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By Robert Holzmeier

Does distrust exist between arcane spellcasters and those with psionic abilities? The ray of depletion spell seems to support that theory. Its existence suggests that at least some arcane spellcasters feel threatened by psions and their kin -- threatened enough to have developed a spell that counteracts psionic powers by limiting their possessor's ability to access them.

Ray of Depletion
Level: Sor/Wiz 2, Brd 3
Component: V, S
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: Ray
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

A shimmering ray springs from your hand to disrupt the mental fabric of psionically empowered beings, causing them a loss of power points. You must succeed at a ranged touch attack to strike a target.

The ray of depletion affects only targets possessing psionic power points. Non-psionic beings hit by a ray register some momentary unpleasant sensory awareness, but not so much as to disrupt an action or concentration.

Affected targets suffer a temporary loss of a number of psionic power points equal to 1+ half the attacker's caster level (round down). Thus a 10th-level caster would deplete 6 points. The victim's available psionic power point total can never drop below 0. Lost psionic power points are regained through normal means.

Use this spell with the Psionics Handbook!


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