I think the trick is to remember that priests are people, too. To make them one dimensional - purely good, or evil, or what have you - is to weaken their character too much.
I post this with full realization that my 30 is essentially a list of one-dimensional characteristics, perhaps two. But I see these as archetypal seeds to plant a full-fledged character with flaws and virtues like anyone else.
I think any of these clergy have the potential to be good or bad. To wit: the Pardoner, though corrupt in his desires, can provide hope to the hopeless by appealing to the benefits of the afterlife. Maybe he even cuts his prices to peasants who have seen particularly bad times. Conversely, the Merciful might blindly protect some trickster criminal or worse, inadvertently providing his church's sanctuary to a villain and making capture by the PCs all the more difficult. Go to Comment
I'm impressed that you managed to work this one through without repetition! And I agree with your comment earlier. Priests are people. You potentially have 60 different archetypes here to work with, depending on how you spin each one (good intentions vs bad intentions). The Puppet could just as easily be doing his very best to prevent a civil war that would result in the deaths of many of his congregation. Go to Comment
This King really wants to modernise his kingdom, but he does not care who gets hurt, and many of his ideas for his "Great Leap Forward" are terrible. His kingdom is wracked by famine, but his police and secret police have managed to ruthlessly suppress all opposition. He has a very active personality cult.
This king is trying to change his nation but he is going too far too fast, the clerics are worried about him, and many people who supported him earlier are backing away. Go to Comment
Perhaps there might be made a scroll for other monarchs to be submitted as their thought up? If there are 30, there are bound to be more, such as The Solomon, the king who rules with wisdom and intelligence, whom the people favor due to his fairness; or perhaps The Edward, a king who rules because the true king is off fighting a war, and makes a mess of the country while his brother is gone. I'm seeing awesome potential for a scroll.
But a good concept and reference. It sparked some good ideas, in me at least. Go to Comment
This life is simply preparation for the next. A large percentage of the kingdom's resources are dedicated to building an enormous monument and tomb for when this king eventually passes. He is a decent ruler, but his reign will not stand out in the minds of the people; he will be remembered only by his tomb.
In order to keep the kingdom free, this monarch is willing to do anything - and I do mean anything. She freely offers her body to powerful men in order that she too might gain influence. The common people, of course, know nothing of this, though the nobles are well aware and have mixed feelings on the matter.
The gods of old are pushed aside at the command of this newly-converted monotheistic king. As temples are torn down or rededicated to the new deity, many convert either out of reverent zeal or desire to save their rank in the kindgom. Other, however, stubbornly resist and outright ignore the king's will. Go to Comment
A secret MLM (pyramid) company that offers eternal life, but in fact it transfers the life forces of its members to those position "above". If you get high enough, (meaning you get enough new members) you start to enjoy the benefits. Maybe a willing sacrifice is much more effective for the transfer. But no one says, that a suddenly unwilling member, threatening to tell the authorities, may not loose it involuntarily... thus start people to vanish, and aged corpses are deposited somewhere safe.