My a strict RAW reading, Monastic Legacy is useless:Monastic Legacy wrote:Add half the levels you have in classes other than monk to your monk level to determine your effective monk level for your base unarmed strike damage.
So, in say, a Paladin 8 / Monk 1 build, by RAW, you'd be adding half of your non-monk levels (4) to your monk level (1) to determine your effective monk level (5) for your based unarmed strike damage. But Paladin 8 already gives you an effective monk level of 4.
However, a GM might allow you to stack half your paladin level (4) with your effective monk level (also 4), to get an effective monk level of 8 for unarmed strike damage. Effectively, it would be giving you full monk unarmed strike damage progression from your Paladin levels. I'd definitely allow it, as it's not overpowered:
It's giving you +1 average damage at Paladin 4-11, +2.5 damage at Paladin 12-15, +3.5 damage at Paladin 16-19. Good for a later pick, but not overpowered.
I'll add a note about it.
I want to go over this again. It's like a scab that I can't stop myself from picking at :P
Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, an Iroran paladin gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. In addition, he gains the unarmed strike monk ability, treating his monk level as half his paladin level (minimum 1) for calculating his unarmed strike damage.
As I read this, the Unarmed Strike Monk Ability (USMA) is a sort of function that takes you monk level and size, and calculates a damage dice value.
Significantly, it doesn't say it stacks with actual levels in monk! Apparently you can have a real monk level and a paladin-monk level at the same time. This looks like a writer's mistake to me. On the other hand, if they do stack, weird stuff happens between the paladin's increasing damage and the sohei's non-increasing damage.
Benefit: Add half the levels you have in classes other than monk to your monk level to determine your effective monk level for your base unarmed strike damage. This feat does not make levels in classes other than monk count toward any other monk class features.
This feat is adding stuff to your Monk Level for purposes of USMA, and the paladin does have a monk level, even without actual levels in the Monk class. If you somehow got Still Mind without monk levels, you could take this feat and it'd probably apply.