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Cleric Variant: Cloistered Cleric Edit
The cloistered cleric spends more time than other clerics in study and prayer and less in martial training. He gives up some of the cleric’s combat prowess in exchange for greater skill access and a wider range of spells devoted to knowledge (and the protection of knowledge).
Most cloistered clerics are nonchaotic, since they believe that a disciplined lifestyle lends itself better to learning.
Hit Die: The cloistered cleric uses a d6 for his Hit Die (and has hit points at 1st level equal to 6 + Con modifier).
Base Attack Bonus: The cloistered cleric’s lack of martial training means that he uses the poor base attack bonus.
Class Skills: The cloistered cleric’s class skill list includes Decipher Script, Speak Language, and all Knowledge skills (from the Knowledge domain, see below). The cloistered cleric gains skill points per level equal to 6 + Int modifier (and has this number ×4 at 1st level).
Class Features Edit
The cloistered cleric has all the standard cleric class features, except as noted below.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Cloistered clerics are proficient with simple weapons and with light armor.
Lore (Ex): Thanks to long hours of study, a cloistered cleric has a wide range of stray knowledge. This ability is identical to the bard’s bardic knowledge class feature, using the cloistered cleric’s class level in place of the bard level.
Deity, Domains, and Domain Spells: Most cloistered clerics worship deities associated with knowledge and learning. Other deities who might have cloistered clerics among their clergy include the gods of elves, dwarves, and halflings. In addition to any domains selected from his deity’s list, a cloistered cleric automatically gains Knowledge as a bonus domain (even if Knowledge is not normally available to clerics of that deity). He gains the Knowledge domain granted power and may select his bonus domain spell from the Knowledge domain or from one of his two regular domains.
Spellcasting: Add the following spells to the cloistered cleric’s class spell list: 0—message; 1st—erase, identify, unseen servant; 2nd—fox’s cunning; 3rd—illusory script, secret page, tongues (reduced from 4th level); 4th—detect scrying; 6th—analyze dweomer; 7th—sequester; 9th—vision.