Clerics are perhaps one of the oldest of all guilds. They are also
one of the strongest. Many, many years ago the clerics of the lands were
divided as the Paladins and Dark-Knights are divided now. The forces of
light and dark were continually at war and the wars devastated many lands,
many peoples. Eventually the forces of light proved stronger and the
evil clerics thrown down. Their properties were raised and any evil artifact
found destroyed. This alone took forty years to do. At the end of it though
the surviving clerics were able to look back and see the terrible price
paid. As the years have rolled by the memories of those times has almost
passed into myth. There has always been a rumour though that the evil clerics
were never wiped out and even now work in the shadows against the light.
With the wars over the clerics built parishes and churches across the
lands, and dedicated themselves to the protection and restoration of all
kingdoms and peoples. This they have largely done and as a result are much
revered for their works.
The cleric is primarily a defensive character. Their superior healing
spells allow them to withstand long sessions of combat and they are quite
adept at using weapons too. Though not as powerful as mages at offensive
spells they still rank very highly indeed. Being in close communion with
their gods allows them to pray and if the prayer is met their piety
is temporarily raised. They can also call on the power of their gods
to smite down the undead, the stronger the cleric the more powerful the
undead they may turn. They tend towards a good alignment, and suffer badly
when they stray too far from their chosen path.