To produce the opportunity for giving a sermon, the cleric must first obtain the attention of believers. This can be done through the use of the enthrall spell, but more likely the cleric will need to stand in a place where the audience can see his or her whole upper body, while shouting for others to listen. If the audience is passive or moving quiety, they will stop and listen without hesitation. If the audience is already involved in violence, however, the cleric must make both a wisdom and charisma check (both must be successful).
It will require five minutes (25 rounds) to deliver the sermon. The cleric may ask for two sets of behaviours:
- That believers should cease wrong actions, lay down their arms, become passive, become patient, cease their greed, envy or lust and allow their better natures to assert themselves for the good of all.
- That believers should resolve to commit right actions, taking up arms against enemies, ending vice (or perhaps embracing it, depending upon the nature of the cleric), quit the area or act to help others.
Obviously, believers will not commit any act that is not firmly within the bounds of their religion, nor should a cleric ever think of asking such (thus risking excommunication).
As said, for at least four hours, believers shall accept the counsel of the cleric - however, after that time, all persons failing in a morale checks will abandon the cleric's wishes and resort to their original intentions, once again growing angry, turning to vice, fleeing before their enemies and so on. A cleric must be sure that a situation can be resolved within four hours in order to gain the best results from preaching - but at the same time the ability will work to buy time, move people to a different place, ensure that at least some good work will be done and so on.