Divine quests can serve as great adventure-starters, not just for clerics but for any character or party with allegiance to a patron deity. Of course, each god has his or her own agenda, so the nature of such quests can vary drastically from deity to deity. In our exclusive web-only supplement, James Wyatt, co-author of Defenders of the Faith: A Guidebook to Clerics and Paladins, suggests deity-specific quests -- both for players of devout characters and for DMs in need of adventure hooks. Here's a preview.
Defenders of the Faith: A Guidebook to Clerics and Paladins offers suggestions for holy (and unholy) quests and missions that churches might request or demand clerics undertake on behalf of their deities. Divine quests can serve as great adventure-starters, not just for clerics but for any character or party with allegiance to a patron deity. Of course, each god has his or her own agenda in the world, so the nature of such quests can vary drastically from deity to deity. Also, as Defenders of the Faith points out, even churches devoted to the same god might emphasize different aspects of that god or parts of the god's portfolio, and thus might hand down very dissimilar quests. Let these suggestions, arranged by deity, get you started -- whether you're the player of a cleric, paladin, or other devout character, or a DM in need of a hook for your next adventure.
Boccob, God of Magic: Undertake quests involving magic or knowledge -- recover lost tomes, scrolls, or spellbooks; find an ancient library; create a special wondrous item. Discover a minor or major artifact, or preserve one from those who would destroy it. Unearth lost secrets. Preserve the balance of the universe -- prevent good, evil, law, or chaos from gaining some ascendancy, or help the opposite forces rise as well. A distant and inscrutable deity, Boccob may send his worshipers on quests with no clear purpose, serving only the god's own secret aims.
Corellon Larethian, God of Elves: Help the elf race -- support an elf army against a band of orcs or an army of evil humans bent on razing the woodlands; serve as a diplomatic envoy from the elves to a nearby nation; recover an ancient artifact of a lost elven civilization. Oppose servants of Gruumsh. Overthrow a tyrannical human ruler who seeks to impose her rule on the elves.
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- Boxes for tracking which spells your character has prepared and cast.
- Room to write in three domains -- to accommodate "prestige domains."
- Spell duration tracking system.
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