Monastic Order

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Monastic Order and Allowed Multiclassing

  • Long Death (evil): assassin, blackguard, fighter.

  • Old Order (usually neutral, sometimes good, rarely evil): rogue, sorcerer, shadowdancer (monk levels must be higher than total of all other class levels).

Hin Fist (neutral or good): fighter, rogue, paladin.

Shining Hand (neutral): wizard (if monk level exceeds wizard level).

Order of the Iron Gauntlet (evil): assassin, fighter. A small sect within the Zhentarim, these monks train in stealth and assassination. Currently they are few in number but their leader has been recruiting widely.

Zealots of the Written Word (good): cleric. These monks accompany clerics of Deneir on quests, assist in moneymaking efforts for the church, and are as fond of recording information as any devout worshiper of Deneir.

Disciples of the Changeless Face (neutral): fighter. This stoic and spartan order is obsessed with preserving the knowledge of how things are (from laws to traditions to manners of speech) so that change can be detected and countered (which often involves beating into a pulp someone who disagrees).

Broken Ones (good): clerics, divine champions.

Disciples of St. Sollars (Monks of the Yellow Rose) (good): ranger, shadowdancer.

Disciples of the Phoenix (good): cleric. This order (and the other two orders of Kossuthan monks) is very insular and has a rigid tradition of study and fighting style, as well as behavioral taboos. They are the most likely to espouse the purifying and redeeming aspects of their deity’s element.

  • Brothers and Sisters of the Pure Flame (neutral): cleric. These monks seek a balance between the purifying aspect

and the destructive aspect of Kossuth’s flame, and are the mediators of the three orders. Most of them learn Ignan to better communicate with fire elementals.

  • Disciples of the Salamander (evil): cleric. Some of these monks rival a Talosian fanatic’s love of destructive fire,

but most see it as a necessary tool for renewal in the world. Many of them bear brands of magical symbols on their bodies and decorate themselves with fiery tattoos.

Sun Soul (good or neutral): any one other class (as long as monk is the highest class level).

Disciples of the White Rod (evil): cleric. Monks of Loviatar prefer using their bare hands to inflict pain rather than using weapons. When forced to use weapons, they prefer nunchaku with white-bleached leather wrappings on the hilts.

Runeclaws (evil): cleric. Because in many orc tribes females are not allowed to touch weapons, unarmed combat has become a means for female worshipers of Luthic to defend themselves against raiders from other tribes. Some female orcs that are too old for childbirth (particularly older wives of the chief) become runeclaws to prove they are still useful to the tribe.

Children of the Passive Voice (neutral): none. These monks serve as guardians to libraries and abbeys, and sometimes are sent to find lost stores of knowledge.

Dark Moon (evil): sorcerer (monk and sorcerer level must be within two levels of each other).

Serpent Guards (evil): assassin, divine champion, fighter, rogue. These fanatics guard temples, serve as minions to dragons, hunt dragonslayers, and assassinate those who pry too closely into the activities of the church. They are active in Unther and have been known to attack Mulhorandi soldiers.

Long Death (evil): assassin, blackguard, fighter.

Brotherhood of the Scarlet Scourge (evil): cleric. Monks of this strange orc order bleach their hands white and grow their nails very long. Before combat they dip their nails in a powder made of blood infected with the red ache, which lets them infect their opponents.