Originally Posted by Benly
The difference with the warlock, DFA, and wizards' flight is that all of them have something to do once they're up in the air. With no ranged attack abilities, simple weapons only, and cleric BAB, this guy isn't exactly raining death from above - a sling bullet every round or a crossbow bolt every other round isn't exactly amazing.
If anything, this guy seems kind of underpowered until Student Of The Odd kicks in, and even then he only catches up with particular very front-loaded monsters. The main saving grace would be a potential boatload of natural attacks, but I'm not sure he's sturdy enough to slug it out. Maybe if there's a monster progression that grants Pounce early on, but I don't remember one off the top of my head.
Is there a reason he can only take the natural armor Anatomy once? For that matter, is there a reason he stops getting Anatomies at 9? He starts getting Aspect Of The Odd at that point, but honestly I'd rather have more Anatomies.
While I'm thinking about it, is there a reason his monster class progression is so tightly limited in terms of maximum "levels" gained? Any abilities he picks up would be long past the point where they're level appropriate anyway, so all this does is restrict him even more to the most front-loaded monsters.
So, are you saying that the flight as it is is overpowered, underpowered, or just okay? Not clear on that one.
The reason for the NA Anatomy once is that one guy in the playtesting version of the class did the Natural Armor for all of his Anatomies, and also became super-armored. The main reason for the Anatomies getting stopped at level 9 is that, if continued with the current bundle of options, everyone would just end up with all of the options, without any diversity. Maybe if I can ever think of some more, I might extend the progression of Unusual Anatomy. Also, Don't underestimate Aspect of the Odd, as it usually turns out to be pretty useful.
On the monster "levels", the reason I restricted the maximum levels because some of the monster classes with lower amounts of total levels could be used to make the Student of the Weird way more powerful than the other members of the party, or, more importantly, the monsters the party will be facing. This is seen in such examples as the Ghoul and Aranea classes. Both can be used quite lethally in combat, or even out of it.