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It's not always the best choice. Depending on what your measure of "best" is, it may actually be a worse choice. Pick specialty priest when you feel like the unique abilities are especially neat and that's what you want to play. In particular, there's no attempt at balance in the specialty priest options, so if that is part of one's measure of "best" then ...


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The Player's Handbook (Appendix B: Gods of the Multiverse; pg 293) has a specific text box detailing the Life and Death domains as such: The Life Domain is restricted to any "Non-Evil" alignment. Most Death Domain deities are evil, but not all are. As such, most Death Domain Clerics are evil, but not all are. The specific take-away is that one should ask ...


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While you have no deity you will still retain a divine concept (battle, death, justice...) So while you have no alignment obligations to a deity, some alignments will make more sense for particular concepts than others (a cleric of anarchy is unlikely to be lawful) I would look through deities that are relevant to the particular divine concept you want and ...


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As an alternative to the post above: It can depend on the setting of your campaign. If you were playing in an Elder Scrolls setting for example, the gods there frequently utilize weapons as their holy symbols and thus it would be expected to wield your holy symbol as a weapon which also channels your magic. Three other game world settings I can think of ...


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So, there are basically two related-but-not-quite-the-same things referred to as a holy symbol. There is the icon itself (Corellon’s crescent moon, Silver Flame’s, well, silver flame, and so on), and then there is the object known as a holy symbol, which has the shape of the icon. The rules refer to each of these rather interchangeably, as English and indeed ...


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An engraving or illustration of a deity's emblem isn't a holy symbol The holy symbol needed to turn or rebuke undead and that's mandated as the divine focus necessary for casting some cleric and paladin spells has a cost (and, in some cases, weight). As a distinct and quantified object in the rules, manufacturing one's own holy symbol requires the ...



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