Differences Between Mages and Clerics

There is actually a large and vast difference between the Arcane arts and Divine prayers, also known as Granted Prayers. Mages, within enclosed librams deep in the bowels of the schools of sorcery, study over arcane and secret tomes of magical knowledge night and day, carefully crafting their scrolls for travel and committing their known spells to memory for use later, if the need arises. They spend hours binding runes to their spell books, to keep the curious person out of these treasured tomes. They also have a limited pool of energy that must be replenished on a daily basis, for every spell that they cast takes a small part of their stamina, until all their spells are used up and they are physically exhausted. They may only cast a particular memorized spell once a day. When it is cast, it erases from their memory and needs to be studied and memorized before it can be cast again, which must be done while they are at rest. Also they may only cast a certain number of spells per day, the ones memorized. As stated before, once this limit is reached, the mage must rest and study his spell book again before he may cast those spells. Even reading a spell from a scroll is impossible when the limit of spells memorized is reached, because the energy they stored is depleted and requires rest to replenish it, which comes from complete rest of at least 6 undisturbed hours. No action other than the most basic, such as eating and sleeping, can be taken. Upon the morning (or time equivalent to 6 hours rest), spells again may be memorized, as the depleted energy is replenished. As the mage grows in experience, so does his pool of energy, allowing more spells to be memorized and the longer it will take to be depleted. There is a trade-off, however, the higher level spells do take more energy to cast, therefore the mage gets fewer of these to select but gains the ability to select more of the lower spells, as these drain less energy.
Clerics on the other hand, do not have this reserve, known as the Arcane Pool, They need not use such things as runes, components and spell books. Instead of these, they wear about their person, be it a amulet, bracelet, earring, etc, the symbol of their Deity. The most common form is the necklace with the symbol of their Deity hanging from it in plain view, though followers of an evil Deity may keep their symbol hidden, as some of these are frowned upon by the general populace. This symbol is consecrated to their respective Deity and is the focus of their faith. When in need, they humbly pray to their chosen Deity, asking for assistance. Some may even take hold of their holy/unholy symbol as part of this prayer. The Deity in question grants them an allotment of prayers to use per day, each having a single use. When the cleric uses all of these prayers, they may ask for no more until the following morning when they pray to their chosen Deity, again asking for allowance to use these same prayers the had before. Again, as the Cleric rises in experience, the Deity grants usage of more prayers, but with a similarity as the mage. There are fewer higher level prayers and more lower level prayers accessible.

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