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Onmyodo Feats

Aid of the Arcane

Your shikigami is fairly popular among the kami responsible for tending the world’s arcane weave. Harnessing this unexpected aid, you find yourself capable of tapping deeper into this weave than can the average onmyoji.

Prerequisite: Aid of the minor kami class feature

Benefit: Your aid of the minor kami class feature allows you to select an additional wizard cantrip whenever you replenish your spirit pool.

In addition, you may cast magic missile 1/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your onmyoji level and Wisdom as your key ability.

Normal: The aid of the minor kami class feature grants knowledge of two wizard cantrips and two cleric orisons.

Aid of the Earth

Every rock, every tree, and every blade of grass has its own attendant spirit. Your shikigami knows most of them by name. This happy coincidence allows you to draw upon the might of the earth itself, if in a fairly roundabout fashion.

Prerequisite: Aid of the minor kami class feature

Benefit: Your aid of the minor kami class feature allows you to select a druid orison whenever you replenish your spirit pool.

In addition, you may cast create flame 1/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your onmyoji level and Wisdom as your key ability.

Normal: The aid of the minor kami class feature grants knowledge of two wizard cantrips and two cleric orisons.

Aid of the Kitsune

Kitsune understand how to request help, and then throw it in the helper’s face by doing something completely unexpected with it.

Prerequisite: Aid of the minor kami class feature

Benefit: Whenever you are about to select your cantrips and orisons for the day with the aid of the minor kami class feature, you may choose not to select your full complement of cantrips and orisons. For each that you do not select, you gain 1 temporary spirit point that lasts for 24 hours.

Special: As Aid of the Kitsune is all about breaking expectations, it is not considered to be an “Aid” feat by spells, petitions, feats, and other abilities that care about such things.

Aid of the Minor Deity

A fair number of kami become their own distinct entity in the minds of mortals. The god of a local hot spring, locally notable, but regionally unimportant, is a prime example.

Prerequisite: Aid of the minor kami class feature

Benefit: Your aid of the minor kami class feature allows you to select an additional cleric orison whenever you replenish your spirit pool. In addition, you may cast cure light wounds 1/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your onmyoji level and Wisdom as your key ability.

Normal: The aid of the minor kami class feature grants knowledge of two wizard cantrips and two cleric orisons.

Aid of the Minstrel

Being immortal creatures, many kami pick up an art of some sort to while away the time. A minor spirit responsible for making sure the grass in a single small field grows properly may take up weaving little baskets from blades of grass, while others take up music. Your shikigami is familiar with many such minor kami, and their skills are yours for the asking.

Prerequisite: Aid of the minor kami class feature

Benefit: Your aid of the minor kami class feature allows you to select an additional bard cantrip whenever you replenish your spirit pool.

In addition, you may cast charm person 1/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your onmyoji level and Wisdom as your key ability.

Normal: The aid of the minor kami class feature grants knowledge of two wizard cantrips and two cleric orisons.

Ally of the Kami

The kami like you, and tend to bend over backwards to ensure you stay safe.

Prerequisite: Extra Petition, spirit pool class feature

Benefit: The size of your spirit pool increases by +3.

Special: You can gain Ally of the Kami multiple times, but cannot gain Ally of the Kami more times than you have gained Extra Petition. Its effects stack.

Calligraphist

Your familiarity with calligraphy allows you to receive the help of a less-than-uniform grouping of dead calligraphists whenever you call out for their help.

Prerequisite: Aid of the calligraphists petition, aid of the functionaries petition

Benefit: The first time you cast each of the following petitions daily, its spirit point cost is set to 0:

  • aid of the calligraphists
  • aid of the functionaries

In addition, when you cast aid of the calligraphists, you may choose the same calligraphy style up to three times per casting when selecting how to affect each of your targets.

Normal: When you cast aid of the calligraphists, you may choose a particular calligraphy style up to once per casting when selecting how to affect each of your targets.

Deity Focus

All it takes is a little schmoozing to the right gods, and thunderbolts tend to be just a bit more electrifying when you ask for them.

Benefit: When you first gain Deity Focus, choose two petitions that you know. The Difficulty Class (DC) of any saving throw called for by the chosen petitions is increased by +1.

Special: You can gain Deity Focus multiple times. Each time, choose two more petitions that you know.

Extra Aid

Your shikigami’s connections with the minor kami of the spirit world are fairly extensive.

Prerequisite: Aid of the Arcane OR Aid of the Earth OR Aid of the Minor Deity OR Aid of the Minstrel

Benefit: You may cast each of the spell-like abilities granted by the Aid of the Arcane, Aid of the Earth, Aid of the Minor Deity, and Aid of the Minstrel feats an additional time per day.

Extra Petition

You have forged more relationships with powerful kami than your peers have.

Prerequisite: Petition spirits class feature

Benefit: You gain one additional petition. You must meet all of the prerequisites for this petition.

Special: You can gain Extra Petition multiple times.

Extra Prayer

You have been asked for many ridiculous talismans over the course of your career.

Prerequisite: Talismans class feature

Benefit: You gain one additional talisman prayer. You must meet all of the prerequisites for this talisman prayer.

Special: You can gain Extra Prayer multiple times.

Extra Talisman

Rather than learn how to make a wider variety of talismans, you simply focus on making more of them.

Prerequisite: Talismans class feature

Benefit: You may place one additional talisman per day.

Special: You can gain Extra Talisman twice. Its effects stack.

Favored of the Great Kami

A powerful kami spirit has taken a shine to you for some reason, and it takes less asking to get her to help you.

Prerequisite: Petition spirits class feature

Benefit: Choose a single petition that you know. The spirit point cost of that petition is reduced by 1, to a minimum of 1.

Glowing Spirituality

It is easy for the kami to take notice of your actions when your soul glows like a lighthouse in the midst of a fog.

Prerequisite: Onmyoji level 10th, petition spirits class feature

Benefit: Choose an ability granted by the spirit pool class feature, such as iron talismans. Whenever you use that ability, you gain 1 temporary spirit point. This temporary spirit point lasts until the end of your turn.

Improved Shikigami

Though you may have outright captured it in a shell of paper, you care for your shikigami. After all, it’s your most constant ally.

Prerequisite: Onmyoji level 8th, shikigami class feature

Benefit: Your shikigami gains a bonus feat. It must meet all of the prerequisites of this feat. If your shikigami is lost or dismissed, its replacement gains a bonus feat once it is bound to you.

Interjected Topic

We’ve all been there. You’re flipping through a book of poetry and half of the damned things are about frogs, cherry blossoms, or happy little trees. This one poem starts off about crumbling city walls, and somehow ends with a frog. It’s infuriating! As it turns out, you, too, are part of the problem. And you’re proud about this, aren’t you?

Prerequisite: Haiku class feature, On capacity of 2 or greater per subject

Benefit: You gain an interjection. An interjection is like a haiku, except that it only has a single subject that has an On capacity of 1 and it cannot be orated. While orating a standard haiku, you may interject as a swift action, adding the effects of your interjection’s topic to your current haiku’s topics for 1 round. This may be done three times per day.

Lingering Reach

When projecting your influence into the spirit realm, you do not reach out as far as your peers, but, in doing so, you can keep your omyotic equivalent of an arm held out for longer before your psyche gets tired.

Prerequisite: Reach of the spirits spirit pool ability

Benefit: Your reach of the spirits spirit pool ability now increases your reach by +5 feet for every two onmyoji levels you possess? however, the ability now persists for 1d3+1 rounds.

Normal: Your reach of the spirits spirit pool ability increases your reach by +5 feet per onmyoji level? however, it only persists for one round.

Origami Adept

You are a master of papercraft, which makes you a master of the self.

Prerequisite: Refold class feature

Benefit: Whenever you use the refold class feature, you gain DR 3/for 1 minute, or until you have negated 9 points of damage in this manner, whichever comes first.

Petition the Minor Kami

You are adept at formally leveraging your shikigami’s connections.

Prerequisite: Know the gift of the arcane petition OR gift of the earth petition OR gift of the minor deity petition OR gift of the minstrel petition

Benefit: The first “gift” petition you cast each day— gift of the arcane, gift of the earth, gift of the minor deity, or gift of the minstrel— has its spirit point cost set to 0.

Praise the Rest

They say that being creative is like a snowball. Once you get going, your ideas just keep getting bigger.

Prerequisite: Praise the X, kigoist level 9th

Benefit: Using the thematic criteria found in the Praise the X feat, choose a 1st-level spell for each of the three seasons that did not gain a new spell when you took the Praise the X feat. For example, if you chose entropic shield as a Spring spell with winds as your justification, you are now choosing a thematically-appropriate 1st-level spell for Summer, Fall, and Winter. As with Praise the X, all selections require Game Master approval.

Praise the X

Though still a traditionalist at heart, you’ve championed a haiku topic that isn’t frogs, cherry blossoms, or happy little trees. Thank you.

Prerequisite: Kigo class feature

Benefit: Choose a 1st-level spell that meets the themes set forth for one of the seasons in the kigoist’s kigo class feature. With Game Master approval, you gain the ability to cast the chosen spell as a spell-like ability with the kigo class feature. It costs 3 charges to cast.

Spring
Associated Element: Air
Opposed Element: Earth
Associated Spell Themes: Healing, protection, preemptive negation of enemy abilities
Opposed Spell Themes: Damage, debilitation

Summer
Associated Element: Fire
Opposed Element: Water
Associated Spell Themes: Damage, heat (a haze in the air with blur, sunstroke from touch of fatigue)
Opposed Spell Themes: Enhancement and protection that isn’t heat-themed, healing

Fall
Associated Element: Earth
Opposed Element: Air
Associated Spell Themes: The harvest, weapon enhancement, damage over time, hazardous areas
Opposed Spell Themes: Direct damage, nonfood healing

Winter
Associated Element: Water
Opposed Element: Fire
Associated Spell Themes: Damage, debilitation
Opposed Spell Themes: Enhancement, healing, protection

Shikigami-Familiar

Though such an arrangement typically involves belonging to strange and exotic bloodlines, following long forgotten universal mysteries, or an absolute mastery of the mind in all of its facets, it is possible for an individual to be entitled to both a shikigami and a familiar at once. Of the few who achieve this, many keep these partner roles separate. You, apparently, are not in this camp.

Prerequisite: Ability to possess a familiar, ability to possess a shikigami

Benefit: Rather than possessing a familiar and a shikigami as separate entities, you possess a single shikigami-familiar instead. Treat a shikigami-familiar as a standard shikigami, with the following differences:

  • Immediately grant the shikigami-familiar a bonus feat when you take the Shikigami-Familiar feat. This feat must either be a familiar feat or a shikigami feat. If you lose your shikigami-familiar and subsequently gain a new one, it gains a bonus feat with the same restrictions.
  • The shikigami-familiar is treated as both a shikigami and a familiar for the purpose of qualifying for feats.
  • Increase the shikigami-familiar’s hardness by +2, grant it a +1 luck bonus to AC and saving throws, and increase its maximum hit points by an amount equal to your character level.
  • Each of the shikigami-familiar’s mental ability scores (Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma) are set to the higher score to which it is entitled based on shikigami progression and familiar progression. (For example, if you are a 10th-level onmyoji who is somehow entitled to a familiar that treats you as though you have an effective level of 5th, each of your shikigami-familiar’s mental ability scores are set to that entitled to a shikigami with a 10th-level master or a familiar with a 5th-level master, whichever is higher.)
  • The shikigami-familiar gains all special abilities that would be granted to a familiar as its master increases in level. This is in addition to those that are granted to a shikigami as its master increases in level.
  • The shikigami-familiar may place a talisman and deliver a touch spell of 1st level or lower with the same action.

Spiritual Fold

Minor origami folds don’t necessarily even need to be actual creases in your body. They can be there in spirit.

Prerequisite: Origami pool class feature

Benefit: Whenever you expend origami points to fold your body for the day with the origami pool class feature, choose an additional origami fold with an origami point cost of 1. You must meet its prerequisites.

The chosen fold elicits no effect innately? however, until the next time you fold your body for the day with the origami pool class feature, you may expend 1 spirit point as a swift action to gain the benefits of the chosen origami fold for 1 minute.

Spiritual Origami

While there is a limit to the number of times you can fold your own body while maintaining supernatural effect in doing so, the easy way around this problem is to hire on a kami to do the folding for you so that this kami’s own supernatural essence fuels the fold’s intent.

Prerequisite: Refold class feature

Benefit: As a standard action, you may expend 1 spirit point in order to gain a temporary use of the refold class feature. This temporary use persists for 1 hour, or until used.

Supporting Orator

Sometimes, a topic can’t quite stand on its own, or needs a particular inflection. Fixing this is a specialty of yours.

Prerequisite: Warrior Poet 9

Benefit: Choose one of your haiku. Each of the chosen haiku’s subjects may contain an additional topic with an On cost of 1? however, this additional topic fulfill one of the following two conditions:
1. The topic is a kitsune’s ventriloquism.
2. The topic’s only function is to modify the other topics in a subject.

Topic Favoritism

Your haiku variety is hampered by one topic you obviously adore above others.

Prerequisite: Haiku class feature, warrior poet level 3rd

Benefit: When you first gain Topic Favoritism, choose a topic that you know with an On cost of 1. Whenever you change the composition of your haiku, you may add this topic to one of your haiku subjects as though it had an On cost of 0.

Special: You may gain Topic Favoritism multiple times. Each time, the required warrior poet level increases by +6. Multiple topics that have had their On cost set to 0 by Topic Favoritism may not be added to the same haiku.

Topic Focus

You tend to orate just a bit more clearly when your current subject is a favorite topic.

Prerequisite: Topic Favoritism

Benefit: The Difficulty Class (DC) of any saving throw called for by the topics present in a haiku subject containing a topic affected by the Topic Favoritism feat is increased by +1.

Verdant Ascendant

Slavers! Wretches! Anything they can achieve by throwing a leash upon one of your peers, you can emulate of your own free will.

Prerequisite: Shikigami ascendant level 9th

Benefit: Whenever you replenish your spirit pool for the day, you produce one green shoot as the green shoots portion of the bound shikigami ability of the mokusei archetype of the onmyoji base class.

You are also considered to have the green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature for the purpose of meeting the prerequisites of other feats.

Verdant Conglomeration

You’ve learned how to glom multiple green shoots into something that isn’t quite a greenest shoot. You’ve decided to go with the comparative over the superlative and call them greener shoots.

Prerequisite: Bound shikigami class feature, ability to produce 3+ green shoots daily

Benefit: Whenever you are about to produce green shoots, you may choose to produce a greener shoot instead of a green shoot. A greener shoot follows all of the rules for a green shoot, save that the chosen petition may have a base spirit point cost of up to 2 and that it is considered to be a wand of a 5thlevel spell (DC 17, CL 9th).

Verdant Focus

Your green shoots are significantly harder to withstand.

Prerequisite: Green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature

Benefit: The Difficulty Class (DC) of any saving throw called for by your green shoots, greener shoots, and greenest shoot is increased by +1.

Verdant Fortitude

Your mokugami produces green shoots that stand the test of time.

Prerequisite: Green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature

Benefit: Whenever your green shoots produced by the green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature would rot and become useless, you may choose a single green shoot you possess. The chosen green shoot does not rot and remains viable.

Special: If you also have the Verdant Conglomeration feat, you may choose a greener shoot you possess rather than a green shoot. If you do, you produce one fewer green shoot and cannot create a greener shoot that day.

Verdant Universality

You came across a mokusei one day, and though you didn’t agree with his methods, his “green shoots” were particularly fascinating. As it turns out, the paper of your shikigami’s origami shell was once wood, and one conference later, your shikigami’s growing twigs right out of its body!

Prerequisite: Shikigami class feature, onmyoji level 9th

Benefit: Whenever you and your shikigami replenish your spirit pools for the day, your shikigami produces one green shoot as the green shoots portion of the bound shikigami ability of the mokusei archetype of the onmyoji base class.

You are also considered to have the green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature for the purpose of meeting the prerequisites of other feats.

Special: If you have the dual shikigami class feature (found in the shubo-sha archetype of the onmyoji base class), you can take Verdant Universality twice, once for each shikigami you possess.

Voluminous Loquacity

Sometimes, purple prose is the right thing to do!

Prerequisite: Haiku class feature

Benefit: Whenever you orate a haiku for a multiple of 5 rounds (5, 10, 15, etc.) without executing a kireji or ending your oration, that haiku immediately regains 1 round of its daily duration.

Whittled Ruination

Sometimes, you just need to blast something.

Prerequisite: Green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature

Benefit: You may activate green shoots, greener shoots, and greenest shoots as though they were wands of magic missile.

Whittled Magic

Your mokugami is eager to produce green shoots like some sort of factory worker, which begs the question: what on earth are you threatening to do if it refuses?

Prerequisite: Green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature, mokusei level 7th

Benefit: The green shoots portion of the bound shikigami class feature produces an additional green shoot daily.

Special: You can gain Whittled Magic multiple times. Its effects stack.