Control Flames

Discipline Psychokinesis [Fire]; Level Psion/Wilder 1


Display Auditory
Manifesting Time 1 standard action


Range Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level) Area One non-magical fire source; see text
Duration Concentration, up to 1 min./level
Saving Throw See text; Power Resistance No
Power Points 1


You pyrokinetically control the intensity or movements of one fire source. A non-magical fire source can be controlled if it is equal to or smaller than the maximum size of fire you can control according to your manifester level, as noted on the accompanying table. You can freely switch control between fire sources, or change the nature of your control, while you maintain concentration, but only one specified change (keeping a fire burning, animating it, or altering its size) can be made to one fire source in a round. When your control over a fire source lapses, that fire immediately returns to its original state (or goes out if it has no fuel or has been moved away from its original location). With this power, you can artificially keep a fire burning that would normally expire for lack of fuel; even dousing a controlled flame with water does not put it out (though completely submerging the flame would). Normally, a creature at risk of catching on fire can avoid this fate by making a DC 15 Reflex saving throw, with success indicating that the fire has gone out. If the fire is one that has been kept burning by the use of control flames, then the DC of the Reflex save needed to put out the flames increases to 25.

This power also enables you to make a fire move as if it were a living creature. You can animate only a naturally burning fire; if you attempt to animate one that has been increased or decreased in size by your augmentation of this power, the fire immediately returns to its original size. An animated fire moves at a speed of 30 feet. A fire that moves away from its fuel or its original location dies as soon as your control over it lapses.

Table: Control Flames

Manifester Level Fire Size Example Maximum Damage
per Round
1st-2nd Fine Tindertwig 1 1 foot square
3rd-4th Diminutive Torch 1d3 1 foot square
5th-6th Tiny Small campfire 1d6 1 foot square
7th-8th Small Large campfire 2d6 1 foot square
9th-10th Medium Forge 3d6 1 foot square
11th-12th Large Bonfire 4d6 2-by-2-foot square
13th-14th Huge Burning shack 5d6 3-by-3-foot square
15th-16th Gargantuan Burning tavern 6d6 4-by-4-foot square
17th or higher Colossal Burning inn 7d6 5-by-5-foot square

An animated fire can enter any square, even if a creature already occupies it. If an animated fire enters a square occupied by a creature, that creature can make a Reflex save to get out of the way (DC 11 + the number of dice of damage the fire does + your key ability modifier). A successful Reflex save moves the creature to the nearest unoccupied square. The flames deal the indicated damage to any creature that is either on fire or surrounded by the flames (in the fire’s space); see the accompanying table). At the start of your turn, the animated fire deals damage to any creature in its space, and the creature catches on fire unless it makes a Reflex save (DC as noted above). A victim on fire takes 1d6 points of damage each round. Additional rounds in the same space as the animated fire occupies mean additional chances of ignition. The damage from multiple normal fires stacks, but the victim gets a saving throw each round to negate each fire. It is possible to switch control from the animated fire (causing it to disappear) to intensify flames that are already burning (thus denying the foe Reflex saves after the first).

Augment You can augment this power in one or both of the following ways.

1. For every 2 additional power points you spend, you can increase the size of a fire you want to control by one step, up to the maximum size of fire you can control according to your manifester level.

2. For every 2 additional power points you spend, you can decrease the size of a fire you want to control by one step. You can reduce a Tiny or smaller fire to nothing, extinguishing it.

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