Q: Dear Sage
What effect does a negative level have on a psionic character?
A: The Expanded Psionics Handbook is silent on this issue.
Luckily, Complete Psionic includes a sidebar (page 100) that describes what happens.
Basically, it’s the same as for any other character, with the added loss of power points equal to your normal manifester level (that is, your manifester level before applying the –1 penalty from that negative level).
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