I’m enjoying Syncletica in her hermit style as she moves to Level 5.
Teacher Saekee noted that the concept I’m doing is nothing new, and has a PnP concept.
It’s Vow of Poverty, based on D&D 3.5e rules. A number of sites discuss it: here is one that’s most detailed.
Given that Monks are likely to take this, there is much gnashing of teeth and wailing and lamentations of overpoweredness of this ability, even in the tabletop world. Boy, that sounds familiar.
I think Vow of Poverty would make for a great enhancement tree. The challenge would be how to implement it.
I see it this way. To even activate this proposed class tree, you cannot have any non-Monk levels, period.
Once you choose it, if you have spent any AP elsewhere (except in racial trees) the game forces you to reset that tree(s). You may only have the Poverty tree active and no other, including other Monk trees.
Once the tree is active, any weapon other than a quarterstaff or unarmed fighting uncenters you. So you don’t even get to use kamas. Or, you may choose a preferred weapon and use only that weapon (as well as unarmed fighting) without losing your center.
But how would we limit what is carried, or if clickies can be used? What about guild ship buffs or special House buffs?
The bonuses would be rich and stack with the normal Monk class leveled abilities, based on this version. They should also gain Deathblock as a granted feat and an SLA of Death Ward by level 16, or some greater ability to resist death spells better than almost any other class. Granted fortification bonuses as one levels. With optional training, more DR bypassing, too, as Shintaos gain.
Attempting to take any other class would cause the tree to disable and all AP removed, as well as the bonuses.
Would this be a harder class tree? It should. It would require a keen mind and advanced Monk skills, I think, to make this work. No multiclassing to twink your build. Higher weapon limits.
But I love this concept. I’d love to see this in Update 24 or 25. I will download the Lam client to lead the tests!