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Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« on: November 05, 2010, 01:53:07 AM »
I'm building an evil Elan Psion that relies on powers with save DCs.  Other than Psionic Endowment and the Greater version, are there any good evil ways to up the DCs further?

We're starting at lvl3 so I have time to plan.  Feats selected so far: Psionic Endowment, Psionic Endowment, Greater, and Elan Resilience, Enhanced. Future feats are Inquisitor at 5th and Psionic Meditation at 6th.

Advice on power selections would be a welcome too.  So far he has: Charm, Mindlink, Crystal Shard, Inertial Armor, Vigor, Suggestion, Psychic Scimitar.

This character will be part of an assassin type guild.

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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2010, 11:55:03 AM »
You might find some interesting ideas in here. (I rely heavily on "poaching" feats, powers, and power points from his Believers via Metaconcert and Feat Leech). At level 3, there isn't much more beyond what you're already doing, besides augmenting to boost the DCs. Later on, Metaconcert can grant you a +10 to your save DCs.
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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 06:19:12 AM »
Can you take Psionic Prodigy from Mind's Eye?  I lack an immediate link, but this first level only feat gives you +2 DC in your primary discipline (Telepathy for you) and you treat your INT has 2 points higher for PP.
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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 06:39:41 PM »
Can you take Psionic Prodigy from Mind's Eye?  I lack an immediate link, but this first level only feat gives you +2 DC in your primary discipline (Telepathy for you) and you treat your INT has 2 points higher for PP.

Is that from 3.0?

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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 09:25:48 PM »
Illithid Compulsion (prereq: Illithid Heritage) ups the DC for Telepathy (Compulsion) powers.

A debuff, as opposed to a buff: manifest Schism then have your schism-ed mind manifest Demoralize. Shaken status gives -2 to saves, and the power only affects enemies.

Power selection:
Charm - Good. Obviously use Psychic Reformation to swap it out when you reach Thrallherd 3.
Mindlink - Prereq., so you have no choice.
Crystal Shard - Good, but Crystalstorm is better. Also, see my notes on Psychic Scimitar.
Inertial Armor - Better to wait to take this one until higher levels, when you can augment it out the wazoo. As a Psion, armor doesn't cause your powers to fail. Get a mithril chain shirt ASAP and you won't even have to worry about not being proficient with it.
Vigor - Excellent power. Keep it. Love it.
Suggestion - Very good.
Psychic Scimitar - I really wanted to like this power when I read it, but it's a trap. While it looks like a versatile, PP-preserving, incorporeal creature-affecting, enemy-damaging version of Spectral Hand, its drawbacks make it unusable. It's got pitiful defenses and if it "dies" your most important stat takes a big hit. Furthermore, to get the most out of it you really have to focus on Touch-range powers. From Psion 1-4, I can only think of two that are worth it: Dissipating Touch and Empathic Transfer, Hostile. If you're using Psychic Scimitar then you're probably using C.Psi., which seriously nerfed the latter of those two powers. Then, on top of THAT, you really have to take Body Purification to offset the Int damage you're bound to suffer. It's just not worth it. BUT, if you insist on going this route, go whole hog. Drop Crystal Shard and pick up Dissipating Touch.

In terms of further suggestions, look up carnivore's guide. There's another thread over on the WotC boards about "the most powerful psionic power" by level. Regardless, remember that all such "guides" are somewhat subjective in their analyses. YMMV.
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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 01:30:24 AM »
Can you take Psionic Prodigy from Mind's Eye?  I lack an immediate link, but this first level only feat gives you +2 DC in your primary discipline (Telepathy for you) and you treat your INT has 2 points higher for PP.

Is that from 3.0?
Yes it is from 3.0 psionics.  That said it would be real easy to adapt to 3.5.

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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 02:55:36 AM »
Thanks everyone for all the advice.  I look forward to wreaking havoc.

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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010, 07:55:00 PM »
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Re: Evil Telepath/Thrallherd help needed
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2010, 09:11:49 PM »
If you haven't settled on any type of build skeleton one that is rather simplistic but nice is Telepath 5/Thrallherd 2/Subverted Psion 13.

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