Saturday, July 18, 2015

Psionicists of Monvesia

It is time to venture into the realm of psionics in 5th edition and in Monvesia.  Under the Pathfinder rules, the full psionics system (updated in Psionics Unleashed and Ultimate Psionics) was assumed, though none of my players pursued any of those options--even when knowledge of the temperaments was included in the Knowledge (psionics) skill.  In 5th edition, a more subtle approach can be used.

In Monvesia, there are both mystics and wild talents (members of other classes who have developed psionic ability).

Wild Talents

When I saw the Great Old One patron for the 5th edition warlock, I saw how psionics could be incorporated seamlessly into the existing rules.  While the mystic is evolving well into a primary manifester, psionics can still be an option for characters that pursue other classes.  Such "manifesters" (to borrow the 3.x term) are called wild talents.  In a world where psionics are rare, wild talents are more common than mystics.

  • Pursuing a Great Old One (the creators of the Taint) leads to an otherworldly pact
  • Surviving the Taint can lead to a sorcerous origin
    • A good option for halfling and half-orc characters
  • Halflings in the Honderreich who have tried to return to the ways of Sylvasta have developed a new monastic tradition
Even my variant Eldritch Knight (the "Sentinel") is essentially a wild talent under this system--using Enchantment and Illusion instead of Abjuration and Evocation.


Mystics

Mystics are a rare class, for there are no schools or traditions that teach the psionic arts. Halflings, half-orcs, ogrillons, and others who may have survived the Taint typically manifest sorcerous ability along with their psionic power; while pursuing a Great Old One (the creators of the Taint) leads to a warlock's pact.

Mystics are not those who have merely encountered the Taint, but those who have come to see it for what it truly is: They are the ones who have come to understand how the Taint works, and now seek to use that same power with other purposes. Those who follow the Order of the Awakened seek to master the origins of the taint, perfecting their minds and mental prowess. Those who follow the Order of the Immortal focus themselves on the Taint's physical effects, perfecting the bodies and their evolutionary potential.
When the final version of this class is released, these details will likely evolve.

Mytics & Sainthood

Rules for achieving sainthood can be found here, here, and here--but these rules focus on the traditional fantasy classes.  If using the Mystic, the following considerations apply:
  • For the Polymath, a psionicist class may replace either a priest class or a mage class.  The same "replacement" must be made in the Polymath's lives as is made among his companions:
    • If a petitioning polymath has a psionicist companion and a mage companion, then they must live as a psionicist and as a mage (and not as a priest).
  • For the Thaumaturge, psionics are also considered "miracle work," so a psionicist may pursue this Path--and a potential Thaumaturge must also confront local psionicists in addition to spell-casters.
Edited August 1, 2015; August 15, 2015; December 30, 2015; February 6, 2016; July 6, 2017.

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