Q: Dear Sage,
Can a spellthief (Complete Adventurer) steal and cast divine spells? If the spell requires a divine focus, does he need to use the same holy symbol as the original caster?
--Rafael and Nate
A: Yes and not exactly.
Spellthieves can steal both arcane and divine spells equally well.
The steal spell class feature states that you must supply the same focus required for the spell. It’s easiest simply to rule this as meaning “you need a holy symbol—any holy symbol—for cleric or paladin spells, or a sprig of mistletoe or holly for druid or ranger spells.” Spellthieves are masters at cheating the system; it’s not crazy to suppose they can use another deity’s divine focus to cast a rival’s cleric’s spell.
Of course, if the player likes the idea of his character running around with thick chain of holy symbols and other divine focuses (a la Beni from the Mummy), that’s fun too.
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