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January 08, 2013, 09:29:48 AM
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I am being confused on how to consider LA. a +2 equals to character being in fact of level 2, and +8 of being of level 8?

Drow, Sarrukh, Mind Flayers are the first that come to mind.
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January 08, 2013, 02:57:15 PM
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LA Does indeed work as you think (Fighter 1 Drow is a level 2 character). ACL is your class levels plus your LA.

However, while often related, racial HD is not the same as LA.

For example, a Hound Archon possesses 6d8 racial HD, but only has a Level Adjustment of +5.
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January 17, 2013, 03:54:15 AM
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so for sarrukh and mind flayer, for example, there is a LA+8 but the racial HD might be less? and the effective level is 8+actual racial hit dice?
mind flayers start in the monster manual at level 8, and they have a la of +7, so their effective character level is 8+7=15?
sarrukh, on the other hand, have a racial hd of 14, and a LA of +8: so their effective character level is 14+8=22?

what I don't understand is, at the end their starting level is the ECL or the Racial HD?

for player races, on the other hand, who have LA but no racial HD, their starting level is considered the LA?
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January 17, 2013, 08:39:45 AM
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Their starting level is their LA + their class level. Racial HD are not figured into it. If you start as a Sarrukh Fighter, you are ECL 9 (Fighter 1/LA 8), but you possess 15 HD.
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January 17, 2013, 12:10:22 PM
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January 17, 2013, 06:05:32 PM
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I understand: ECL is a gameplay-term, but the real level for monsters with HD is, unless they have classes or have advanced, their hd. right?
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January 18, 2013, 06:45:59 PM
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