I have been re-reading all my old original D&D books lately. Fun stuff.
But I caught something today that I know I have read before, but now it jelled differently.
The Monk Class was introduced in the Blackmoor supplement.
Monks come from Blackmoor.
Now I am thinking for my Blackmoor, whether I use an OSR game or 4e, will have monks. Sure it might not fit, but it is certainly an interesting concept.
Of course when most people think monks they think Kwai Chang Caine or Oriental Adventures. What if this sect of Monks were still psychic ascetics who trained their mind and body, not so much for a higher religious purpose, but more like something from the psychic awareness boom/New Age we saw in the 1970's. So less Caine and more Uri Geller.
Yeah, the more I think about this idea the more I like it. New Agey, crystal wearing hippie monks with psychic powers come from the "forgotten lands" of Blackmoor. In the community of Blackmoor they replace the clerics as the spiritual leaders, getting people to work out their problems through peace, love and understanding. When that doesn't work, they go all Neo on you and bend a spoon on your ass. I'll look over the "Mystic" class again in my 4e version of the Blackmoor book and see if there are any parallels that I can make work with this concept.
Blackmoor is quickly becoming my go to place for doing some cool Old School sandbox creating.