From Unofficial Ansalon Wiki
Templars are clerics who have devoted their lives to a more forceful enforcement of their chosen deity's ways. The have many of the spells that a Cleric does, but they also are skillful in many combat skills. Templars may be considered as a mix of cleric and warrior.
Templars begin with the mace skill, as well as rudimentary healing spells. Other weapon skills may be acquired, but at a high price.