Do you guys require a Holy symbol for anything? Or rule that it helps with anything?
I usually give a benefit to clerics who have their holy symbol with them. When turning undead, they may be allowed a second roll if the first didn't do anything. In general, clerics can bolster their faith with these symbols. Some intelligent undead, like vampires, might react stronger to a turning attempt if a holy symbol is presented, if in life (and maybe even beyond) they believed in the power of the deity. Like, a bishop turned into a vampire might subconsciously feel the power of the symbol as he once believed in the power of the deity. If he still does, he might even feel that he deserves the holy punishment, maybe only this punishment. Lots of roleplaying there, no rules
My interpretation was that having two crosses of lesser and greater value material meant that one was stronger than the other. For my game the wooden cross is effective on undead-types up to 4 hit dice (or approximately equal to Hero) and then silver crosses effective against all undead-types. Single-use of course. There is a real Exorcist moment for the cleric involved, who must work out just how powerful the undead is that he is trying to turn and to adjust by using the right tool for the job!
Post by howandwhy99 on Mar 21, 2023 17:14:51 GMT -6
I used to have an idea that Demi-human or Fay races were not allowed to be clerics due to not having souls or some such. So they couldn't really come back via resurrection but through reincarnation.
Anyways, there was a lot of talk in the '80s by word of mouth for why all this D&D stuff was arranged as it was. And at least one guy thought silver holy symbols were anti-fairy devices as well as repelling Undead and demons and such.
"Verbobonkers aren't crazy. They know they are of like mind to Velunatics. But Xagyg placed his Gnarley Thumb eastward to limit contact with self-important Dyversions."