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3rd-Jun-2008 09:03 am
my wife plays a cleric. in our current game the party is heading out to a new colony. she wants to play a missionary type and we decided to look for missionary prestige classes, but couldn't find anything in any of the books we have. does anyone have any suggestions for a cleric prestige class with bard or enchanter like abilities? the idea was that she would gain abilities that made her really inspiring, or really convincing. as an alternate, since her abilities make her more of a combat oriented character, we were thinking of a combat oriented divine class, the only one we found was divine champion in forgotten realms, which our DM has already approved. so anyway, does anyone know of any prestige classes that would fit the bill?
3rd-Jun-2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
that does have the distinct advantage of not having any prerequisites. i'll suggest it to her.
3rd-Jun-2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
There is a prestige class in Complete Divine, but I can't remember what it's called. It's on the page with the guy standing at a pulpit with his arms half-way raised as he preaches at you. But I don't know if it has the sort of abilities you are looking for.
3rd-Jun-2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
That's the Evangelist. It's been awhile since I've looked at it, but it is all about persuasion and manipulation. I believe the prereq's are ranks in perform (oratory).
3rd-Jun-2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Right, that one. There's also the hospitaliter, which is more of a compassion-focused missionary, I believe. For some reason, I want to think that it originally was kind of a non-lawful version of the paladin, but that was back in the 3.0 splat-books, so I'm probably remembering it wrong. But that's one to look at as well.
3rd-Jun-2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I was going to recommend the Hospitaliter, too. The PrC generally guards religious travelers, protects hospitals and temples, or goes among beggar communities to preach and help.

Many Hospitaliters are/were paladins, but the PrC itself is in the Complete Divine.
3rd-Jun-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Mythic Exemplar from Complete Champion might be a fit. Choose Reikhardt as your patron for the class.
3rd-Jun-2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
If you're not averse to third party publishers, check out Mongoose Publishing's Quintessential series, which introduces character concepts, a 3rd Edition transformation of 2nd Edition kits (though better).
3rd-Jun-2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
i'm not opposed to it, but i don't own it and i don't think my dm does either so we probably won't go that route.
31st-Dec-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
You need to go out and get the book of exalted deeds, there is a prestige class called the Apostle of peace. Now to just look at the class itself it doesn't look all that inspiring to play, however i just got through playing one and it was alot more useful than i had expected when i was drawing him up. not exactly a tank, but tank-ish in play. just look into him, i'm not sure it's the route you're looking to go but it didn't play how i expected it to either
4th-Jun-2008 03:47 am (UTC)
As was said, the Evangelist would be a good way to get what you want, as would taking a level or two in bard. A "missionary" can be as simple as playing a straight cleric but adding in the flavor as you play. I would prefer that, myself.

However, I do not now nor will I ever suggest that anyone wanting to be a cleric take classes that stop their spell progression, because clerics rule the world when you boil it down. There's nothing better. Take away a cleric's spells and he/she stops being awesome and becomes merely neat. Your wife may not be concerned about this issue, and that is that.

But the best combat prestige class for cleric? Ordained Champion from Complete Champion (page 90). Combat feats. Spontaneous casting on War domain spells. Store a spell in your weapon (say, Heal for the win?) for up to 8 hours that activates when you hit. Swift casting of War domain spells. Smite Evil? No, no. Smite Anything by spending a Turn Attempt. Truly the best combat cleric there is, IMHO.
13th-Feb-2010 08:47 am (UTC)
I agree.
And if you take a lvl. of church inquisitor at 4yh lvl., you will have 3 domain-powers (apart from war), that you can change into fughter feats at 5th lvl.
From 6th lvl. you will have a cleric with access to 4 domains (spells only).
You will have lost only one spell lvl., be only 1 BAB behind the fighter, and gain smite and die hard.
You then change alignment from LG to NG during your 5th or 6th lvl. (Church inquisitors do not lose their abilities when leaving the lawful alignment).
That means that you can still become a Radiant Servant of Pelor at 7th. lvl, ;-)
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