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Show the strength of your idol! Unlike clerics and paladins who go adventuring with just their holy symbol and mace at their side, a priestess (or priest) draws power from a holy idol which contains a fragment of their god. Like a magic item which grows and evolves along with the priestess, each idol has unique abilities and weird magic waiting to be unlocked to awe the priestess' allies and doom their foes.

Combining elements of the Cleric, Bard and Wizard, the Priestess is a unique new class from Jason Bradley Thompson, artist of the D&D Walkthrough Maps. Play a priestess for an exciting roleplaying challenge inspired by historical Ancient World cultures, or use priestesses as clever and deadly NPC villains and their idols as potent magic items.

* Perfect for the Forgotten realms lands of Unther, Mulhorand and Kara-Tur, or a Norse, Celtic, Greek or Egyptian campaign

* 5 Idol Aspects influence the way your priestess relates to their god: pray to a Praisehungry Idol, worship an Ecstatic Idol with sweat and passion, or sacrifice your enemies to your Bloodthirsty Idol

* Over 30 Enhanced Idol powers, such as Green Aura, Necromantic Aura, Idol of the Wilderness and Furnace of Baal

* 7 new spells, such as Kiss of Passion and Heaven's Thunder

* 2 new Divine Domains: Fertility and Sea

* Bring your idols to life as golem-like warriors, cast spells on whole temples and cities, sacrifice cattle and much more!

UPDATED MARCH 1, 2017: Version 1.3: Greatly simplified the class's power structure, replacing "divine boons" with "Channel Divinity." Added a new Enhanced Idol power, "Absorbing Idol."

UPDATED, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016: Version 1.2: Now includes 5 sample priestesses statted for use as NPC enemies or allies, ranging from CRs 2-10!

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Mitchell J July 07, 2017 2:14 am UTC
I would suggest making the new domains compatiable with Cleric as well as add the new spells to other classes so they arent so limited use. I would also suggest mayne adding amy of the new spells and Cleric domains that have come out.
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Mitchell J July 07, 2017 2:12 am UTC
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James B February 19, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
The New Domains aren't in the piece that I was given, and those were a large part of why I bought it, so that was disappointing.

Generally, while the flavor of the class is nice, it feels like this was made as cumbersome as possible for PC priests. Having to lug around an idol is, by itself, a major drawback. The out-of-combat spell regeneration is far to limiting to PCs. All the boons fell a little complicated, as it feels like priests would only be useful or viable if fights are long and PCs are willing to sacrifice their precious actions to jump through all sorts of hoops, or want to clutter their party with a dozen hirelings. Furthermore, I feel like the class would be better served by adhering to Archetype methodology a bit more strongly. Making the Idol types into Worship Style/Method Archetypes and expanding upon them would probably go a bit further. Turning the Displeasure / Refresh Spells bits into Flavor aspects of the class would probably be much wiser. As far as Mortifying Idol goes,...See more
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Jason T February 28, 2017 4:28 am UTC
Thanks for checking out the class and for the feedback. I hear you and I'm thinking of making some changes to the class's powers, related specifically to boons and spell refreshing and addressing the "priests would only be useful or viable if fights are long" issue you mentioned. Hopefully I'll have time to release an update soon. I'm not planning to change the giant idols, though -- if it's a roleplaying challenge, or makes higher-level priests a role that's easiest for NPCs, I plead guilty as charged! ;)
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Paolo T February 15, 2017 10:58 am UTC
Just purchased the item, but I got version 1 .. 1.0 (29 pages). Any ideas on how to get the 1.2?
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Jason T February 28, 2017 4:29 am UTC
Hi Paolo! I know we already talked by email but I just wanted to comment here to say that I'm glad you got version 1.2 and I hope you're enjoying it!
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Limitless A October 03, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
This is a solid product for a DM or a player. I love the NPC priestesses in the back of the product, they add a new dimension to the village healer. I hope Thompson continues to create character classes for ancient settings. SOme thing I especially liked about this product:

High production value
Beautiful cover art by Konstantin Pogorelov
inspiring internal artwork
2 new clerical domains
A new monster, The Living Idol
6 new divine spells
5 NPC Priestesses
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