Ascetic Priest (Cleric/Monk)

(Original Concept by Papa-DRB)

Primary: Cleric.

Secondary: Monk.

Alignment: An ascetic priest’s alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis.

Hit Dice: d8.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The ascetic priest selects three monk skills to add to her class skills in addition to the normal cleric class skills. The ascetic priest gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The ascetic priest is proficient with all simple martial weapons plus the handaxe, kama, nunchaku, sai, short sword, shuriken, siangham, temple sword*, and her deity’s favored weapon. Ascetic priests are not proficient with any armor or shields. When wearing armor, using a shield, or carrying a medium or heavy load, an ascetic priest loses her AC bonus, as well as her fast movement abilities. (*Advanced Player’s Guide)

Diminished Spellcasting: The ascetic priest casts divine spells drawn from the cleric spell list, and gains one fewer spell of each spell level per day. If this reduces the number to 0, she may cast spells of that level only if her Wisdom allows bonus spells of that level. She otherwise learns, prepares, and casts spells as a cleric of equal level.