For the Fangwood Keep module, I have in mind building a cleric who has taken an oath of non-violence but who nevertheless wants to serve faithfully on behalf of his nation's military. The inspiration comes from Hacksaw Ridge (which is a great movie that I'd recommend). But I'm not exactly sure how to build it. I want to have a character that is interesting but not a horrible liability to my party. 4th level.
I've looked at other threads on this topic, and the first question that always comes up is, "what do you mean by non-violent or pacifist"? The reality is that I won't be able to define it precisely until I play it out. But again, taking my cue from the movie, it's someone who is patriotic, has accepted marching into battle with others who are violent, but who isn't holding a weapon, and isn't targeting an enemy with an attack or spell. No grappling, no Hold Person so someone else can CDG them. For me, that would also extend to not buffing an ally's attacks. I'm not going cast Sun Metal on someone's sword to help them burn the enemy. But I am fine, say, casting Shield of Faith to protect an ally from harm. I agree that sounds like a lot of restrictions, and that's why I really could use some advice!
I'm also not 100% tied to the cleric class, if someone has ideas for another class that's appropriate.
Given this set of proposed restrictions, how can I make a character that's reasonably effective?