The Complete Priest's Handbook
The Complete Priest's Handbook is a rules supplement for the 2nd edition Player's Handbook which details priestly characters and religion in campaigns. This includes guidelines for creating mythlogical history, designing faiths, detailing where special powers come from, duties of priests, rights and restrictions, how to role-play priest characters, and also the relationship a priest has with followers and believers. The book includes rules for "priest kits" (subclasses), including fighting-monks, pacifists, scholars, and prophets, and there are 60 sample priesthoods based on generic principles.
This AD&D game supplement provides noble priests, outlaw priests, fighting monks, amazon priestesses, and other “priest kits”; priest personality archetypes like the crusader, philosopher, hypocrite, and earnest novice; 60 sample priesthoods of deities for agriculture, birth, disease, elemental forces, hunting, literature, oceans, oracles, trade, wind, wisdom, and more; and rules for designing new faiths. There are new weapons and equipment, martial-arts rules, and adventure hooks for priest characters.
Allen Varney reviewed The Complete Priest's Handbook for Dragon magazine #165 (January 1991). He comments on the book by asking, "Is there anything so unlikely as a "generic priest"?" Varney's concluding comments in the review are: "Never thought of an all-priest campaign? Then you never saw The Complete Priest's Handbook. Bravo! (Or do I mean "Hallelujah"?)"
- Review: White Wolf #23 (1990)
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