Gorum Warpriest


Advice


Hello all,

I'm contemplating a Cleric just for the sheer number of heals they have. However I see that a Cleric of Gorum could actually make a respectable melee combatant also. With spells like true Strike and Enlarge he seems like he could be formidable indeed. Just wondering if i started with a 12 WIS and put boosts into Wis every 5 levels (keeping in mind Warpriest slow spell progression) how likely would I be able to land the 4th level spell Weapon Storm at level 7, 11, and 15 let's say.

https://2e.aonprd.com/Spells.aspx?ID=373

Also is this a class that can work with a group consisting of a barbarian, wild druid, and a rogue? Is Chaotic Neutral essentially a wild man or could it work?


At level 7 compared with a full caster you are 20% less likely to make the target fail the saving throw (DC 25 vs DC 21).

At lvl 11 10% less likely (DC 30 vs DC 28).

At lvl 15 15% less likely (DC 36 vs DC 33).


A good rule of thumb, one which one of the devs demonstrated the math on, is that +3 attack (or in this case Save DC) does 50% more damage, at least for basic attacks & basic saves w/ criticals involved.

So at level 7, with your 14 to a spell-focused Cleric at 18/19, you do about 75% the damage (they do 1/3 more).
A Cloistered Cleric just got a proficiency bump, so that's a +4 advantage so they do about 2/3 more damage w/ Weapon Storm than you do.

At 11th, you catch up in proficiency, but then let's say you're 16 to their 20. So you're at 3/4 to both.

At 15th, you're 18 to their 20/21, so only +1 advantage, so you're doing about 5/6 the damage.
Unless they're Cloistered. Getting another proficiency bump, they're now +3, at +50% damage above you.

And True Strike is much better as a Heal until later levels when there are still too few to base a build around. Though they're nice on top of an already good build w/ Greatsword & 16+ Str. The fact you can 2-action Heal an ally/yourself and still get in a Strike is pretty sweet. Would not recommend Enlarge, at least not on yourself.

As good as the Greatsword/Weapon Storm combo looks, it still requires focus on casting. A low-stat caster should shelf it beside the other offensive spells, especially when a proficiency rank behind.

And yes, the sheer number of Heals is a tremendous game-changer.
And there are exceptional circumstances that defy all that advice. :)

Cheers


Weapon Storm is gonna be rough to land, but for sure 12 WIS is pretty good and you'll kick ass in melee! Keep that spell for cleaning up mooks, I guess.


I guess I can't do much in order to make Weaponstorm really viable, here's my statline:

Human Cleric of Gorum

Str 16
Dex 12
Con 12
Int 10
Wis 12
Cha 16


Are you trying to max your CHA to have more Heal spells?

Because you could:

Ancestry(Human): WIS+STR
Background(Battle Healer): CON+STR
Class(Cleric): WIS
Free: WIS+STR+CON+CHA

Which gives:

STR 16 DEX 10 CON 14 WIS 16 INT 10 CHA 12

that gives you 2 free heal spells, but your WIS and STR would be on par with each other. You also gain battle Medicine, which is a nice emergency button.

You can change you BG to put the bump on CHA instead of CON, but CON 14 lets you get Fast Recovery.


I'm trying to basically have weapon storm work (even if it's just against mooks that would work) the other spells I want to not critically fails are harm, because I plan to get Cast Down at level 6. So if I can use 2-3 of my low levels slot on Harm to Prone enemies using Cast Down that is great, anything other than a critical fail will work there. I think I value (for this specific build only) Charisma moreso then Wisdom for the sheer number of heals, it's probably going to be more valuable than having a higher Wisdom to land some offensive spells. I'm planning on just doing melee damage with this character, early levels will cast Magic Weapon and the occasional True Strike, later on once I have an actual magical weapon I'll replace the spell with Harm (at level 6). I don't expect to really use any offensive spells at all, I don't believe the Wisdom will be high enough to effect bosses with any sort of reliability, so instead of getting Searing Light or something for a level 3 spells I would opt for multiple Heroisms possibly.


Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?


Atalius wrote:
I'm trying to basically have weapon storm work (even if it's just against mooks that would work) the other spells I want to not critically fails are harm, because I plan to get Cast Down at level 6. So if I can use 2-3 of my low levels slot on Harm to Prone enemies using Cast Down that is great, anything other than a critical fail will work there. I think I value (for this specific build only) Charisma moreso then Wisdom for the sheer number of heals, it's probably going to be more valuable than having a higher Wisdom to land some offensive spells. I'm planning on just doing melee damage with this character, early levels will cast Magic Weapon and the occasional True Strike, later on once I have an actual magical weapon I'll replace the spell with Harm (at level 6). I don't expect to really use any offensive spells at all, I don't believe the Wisdom will be high enough to effect bosses with any sort of reliability, so instead of getting Searing Light or something for a level 3 spells I would opt for multiple Heroisms possibly.

You're right that stats can't support being excellent all around, and War Priests fall behind on casting proficiency anyway, so I say go with the Charisma for the Heals that will let you stand in the front!

I might balance this against the Rogue's intentions re: Charisma & face skills and the Druid's intention re: Wisdom & getting Medicine (w/ the feats to improve it).

Cast Down should be pretty funny w/ such a melee-heavy party and a low-level Harm/Heal. You don't want to use a high-level slot, as you'll lose a lot of the spell's oomph. It's really just an auto-trip at range, not very good for damaging due to the DC.
Heal will nearly always be your best spell BTW. Paizo may have over-corrected there, given how dull healing is.


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Ya I plan on going Intimidate, Medicine and Athletics. Ya I was hoping to just use a couple level 1 and 2 slots maybe later on for Harm to auto trip someone hopefully so the Rogue can capitalize and so can our barbarian with his AOO and our MC druid/fighter with his AOO.


Does a Chaotic Neutral character work? How does one act?


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Atalius wrote:
Does a Chaotic Neutral character work? How does one act?

I have no idea what Chaotic Neutral means to you, your GM, your fellow players, or how it impacts the prospective campaign.

A classic joke is to call CN the alignment for players who want to pretend their evil PC isn't evil. Heck, in the original D&D, there was Law & Chaos w/ no Good or Evil alignments. Another joke is that CN translates as Chaotic Stupid.

If you think CN needs to sow chaos, then obviously that interferes with party cohesion and linear storytelling. If you think of CN in the Golarion sense of independence and promoting personal agency above group agendas and most definitely above hierarchies, then your PC will fit in better...assuming the other personalities are okay with that.
CN isn't about in-group/out-group, but about individuals, which can lead to some interesting RPing. "I'm going to judge this monster/cultist/etc. on his own traits, not those of his peers."

I think more important than alignment is what matters to your PC. What do they seek to accomplish? What do they do in their leisure time? What do they want to learn?
CN is often framed as what it stands against (hierarchy, legalism, and groupthink), but what does your CN PC stand FOR?
Being Chaotic Good of course makes this much easier.

There are alignment questionnaires online that may help too.


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Another word for "Chaotic Neutral" is "True Chaotic".

TC people can work in a team, form meaningful relationships, have a morale compass, and express nuanced personality with a free will, just like everybody else.

Then, figure out what "Chaos" means to you, and pepper that meaning into the realistic, sentient, feeling person described in the preceding sentence.

Add the tenets and anathma of your deity and you should be good to go.

Optional step: become aware of the hyperbole associated with this legitimate alignment. I'm sure someone will pop in and demonstrate...


rainzax wrote:

Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?

Don't think it's possible to start with 18 STR?


Atalius wrote:
rainzax wrote:

Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?

Don't think it's possible to start with 18 STR?

You can, but it involves using the ‘Optional Flaw’ mechanic during character creation. This is where you voluntarily take additional Flaw in two separate ability scores (can be the same score if ancestry gives you a boost to it, but can not be applied to a score which already as a ancestry flaw) to increase one other score (can be a score already boosted by ancestry) during the ancestry part of the character creation process.

A 18 Str Cleric would be possible at LV1, by gaining two ancestry boosts to Str, using the optional Flaw feature, at the cost of lowering generally two other scores.


Siro wrote:
Atalius wrote:
rainzax wrote:

Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?

Don't think it's possible to start with 18 STR?

You can, but it involves using the ‘Optional Flaw’ mechanic during character creation. This is where you voluntarily take additional Flaw in two separate ability scores (can be the same score if ancestry gives you a boost to it, but can not be applied to a score which already as a ancestry flaw) to increase one other score (can be a score already boosted by ancestry) during the ancestry part of the character creation process.

A 18 Str Cleric would be possible at LV1, by gaining two ancestry boosts to Str, using the optional Flaw feature, at the cost of lowering generally two other scores.

You can never get a 14 in anything at the Ancestry stage. You can only put the extra boost from voluntary flaws in a stat you boosted if it's also your ancestry flaw.


lordcirth wrote:
Siro wrote:
Atalius wrote:
rainzax wrote:

Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?

Don't think it's possible to start with 18 STR?

You can, but it involves using the ‘Optional Flaw’ mechanic during character creation. This is where you voluntarily take additional Flaw in two separate ability scores (can be the same score if ancestry gives you a boost to it, but can not be applied to a score which already as a ancestry flaw) to increase one other score (can be a score already boosted by ancestry) during the ancestry part of the character creation process.

A 18 Str Cleric would be possible at LV1, by gaining two ancestry boosts to Str, using the optional Flaw feature, at the cost of lowering generally two other scores.

You can never get a 14 in anything at the Ancestry stage. You can only put the extra boost from voluntary flaws in a stat you boosted if it's also your ancestry flaw.

Yes you are right on that. (That rule is riddled with exceptions.) Thanks for the quick correct.


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Atalius wrote:
Does a Chaotic Neutral character work? How does one act?

I'd say rather than ask "how does a Chaotic Neutral character work?", the better question is "How does a worshiper of Gorum work?"

I think asking questions about the god your character chose to worship and why that character made that choice, rather than about the alignment itself, will help you get a better idea about how to RP your character.


Indeed, how would one RP a Cleric of Gorum in a party of mostly other chaotic characters with the exception of the Druid/Fighter MC not sure what alignment he is.


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Atalius wrote:
Indeed, how would one RP a Cleric of Gorum...?

The last character I played was an inquisitor of Gorum. She did as she pleased and let others do the same, as long as they didn't interfere with her business. She generally felt that weak people deserved what they got, but tended to confront those who abused their strength--both because she didn't like a-holes and for the chance to prove her worth to Gorum in case he was watching.

She never backed down from a challenge she had a chance of winning, which caused the rest of the party some consternation. They once stranded her on the wrong side of a portcullis, facing a giant and a bunch of orcs (Quick! Name the AP!). She didn't mind; she survived, they came back for her, and not everyone has the guts to stick things out.

tl;dr: Go watch Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West". Either that or Schwarzenegger's first Conan movie; Gorum's essentially Crom, after all. You'll get the idea.


Siro wrote:
Atalius wrote:
rainzax wrote:

Intimidating Prowess and Battle Cry.

Frightened reduces Saving Throws.

Might want to 18 ST so that at 10th level you have 20 ST and that second +1 kicks in?

Or if you are willing to wait until 12th level you can MCD Sorcerer?

Or do both?

Don't think it's possible to start with 18 STR?

You can, but it involves using the ‘Optional Flaw’ mechanic during character creation. This is where you voluntarily take additional Flaw in two separate ability scores (can be the same score if ancestry gives you a boost to it, but can not be applied to a score which already as a ancestry flaw) to increase one other score (can be a score already boosted by ancestry) during the ancestry part of the character creation process.

A 18 Str Cleric would be possible at LV1, by gaining two ancestry boosts to Str, using the optional Flaw feature, at the cost of lowering generally two other scores.

This intrigues me, here's what my numbers might look like before the optional flaw feature:

Str 16
Dex 12
Con 12
Int 10
Wis 12
Cha 16

So with the flaw feature could it look like this:

Str 18
Dex 10
Con 12
Int 8
Wis 12
Cha 16

Can anyone confirm this?


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No, you can't have strength 18 as a first level cleric. The optional flaws are are part of the ancestry selection and you can't boost strength twice during any one character creation step.


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Atalius wrote:
Does a Chaotic Neutral character work? How does one act?

you in general balk at the law, at least thinking laws personally hamper you but this belief might also extend to other people, so you might think people would be better off in a freer less stuck in stone society.

the good parts of chaotic are supposed to be free and quick thinking and self reliance.

one of the anathema of Gorum is to prevent conflict through negotiation, in general his edicts are to push yourself and fight head on.

Blave wrote:
No, you can't have strength 18 as a first level cleric. The optional flaws are are part of the ancestry selection and you can't boost strength twice during any one character creation step.

also this is 100% correct, for instance it turns a dwarf ancestral bonuses to Con, Wis, Freex2 + charisma flaw and 2 free flaws.

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