How would you play a cleric / oracle of Calistria?


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I was thinking something like Moxxi from Borderlands


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I was gonna come in with some lengthy ideas, but you honestly nailed it in one. She is provacative, sexual, and above all else, spiteful. She is quick to seek retribution against those that wrong her. She embodies all the traits of a good Calistrian


I once played a Tiefling Oracle who gave more than just a bit of lip service to Calistra in the Hell's Vengeance campaign (though she wasn't his patron due to alignment issues). He was a bit of a sadomasochist, was employed as a courtesan and did a bit of torturing on the side, though he was often loathe to do any lasting harm as he tended to view people more as tools that shouldn't be wasted.

I am not familiar with the character "Moxie" (mostly because Borderlands is not the kind of game I enjoy, and thus do not play) but if what Albatoonoe started is accurate, you are definitely on the right track.


What if you want a CG cleric instead of CN? I would say she would be nice to everyone by default, but anyone who tried to harm her or her friends would be lucky if all they got is cursed for life.


Oracles do not gain their powers directly from a deity. Often there may be many deities that are supporting an oracle. Sometimes the deities do not even really get along that well. The mystery of fire for example is supported by Asmodeous and Sarenrae.

This is not to say that an oracle cannot worship a deity, they just don’t really get anything out of it. In this respect they are similar to fighters, rouges or even wizards. Unlike a cleric an oracle who violates the teaching of his deity suffers no penalty. An oracle could even worship a deity who opposes the deities actually granting them power.

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Sometimes it's fun to play against expectations. Calistria is goddess of lust, trickery and vengeance, and it's quite common to focus on the sexier bits of lust and vengeance, but it could also be a fun change of pace to focus most strongly on trickery.

The character could be a gnome who staves off the bleaching by coming up with the best pranks, working as a performing comedian / satirist, by night, and pulling (harmless and not deliberately humiliating) pranks on her friends and allies, saving some truly wicked 'tricks' to play on actual enemies encountered while adventuring, or threats to the community, or whatnot. She's not necessarily all sweetness and light, but is smart enough not to poison the well she drinks out of by performing hurtful or humiliating pranks on her neighbors or fellow adventurers who she might later be counting on to drag her unconscious body out of a fight...

Indeed, she's more likely to lighten the mood with gentler humor, in dark times, and to invite her companions to contribute to and 'get in on' her jokes and pranks, because she dislikes a grim atmosphere, and wants everyone to remain in good spirits and be part of the fun (again, not necessarily because she's *nice,* it's just easier to get things done and live her life without spiralling into depression if everyone around her isn't miserable and feuding).

She's selfish about being nice, which is a fun way to scoff at expectations, to make a chaotic neutral character who gets along with everyone and helps them get through the day with a smile, but isn't all warm and fuzzy inside, and is doing so for her own reasons.


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She's selfish about being nice, which is a fun way to scoff at expectations, to make a chaotic neutral character who gets along with everyone and helps them get through the day with a smile, but isn't all warm and fuzzy inside, and is doing so for her own reasons.

This may sound weird but this makes me think of the song "Get The Balance Right" by Depeche Mode (although the type of person the song describes is more like True Neutral than Chaotic Neutral)


I very briefly played a Calistrian cleric who was evil, and very unappealing. He joined the temple for the women, but was kicked out of the temple for becoming obsessed with revenge against those who rejected him. After awhile, he came to blame appealing people for his lack of appeal and took it out on people he thought of as appealing. He eventually focused his revenge on a group of adventurers, essentially sticking with them and healing them just to enjoy and prolong their suffering while using healing, both magic and mundane, as an excuse to touch people who wouldn't normally let him near.

It was entertaining playing such a vile character, but I couldn't keep it up for long.


ErichAD wrote:

I very briefly played a Calistrian cleric who was evil, and very unappealing. He joined the temple for the women, but was kicked out of the temple for becoming obsessed with revenge against those who rejected him. After awhile, he came to blame appealing people for his lack of appeal and took it out on people he thought of as appealing. He eventually focused his revenge on a group of adventurers, essentially sticking with them and healing them just to enjoy and prolong their suffering while using healing, both magic and mundane, as an excuse to touch people who wouldn't normally let him near.

It was entertaining playing such a vile character, but I couldn't keep it up for long.

Such a character sounds disturbingly believable in this day and age. Not the magic part but the whole "Hating and wanting revenge on everyone just because he isn't given what he wants" part.


Said this a few times:

Chaotic Good follower of Calistria, free love and natural justice.
Neutral follower, the biological imperative and only the strong survive.
Chaotic Evil, pretty sick and twisted.
Chaotic Neutral, if it feels right and 'karma sucks'.


It started as a joke, wondering aloud about an ugly Calistrian, but eventually I realized "oh, I know this person." and it ended up just being disturbing. The intersection of lust, vengeance, and deception, isn't really my favorite.

Still, it has made my group more concerned about Calistrian temples than they were previously, so mission accomplished I guess.


My campaign has two characters that I would consider Calistrian or Calistrian-like. One is a CN Calistrian sylph cleric/evangelist and the other is an elven bardess that RPs as a working prostitute. (When the bard's player is unavailable for a session, it's assumed the character is working, and she rolls Profession checks for income.)

The Calistrian cleric/evangelist's player RPs her character as in an open marriage. The player of the bard formerly played her character's wife, a CN summoner. She switched to playing the bardic prostitute after a long hiatus from the campaign.

When the cleric character gained the Deific Obedience feat as part of becoming an Evangelist, she sought out a yellow silk sheet to use for the Deific Obedience feat when she can't find a suitable partner.

The details of the Calistrian obedience for this feat might be useful for RPing a Calistrian cleric even without the feat.

Calistria's deific obedience (Inner Sea Gods, Pathfinder 1e) being:

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Obedience

Engage in sexual activity with another individual in exchange for money, information, or another valuable resource. This must be a willing act on both your parts; you should not endanger yourself or otherwise enter a situation that makes you uncomfortable. Pray aloud to Calistria before and after the act, and encourage your partner to do the same. If no suitable partner is available, wrap yourself in yellow silk and hold your holy symbol against your chest. Meditate on the teachings of Calistria and fantasize about taking vengeance against one who wronged you. Gain a +4 sacred or profane bonus on Charisma checks and Charisma-based skill checks when interacting with an intelligent creature that could be sexually attracted to you. The type of bonus depends on your alignment—if you’re neither good nor evil, you must choose either sacred or profane the first time you perform your obedience. Once made, this choice can’t be changed.

I feel like the Deific Obedience for Calistria really lays out a pretty strict routine for characters that take it. Not all clerics are going to take this feat, but it gives a pretty good idea of the sort of "prayer" that Calistria is looking for.

Aside from the sexual stuff, she's always looking for new people that are worthy of her revenge. (She's not strong on the trickery aspect of the deity, honestly.)


Wolf Munroe wrote:
Aside from the sexual stuff, she's always looking for new people that are worthy of her revenge. (She's not strong on the trickery aspect of the deity, honestly.)

True, though it makes me wonder what the other gods are doing to make her want revenge so often. Especially since you'd think if someone had a reputation for being really vengeful, You'd think people would try to avoid drawing their ire as much as possible.


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Maybe other gods are trying to use her for revenge purposes? For example, I could see a follower of Asmodeus tricking a follower of Iomedae into incurring the wrath of a follower of Calistria.

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