|James Jacobs Creative Director|
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James Jacobs wrote:Just to be clear, though, I presume that the title implies some level of authority in the faith as well? After all, we see references to classes that "play an important role in the faith" but are "not clergy", like Bards who follow Cayden Cailean.
"Priest" is a word we've often used in our books to denote a person who is part of a faith's religion. A priest can be of any class. It's a gendered word, so it's not the BEST option (which is why you see us sometimes use words like "worshiper" or "clergy" instead).
The fact that we haven't associated the word "priest" with specific class names or rules or other things is intentional, as it's very valuable for us to retain some words so that the only definition that matters is the word's actual definition. (We can no longer indiscriminately use the word "hunter" to talk about folks who make a living hunting for food, for example, or the word "arcanist" as a catch-all word for all arcane spellcasters.)
It indicates a worshiper of a faith. That is it. Doesn't imply anything about positions of authority in the faith. It's a one word shortcut to saying "Individual who worships this deity or follows this religion." It's a synonym, in that regard, with things like clergy or worshiper.
And bards who follow or worship Cayden Cailien can ABSOLUTELY be priests if they want to be part of the organization. If they merely worship him, they are not priests.