Psicrystals are pet rocks for psions. Sometimes other psionic classes awaken crystals, too; it just depends on the person’s willingness to fragment a part of themselves for the sake of a stone. Psions are often more open to this concept, since they feel they have plenty of psionic power to spare.
If you choose psicrystal affinity as a feat during character creation, you’ll receive the gemstone for free. From then on, the cost of a psicrystal is determined by your character level (and this includes the cost of replacements):
- Lv 5 – Lv 9: 5,000gp
- Lv 10 – Lv 15: 15,000gp
- Lv 15 – Lv 20: 50,000gp
- Lv 21+: 100,000gp
In addition to precious materials, psicrystals require 24 hours to reanimate.
Psicrystals are made by fragmenting a piece of the psionic soul, then animating an object with that energy. The animated object retains part of the soul’s personality, but it also adapts characteristics from the material itself as well.
Expect the following personality trait from your chosen stone types:
- Rutilated Quartz (Black-White): Sneaky. +3 on Move Silently checks.
- Ruby (Red): Artiste. +3 bonus on Craft checks.
- Ametrine (Purple-Yellow): Friendly. +3 bonus on Diplomacy checks.
- Amethyst (Purple): Hero. +2 bonus on Fortitude saves.
- Tanzanite (Purple-Blue): Sympathetic. +3 on Sense Motive checks.
- Sapphire (Blue): Resolved. +2 bonus on Will saves.
- Apatite (Blue-Green): Anxious. +2 bonus on Reflex saves.
- Emerald (Green): Liar. +3 bonus on Bluff checks.
- Peridot (Yellow-Green): Meticulous. +3 bonus on Search checks.
- Chrysoberyl (Yellow): Bully. +3 bonus on Intimidate checks.
- Citrine (Yellow-Orange): Single-minded. +3 on Concentration checks.
- Spessartite (Orange): Nimble. +2 bonus on Initiative checks.
- Garnet (Orange-Red): Observant. +3 bonus on Spot checks.
- Moonstone (Iridescent): Coward. +3 bonus on Hide checks.
- Diamond (Rainbow): Lvl 15+. Sage. +3 bonus on Knowledge checks.
While different stones start softer than others, all psicrystals develop sapphire-strong hardness through their awakening process.
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