by Margherita Tramontano
Chosen by a god with interest in nature rather than a fae lord, brown friars lead a monastic life, gathering in communities or wandering the world, caring both for humans and wildlife.
Alignment: Any non-evil; a brown friar must choose a deity at 1st level and her alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. This replaces the normal dúlra alignment restrictions.
Class Skills: A brown friar adds
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A brown friar is proficient with the battle aspergillum, club, light mace, javelin, quarterstaff, and sling. Brown friars are not proficient with any armor or shields. This modifies the dúlra’s weapon and armor proficiencies.
Holy Patron: Brown friars mostly revere the same aspects of nature as other dúlra, but give them different names.
non-evil; a brown friar must choose a deity at 1st level and her alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis.
This replaces the normal dúlra alignment restrictions.
This modifies the dúlra class skills.
The brown friar loses access to all spells of the polymorph subschool; the illusion school; and that create, control or emulate the powers of undead. She gains access to all cleric and druid spells with the light descriptor; of the enchantment school; the healing subschool; non-evil spells of the abjuration school; and spells that qualify for the Peacemaker feat.
This modifies spellcasting.
Brown friars mostly revere the same aspects of nature as other dúlra, but do so in a more worshipful way. This sometimes yields the same results as other dúlra, while other times, it rewards the brown friar differently.
The Father: The father is the brown friar’s name for the Unicorn. Brown friars who revere the Father may receive the Unicorn’s benefits, or (BoMT 2) create an aura out to 5 ft. The friar and her allies in the aura gain a bless effect that increases by +1 and extends out to 30 feet at 4th level. As a standard action, the brown friar can end her aura’s effect until the next time she regains spells. If she does, she gains a shield of faith effect that lasts for 1 minute per dúlra level.
(BoMT 2) The Moon Goddess: At 1st level, a brown friar with this holy patron gains a supernatural sanctuary effect she can activate on her turn as a standard action once per day plus one additional time per day for every 3 dúlra levels she possesses beyond 1st, to a maximum of 7 times per day at 19th level. Beginning at 4th-level, she can expend two uses of this ability to apply it to an ally she can see.
The Mother: At 1st level, a brown friar with this holy patron gains the lame or tongues oracle curse and applies the arcane bond wizard class feature to her holy symbol (see below). Beginning at 4th level, the brown friar also applies the divine bond paladin class feature to her weapon.
The Preacher: The Preacher is what the brown friar calls the satyr. Those who revere the Preacher may receive the Satyr’s blessings, or (BoMT 2) inspire rage in her allies. This functions as the raging song of the same name, except it doesn’t improve beyond 4th level and the friar can use it a number of rounds per day equal to 3 + her Wisdom modifier.
The Saint: Brown friars of the Saint can choose two domains granted by their deity to have access to. They add the domain spells to their spell list, but do not gain additional domain spell slots with which to cast them. Alternatively, they can choose only one domain and gain the domain spell slots as well.
The Wilds: The Beast is known to brown friars as the Wilds, and it grants them the animal domain as it does other dúlra. (BoMT 2) Instead of gaining an animal companion at 4th level, these brown friars sometimes receive a mask of the skinwalker from their circle that they rarely go without. The mask only functions for the friar to whom it was gifted and is otherwise worthless.
The Wise: Brown friars treat the Hag is more of a wise crone from whom they gain the same benefits as the dúlra who revere her. (BoMT 2) They will sometimes give up their 8th and 12th-level hexes for a mask of the changeling. The mask only functions for the friar to whom it was gifted and is otherwise worthless.
The Book of Many Things, © 2018,Samurai Sheepdog; author Kevin Glusing.
The Book of Many Things Volume 2: Shattered Worlds © 2018,Samurai Sheepdog; author Kevin Glusing.