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Mind

Mind is the faculty of consciousness, memories, and thoughts. The Mind theme focuses on debuffs and utilities related to communication and manipulation, with some psychic damage.

Spells from the Mind theme allow you to distract a creature’s mind, blast its brain with psychic force, send mental messages, recall memories, fortify the mind against intrusion, read the thoughts of creatures, forge a telepathic link between minds, track a creature’s mind, lock their thoughts, halt their reasoning, deprive them of communication, alter memories, share concentration with others, create mental parasites, split minds, and swap your mind with another creature’s mind.

Power sources

Psionic

Table of contents

Mind feats

You can take each feat only once, unless the feat’s description says otherwise. You must meet any prerequisite specified in a feat to take that feat. If you ever lose a feat’s prerequisite, you can’t use that feat until you regain the prerequisite.

You can telepathically speak in the mind of any creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters of you.

You become capable, or proficient if you are already capable, with one Intelligence skill of your choice.

Additionally, you can accurately recall anything you have seen or heard within the past month.

Prerequisites: The ability to cast at least one spell

Whenever a creature causes you to make a Will saving throw, that creature takes psychic damage equal to half your level.

Prerequisites: Eidolon or Homunculus

While your companion is on the same plane of existence as you, it can magically convey what it senses to you, and you can communicate telepathically with it.

You become capable, or proficient if you are already capable, with Will saving throws.

Prerequisites: Awakened Mind feat

You can sense the presence of non-mindless creatures within 10 meters, which allows you to pinpoint the space the creature occupies.

The effect can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood or dirt.

If you spend at least 1 minute observing or interacting with another creature outside combat, you can learn certain information about its capabilities compared to your own. The GM tells you if the creature is your equal, superior, or inferior in regard to two of the following characteristics of your choice:

  • Intelligence
  • Wisdom
  • Charisma
  • Class levels (if any)

At the GM’s option, you might also realize you know a piece of the creature’s history or one of its personality traits, if it has any.

Prerequisites: Awakened Mind feat

You don’t need to share a language with the creature for it to understand your telepathic utterances, but the creature must be able to understand at least one language.

Mind maneuvers

As a reaction, which you use when you make an ability check using Constitution, Dexterity, or Strength or a Fortitude or Reflex saving throw, you can focus your mind to overcome your body’s limitations. Roll a d3 and add the result to the roll. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

Enhance
You can augment this maneuver with the following options, expending stamina dice for each option.
  • You can expend 2 additional stamina dice to roll 2d3.

  • You can expend 4 additional stamina dice to roll 3d3.

Mind spells

As an action, you cause your subject’s mind to wander, distracting it. Choose a creature within 5 meters. It has disadvantage on the next Perception or Insight ability check it makes before the end of its next turn.

As an action, you send a one-way telepathic message to a creature within 20 meters. The creature hears the message and can reply in a whisper that only you can hear. This spell has no effect on a creature with an Intelligence of −4 or less.

You can cast this spell through solid objects if you are familiar with the target and know it is beyond the barrier. Magical silence, 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood blocks the spell. The spell doesn’t have to follow a straight line and can travel freely around corners or through openings.

At higher levels

When you reach 9th level, you can send the message to all creatures within 10 meters. When you reach 17th level, you can send the message to all creatures within 20 meters.

As an action, a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, you unleash a psychic assault on it as it takes 1d6 psychic damage and the next attack roll against the target made before the end of your next turn has advantage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As a reaction, which you use when you are hit by an attack or take psychic damage, you absorb some of the incoming energy. You have resistance to psychic damage until the start of your next turn, including against the triggering damage.

If the creature who damaged you is within 10 meters it must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, it takes 1d10 psychic damage, and is staggered until the end of its next turn.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage and isn’t staggered.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 2d10 for each additional mana or psi expended.

As a reaction, which you use when you roll an Intelligence check, you recall natural memories and knowledge previously inaccessible to you. You can reroll the Intelligence check.

As an action, you assault and twist a creature’s mind, spawning delusions and provoking uncontrolled actions. Choose a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The target must succeed on a Will saving throw or it is confused until the end of its next turn.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi so the duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the creature is confused for the duration. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As an action, a creature that you can touch or see within 20 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, your rapid mental lashings assault its ego, debilitating its confidence as it takes 2d10 psychic damage and has disadvantage on attack rolls and ability checks for the duration.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage and doesn’t have disadvantage.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 4d10 for each additional mana or psi expended. If this spell is augmented to target additional creatures, this damage is halved.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As an action, a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, it takes 2d8 psychic damage and can’t see anything beyond 2 meters from it for the duration.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage, but its mind isn’t hazed.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 5d8 for each additional mana or psi expended.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

(ritual); M (gems worth 10 sp, consumed)

As you spend 1 hour to cast this spell, you meld a mindcrystal, a fragment of your personality brought into physical form and a semblance of life. A mindcrystal appears in an unoccupied space within 5 meters of you. A mindcrystal appears as a crystalline construct about the size of a human hand. Because it is an extension of its creator’s personality, a character’s mindcrystal is in some ways a part of them.

Your mindcrystal acts independently of you, but it always obeys your commands. In combat, it rolls its own initiative and acts on its own turn. A mindcrystal can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal.

While your mindcrystal is within 20 meters of you:

  • Your mindcrystal has resistance to all damage. Each time it takes damage, you take the same amount of damage.
  • You can communicate with each other telepathically.
  • As an action, you can see through your mindcrystal’s eyes and hear what it hears until the start of your next turn, gaining the benefits of any special senses that the mindcrystal has. While perceiving through your mindcrystal’s senses, you can also speak through your mindcrystal in your own voice, even if your mindcrystal is normally incapable of speech. During this time, you are deaf and blind with regard to your own senses.
  • When you cast a spell with a range of touch, your mindcrystal can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your mindcrystal must use its reaction to deliver the spell when you cast it. If the spell requires an attack roll, you use your attack modifier for the roll.

As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your mindcrystal if it is within 5 meters of you. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 5 meters of you.

You can’t have more than one mindcrystal at a time. If you cast this spell while you already have a mindcrystal, it has no effect.

When the mindcrystal drops to 0 health, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. If it is slain by a creature, you gain advantage on your next attack roll against the killer.

Augment

You can increase your mindcrystal’s health by 5 for each additional mana or psi expended.

As a reaction, which you use when you make an ability check using Constitution, Dexterity, or Strength or a Fortitude or Reflex saving throw, you can focus your mind to overcome your body’s limitations. Roll a d4 and add the result to the roll. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to roll 2d4.

  • You can expend 4 additional mana or psi to roll 3d4.

concentration, 1 hour/mana or psi

As an action, a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, you reach into its mind as it takes 3d10 psychic damage and you know the target’s location until the spell ends, but only while the two of you are on the same plane of existence. While you have this knowledge, the target can’t become hidden from you, and if it’s invisible, it gains no benefit from that condition against you.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage and you don’t know its location.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 4d10 for each additional mana or psi expended.

1 hour/mana or psi

As an action, you set a trap in your mind against mental intruders. A creature who targets you with a spell or effect that would sense your emotions, read your thoughts, charm you, or force you to make a Will saving throw must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, it takes 3d10 psychic damage and loses 1d6 mana or psi (its choice) if it has any mana or psi.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage.

After the trap is triggered, the spell ends.

The spell ends if you dismiss it on your turn (no action required) or if you cast it again.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 4d10 for each additional mana or psi expended.

1 hour/mana or psi

As an action, you have resistance to psychic damage for the duration.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can target one additional willing creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi so you have advantage on Will saving throws.

  • Mind Blank. You can expend 1 additional mana or psi so the creature is immune to any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts and divination spells. The spell even foils wish spells and spells or effects of similar power used to affect the target’s mind or to gain information about the target.

  • Immunity. You can expend 2 additional mana or psi so the creature is immune to psychic damage.

As an action, you send a short message of twenty-five words or less to a creature with which you are familiar within 10 kilometers. If the creature is not within 10 kilometers the message is not received.

The creature hears the message in its mind, recognizes you as the sender if it knows you, and can answer in a like manner immediately.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can send an additional twenty-five words for each additional mana or psi expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi so you can send the message across any distance and even to other planes of existence, but if the target is on a different plane than you, there is a 5% chance that the message doesn’t arrive.

1 hour/mana or psi

As an action, you can sense the presence of non-mindless creatures within 10 meters for the duration, which allows you to pinpoint the space the creature occupies.

The spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood or dirt.

As a reaction, which you use when you make a Will saving throw, you fortify your mind against intrusions. Roll a d4 and add the result to the roll. You can do so after the roll but before any effects of the roll occur.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to roll 2d4.

  • You can expend 4 additional mana or psi to roll 3d4.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to trigger the spell when you or one of your allies within 2 meters of you makes a Will saving throw. Until the start of your next turn, you and all allies within 2 meters of you gain a bonus equal to the d4 roll to Will saving throws.

1 hour/mana or psi

As you spend 10 minutes to cast this spell, you enter a deep contemplation. You learn a language or gain proficiency with one skill for the duration.

Augment

You learn an additional language or gain an additional skill proficiency for each additional mana or psi expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, a creature that you can touch or see within 20 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save you wrest control of a spell that the target is concentrating on. For the duration the creature does not need to concentrate on the spell as you are now concentrating on it (as part of the concentration of this spell). Once you wrest control of the spell from the target, you have several options:

  • Allow the spell to function as normal.
  • Decide how the spell fulfills its function each round.
  • Retarget the spell on yourself or centered on a new point within 20 meters.
  • End concentration on this spell, ending the co-opted spell.
concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, you can read the thoughts of certain creatures. When you cast the spell—and as two actions on each turn until the spell ends—you can focus your mind on a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters of you. If the creature has an Intelligence of −4 or lower or doesn’t speak any language, the creature is unaffected.

You initially learn the surface thoughts of the creature—what is most on its mind in that moment. As two actions, you can either shift your attention to another creature’s thoughts or attempt to probe deeper into the same creature’s mind. If you probe deeper, the target must make a Will saving throw. If it fails, you gain insight into its reasoning (if any), its emotional state, and something that looms large in its mind (such as something it worries over, loves, or hates). If it succeeds, the spell ends. Either way, the target knows that you are probing into its mind, and unless you shift your attention to another creature’s thoughts, the creature can use an action on its turn to repeat the saving throw; if it succeeds, the spell ends.

Questions verbally directed at the target creature naturally shape the course of its thoughts, so this spell is particularly effective as part of an interrogation. You can also use this spell to detect the presence of thinking creatures you can’t see. When you cast the spell or as two actions during the duration, you can search for thoughts within 5 meters of you. The spell can penetrate barriers, but 60 centimeters of stone, 5 centimeters of any metal other than lead, or a thin sheet of lead blocks you. You can’t detect a creature with an Intelligence of 3 or lower or one that doesn’t speak any language.

Once you detect the presence of a creature in this way, you can read its thoughts for the rest of the duration as described above, even if you can’t see it, but it must still be within 5 meters of you.

Augment

You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to plant an idea or memory in the creature’s mind. The creature must remain within 5 meters of you and you must focus on it for 1 minute. After 1 minute the creature must make a Will saving throw or you plant the idea or memory in the creature’s mind as if it were an organic thought or real memory. You choose whether the idea or memory is trivial (such as “I had porridge for breakfast” or “Ale is the worst”) or personality-defining (“I failed to save my village from orc marauders and am therefore a coward” or “Magic is a scourge, so I renounce it”). The idea or memory lasts for 4 hours for each mana or psi expended to cast this spell.

As two actions, the air ripples with the force of your mental attack, which blasts the minds of creatures. Each creature in a cone or line must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, a creature takes 2d6 psychic damage and is stunned until the end of its next turn.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 2d6 for each additional mana or psi expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, you take control of a beast that you can touch or see within 10 meters. If the target is unwilling, it must succeed on a Will saving throw or you gain control for the duration. If you or creatures that are friendly to you are fighting it, it has advantage on the saving throw. Each time the target takes damage, it makes a new Will saving throw against the spell. If the saving throw succeeds, the spell ends.

While you have control, you have a telepathic link with it as long as the two of you are on the same plane of existence. You can use this telepathic link to issue commands to the creature while you are conscious (no action required), which it does its best to obey. You can specify a simple and general course of action, such as “Attack that creature,” “Run over there,” or “Fetch that object.” If the creature completes the order and doesn’t receive further direction from you, it defends and preserves itself to the best of its ability.

You can use two actions to take total and precise control of the target. Until the end of your next turn, the creature takes only the actions you choose, and doesn’t do anything that you don’t allow it to do. During this time, you can also cause the creature to use a reaction, but this requires you to use your own reaction as well.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • Humanoid. You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to target a humanoid.

  • Creature. You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to target any creature.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters must make a Will saving throw. Creatures immune to being charmed automatically succeed on the saving throw. If you are fighting the creature, it has advantage on the saving throw.

On a failed save, it becomes charmed by you for the duration. The charmed target is incapacitated and unaware of its surroundings, though it can still hear you. If it takes any damage or is targeted by another spell, this spell ends, and none of the target’s memories are modified.

While this charm lasts, you can affect the target’s memory of an event that it experienced within the last 24 hours and that lasted no more than 10 minutes. You can permanently eliminate all memory of the event, allow the target to recall the event with perfect clarity and exacting detail, change its memory of the details of the event, or create a memory of some other event.

You must speak to the target to describe how its memories are affected, and it must be able to understand your language for the modified memories to take root. Its mind fills in any gaps in the details of your description. If the spell ends before you have finished describing the modified memories, the creature’s memory isn’t altered. Otherwise, the modified memories take hold when the spell ends.

A modified memory doesn’t necessarily affect how a creature behaves, particularly if the memory contradicts the creature’s natural inclinations or beliefs. An illogical modified memory, such as implanting a memory of how much the creature enjoyed dousing itself in acid, is dismissed, perhaps as a bad dream. The GM might deem a modified memory too nonsensical to affect a creature in a significant manner.

A remove curse spell or restoration spell augmented to greater restoration cast on the target restores the creature’s true memory.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to alter the target’s memories of an event that took place up to 30 days ago.

  • You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to alter the target’s memories of an event that took place at any point in its past.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters must make a Will saving throw.

On a failed save, your will abruptly and brutally crushes its mental essence, debilitating its acumen as it takes 2d6 psychic damage and is stunned for the duration.

On a successful save, it takes half as much damage and isn’t stunned.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

If a target is killed by this damage, its head explodes if it has one.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 6d6 for each additional mana or psi expended. If this spell is augmented to target additional creatures, this damage is halved.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi so the creature is paralyzed instead of stunned.

As you spend 10 minutes to cast this spell, you can replace a concoction, maneuver, or spell you know with another of the same type from a theme you know. If the spell is a cantrip, you must choose another cantrip.

Augment

You can target one additional willing creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

As two actions, you choose a point within 20 meters and cause psychic energy to explode there. Each creature in a sphere centered on that point must make a Will saving throw. This spell has no effect on a creature with an Intelligence of −4 or less.

On a failed save, a creature takes 7d6 psychic damage and has muddled thoughts until the end of its next turn. During that time, an affected creature rolls a d6 and subtracts the result from all its attack rolls and ability checks, as well as its saving throws to maintain concentration.

On a successful save, a creature takes half as much damage but doesn’t suffer from muddled thoughts.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 2d6 for each additional mana or psi expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to cast the spell as a a reaction, which you use when you are hit by an attack. It is centered on you, but does not affect you or creatures you designate.

1 hour/mana or psi

As two actions, you forge a telepathic link with a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters, psychically linking yourself with the creature for the duration. This spell has no effect on a creature with an Intelligence of −4 or less. An unwilling creature that succeeds on a Will saving throw is unaffected.

The targets can communicate telepathically through the bond whether or not they have a common language. The communication is possible over any distance, though it can’t extend to other planes of existence.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can target two additional creatures for each additional mana or psi expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • Bonded Senses. You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to use two actions to see through a bonded creature’s eyes and hear what it hears, and continue to do so until you use an action to return to your normal senses. While perceiving through the creature’s senses, you gain the benefits of any special senses possessed by that creature, though you are blinded and deafened to your own surroundings.

  • Empowered Bond. You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to change the duration to 24 hours and you can target creatures with which you are familiar at an unlimited range. The creatures can be anywhere on the same plane of existence as you. The spell ends if you or the target are no longer on the same plane. In addition to words you can share images, sounds, and other sensory messages with one another through the link. Creatures with an Intelligence of at least −4 are able to understand the meaning of your words and take in the scope of any sensory messages you send to it.

concentration, 1 minute/mana or psi

As two actions, your mind splits into two independent parts. You have advantage on Will saving throws and your second mind has an action which it can use to take a purely mental action (such as identifying a plant, herb, concoction, or spell or casting a spell) in the same round you take your normal actions. It has a mana limit or psi limit of 1 and the mana or psi is removed from your mana or psi.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana or psi for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana or psi to so the second mind’s mana limit increases to 2.

  • You can expend 2 additional mana or psi to so the second mind can use two actions.

1 minute/mana or psi

As an action, your mindcrystal within 5 meters of you takes over the responsibility of maintaining concentration for a spell you have cast that costs 1 or less mana and are concentrating on. While maintaining this concentration, your mindcrystal is incapacitated. If this spell’s duration expires, the spell you transferred to your mindcrystal ends.

Augment

The spell that you are concentrating on can cost 1 additional mana for each additional mana or psi expended.

M (diamond worth 1,000 sp, consumed)

As you spend 1 hour to cast this spell, you attempt impress the totality of your psyche into a creature’s subconscious. Make a melee spell attack against a creature within your reach.

On a hit, the target is incapacitated.

At the start of each of the incapacitated target’s turns, it must make a Will saving throw. If the target succeeds on three of these saves, it is no longer incapacitated, and the spell ends. If the target fails three of these saves, the target is no longer incapacitated, but you impress the totality of your psyche into a target’s subconscious.

If successfully implanted, the seed of your mind “germinates” over 7 days. During this time, the target begins to unconsciously take on your mannerisms. When integration is complete, the target becomes you in mind as you were when you cast the spell, but the target’s level is eight lower than your own.

The target does not have any of your physical abilities or equipment, but does have the Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma you had when you were eight levels lower. The target also knows the spells you knew when you were eight levels lower.

While the target is initially your mental duplicate, the two personalities diverge over time. Although the target starts off with memories of your experiences, it possesses its original “soul” and physical body and is free to develop its own personality based on its own new experiences. Thus, the target is not your slave or servant, but instead a nonplayer character in its own right that shares your earlier memories.

A germinating seed can be removed (prior to germination) only by wish. Casting mind seed again during the germination period also cleanses the target’s mind.

The process of impressing your psyche into another is demanding and draining. You become exhausted 1 when you cast this spell.

Augment sizes

1 stamina die/mana2 stamina dice/mana3 stamina dice/mana4 stamina dice/mana5 stamina dice/mana
Cone3 meters long5 meters long10 meters long10 meters long20 meters long
Cylinder1-meter-radius, 3 meters high2-meter-radius, 6 meters high3-meter-radius, 9 meters high4-meter-radius, 12 meters high5-meter-radius, 15 meters high
Line5 meters long, 1-meter wide5 meters long, 2-meter wide10 meters long, 2-meter wide10 meters long, 2-meter wide20 meters long, 2-meter wide
Sphere1-meter-radius2-meter-radius3-meter-radius4-meter-radius5-meter-radius
Wall5 meters long, 2 meters high, 30 centimeters thick5 meters long, 4 meters high, 60 centimeters thick10 meters long, 6 meters high, 90 centimeters thick10 meters long, 8 meters high, 120 centimeters thick20 meters long, 10 meters high, 150 centimeters thick