Just thought of a related q.. Could a druid even benefit from this item, since they are not supposed to be turning undead? What of those priests who do worship gods who don't grant turning of undead? Would using one of these amulets be seen as a violation of their ethos??
The item description in the DMG is silent on the matter of which class(es) may use it, except to say that the wearer is able to turn undead "like a cleric"
. So to me that would imply that any
class can use it. It's the power of the amulet that is doing the turning, independent of the class of the wearer.
The PHB is also silent as to why a druid cannot turn undead, but if we look at the 1E DMG, it says:"Due to their involvement with living, growing things, druids have no power to turn or control undead, demons, or devils."
Not the clearest
explanation, admittedly. I take it to mean that the druid draws his power from the force of Nature, which is not "holy" in the sense that Nature is True Neutral, whereas clerics who can turn undead gain their power from gods of Good alignment who oppose undead, while evil clerics who can control undead gain their power from evil gods who align with undead. So the druid, being TN, does not have the force of Good to drive off undead or the force of Evil to control undead.
I've always argued that undead would be the most logical enemies of druids, being undead and therefore outside the cycle of birth, life, death, rebirth. They'd be considered an abomination. But I'll address that in the 1E forum because this brought up in my mind a major issue in the 1E rules.
In any case, I can't see it being a problem for druids to use the amulet to turn undead. If Nature (which is TN) would oppose the druid using the amulet, then why not also CN or LN characters whose gods would not be concerned with undead. Likewise, a LE character would be able to use the amulet to drive off evil undead using the amulet despite being evil himself. Absent any other instructions in the DMG, I'd say we can assume any character can use the amulet.