UA:Character Background: Religious Background
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Obviously, clerics dominate this background category. In a larger sense, it represents all activities that have a strong religious element, and in the generally pious societies that dominate most campaigns, that's a pretty wide spread.
Recognition is by ascension in rank, with a character's ranks in Knowledge (religion) providing a bonus on his recognition check.
Example Religious Ranks
The following ranks are loosely drawn from the Christian church as it existed in the Middle Ages. Accordingly, they won't be appropriate for all the fantasy religions in your game.
Religious Ranks (Highest to Lowest): acolyte, abbot, deacon, priest, high priest, bishop, prelate, archbishop, patriarch, cardinal.
|01-12||Temple leader||Cleric||Leadership, Sp Focus (Ench)||Diplomacy, Sense Motive, Know (religion)||Item that employs divine magic||Influence||+½||Rank, DC 26|
|13-24||Evangelist||Cleric||Negotiator, Sp Focus (Conj)||Diplomacy, Know (religion), Spellcraft||Item that aids interaction||Influence||+1||Rank, DC 28|
|25-33||Sacred librarian||Bard or Cleric||Diligent, Investigator||Gather Info, Know (religion), Know (history), Spellcraft, Search||Item with divination aura||Information||+0||Rank, DC 30|
|34-42||Keeper of the dead||Cleric||Extra Turning, Sp Focus (Necro)||Know (religion), Spellcraft, Concentration||Item with necromancy aura||Skill||+0||Rank, DC 30|
|43-51||Cultist||Cleric||Sp Focus (Conj), Sp Focus (Necro)||Disguise, Concentration, Spellcraft||Item that aids disguise or secrecy||Information||+0||Rank, DC 26|
|52-64||Inquisitor||Cleric||Sp Focus (Dlv), Investigator||Sense Motive, Intimidate, Spellcraft||Item with divination aura||Information||+½||Rank, DC 28|
|65-77||Exorcist||Cleric||Sp Focus (Abj), Spell Penetration||Spellcraft, Concentration, Know (the planes)||Item that affects extraplanar creatures||Influence||+½||Rank, DC 30|
|78-88||Temple guardian||Paladin, Fighter, or Blackguard1||Power Attack, Cleave||Know (religion), Spot, Climb||Armor||Skill||+0||Rank, DC 28|
|89-100||Cloistered||Monk||Dodge, Mobility||Tumble, Jump, Balance, Hide, Move Silently||Item that provides protection||Skill||+0||Rank, DC 28|