I see the point your're driving at Master of Shadows...and part of me agree's with you on basic principle. The thing is...at least at this point...we don't know what those "feats" will be that could be put on hiatus whilst you search for a new settlement or wait for your new one to be built. How big an impact it's going to have on you...and will starter settlements be able to support some higher feats or not..??
The good thing is that it's still in Alpha and we're having this discussion...instead of two months after OE.
You could even have the quest's linked to escalation cycles or special events.
Find the ancient Tome that tells you what you need to kill "Dave the Detroyer", then find the mystical tools needed, the rare materials required, find the hermit with the special ability to create the + gazillion Fly Swatter of Doom that's needed to destroy the dastardly Dave...etc...
Not being part of Alpha makes me wonder if this isn't unintentional. As FOO pointed out heavy armor is heavy armor. It doesn't matter who's wearing it...and it's not like the Clergy have a "special" way of wearing it. It's probably a simple over site that will be taken care of in due time.
Fear not...is only Alpha.
Very sweet artwork. Top notch all the way.
If you're wanting a neutral group focusing on being hopefully the best trade center in game, then check out the Kingdom of Aeternum.
I think you'll be very welcome anywhere you choose to go...so welcome aboard and join in the fun. Help us build a great game.