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Thought Scribe (Psion; Android)

Tattoo artistry is a practical pursuit for many androids, and some psions among them take the art further, becoming specialists in the creation and use of psionic tattoos. Sometimes called thought scribes, these psions learn to weave these tattoos into their own circuitry with psionic energies, creating a reserve of psionic effects they have available at all times—even when their mental reserves are depleted.

Associated Class: psion
Associated Race: android
Replaced Abilities: discipline, discipline abilities

Psionic Circuitry (Su)

The thought scribe’s biological circuitry hums with psionic energy. The thought scribe’s powers show up on his body in the form of tattoos that intertwine and interact with his circuitry-tattoos, not unlike a cryptic’s pattern designs. When making a Spellcraft check related to a psionic power he knows, the thought scribe gains a competence bonus equal to his class level. The thought scribe’s known powers can be identified with a Spellcraft check with a DC equal to 10 + double the power’s level. These tattoos do not count against the number of psionic tattoos the thought scribe can safely wear.

When the thought scribe manifests one of his powers, his circuitry-tattoos glow just as if he had used his nanite surge racial ability. He can suppress this glow by spending an additional power point whenever he manifests a psionic power.

Scribe Tattoo

At 1st level, the thought scribe gains Scribe Tattoo as a bonus feat. He does not need to meet the prerequisites for this feat.

Extended Tattoo (Su)

Beginning at 2nd level, the thought scribe can use the psionic energy of his circuitry to extend the effects of his psionic tattoos. A number of times per day equal to his Intelligence modifier, he can cause any psionic tattoo he activates that does not have an instantaneous duration to function at twice its normal duration.

Swift Artistry (Ex)

At 2nd level, the thought scribe can scribe psionic tattoos on his own body in one hour, rather than in one day.

Efficient Artistry (Ex)

Once he has reached 7th level, the thought scribe can scribe a psionic tattoo on his own body with raw materials costing only one-fourth of the tattoo’s base price, rather than one-half of the tattoo’s base price.

Enhanced Tattoo (Su)

Upon reaching 8th level, the thought scribe’s circuitry can further enhance the power of his psionic tattoos. A number of times per day equal to his Intelligence modifier, he can cause any psionic tattoo he activates to function at a manifester level equal to his class level.

Instant Artistry (Su)

At 12th level, the thought scribe gains the ability to scribe psionic tattoos instantaneously. Once per day, assuming he has the necessary materials on hand, the thought scribe can scribe a psionic tattoo on his own body as a standard action. Using this ability requires that the thought scribe expend a number of power points equal to double the cost of the power to be placed in the psionic tattoo. At 17th level, the thought scribe can use this ability twice per day.

Eternal Tattoo (Su)

When a thought scribe of 14th level activates a psionic tattoo that he extends, the effects of that tattoo become permanent, sustained by his circuitry, until he chooses to make another tattoo effect permanent.

Conserve Tattoos (Su)

At 20th level, the thought scribe’s circuitry further reinforces his psionic tattoos, allowing them to be activated without being consumed. A number of times per day equal to his Intelligence modifier, when he activates a psionic tattoo, the tattoo is not consumed, allowing the thought scribe to activate the tattoo again.

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