Cleric FDP Rating
What Is FDP
FDP refers to a Cleric's Faith, Devotion and Piety rating.
Faith is how much someone truly believes in a deity or entity. Do they believe in their chosen deity fully? Do they harbor any doubts of their deity's abilities or willingness to aid their followers?
Devotion is how committed to following the rites and rules of the deity and the Church/temple/etc... Do they hold themselves to following the rites and rules to the letter each and every time?
Piety is how "true" someone is to their beliefs. Do they always stand up for their deity or the ways of their order. Do they allow transgressions based on indecisiveness or other motivations. Do they allow fear, uncertainty and doubt to how well they represent their deity, church, order, etc...?
These are general guidelines. Use your imagination based on the nature of the deity on how to "fine tune" how a benevolent deity might judge the Cleric. A hard-ass deity or a deity that sees everything negatively or pessimistically.
Assessing The Ratings
I give each category a scale of 1 to 5 for each of the categories Faith, Devotion and Piety.
- 5 is the highest score. This is the most, best, highest level or indication of the category. The PC is at their utmost effort in demonstrating this trait. This indicates the PC is "on target" 90 to 100 percent of the time.
- 4 is next highest. This indicates that the PC is "on target". This indicates the PC is "on target" 80 to 89 percent of the time.
- 3 is middle performance. Average. This indicates the PC is "on target" 70 to 79 percent of the time.
- 2 is needs much improvement. They are below average and are likely to be reprimanded or seen as lacking or deficient by the deity in this area.This indicates the PC is "on target" 60 to 69 percent of the time.
- 1 is not achieving. It shows a lack of effort or caring. Clerics at this score are going to be punished, shunned, excommunicated for having such a low score. This indicates the PC is "on target" less than 60 percent of the time.
At the end of each gaming session, I give Clerics and druids a Rating. This way each new session starts with the most recent activity reflected and the god's pleasure or displeasure is noted and the consequent results can be included before gameplay begins.
When determining to level up a Cleric or Druid PC once the appropriate XP are reached the FDP rating can influence the ease or likelihood of being allowed to gain the next level or not. You can use just the most recent rating or create a composite or average of the last few or all of the ratings over the last full adventure or since the last level up to influence the outcome.
The Composite Score
Once each of the categories has been rated, the three scores are added together and the sum is divided by 3.
For example... A Cleric who scores a 5 on Faith, a 3 on devotion and a 4 on Piety will add those up to equal 12. Divide that by 3 and the composite score is a 4.
Any score that is in between such as a 3.2, etc... shall be rounded up if .5 or higher and rounded down if below .5. thus someone with a 3.2 composite score would be treated as having a score of a 3. A composite score of 3.6 would be handled as though it were a score of a 4.
FDP Composite Score Judgment
There are consequences, good and bad, for having a given composite FDP score.
Having a score of:
- 5 = Maximum beneficial favor of the deity. Casting spells and carrying out Clerical works is given the equivalent of always rolling a natural 20. The best results are always guaranteed. It is also the equivalent of all things getting a +4. The Cleric with such a rating is granted an Armor Class Bonus of +4 being a protected and favored Cleric.
- 4 = Moderate beneficial favor of the deity. Clerical spells and works are given a bonus the equivalent of a +2. The Cleric with such a rating is granted an Armor Class Bonus of +2 being a protected and favored Cleric.
- 3 = Average. A Cleric rated as a 3 is a standard, textbook Cleric with no extra bonus, protection or added influence on spell effects.
- 2 = Needs Improvement. This rating is putting a Cleric on notice that they need to step up their game or there will be unfavorable consequences. Spells are likely to be at lower performance and effect. They would always receive a -2 penalty in clerical efforts at spell casting and works such as Turning, etc... They are not given a penalty on AC but no enchanted devices above a +2 effect will work at more than +2. Hence if the Cleric obtained a +4 Bracers of Defense, they would only function at +2 at this rating.
- 1 = This is the worst a Cleric can perform and still be a cleric and even then, they are on a very short rope. Everything the Cleric attempts at this rating is like always rolling a 1 on a d20.. The effects of spells will always be the lowest and least effect, if they work at all. Clerics operating at this rating are essentially one step away from being banned, excommunicated, shunned, etc... They are of the lowest significance to the deity in question who likely will not grant higher level spells put directly to them and if they do, they pretty much use the Cleric as an automaton to effect the least effort to address the issue using a spell of their own discretion, probably ignoring completely what the low rated Cleric asked for.