Eclipse – The Scholarly Priest Level One Build

   Our next sample level one Eclipse classless d20 character build is the Scholarly Priest. Such priests are not direct combatants, and neither are they especially powerful against the undead – at least at first. They are tolerably competent spellcasters and healers, but their primary focus is on calling upon sacred energies to enhance their comrades – whether directly or by enhancing their equipment. In that role they are remarkably powerful, to the point where having one in the party may take much of the stress off of finding treasure and magical equipment at all.

   In many ways the Scholarly Priest is a classical holy man, rather than the usual religious warrior in the guise of a priest of the Cleric class. His or her presence aids and supports his or her friends and companions – but he or she does not generally charge into battle at their side if there is any choice. His or her support and invocation of divine blessings is far more valuable on the sidelines.

   Unfortunately, the Scholarly Priest can only aid those who are properly attuned to his or her power – followers of the same general faith who have recently participated in a formal ceremony of blessing.

   Game masters may want to exercise caution with builds like this one however; like many power-bestowing feats and special abilities, channeling powers – this builds speciality – are only loosely level-based. In this case, that means that they’re quite powerful at lower levels, but will become less useful and notable as the parties level increases. While this does help even out the power levels in the game, making the party less fragile at lower levels and less overpowering at higher ones, that same effect can overshadow more traditional builds at low levels.

   Eclipse: The Codex Persona is available in print HERE and in a shareware .pdf version HERE.

   The Scholarly Priest

  • Disadvantages: (Select three disadvantages for 10 CP).
  • Duties (to his or her church, +2 CP/Level).
  • Total available character points: 48 (Level One Base) + 10 (Disadvantages) +2 (Duties) + 6 (Level One Bonus Feat) = 66, 18 of which (from disadvantages, duties, and the bonus Feat) may be spent outside of the Adventurer framework restrictions.

   Basic Attributes: Str 8, Int 16, Wis 10, Con 12, Dex 10, Chr 16 (28 point buy).

   Basic Purchases (26 CP):

  • Proficient with All Simple Weapons (3 CP), and Light Armor (3 CP).
  • +10 Skill Points (10 CP)
  • +2 on Will Saves (6 CP)
  • d8 Hit Die (4 CP)
  • Initial BAB +0 (0 CP).

   Special Abilities (40 CP):

  • One Clerical Package Magic Level (8 CP). Add the “Studies” limitation: the Scholarly Priest can only prepare those spells he or she has copied into his or her prayerbook – although he or she is free to add any divine spell that he or she can obtain a scroll of or instruction in to that list. The Scholarly Priest uses Intelligence as his or her spellcasting attribute and begins with all level zero clerical spells and (2d4+Int Mod) other first level clerical spells in his or her book. It’s worth nothing that the clerical magic package comes with spell conversion to healing spells, two domains and their speciality feats, and a set of speciality spell slots – all essentially “on credit”; religion is going to play a paramount role in this characters’s life.
  • Fast Learner: Specialized/Spell Formula only, Corrupted/clerical spells only (2 CP). The Scholarly Priest automatically acquires one new clerical spell of a level he can cast each time he or she gains a level. Most of them will upgrade this power to triple effect instead of one-third cost as quickly as they possibly can.
  • Channeling, One use per day base (3 CP) + (Cha Mod) uses per day (3 CP). Corrupted/only usable to power special Feats, not to directly bolster or rebuke other creatures (increases the number of uses to 1.5x normal, for a total of ten times per day).
    • Of course, at it’s base, Channeling only has a base Intensity equal to the user’s level modified by his or her channeling check – which usually means “too weak to affect anything important”. It’s base Magnitude – determining how many hit dice of opponents can be affected – is (2d6 + Cha Mod + User Level) and the user may either project his or her power in a sixty-foot cone or blast it out in a sixty foot radius. If you really want to use Channeling as a weapon, you’ll need to buy some enhancements to Intensity and Magnitude. Fortunately, the Scholarly Priest generally doesn’t want to use Channeling as a weapon, at least at first.
  • Glorious Touch Path: Specialized/only works for those characters who share the user’s faith and who have participated in a formal ceremony of blessing conducted by the user within the last few weeks. Empower (half cost, 3 CP), Might (Double effect, choice of Intensity/2, minimum one, effects from among sacred bonuses of +4 to all saves, +20 HP, or +4 Dex, 9 CP).
  • Circle of Power (6 CP).
  • Augmented Bonus: Adds his or her Intelligence Modifier to his or her Charisma Modifier for Channeling Purposes (6 CP).

   Further Advancement: A scholarly priest will want to improve his or her Fast Learner ability as soon as possible, but this is a mere 4 CP. Obviously enough, more Clerical Magic Levels are in order. Adept (in knowledge skills), and possibly Favored Foe (taken to represent favored fields of study) will work nicely. More channeling feats are definitely in order – but a substantial chunk of the Scholarly Priests character points can expect to be funneled into skills, saves, and more daily uses of Channeling to power his or her special abilities.

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