I'm having trouble interpreting the 4th Edition Essentials books. How do I determine how many powers a level 1 paladin/cavalier gets? The book never comes out and says it. With skills and feats, it's easy. They say how many you get at level 1 and how many more you get at later levels. Easy.
For powers, they refer you to a table and say to "note which classes features and powers you gain at 1st level, as specified on the Cavalier Heroic Tier table on page 123". All I see when I flip to that page is a table organized by level and a whole bunch of powers at level 1 and beyond. In the level 1 section, they list seven powers. Do I get ALL those powers at level 1? Or do I choose a certain number among them? It seems hard to believe.
To clarify, I got the character builder from DND Insider, but when I created the same character; the builder did not let me choose ANY powers for a level 1 paladin/cavalier. I know I did everything correctly, too. So I'm confused. Why does the character builder not let me pick any powers at level 1? According the builder, I only can choose a Paladin utility power at level 2 (restore vitality).
What exactly should I do for reading/interpreting this essentials series?
This situation also goes for a rogue(thief) that my girlfriend is going to play. She saw all these powers in the level 1 section of the Essentials book and wondered if she got all those powers at once at level 1. It included things like weapon finesse, backstab, first strike, etc. It seemed overpowered, but I couldn't find anyplace in the book where it said to "choose" from that group of level 1 powers. All it did was vaguely point to the chart again and to note which class features and powers I get at level 1.
Is the answer really that simple? I get all of the powers listed under the level 1 section?