A cleric bears arms and a shield in search of adventure, but he is no mere soldier questing for treasure. He wields spells but he is no mere enchanter, hungry for knowledge, in service only to himself. The cleric is a servant of god, the guardian of his faith and spiritual shepherd to the souls of his congregation. The cleric stands undaunted at the gates of eternity, wielding mace and magic against the shambling hordes of living death and the numberless legions of the damned. Once he is beyond the early stages of his career, the cleric has seen enough and done enough that his holy ideals will be tempered by the realities of mortal existence. This makes the cleric an appealing contradiction; a person with unwavering faith in the glories of the existence beyond that waits for all who believe, who is also more than familiar enough with the ways in which the mortals of the living world can hurt and betray one another and the gods above to be a hard-bitten realist.
With the help of this sourcebook, any character choosing the cleric class will find many alternatives and options for expanding his range of abilities. With career paths and new multiclassing options, clerics can customise their advancement with their chosen branch of training; legendary classes offer an expansion of their character features that elevate them to epic levels and beyond. Insights are given into the use of easily overlooked spells, and new magical rules are introduced in the form of divine ceremony magic and the greater domains of faith.