church of Mitra and the church of Set. The Church of Mitra has a special relationship with the church of Dannu. Together the three churches work to bring justice to the Wilderlands.
SYMBOL: The White Hand on a Red Circle, The White Lion
Mitra's Clerics tend to be female slightly more often than not. Some have Turn Undead, but others have the Paladin's Aura of Protection and Lay on Hands abilities instead. Many clerics of Mitra fight as bladedancers. Her holy orders are the most likely to produce paladins.

Clerics of Mitra use the Bladedancer spell list.

NEPHTHYS (Nep-thee-is) - The Bargainer, The Golden Lady, The Queen of Opalescence

She is the goddess of wealth and pleasure; she is widely worshipped thorughout the Majestic WIlderlands by merchants. Nephthy's followers believe that if one honors the Bargainer and indulges her pleasure, one will succed in commerce. Her worship invariably involves orgies and sexual rites.
SYMBOL: Three Golden Coins
Instead of Turn Undead, Clerics of Nephthys have the Elven Enchanter's Glamorous Aura and gain the Magical Music proficiency for free.

Clerics of Nephthys use the following spell list:


First Level Divine Spells Second Level Divine Spells Third Level Divine Spells
1 Command Word Bless* Alter Self
2 Cure Light Wounds*
Enthrall
Charm Person
3 Detect Evil*
Locate Object
Continual Light*
4 Detect Magic
Hold Person
Cure Blindness
5
Faerie Father
Holy Chant
Cure Disease*
6
Light*
Magic Mouth
Glyph of Warding
7
Protection from Evil*
Resist Fire
Hypnotic Pattern
8 Purify Food and Water
Righteous Wrath
Phantasmal Force
9 Remove Fear*
Silence, 15' Radius
Prayer
10 Salving Rest Snake Charm
Remove Curse*


Fourth Level Divine Spells Fifth Level Divine Spells
1 Clairvoyance
Charm Monster
2 Create Water
Command Person
3 Cure Serious Wounds*
Commune
4 Dispel Magic
Create Food
5 Divination
Enchanted Container
6 Find Treasure
Flame Strike
7 Neutralize Poison*
Quest*
8 Protection fr. Evil, sustained
Restore Life and Limb*
9 Vigor
Scry
10 Tongues
Spectral Force

PTAH (TAH) - The Craftsman, The Star Lord, The Father of Multitudes

Ptah is the god of crafts, artifice, and of creation. He is revered by the Dwarves. He is claimed to be the eldest of the gods and the first to come to the Wilderlands. Ptah created the creatures of the earth and all of the childern races. He etabilshed the First Coveant by which the Childern Races were taught and brought to glory. Ptah also estabilshed the Second Coveant by which the surviving gods of the Uttermost War agreeded to rule the Wilderlands by.
SYMBOL: A silver chime with a golden hammer.
In addition to human Clerics, Ptah's faithful include the majority of Dwarven Craftpriests. Ptah hates undead and sees them as a perversion of the life he imbued mortals with, so his priests get Turn Undead as usual.

Clerics of Ptah use the normal Cleric spell list, except replace Sticks to Snakes with Create Objects because Sticks to Snakes is too fucking biblical (unless you give it to...)

SET (SET) - The Serpant Lord, The Dragon, the Night Hunter

Set is the god of war, night, and evil. He is the conquerer, the emperor, and the dragon. He teaches the one must strive for honor and glory. He also teaches that one must obey those above him and expect those below to obey.
SYMBOL: A serpant head on a black circle
Much as Mitra is the patron of most paladins, Set is the patron of most anti-paladins, especially the fearsome Myrmidons. Some of Set's priests fight as Shamans. Instead of Turn Undead, priests of Set get a Totem Animal and Shapechange as a Shaman does, however they must choose either a Cobra or a Python as their totem.

Clerics of Set use the following spell list:


First Level Divine Spells Second Level Divine Spells Third Level Divine Spells
1 Cause Fear Augury Cause Disease
2 Command Word
Bane
Charm Person
3 Detect Good*
Chameleon
ESP
4 Detect Magic
Choking Grip
Glyph of Warding
5 Detect Poison
Enthrall
Hypnotic Pattern
6 Inflict Light Wounds
Hold Person
Invisibility
7
Light*
Silence, 15' Radius
Phantasmal Force
8
Protection from Good
Silent Step
Remove Curse*
9 Spider Climb
Snake Charm
Speak with Dead
10 Trance Spiritual Weapon
Striking


Fourth Level Divine Spells Fifth Level Divine Spells
1 Chimerical Force
Call Dragon
2 Dismember
Cone of Paralysis
3 Dispel Magic
Fear
4 Enervate
Finger of Death
5 Inflict Serious Wounds
Insect Plague
6 Infravision
Polymorph Other
7 Poison
Polymorph Self
8 Protection from Good, sustained
Quest
9 Sticks to Snakes
Spectral Force
10 Telepathy
Strength of Mind

SILVANUS (SIL-VAN-US) - The Forest King, The Dreamlord

Silvanus is the god of dreams, magic, and the forest. Silvanus is especially revered by the Elves. His worship involves a lot of mysticism, simple but yet complex rituals, and magic. Among Humans his followers are known as Druids and the Rangers take Silvanus as their patron. Silvanus's followers work a lot with the church of Dannu.
SYMBOL: A Azure (Blue) Bowl
Silvanus's priests are by-the book Shamans, much as Ptah's are (virtually) by-the-book Clerics and many of Mitra's are by-the-book Bladedancers.

THOTH (THAWTH) - The Immortal Sage, The Bearer of the Lantern

Thoth is the god of knowledge. He is charged by Ptah with the keeping of the Second Coveant and the recording of all what transpire in the Wilderlands. His followers mainly follow the monastic life and collect books of lore. The church of Thoth also has an order that produces many fine jesters that entertain the courts of the Wilderlands.
SYMBOL: Lantern
Thoth has a great many orders of Mystics. In place of turning undead, Clerics of Thoth gain the Bard's Loremastery Ability and the Mystic's Probability Trance ability.

Clerics of Thoth use the following Spell List:


First Level Divine Spells
Second Level Divine Spells
Third Level Divine Spells
1
Command Word
Augury
Continual Light*
2
Cure Light Wounds
Bless*
Cure Blindness
3
Detect Evil*
Calm Emotions
Cure Disease*
4
Detect Magic
Delay Poison
Detect Curse
5
Light*
Find Traps
Detect Invisible
6
Predict Weather
Hold Person
Detect Secret Doors
7
Read Languages
Holy Chant
ESP
8
Sanctuary
Produce Fire
Locate Object
9
Trance
Silence 15' Radius
Remove Curse*
10
Wall of Smoke
Zone of Truth
Speak With Dead


Fourth Level Divine Spells
Fifth Level Divine Spells
1
Clairaudience
Command Person
2
Clairvoyance
Commune
3
Create Water
Create Food
4
Cure Serious Wounds*
Feeblemind
5
Divination
Find Treasure
6
Fate
Quest*
7
Infravision
Restore Life and Limb
8
Neutralize Poison*
Scry
9
Telepathy
Strength of Mind*
10
Tongues*
True Seeing

THOR - The Lord of Icy Winds, Thunderer of the Gods.

Thor is the god of the wind, thunder, and war. He is the ultimate warrior, and the best at battle. His followers live for battle, and continually strive to improve their skills and do great deeds. They believe that to die in battle is the only way to die properly.
SYMBOL: Hammer
Besidrs Clerics, Thor also produces plenty of Paladins and a few Dwarven Craftpriests. In place of Turn Undead, Thor's Clerics gain the benefits of the Goblin-slaying proficiency for free and the ability to Inspire Courage as a bard.

Clerics of Thor use the following spell list.



First Level Divine Spells
Second Level Divine Spells
Third Level Divine Spells
1
Cure Light Wounds*
Bless*
Call Lightning
2
Detect Evil*
Divine Grace
Continual Light*
3
Detect Magic
Hold Person
Cure Blindness
4
Fellowship
Obscuring Cloud
Cure Disease
5
Light*
Ogre Power
Eyes of the Eagle
6
Predict Weather
Resist Fire
Glyph of Warding
7
Protection from Evil*
Righteous Wrath
Protection fr. Normal Missiles
8
Remove Fear*
Spiritual Weapon
Remove Curse*
9
Resist Cold
Summon Hero
Striking
10
Summon Berserkers
Swift Sword
Summon Winged Steed


Fourth Level Divine Spells
Fifth Level Divine Spells
1
Create Water
Atonement
2
Cure Serious Wounds*
Control Winds
3
Dispel Magic
Create Food*
4
Fly
Dispel Evil*
5
Giant Strength
Growth
6
Gust of Wind
Hold Monster
7
Hold Giant
Quest*
8
Neutralize Poison*
Restore Life and Limb*
9
Protection fr. Evil, Sustained
Summon Weather
10
Vigor
Thunder Strike


New Spells:
Calm Emotions Range: 60 ft
Divine 2 (Cleric) Duration: Concentration, up to 1 round per level
This spell calms emotionally-agitated creatures. You have no control over the emotions of the creatures within the area of effect, but being calmed stops hostile creatures from attacking or joyous ones from reveling. Any aggressive action against or damage dealt to a calmed creature immediately breaks the spell on all calmed creatures.
This spell automatically suppresses (but does not dispel) any bonuses granted by spells such as bless, as well as negating such effects as a bard’s ability to inspire courage or a berserker rage. It also suppresses any magical fear and the effects of a Confusion spell. While the spell lasts, a suppressed spell or effect has no effect. When the calm emotions spell ends, the original spell or effect takes hold of the creature again, provided that its duration has not expired in the meantime.
Deathwatch Range: 60 ft
Divine 1 Duration: Concentration
This spell allows you to tell by sight if a creature is alive, near death (alive with fewer hit points than the number of HD it has), dead, or neither alive nor dead (such as a construct or automaton). This spell sees through any spell or ability that allows a creature to feign death.
Deathknell Range: 60 ft
Divine 2 Duration: Instantaneous
This spell, with the sound of an iron bell, causes a single creature in range that is at or below 0 HP but not yet dead to save vs. death or immediately lose its grip on life. If it dies, you regain hit points equal to its level or the number of HD it had.

Hemmorrhage Range: 30 ft
Divine 1 Duration: Special
This spell causes one creature to begin bleeding profusely. Unless the affected creature makes a succesful saving throw vs. death, the bleeding will be so severe and painful that it cannot act, and loses 1d3 HP per round. A healing spell restores the damage but does not immediately stop the bleeding. The target of the spell receives a new saving throw each round. The spell lasts until either the targeted creature makes a saving throw or the caster stops concentrating.
Hold Giant Range: 180'
Divine 4 Duration: 2d8 turns
This spell functions like hold person, except that it affects any giant humanoid of larger than ogre size that fails its save versus Paralysis.
Invulnerability to Good Range: self
Divine 3 Duration: 1 turn
This spell is essentially the reversed version of Invulnerability to Evil, and as such, it protects the caster from normal, non-magical attacks by “good" creatures. Magic or silver weapons can harm the character, but any number of normal swords, arrows, clubs, or natural weapons wielded by an evil creature will be fended off.
Evil monsters which themselves can only be affected by silver or magical weapons can still harm the subject, and evil monsters with 5 HD or more are able to affect the subject through natural ferocity. For purposes of this spell, evil creatures include hostile creatures of an alignment other than the caster’s alignment, and inherently good creatures such as summoned creatures of Lawful alignment.
Thunder Strike Range: 60'
Divine 5 Duration: instantaneous
A thunder strike produces a vertical column of divine lightning 30' high and 10' in diameter that roars downward on a target. The spell deals 6d8 points of damage. A successful saving throw versus Spells reduces the damage to 3d8. The only way this spell differs from Flame Strike is that it is Air-elemental rather than Fire, because Thor is a thunder-god.

Please don't hesitate to bug me if my math is off or anything like that, or if you have a cool idea for other gods or pantheons or whatever to do.

3 comments:

John said...

There are a few spells that seem to be under-levelled for a divine caster; Growth of Plants and Summon Winged Steed jumped out at me, since usually the rule for arcane-to-divine conversion is +1 spell level. There may be a few others that I missed as well. Looks good overall, though. If mystics are divinely affiliated, it might be worth customizing them as well - a mystic devoted to Kali could do with Explorer hide in plain sight and ambushing, while a mystic of Thoth might warrant loremastery instead.

Rachel Ghoul said...

I actually did the math for Summon Winged Steed and if I did it right it's just barely the same level.

Those are good ideas with the mystics.

K-Slacker said...

I'm swiping your "Thoth" spell list for my Hyperborean ACKS campaign: https://mutantsmagic.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/sorcerer-priest-of-xathoqqua/

(And the "Set" spells will be used for Sorcerer-Priests of Yig.)