The holy symbol is an invaluable tool to the cleric or favored soul for casting divine spells and repelling or controlling undead. It is a representation of the priest's conviction and helps to identify which divine power she follows. A cleric can only use a holy symbol dedicated to her deity or to one of her deity's domains.
Holy Symbol Types
Normal Symbols: Normal holy symbols are those without any inherent powers. They are only useful in the hands of a skilled cleric or favored soul. Otherwise, they primarily function as decorations, though they may occasionally ward off a weak-minded monster.
Not all holy symbols are bulky discs hanging around a cleric's neck. A symbol is just that - the representation of an idea. The holy symbol could be a strange character, a picture, or an image. Basically, any object that identifies itself with a deity or a religion could be called a holy symbols. Listed on the Holy Symbols table are different forms the holy symbol can take as well as suggestions of cost, weight, and types available.
|Greater and Legendary Symbols|
01 - 60
61 - 85
86 - 95
01 - 50
51 - 75
76 - 85
96 - 00
85 - 95
Special ability1 and roll again
96 - 00
|1 A holy symbol can only have one special ability. The special ability is determined by deity or domain.|
Not all holy symbols are created equal. Greater and legendary symbols have unique powers that make them more sought after by adventurers. To generate a greater or legendary holy symbol, use the Greater and Legendary Symbols table to determine its energy bonus and base cost. The energy bonus is used on the Holy Symbol Powers table to determine available powers. The DM chooses the powers a symbol possesses, though he may allow the player to have some say. A symbol can have multiple powers as long as the energy cost is less than or equal to its energy bonus. As such, a holy symbol with an energy bonus of +3 can have one power with an energy cost of three, or three powers with an energy cost of one, or any combination therein.
|Holy Symbol Powers|
The following holy symbol abilities are organized by domain. If a divine caster cannot use a holy symbol, she does not gain the benefit of its powers. Non-divine casters do not gain the benefit of these special abilities.
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