With long nights of prayer, pouring over dusty scrolls, codices and tablets, you tirelessly memorized your prayers down to the last syllable. Each word bought you understanding; each tale strengthening your faith. You are among the truly faithful of the gods and through you Their will be done.

Nationality: Any except the elorii nations or the Hinterlands.

Race: Any except elorii or ss’ressen

Religion: The Milandric Orthodox Church, or The Mother Church of Coryan.

Social Class: Commoner class or high class

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Religion.

Languages: Altharin, plus one language of your choice from any nation.

Literacy: You are literate.

Equipment: A holy symbol, a prayer book, 5 sticks of incense, vestments, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 15 gp.

Initiates are shaped by their experience in temples or other religious communities. Their study of the history and tenets of their faith and their relationships to temples, shrines, or hierarchies affect their mannerisms and ideals.

Their flaws might be some hidden hypocrisy or heretical idea, or an ideal or bond taken to an extreme.

Feature: Shelter of the Faithful

As an initiate of the Gods, you command the respect of those who share your faith, and you can perform the religious ceremonies of your deity. You can receive free healing and care at a temple, shrine, or other established presence of your faith. You must provide any material components needed for spells. Those who share your religion will support you at a modest lifestyle.

You might also have ties to a specific temple dedicated to your chosen deity, and have a residence there. This could be the temple where you used to serve, if you remain on good terms with it, or a temple where you have found a new home.
While near your temple, you can call upon the priests for assistance, provided the assistance you ask for is not hazardous and you remain in good standing with your temple.

Variant: Priestess of Fire Dragon

Raised and trained since a hatchling by your sisters, you have served within the Temple of Cinders, spread the teachings of the Fire Dragon to your fellow Black Talons, and performed your duty by laying the eggs of the next generation of ss’ressen. Upon the 24th year after your hatching you are now free from your daily duties to the egg clutch and may leave the Sulphur Marsh and explore the world. You have set out upon the roads, seeking to learn of the Known Lands and one day return to your village to help guide your people.

Nationality: The Sulfur Marsh within the Kingdom of Milandir

Race: Ss’ressen (Female only)

Religion: The Fire Dragon

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Religion, Performance

Social Class: High class (priest caste of your egg clutch)

Languages: Priestess of Fire Dragon do not learn additional languages

Equipment: A holy symbol (a gift to you when you entered the priesthood), vestments, a set of common clothes, and a pouch containing 15 gp.

Feature: Honored Sisterhood

As a Priestess of the Fire Dragon, you command the respect of those who share your faith, and you can perform the religious ceremonies of your deity. Outside the Sulfur Marsh, those who share your religion will support you (but only you) at a modest lifestyle but such opportunities are rare.

Variant: Keeper of Traditions

Outside the more formal churches of Arcanis, initiates of the Gods follow a different path, a historical repository, of sorts. While many of the ‘civilized’ people have reduced their history to scribbles upon pages, pages which waste away with time, the history and legends of your people live within your mind, to be retold in song and in verse. You are one of the Keepers of Tradition and have committed to memory the stories and histories of your people.

There is still much for you to learn, so you have been sent out to experience the world and learn the stories of others.

Once your time has come, return to the tribe to take on the mantle of elder, and teach the next generation of wandering Keepers.

Nationality: Hinterlands or the League of Princes.

Religion: Ulumai Pantheon worship or Animism

Race: Human, Tiefling

Social Class: Commoner class

Skill Proficiencies: History and Performance

Tool Proficiencies: Herbalism kit

Languages: two languages, one must be from your home nation

Literacy: You are not literate.

Equipment: A staff or spear on which you have carved an intricate code that helps recall your people’s history, several small animal fetishes that you believe bring you luck, a winter blanket, a set of common clothes, an herbalism kit, and a pouch with 5 gp.

Feature: Keeper of Lore

You possess an uncanny ability to recall the history of your people, many times this knowledge helps you relate advice to friends and allies in the form of parables and proverbs.

This feature acts as a good roleplaying hook and gives your GM a mechanism to share clues or foreshadow events.

Variant: Shaman Initiate

”Not all people bow their heads to the “all-mighty” Pantheon of Man. Some of us still commune with the spirits of nature or other ‘lesser powers’. These spirits don’t make us lead our lives a certain way, or make us bow and humble ourselves before them. Some help because they are friendly, while others can be bargained with, just like any other person. I trained in these old ways. Come, let me teach you.”
—Gan Mönkh, Skohir Lore Keeper

Nationality: Hinterlands, Kingdom of Milandir (ss’ressen only), League of Princes, Blessed Lands

Races: Human, ss’ressen (males only), teifing

Religion: Ulumai Pantheon worship or Animism

Social Class: Commoner class

Languages: You learn one language from your home nation and one additional language.

Feature: Wiseman is Always Welcome

You are considered a holy person by your people, welcomed with a mix of both respect and fear. When you are among your people you will be offered food, shelter, and even small trinkets as they come to you for advice or a simple blessing.

Other cultures that respect the path of the shaman will also meet you with a mixture of respect and fear, though with a bit of trepidation, for they are unsure of the spirits you call upon.

Initiates Personality Traits (d6)

1 I idolize a hero of my faith, and constantly refer to that person’s deeds and example.
2 I can find common ground between the fiercest enemies, empathizing with them and always working toward peace.
3 I see omens in every event and action. The Gods try to speak to us; we just need to listen
4 I quote (or misquote) sacred texts and proverbs in almost every situation
5 I am tolerant (or intolerant) of other faiths and respect (or condemn) the worship of other gods.
6 I’ve spent so long in the temple that I have little practical experience dealing with people in the outside world.

Initiates Ideals (d6)

1 Tradition: The ancient traditions of worship and sacrifice must be preserved and upheld.
2 Charity: I always try to help those in need, no matter what the personal cost
3 Purity: Heretical cults and those teachings, such as those from an opposing Church, need to be destroyed to preserve the true teachings of the Gods.
4 Power: I hope to one day rise to the top of my faith’s religious hierarchy.
5 Faith: I trust that my deity will guide my actions. I have faith that if I work hard, things will go well
6 Aspiration: I seek to prove myself worthy of my god’s favor by matching my actions to Their teachings

Initiates Bonds (d6)

1 I would die to recover an ancient relic of my faith that was lost long ago.
2 I will someday get revenge on the corrupt temple hierarchy that branded me a heretic.
3 I owe my life to the priest who took me in when my parents died.
4 The common folk must be protected from heretical thoughts. Heresy must be rooted out and ruthlessly expunged.
5 I will do anything to protect the religion I serve.
6 I seek to preserve a sacred text that some consider heretical and seek to destroy.

Initiates Flaws (d6)

1 I judge others harshly, and myself even more severely.
2 I put too much trust in those who wield power within my temple’s hierarchy.
3 My piety sometimes leads me to blindly trust those that profess faith in my god.
4 I am inflexible in my thinking.
5 I am suspicious of strangers and expect the worst of them.
6 Once I choose a goal, I become obsessed with it as I believe it is something the Gods wish me to accomplish.