The LBBs, of course, gave us three classes: the fighter, the magic-user, and the
cleric. The fighter and magic-user need no introduction, but the cleric has
always been a bit of an oddball. I think a lot of this is a confusion of
concept. Others have pointed out that the cleric is, essentially,
several disparate ideas condensed into one:
- Van Helsing, i.e. the vampire/undead hunter.
- Vaguely Christian holy warrior
We usually think of clerics as the last two points, but it’s crazy to look back
at just how good old-school clerics were at destroying the undead. With reason,
too; undead are some of the scariest opponents in the first fantasy game. They
don’t check morale, and some of them have really evil attacks like level
drain. It makes sense to make one of your players be a nuke against those types,
the same way the wizard’s fireball or cloudkill is against a horde of
So, let’s say, like me, you’re at odds with point 2. Not only does the Christian
theme not really work in your setting (not to mention being slightly weird and
potentially ~problematic~ in the first place). Who’s going to slay your undead
and heal up the other murderhobos?
Enter some inspiration from the East, specifically from the original Final
Fantasy: the White Mage. A “clothy” wizard who uses benevolent magic, rather
than the amoral magic of his colleagues; he still has a lot of more fun uses in
the form of spells that deal with creatures of darkness.
Oh, and he’s also pretty handy with a hammer.
Wizard School: White Mage
White Mages are beloved healers and sought-after companions. They’re easily
recognisable by their voluminous white robes with red, triangle-shaped trimming.
Perk: So long as you’re dressed like a White Mage, you find it easy to
convince people you’re doing good work (everyone trusts you easier). Similarly,
mercenaries will be more willing to follow you (because they know you’ll take
care of them). You start with the signature robes of your school.
Drawback: You cannot use, or even own, edged weapons (swords, arrows/bolts,
axes, etc). The clergy don’t like white mages (for encroaching on their
- You can consume a MD to light your finger, the end of a staff, etc. The light
is as bright as that of a normal torch or lantern. The consumed MD will
return to you after a turn of not casting spells or cantrips.
- You can heal a very minor injury (nick, dislocated joint) by licking it. This
heals no more than 1HP in game terms, no matter how long you spend doing it.
- Water that has been in your mouth is purified.
Start with Cure, and roll 1d5+1 (or 1d6, re-rolling 1) for your second starting
Target is healed for [sum]+[dice] HP. Any debilitating conditions from recent
combats are also cured.
- Protection from Evil
D: [dice] minutes R: varies
Target can’t be
attacked or targeted with spells by inherently evil creatures, such as demons
or undead. The spell is broken if the target attacks or casts a spell. Evil
creatures with HD greater than 2x[dice] can save to attempt to overcome this
protection. The range depends on the [dice] and includes yourself:
- 1-2: touch
- 3: 10’ radius
- 4: Small building
- 5: Fortress
D: [dice] turns R: touch
Target gains magical armor. AC as
plate + [dice], and they still get their bonus for using a shield. Treat the
armor as magical for the purposes of e.g. getting attacked by something that
degrades non-magical armor.
D: [dice] minutes R: 20’ radius
No sound can be emitted
in the radius.
- Turn Undead
R: 50’ D: [dice] turns
[sum]+[dice] HD of undead
creatures flee in terror. If the [dice] spent are greater than the undead
creature’s HD, they are instead destroyed and crumble to dust. If you roll
this spell twice, you gain a second spell that works against demons or
devils instead of undead.
- Protection from Elements
R: 30’ D: [dice]×2 turns
immunity to natural elemental damage (such as fire or cold). They also gain a
+2 per [dice] bonus to saves against magical sources of elemental damage
(dragonfire, lightning bolts, magical frost, etc).
- Create Water
The mage creates a magical spring, with water enough
for [dice]×6 human-sized creatures and their mounts - 25 gallons per die.
- Create Food
The mage creates food enough for [dice]×6 human-sized
- Antimagic Field
D: 1 minute R: self
The field emanates from you
in a radius of 10’. Spells cast with spell dice equal to or less than [dice]
within this radius have no effect.
- Dispel Evil
R: 15×[dice]’ D: [dice] turns
Evil creatures struck
by this spell will be destroyed or banished, or (if they save) will flee in
Restores [dice] lost levels (by level
drain) to a character. Does not stack with subsequent castings; it must be
done all at once.
Targeted creature must save or be sent on a quest,
of the caster’s choice. They must follow this task or be cursed. The quest
can only be dispelled by another caster who knows Quest, expending the same
amount of MD as the original caster, to cast Dispel Quest. Casters who
know Quest automatically know Dispel Quest.
- MD only return to your pool on a 1-2 for 24 hours.
- Take 1d6 damage.
- Your healing spells have a 2-in-6 chance of harming for a turn.
- You must watch something die before you can cast a healing spell again.
- Panic for 1d6 rounds
- Your hands seize up painfully. You can’t do anything requiring fine motor
skills, including casting spells, for 1d6 rounds.
Doom of the White Mage
- You go blind for three days.
- You cannot cast spells for a week.
- You lose your mind and become permanently unable to speak or cast
spells. Kind party members might relieve you of your wizardly robes and send
you off to a monastery.
You can avoid this doom by swearing an oath of non-violence on the heart of an
angel or pit fiend.
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