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Clerics of Mitra

CLERICS of MITRA
It costs 35 points to be a Cleric of Mitra.
A starting Cleric (human) cannot be any younger than 21.

Required Advantages

Literacy = 10pts
Church as Patron = 10pts
Church will provide food and shelter as needed. Will aid
Priest both physically and spiritually.
Must have Theology skill at IQ+1 = 6pts
And Church Law at IQ = 4pts
Clerical Investiture as a Priest of Mitra  Cost= 25pts


  As a priest of Mitra the PC has the following benefits.
1) Spell casting ability. See the spell lists available. The basic spell casting ability can be augmented by additional vows. See section on vows.

2) Non-magical abilities of all Priests of Mitra.
   Marriage: A priest can marry two mutually consenting  members of the Faith. Male and female only.

   Burial: A Priest MUST see to it that all members of the Faith receive a proper burial.

   Affirmation and Dedication: Acceptance of a new member of the Faith at birth, or as an adult.

   Coming of Age Ceremony: Performed on members of the Faith, male or female, at age 12 to reaffirm dedication
   to Mitra.

Non-magical abilities of Senior Priests of Mitra

   Initiation: Acceptance of a member of the Faith into a Monastery or for training to the Priesthood.

   Ordination: Elevation of a Monk or Initiate to status of Priest.

3)Power of Judgment over the Faithful.
Priests 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.  (5pts)
Senior Priests of Mitra receive +2 reaction bonus from the Faithful and are at Social Rank 2.
Abbots and Abbesses are Social Rank 3.
Bishops are Social Rank 4.
The Arch Bishop is Social Rank 5.
(Their is no extra cost for these later Social Ranks)

Required Disadvantages of Priest of Mitra.

Duty to the Church  (10pts)
Vow of Ordination   (15pts)
 A Priest of Mitra swears to; Honor Mitra in all things.
 Follow Mitra's teachings and guide the Faithful along his path.
 Spread the Light, Banish the Darkness, Slay the
 Demons and those that serve them.
 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.


Vows of Power
These are 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 to a Vow of both Poverty and
Chastity. 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
The 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 pointed weapons).
Mitran Clerics with this vow are limited in Weapon skills available to them; Staff, Sling, Club (see broad sword) and Mace.

Vow of Truthfulness
The 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
The 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
The 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 Law.....
Since the cleric is gaining both a plus to IQ for casting AND Legal Enforcement power (5 points worth) there has to be some extra cost attached.,  

Mitraen Priests holding to the Vow of Law are known as “Inquisitors.”  Their 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 Guards to carry out his or her duties and may seek aid from Knights of Mitra.  
However, Mitraen Priest may not conscript Secular law officers, troops, militia, etc.  Further, they may not arrest any noble.
Most Secular authorities bear some degree of resentment towards the holders of the Vow of Law.  They dislike the fact that they are forbidden to enforce the law on Church property (which is extensive) and must seek permission to even pursue a suspect onto Church lands.  (Only the Royal Constables are exempt from this.) They also resent the fact that the Inquisitors are allowed to employ torture. (Most secular authorities do anyway.)


Rune Sticks:
The 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 spells.)
Today however they are employed for Divination. This is a Greater Power that is reserved for the Senior Priests.



Ranks

The 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.

Priest: 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.
A 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.
The holy symbol that a priest carries is of silver, to symbolize the fact that his relationship with Mitra is of a higher order.

Senior Priest:  The next step in rank. It is achieved when the Priest is able to perform any of the Greater Miracles.
A 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.

Abbot or Abbess: This is an administrative rating that is only open to Senior Priests.
An Abbot's robes differ from a Senior Priest only in the fact that the hood is also white.  The holy symbol is of gold.

Bishop: 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 are entirely white, as well as the talbard.  The holy symbol is of gold.

Any 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 and ranks.


Mitran Clerics are restricted to the following list for spell selection.

                   Lesser Powers
                         (spells)

Light                                                     Sense Life  
Continual Light  (Light)                          Lend Strength  (Sen. Life)
Light Jet  (Cont. Light)                          Lend Health  (Lnd ST.)
Flash  (Light Jet)                                   Recover Strength
Glow  (Light)                                        Share Strength
Shape Light  (Light Jet)                         Peaceful Sleep (Sh. ST.)
                                                            Stop Bleeding
Detect Magic                                       Minor Healing  (Stop Bld.)
Aura  (Det. Magic)                               Resist Disease            
Sense Foe  (Aura)                                Sterilize  (Res. Dis.)
Sense Emotion  (Sense Foe)                 Awaken  (Min. Hlg)
Truth Sayer  (Sense Emot.)                   Suspended Animation  (Awake)
History  (Truth.)                                   Cure Dehydration  (Sh. St.)
Detect Poison  (History)                       Cure Starvation  (Cure Dehy.)
                                                            Healing Slumber  (Peace. Slp.)
Mystic Mark
Turn Zombie                                         Vigil, cleric only
Turn Spirit
                                                            Command  (Sense Emotion)
                                                             Distant Blow *
Consecrate, object
Desecrate
Excommunicate
Final Rest #

* Distant Blow : Can only be used with weapons that do not draw blood.
# Final Rest:  Use of this Power is not needed if the deceased is being buried in Consecrated Ground.  In such a case use the non magical ability to perform the burial.


                   Greater Powers
     (Must know ALL Lesser Powers at Skill of 18+)

                              Major Healing
Ancient History               Neutralize Poison
Compel Truth                  Cure Disease  (Maj. Heal.)
Divination  (Anc. Hist)       Restore Memory
Rune Lore                     Restoration  (Cur. Dis.)
                              Regeneration (Rest.)
                              Resurrection (Regn.)
Remove Curse
Holy Word, Turn
Holy Word, Bless  (Rem. Curse)
Holy Word, Banish (HW Turn)
Holy Word, Curse  (HW Bless)
Repel Spirit
Mystic Mark, Bless  (HW Bless)
Mystic Mark, Curse  (HW Curse)

Wall of Light
Sunlight
Continual Sunlight  (Sunlight)
Sun Bolt  (Cont. Sun Light)

Consecrate, Ground/area
Oath, Faithful only

DESCRIPTION:
Holy Word, Turn
 Similar 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, as above
*Note: Use any Turning Power to back undead into a no retreat situation and they WILL attack, though at -1.

Consecrate Ground
Prepares and sanctifies ground for a cemetery, shrine or temple.

Mystic Mark
Usable 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 prerequisites.
Ability to cast Greater Powers is qualification for Senior Priest.


Mitran Holy Days:

March 5, 6 and 7
These 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.

June 6
On this day it is believed that Mitra saved the Ancients from the destruction of Paradise.

August 1
Probably the most important holy day. It was on this day that Mitra defeated the Greatest Demon.

December 5
On this day Mitra made man self aware and gave him free will.

During these Holy Days areas of normal Sanctity are increased to High.  Areas 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 1

During these days energy cost to cast are doubled, recovery of fatigue is harder.  Sanctity levels drop one.  Very High become High,  High becomes Normal, Normal becomes Low, Low becomes None.

   Clerics and Spells
   Mitran clerics believe that the power to cast spells comes from one of 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 and for Divination. These are carved on pieces of wood called Rune Sticks.
    A 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 clerics

Administration, 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



Fallen Clerics
If a Mitran Cleric Falls from Grace he or she may never recover his previous status.
Any of the following will cause a Cleric to Fall from Grace,
 Casting any Necromantic spell
 Committing Murder; this is not to be confused with killing
 in self defense or in the Name of Mitra.
 Committing Rape
 Committing Perjury
 Knowingly giving a False Judgment.
 Consorting with Demons
 Sanctioning the Undead
 Partaking of human flesh or blood.

When a 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 One.
A 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.
 Mitran Clerics are capable of casting the Necromantic spells only if they have Fallen. Fallen Mitran Clerics gain +2 skill bonus on casting Necromantic spells.





Clerical Religious Equipment

 Religious equipment may be made of any metal, wood, stone,
 ceramic or glass.  It may never be made of bone or ivory.
 All such equipment is Consecrated.

Holy Symbol
  The traditional symbol borne by Priest, Friars, Knights
 of Mitra, Monks and Sacarium Guards is a sword with a blade
 wreathed in flames. This symbolizes Mitra's power over the
 Darkness and Demons. This is the symbol commonly used as a
 Sacred Vessel.
    For Priests and Knights of Mitra this symbol is wrought
 of silver.  For Bishops, Abbots and Abbess' it is of gold.  
 For Friars and members of the Sacarium guard it is of iron.
 For Monks it is generally of carved wood or ceramic.
  The laity do not use the Sword and Flame, it is reserved
 for Mitra's servants.  For the laity the symbol of their
 devotion is the Sunburst.  It can be rendered of any of the
 above mentioned materials.

Prayer Beads
  Called a `Quarrn' it is used by all followers and servants
 of Mitra as a memory aid when praying to the god. The
 string is a closed circle, having a small Sunburst on it
 somewhere.  There are always eighty eight small beads and
 eleven larger beads, made from any of the possible
 materials.

Prayer Shawl
  Called a `Jahl' this beaded and embroidered shawl is worn
 by a Priest or Friar when conducting a prayer service,
 funeral, marriage, or other ritual.

Censor
  Called a “Shabbat” it is used to burn incense during rituals.  They are round hollow silver balls, pierced with intricate designs. They come in three types or sizes.  The larger shabbats, ranging from 8” diameter to several feet, are free standing.  The next largest, usually around 6 to 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.

Portable Altars
  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
 of Mitra's traditional symbols. The box is lined and
 compartmented to hold small copies of the Illumination,
 Exhaltation and Missal. There is also space for a Quarrn,
 several sticks of incense, a prayer candle, a small shabbat and
the Priest's  Jahl.   

Prayer Books
 All 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 hand sewn.

The three most common books employed in the Mitran faith.

  The 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.

  The 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.

  The 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.

Note: 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.

 These volumes are not the only religious or sacred texts in the Church.  Each of the Cathedrals, all the monasteries and many of the temples have whole libraries of religious books, scrolls, letters and papers.  These 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 a vast repository of knowledge on many, many matters; divine, secular and arcane.

Rune Tiles:
 The 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 employed for Divination. This is a Greater Power that is reserved for the Senior Priests.
Sacred Objects and Relics

  There are many objects of Power and Significance in the Church.  One object of significance to a Priest is his or her Sacred Vessel.  This is a repository for Divine Power and is used much like a Powerstone.
The Priest selects either his Holy Symbol, his Quarrn, Jahl or Shabbat to be consecrated as his Sacred Vessel.  A Priest may have only one Sacred Vessel at a time.  For details see pg105 GURPS Religion.




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