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The Monastic

Copyright Ross Henton ©2002

Edited by Lowell R. Matthews for The Guild Companion

While his brother the Cleric accompanies the crusades across the land to convert the unwashed masses of the heathen, the Monastic remains cloistered behind his temple walls, tending to the needs of the flock at home. Although his temple is the safest of refuges for the members of his congregation, woe be unto the unwitting defiler, thief, or creature of darkness—for abode of the Monastic is as forbidding to the unbeliever as it is welcoming to the faithful. Often the most sage of scholars and most erudite of speakers, the Monastic usually remains out of the legends of the church, preferring the peace of the shepherd to the glory of the paladin.

The Monastic is a variant of the Cleric profession. His Prime Requisites are Intuition and Memory (IN/ME).

Monastic Base Spell Lists

  1. "Sanction"
  2. "Communal Ways" (Cleric Base List, Spell Law, p. 34)
  3. "Holy Knowledge"
  4. "Channels" (Cleric Base List, Spell Law, p. 34)
  5. "Haven"
  6. "Life Mastery" (Cleric Base List, Spell Law, p. 35)

Monastic Skills Costs

  • Weapon Skills: 6; 9; 20; 20; 20; 20
  • Maneuvering in Armor:

  • Soft Leather: 4/*
  • Rigid Leather: 8/*
  • Chain: 10
  • Plate: 11

  • Magical Skills:

  • Spell Lists: 1/*
  • Runes: 1/4
  • Staves & Wands: 2/5
  • Channeling: 1/4
  • Directed Spells: 9

  • Special Skills:

  • Ambush: 9
  • Linguistics: 1/*
  • Adrenal Moves: 5
  • Adrenal Defense: 20
  • Martial Arts: 9
  • Body Development: 8

  • General Skills:

  • Climbing: 5
  • Swimming: 3
  • Riding: 3
  • Disarming Traps: 7
  • Picking Locks: 8
  • Stalk & Hide: 5
  • Perception: 2/5

Other Skills: Refer to the Development Point costs given below for those skills unique to the Monastic profession. All other skills' DP costs are identical to those of the Cleric.

  • Academic Skills:

  • Administration: 1/2
  • Sanity Healing Lore: 1/4

  • Magical Skills:

  • Magical Languages: 1/2

  • Social Skills:

  • Diplomacy: 1/2
  • Interrogation: 1/4
  • Leadership: 1/3

  • Linguistic Skills:

  • Public Speaking: 1/2

Monastic Level Bonuses:

  • Academic Skills: +2
  • Concentration Skills: +1
  • Linguistic Skills: +2
  • General Skills: +1
  • Magical Skills: +1
  • Social Skills: +3
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