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Cloistered Cleric Archetype


This pdf introduces a new Cleric archetype: The Cloistered Cleric, which is partly inspired by the 3.5 edition cleric varient of the same name from Unearthed Arcana.

This archetype replaces the domain at 1st level, but functions very similarly.

The cloistered cleric is essentially a monk-type character with a more European feel, combining the scholarly aspect of a cleric with the Knowledge domain, with the defensive and spiritual capabilites of monks and paladins.

This also includes a printer-friendly version.

This is the second of several dark fantasy/Gothic horror archetypes that I've been working on for use with the upcoming Curse of Strahd/Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts storyline, but suitable for any campaign. More will be posted soon.

I welcome input and criticism. All thoughts are appreciated.

*UPDATE 1.3:

I've updated this to have a new starting equipment list for this archetype, as much of the starting equipment for a standard cleric is useless for this archetype.

I've also fixed a format issue with the spell table.

I've added more "fluff" to the archetype, which I had meant to do initially, but overlooked.

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Kevin S February 20, 2016 12:54 pm UTC
There's a few odd things about this:

1) Clerics get domains. There's no real difference here if you just call it a contemplation domain. I wish there was another cleric choice point too, but you basically wrote a domain and called it an archetype which seems like a needless waste.

2) Unarmored defense seems a bit strong for this guy imho, but you don't need the extra line removing armor proficiency. They don't stack, so why not let the cloistered dude or dudette choose armor or no armor?

3) The spell list is mostly spells already on the cleric list. A couple others like unseen servant, illusory script, or detect thoughts would help make them unique.

4) Where's the fluff? What deities (whether Forgotten Realms or generic D&D) would accept these clerics?
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Nathan E February 21, 2016 7:45 am UTC
Thank you for the feedback, Thomas. I appreciate it.
I thought that I had added the fluff to this version when I posted it, and was wrong. That has since been fixed.

As far as your other concerns, I completely understand what you're saying. This is my thought process when I created this, which I may rethink, but these are my reasons for doing what I did with this cleric variant:

1. I wanted to create a hybrid between a cleric and a monk, particularly after reading through countless forum discussions about how to make a more "friar tuck" or similar monastic character, that was more typical of European monks, and less focused on Ki and martial arts. I envisioned a class variant that was a more scholarly monastic cleric that operated defensively, rather than offensively. They're meant to be more defensive pacifists with scholarly training, rather than divine powerhouses or martial arts masters. The 3.5 Cloistered Cleric from Unearthed Arcana was frequently mentioned in these...See more
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