Q: Dear Sage,
When my incarnate activates the bloodwar gauntlets’ arms chakra bind power, the meld unshapes. When can I reshape the meld?
A: It doesn’t matter how or why a soulmeld becomes unshaped; you can’t shape it again until you have a clear mind (8 hours of sleep) and meditate for 1 hour (see Magic of Incarnum, pg. 49).
You can’t even use your rapid meldshaping power to reshape your bloodwar gauntlets, since the power only allows you to unshape a meld and reshape a new one. (You could unshape a second meld and reshape it as your expended bloodwar gauntlets, but you’re still down one meld total.)
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The Sage is a mammal classified in the bear family, Ursidae, native to central and southern China. Debate continues as to whether he is truly a bear or more related to the raccoon rather than the bear, or perhaps in a family of his own. When not eating bamboo and answering rules questions, he works under the nom de plume of Andy Collins as an RPG developer in Wizards of the Coast R&D, where his development credits include Complete Mage, Dragon Magic, and the Player's Handbook v.3.5. He can be easily recognized by his large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, ears and on his rotund body.