Monk Characters and Vow of Poverty

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

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.  Their 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.

The benefits of choosing poverty are immense for a monk. Based on the monk's class level, they will receive a scaling benefit from wearing the Monk Sash item.

Monk LevelMonk Sash Effects
1-3 Armor Class Bonus +4
4-6 Armor Class Bonus +5
7-9 Armor Class Bonus +6, Cold Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Fire Resistance
9-12 Armor Class Bonus +7, Cold Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Fire Resistance, +2 Wisdom
12-15 Armor Class Bonus +8, Cold Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Fire Resistance, +2 Wisdom, Bludgeoning Resistance, Piercing Resistance, Slashing Resistance
16+ Armor Class Bonus +9, Cold Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Fire Resistance, +2 Wisdom, Bludgeoning Resistance, Piercing Resistance, Slashing Resistance

Additionally, a monk may equip themselves with a Monk Fan and enjoy the benefits of focused ki.

Monk LevelMonk Fan Effects
1-4 +1 Ki Enhancement Bonus, +2 slashing damage, lawfully aligned
5-9 +1 Ki Enhancement Bonus, +1d6 slashing damage, lawfully aligned
10+ +2 Ki Enhancement Bonus, +2d4 slashing damage, lawfully aligned

A few monk-only combiner recipes exists that can add the traits of the monk fan or other monk item to a masterwork item.

By utilizing these special monk items, a monk will remain in good standing with their vow of poverty.

Material wealth drags down a monk's spiritual growth, so even simply carrying items of great value will distance a monk from the benefits of their vow. Certain monks with access to magical items may choose these in favor of the Vow of Poverty items and their benefits, which is a suitable choice from an out of character perspective.

Read more about Monk Orders, here.

Supported Monk Orders

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