|Carlos Robledo Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka CRobledo|
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Sorry, Nefreet, but, RAW, determining the abilities of any PoP would be DC 32, since that is the only CL listed.
And that does get ugly.
Besides, wouldn't a PoP 1 require a minimum CL of whatever the Craft Wondrous Items feat is, if it isn't the static, listed, CL17?
Nosig posted above that there was a FAQ on creation of POPs:
Though the listed Caster Level for a pearl of power is 17th, that caster level is not part of the Requirements listing for that item. Therefore, the only caster level requirement for a pearl of power is the character has to be able to cast spells of the desired level.
However, it makes sense that the minimum caster level of the pearl is the minimum caster level necessary to cast spells of that level--it would be strange for a 2nd-level pearl to be CL 1st.
For example, a 3rd-level wizard with Craft Wondrous Item can create a 1st-level pearl, with a minimum caster level of 1. He can set the caster level to whatever he wants (assuming he can meet the crafting DC), though the pearl's caster level has no effect on its powers (other than its ability to resist dispel magic). If he wants to make a 2nd-level pearl, the caster level has to be at least 3, as wizards can't cast 2nd-level spells until they reach character level 3. He can even try to make a 3rd-level pearl, though the minimum caster level is 5, and he adds +5 to the DC because he doesn't meet the "able to cast 3rd-level spells" requirement.
I think it is more than reasonable to assume that for ID purposes, just like for creation:
1st level Pearl = CL 1
2nd level Pearl = CL 3
3rd level Pearl = CL 5
9th level Pearl = CL 17