Those who walk the path of the occult chemist do so out of an insatiable curiosity. They spy on the presence of the occult, hear tales of a world beyond their own, asking, “how?” and “why?” Those who become occult chemysts seek to replicate the real chemical changes that occur in the bodies of the living when an occult presence takes root. Alas, upon starting down this path they can never go back.
An occult chemyst can seal pacts with spirits. The occult chemyst’s binder level is equal to the character’s alchemist level, binding spirits as an occultist of that same level. An occult chemyst uses Intelligence in place of Charisma on binding checks and when adjudicating the effectiveness of granted abilities.
At 1st level, an occult chemyst becomes addicted to one constellation of your choice. Once made, the choice cannot be changed. An occult chemyst suffers a –4 penalty on attack rolls, ability checks, binding checks, skill checks, and saving throws while not bound to a spirit belonging to the addicted constellation. However, the occult chemyst is treated as a binder of 2 levels higher than normal when determining the character’s maximum spirit level for spirits that belong to the addicted constellation. Furthermore, the occult chemyst can only apply Constellation Focus and similar abilities that benefit a specific constellation to their addicted constellation.
This ability replaces poison use.
An occult chemyst possesses 1 less extract per day at each formulae level. An occult chemyst who would receive 0 extracts per day only receives bonus extracts earned as a result of a high Intelligence score.
Starting at 2nd level, an occult chemyst slowly begins to overcome the constellation addiction, reducing the penalty for remaining unbound from a spirit belonging to the addicted constellation by –1. At 5th level and every 3 levels thereafter, reduce this penalty by an additional –1 until the occult chemyst suffers no penalty at 14th level.
This ability replaces poison resistance and poison immunity.
Pact Magic Unbound Vol. 2 © 2012, Radiance House. Authors: Alexander Augunas and Dario Nardi.