The Mind's Eye
The Constructor (Prestige Class)
Mark A. Jindra and Scott Brocius

"I'll call for reinforcements."

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It seems like someone is always itchin' for a fight. It's a well-known fact that most psions don't last too long in a knock-down drag-'em-out style melee. However a few gifted psionic characters have chosen to follow a different path. They use the brawn and bodies of others as their fists and shields. These psionic characters have focused their studies on astral constructs and have created constructs that are faster, stronger, and more efficient than their so-called "normal" counterparts. Some of these specialists, sometimes known as "Erbauer" or constructors, have become quite famous by leading the charge into battle or laying waste to the walls of enemy strongholds. Regardless of the path they travel in life, it is always comforting to know that extra help isn't far away whenever they're around.

Hit Die: d4.

Requirements

To qualify as a constructor, a character must meet the following criteria:

Manifesting: Ability to manifest the following powers: astral construct I, astral construct II, and astral construct III.
Feats: Augment Construction, Empower Construction.

Class Skills

The constructor's class skills are Alchemy (Int), Appraise (Int), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Disguise (Cha), Knowledge (psionics) (Int), Psicraft (Int), Remote View (Int), and Spot (Wis).

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the constructor prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Constructors gain no proficiency in any armor or weapons, though they retain any knowledge gained from former classes.

Power Points*: When they gain a level, constructors gain power points per day as though they gained a level of psion. These power points are added to the character's previous total. Constructors gain bonus power points based on the key ability score for their primary ability. If the character previously could not gain bonus power points for high ability scores (as is the case for psychic warriors), he now chooses a primary discipline and can gain bonus power points based on the related ability score.

Powers Discovered: Constructors gain powers per level as though they gained a level of psion, except where noted in the table below. Powers are chosen from the psion power list. Their effective manifester level is increased by one for each level of the prestige class. If there is an astral construct power (astral construct IV through astral construct IX) that they do not already know, and if they have an available slot of the appropriate level, they must learn that specific astral construct power.

Psionic Combat: Psionic attack and defense modes are discovered as though the character were a psychic warrior of the same level as the prestige class. (Characters do not forget previously discovered attack and defense modes.)

Psicrystals: Constructor levels count toward the level of the psionic character for purposes determining psicrystal Intelligence and special abilities. Psicrystals are a class ability of psions. You must take at least one level of psion if you wish to encode a psicrystal.

0-Level Powers: Constructor levels count toward the level of the psionic character for determining the number of free manifestations per day or your 0-level powers.

Extended Construction: The constructor gains Extended Construction as a bonus feat at 2nd level if he didn't already have it.

Advanced Construction: The constructor gains Advanced Construction as a bonus feat at 1st level if he didn't already have it. All constructor levels count toward the manifester level of the character for purposes determining abilities gained with the advanced construction feat.

Efficient Construction: The constructor can manifest astral construct and astral taskerpowers (including ecto puppet) at a decreased cost. The number after the power signifies the number of power points the cost is decreased by. For example, at 6th-level, the cost is decreased by 2 power points. The minimum cost of manifesting is always 1 power point.

Ecto Manipulation: The constructor gains Ecto Manipulation as a bonus feat at 4th level if he didn't already have it.

Combat Construction: The constructor gets a +4 bonus on Concentration checks made to manifest a construct-related power while on the defensive. This ability works similarly to the Combat Manifestation feat (see page 24 of the Psionics Handbook). The +4 bonus from this ability stacks with that of the Combat Manifestation feat, granting a total of a +8 bonus on Concentration checks that deal with construct-related powers.

Empower Construction: The constructor can manifest astral constructs with additional special abilities as the Empower Construction feat (see this article for more information). This ability stacks with that of the Empower Construction feat, granting an additional ability of the appropriate type at 5th and 8th levels.

Enhanced Construction: The constructor gains Enhanced Construction as a bonus feat at 4th level if he didn't already have it.

Infused Construction: The constructor gains Infused Construction as a bonus feat at 3rd, 6th, and 9th level.

Quickened Construction: The constructor can manifest astral construct and astral tasker powers (including ecto puppet) as a free action. The constructor can use this ability only once per round and up to 5 times per day. This ability is similar to Quicken Power feat (see page 29 of the Psionics Handbook) and cannot be used the same round as the Quicken Power feat.

The Constructor

Level

Base
Attack
Bonus

Fort

Reflex

Will

Power
Points
per day

Special

Powers
Discovered

1

+0

+0

+0

+2

*see

Advanced Construction

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2

+1

+0

+0

+3

text

Extended Construction

+1 Psion Level

3

+1

+1

+1

+3

Infused Construction,
Efficient Construction 1

+1 Psion Level

4

+2

+1

+1

+4

Enhanced Construction,
Ecto Manipulation

+1 Psion Level

5

+2

+1

+1

+4

Empower Construction

+1 Psion Level

6

+3

+2

+2

+5

Infused Construction,
Efficient Construction 2

+1 Psion Level

7

+3

+2

+2

+5

Combat Construction

+1 Psion Level

8

+4

+3

+3

+6

Empower Construction

+1 Psion Level

9

+4

+3

+3

+6

Infused Construction,
Efficient Construction 3

+1 Psion Level

10

+5

+3

+3

+7

Quickened Construction

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