Monk Characters and the Vow of Poverty

This page is intended to summarize changes to the monk class on the Knights of Noromath.

1. Vow of Poverty
2. Monk Sash
3. Ki Weaponry
4. Fighting Styles

Vow of Poverty
All monks starting on the Tethir Road or characters who begin the monk class later in their careers are considered to possess the Vow of Poverty. Like paladins, monks are allowed to possess up to ten magical items at any given time and still receive their Vow of Poverty benefits endowed by their Monk Sash item. A monk who acquires more than the ten allowed items or who carries on their person more than ten thousand coins will be considered to have broken their vow. Material wealth drags down a monk's spiritual growth, so even simply carrying too many items of great value will distance a monk from the benefits of their vow. The items need not be equipped.

This abandonment of material wealth allows any monk to acquire and activate special monk items that will respond to a monk's ability to channel ki. Based on the monk's class level, they will receive a scaling benefit from wearing the Monk Sash item.

Monk Sash

Monk LevelMonk Sash Effects
1-2 Armor Class Bonus +1
3-5 Armor Class Bonus +2
6-8 Armor Class Bonus +2, Cold Resistance 5, Electricity Resistance 5, Fire Resistance 5
9-11 Armor Class Bonus +3, Cold Resistance 5, Electricity Resistance 5, Fire Resistance 5
12-14 Armor Class Bonus +4, Cold Resistance 5, Electricity Resistance 5, Fire Resistance  5
15+ Armor Class Bonus +5, Cold Resistance 5, Electricity Resistance 5, Fire Resistance 5

Ki Weaponry
A monk may also equip herself with a variety of ki weapons.

Monk LevelMonk Fan Effects
1-4 +1 Ki Enhancement Bonus, lawfully aligned
5+ +1 Ki Enhancement Bonus, +1d4 slashing damage, lawfully aligned

Other monk gauntlet items may be crafted which can provide minor benefits to monks starting out.

More powerful ki weapons may be crafted in the spirit of the monk orders of the southern kingdoms. When the appropriate material components are acquired and gold and experience points are spent into these ki weapons, they can rival their magical counterparts with ease.

Monk OrderMaterial ComponentItem Properties
Broken Ones Broken One's Yoke AC Bonus, Bull's Strength Spell, Enhancement Bonus, Good, Ghost Touch, Law 
Dark Moon Crystal of the Dark Moon Darkness Spell, Enhancement Bonus, Evil, Law, Vampiric Regeneration
Shining Hand Tablet of the Shining Hand Adamantine, Dispel Magic Spell, Enhancement Bonus, Keen, Law, Massive Critical
Sun Soul Goblet of the Sun Soul Darkvision, Good, Enhancement Bonus, Law, Searing Light Spell, Silvered, Sunbeam Spell

Fighting Styles

Finally, the following styles are supported for monks following the gods of the monk orders. Utilizing a fighting style will drain ki every round. Praying will restore all ki.

Monk OrderFighting StyleBenefits
Broken Ones Eagle Style +2 AC, +1d4 Magic Damage, +3 to Dealing Critical Hit Severity, -3 to Receiving Critical Hit Severity
Dark Moon Cobra Style +2 AB, +1d6 Negative Energy Damage, +5 to Dealing Critical Hit Severity 
Dark Moon Eclipse Style +4 AC, -5 to Receiving Critical Hit Severity
Shining Hand Deva Style +2 AB, +1d4 Magic Damage, +5 to Dealing Critical Hit Severity
Sun Soul Eclipse Style +4 AC, -5 to Receiving Critical Hit Severity
Sun Soul Flaming Fist Style +2 AB, +1d4 Fire Damage, +5 to Dealing Critical Hit Severity

 

 

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