Poll : Do you allow godless clerics?

Poll: Do you like/allow clerics without a diety?

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    Poll : Do you allow godless clerics?

    OK, just to make it clear that godless clerics are not a houserule, or even an 'option' the relevant comments from the SRD:

    Aura (Ex): A cleric of a chaotic, evil, good, or lawful deity has a particularly powerful aura corresponding to the deitys alignment (see the detect evil spell for details). Clerics who dont worship a specific deity but choose the Chaotic, Evil, Good, or Lawful domain have a similarly powerful aura of the corresponding alignment.
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    If a cleric is not devoted to a particular deity, he still selects two domains to represent his spiritual inclinations and abilities. The restriction on alignment domains still applies.

    That said, I've gotten the impression that a lot of people don't like godless clerics, or consider them a "real" option. So tell me about your veiws on godless clerics from either player or DM perspective.

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    Neat poll, KB. I chose the "I don't like godless clerics for flavor/homebrew gameworld reasons" option because I run a Scarred Lands game. In the Scarred Lands the gods are very active and even have their heralds and avatars at work across the lands. Now, if a player came up with a good reason to allow a godless cleric, I'd consider it.

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    I'm "OK" with them in that I love it when a player chooses this for roleplaying reasons and not for specific domains.
    Red Hand of Doom: IC I, IC II, OOC, RG
    Princes of Elemental Evil: IC, IC II, OOC I, OOC II, RG I, RG II
    Storm King's Thunder: Waterdeep, Triboar, Goldenfields, OOC, RG
    Castle Illvithar: IC, OOC, RG
    Ashwell: IC, OOC, RG

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    It has never come up for me as, but I would most likely allow it

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    I wouldn't allow it for Flavor reasons.

    A "Godless Cleric" is a bookeeper (at best)

    I'm not even sure I understand the idea of a Priest who foloows no Gods.

    Congrats on your nuptials BTW KB

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    One iconic example of a "Godless" cleric would be a cleric of an elemental plane of existence. They draw their power from, for instance, the elemental air plane. Thier first domain is pretty obvious in this case (Air), and the second is probably related to some vestige within that plane (such as chaotic, representative of the cleric's alignment and the types of air elements he uses), or something related to air (travel perhaps).
    Red Hand of Doom: IC I, IC II, OOC, RG
    Princes of Elemental Evil: IC, IC II, OOC I, OOC II, RG I, RG II
    Storm King's Thunder: Waterdeep, Triboar, Goldenfields, OOC, RG
    Castle Illvithar: IC, OOC, RG
    Ashwell: IC, OOC, RG

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    The only "godless" clerics in my game are ones that nobody know what god they worship, but they do in fact worship a god.

    Godless cleric's dont exist, and I would never allow one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teflon Billy
    A "Godless Cleric" is a bookeeper (at best)
    How many boos does a godless cleric keep?

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    I'm running a Forgotten Realms campaign, and it's stated quite clearly in the FRCS that godless clerics aren't allowed. In fact, ANY divine spellcaster (even rangers and paladins) must have a patron deity to cast spells.

    I don't care for the concept of godless clerics; it dosen't make sense to me that a cleric would be able to cast divine spells without a god granting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Chance
    How many boos does a godless cleric keep?
    usually 1/ class level

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