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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

You need not change anything about the default setting in order to have people "left out" of the benefits of clerical magic. I don't think that clerical spellcasting is as easy to come by as ...
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Can clerics use swords?

Any character can use any weapon; there are no limitations (except size - a medium creature can't use a storm giant's axe or a pixie's dagger). If they are proficient in that weapon they get their ...
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How can a Cleric be proficient in warhammers?

Two cleric domains get proficiency with martial weapons in DnD 5e, and dwarves have a racial proficiency Cleric Domain PHB p. 62 and 63 identify Tempest and War Domains as having martial weapon ...
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Is there a way to prevent a Forge Cleric from using Divine Intervention to escape from custody?

The father is using divine intervention to get help... from his child! Of course the PC's father is seeking divine intervention from Moradin. And as a 10th level cleric, Moradin answers his call a few ...
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How might a character transport hundreds of thousands of gold inconspicuously?

The only way to do this inconspicuously is to convert all that money into gems. A mundane backpack could easily carry 500,000 gp worth of gems with room left over for camping gear. Upon arrival, gems ...
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How does anyone ever die with a Cleric?

Dying in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition very rarely occurs by chance. Importantly being reduced to 0 HP only renders a player character unconscious. Finishing off Unconscious PCs An intelligent ...
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How does anyone ever die with a Cleric?

D&D 5e combat is low stakes At least, in the sense that anyone is at serious risk of dying in any given combat. Each edition of D&D has progressively made dying less likely. However, ...
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How many spells can a cleric learn?

How many spells can a Cleric learn? None, because Clerics 'Prepare' their spells without having to learn them. Clerics, Paladins, and Druids are unique spellcasters in that, unlike every other ...
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What happens when I can prepare more spells than I have slots to cast them with?

There is a big difference between 'Spells Prepared for the Day' and 'Spell Slots.' The spells you prepare is the library of options you have to pick from when you go to cast a spell. A Spell Slot is ...
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How much health will a Life Domain cleric regain from the Blessed Healer feature using the Mass Healing Word spell?

If the Cleric casts Mass Healing Word, targeting each of the 4 party members, how many times would the Cleric gain HP equal to 2 + Spell Level? I would argue only once, because the trigger for ...
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How can a jailer prevent the Forge Cleric's Artisan's Blessing from being used?

The cleric can't just transform their metal cell door to escape It seems that your concern is that, should a Forge Domain cleric be imprisoned in a jail cell made of metal, they could use Artisan's ...
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

True Clerics are rare The Player's Handbook points out that not all a deity's clergy are "clerics" who have magical healing powers. Not every acolyte or officiant at a temple or shrine is a ...
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Why are Clerics and Druids Wisdom-based?

Wisdom: Prime Requisite versus Spell Casting Ability The thing that originally made Clerics different was the prime requisite being the Wisdom score. Druids, being a sub-class of Cleric, were along ...
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How does Augury work exactly?

I'm going to take a markedly-different approach from many of the others; hopefully this perspective is useful, too. Start by looking at the nearest-neighbor spell to augury: aura of life. 30' radius, ...
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How might a character transport hundreds of thousands of gold inconspicuously?

A Portable Hole 10,000 lbs of gold is about a 24-inch cube (0.235 m^3) and a Portable Hole doesn't have a weight limit. Since the interior of a portable hole is 6ft by 10ft, it can easily hold 500,...
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Would a cleric's domain ever preclude them from casting a general cleric spell?

Are there any official sources that these rules are based off? Not that I know of. This does indeed seem to be a homebrew approach. You might want to ask your DM to write down the full Cleric spell ...
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Why would I use Scorching Ray?

The pros of Scorching Ray are: Assuming no attacks miss, it does more damage than Guiding Bolt. You have the option to attack multiple targets when using Scorching Ray. Eventually, when you have ...
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Are there examples of priests/clerics having water creation abilities that predate D&D?

Numbers, Chapter 20, Verses 1 to 11 20 In the first month the whole Israelite community arrived at the Desert of Zin, and they stayed at Kadesh. There Miriam died and was buried. 2 Now ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

Through your race, or possibly background The easiest way to get the proficiency would be through a race that gives you proficiences, or through a background which might, with DM permission, grant you ...
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Does a Life Cleric casting Goodberry at higher spell levels get more potent Berries?

Yes! This is a very interesting synergy that is viable. Disciple of Life states: Also starting at 1st level, your healing spells are more effective. Whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to ...
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Redundant bonus spells for cleric peace domain

Domain Spells are always prepared and don’t count against your total prepared spells. The rules for Domain Spells state: Each domain has a list of spells — its domain spells — that you gain at the ...
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Is there an official way to effectively carry a holy symbol without breaking Vow of Poverty?

Pick your deity carefully One of St Cuthbert's holy symbols is a wooden club, which you could take as your cheap simple weapon pick. It is possible that there are other deities with similar options.
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Does the Spiritual Weapon spell take a bonus action or an action to use?

This is a little confusing. You only ever get one bonus action on a turn — but this spell lasts a minute, which is ten turns. So, you can attack once with spiritual weapon as part of the casting — ...
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How often do I need to hand out spell scrolls as the DM in order to balance the Wizard's spell list with the Cleric's?

The wizard, without needing anything, is the most powerful* class in the game. They do NOT need handouts. There are several things that I think are wrong about your question, but primarily you seem to ...
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Can Goodberries heal a Life cleric when consumed by another?

No. As others have noted, if Blessed Healer were triggered by Goodberry, it would happen when you cast the spell and not when one of the berries is consumed. However, casting Goodberry does not ...
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If I cast Thunderous Smite and Booming Blade, hit, and use Destructive Wrath to maximize damage, how many uses of Channel Divinity are expended?

Thunderous Smite: "the attack deals an extra 2d6 thunder damage" - this is damage added to the roll. Booming Blade: "the melee attack deals an extra 1d8 thunder damage" - this is also damage added to ...
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Does the life cleric's Disciple of Life apply to revivify?

Yes it should apply The life domain cleric disciple of life states (emphasis mine): whenever you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore hit points to a creature, the creature regains ...
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Is there a way to prevent a Forge Cleric from using Divine Intervention to escape from custody?

RAW, this is already part of the ability description. The description for Divine Intervention states: Imploring your deity’s aid requires you to use your action. Describe the assistance you seek, and ...
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Are Goodberries affected by the Life domain class features?

Yes, a Life Domain cleric's Goodberrys are great. The Disciple of Life feature would make each berry restore 4 hit points, instead of 1, assuming you cast goodberry with a 1st-level slot. (Sage ...
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Can a cleric wield a shield and spear?

There are no restrictions on what weapons you can wield in 5e As long as you have a free hand, you can use any weapon. The usual limitation on a character is not being particularly effective with ...
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