Unconventional healer

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Unconventional healer

In an upcoming campaign, one of the players has an idea for a party healer. The idea in a nutshell is that they come from a world where there are no gods that grant divine healing. Undead dominate the world and the gods whose domains had healing in them were either driven off or killed.

So to circumvent this limitation the player is proposing playing a LN healer who gains the ability to cast healing spells by consuming the vitality of dead flesh. Lesser healing spells are powered by eating animals parts, greater healing requires the consumption of meat from humanoids.

Since the character is LN, they will not be actively seeking slay animals and humanoids for consumption. But given the opportunity, they will consume the meat to support the rest of the group.

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Not wishing to delve too deeply in the limitations of the D&D alignment system... Does this concept work OK in your opinion with a LN outlook/alignment?

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Soubds like the healer is

Soubds like the healer is abiding by a code whether it be for personal moral reasons or a desire not to break any laws (or both), so I'd consider it justifiable.

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Agreed

Thanks for the input.

From a cold law point of view, it makes sense. The campaign will also feature Mechanus so the character can argue that the logic is sound. However, it will be interesting to how palatable the other characters find it. Plus watching how the party develops when they visit the Beastlands...

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I would say that the

I would say that the Beastlands would not object at all, although they might encourage the player to find other sources of healing, such as herbalism, alchemy, or a new, more active god to follow. Still, the logic of the Beastlands is the dance of predator and prey -- if there is something he needs from flesh, he can try to get it. Just remember that the prey fights back.

Morally, a LN person might have concerns with preying on any animal from the Beastlands since they speak there, and could well fall under the prohibition on eating sentient beings.

By the way, I suppose if the character wishes to be lawful, the bardic route of arcane healing is closed, but there are a small number of arcane healing options: the S/W 3 spell Light of Venya will do a small amount of healing (and any magical healing will stabilize someone), while the 7th level spell Simbul's Synostodweomer allows an arcane caster to channel spell levels into healing, and summoning spells of various levels may be able to call creatures that possess healing spells and abilities. (I had a lawful wizard once. He adored Synostodweomer.)

Finally, druids may be lawful neutral and such druids may cast divine healing spells if they prepare them, although the natural energies of a world under the dominion of the undead may be unable to muster sufficient energy to empower such spells. Rangers at level 10 (8 with sufficiently good bonus spells) may case cure light wounds. Of these options, a full-on party healer would probably be best taking the druid route, if your setting allows for druidic healing. I actually have written up a lawful sect of druids -- the Cosmic Order -- that you or he might be interested in, if you and/or they want to do that.

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Thnaks for the great ideas Jem. Unfortunately the world does not have enough nature left to support druids, they were in fact the first to be killed off by the undead.

In the Beastlands there is a balance between predator and prey. If prey numbers increase, they can support a larger population of predators. If prey numbers decrease, predators starve to balance the numbers.

The way in which this healing works for the LN character is that it not only give 50% healing boost, it's also addictive. Once the party starts to rely on this level of healing, it will be difficult to give it up. The party also has a psionic-based healer, but not as efficient.

Hence the party;s main healer will have to deal with her appetite (I was going to say hunger, but that is not the case) and on the Beastlands the desire to change from in effect being a carrion eater to a full-blown predator should provide great role-play opportunities.