Monk Orders

This is a non-exhaustive list of monk orders in the Realms. Feel free to add Orders that are not yet listed here.

A small number of orders are not attached to any particular faith and instead follow some other philosophical path.

Old Order

Alignment: Neutral, Sometimes Good, Rarely Evil

Monks of the Old Order do not worship any deity, but are devoted to the philosophy espoused by a deity who is either now dead or has never existed on the Material Plane of Toril. The monks contradict themselves on this point, but the deity's' identity isn't important to them, it's the message they care about. The Old Order never has huge monasteries, but has spread widely throughout Faerûn.

Monks of the Old Order can multiclass freely as rogues, sorcerers, and shadowdancers, but must maintain more monk levels than their combined levels of other classes.

Long Death

Alignment: Evil

The Long Death order worships the principle of death without caring much which deity currently owns the portfolio. They are more than willing to share death and its antecedent, pain, with others. Clerics of the previous god of death, Myrkul chose to view them as part of their god's long-range plans. Kelemvor (the current god of the dead) views them as enemies, but is at least pleased that they do not actively promote undeath. Velsharoon (the god of necromancy and undeath) wants to woo them, but has not figured out how.

This order is quite strong in Thay, though not with the sanction or cooperation of the Red Wizards.

Monks of the Long Death may multiclass freely as fighters, assassins, and blackguards.

Shining Hand

Alignment: Neutral

The Shining Hand is one of the oldest monk orders of Amn, mixing faith in Azuth and the practice of wizardry with monastic devotions. Amn's crackdown on the practice of wizardry has sent some Shining Hand groups underground and sent others out into the wider world.

Monks of the Shining Hand can multiclass freely as wizards so long as their monk level equals or exceeds their wizard level.

Broken Ones

Alignment: Good

Of all the popular deities of Faerûn, Imater is the deity most associated with an order of monks who act purely in his name. The Dalelands house no monasteries of great fame, but monks of Ilmater frequently travel through the Dales, sheltering in Ilmater's temples if they cannot find other lodging.

The Broken Ones can freely multiclass as clerics, divine champions, divine disciples, hierophants and divine seekers of Ilmater.

Order of the Yellow Rose

Alignment: Good or Neutral

Also known as the Disciples of Saint Sollars, this solitary monastery of Ilmater worshipers in the Earthspur Mountains of Damara is known for loyalty to its allies and destruction to its enemies. Greatly respected on matters of truth and diplomacy, the monks work hard to survive in their harsh remote sanctuary.

The monks often travel with Ilmataran paladins, particularly from the Order of the Golden Cup.

They may multiclass freely as rangers and shadowdancers.

Disciples of the Phoenix

Alignment: Good

They rigidly order their members' studies and behaviors and put their focus on the purifying aspect of their deity.

They may multiclass freely as clerics.

Disciples of the Salamander

Alignment: Evil

The Disciples of the Salamander are seen necessary for the renewal aspect of their deity and some members' views on destruction bordered Talos'.

They may multiclass freely as clerics.

Brothers & Sisters of the Pure Flame

Alignment: Neutral

Their goal is to strike a balance between purification and destruction and act as the go-in-betweens of the other two Kossuthan Monk orders.

They may multiclass freely as clerics.

Sun Soul

Alignment: Good or Neutral
Patron Deity: Usually Lathander, sometimes Selune, rarely Sune

The allegiance of this widespread, but disorganized sect varies between groups, some following Lathander others Selûne, and a few devoted to Sune. The Sun Soul order, long with the Old Order, is the most likely to have monasteries hidden in far flung wilderness areas.

Members of the Sun Soul order can gain levels in one other class and still progress as a monk as long as their monk level is their highest class level.

Disciples of the White Rod

Alignment: Evil

The Disciples of the White Rod are a monastic order of the faith of Loviatar. All monks of the faith are members of the order. They were based out of an abbey near Calimport.

They were named after a token bestowed on the order's founder by the goddess herself. It was kept as a holy relic at their abbey.

See Sun Soul

Dark Moon

Alignment: Evil

Shar is worshiped by a powerful sect of monks who maintain open temples in lands ruled by evil overlords or hide among hills, back alleys, or the Underdark. Most of the Dark Moon monks are human, but occasionally they are joined by half-orc, shade, or drow.

The monks of the Dark Moon can freely multiclass as sorcerers so long as their monk level and sorcerer levels stay within two levels of each other.

See Sun Soul

Hin Fist

Alignment: Neutral or Good

The halflings of Luiren turn their confidence into belief in the power of a single halfling to master herself and the world. Enterprising Luiren monks sometimes establish monasteries in the north. Although only halflings can study Hin Fist in Luiren, some Hin Fist monasteries outside Luiren accept exceptional gnomes and dwarves.

Monks of the Hin Fist order can multiclass as fighters, rogues, or paladins (usually of Yondalla).

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