My first post here, although I’ve been aware of the site for some time. Recently returned to gaming and thought I’d drop a discussion point.
I’ve been listening to ‘Bone, Stone and Obsidian’…to the gents in charge, I’m looking forward to more content. I was inspired to look through my copy of ‘Earth, Air, Fire and Water’ again after listening to the podcast.
Is anyone else of the opinion that the accessory diverted from what Denning and Brown wrote in the novels and core books?
I’ll explain: within the Prism Pentad it seems clear to me that Caelum and Rkard, Sun Clerics, were representations of priests that worshipped Elemental Fire and that Magnus the Windsinger, represented Air. The paraelemental priests presented in ‘EAF&W’ were antithetical to my understanding of the original boxed set and Denning’s novels so I discarded them as a concept, keeping only the four core elements.
IIRC, ‘The Crimson Legion’ (where there are hints of the rituals to bring about a sun cleric’s birth) was released before ‘EAF&W’ so I’d have to assume the designer, Shane Lacy Hensley, either didn’t read the novel or ignored it in favour of a different path. There were parts of the accessory that I liked, and incorporated into my campaign, and parts I discarded. Either way, I’d be curious to know what Denning or Brown’s original thoughts were on elemental priests.
In my early campaigns I took my lead from the novels and decided that PC elemental priests were born, burdened by fate, following rituals during the mother’s pregnancy; rituals unique to each of the four elements. Before the introduction of Genasi in Planescape I had my own version of plane-touched for Athas. Each elemental priest was essentially a form of Genasi, infused with elemental energy of the appropriate type in the womb and born with signifiers of the element’s favour: ostensibly the colour of their eyes and a birthmark, if not more [e.g. the sun birthmark on the forehead and ‘fire-eyes’ for Sun Clerics mentioned by Denning and the Water Cleric’s blue tear-marks mentioned in Lisa Smedman’s short story ‘Ashes To Ashes’ in Dragon 197 / I created my own eye and birthmark signifiers for the other elements].
Anyone else have an opinion on this?