Adventure hooks are usually pretty simple. One or two sentences serve as inspiration, helping the DM create his next encounter or even a whole arc of the camping. However, adventure hooks designed to include divine characters have the potential to be a lot more complicated.
Right from level 1, divine characters have the support and resources of their church behind them. The PC may not be important or powerful enough within the hierarchy to request a magic item or demand an audience with the high priest, but this relationship exists. Even in circumstances where a divine character has left or been expelled from his order, he still has his faith. Should this character require aid he only needs to find others with similar beliefs and he’ll likely get it.
In most cases, PCs are in good standing with their church. They will often aid followers of the same faith and other members of the church if they need it. Likewise there is a good chance that these same people will assist the PC if the situation is reversed. This makes adventure hooks that feature divine characters a lot more complicated.
What may at first seem to be a very straight forward adventure hook could be used in multiple ways and result in very different outcomes depending on a number of factors. If the divine PC follows the same deity as the organization in the hook they will likely take different actions then if they are directly opposed to this organization.
This becomes even more complicated if there are multiple divine PCs in the same party. You’d assume that they either follow the same deity or at least follow deities that have some overlapping dogma. However, this will certainly add spice to any hook that involves only one of the divine character’s churches. So keep all of this in mind as you look for inspiration in these adventure hooks.
10 Adventure Hooks for Divine Characters
- A Cleric has been taken prisoner in a neighbouring country whose inhabitants don’t worship the same deity. The PCs are asked to find him and rescue him.
[He isn’t a prisoner. He found purpose serving a different deity and changed religions.]
- A divine PC has made a holy pilgrimage to witness the arrival of “The Chosen,” as described in prophesy. When “The Chosen” arrives his race shocks the faithful.
- A group of people seek out the divine characters in the party in order to bask in their greatness. Some “worship” PCs, others constantly criticize. How do the PCs react? How do the non-divine PCs react to the followers or to the divine PCs themselves?
- All faithful followers of a particular deity are asked to convert a friend before the next religious holiday (a month from now). Everyone who is successful is promised a reward. Some parishioners will do anything to convert a friend and get that reward. Will a divine PC try to convert a member of the party? Is he doing it because his church asked him to or because he too wants the reward?
- A divine PC is given a task by his church that seems opposed to the beliefs of the faith.
[This is a test of the PC’s faith and loyalty to the church.]
- A quiet, mild-mannered member of the church is thrust into supreme leadership despite his reluctance to step up. His shy demeanor could be bad for the church in the short-term. A divine PC is asked to act as the face of the church during the transition.
- Clerics are forced to go into dangerous lands to spread the holy teachings to the locals. A divine PC is asked to accompany the next expedition and keep the travelers safe since the last three expeditions never returned.
- A radical change in church doctrine is to denounce material wealth. A local perish is distributing cash from their reserves to the locals. The town’s population is booming and locals are flocking to join this religion. A divine PC is asked to investigate. Will a PC of the same faith follow this new mandate and give up his own personal wealth? If the PC is of a different faith perhaps his superiors are suspicious of the motives for such generosity.
- Two divine-classed NPCs of differing faiths have started a holy war. The locals are caught in the crossfire and are suffering. The PCs (one of whom is the same religion as one of the NPCs leading the fight) needs to step in and resolve this conflict before more people are hurt.
- A local church believes that a great battle will soon be upon them. They are stockpiling supplies to survive. Part of the preparation is to acquire potent magical items to defend the church. A PC currently possesses one of the items they seek. If it’s a divine PC does he follow the same deity? What will it take for the PC to relinquish the item either way?
Visit Dungeon’s Master next week when we provide more Adventure Hooks for Divine Characters (Part 2).
- Divine Intervention
- Divine Connections
- Adventure Hooks: Welcome to the Sun & Moon Tavern (Part 1 | Part 2)