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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Incorporating Saints Into Your DnD Religious Mechanics

In a Medieval-Authentic game, if you want to create a religious world that is even remotely similar to the European Medieval world, you need to incorporate the veneration of Saints.

With RPGPundit Presents #68: Cult of the Saints you can do just that! This sourcebook adds mechanics for the veneration and intercession of saints to your magical system.  Mechanics are included that allow characters to pray to saints for intercession, whether they are clerics or ordinary believers. You can try to pray to any saint, but if your character has a usual patron saint (or saints) that they venerate on a regular basis, along with devout religious practice, they'll be more likely to succeed of course.

In addition to mechanics to handle praying to saints, icons, relics, and saints' days, Cult of the Saints includes a list of 46 famous and not-so-famous popular medieval saints, complete with a brief history of who they were, their miracles, saints' say, location of their relics, and the effects of intercession for regular congregants or clerical prayer.  There's a few pretty unusual ones here, that might stump even some hardcore Catholics!

While designed as an additional prayer technique for Lion & Dragon, the rules here are self contained and can be easily used in any OSR or D&D game, as well as most other fantasy games with some slight modification.

So, be sure to check out Cult of the Saints on DTRPG, or on the Precis Intermedia Webstore!

And while you're at it, be sure to pick up the rest of the great supplements in the RPGPundit Presents series:

RPGPundit Presents #1: DungeonChef!

RPGPundit Presents #2: The Goetia  (usable for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #3: High-Tech Weapons

RPGPundit Presents #5: The Child-Eaters (an adventure scenario for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #17: The Hunters (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #21: Hecate's Tomb (an adventure for Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #54: Medieval College Adventures (compatible with Lion & Dragon)

RPGPundit Presents #58: Expanded Prior History Tables  (compatible with Lion & Dragon!)

RPGPundit Presents #65: The Defilers (compatible with Lion & Dragon)

Stay tuned for more next week!


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  1. Sounds cool, just ordered myself a copy of that and some of the previous RPGPundit presents :)

    1. Great! Thank you. Please let me know what you think!

  2. Currently using Lion & Dragon / Dark Albion for my Midderlands game. The saints book has been really useful. My player band is known as "The Pilgrims of St Jude" and do "Holy work" for the Clerical Order.

    If anyone wants another "free" saint here is how St Jude is represented: -

    St Jude

    Judas Thaddaeus was one of the Twelve Apostles and it is believed he preached in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya. A farmer by trade, son of Clopas and Mary of Clopas, his father was martyred because of his forthright and outspoken devotion during the early years of the church. Saint Jude suffered martyrdom about 65 AD in Beirut, in the province of Syria, together with the apostle Simon the Zealot, with whom he is usually connected. The axe that he is often shown holding in pictures symbolises the way in which he was killed.

    Known as 'The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired' Saint Jude is often called upon in desperate times by those who have lost all hope.

    Patron: Help with lost causes, Zealous worship
    Relics: Body brought from Beirut to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica
    Feast Day: October 28th
    Clerical Miracle: One critically failed (natural roll of a 1) saving throw which would result in death may be automatically passed. The resolution of a lost or desperate cause.

    1. Fantastic, thanks so much for sharing this!