In my previous post I created six Fighter characters for Pits & Perils, each with a different stat. I will do the same for the Cleric class in this post. Again I will use 40 gold pieces as the standard. I used the Triune Saints as a guide when creating the story of most of the clerics.
The Strong Cleric
Gear: Pack, bedroll, rations(7), mace, leather, pole, cloak, tinderbox, lantern, oil, holy oil, ale, rope, holy symbol 4gp
Abner worked as a laborer on a trader’s ship. Spending two years lugging crates and barrels of silver, gold and spices for the wealthy, he became aware of the plight of the poorer people in the shipyards. Tiring of strenuous manual labor, and realizing he could earn his daily bread doing something more noble, he entered the priesthood of the Order of St Agnes. Little did Abner know that he would be volunteered for the grunt work during his year as an acolyte!
The Dexterous Cleric
Gear: pack, bedroll, rations(7), hammer, leather, shield, tinderbox, waterskin, torch(6), blessed mulberry jelly (as holy oil), holy symbol, 2gp
As an orphan, Beatrice worked at St. Elmo’s orchard in the summer, climbing the tall mulberry trees to tend the sick branches and harvest the sour fruit. In the autumn, working in the cookery preparing jellies and pies. Then one evening the nearby cemetery opened up and a swarm of the dead stormed the abbey. Being but ten years old, and seeing the priests fleeing in panic at the skeletal army, Beatrice charged defiantly with torch in hand, and they fled at the sight of her. It was considered a miracle, and Beatrice was sent to train as a crusading nun of the order of St Elmo.
The Wise Cleric
Gear: pack, rations(7), bedroll, club, donkey (as pony), saddle, lantern, oil, tinderbox, holy symbol, 1gp
Garret the conman earned his bread pretending to be a priest. Carefully observing the ritual, patterns of speech, and liturgies of the Triune faith, he visited the homes of the wealthy posing as a Friar of St Julian. Eventually he was caught in an affair with a lord’s wife and flogged. It was observed by members of the order of St Julian that his act was so convincing that he might as well take the vows and become a cleric. After being branded as an adulterer and conman, Garret saw no other option but to try it. To this day, he preaches that being caught in his deception was the best thing that ever happened to him.
The Intelligent Cleric
Gear: pack, bedroll, rations(7), quarterstaff, club, leather, sling, stones(20), tinderbox, waterskin, dice, chessboard, holy symbol, 12gp
Donald is well versed in all dice games, as well as games of abstract strategy. He made his living hustling the dice and the chessboard, but always made a point to tithe from his winnings. When applying to be accepted as a novice of order of St Gregory, it was his argument that Triune made the laws of probability. By wisely playing games and giving charitably from ones winnings, one does honor to the Triune. Also, if the unvirtuous gamble and invest their winnings in sinful pursuits, it is the duty of the virtuous to deprive them of their money through fair play so the money is put to righteous use.
The Sturdy Cleric (constitution)
Gear: pack, bedroll, rations(7), prodd, bullets(20), Yeti fur, club, knife, tinderbox, torches(6), holy symbol
In the subarctic region, Eric eked out a living making archery equipment for hunters and militia. He designed a bullet firing crossbow that suited the Triune clerics’ preference for weapons that minimize bloodshed. To prove its utility, he spent a week on a glacier tracking a Yeti through a snow storm that would have frozen lesser men, and slew it with the crossbow.
[You will notice that I gave him the Yeti fur, which itself would be quite expensive. However, it suits his background, and serves merely as a warm cloak. Therefore I ignored the otherwise expensive cost of this cloak.]
The Charismatic Cleric
Background: Town Crier
Gear: pack, bedroll, rations(7), mace, chain, waterskin, tinderbox, torch(2), rope, holy symbol
Gordon was the the town crier of his district, but also his natural charm made him persuasive in calling the faithful and the unfaithful to the Church of Triune. However, it so happened that the crowds would rather listen to him preach than attend the local church. Tithes dropped, and Gordon found himself distributing the funds to the needy that would otherwise maintain the church. It was agreed the order of St Leonard would train him in the priesthood and send him off where he would cause the least amount of grief for local congregations. He would bring the good news of the Triune to the poor, the lame, and the lepers, and to anyone else away from normal civilization.