Epic Insights
Psionic Prestige Classes, Part Two
By Mark A. Jindra

This month we explore epic-level progressions for the constructor, the crystal master, and the crystalsinger.

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Epic Constructor

If you missed the constructor prestige class in the Mind's Eye psionics features, hop over to it and take a peek!

The constructor finds it easy to make the leap into epic psionics, where he continues to create more powerful constructs with greater ease. Epic constructors are often sought out by armies looking to add additional firepower to their arsenal.

Hit Die: d4.

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Powers: The epic constructor does not discover any additional powers after 10th level unless he selects the Spell Knowledge feat. The epic constructor's manifester level increases by 1 per level of epic constructor gained above 10th. The epic constructor' s number of power points per day does not increase after 10th level.

Psicrystals: The epic constructor's psicrystal continues to increase in power. Every two levels after 20th (22nd, 24th, 26th, and so on), the psicrystal's hardness and Intelligence each increase by +1. The psicrystal's power resistance is equal to the master's level +5.

Efficient Construction: At 12th-level, and every three levels gained thereafter (15th, 18th, and so on), the epic constructor can manifest astral construct and astral tasker powers (including ecto puppet) at a decreased cost. The number changes by 1 point each time the epic constructor gains this ability. For example, at 12th-level, the cost is decreased by 4 power points, at 15th-level, the cost is decreased by 5 power points, and so on. The minimum cost of manifesting is always 1 power point.

Infused Construction: The constructor gains Infused Construction as a bonus feat at 12th-level and every three levels gained thereafter (15th, 18th, and so on).

Bonus Feats: The epic constructor gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic constructor feats) every 5 levels after 10th.

Epic Constructor Bonus Feat List: Automatic Quicken Spell, Automatic Silent Spell, Automatic Still Spell, Combat Casting, Enhance Spell, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Spell Penetration, Epic Spellcasting, Improved Combat Casting, Improved Heighten Spell, Improved Manifestation, Improved Metamagic, Intensify Spell, Multispell, Permanent Emanation, Spell Focus, Spell Knowledge, Spell Mastery, Spell Opportunity, Spell Penetration, Spell Stowaway, Spontaneous Spell, Tenacious Magic. As noted in the Epic Feats section of the Epic Level Handbook, epic constructors learn "psionically flavored" versions of feats, as appropriate.

Level

Special
11 --
12 Efficient construction 4,
Infused Construction
13 --
14 --
15 Efficient construction 5,
Infused Construction, bonus feat
16 --
17 --
18 Efficient construction 6,
Infused Construction
19 --
20 Bonus feat

Epic Crystal Master

If you missed the crystal master prestige class in the Mind's Eye psionics features, hop over to it and take a peek!

Advancing into the world of epic psionics, the epic crystal master has discovered that she can embed additional gems in her hands, feet, and even head. The process is even more painful than embedding her original five gems. When the procedure is complete, the gem has fused with the epic crystal master's circulatory system in the area of the body in which the gem is placed, and it shows through the skin as a faint shimmer. Because of this, the epic crystal master is usually easily recognizable.

The Epic Embed Gem feat is probably the most useful of the bonus feats available to the epic crystal master.

Hit Die: d4.

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Powers: The epic crystal master does not discover any additional powers after 10th level unless she selects the Spell Knowledge feat. The epic crystal master's effective manifester level increases by 1 per level of epic crystal master gained above 10th. The epic crystal master's number of power points per day does not increase after 10th level.

Psicrystals: The epic crystal master's psicrystal continues to increase in power. Every two levels after 20th (22nd, 24th, 26th, and so on), the psicrystal's hardness and Intelligence each increase by +1. The psicrystal's power resistance is equal to the master's level +5.

Bonus Feats: The epic crystal master gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic crystal master bonus feats) every 4 levels after 10th.

Epic Embed Gem: The epic crystal master gains the Epic Embed Gem feat at 12th, 16th, and 20th levels.

Epic Crystal Master Bonus Feat List: Automatic Quicken Spell, Automatic Silent Spell, Automatic Still Spell, Combat Casting, Enhance Spell, Epic Embed Gem, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Spell Penetration, Epic Spellcasting, Improved Combat Casting, Improved Heighten Spell, Improved Manifestation, Improved Metamagic, Intensify Spell, Multispell, Permanent Emanation, Spell Focus, Spell Knowledge, Spell Mastery, Spell Opportunity, Spell Penetration, Spell Stowaway, Spontaneous Spell, Tenacious Magic. As noted in the Epic Feats section of the Epic Level Handbook, epic crystal masters learn "psionically flavored" versions of feats, as appropriate.

Level

Special
11 --
12 Epic Embed Gem
13 --
14 Bonus feat
15 --
16 Epic Embed Gem
17 --
18 Bonus feat
19 --
20 Epic Embed Gem

Epic Crystalsinger

If you missed the crystalsinger prestige class in the Mind's Eye psionics features, hop over to it and take a peek!

Many crystalsingers continue their advancement into epic psionics so that they can create more powerful psionic items. They learn as much as they can about psionic item creation in the hopes that someday they will learn the secrets of artifact creation.

Hit Die: d4.

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Powers: The epic crystalsinger does not discover any additional powers after 10th level unless she selects the Spell Knowledge feat. The epic crystalsinger's manifester level increases by 1 per level of epic crystalsinger gained above 10th. The epic crystalsinger's number of power points per day does not increase after 10th level.

Psicrystals: The epic crystalsinger's psicrystal continues to increase in power. Every two levels after 20th (22nd, 24th, 26th, and so on), the psicrystal's hardness and Intelligence each increase by +1. The psicrystal's power resistance is equal to the master's level +5.

Metacreative Creation: At 11th level, the crystalsinger can apply the effects of the Metacreative feat to any items she creates, lowering the level for creation purposes by 6 levels (minimum 1st level). She gains the ability to further lower this at every other level gained thereafter (13th, 15th, and so on). (The Metacreative Creation ability is based on the latest version of the Metacreative feat.)

Bonus Feats: The epic crystalsinger gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic crystalsinger bonus feats) every 3 levels after 10th.

Epic Crystalsinger Bonus Feat List: Augmented Alchemy, Automatic Quicken Spell, Automatic Silent Spell, Automatic Still Spell, Craft Epic Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Epic Rod, Craft Epic Staff, Craft Epic Wondrous Item. Efficient Item Creation, Enhance Spell, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Spell Penetration, Epic Spellcasting, Forge Epic Ring, Improved Heighten Spell, Improved Manifestation, Improved Metamagic, Intensify Spell, Multispell, Permanent Emanation, Scribe Epic Scroll, Spell Focus, Spell Knowledge, Spell Mastery, Spell Opportunity, Spell Penetration, Spell Stowaway, Spontaneous Spell, Tenacious Magic. In addition to the feats on this list, the epic crystalsinger may select any item creation feat not listed here. As noted in the Epic Feats section of the Epic Level Handbook, epic crystalsingers learn "psionically flavored" versions of feats, as appropriate.

Level

Special
11 Metacreative creation 6
12 --
13 Metacreative creation 7, bonus feat
14 --
15 Metacreative creation 8
16 Bonus feat
17 Metacreative creation 9
18 --
19 Metacreative creation 10, bonus feat
20 --

Feats

Epic Embed Gem [Epic] [Psionic]

Your body can handle the stress of embedding additional gems.

Prerequisites: Crystal master level 11+, at least five embedded gems.

Benefit: You embed one new gem. The gem must come from the list of gems available to the crystal master. Once a part of the body has a gem embedded in it, another gem cannot be embedded in that part of the body. The powers and restrictions on each gem are found with the crystal master prestige class. The level restriction is the minimum level of crystal master needed to take this gem. Each type of gem can be embedded only once.

Special: This feat may be taken up to five times. Each time this feat is taken, you can embed an additional gem -- one each in hands, feet, or head. This feat can be taken as a bonus feat by the epic crystal master.

About the Author

Mark A. Jindra has been a fan of Dungeons & Dragons for the past 25 years and has organized RPGA Network events for many conventions and game days, including Origins and Winter Fantasy. In 1998 he landed his dream job as a web developer for Wizards of the Coast and is currently the developer of the D&D website. Mark has authored or coauthored various tournaments for the RPGA Network, and he also coauthors the monthly Mind's Eye feature on the Wizards of the Coast website.

Special thanks go to the following members of the Wizards of the Coast online community
for their contributions to this article: Michael Tree, Dr_Draco, Big Jake, and many more.


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