The Broken Ones were a monastic order devoted to the god Ilmater.[2][3][1][4]


The Broken Ones numbered both monks and swordsages among their ranks. The order had no temple or monastery to call a base, and nor did they have a fixed hierarchy.[5]


The Broken One monks were kind and enduring,[4] and they acted purely in the name of Ilmater.[2] Swordsages of the order were ascetics who remained detached from the world and lacked zeal.[5]


Members of the order were responsible for the defense of Ilmater's temples and shrines, as well as his followers. They also sought to track down and punish those who inflicted cruelty, especially followers of Loviatar.[3][2][4] They performed good deeds and righted bad ones.[5]

The Broken Ones regularly traveled as pilgrims through the Dalelands, stopping at temples of Ilmater if no other lodging was available. They often visited the many shrines in the region.[2][5]


A Broken One monk pursued the paths of a healer and a hunter in service to the faith. As a healer, they learned the skills of treating injuries and dispensing medicine, and could even develop the ability to lay on hands and heal injuries with a touch. As a hunter, they also learned the skills of wilderness survival and tracking. They were dogged in the pursuit of tormentors, and could develop supernatural skill in following the tracks of Loviatans. Such hunters had only to touch the body of one recently harmed by a Loviatan to see the true face of their attacker. Some could even learn a locate creature spell specific to locating worshipers of Loviatar.[4]

Some Broken Ones learned tactics in combat by which they could swiftly intervene and save an ally from an attack, at the cost of suffering the blow in their place. This effort could leave them wearied, if not slain by the blow.[6]

Monks of the Broken Ones could cross-train freely as clerics, as well as divine champions, divine disciples, divine seekers, hierophants, arcane devotees,[2][3][1] and swordsages.[5]


People often mistook the Monks of the Long Death, who regularly disguised themselves as beggars, for Broken Ones. This angered the Ilmatari.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sean K. Reynolds (2002-05-04). Deity Do's and Don'ts (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 7. Retrieved on 2009-10-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 25, 243. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 36. ISBN 0-7869-3697-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Eytan Bernstein (2007-09-11). Crusaders, Swordsages, Warblades. Class Chronicles. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-05-21.
  6. Thomas M. Reid, Sean K. Reynolds (Nov. 2005). Champions of Valor. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-3697-5.
  7. Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 167. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.

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