If clerics casting healing spells bothers you, require them to roll their spells randomly.
Yes, that would suit Xathoqqua.
Also, although Xathoqqua is Chaotic, he's not just a god of random slaughter (at least not as Smith portrays him). He's a god of sloth, dark humor, and capriciousness. I could see him healing somebody because their whimpering was disturbing his sleep, and he was too lazy to get up and eat them. Or because he foresaw that they would commit some amusingly horrible act in the future, provided they survived their wounds. Or just because he felt like it that day. And the next day, he might devour that same person...
True, I suppose it is a person's perception of this creature, and I can relate to yours Blackadder, it might be my perception of him is a little grimmer. But I do enjoy Handy's idea for this Mystic Priest as I personally would deign them any kind of armour (much like a mage) and the best weapons they could use is a knife (sacrificial) and some form of staff.
Also meant to communicate to Jeff that the Base Cleric in rules, suits Apollo and Artemis cults, which would probably be a better choice for heroic Characters (though not nessaccary ) Also Krimmr, I see your a great Conan fan, much like myself Jeff, and for Example the D20 Conan RPG by Mongoose has no Clerics or Healing spells. At first I was in a little doubt of how it could work (they give PC Fate Points, can be use for "left for Dead! etc.) as in some battles if there was no Clerics, there would be pile of dead hero carcasses in every chamber of cert dungeon, but it does add a certain realism to Howard's idea of Crom and his Hyborian Age world, where he breathed strength and the will to survive into the Cimmerians and that was it, no more, survive or die! And this could relate to other Cultures of the Hyborian Age, whether civilised or not.
So, what I think I mean, is the Cleric suits some of the Gods in Hyperborea, but this Mystic Shaman/Priest seems like a good substitute, much like a Cleric Subclass for the game, though it not need to be official.
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