I saw a PDK Melee Cleric here: https://www.ddo.com/forums/showthrea...-melee-Healer), wanted to take a look at a caster Cleric as well. Would be along the lines of a Half-Elf with Fighter Dilettante, able to equip any martial weapon, but using Charisma instead of STR for damage/attack. The focus would be on good/light damage and Turn Undead (since there's a lot of undead in the Forgotten Realms content). Came up with the following 32pt build:
STR:10, DEX:8, CON:14, INT:10, WIS:18 (all level ups here), CHA:14. This is assuming a first-life with no tomes at all.
Skills would be split between Heal and Spellcraft, with some spread out in Balance and then Concentration. Level 1 feats would be Toughness, Shield Mastery, and Augment Summons. The rest would be the usual Cleric metas - Emp. Heal, Max, SF:Evo, GSF:Evo, Heighten, Quicken (at 18, since you won't get Mass Heal till then anyway). Haven't gotten too far into Enhancements yet, but would get to Burst/Aura in Radiant Servant, damage boost/healing amp/PDK boosts in racial, heavy blade spec/haste boost from Kensai, Toughness from Protection, and then boosts to light/good spell power in Divine Disciple. Seems like it should be a pretty solid first-timer soloing build, along with being a good healbot when needed as well.
Note: The starter gear set for PDKs is actually pretty solid - all the important stuff covered, but no WIS item (no surprise though - PDKs are SUPPOSED to be fighters ). Ran some GH walkups on elite and some of the new Forgotten Realms stuff on Hard with some guildies and had no problems with offensive casting, and melee is acceptable when using Greatswords. So far it seems to be a decent Cleric build for a first-lifer.