I was wondering how the following are supposed to interact:
Lancer 1: Lifetime Companion: Animal Partner, may take the feat a second time
Priest 1: Path of Beasts I: Animal Partner
Priest 7: Path of Beasts IV: second Animal Partner, identical to first
Beastmaster 5: Exotic Partner II: may divide total XP value between 2 Animal Partners
Beastmaster 9: Exotic Partner III: may divide total XP value between 3 Animal Partners
My take would be:
Lifetime Companion receives the Primary XP value.
The 3 Animal partners (Animal Partner, Exotic Partner III) split one XP value
The additional Animal Partner (Beasts IV), can be identical to either Companion or one of the 3.
Yes. I would say the key is Beasts IV refers to the partner, rather than to the feat, thus "generating" only one critter.
Also, would the increased XP values and available types for Beastmaster apply to the Lifetime Companion?
Since the Companion comes from the Animal Partner feat, I would say yes.
Now you CAN play Dar from the Beastmaster - you can have Podo & Kodo (identical ferrets), a hawk, and a big cat