Empty Caste (Dromite)
Every dromite is born into one of the castes, determining some of their abilities, and to some degree what possibilities are available to them. Yet, the Queen has the ability to manipulate her offspring, giving birth to dromites with no caste, born to serve none but the Queen herself. Called the “empty caste” amongst those who have heard of them, they are the true weapons of the Queen. Bound to a life of honor and loyalty towards their hive, they strike like invisible daggers into the hearts of those that would hurt the hive.
Special: An empty caste must take its first character level as an empty caste.
All and None
Instead of choosing a single energy to gain resistance against and dictate the energy ray racial psi-like ability, the empty caste uses its active energy type. If the empty caste does not have an energy ray racial psi-like ability or racial energy resistance, this ability provides no benefit. Regardless, the empty caste’s chitin changes color to match its current active energy type, red for fire, blue for cold, white for sonic, and green for electricity.
An empty caste of 2nd level can expend a use of its racial energy ray psi-like ability to charge a single melee or thrown weapon for 1 minute. During that time, the charged weapon deals +1d6 damage of the empty caste’s currently active energy type.
This ability replaces the ninja trick normally gained at 2nd level, but counts as having a ninja trick for prerequisites.
In addition to the other abilities of using ki, the empty caste can spend a ki point as a swift action to regain one daily use of its racial energy ray psi-like ability.
At 8th level, the empty caste gains the cloud mind ninja trick even though it does not meet the prerequisites.
Cloud Mind (Ps): As a standard action, the ninja can expend a ki point to manifest cloud mind as a psi-like ability with a manifester level equal to her ninja level. The ninja must be at least 10th level to select this ninja trick.
This ability replaces the ninja trick normally gained at 8th level.
Code of Conduct
An empty caste must be of lawful alignment and loses all class features except proficiencies if it ever willingly commits an act that threatens its hive or queen.Additionally, an empty caste’s code requires that it respect its hive and queen, defend them, help them when in need and do whatever is necessary to secure the safety of the hive and queen.
Associates: While the empty caste may adventure with allies, it avoids working with characters that are a threat to its hive and queen or with anyone who consistently offends its moral code.
Ultimate Psionics. Copyright 2013, Dreamscarred Press; Authors: Andreas Rönnqvist and Jeremy Smith