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

"It's all in the stones; the stones are all in."

Psionic characters have learned many ways to utilize the special psionic properties inherent in crystal, creating such wondrous items as crystal capacitors, power stones, and dorjes. In creating psicrystals, psionic characters have instilled a portion of their own personality in the crystal, resulting in their own unique crystalline companion. Some psionic characters, known as crystal masters, have ventured further into the world of crystalline studies and have chosen to focus on the properties of precious crystals known as gemstones. Through their studies, they have learned that these gemstones can enhance the powers of a psionic being by providing a focal point for the psionic being's own energies.

The research of the crystal master has led to the discovery that the enhancements become more powerful as you increase the contact that the gems have with the body. To this end, they devised a method to ensure complete contact with the gem. In a process know as embedding, the psionic character's body absorbs the gem. The gem is destroyed in the procedure since it fully integrates itself with the psionic character's body. This procedure takes a full day and is quite painful. When the procedure ends, the gem has fused with the psionic character's circulatory system in the area of the body in which the gem is placed and shows through the skin as a faint shimmer. As the psionic character adds more gems to her body, this web-like latticework ends up covering her entire body except for her hands, feet, and head; thus it can be concealed with the proper attire.

Hit Die: d4.

Requirements

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

Manifesting: Ability to manifest a 3rd-level power.
Feats: Encode Stone.
Skills: Knowledge (gemology) 4 ranks, Craft (gemcutting) 4 ranks.

Class Skills

The crystal master's class skills are Alchemy (Int), Appraise (Int), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (gemcutting) (Int), Intuit Direction, Knowledge (gemology) (Int), Knowledge (psionics) (Int), Psicraft (Int), and Search (Int).

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the crystal master prestige class.

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

Power Points*: When they gain a level, crystal masters gain power points per day as though they gained a level of psion. These power points are added to the character's previous total. Crystal masters 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), she now chooses a primary discipline and can gain bonus power points based on the related ability score.

Powers Discovered: With the exception of 1st and 10th levels, crystal masters discover powers per level as though they gained a level of psion. Powers are chosen from the psion power list. Their effective manifester level is increased by one for each level of the prestige class.

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

Embed Gem (Su): When the crystal master gains this ability, she adds another embedded gem to her body. She can embed up to five gems -- one each in the arms, legs, and chest. 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 below. The level restriction is the minimum level of crystal master needed to take this gem. Each type of gem can be embedded only once.

The gem itself must initially be unworked and nonenhanced in any way (in other words, it cannot have any magical or psionic properties). It needs to have a minimum value of 100 gp before it is cut. The crystal master needs to make a Craft (gemcutting) check (DC 15) to successfully shape the stone for embedding.

Craft Master's Third Eye: The craft master's third eye ability allows the crystal master to make the special third eyes available to this prestige class as though they had the Craft Universal Item feat. This does not give the ability to make other third eyes nor any other universal items.

The Crystal Master

Level

Base
Attack
Bonus

Fort

Reflex

Will

Power
Points
Per Day

Special

Powers

1

+0

+0

+0

+2

+1 psion

Craft Master's Third Eye

--

2

+1

+0

+0

+3

level*

Embed Gem

+1 psion level

3

+1

+1

+1

+3

+1 psion level

4

+2

+1

+1

+4

Embed Gem

+1 psion level

5

+2

+1

+1

+4

+1 psion level

6

+3

+2

+2

+5

Embed Gem

+1 psion level

7

+3

+2

+2

+5

+1 psion level

8

+4

+3

+3

+6

Embed Gem

+1 psion level

9

+4

+3

+3

+6

+1 psion level

10

+5

+3

+3

+7

Embed Gem

--

Embedded Gems

The following gems provide different abilities or enhancements to the crystal master. Each type of gem can be embedded only once.

Embedded Stones
By Level Restriction
1st-Level Crystal Master

- Amethyst*
- Aquamarine*
- Bloodstone*
- Bulls Eye Agate*
- Calcite*
- Emerald*
- Malachite
- Moonstone*
- Onyx
- Peridot
- Red Garnet
- Red Jasper
- Ruby*
- Sapphire
- Smokey Quartz*
- Sugilite*
- Tiger Eye*
- Tourmaline*

4th-Level Crystal Master

- Blue Zircon
- Diamond
- Jade
- Jet
- Opal

6th-Level Crystal Master

- Chrysocolla

8th-Level Crystal Master

- Obsidian

10th-Level Crystal Master

- Azurite

Notes

1) See the Embed Gem ability of the crystal master prestige class for more on level restrictions.
2) You may embed any gem provided you meet the minimum level restriction.
3) Gems that may be crafted into master's third eyes are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Amethyst: The crystal master becomes immune to all poisons. This includes alcohol.

Aquamarine: The crystal master gains an Intelligence enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Azurite: The crystal master no longer needs to eat, drink, or sleep, though may do so if she desires.(Level restriction: 10th.)

Bloodstone: The crystal master gains a Strength enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Blue Zircon: The crystal master is immune to all diseases. (Level restriction: 4th.)

Bulls Eye Agate: The crystal master is immune to all fear effects.

Calcite: The crystal master gains a Wisdom enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Chrysocolla: The crystal master gains the ability to probability travel as the power. This ability can be used a number of times per day times equal to the character's Intelligence modifier +1. (Level restriction: 6th.)

Diamond: The crystal master's powers from her primary discipline become cheaper to manifest. All of her primary discipline's power costs are reduced by 1, to a minimum of 1 point.(Level restriction: 4th.)

Emerald: The crystal master gains power resistance equal to 11 + 2 per embedded gem she possesses.

Jade: The crystal master is immune to aging attacks and doesn't suffer the effects of old age. (Any penalties already incurred stay in effect.) The character still dies of old age.(Level restriction: 4th.)

Jet: The crystal master gains the ability to fly as the power. This can be activated a number of times per day equal to the number of gems embedded + the character's Dexterity modifier.(Level restriction: 4th.)

Malachite: The crystal master gains a limited telepathy. She can communicate with any single being of Intelligence 2 or higher that is within a range of 30 feet. Selecting and changing the being are partial actions.

Moonstone: The crystal master gains an insight bonus to her Armor Class of +1 per embedded gem.

Obsidian: The character gains the ability of nondetection as the power.(Level restriction: 8th.)

Onyx: When activated, this causes the opponent viewing the crystal master to make a Will save (DC 10 + crystal master levels + Charisma modifier) or suffer a -1 per embedded gem morale penalty to attack rolls, damage rolls, and saves. This ability can be used a number of times per day equal to the number of gems embedded + the character's Charisma modifier.

Opal: The crystal master gains the ability of divination as the power. This ability can be used a number of times per day equal to the gems embedded + the character's Wisdom modifier. (Level restriction: 4th.)

Peridot: The crystal master gains damage reduction of 2 points per embedded gem. This reduction is ignored by energy attacks and by magic weapons equal to or better than the character's Constitution modifier to a maximum value of +5.

Red Garnet: The crystal master gains the ability to heal herself. She can heal 2 points per crystal master level each day. This can be divided up into many uses over the day.

Red Jasper: The crystal master becomes partially immune to ability draining attacks. The character can completely ignore the effects of ability-draining attacks a number of times per day equal to the number of gems embedded + the character's Strength modifier. This immunity does not apply to ability damage from psionic combat.

Ruby: The crystal master gains a Constitution enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Sapphire: The crystal master is immune to blindness effects and can see in magical darkness.

Smokey Quartz: The crystal master gains a Charisma enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Sugilite: The crystal master gains a mental hardness of +1.

Tiger Eye: The crystal master gains a Dexterity enhancement bonus of +1 per embedded gem. This ability lasts for 1 hour per manifester level and can be activated once a day.

Tourmaline: The crystal master gains an insight bonus to the following skills: Alchemy, Appraise, Craft (gemcutting), Knowledge (gemology), and Search. The bonus is equal to the number of embedded gems she possesses.

Psionic Items

The crystal master knows how to make special third eyes called master's third eyes based on the gems she normally embeds. The following is the list of gems she can craft into a master's third eye. Only a crystal master can craft these master's third eyes, though they can be used by any character and do not count as an embedded gem for the crystal master. Crafting these master's third eyes follows the standard item creation rules for third eyes. If these master's third eyes lose their power for whatever reason, they revert back to a simple 10 gp gem.

AmethystMaster'sThird Eye: The character gains a bonus to her saves versus poison and is immune to the effects of alcohol. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 500 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 4,550 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 12,500 gp --

Aquamarine Master'sThird Eye: The character gains an Intelligence enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

BloodstoneMaster'sThird Eye: The character gains a Strength enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

Bulls Eye Agate Master'sThird Eye: The character gains a bonus to their saves against all fear effects. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 500 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 4,550 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 12,500 gp --

CalciteMaster'sThird Eye: The character gains a Wisdom enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

Emerald Master'sThird Eye: The character gains power resistance.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
PR: 13 8th level crystal master 20,000 gp --
PR: 15 10th level crystal master 60,000 gp --
PR: 17 12th level crystal master 100,000 gp --
PR: 19 14th level crystal master 120,000 gp --
PR: 21 16th level crystal master 180,000 gp --

Moonstone Master'sThird Eye: The character gains an insight bonus to their Armor Class. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 5,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 20,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 45,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 80,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 125,000 gp --

Ruby Master'sThird Eye: The character gains a Constitution enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

Smokey Quartz Master'sThird Eye: The character gains a Charisma enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

Sugilite Master'sThird Eye: The character gains a mental hardness of +1.

Manifester Level: 8th; Prerequisites: crystal master; Market Price: 4,000 gp; Weight: --.

Tiger EyeMaster'sThird Eye: The character gains a Dexterity enhancement bonus. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 8th level crystal master 2,000 gp --
+2 10th level crystal master 8,000 gp --
+3 12th level crystal master 18,000 gp --
+4 14th level crystal master 32,000 gp --
+5 16th level crystal master 50,000 gp --

TourmalineMaster'sThird Eye: The character gains an insight bonus to one of the following skills: Alchemy, Appraise, Craft (gemcutting), Knowledge (gemology), and Search. Skill type is determined during creation. See the chart for requirements.

Bonus Manifester Level Prerequisites Market Price Weight
+1 7th level crystal master 50 gp --
+2 9th level crystal master 170 gp --
+3 11th level crystal master 370 gp --
+4 13th level crystal master 650 gp --
+5 15th level crystal master 1,000 gp --


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