Divine Aptitude

Divine Engagement: Having Divine Aptitude and/or divine capability (powers, traits, features using divine [Synergy] energy). It is fundamentally the power of a community united in beliefs and purpose to alter The Pattern. A character who takes on Divine Engagement as a primary character development path is referred to as a Follower. A permanent change in the score of this Aptitude triggers an instance of Actuated Awareness. The act of manifesting specific Divine Power/Capability using Synergy (see hereafter) is referred to as Adjuration. The powers gained from this typically derive from the Mystic Inspiration tradition.

Petitioning for Divine Power

Divine practitioners most often use Adjuration (petitioning) for spells and Inscription (scrolls) Methodologies to make scribed magics. For more information of the actions and perspectives on this, see the Guide for Followers.

Divine Energy: Synergy

Synergy allows a character to manipulate object, powers, and features based on divine bonds to The Pattern using a form of anima energy. To consciously and freely gain and use Synergy, a character must have Essence and a Synergy Pool. Natural Talent???? Divine Aptitude provides a basic amount in a Synergy Pool, but Synergy can be developed independent of it.

Most Common Traditions: Inspiration

d20™ Divine Aptitude Mechanics

This content is part of the Incarna d20 Variant changes are for the d20 System™.

Requirements: Adoption of a Primary Class and Primary Ability at the time of acquiring the first measure of Aptitude for d20 (see full details on acquiring d20 Aptitude). * No Aptitude’s granted powers can be exercised unless the character’s level is equal to or higher than the Aptitude rating. *

Primary Classes: Cleric (Inspiration tradition), Druid (Inspiration and Spark/Anima traditions), Paladin (Inspiration tradition); Note Multiclassing Options changed.

Commitment to Mystic Tradition: If a character decides to commit to a single Tradition as well as using Aptitude for d20 and no Multiclassing, they gain a Committed Spell Progression.

Primary Abilities: Charisma, Intelligence, Wisdom; it must be one of the Primary Class’s proficient abilities.

Rating Cost Description (Cumulative Effects)
1 5 Essence

Divine Aptitude Common Elements (at Every Level)

Inspired Litany: The Character gains a bonus equal to their Aptitude to their Religion checks for their own faith(s) as represented by the Tenets of it’s Abiding Litany.

Natural Affinity: The character may Attune a number of Empowered Divine Item equal to half their Aptitude (minimum of 1) without Pledging Essence.

Natural Discernment: The Character gains a bonus equal to their Aptitude to their Divine Phenomenon checks.

Natural Foundation: The Character sets their Conviction equal to their Aptitude. If the Aptitude measure is equal to or less than their current Conviction, Conviction increases by 1.

Mystic Insight: The character gains a total number of Prepared Spells from Aptitude for the Primary Class equal to their Proficiency Bonus or their Aptitude rating (whichever is higher).

Additional Aptitude Powers

  • Divine Bulwark: Using their natural insight, all abjurations of Bless [spell] or Resistance [cantrip] are enhanced when cast upon a target that has the condition of Shared Litany. A Character must choose 1 magical effect; some classes do not have both as an option.
    At this level, no Concentration for the Divine Bulwark effect is required.
2 4 Essence 
(9 total)
  • Divine Aptitude Common Elements
  • Attribute Affinity: The character gains a +1 increase to the maximum value (usually taking it to 21) of their Primary Ability within their Primary Class.
  • The character is able to use the Channel Divinity power in the faithful around them as an Action. It must be voluntary, and the target possessing it within 30′.
  • Divine Bulwark: At this level, the Divine Bulwark effect has maximum effect on all affected with Shared Litany.
3 3 Essence 
(12 total)
  • Divine Aptitude Common Elements
  • Aptitude Emphasis: (Lesser) The character’s maximum in their Primary Ability is raised by 1.
  • Enhanced Liturgy: If the character abjures a spell at a target with compatible/harmonious condition of Shared Litany, it enhances the effects. A Bless spell is treated as if it was one level higher spell slot, and has maximum effect. Healing Word always has maximum effect. Shield of Faith requires no concentration.
  • Prepared Magic: The character can have a divine spell “prepared” and gain an initiative bonus equal to their proficiency bonus. Their next Action must be to use that spell or it is not considered prepared any longer.
  • Divine Bulwark: At this level, the Divine Bulwark effect affects all targets with Shared Litany within 5′ of the abjurer.
4 2 Essence 
(14 total)
  • Divine Aptitude Common Elements
  • Aptitude Emphasis: (Greater) At 8th level, if you choose an Ability Score Increase in your Primary Class’s 2 proficient abilities, you can increase one ability by 1 and the other by 2.
  • Prepared Magic: The character can have a divine spell “prepared” and gain an initiative bonus equal to double their proficiency bonus. Their next Action must be to use that spell or it is not considered prepared any longer.
  • Devoted: Gain an extra use of Channel Divinity
  • Vital Conduit = Principal Source: [1 Synergy] Effort is purely the domain of the Principal, the intended adjuration/casting of a divine power cannot be interrupted nor can the Concentration be interrupted.
  • Divine Bulwark: At this level, the Divine Bulwark effects adds Relentless Endurance on all affected with Shared Litany.
4 @ time of Character Inception

iCore Divine Mechanics

Core Divine Aptitude
Rating Cost Description
1 5 Essence
2 4 Essence 
(9 total)
3 3 Essence 
(12 total)
4 2 Essence 
(14 total)
4 @ time of Character Inception = Natural Divine Talent


Divine Aptitude: Bonds of spirit and insight into synergy of the cosmos.
Kinetic Aptitude: The rigors of health and mind-over-body.
Occult Aptitude: Command of arcane powers and entities.
Psychic Aptitude: The will as a representation of reality.