Cleric

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The Cleric Class is identical as far as the rules are concerned to the class of the same name found in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, p38. You can also find the information on the class on the Pathfinder SRD Website.

Clerics of Tulun: Clerics are the devoted followers of the Gods, moreso than the common believer or god-fearing individual. When the rest of the world forgot about [[Gods & Religion | the Gods]] and turned their attention to the pursuit of industry and man-made progress, it was the Clerics who carried on the words of the Gods, ever faithful.
With the re-emergence of magic Clerics could once upon call upon the Gods to perform miraculous spells, but it was during the time when there was an absence of the divine that these men and women truly shone. In the face of much hardship and loss of faith in the world, they worked to keep people believing in beings which had seemingly deserted them.

In areas where The Church of the Twelve are not followed, Clerics work in exactly the same manner as a Cleric does in any other setting: they are the promoter and preacher of a specific god, in this case one of the Twelve.

In the Church of the Twelve, Clerics make up one part of The Clergy, the collective name for the individuals who work within the Church. Along with Priests who run the administration and are in charge of maintaining shrines, churches, temples and cathedrals in their area and Paladins who seek out and destroy the enemies of their faith, Clerics play the part of the middle-ground, travelling the world and bringing the word of their God(s) to the masses. Though the distinctions between these three groups are quite obvious within the workings of The Church, to outsiders or laymen who do not necessarily understand the finer parts of the inner working of the religion, most simply call all clergymen and clergywomen “Priests”. Unlike actual Priests who tend to follow The Twelve as a whole and promote worship of the Gods collectively over individual worship, Clerics are more similar to Paladins in that they accept and promote worship of all the Gods but follow the ideals of one deity over the others, devoting their lives to their teachings and spreading the word of that God specifically. A Cleric of Seonis for example would understand and accept people who follow Baelyne, as both are part of The Pantheon of Twelve, but would still promote the teachings of Seonis and seek out those who would share an affinity with his ideals and motivations.

Often clerics are required to perform duties in absence of a Priest in the same manner that Paladins are, but due to the fact many clerics are not as militant and more approachable than a Paladin by commoners, they tend to cover these roles more often.
For example, a Cleric of Apovar may be called upon to oversee a particularly important business transaction or be asked to bless a royal child to help bring a life of wealth and plenty.
A Cleric of Bethus is frequently asked to oversee the last rights of the dead, and a Cleric of Baelyne is often asked to conduct a marriage in the absence of a local Priest.

Clerics of Enotia: The birthplace of the Church of Twelve, Enotia has perhaps the largest collection of Clerics in the known world, covering all facets of the Pantheon, but primarily The Church of Twelve. Though not as common a sight at Priests, Clerics are next among the Clergy in terms of the ‘face of the church’ and are commonly found among regular citizens preaching the way of The Twelve. Though the Priests deal with daily interaction with the Gods and mortals, Clerics are the vital middle-man between the Priests and the Paladins, possessing the divine power of the Gods yet still very much connected with the common men and women.

Clerics of Kajir: Though Clerics of all the Gods exist in the west, and indeed the Church of the Twelve has a modest following, the vast majority of Clerics follow the patron Goddess Juhemi, the creator of Kajir. Though no “Priests” as defined by the Enotian Clergy exist in Kajir, the Clerics fill that role as well as the divine conduit of the Goddess, and are granted a high status in society. Known as “Coral Priests” or “Coral Priestess”, they are often seen around bodies of water, though other Clerics – not necessarily so affiliated with water – do exist. These Clerics are not so effected by the cult of personality afforded to the Coral Priestesses however.

Clerics of Mor-Denoch: In the darkened world of Mor-Denoch, magic is a very powerful driving force and even through the Dark Era and Industrial Era the people still worshipped the Gods and were highly spiritual and god-fearing even while progressing as a technological nation. The Clergy were powerful before, comprised of a dual worship to Ismus and Talasa (who in their old religion they called “The Twin Ladies”), and the duality of opposites of these Deities created the insular, secretive society of the Mor-Denochians. The Clerics of The Twin Ladies held sway even before the return of magic, and now they are the Mor-Denochian equivalent of nobility, able to work with an impunity normally reserved for monarchs and heads of states in other cultures. The only people who outrank them are the Elder Council themselves.

Clerics of Midian: Clerics in Midian are not as revered as in many other cultures. A largely secular society, the ‘gods’ of Midian are not so much worshipped, as respected. Faith, they argue, is not necessary when you have seen a deity with your own eyes. Still, prayers are said and favour is asked before many great events and the Clerics are there to help focus these thoughts. However, with the impending battles ahead and Midians renewed vigilance against the undead, Clerics have seen somewhat of a resurgence.

Clerics of Omishiru: The vast majority of Clerics in Omishiru are Clerics of Ki, and practice neutrality in most matters. Recognized as being the true “discoverers” of Ki, the holy men and women of the East still hold it as their oldest religion, and do not “worship” the other Gods as such (at least, they do not by Imperial Decree), instead recognizing and respecting the Gods as the powerful beings that they are, but also pointing out that they, too, are derived of Ki. The Church of Twelve does have a presence in Omishiru, but is considered a “cult” and not taken particularly seriously.

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