Birthright: Rise of the Kingmakers
MIRACLES, AKA PRIESTS, CLERICS, AND OTHER HOLY-ROLLERS
Miracles, in concept
You can take most of what was in the magic section and carry it over directly to miracles. In fact, you can even copy most spells directly over, as long as they fit in one of the three basic categories: Favor, Strife, and Divination. Typically, they are not called a spell, but an entreaty.
Since we are playing in a Cerelian Campaign, most of the religious dogma for each diety is pretty well defined. The Book of Priestcraft is available for general use- powers and abilities will be subject to change.
I would recommend that each priest pick 2 of the Spellcraft specializations as dominant aspects of the diety and at least one of them forbidden.
For example: A priest(ess) or Laerme (Leira), Goddess of Fire, Beauty, and Art would likely embrace the Spellcraft skills of; Elemental (fire)- as per her description; Photomancy- as it deals with visual illusions (good for creating art), light (in honor of her mother) and shadows (because the night belongs to lovers); and Somniomancy- it deals with dreams, desires, and emotions.
You will need to define the component, gestures, incantation, and s for entreating your deity.
Components: usually will involve a holy symbol of some sort. It should be considered Uncommon and not destroyed, granting a -4. Since you would need 3 more components to get a multiplier bonus, most times this -4 will be your total bonus.
Gestures: I would expect that most gestures to entreat the deity would be fairly simple, so giving a -2. By DM fiat, this is in addition to any gestures required by the effect of the entreaty, and the bonuses stack.
Incantations: This will match gestures for the most part, entreating the Deity first, then making the request. Again, the -2 and stacking bonuses apply.
I would encourage most clerics to add in a countenace or concentration bonus to reflect the nature of communing with powerful entities.
Copying from other spellbooks, and so forth
Clerics do not use spellbooks, and cannot c to recreate miracles from spells. New Clerics typically do keep journals of their lives and priestly revelations. Within these journals are contained the rituals by which they entreat their diety. Mages cannot use these as guidelines for spells, it simply doesn’t work that way. Cleric’s can, however, attempt to find revelation in the journals of others.
Magic and miracles are two different things. Countermagic is available for mages, but it will not work on miracles. Countermagic is also available for miracles (counter-entreaty?), but it will not work on magic.
Since entreaty use is not limited, clerics must use specialized entreaties to repel undead.