Onmyodo can be best described as an occult tradition grounded in the natural world. To the onmyoji, practitioners of onmyodo, the world is awash in spirits, some the souls of the ancestors, others spirits who tend to and guide the development of the natural world.
Onmyoji are uniquely suited to act as an emissary to this world of spirits, taking their advice and applying it to the mortal world. This makes the onmyoji a powerful diviner, and having the favor of mighty spirits is itself a valuable asset when danger rears its ugly head.
Role: Through a personal bond with the spirits of the world, an onmyoji and his shikigami minion offer powerful area support through the use of special talismans, as well as the ability to petition for the aid of powerful spirits.
Hit Die: d6
Starting Wealth: 2d6 x 10 gp (average 70 gp.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gp or less.
Class Skills: The onmyoji’s class skills are Bluff (Cha), Craft (any) (Int) Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Linguistics (Int), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Profession (Wis), Ride (Str), Sense Motive (Wis), Survival (Wis), and Use Magic Device (Cha).
Skill Ranks per Level: 4 + Int modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spirit Pool Size||Prayers Known||Petitions Known|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+2||Aid of the minor kami, lingering blessing, reach of the spirits, shikigami, spirit pool, talismans||Cha Mod||2||0|
|2nd||+1||+0||+0||+3||Petition spirits||Cha Mod||2||1|
|3rd||+1||+1||+1||+3||–||2 + Cha Mod||3||1|
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+4||–||2 + Cha Mod||3||2|
|5th||+2||+1||+1||+4||Iron Talismans||2 + Cha Mod||4||2|
|6th||+3||+2||+2||+5||–||4 + Cha Mod||4||3|
|7th||+3||+2||+2||+5||Spiritual Beacon||4 + Cha Mod||5||3|
|8th||+4||+2||+2||+6||–||4 + Cha Mod||5||4|
|9th||+4||+3||+3||+6||–||6 + Cha Mod||6||4|
|10th||+5||+3||+3||+7||–||6 + Cha Mod||6||5|
|11th||+5||+3||+3||+7||Buffering talisman, spiritual beacon (greater)||6 + Cha Mod||7||5|
|12th||+6/+1||+4||+4||+8||–||8 + Cha Mod||7||6|
|13th||+6/+1||+4||+4||+8||Lingering blessing (mass)||8 + Cha Mod||8||6|
|14th||+7/+2||+4||+4||+9||–||8 + Cha Mod||8||7|
|15th||+7/+2||+5||+5||+9||–||10 + Cha Mod||9||7|
|16th||+8/+3||+5||+5||+10||–||10 + Cha Mod||9||8|
|17th||+8/+3||+5||+5||+10||Spiritual talisman||10 + Cha Mod||10||8|
|18th||+9/+4||+6||+6||+11||–||12 + Cha Mod||10||9|
|19th||+9/+4||+6||+6||+11||–||12 + Cha Mod||11||9|
|20th||+10/+5||+6||+6||+12||O-fudamori||12 + Cha Mod||11||10|
The following are all class features of the onmyoji.
Armor and Shield Proficiency
Onmyoji are not proficient with any kind of armor, but are proficient with shields, but not tower shields. If wearing armor or using a shield with which he is not proficient, the spirit point cost of the onmyoji’s petitions increases by +1 and the duration of his talismans is reduced by half.
Aid of the Minor Kami (Sp)
Just as an onmyoji is the spirit world’s envoy to the realm of mortals, the onmyoji uses his shikigami’s connections with the minor spirits of the spirit world to receive their aid without the need to petition them formally. Each morning when he replenishes his spirit pool, the onmyoji selects two wizard cantrips and two cleric orisons. He retains knowledge of the chosen spells until the next time he uses this ability, at which point he promptly forgets them before choosing a new set of orisons and cantrips. If the onmyoji is within 20 feet of his shikigami, he may cast any of the chosen spells at will with a caster level equal to his onmyoji level and Wisdom as his key ability.
The range of this ability will scale with the Hit Dice of the shikigami, much like the “connection” abilities on the pet itself.
An onmyoji begins play with a shikigami, a kami that has been bound to his service that resides in an origami paper vessel. Full details for the onmyoji’s shikigami are found below.
If a shikigami is dismissed, lost, or dies, it can be replaced 1 week later through a specialized ritual that costs 200 gp per onmyoji level. The ritual takes 8 hours to complete.
Spirit Pool (Su)
At 1st level, an onmyoji gains a pool of spirit points, a measure of his ability to petition the spirit realm for aid. The number of points in an onmyoji’s spirit pool is equal to his Charisma modifier, plus an additional 2 for every three onmyoji levels he possesses.
The spirit pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation? these hours do not need to be consecutive.
By spending 1 point from his spirit pool, an onmyoji can do one of the following:
Reach of the Spirits
As a swift action, the onmyoji may increase his reach by 5 feet per onmyoji level for the purpose of placing talismans. This effect lasts for 1 round.
As a swift action, the onmyoji may increase the remaining duration of a single talisman within 60 feet by 5 rounds. There is no limit to how high the remaining duration of a talisman can go in this fashion.
As a swift action, the onmyoji may increase the hardness of all active talismans within 60 feet by an amount equal to his Wisdom modifier. This is an enhancement bonus. This effect lasts for 1 round. An onmyoji must be at least 5th level to use this ability. Spiritual Beacon: As a swift action, the onmyoji may increase the radius of a single ofuda talisman within 60 feet by 5 feet. This is an enhancement bonus. This effect lasts for the duration of the talisman.
An onmyoji must be at least 7th level to use this ability. If the onmyoji is at least 14th level, he may increase the radius of two ofuda talismans within 60 feet instead.
As an immediate action, the onmyoji may grant a single active talisman temporary hit points equal to three times his Wisdom modifier. This effect lasts for the duration of the talisman. An onmyoji must be at least 11th level to use this ability.
By spending 2 points from his spirit pool, an onmyoji can do one of the following:
Spiritual Beacon, Greater
An onmyoji must be at least 11th level to use this ability. If the onmyoji is at least 16th level, he may increase the radius of two ofuda talismans within 60 feet instead.
Lingering Blessing, Mass
As a swift action, the onmyoji may increase the remaining duration of all active talismans within 60 feet by 5 rounds. There is no limit to how high the remaining duration of a talisman can go in this fashion.
An onmyoji must be at least 13th level to use this ability.
As a swift action, the next talisman the onmyoji places this round does not deduct from his daily uses of the talismans class feature.
An onmyoji must be at least 17th level to use this ability.
When placing an ofuda talisman, the onmyoji may treat it as an omamori talisman for the purpose of its prayer. In all other respects, it is still an ofuda talisman. In essence, this means that the onmyoji’s ofudamori talisman has the area of effect of an ofuda and the raw power of an omamori. This ability can only be used if the ofuda’s prayer is compatible with both ofuda and omamori talismans.
An onmyoji must be at least 20th level to use this ability.
Onmyoji are known for their connection with the spirits that populate the world, and one of the most iconic interactions between these two parties is the manufacture of talismans fueled by the supernatural power of the spirit world. Talismans are small tokens, usually made of cloth, paper, or wood, that have been decorated with glyphs showing the provenance of their source of power, and then filled with one or more prayers that give that power direction.
An onmyoji begins play with two prayers for which he meets all of the prerequisites. (See Section: Talisman List) At 3rd level and every two onmyoji levels thereafter, he gains an additional prayer for which he meets all of the prerequisites.
Talismans come in two flavors: ofuda and omamori. When placing a talisman (see the individual listings for ofuda and omamori talismans), the onmyoji selects a single prayer that he knows that is compatible with the chosen type of talisman. Most prayers are compatible with both types of talisman? however, some prayers have effects that really only work in an area-of-effect or single-target manner, thus necessitating compatibility with only one type of talisman. For its duration, the talisman elicits the chosen prayer’s effect.
To place a talisman, an onmyoji must have one hand free and a Wisdom score equal to at least 10 + 1/2 the minimum level of the prayer added to the talisman. The onmyoji has a petitioner level equal to his onmyoji level for the purpose of determining the magnitude of effect of a talisman he places. Each day, an onmyoji can place a number of talismans equal to his onmyoji level + his Wisdom modifier.
Both ofuda and omamori talismans never allow saving throws. A talisman of any kind has hardness equal to the onmyoji’s Wisdom modifier and hit points equal to three times the onmyoji’s class level. Melee attacks made against an ofuda talisman are automatically successful, while melee attacks made against an omamori talisman are automatically successful if the subject of the talisman is willing to have its talisman struck? otherwise, the attack is made against an AC of the touch AC of the subject +2. Ranged attacks are made against an AC of 9 if the target is an ofuda talisman or an omamori talisman worn by a willing subject, or made against an AC of the touch AC of the subject +2 if the subject is unwilling.
Ofuda talismans take damage from area of effect abilities, such as the fireball spell, as normal, and automatically fail their saving throws against such effects, while omamori talismans only take damage from area of effect abilities if the subject either rolls a natural “1” on his saving throw or intentionally fails its saving throw.
If a talisman is reduced to 0 hit points, it is destroyed and its effects end immediately? otherwise, a talisman has a duration of 3 rounds + 1 round per onmyoji level.
Ofuda talismans were originally designed to ward entire households at once, keeping out evil spirits and bad luck, or promoting fortune and cheer within its boundaries. Taken out of its traditional home and made a tool for the adventuring onmyoji, ofuda talismans are the gold standard for area warding. When an ofuda talisman is placed on a solid surface in an unoccupied 5-foot square within reach, a standard action, it affects a 10-foot radius centered on the talisman. Once placed, an ofuda becomes affixed to that surface and cannot be moved unless it is destroyed or its duration ends.
Omamori talismans were originally designed for personal protection, and this translates well to the adventuring profession. When an omamori talisman is placed on a creature occupying a square within reach, a standard action, it affects just that creature. If the creature is not a willing recipient, then the onmyoji must make a melee touch attack. If successful, the talisman is affixed to the subject and cannot be removed unless it is destroyed or its duration ends. A failed melee touch attack provokes attacks of opportunity, but does not consume a daily talisman use.
Petition Spirits (Su)
An onmyoji enjoys a solid rapport with the spirit world. The various kami know the onmyoji’s name, and many are willing to render assistance when asked respectfully and with appropriate ritual. At 2nd level and every two onmyoji levels thereafter, the onmyoji selects one petition for which he meets all the prerequisites. Unless stated otherwise, an onmyoji cannot select an individual petition more than once.
To use a petition, an onmyoji must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + 1/2 minimum level of that petition. For the purpose of his petitions, an onmyoji has a petitioner level equal to his onmyoji level.
A shikigami is a kami, usually summoned by and bound to an onmyoji, inhabiting lavishly folded origami paper as an anchor to the physical world. Though a spirit, a shikigami’s paper vessel is what allows it to interact with the world at large. As a result, it is considered to be a Construct for the purpose of effects that depend on its type. A shikigami’s Hit Dice, base attack bonus, and base save bonuses are dependent upon its master’s onmyoji level, and the progression of these quantities as it relates to its master’s onmyoji level is given on Table: The Shikigami.
A shikigami is a Tiny Construct with a Strength score of 6, a Dexterity score as listed on the table below, no Constitution score, and a score of 10 in Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. It has a base land speed of 20 feet, a fly speed of 30 feet with perfect maneuverability, and a natural slam attack. A Shikigami speaks all languages its master speaks, with a voice like an echo on the wind. A shikigami cannot also function as a familiar. Levels of different classes that are entitled to shikigamis stack for the purpose of determining any shikigami abilities that depend on the master’s level.
If a shikigami is dismissed, lost, or dies, it can be replaced 1 week later through a specialized ritual that costs 100 gp per onmyoji level. The ritual takes 8 hours to complete.
|Master’s Class Level||HD||BAB||Fort Save||Reflex Save||Will Save||Skills||Feats||Dex||Special|
|1st||1||+1||+0||+0||+0||2||1||14||Linked endurance, origami form, share talismans, speak with master, spirit pool|
|9th||5||+5||+1||+1||+1||10||3||15||Bulky spirit +1|
|15th||8||+8/+3||+2||+2||+2||16||4||16||Bulky spirit +2|
Master’s Class Level: This is the character’s onmyoji level.
BAB: This is the shikigami’s base attack bonus. A shikigami’s base attack bonus is equal to its Hit Dice. Shikigami do not gain additional attacks using their natural weapons for a high base attack bonus.
Fort Save: This is the shikigami’s base Fortitude saving throw modifier.
Reflex Save: This is the shikigami’s base Reflex saving throw modifier.
Will Save: This is the shikigami’s base Will saving throw modifier.
Skills: This lists the shikigami’s total skill ranks. A shikigami can assign skill ranks to any skill, but it may not have the necessary appendages to use some skills. A shikigami receives a number of skill ranks equal to 2 + its Intelligence modifier per HD. A shikigami cannot have more ranks in a skill than it has Hit Dice.
Shikigami skill ranks are set once chosen, but can be reassigned if a shikigami is lost or dismissed and a new one is bound to the onmyoji.
Feats: This is the total number of feats possessed by a shikigami. Shikigami can select any feat that they qualify for, but they must possess the appropriate appendages to use some feats. Shikigami feats are set once chosen, but can be reassigned if a shikigami is lost or dismissed and a new one is bound to the onmyoji.
Dex: This is the shikigami’s Dexterity score.
Special: This includes a number of abilities gained by all shikigami as they increase in power. Each of these bonuses is described below.
Linked Endurance (Su)
Origami Form (Ex)
A shikigami is held in an origami shell that is made to look like a type of familiar. A shikigami can be made to look like any kind of familiar, but is always Tiny regardless of the size of the thing it is made to look like. If within 20 feet of its master, a shikigami grants its master the same bonus a wizard gets for having a familiar of that type. In addition, the shikigami has the natural attacks of the creature into whose shape it is folded.
Share Talismans (Su)
If within 20 feet of its master, a shikigami may place talismans, using any prayer that its master knows. Talismans placed in this fashion deduct from the onmyoji’s daily allotment. Further, their duration is based on the shikigami’s Hit Dice rather than the onmyoji’s class level? all other effects are based on the onmyoji’s class level.
Speak with Master (Ex)
A shikigami and the master can communicate verbally as if they were using a common language. Other creatures do not understand the communication without magical help.
Spirit Pool (Su)
Itself a spiritual being, a shikigami has a pool of spirit points, a measure of its ability to influence the world in strange and miraculous ways. The number of points in a shikigami’s spirit pool is equal to the number of Hit Dice it possesses.
A shikigami may use any spirit pool ability, such as iron talismans, that its master knows, but can only affect talismans it has placed itself. It may also cast any petition its master knows with a petitioner level equal to its Hit Dice.
The shikigami’s spirit pool is replenished whenever its master’s spirit pool is replenished.
Powerful Bond (Ex)
If the master is 2nd level or higher, the range of the shikigami’s linked endurance, origami form, and share talisman abilities, as well as its master’s aid of the minor kami class feature, increases by +5 feet for every Hit Die the shikigami possesses beyond the first.
Improved Evasion (Ex)
If the master is 5th level or higher, when subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, a shikigami takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw and half damage even if the saving throw fails.
Bulky Spirit (Ex)
If the master is 9th level or higher, treat the shikigami as though it were one size category larger for the purpose of bonus hit points granted to a construct based on its size. If the master is 15th level or higher, treat the shikigami as though it were two size categories larger instead.
|Construct Size||Bonus Hit Points|
Favored Class Bonuses
Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a Favored Class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have onmyoji as their Favored Class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed Favored Class reward.
- Aasimar – Add +1/3 of a round to the duration added to talismans by the lingering blessing and lingering blessing, mass spirit pool abilities.
- Drow – Add +1/3 to the size of the onmyoji’s spirit pool.
- Dwarf – Add +1/2 to the shikigami’s hardness.
- Elf – The onmyoji’s shikigami adds +1/6 of a bonus feat. It must meet all of the prerequisites of this bonus feat. If the shikigami is lost, destroyed, or dismissed, its replacement gains this benefit.
- Goblin – Whenever the subject of a single-target petition you cast critically fails its saving throw against that petition, the petition deals an additional +1 damage to the subject. The damage type of this additional damage is the same damage type as that dealt by the petition normally.
- Gnome – Every 5 times this bonus is selected, choose a petition. Whenever the onmyoji casts the chosen petition, if his shikigami is within 60 feet, he heals the shikigami for points of damage equal to his Charisma modifier.
- Half-elf – Add +1/6 of a bonus feat. The onmyoji must meet all of the prerequisites of this bonus feat.
- Halfling – Add +1/5 to initiative checks when within arm’s reach of the shikigami.
- Half-orc – Every 3 times this bonus is selected, successfully placing an omamori on an unwilling creature deals 1 point of bleed damage. This damage stacks with other bleed effects.
- Hobgoblin – Add +2 to the hit points of talismans placed by the onmyoji.
- Human – Every 7 times this bonus is selected, add +5 feet to the radius of effect of the onmyoji’s ofuda talismans.
- Kitsune – Add +1/2 of a round to the duration of any talisman that changes any quantity from one type to another, such as a talisman that transforms all energy damage dealt to or by the subject to fire damage.
- Kobold – Add +1/3 to the number of talismans the onmyoji can place daily.
- Orc – Every 3 times this bonus is selected, successfully placing an omamori on an unwilling creature deals 1 point of bleed damage. This damage stacks with other bleed effects.
- Puddling – Add +1/6 to both the size of the onmyoji’s spirit pool and the number of talismans he can place daily.
- Tiefling – Creatures who damage a talisman under the effects of the iron talismans spirit pool ability in melee take damage equal to half the number of times this favored class bonus has been selected.
- Grinning Fox The Grinning Fox is a master of Kitsune magic and tricks.
- Herald of the Lucky God Heralds of a Lucky God focus on one deity above all others, granting them extra powers (while limiting their ability to call upon the others).
- Mokusei Mokusei bind their shikigami to staves of wood instead of paper and focus on the use of their staff.
- Oathbearer Oathbearers focus on the protection of a specific person and gain additional powers to ensure their longevity while fulfilling their oath.
- Shubo-sha Shubo-sha specialize in using multiple shikigami, rather than a single powerful one.