Do tamed beasts (at level 1) start with the beast bonus listed in Table Y of the Lost Tome of Extraordinary Rules? It would seem logical to me that this would be the case (e.g. an Eagle starts with +0 at level 1, a Tiger starts with -5 at level 1), as this reflects that more powerful monsters are harder to train.
The reason I'm asking is that page 6 of the Lost Tome of Extraordinary Rules gives an example of a Hunting Dog at level 3:
- In page 6, the Hunting Dog is listed as having 10HP at level 3. This is consistent with Table Y - the Hunting Dog having started with 8HP at level 1 (as listed in Table Y) and gained 2HP (1HP each at levels 2 and 3).
- However page 6 also lists the Hunting Dog as having a beast bonus of +3 at level 3. This implies that the Hunting Dog started with a beast bonus of +1 at level 1 (rather than the +0 listed in Table Y), and gained +2 beast bonus (+1 each at levels 2 and 3).
Sorry if I'm missing anything obvious or am being a bit nit-picky on this. I don't think this matters much for lower level monsters, but beast training for higher level monsters would be quite different if a Dragon Hatchling starts off at +1 beast bonus at level 1 as opposed to -20.