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Monster classes 3.5 
3rd-Jun-2007 08:55 am
Disney-Mermaid MythandMagic
My group is getting ready to switch DMs and campaigns and I have decided that I really want to play a grig (sprite) cleric in this next campaign. Long story, but I'm really excited about it. We're starting at level 1 and I realize there are some challenges with playing a monster class with level adjustments from the beginning, but I've never had a chance to use Savage Species and I'm looking forward to playing through the grig class. I know that SS came out as a 3.0 book, but I was under the impression that they didn't update it because it was so close to their release of 3.5 that there were no changes. Which brings me to my problem.

In the MM 3.5, the grig has a level adjustment of 3, with no monster HD for character players. That means to me that at 4th level, I'd be a 1st level grig cleric. Yet in the Savage Species progressions, it has the grig as a four level monster class. Was that changed in 3.5? And if so, does anyone know where I can get the new level progressions for that monster class?

(Having looked, there are one or two other differences between the grig in the savage species and the grig in MM 3.5.)
3rd-Jun-2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
That is LA buyoff, and is something different. That system allows you to reduce your LA gradually as you gain levels: The benefits of a Level Adjustment become relatively weaker as you get to higher levels, so this allows you to spend XP to remove some of the level adjustment (and allow yout to gain actual class levels in its place). So with that system, you could plan to still have a level 20 Grig Cleric pre-epic, rather than being forced to only get to level 17 pre-epic.

That system does nothing to help with playing a LA character from level 1, which is what the original poster was asking about.
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3rd-Jun-2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
It's all good :) LA buyoff would still be a good idea for the grig character as she gains levels--she should talk to her DM about it.
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