- 1 General
- 2 Monastic Orders
- 3 Monk Stances
- 4 Multiclassing
Devoted to a philosophy, set of tenets or religious belief the Monk trains both their mind and body along a path of spiritual enlightenment to become something more than the sum of their parts. The Monk does not wear armor and is capable of supernatural feats of quickness and agility that defies explanation by the mundane.
Alignment: Any Lawful
Hit Points: 8+CON per level
Proficiencies: Armor (none), Weapon (Monk)
Skill Points: 4+int modifier per level (4+int modifier)*4 at 1st level
Save Progression: Fort High, Will High, Ref High
Attack Bonus: +3/4 levels
Specialty Weapon: The monk retains his unarmed base attack bonus when fighting with a kama. Kamas are also permitted when using (the monk-specific feat) flurry of blows. (These are the only two instances in which kamas receive special treatment in the hands of monks.)
Monks are not required to have an order to which they belong. An application is not required for low ranking membership in a canon order and feel free to create your own monastic order for your character. Note that all monks should have a guiding "philosophy" regardless if he/she is a member of an EfU canon order.
Dozens of monastic orders exist in Faerun. Most are small circles of no more than a dozen or so members, living in isolated monasteries in the wilderness. A few orders include hundreds of members and influence events across entire nations. Some of the prominent orders include:
Broken Ones (Good)
Of all the popular deities of Faerun, Ilmater is the deity most associated with an order of monks who act purely in his name. The Broken Ones can freely multiclass as clerics, divine champions, arcane devotees, divine disciples, hierophants, and divine seekers of Ilmater. The Dalelands house no monasteries of great fame, but monks of Ilmater frequently travel through the Dales, sheltering in Ilmater's temples if they cannot find other lodging.
Dark Moon (Evil)
Shar is worshiped by a powerful sect of monks who maintain open temples in lands ruled by evil overlords or hide among hills, back alleys, or the Underdark. Most of the Dark Moon monks are human, but occasionally they are joined by a half-orc, shade, or drow. The monks of the Dark Moon can freely multiclass as sorcerers, so long as their monk level and sorcerer level stay within two levels of each other.
Hin Fist (Neutral or Good)
The halflings of Luiren turn their confidence into belief in the power of a single halfling to master herself and the world. Enterprising Luiren monks sometimes establish monasteries in the north. Although only halflings can study Hin Fist in Luiren, some Hin Fist monasteries outside Luiren accept exceptional gnomes and dwarves. Monks of the Hin Fist order can multiclass as fighters, rogues, of paladins (usually of Yondalla).
Long Death (Evil)
The Long Death order worships the principles of death without caring much which deity currently owns the portfolio. They are more than willing to share death and its antecedent, pain, with others. Clerics of the previous god of death, Myrkul, chose to view them as part of their god's long-range plans. Kelemvor (the current god of the dead) views them as enemies, but is at least pleased they do not actively promote undeath. Velsharoon (the god of necromancy and undeath) wants to woo them, but has not figured out how. Monks of the Long Death may multiclass freely as fighters, assassins, and blackguards. This order is quite strong in Thay, though not with the sanction or cooperation of the Red Wizards.
Old Order (Neutral, Sometimes Good, Rarely Evil)
Monks of the Old Order do not worship any deity, but are devoted to the philosophy espoused by a deity who is either now dead or has never existed on the Material Plane of Toril. The monks contradict themselves on this point, but the deity's identity isn't important to them, it's the message they care about. The Old Order never has huge monasteries, but has spread widely throughout Faerun. Monks of the Old Order can multiclass freely as rogues, sorcerers, and shadowdancers, but must maintain more monk levels than their combined levels of the other classes.
Shining Hand (Good or Neutral)
The Shining Hand is one of the oldest monk orders of Amn, mixing faith in Azuth, and the practice of wizardry with monastic devotions. Amn's crackdown on the practice of wizardry has sent some Shining Hand groups underground and sent others out into the wider world. Monks of the Shining Hand can multiclass freely as wizards so long as their monk level equals or exceeds their wizard level.
Sun Soul (Good or Neutral)
The allegiance of this widespread but disorganized sect varies between groups, some following Lathander, others Selune, and a few devoted to Sune. The Sun Soul order, along with the Old Order, is the most likely to have monasteries hidden in far flung wilderness areas. Members of the Sun Soul order can gain levels in one other class and still progress as a monk as long as their monk level is their highest class level.
Yellow Rose (Good, Neutral)
Also known as the Disciples of Saint Sollars, this solitary monastery of Ilmater worshipers in the Earthspur Mountains of Damara is known for loyalty to its allies and destruction to its enemies. Greatly respected on matters of truth and diplomacy, the monks work hard to survive in their harsh remote sanctuary. The monks often travel with Ilmataran paladins, particularly from the Order of the Golden Cup. They may multiclass freely as rangers and shadowdancers.
Monks can learn a number of monk stances which provide some advantages while active. Stances can be learned from scrolls or given by DMs. Each stance will last for 5 minutes when activated and then be unusable for 5 minutes after the duration expires. Type "/c monkstance stancename" to activate a given stance, with the name of the stance in place of stancename and "/c monkstance list" to see a list of the stances you have learned.
Monk/Druid multiclass is forbidden. Multiclass Monks require DM approval. Monk characters should remain pure Monks unless otherwise approved by a DM or through application.