Paladin Mount from first level (3.5e Alternate Class Feature)
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Paladin Mount from first level
If you look at the Paladin's Mount table closely, you'll notice that the mount already comes with some major bonuses, such as more HD, Strength and natural armor. So it would be possible to grant a Paladin one of his signature abiities, the mount, earlier already, even at first level. The main difference is that he does not have to spend 400 gold for a heavy warhorse (which he would after the first adventure). Apart from that, it's mostly flavor, and it helps the Paladin to define his role earlier.
It also allows you to introduce more exotic mounts earlier and more easily. In the table below, I'll include mounts, and the base level from which they should be available. I'll also include mounts for Paladins of other alignments (as per UA).
The Paladin's Mount
|Paladin Level||Bonus HD||Natural
|Base level||+0||+0||+0||4||empathic link|
|Base level +2||+1||+2||+0||5||evasion, share saving throws|
|Base level +4||+2||+4||+1||6||improved evasion, share spells|
|Base level +7||+4||+6||+2||7||Improved speed|
|Base level +10||+6||+8||+3||8||Command creatures of its kind|
|Base level +14||+8||+10||+4||9||Spell resistance|
|Mount||Base level||Paladin Size||Alignment|
More creatures will be added later.