Sapphire Hierarch Class Abilities Level

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When you use your Commune ability to ask the Sapphire Eidolon questions, how many questions can you ask?  This is determined by your caster level, and nothing in the ability defines what caster level you use?  Is it your Sapphire Hierarch level, your total character level, or something in between?

Additionally, this question also applies to the Smite Chaos ability.  Do you deal bonus damage equal to your SH level or your total level?
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When you use your Commune ability to ask the Sapphire Eidolon questions, how many questions can you ask?  This is determined by your caster level, and nothing in the ability defines what caster level you use?  Is it your Sapphire Hierarch level, your total character level, or something in between?

Additionally, this question also applies to the Smite Chaos ability.  Do you deal bonus damage equal to your SH level or your total level?


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I was afraid you'd say that.  Since entering the PrC is possible at level 6 at the earliest (at one point I thought I had figured out a level 5 entry point, but I'm pretty sure that was a goof on my part), gaining the ability to smite 1/day for +1 damage, and Commune with the Eidolon three times to ask 1 question each time (at a cost of 100 XP) is pretty pathetic.  I was very much hoping those values might be higher.
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Sadly, the Sapphire Hierarch doesn't really offer any crossover goodies, unlike the Ruby Knight Vindicator (Tome of Battle) or the Soulcaster.

Technically speaking, consultation's caster level may actually use your Hit Dice, since that's the default for spell-like abilities when no other caster level is specified.  But it's a pretty horrible ability since you're still paying the XP cost as the ability states; the only marginal use is for characters who don't already have commune on their spell list, and you don't even have the freedom to use it as often as you please.

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Compare with the Mystic Theurge.

The class abilities are meant to be pathetic, because you're getting full casting and meldshaping. Also, whilst Commune sucks, and Smite sucks, the DR and fortification are nice to have.

The thing that annoys me most is the entry prereqs. The only divine PrC in MoI requires you to be a Lawful Cleric (or Contemplative or something, I guess) with levels in a meldshaping class. 
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