I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign, and I'm playing a gnoll that is Large sized. (Gnolls are normally Medium.)
A long time ago, I was told that a Player Character could be one size larger with a +1 Level Adjustment. However, we never found out where that person read that in any of the books. So, the other day, my friend is researching monsters and comes across Table 4-2 on Page 291 of the Monster Manual, which points out size adjustment causes stat adjustments to AC, Natural armor, and Strength, Dexterity and Constitution. From Medium to Large, the Str, Dex, and Con Adjustments(+8, -2, +4 and nat armor +2, respectively) would — according to acid testing rules — make the LA higher.
The ECL Limit of the Campaign is 10. As it stands now, I am a Gnoll 2(Hit Dice)/Fighter 2/ Dragonfire adept 4, with a LA of +2 (because I am a gnoll and under the assumption that making him large is a +1 LA.)
My questions are as follows:
- Do these stat adjustments apply to any character who increases in size?
- Is there a place in the D&D books where it says making your character one size larger is only LA +1? If so, where?
- Is it even possible to create a character with a Size that is atypical of its race?
The details of my character are largely irrelevant to the questions at hand, except that if indeed the second question's answer is no, then I would have to kill off the current character and make a new one. The reason I want a large Gnoll is to be unusual and creative, and gnolls are cool. The reason I'm not trying to go over the suggested cap is because it makes it easier on the DM when it comes to Encounter and EXP calculations.