The blog is probably going to undergo a huge transformation soon. More on that later. But in the meantime, I thought I’d ask: How could you make clerics require spell books and recieve spells directly from their god, simultaneously?
Men & Magic, famously, states that all spell casters are considered to have spell books. Greyhawk apparently contradicts this, stating that cleric spells are divinely given. But the Zenopus Archives blog has been working through the Holmes manuscript and found that Holmes labeled the Magic-User spell lists as “Book of 1st Level Spells”, “Book of 2nd Level Spells”, etc., but didn’t do the same for clerics… and someone at TSR (perhaps Gygax?) added spell lists labeled in the same style as the Holmes version of the M-U spell lists. So, the published version of Holmes states that clerical magic is divinely given, but implies the existences of clerical spell books.
This isn’t speculation about how you are supposed to do it. This is a challenge: if you had to do both, if each clerical spell had to be in a spell book, but divinely given, how would you implement that?