I had not heard of Hammer Horror films prior to being a regular reader of Grognardia (see this post). After reading the argument that Van Helsing was one of the inspirations for the cleric class, of course I decided that I had to watch some of the Hammer films. So, I did some web research, and this DVD set seemed to be a good place to start. Quatermass and the Pit and The Devil Rides Out also seem interesting.
Speaking of clerics (this is my attempt at a segue), The City of Iron recently wrote about doing without the cleric class using blessings & pacts. I was just thinking about sources of cleric power, and one of my ideas was “Hierarch; source is a higher-level cleric (it’s turtles all the way up)”.
Following on that, what if delegation is a standard mechanic for cleric spells? Here’s how such a thing might work:
- Any cleric can grant spells to other characters.
- Max level of spell that can be bestowed is one less than the highest level the cleric can cast (e.g., a cleric that can cast third level spells can delegate first and second level spells).
- As long as the spell remains granted, that spell slot is occupied.
- The cleric can revoke the granted spell at any time.
- The cleric will know when the spell is discharged, but not the specific circumstances.
- Some monsters could also be able to bestow similar blessings.
- Non-clerics can at most retain one granted spell.
I’m not sure if I would actually want to play with this system, but I think it is an interesting variation.