Clerics of Mitra
CLERICS of MITRA
It costs 35 points to be a
Cleric of Mitra.
A starting Cleric (human)
be any younger than 21.
Literacy = 10pts
Church as Patron = 10pts
Church will provide food
shelter as needed. Will aid
Priest both physically and
Must have Theology skill at
And Church Law at IQ = 4pts
Clerical Investiture as a
of Mitra Cost= 25pts
As a priest of Mitra
PC has the following benefits.
Spell casting ability. See the spell lists available. The basic spell
casting ability can be augmented by additional vows. See section on
2) Non-magical abilities of
Priests of Mitra.
can marry two mutually consenting members of the Faith. Male and
MUST see to it that all members of the Faith receive a proper burial.
Dedication: Acceptance of a new member of the Faith at birth, or as an
Coming of Age
Ceremony: Performed on members of the Faith, male or female, at age 12
to reaffirm dedication
Non-magical abilities of
Priests of Mitra
Acceptance of a member of the Faith into a Monastery or for training to
Elevation of a Monk or Initiate to status of Priest.
3)Power of Judgment over
of Mitra are frequently called upon to serve as Judges in civil
disputes and minor criminal disputes amongst the Faithful. Generally it
is best to consult with the secular authorities or the senior church
official in the area before doing to much of this.
All Priests of Mitra are at
Status level 1 and receive a +1 reaction bonus from the Faithful.
Senior Priests of Mitra
+2 reaction bonus from the Faithful and are at Social Rank 2.
Abbots and Abbesses are
Bishops are Social Rank 4.
The Arch Bishop is Social
(Their is no extra cost for
these later Social Ranks)
Required Disadvantages of
Duty to the Church
Vow of Ordination
A Priest of Mitra
to; Honor Mitra in all things.
and guide the Faithful along his path.
Spread the Light, Banish the Darkness, Slay the
Demons and those that
Uphold the Truth in all matters.
Never to utter a False Judgment.
Never to take advantage of the Trust of the Faithful.
Never to use the Powers of Mitra for Frivolous or Selfish reason.
Optional Vows. Each one will give an extra +1 to casting of
the Powers of Mitra (Spells). Up to three vows may be taken. Breaking
them at any time means loss of that plus forever.
Vow of Self Denial
The Priest of Mitra commits
Vow of both Poverty and
Poverty means keeping only what is essential for living. (Since the
Church can provide food, shelter and clothing this ain't much!) All
extra is to be given to the Church. In general, give 80% of all income
to the church.
Vow of Combat
Priest of Mitra will fight only in Self Defense, Defense of the Church
and Defense of the Faithful. He will shed no blood (Cannot use edged or
Mitran Clerics with this
limited in Weapon skills available to them; Staff, Sling, Club (see
broad sword) and Mace.
Vow of Truthfulness
Priest of Mitra shall ALWAYS tell the Truth. In all matters to all
parties. Thus the Priest proves the Power of the Truth. (You may not
lie by omission!)
Vow of the Champion
Priest vows to actively seek out the Enemies of Mitra, the Servants of
the Dark Lore, the Undead and the Demons, and do battle in the name of
Mitra, even unto death.
Vow of Law
Priest of Mitra vows to uphold the Laws of the Crown as well as the
Church. Such Priest will be obliged to enforce the law as well as sit
in Judgment. (The Priest must have Secular Law skill at IQ+1)
Regarding the Vow of
Since the cleric is gaining
a plus to IQ for casting AND Legal
Enforcement power (5 points worth) there has to be some extra cost
Priests holding to the Vow of Law are known as “Inquisitors.”
duties include investigating violations of Church Law amongst the
Faithful, investigating violations of Secular Law in all the land,
investigating crimes committed on Church Lands (Secular authorities are
limited in this.) Serving as prosecuters during Church and some
Secular trials. Serving as Interrogators during Church Trials.
Serving as a Witness to the Truth in Secular trials. Serving as
Executioners for Church crimes. The priest may employ Sacarium
to carry out his or her duties and may seek aid from Knights of Mitra.
However, Mitraen Priest may
conscript Secular law officers, troops, militia, etc. Further,
they may not arrest any noble.
Secular authorities bear some degree of resentment towards the holders
of the Vow of Law. They dislike the fact that they are forbidden
enforce the law on Church property (which is extensive) and must seek
permission to even pursue a suspect onto Church lands. (Only the
Constables are exempt from this.) They also resent the fact that the
Inquisitors are allowed to employ torture. (Most secular authorities do
Senior Priests of Mitra use a set of Rune Sticks for divination. There
are 30 Runes Sticks, typically made of porcelain or wood. The origin of
the Sticks are lost in mystery, legend has it that at one time they
were used for actually performing the miracles of Mitra. (Casting
Today however they are
for Divination. This is a Greater Power that is reserved for the Senior
Priests of Mitra have several levels or Ranks. These levels are
determined partially by the powers the cleric displays and partially
through politics. The robes and vestments a cleric wears are dictated
by his rank.
This is the basic level of priesthood and it differs from a Friar by
the ability to perform Miracles. (Cast spells.) This power is granted
by Mitra and can be taken away only by Mitra.
priest wears a robe and hood of medium blue with white cuffs at the
sleeves. The hood is more like a cowl and is not attached to the robe.
holy symbol that a priest carries is of silver, to symbolize the fact
that his relationship with Mitra is of a higher order.
Priest: The next step in rank. It is achieved when the
Priest is able to perform any of the Greater Miracles.
Senior Priest wears a robe and hood of medium blue with white cuffs at
the sleeves. The hood is more like a cowl and is not attached to the
robe. Over top the robe is worn sleeveless, knee length talbard of
white linen or silk. The holy symbol is of silver.
or Abbess: This is an administrative rating that is only open to
An Abbot's robes differ
Senior Priest only in the fact that the hood is also white. The
holy symbol is of gold.
Also an administrative post. It is only open to Abbots or Abbesses that
are able to perform all of the Greater Miracles.
A Bishop's robes and hood
entirely white, as well as the talbard. The holy symbol is of
Priest who has taken the Vow of the Champion wears a red sash with his
robe. Since this vow is for life the sash is worn through all levels
Mitran Clerics are restricted to the
following list for spell selection.
Strength (Sen. Life)
Light Jet (Cont.
Health (Lnd ST.)
Flash (Light Jet)
Shape Light (Light
Sleep (Sh. ST.)
Healing (Stop Bld.)
Aura (Det. Magic)
Sense Foe (Aura)
Sense Emotion (Sense
Truth Sayer (Sense
Dehydration (Sh. St.)
Starvation (Cure Dehy.)
Slumber (Peace. Slp.)
Final Rest #
* Distant Blow : Can only
used with weapons that do not draw blood.
Final Rest: Use of this Power is not needed if the deceased is
buried in Consecrated Ground. In such a case use the non magical
ability to perform the burial.
know ALL Lesser Powers at Skill of 18+)
Disease (Maj. Heal.)
Holy Word, Turn
Holy Word, Bless
Holy Word, Banish (HW Turn)
Holy Word, Curse (HW
Mystic Mark, Bless
Mystic Mark, Curse
Wall of Light
Sun Bolt (Cont. Sun
Oath, Faithful only
Holy Word, Turn
to `Turn Zombie' spell, but works on more powerful undead. Does 1D
damage and the undead will avoid coming within 10 hexes until next
sunset. Intelligent undead get a Resistance roll Vs IQ plus Strong
Will, if any.
Cost = 3
Duration = Instant,
*Note: Use any Turning
back undead into a no retreat situation and they WILL attack, though at
Prepares and sanctifies
for a cemetery, shrine or temple.
only on the Faithful. Used when accepting someone into the Church.
Mystic Mark Bless cannot be done more than once a year. Remains until
used or 1 month passes. Mystic Mark Curse is used to cast out a member
of the Faithful. Effect lasts until discharged or 1 month passes, but
the Mark will be visible to other clerics of Mitra until it is erased
by a Mystic Mark Bless.
Powers in ( ) are
Ability to cast Greater
is qualification for Senior Priest.
Mitran Holy Days:
March 5, 6 and 7
are some of the highest holy days in the faith. It is believed that
during these three days Mitra created man and shaped the world into
what it is today.
On this day it is believed
Mitra saved the Ancients from the destruction of Paradise.
Probably the most important
day. It was on this day that Mitra defeated the Greatest Demon.
On this day Mitra made man
aware and gave him free will.
these Holy Days areas of normal Sanctity are increased to High.
of High Sanctity increase to Very High. Energy cost of casting is
halved. Recovery of fatigue is halved.
Days of Weakness
April 30 through May 1
October 31 through November
these days energy cost to cast are doubled, recovery of fatigue is
harder. Sanctity levels drop one. Very High become High,
becomes Normal, Normal becomes Low, Low becomes None.
Mitran clerics believe that the power to cast spells comes from
two sources, Mitra or the Evil One. (It is believed by most religious
authorities that `Clerical' spells do not employ Mana like Wizard's
spells do. This is debated by some experts.) True Clerics, as opposed
to Fallen Clerics gain the power from Mitra. Fallen Clerics, Pagan
Clerics and Scarlet Cult Priests all serve the Evil One, knowingly, as
in the case of Cult Priests and Fallen Clerics, or through ignorance,
as with Pagan Clerics.
Mitran Clerics learn how to use the power that Mitra grants them
through the study of Scripture, Missals and the writings of Saints.
Mitran Clerics employ Runes as teaching and casting aids
Divination. These are carved on pieces of wood called Rune Sticks.
cleric may not use source materials of another religion or a Wizards
spell book to learn new spells. A Mitran Cleric can not learn a spell
from a Wizards Grimoire the reverse is also true.
Skills appropriate for
Astronomy/Astrology, Bard, Botany, Alchemy, Carpentry, Theology,
Occultism, History, Languages, Literature (except Druids), Musical
Instrument, Singing, Naturalist, Poetry, First Aid, Physician,
Politics, Research, Teaching, Writing (except Druids), Woodworking,
Agronomy, Mathematics, Leather working
If a Mitran Cleric Falls
Grace he or she may never recover his previous status.
Any of the following will
a Cleric to Fall from Grace,
not to be confused with killing
in self defense or in
Name of Mitra.
Knowingly giving a
Consorting with Demons
Sanctioning the Undead
Partaking of human
cleric Falls he or she is Defrocked and Anathematized and will loose
all spell casting powers unless he or she aligns himself with the Dark
Mitran Cleric may be Defrocked by the Church for lesser crimes. These
include Disobedience, Impiety and Blasphemy. This causes the cleric to
loose the advantage of Patron and the right to employ his or her non
magical powers, but NOT his spell casting powers.
Clerics are capable of casting the Necromantic spells only if they have
Fallen. Fallen Mitran Clerics gain +2 skill bonus on casting
Clerical Religious Equipment
made of any metal, wood, stone,
ceramic or glass.
may never be made of bone or ivory.
All such equipment is
borne by Priest, Friars, Knights
of Mitra, Monks and
Sacarium Guards is a sword with a blade
wreathed in flames.
symbolizes Mitra's power over the
Darkness and Demons.
is the symbol commonly used as a
and Knights of Mitra this symbol is wrought
of silver. For
Bishops, Abbots and Abbess' it is of gold.
For Friars and
the Sacarium guard it is of iron.
For Monks it is
of carved wood or ceramic.
The laity do not use
Sword and Flame, it is reserved
for Mitra's servants.
For the laity the symbol of their
devotion is the
It can be rendered of any of the
Called a `Quarrn' it
used by all followers and servants
of Mitra as a memory
when praying to the god. The
string is a closed
having a small Sunburst on it
always eighty eight small beads and
eleven larger beads,
from any of the possible
Called a `Jahl' this
beaded and embroidered shawl is worn
by a Priest or Friar
conducting a prayer service,
funeral, marriage, or
Called a “Shabbat” it is used to burn incense during rituals.
round hollow silver balls, pierced with intricate designs. They come in
three types or sizes. The larger shabbats, ranging from 8”
several feet, are free standing. The next largest, usually around
8” are on the end of a short rod, sort of a symbolic mace. The
smallest, portable shabbat, usually 4” diameter is on a chain.
Used by Priests and
Friars when their duties take them
from the temple. The
design is fairly standard, a box about
18" x 8" and 4" deep.
It has short. 1" legs, it is carved,
engraved or inlaid
(depending on material) with a variety
symbols. The box is lined and
compartmented to hold
small copies of the Illumination,
There is also space for a Quarrn,
several sticks of
a prayer candle, a small shabbat and
the Priest's Jahl.
prayer books are hand written in the various monasteries. The pages are
of the finest paper or vellum. They are bound in bull hides and
The three most common books
employed in the Mitran faith.
Illumination: This is a compilation of divine revelations, the
teachings and wisdom of selected Saints, parables, stories and history
that illustrate the precepts of the faith.
Exhaltation: This contains `histories' of the great Heroes and Saints
of the Church and faith. Many of these accounts date back thousands of
years to the Golden Age.
Missal: This is a clerical `aid.'It contains the formula and
instructions for every ritual, prayer, ceremony and power in the faith.
Simply reading from the Missal is NOT sufficient for performing one of
the Powers. It is a suitable study aid for learning to perform the
Powers. There are actually three volumes. One for the non-miraculous
rituals, marriage, birth, anointments, etc. One for the Lesser Powers
and one for the Greater Powers.
The copies of the Illumination, Exhaltation and Missal that are carried
by a Priest in his or her portable altar are abridged editions. This
Illumination contains only the most commonly used or particularly
illustrative lessons and teachings, while the Exhaltation has only the
stories of the pillars' of the faith. The Missal has only outlines for
the non-miraculous rituals and all of the Powers.
volumes are not the only religious or sacred texts in the Church.
of the Cathedrals, all the monasteries and many of the temples have
whole libraries of religious books, scrolls, letters and papers.
are the works of saints, philosophers, bishops, priests, friars,
Knights of Mitra, lowly monks and even some from members of the
Sacarium Guard. They date back centuries, even millennium and are
vast repository of knowledge on many, many matters; divine, secular and
Senior Priests of Mitra use a set of Rune Tiles for divination. There
are 30 Runes Tiles, typically made of porcelain or wood. The origin of
the Tiles are lost in mystery, legend has it that at one time they were
used for actually performing the miracles of Mitra. (Casting spells.)
Today however they are
for Divination. This is a Greater Power that is reserved for the Senior
Sacred Objects and Relics
There are many objects of Power and Significance in the Church.
object of significance to a Priest is his or her Sacred Vessel.
is a repository for Divine Power and is used much like a Powerstone.
Priest selects either his Holy Symbol, his Quarrn, Jahl or Shabbat to
be consecrated as his Sacred Vessel. A Priest may have only one
Vessel at a time. For details see pg105 GURPS Religion.