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Holy symbols were divinely powered implements used by clerics and paladins alike to enhance their prayers or unleash the fury of their god.[4][5] The holy symbol is a representation of a god or pantheon.[6]


Holy symbols came in a wide variety of designs, though all shared the common quality of being directly blessed by a god, godlike being, or the servants of the former two for the purpose of aiding agents of the divine. In many ways, holy symbols were to clerics and paladins what swords were to fighters or wands were to some wizards.[5]

Typical holy symbols took the form of amulets, emblems on shields, or reliquaries that contained fragments of sacred material.[4]

An assortment of holy symbols made of different materials was available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. They needed to be blessed by their corresponding church in order to be effective for channeling divine magic.[2]


A cleric or paladin, when casting a divine spell, could use a holy symbol as a spellcasting focus by holding or visibly presenting it, thereby eschewing most ordinary material components that the spell might otherwise require.[6] Because this is a focus, their enemies will remove the holy symbol from their possession upon imprisoning them to prevent advantages.



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