Q: Dear Sage,
If a crusader (Tome of Battle, p.8) has damage reduction, does that apply before or after damage goes into my steely resolve damage pool?
A: Apply damage reduction or any other effect that would reduce the incoming damage before it goes into the damage pool.
If your DR reduces the incoming damage to 0, no damage goes into your damage pool.
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