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 Post subject: War Priest Prerequisites
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:02 pm 
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I looked around and couldn't find anything, so I figured I'd post the question (sorry if it's a repeat!).

The War Priest prereqs seem a bit off to me. Divine Spellcasting, totally agree. Leadership also makes total sense. But the Path requirements seem to be lacking and be weighted on the Martial side (Holy Champion or Sword Saint) which I don't really understand. There are plenty of Path options to make a "paladin type," like Holy Champions and Templars. War Priest seems like the perfect path for a more healer-focused warrior, rather than Holy Champion.

I was inspired rereading portions of the old Ssethregore book, and it described lower ranking priestesses in the Matriarchy going out and fighting alongside the troops, being "pivotal in preserving morale in the troops and healing battlefield wounds." And in the Black Talon section specifically, it mentions their Battle Clerics, "priestesses who are as much skilled in the art of healing as they are in the art of war." With the Deity skill for the Fire Dragon being Battle (and that being a Trained skill of War Priests), it seems that War Priest is exactly what is being described.

So, should there perhaps be an alternative prereq to Holy Champion and Sword Saint? Perhaps the Anointed Priest Path? It just seems a War Priest would be more Divine focused than Martial, and the current prereqs don't feel that way. Thanks for reading!

(PS don't tell Ss'eth that Ss'arseth wants to be a Battle Cleric...she'll never hear the end of it!)

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 Post subject: Re: War Priest Prerequisites
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:40 pm 
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My take on it is that War Priest is meant to have a strongly martial bent, whereas the Annointed Priest is generally meant to reflect more of a traditional 'priestly' role.

I have a divine archetype character who went Initiate of the Gods (b) - Sword Saint (pa) - War Priest (pa). I realize that Sword Saint isn't necessarily ideal for divine archetype, but the abilities granted by War Priest more than make up for it. I certainly haven't had any regrets.

My only other comment would be to not expect PCI to change path requirements with errata, short of there actually being an error somewhere. Many people (myself included) have brought up various path requirements that they don't entirely agree with over the years, and I'm not aware of any changes having been made.

War Priest really is a great path though, I'd strongly suggest taking it if you see your character as being a front-line caster.

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 Post subject: Re: War Priest Prerequisites
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:58 pm 

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I also think you might be missing something from the earlier description of the world under the D&D rules. The Arcanis setting came out with a priest class, D&D had the cleric and the Paladin classes. I think the Anointed Priest Path is more a reflection of the priest class previously available in the arcanis setting, not the cleric class. The cleric class was described as the warrior priests of the churches - and so under the new system, the Templar - holy Champion route might be the more accurate comparison to the Cleric class of yore. The paladin class isn't really represented since there is no "limited casting" unless you want to go with a martial archetype Templar who then takes non-religious paths to be more martial and say that the lower ranks in casting is similar to the limited paladin spell list.

Keep in mind, there is no healing difference between priests and Templars in this campaign. Neither gets them as archetype skills (since they are likely both divine) unless they are priests of Beltine or Belisarda. So a Devoted Champion are more likely to be the "priestesses who are as much skilled in the art of healing as they are in the art of war" since they are just as skilled in healing as a priest, and better in melee.

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 Post subject: Re: War Priest Prerequisites
PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:09 pm 
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Thanks for the feedback! I could take Sword Saint from a purely mechanics perspective, but the write up just doesn't seem right for the Fire Dragon (damn reptiles!). Saints don't really seem a Ssethric thing, but maybe that's me imposing my human mind on a fictional race. ;)

There just seems to be a lack of Priest-focused Paths, so I thought this was maybe an oversight. Even in Anointed Priest there is just one rank, where there are two for many other paths. I was just hoping to find something else to pursue.

Maybe the long awaited Ssethregore book will have goodies for me. =)

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 Post subject: Re: War Priest Prerequisites
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:11 pm 
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Hopefully the upcoming revised Ssethregore book will have a path more suitable for Ss'arseth.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:27 pm 

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Ssethric Inquisitor!!! :twisted:

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