39.0 Church and the Clergy

Church and the Clergy Rules

Attending Church

39.1 Attending church is a weekly action (Cost is SL in crowns for donation, 1 SP gained). Mistresses can be taken and have their collection money paid (unless wealthy). Church attendees have no cause for duels with other people who are also attending church.

Joining the Clergy

39.2 Joining the Clergy is a pre-monthly action. To join the clergy a character must first find a Bishop to sponsor them and act as Mentor. A NPC Bishop will sponsor a character on a 3+ on one die and may be influenced. A player character (PC) Bishop may make whatever decision he wishes, even refusing to sponsor another character as a student. Each month one attempt to find a sponsor may be made pre monthly. Additional attempts may be ordered as weekly actions and may be combined with attending church. However sponsorship in either case will begin the following month in the Pre monthly phase. If the sponsor is a PC both he and the character seeking sponsorship must order it at the same time of the month. (Either pre monthly or in the same week).

39.3 Once a Bishop agrees to sponsor a character, he may also decide to withdraw that sponsorship at any time (7+ on one die and can be influenced.) This can occur at any time prior to ordination. If this happens the student will need to find another Bishop for sponsorship before ordination.

39.4 A character who successfully gains sponsorship may apply to the Seminary to become a Theological Student. A character may try once a month to be accepted as a Theological Student until successful as a pre monthly action. The chance of being accepted is based on SL. However each additional Bishop willing to sponsor the character grants a +1 to the die roll. When applying the student must select one of the Bishops willing to sponsor him to be his official sponsor and mentor. This is the Bishop the student will first serve under when ordained (in the Bishop's diocese). Students have none of the restrictions of priesthood, and may remain in the military. The only requirement is they have is to spend at least one week of the month in religious study (at no cost) in the seminary unless at the front, in gaol, or on expedition. Theological Student status is lost if this is not maintained. This does not apply to the month in which this status is first gained. A Theological Student normally gains 1 SP a week if he spends it in study.

39.5 A Theological Student gains no SP or pay for that status and may not carry out any of the duties of the Clergy such as performing marriages, sermons or funerals. A Theological Student is considered a member of the Clergy for the purposes of the Justice rules (see below).

39.6 A Theological Student may seek ordination at any time. If he is a member of the military he must resign. A Theological Student may delay ordination indefinitely for whatever reason they choose. However, if ordination is delayed (by choice or by circumstance), they must continue to study at least 1 week each month. This does not apply if the character is at the front, on expedition, or in gaol.


39.7 Ordination is a week long activity and requires the sponsoring Bishop, and another Bishop or an Archbishop of the proper order to facilitate the confirmation. A NPC Bishop or Archbishop will agree to confirm the ordination on a 4+ on 1d6. A PC Bishop or Archbishop may make whatever decision they wish including refusing to confirm the ordination. Seeking and agreeing to facilitate the ordination requires a week and must be ordered by both parties in the same week. A Theological Student may begin looking for a Bishop or Archbishop at any time.

39.8 The sponsoring Bishop is still required to assist in the ordination even if he has moved on to a higher position. If the Bishop has moved on to become an Archbishop, a second Bishop or Archbishop is still required. All three parties must order the ordination during the same week (The sponsoring Bishop, second Bishop or Archbishop, and the Character).

39.9 The Theological Student may invite a number of characters up to his SL to the ordination. If any attend they receive 2 SP (No donation is required) and the newly ordained priest gains 1 SP per PC in attendance. A character may only attend an ordination if invited. And must be ordered as a weekly action in the correct week.

39.10 Members of the clergy may renounce the cloth at any time. However, doing so results in the loss of 2 SL and all clerical privileges, including any lands granted to them by the King (as a result of title attempts). If they held a title before they took the cloth they receive an immediate title attempt upon leaving the church providing they qualify for Chevalier (minimum SL of 6).


39.11 Clergy, like military, must go in order of rank for promotions and no rank can be skipped. Vacancies will arrive as PC's and NPC's advance, die, retire, etc. This allows attempts at advancement to the next higher rank or a lateral move in the same rank to more prestigious area (influence can be used). Clergymen do receive support (pay), status, and influence from their position in the church. In addition to any appointment held.

39.12 Rising in ranks within the church has parallels with those in the military. Seniority runs from top to bottom in the structure with PCs having priority over NPC's. Bishops and Archbishops are similar to Generals while the Archbishop of Canterbury is similar to the Field Marshall. However, clergy do not rise in rank like members of the military, but must seek promotion from those superior to them in the church to rise in rank. Promotion must be applied for as a pre monthly action and will be granted subject to the decision of the appropriate office, for which influence may be used. If successful, the priest rises in position and rank and assumes the new diocese and duties.

Note: Up to the rank of Vicar the character applies to the Bishop who he serves under. For ranks of Bishop and above the character must apply to the superior of the position being applied for. This means that after the rank of Rector is obtained the character is not necessarily applying to his current superior but to the one who rules over the office being applied for. (the Archbishop of Canterbury is appointed by the King). If successful, the priest rises in position and rank and assumes any new diocese and duties. If the clergyman that the character is applying to is a PC, the PC may make whatever choice he desires concerning granting or refusing promotion.

39.13 Promotions can only occur one step at a time and a clergyman must serve in his present position for three months before rising in rank. (note: this also applies to a move to a different area but at the same rank). Ordination counts as a promotion. A +1 modifier to the die roll is gained for every 3 SL that the character has above the minimum SL required for that rank. When a Theological Student receives ordination he begins his service in the Cathedral that is sponsor maintains. If his sponsor has moved to a higher rank he serves under the Bishop who replaced his sponsor at that particular Cathedral. This means that since Bishops can move and be promoted the character may not be seeking promotion in the lower ranks from the Bishop who sponsored him. Lower ranks who apply to the Bishop for promotion are Deacon, Curate and Vicar. A Rector would be applying for the position of Bishop and therefore his application would go to an Archbishop.

39.14 There is only 1 Archbishop of Canterbury, 5 Archbishops, 11 Bishops, and 27 Cathedral Rectors. This means there are a limited number of openings at higher ranks in the church. However, there are an unlimited number of openings for Deacons, Curates, and Vicars for game purposes. There is also the special rank of Curia. A Curia is a member of the clergy who has attained the rank of Bishop or greater and then decided to retire from the political life of the church to serve in a more advisory manner. A Curia acts in all ways as a Rector. He may hold appointments according to the rank of Rector and may teach at the Seminary. If the Curia wishes to rejoin the political arena of the church he must seek appointment as a Cathedral Rector and begin the climbing process again. However, a Curia always has a +1 modifier to die rolls for appointments and rising in rank. A member of the clergy who was defrocked does not become a Curia.

39.15 Each month there is a chance of an incumbent senior member of the clergy (Rector or above) dying or retiring. Or the position may become vacant because of a move or promotion. If this does not occur the only way a position will open up is to force the resignation of the incumbent. The limit of available positions creates some stiff competition at higher levels.

39.16 The King appoints the Archbishop of Canterbury when there is a vacancy. The King may also remove the Archbishop of Canterbury if there is a call for his dismissal (7+ on d6). This may be influenced and receives a +1 if the Archbishop of Canterbury has been charged with a major crime.

39.17 Archbishops and Bishops are appointed by the Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs with the approval of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The council consists of the King, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the King's spiritual advisor. Two of the three must vote yes for the applicant to get the post (npc will vote yes on a 3+ - may be influenced). If the King's spiritual advisor is the one applying then the third vote is cast by the highest SL archbishop. (Of course these votes may be influenced). The King may veto the promotion and he will do so on a 6+ (d6), this decision may be influenced.

39.18 Technically each member of the clergy of the same rank is equal. However, some Sees (the area to which the clergy is assigned) are more prestigious that others and award additional SP to the clergyman holding that position. As a result, they become more sought after by the members of the clergy, sometimes passing up other opportunities to wait for a more prestigious one. In come cases a member of the clergy will give up one See to take another of higher prestige even though it does not advance them in rank. If they do this, however, they must remain in the new See for at least three months.

39.19 When applying to more than one See, orders should indicate the order in which the character wishes to attempt them. This is the order in which they will be checked. Once the character is accepted into a See no further applications will be checked that turn.

The Rights of the Clergy

39.20 Clergy gain the following privileges and have the following restrictions placed upon them.

  1. Clergy do require female companionship. They may court mistresses (subject to the restrictions set out below), but if they go to bawdyhouses can be brought up on charges by their superiors to an Ecclesiastic Tribunal
  2. Clergy may marry. A clergyman is required to propose to his mistress as soon as he is allowed to do so.
  3. Clergy may not pursue careers in the military except as chaplains.
  4. Clergy may turn down all challenges to duels without loss of status. Bishops may discipline clergy who duel under their guidance.
  5. Clergy are not normally subject to secular laws. Low crimes are normally dealt with within the Church.
  6. An Ecclesiastic Tribunal determines guilt or innocence and the penance for clergy. While anyone may bring charges up against a member of the clergy, only the Inquisitor or their superiors may bring the charges to the Tribunal for trial. The inquisitor may be prompted to bring charges on a member of the higher clergy, but only by one of their superiors. A NPC inquisitor will bring charges on a 4+ (d6). Bishops may be called to account by Archbishops or the Archbishop of Canterbury. Archbishops are disciplined by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In all cases a NPC Archbishop of Canterbury will do nothing.
  7. Clergy may preach sermons attacking or praising other characters or a stage production once a month. This requires the Clerygyman to make an Oratory roll. The Clergyman may gain or lose sp depending on the outcome of that roll. Any character so attacked may lose or gain SP up to the rank of the clergyman plus or minus an additional amount determined by the Oratory roll. All such attacks or praises must be published in the press.
  8. Clergy may perform marriage ceremonies gaining SP and income based on the SL of the couple.
  9. Clergy may offer sanctuary to characters who are being persecuted or wanted for trial. A character offered sanctuary cannot be arrested, and can stay in sanctuary as long as the clergyman extends his support. However, neither the clergyman nor the character may do anything while he is in sanctuary except rest, write plays or treatises, or study theology as a Theological Student (If he is accepted).
  10. Clergy may admit themselves or another character to the monastery for the purpose of resting/illness recovery. Orders must state if refuge is being given to a particular person for a given month.
  11. Clergy may not be titled and lose any title (though not the pension) on ordination. If however a straight 6 is rolled when there would normally be a title attempt, the clergyman is granted estates by the King instead.
  12. Members of the clergy do not have to pay double their SL for normal monthly support. The church takes care of their food and shelter in most cases. However, they may still purchase greater residences and pay the upkeep for them and may participate in conspicuous consumption (concon). This may come to the unwanted attention of their superiors.

Duties of the Clergy

39.21 Clergy attending church do not have to make a donation, but if they do, gain 1 SP as normal (Default is no donation unless orders state otherwise).

39.22 Rectors assigned to a Cathedral should spend one week per month attending to matters there. Bishops and Archbishops should attend to their bishoprics one week per month. These duties can be combined with other religious activities (such as attending church, performing services, etc.) The Archbishop of Canterbury is free from this implied duty as he is above all the regions and thus if anywhere in England is seen as performing his duty to the people.

39.23 The danger of not performing one's duty in the church is disciplined by one's superior, or the possibility of an increase in HL. Every month that a member of the clergy does not attend his „flock“ there is a +2 increase to the die roll for HL rising in the region/city. The clergy are very important to keeping the peace in the country.

39.24 Deacons must perform two weeks of duty per month, and Curates one week. Other ranks can be paralleled to nobility in the aspect of duty performance. Above curate no duty is mandatory unless in penance. Since clergy of the rank of Rector or higher „should“ attend their diocese, Vicars and Curia have the greatest amount of freedom with no required or „implied“ weekly service. These weeks of duty must be within the diocese of Bishop that the Deacon and Curate serve under.


39.25 Clergy may give a sermon as a weekly activity. Giving a sermon requires an Oratory roll, the results of which may gain or lose the PC sp. This sermon can be used to praise or attack another non clergy PC, or denounce a theatre production being staged that month or simply to guide the flock. Orders should briefly state the nature of the praise or criticism being preached. Sermons bring in money to the coffers and donations. Part of the collection is available to the clergy man (see tables).


39.26 Wedding services gain SP for the clergy performing the ceremony and the groom. SL range determines which options are possible and necessary depending on the grooms SL. A NPC will always perform the ceremony if asked. Half of the cost paid go the clergy performing the ceremony, the rest goes to the church. Guests do not donate to the collection or gain SP for attending church though they may gain SP for attending the wedding.

Clerical Appointments

39.27 There are a few appointments open only to certain members of the Clergy (See appointment table). Clergy are still eligible for certain other appointments and may accompany foreign expeditions as missionaries. Rank requirements for clerical appointments vary. Some appointments require a minimum rank while others require a specific rank. Also, some appointments are appointments that can be held with other appointments and some are not. See tables for requirements and responsibilities.


39.28 Clergy can be tried for civil offenses as normal. However, a CPS who arrests a man of the cloth who is then found not guilty, loses his appointment immediately. Religious offenses are dealt with by an Eccliastic Tribunal consisting of 3 of the accused's superiors selected by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The format of a Tribunal is similar to that of a court-martial, with possible punishments including, a fine to the church, loss of appointment, one or two months confined to the monastery, extra religious duties and so on. One of the possible punishments for clergy is to be sent on a mission. For more information see the justice section.


39.29 Clergy may go on missions to do penance for sins or to preach Christianity to the rest of the world. Missionary work can bring rewards both for the career and the purse, as well as making him a notable figure. If a member of the clergy is disgraced for any reason (including debt), he must go on a mission until the disgrace is redeemed.

39.30 When going on a mission the clergy is sent to one of the destinations appropriate for his order. Each has chances for death, mentions is dispatches to the King and Archbishop of Canterbury, and financial reward. Only certain demonstrations are available to each of the religious orders. The Archbishop within who's diocese a member of the clergy has his See will agree to send a member of the clergy wishing to undertake a mission on a 5+ (d6).If the character is below the rank of Rector any Archbishop can make this decision. The Archbishop agreeing to the mission also selects the destination. If an Archbishop is seeking an mission these decisions are made by the Archbishop of Canterbury who will do so on a 6+ (d6). Clergy must stay on the mission for at least the number of months given under the minimum time on the tables. Rolls for Death, MID, and Loot are made once per mission. Clergy gain a title attempt for MIDs gained on missions, as do soldiers. Clergy who fall into disgrace by being caught poltrooning must remain on the mission until they receive a MID. They may not apply for any promotions until they redeem themselves.

Clergy in England

39.31 The clergy have substantial influence in public opinion in the Regions. Any clergy may use his position to preach to the populace during a given week. The clergy must specify where they will preach and what he will be preaching. Preaching in the provinces does count as a Deacon's or curate's week of service. This may coincide with service within their Canon's Diocese.

39.32 Preaching can have one of two affects. The clergy can attempt to justify the State's actions and preach acts of responsibility and humility. If this is done, the hostilities in an area of rebellion may be lowered. For every 4 ranks of clergy (or portion thereof) preaching the same message, 2d6 are rolled. A roll of 8-11 indicates that the message is accepted, and the roll for HL in that area gains a -1 modifier. On a roll of 39 the message is particularly heartfelt and the modifier is -2. For each successful roll, a MID is granted and these are distributed amongst the clergy present in order of rank. Any ties will be broken randomly.

39.33 The clergy can also attack the City or Provincial Governor, by preaching a message that he is unfit for the post, or whipping up religious hysteria (Which must be specified). 2d6 are rolled for every 4 ranks of (or portion thereof) of clergy as above. This time a roll of 8-11 indicates a +1 modifier to the HL roll. A roll of 39 makes the modifier a +2.

39.34 In either case, on a roll of 2, the priest is laughed out of the region and they lost 1d6 SP per month until they go on a mission abroad.

39.35 If the HL of a province rises to the point of riot or rebellion and the provincial governor is removed. The archbishop who's see is in that province may assume the office of PG with all benefits if the post is not taken by the winning commander or the Duke of the Duchy. The Archbishop may hold the office until the King names a replacement. (Usually no more than 2 months). The Duke of that Duchy may displace the Archbishop at will if he so desires.

Regimental Chaplain

39.36 A clergyman may seek to become a Regimental Chaplain. A Regimental Chaplaincy is a non-exclusive appointment and the Regimental Chaplain does not have a military rank. Rather, he receives pay and SP as if he were a Major in the relevant regiment.

39.37 Regimental Chaplains still have clerical duties but must perform them within the Regimental Church. Regimental Chaplains may give sermons, praise, lambast, perform funerals and conduct weddings.

39.38 Only members of Regiment or Regimental friends may attend sermons. Weddings and funerals may be attended by all who are invited, including regimental enemies where there is special reason (in which case cause will not arise).

39.39 Regimental Chaplains cannot lambast Regimental Enemies without cause.

39.40 A Funeral is a special sermon held the first week after the Regiment returns from campaign. Since the Regimental Chaplain MUST perform funerals, other members of the regiment may choose to attend. Anyone, even members of enemy regiments may attend a funeral (no causes for duel as in ordinary church).

Social points gained for funeral:
  • Captain + 1
  • Major/Lt.Col + 2
  • Col + 3
  • BrG + 4
  • LtG + 5
  • Gen + 6

If any Senior staff member dies, then the funeral must be held by Army Chaplain. Brevet ranks count as previous rank, e.g. BGen worth like LtG + 5 sp. Collections are the same as for other sermons. Example, during Summer campaign 13F lost 2 NPC Captains, 1 NPC Major and 10 enlisted. Then social points from this sermon (for the Chaplain and attendees) are 2+2+1 or 5sp. Another example, in the CG after a campaign no senior officers died, but some enlisted did. In this case, Regimental Chaplain MUST perform funeral for 0 sp, other members of regiment may not attend (free to choose).

39.41 Church Donations

39.42 PC's can gain extra SP for larger then normal (SL in Crowns) Donations to the Church. This donation must be in conjunction with a weekly visit to the church or no SP will be gained. See the table „Large Donations“ in the Church Tables for SP's gained per donation.