Denim N Leather wrote:Once again, no argument here. But that brings us back to Square One -- if it's going to be used, Cavalier should have a decent amount of starting gold. No one wants a mangy mount. And if you have this special bond with your mount, would you allow it to sleep outside if it can be avoided? Would you do that to a fellow party member? It opens up a lot of interesting role play opportunities, as you are forced to make allowances for your 'special friend'. :)
By the wording of the Mount(ex) you gain the services of loyal mount. It doesn't say you purchase a loyal mount. So I'd take that as you get choose a mount suitable for riding and it lists boar, camel, dog, horse, pony, and wolf to choose from. All of these have base stats under the Druid class in the core book. I'm not even sure what the cost of those animals actually if you went to purchase one.
Now the wording in the Cavalier isn't as clear on that as the Druid class and it closer to how the Ranger's animal companion is but not quite. This would be a bit of wording that I think should be bit more clear because it ambiguous enough that buying a mount could be one interpretation.
The Cavaliers main ability is in the Challenge, the Mount is a means of carrying out his primary his primary ability, whether it is across the battlefield or into the heart of a temple - the mount provides a means of access for the Cavalier to Challenge an opponent.I think the different Orders would be a determination of starting money, as would the starting Oaths - an Oath of Greed provides 1,000 gp at every level, whereas the other Oaths (Chastity, Loyalty, Protection, Purity, Justice and Vengeance) do not provide this benefit.
Since it is not restricted to Humans, like the original Cavalier from several years back, a Halfling, Dwarf or other Smaller sized Race using a War Pony, War Dog or any other animal would actually be able to traverse most Dungeons until they came to sort of precipice that prevented the animal from crossing, however, the mount's function and ability according to the Cavalier's level may even prevent that from occuring according to the description provided.
I would most likely go with the higher of Paladin or Fighter, it's not the mount that concerns me, a loyal mount is not really something that is purchased, it's slightly more difficult. It's the armour, barding and equipment (especially weaponry) that would be of more concern.
Every form of Cavalier in history, from Arabic Saracen to English Knight to Japanese Samurai, had the best in Armour, Sword, and missile weapons. That was the standard outfit of a Cavalier. Most of time it was inherited, especially if they were the first son, but a few provided their own after making a name for themselves in a battle. That's one of the ways to look at it, not exactly historical, but with a historical perspective - Cavaliers were upper class, Paladins were called to service by a diety, Cavaliers were Nobles, called to service by Kings, Counts, Barons or other titular heads of state.