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There are multiple ways for a Favoured Soul to gain a Domain. For example, the Divine Oracle is an easily entered Prestige Class, and on its first level:

Oracle Domain: Upon adopting the divine oracle class, the character gains access to the Oracle domain. The character gains the granted power associated with the domain (+2 caster level for divination spells), and can choose the spells in that domain as her daily domain spells.

This description is obviously tailored for a Cleric; a Favoured Soul, however, does not have daily domain spells.


I have failed to find, so far, what happens when a Favoured Soul gains a domain with regard to the domain spells. I surmise one of 3 effects are possible:

  • Nothing,
  • The domain spells are added to the Favoured Soul accessible spells,
  • The domain spells are added to the Favoured Soul known spells.

I have seen many builds using the latter and even advice to seek Domains out, which is of course the most favorable reading, but I have failed so far to find any rule.

Have I missed the rule? Or it this up to the DM?


For completeness, here is a short list of Prestige Classes granting extra domains, in cases there are differences per book:

  • Complete Divine: Church Inquisitor, Contemplative, Divine Oracle, Sacred Exorcist,
  • Draconomicon: Dracolyte,
  • Player's Guide to Faerun: Divine Disciple,
  • Races of the Dragon: Singer of Concordance.
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Add the domain spells to your class spell list, but you don't automatically know them. You have to allocate some of your limited supply of spells-known if you want to learn them.

From Complete Divine p.20:

If a noncleric enters a prestige class that allows access to a domain, the character still gains access to the domain. She can use the granted power bestowed by the domain normally.

If she memorizes spells like a druid, paladin, or ranger, then she can simply choose to memorize one of that domain’s spells instead of one of her usual spells, but never more than one domain spell of each level.

If she is a spellcaster who keeps a spellbook as a wizard does, then she must find or purchase a scroll of that spell and pay the usual price to scribe the spell into her spellbook. In cases where the spell is only divine the wizard may scribe a divine scroll into his book. The wizard then may memorize one domain spell of each level each day.

If the noncleric is a spontaneous caster like a sorcerer or favored soul, then she may select a domain spell to add to her spells known whenever she would have an option to choose a new known spell. A sorcerer does not get to exceed his normal limit of spells known. Once the domain spell is known, the sorcerer may cast it freely.

Unless the prestige class specifies otherwise, such spells are considered arcane spells when cast by arcane spellcasters.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This covers Church Inquisitor, Contemplative and Divine Oracle for certain. I would probably extend the ruling to prestige classes from another book, such as Divine Disciple (PGtF), Dracolyte (Draconomicon), Sacred Exorcist (BoED) and Singer of Concordance (RotD); but just for completeness would you know if there are exceptions for them? \$\endgroup\$ – Matthieu M. Dec 11 '17 at 19:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MatthieuM. As the first book to offer bonus domains as a general thing, and having a large section about the rules for extra domains, Complete Divine is reasonably considered the primary source on the subject. Even if another source said something else, unless it was explicitly making an exception for a particular class (see each class’s description), it would conflict with Complete Divine, the primary source, and should therefore be ignored. Note that Draconomicon is earlier, however, and dracolyte uses its own particular rule (an exception for that class). They are slightly different. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Dec 11 '17 at 19:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan: Thanks! I hadn't thought about checking the publication dates of the different books. Looks like extra domains are not necessarily as useful to a Favoured Soul as Internet claims (unless they give access to non-Cleric spells, like... Anyspell, etc...). \$\endgroup\$ – Matthieu M. Dec 11 '17 at 19:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MatthieuM. Sorry, I did slightly mispeak; Draconomicon is earlier than Complete Divine, and the dracolyte does have particular (exceptional) rules for itself rather than using any general rules (which didn’t exist at the time). See edited comment. And Book of Exalted Deeds is also earlier, but sacred exorcist is in Complete Divine, not Book of Exalted Deeds. No prestige class in Book of Exalted Deeds grants a bonus domain. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Dec 11 '17 at 19:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan: The Draconomicon's rule is interesting. Given the wording it seems the Favoured Soul would gain the ability to cast the spells (1/day for each spell-level), but only as long as this is its only domain :x \$\endgroup\$ – Matthieu M. Dec 11 '17 at 19:57

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