Rather than invite strange entities and departed souls into their bodies, outer channelers invite extraplanar entities to inhabit them, allowing the likes of angels and demons to use them as vessels in exchange for power. However, this bond always comes with a cost.
Outsider Invocation (Su)
At 1st level, an outer channeler chooses one outsider subtype from among those listed in the Outsider Spirits section on pages 13–15. His alignment must be within one step of the outsider’s alignment in order to choose it, and once chosen it cannot be changed. Instead of channeling spirits, an outer channeler invokes outsiders of his chosen subtype during his seance.
Each subtype lists six outsiders that, when invoked, provide the outer channeler with the same benefits as the outsider’s associated spirit. For example, an outer channeler with angel as his chosen subtype can invoke the astral deva, balisse, empyrean, movanic deva, planetar, and solar outsiders, which function like the trickster, hierophant, archmage, champion, marshal, and guardian spirits, respectively.
An outer channeler doesn’t gain the intermediate power normally granted by his invoked outsider’s associated spirit.
Instead, he gains the intermediate power noted in his invoked outsider’s subtype, regardless of which spirit that invoked outsider is associated with. Furthermore, the outer channeler gains a gift at 13th level, as noted in his invoked outsider subtype.
An invoked outsider acts as a spirit for all other effects, including the trance of three and astral beacon class features.
This ability alters spirit and spirit power (intermediate).
Whenever he invokes an outsider, an outer channeler must accept one taboo from among those listed by his chosen outsider’s subtype before the outsider will enter his body. Accepting this taboo provides the outer channeler with no benefits other than those gained from channeling a spirit; if he wishes to gain additional uses of his spirit purge ability as described by the taboo class feature, he must accept a second taboo from among those listed by the legend that his chosen outsider subtype functions as. If the outer channeler breaks this mandatory taboo, the outsider immediately leaves and the outer channeler can’t invoke a new outsider until he atones (as per atonement).
This ability alters taboo.
This ability alters shared seance.
At 3rd level, an outer channeler can summon the spirit of an outsider of his chosen subtype and house it within the body of an ordinary animal. Initially, the outsider takes the form of this animal and acts in all ways as an ordinary familiar of that type. At 7th level, the animal transforms into an outsider, taking the form of an improved familiar with the outer channeler’s chosen outsider subtype (such as a cassisian for an angel-invoking medium). The outer channeler doesn’t need to meet the prerequisites to gain this improved familiar, and the improved familiar gains the ability to change shape between its outsider form and its animal form at will (as per beast shape II).
Site Channeling (Su)
At 5th level, an outer channeler can invoke outsiders from any site tied to any of the following: creatures of his chosen subtype, deities that grant his chosen subtype as a cleric subdomain, or planes that creatures of his chosen subtype are native to. This is in addition to the usual list of sites from which he can channel his outsiders.
This ability replaces location channel.
Ask the Planes (Sp)
At 14th level, an outer channeler gains the ask the spirits ability of the standard medium, except he sends his consciousness to a native plane of his chosen outsider subtype (Heaven for archons, Hell for devils, any good-aligned plane for angels, and so on).
This ability alters ask the spirits and replaces astral journey.
An outer channeler can invoke creatures from the following outsider subtypes. The outsiders associated with each spirit provide no mechanical benefit and are merely suggestions based on the themes and interests of each creature. At the GM’s discretion, he can swap which outsiders are associated with each spirit and can even use outsiders of the indicated subtype that aren’t listed, though outsiders capable of serving as an improved familiar and outsiders of CR 20 or higher typically do not answer an outer channeler’s calls.
An aeon is an inscrutable force that dispassionately seeks to bring perfect balance to the multiverse.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must not be the willing target of a spell or ability that grants a morale bonus; you must not consciously lie or attempt to deceive; you must not purposefully end the life or stop the bleeding (through skill or magic) of a dying creature.
Void Form (Intermediate, Su): You gain a +2 deflection bonus to your AC. In addition, there is a 50% chance that a confirmed critical hit against you is negated, and the damage is rolled normally; this chance doesn’t stack with any provided by similar abilities, such as from a suit of armor with the light, medium, or heavy fortification special ability.
Telepathy (Gift, Su): You can mentally communicate with any other creature within 100 feet that has a language. It is possible to telepathically address multiple creatures at once, although maintaining a telepathic conversation with more than one creature at a time is just as difficult as simultaneously speaking and listening to multiple people at the same time.
Alignment: Neutral good.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must act aggressively to best (though not necessarily slay) evil foes; you must provide whatever service you can to promote good in the world and help the innocent, as long as such actions do not impair or prevent you from doing good in the future; you must offer your full protection and support to nonevil innocents who are in need of your service.
Voice of Nirvana (Gift, Su): You can speak to beasts and men alike as a standard action, gaining the benefits of speak with animals and tongues simultaneously. You can use this ability for up to 10 minutes per day per medium level. These minutes don’t need to be consecutive, but must be used in 1-minute increments.
An angel is a servant of the good-aligned planes, a voice of unity and cooperation among celestial beings.
Alignment: Any good.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must not ignore an opportunity to destroy or hinder an evil creature or organization unless doing so would put innocents in harm’s way; you must always offer your foes a chance to peacefully surrender to you, and you must accept and honor any such terms that your foes agree to; you must offer whatever support and assistance you can spare to any creature that asks such service from you, provided your actions do not further the cause of evil.
Protective Aura (Intermediate, Su): You gain a +4 deflection bonus to your AC and a +4 resistance bonus on saving throws against attacks made by or effects created by evil creatures. In addition, you are protected from effects created by evil creatures that possess you or exert mental control over you, as per protection from evil.
These rounds don’t need to be consecutive.
Alignment: Lawful good.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must promote and uphold the tenants of law and good, and may never willingly break a law that is fair and just; you must act with honor and integrity at all times; you must eschew all vices and sinful temptations or desires.
Hostile creatures within a 20-foot radius of you must succeed at a Will save (DC = 10 + half your medium level + your Charisma modifier) or take a –2 penalty on attack rolls, on saving throws, and to AC. This penalty lasts for 1 minute, or until you become frightened, panicked, paralyzed, stunned, unconscious, or otherwise prevented from participating in the current encounter. Whether or not a creature fails its save, it can’t be affected by your aura again for 24 hours.
Teleportation (Gift, Su): Add dimension door to your medium spell list and list of spells known as a 4th-level spell. In addition, you can cast dimension door as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to your Charisma modifier, using your medium level as the spell’s caster level.
Alignment: Chaotic good.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: whenever you encounter fine art, food, or performances, you must take no actions for 1d4+1 rounds other than to indulge in your find or until you see a potential or obvious threat (as per the fascinated condition); you must attempt any challenge or obstacle that blocks your path unless doing so would be obviously harmful to you or those under your care; you must always offer support and protection to any nonevil creature that is unable to protect itself.
Slip the Surly Bonds (Intermediate, Sp): You can ignore impediments to your mobility. For a number of rounds per day equal to your medium level, you can move normally regardless of magical effects that impede movement, as if you were affected by freedom of movement. In addition, you can cast liberating command as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to your Charisma modifier, using your medium level as the spell’s caster level.
Gift of Flight (Gift, Ex): You grow feathery wings as a swift action, which otherwise function as per fly. You can use this ability for a number of minutes each day equal to your medium level. These minutes don’t need to be consecutive, but must be used in 1-minute increments.
Alignment: Neutral evil.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must painfully end the life of a single mortal creature (with no fewer than half your Hit Dice) per day, provided that doing so does not jeopardize your own safety; you must take every opportunity to manipulate and coerce others into performing self-deprecating and self-destructive actions; you must consume a bit of every mortal creature you slay, be it flesh or soul.
Summon Daemon (Intermediate, Sp): You can summon a servant of Abaddon as a standard action. This functions as per summon monster II, but you can summon only animals with the fiendish template or outsiders with the daemon subtype—including any daemon from the Expanded Monster Summoning Options table. This ability can summon only one creature, regardless of the list used. For every 2 medium levels beyond 6th, the level of the summon monster spell increases by 1 (to a maximum of summon monster IX at 20th level). You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Charisma modifier.
Consume the Soul (Gift, Sp): You can consume or imprison the soul of a dying creature. You gain the ability to cast death knell as a spell-like ability three times per day using your medium level as the spell’s caster level. Instead of gaining the normal benefits of this spell when the target fails its save, you can instead lock the target’s soul within a soul gem, functioning like the soul lock ability of a cacodaemon. You count as an evil outsider for the purpose of determining whether you receive a benefit when you ingest a soul gem created by the soul lock ability.
Alignment: Chaotic evil.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must not ignore an opportunity to destroy something (or someone) precious to those who actively oppose your plans or goals; you must take every opportunity to tempt or coerce others into embracing their most sinful desires, and you must partake in such delights at every opportunity; you must take every opportunity to inflict physical or emotional pain upon others, provided such indulgences do not detract from your personal goals or safety.
Summon Demon (Intermediate, Sp): You can summon a horror from the Abyss as a standard action. This functions as per summon monster II, but you can summon only animals with the fiendish template or outsiders with the demon subtype—including any demon from the Expanded Monster Summoning Options table. This ability can summon only one creature, regardless of the list used. For every 2 medium levels beyond 6th, the level of the summon monster spell increases by 1 (to a maximum of summon monster IX at 20th level). You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Charisma modifier.
Alignment: Lawful evil.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must abide by any contracts you sign or verbally agree to, though you are only ever required to obey the letter of these agreements and may twist their intent to your favor; you must tempt others whenever the opportunity arises; you must destroy or despoil all holy sites and relics that you encounter, if doing so would not put you in obvious danger.
Summon Devil (Intermediate, Sp): You can summon a denizen of Hell as a standard action. This functions as per summon monster II, but you can summon only animals with the fiendish template or outsiders with the devil subtype— including any devil from the Expanded Monster Summoning Options table.
This ability can summon only one creature, regardless of the list used. For every 2 medium levels beyond 6th, the level of the summon monster spell increases by 1 (to a maximum of summon monster IX at 20th level). You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Charisma modifier.
See in Darkness (Gift, Su): You gain darkvision 30 feet.
A psychopomp is a steward of souls from Purgatory, tasked with bringing mortal souls to the afterlife.
Taboos: Choose one of the following: you must destroy all haunts and undead creatures whose paths you cross and oppose the creation of such creatures; you must destroy all creatures that would seek to imprison or destroy mortal souls, and set trapped souls free at every opportunity; you must wear a mask that covers the entirety of your face, and never allow it to be removed for as long as you channel the psychopomp.
Spirit Touch (Intermediate, Su): You gain powers that assist in battling evil spirits. You are always granted a saving throw to negate death spells, magical death effects, and energy drain, even if one is not normally allowed. In addition, as a swift action, you can grant your natural weapons, as well as any weapon you wield, the ghost touch weapon special ability for a number of rounds equal to your medium level. These rounds don’t need to be consecutive.
Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Player Companion: Psychic Anthology © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Alexander Augunas, Isabelle Lee, Luis Loza, Alex Riggs, Mark Seifter, Loren Sieg, and Jeremy Smith