Something came to my attention after our PF session last night, that I would like to get some input on. We are all between 4th-5th level.
We have 5 players, 3 of whom are rolling up new characters(2 died, and I'm just bored with what I'm currently playing). I haven't made my new character yet, but the other 2 players already have.
What came to my attention, was that after looking over our party roster, we now have no divine spellcasters whatsoever, aside from a 5th level Ranger. One of the PC's that died recently was an Inquisitor, which had been shouldering the healing duties of the party up to that point. Our party now consists of:
So, since I am the last one making a new character, am I obligated to roll up the divine spellcaster of the group? Be it a Cleric, Druid, whatever, would I be a jerk if I didn't roll up healing support?
I'll be honest, I had been pondering making a new character for a while, and our DM even allowed me to use 3.5 material(which I was giddy as **** about, if anyone know my issues with PF). I've been combing over my old material the past few days for ideas, and really, being a divine spellcaster was very low on my idea list.
But now, I feel like my ideas have to be put on hold so I can play a nanny character to the group; make sure everybody's fed(Create Food and Water), patch up their boo-boos(Cure spells), make sure they're properly outfitted(buff spells).
I realize divine spellcasters are much more than healbots, but if I make a one, that's all I'm going to be good for to the team. We already have a strong melee, ranged, and 2 arcane spellcasters, so all that's left is divine cleanup duty.
It seems like every other character I roll up is a healer, and frankly, I'm a little tired of it. I'm not saying it should necessarily be someone's else's problem, but I've shouldered the burden of being healbot more than a few times. I've tried making non-traditional clerics, but they always come up short; Mystic Theurges/multiclassed, War-domain battle clerics, etc.
Does anyone have any ideas on how the party can manage healing and support, without one of us being relegated to being a healbot?