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    Default Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    Pretty simple topic. I want to hear people's opinion's regarding whether or not tashalatora requires a level of monk and why/why not. Me and my DM are trying to decide if we should require monk levels initially to stack.
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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    Neither Monastic Training nor Tashalatora require monk levels. I say, let them stay that way. You're burning two feats on a Psion; you don't get a huge amount out of it, since your BAB is poor, your HD is a d4, and you aren't Wisdom-based. (And if you're an unarmored/unarmed PsyWar, you're kind of doing it wrong)
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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    While I'd let it work, it probably shouldn't. The absence of something in D&D is not 0, but instead . +1=.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    While I'd let it work, it probably shouldn't. The absence of something in D&D is not 0, but instead . +1=.
    What are some (less ambiguous than Tashalatora) examples of this principle in work? And/or an explicit callout of this rule?

    I don't know that I disagree with you, just wondering what the bits of rules text are that lead you to this conclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    While I'd let it work, it probably shouldn't. The absence of something in D&D is not 0, but instead . +1=.
    Maybe yes, maybe no. After all, it's that way with ability scores, but it's not defined that way with anything else, to my knowledge, and Barkskin, for instance, goes the other direction with its explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    While I'd let it work, it probably shouldn't. The absence of something in D&D is not 0, but instead . +1=.
    This is the same stance my DM holds, but I somewhat agree with A_S, where does that assumption come from?
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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    Amulet of natural armor goes out of its way to clarify that a creature without a natural armor bonus has an effective natural armor bonus of +0, which means that without that clarifying text it would be nonexistent.

    There are other examples, but I am on my phone and I can't look them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    Amulet of natural armor goes out of its way to clarify that a creature without a natural armor bonus has an effective natural armor bonus of +0, which means that without that clarifying text it would be nonexistent.
    Or zero.

    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubik View Post
    Or zero.

    Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
    "A creature without a natural armor class bonus" (as defined by the spell) does not have a +0. It has no bonus. The spell then says that you should treat that as a +0, even though it isn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    "A creature without a natural armor class bonus" (as defined by the spell) does not have a +0. It has no bonus. The spell then says that you should treat that as a +0, even though it isn't.
    Actually, the spell defines "no bonus" as 0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    Amulet of natural armor goes out of its way to clarify that a creature without a natural armor bonus has an effective natural armor bonus of +0, which means that without that clarifying text it would be nonexistent.
    I'm not sure it really means that. There are a lot of cases in 3.5 rules text where something is specifically called out even though it would have been the case anyway. Off the top of my head, the Mobility feat specifies that Dodge bonuses stack with each other (even though they do anyway). No shortage of other cases like that.

    Nonabilities are an interesting case, but it's not immediately obvious to me that not having any levels in Monk should be treated as having a "non-level" in Monk, rather than as "0 levels" of Monk.

    Another case I can think of where this question applies is whether Anima Mage gets you effective Binder levels by advancing Soul Binding after you qualify for it using the Bind Vestige feat line. Of course, that doesn't really help us since people can't agree on that one either (here's an old thread on it that went...nowhere).

    Interested to see what else the rules have to say about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubik View Post
    Actually, the spell defines "no bonus" as 0.
    No, it defines the effective bonus for no bonus as +0. It doesn't say "a creature without a natural armor bonus has a natural armor bonus of +0", it says "a creature without a natural armor bonus has an effective natural armor bonus of +0."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    No, it defines the effective bonus for no bonus as +0. It doesn't say "a creature without a natural armor bonus has a natural armor bonus of +0", it says "a creature without a natural armor bonus has an effective natural armor bonus of +0."
    And yet it says nothing about being null, effective or otherwise.
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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    And why would monk's belt need special text for what to do with someone with no monk levels unless the absence of something is and not 0?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubik View Post
    And yet it says nothing about being null, effective or otherwise.
    "A creature without a bonus" is the very definition of a null value. It is not a value of zero: there is no value at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    And why would monk's belt need special text for what to do with someone with no monk levels unless the absence of something is and not 0?
    Because clarification.

    That's what rules do, really.

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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    It looks like they were intending to require monk levels, but the requirement is certainly not present. DM call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fax Celestis View Post
    "A creature without a bonus" is the very definition of a null value. It is not a value of zero: there is no value at all.
    A creature with 0 is also without a bonus, since a bonus indicates a positive numerical integer of some sort.
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    A modifier is any bonus or penalty applying to a die roll. A positive modifier is a bonus
    Technically speaking, there's no such thing as a bonus of +0: It's a non-sequitur in D&D Parlance.

    Which is why semantic debates lead to madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crake View Post
    Pretty simple topic. I want to hear people's opinion's regarding whether or not tashalatora requires a level of monk and why/why not.
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    So, without Monk levels, what are your "AC bonus, flurry of blows attacks, and unarmed damage from the monk class"? Those don't exist, because Tashalatora doesn't grant you AC Bonus, Flurry of Blows, or Unarmed Damage class features. Taking Tashalatora without Monk levels is just like taking a PrC which grants "+1 level of existing spellcasting class" when you don't have any spellcasting class feature.

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    Default Re: Tashalatora: Requires monk levels or not?

    Look, do you really want to force any prospective Tashalatora Psion to take Monk levels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darksolitaire View Post
    Look, do you really want to force any prospective Tashalatora Psion to take Monk levels?
    Absolutely, because that's the benefit of the feat: enhancing your existing Monk abilities. If they don't want that single qualifying Monk level, they can take Superior Unarmed Strike and buy a Monk's Belt instead of taking Tashalatora: most of the returns yet with no class level cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
    So, without Monk levels, what are your "AC bonus, flurry of blows attacks, and unarmed damage from the monk class"? Those don't exist, because Tashalatora doesn't grant you AC Bonus, Flurry of Blows, or Unarmed Damage class features. Taking Tashalatora without Monk levels is just like taking a PrC which grants "+1 level of existing spellcasting class" when you don't have any spellcasting class feature.
    That is what I read into it as well. Still not clear why they didn't require X feature from the monk class though (see Daring Outlaw, or Swift Hunter).

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