Example Priests for Rolemaster

Copyright Dean Letchford © 2007

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion

I have been starting to set up a Rolemaster campaign and looking at the gods and their priests. I've been referring to the Channeling Companion for spheres of influence, and have produced an alternate list of spell lists for various types of priest.

AGRICULTURE PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Agriculture Priest

Spell Lists: Animal Summons, Insect Mastery, Nature Domination, Nature's Lore, Plant Mastery and Tree Mastery

ANIMAL PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Animals Priest

Animal Mastery, Animal Summons, Aquatic Forms, Land Forms, Summoning Bond and choose one from Horse Mastery, Insect Mastery and Serpent Law

DEATH PRIEST (NECROMANCER)

As Channeling Companion Death Priest

Spell Lists: Dark Channels, Dark Lore, Death Mastery, Necromancy, Spirit Domination and Wounding.

EARTH PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Earth Priest

Spell Lists: Banishments (Air Elementals), Earth Law, Holy Element (Earth), Nature Domination, Planar Summons (Earth Elementals) and Stone Mastery

MAGIC PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Magic Priest

Spell Lists: Banishments, Divine Magic, Holy Defences, Holy Element (choose from Air, Earth, Fire, Ice, Light and Water) and Holy Wrath and Repulsions.

MOON PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Moon Priest

Spell Lists: Divine Magic, Light Molding, Mind Disease, Mind Erosion, Mind Illusions and Summons (Night Creatures)

NIGHT PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Darkness, Night Priest

Spell Lists: Darkness, Dark Lore, Dark Summons, Divine Magic, Look of Terror and Necromancy

NATURE PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Nature Priest

Spell Lists: Animal Summons, Aquatic Forms or Land Forms, Holy Wind, Nature Domination, Stone Mastery and Tree Mastery

SEA PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Oceans, Rivers Priest

Spell Lists: Aquatic Forms, Animal Summons (Water Creatures), Banishments (Ice Elementals), Holy Element (Water), Planar Summons (Water Elementals) and Water Law

SHAMAN PRIEST (WORSHIP OF SPIRITS)

As Channeling Companion Ancestor Priest

Spell Lists: Chants, Holy Trance, Spirit Domination, Spirit Law, Spiritual Vision and Voodoo Magic.

STORM PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Lightning Priest

Spell Lists: Banishments (Earth Elementals), Holy Element (Lightning), Holy Weapon, Holy Wind, Light Law and Planar Summons (Lightning Elementals

SUN PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Sun Priest

Banishments (Water Elementals), Holy Element (Fire), Holy Wrath, Repulsions, Summons and Sun Fires

TRICKSTER PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Mischief, Trickery Priest

Spell Lists: Guises, Holy Defences, Holy Element (Fire), Illusion Mastery, Sound Molding and Summons

WAR PRIEST

As Channeling Companion War Priest

Spell Lists: Battlefield Healing, Crusade, Faith's Shield, Holy Defences, Holy Weapon and Holy Wrath.

WIND PRIEST

As Channeling Companion Wind Priest

Spell Lists: Animal Summons (Aerial Creatures), Banishments (Light, Lightning) Elementals, Holy Element (Air), Holy Wind, Planar Summons (Air Elementals) and Wind Law

CLERICS

To make Clerics still useful, I suggest that they may be considered as more militant than Priests. I would give them the following spell lists: Banishments (Demons), Chants, Holy Defences, Holy Wrath, Repulsions and Summons.

General Notes

I also suggest that some of the spell lists listed in Channeling Companion can be reclassified as Closed Channeling Lists: Ceremonies, Divine Aura, Holy Symbol and Proselytizing as well as Channels, Communal Ways, Life Mastery and Protections from Spell Law: Of Channeling. (Editor's Note: The last suggestion will significantly increase and diversify the power of all Channeling spell users, most especially non-Priest pure spell users and hybrid spell users.)