Vestige Level: 6th
Binding DC: 26
Special Requirement: Yes
The Triad is a gestalt of three forgotten gods of a lost civilization of mystics. They give binders access to both martial abilities and lore-seeking traits. Inspired by “Beyond the Glittering Veil” by Steven KurtzinDungeon #31.
Legend: Once long ago, a civilization of psionic mystics may have been the genesis of much of the known psionic knowledge. Their legacy spanned multiple worlds and planes due to their “glittering portals” that allowed instantaneous travel from city to city and plane to plane. Unfortunately, the very gates that allowed them to rise to greatness also doomed them to darkness. The gates functioned by passing through the Plane of Shadow and, overtime, the shadows leaked into the gate and then into the travelers.Eventually, darkness consumed the mystics’ cities one by one, and many of the mystics themselves became shades. Even the gods of the mystics started to be consumed by shadow.
Gorn, the god of knowledge; Rujsha, the goddess of justice; and Mintar, the god of battle, were the last three gods of the mystics, and they found themselves losing all their worshipers to shadows. When the shadows started pulling at them, they decided they had only one way to save themselves. They combined their essence into one being, and while it saved them from the shadows, it condemned them to existence as a vestige.
Special Requirement: The Triad will not bind with someone with any connection to the Plane of Shadow,whether that’s by feat, class abilities, or any other association.
Manifestation: A glowing purple jade statue rises from the seal. As it rotates, it changes form from a young man with spectacles reading a book (Gorn), to a motherly woman with her eyes covered by bandages(Rujsha), to a man in armor holding his sword in a salute (Mintar). They continue each other’s sentences, but the style of their speech does change with who is speaking (see Influence).
Sign: Your facial features alter slightly each hour you are bound to the Triad; they shift from a young man’s inquisitive face to a woman’s concerned features to a bearded masculine face and back again.
Influence: Your mental aspect shifts to match the face that is currently your sign. As Gorn, you are inquisitive and use many words — some would say too many. As Rujsha, you are caring and motherly, speaking to others as if they were children. As Mintar, you are honor-bound and slightly combative in manner. When your path crosses that of one influenced by shadow, the gestalt insists that you either face that being first when in combat or avoid that being (and any effects or assistance the being may wish to provide) outside of combat.
Granted Abilities: While bound to the Triad, you gain a range of abilities that represents the essence of their former separate beings.
Psionic Boon: You gain 15 power points when you bind to the Triad. These are added to your pool of power if you already possess psionic power, or they create a pool and you become a psionic creature for the duration of this binding.
Call to Mind: You gain access to the psionic power call to mind for the duration of the binding. You may manifest the power as a psion would and as if it is a power known by you. You may augment it as a psion normally could, substituting your effective binder level in place of manifester level.
Psicraft Bonus: You gain a +5 bonus on Psicraft checks, and you can make Psicraft checks as if you were trained, even if you have no ranks in that skill.
Bardic Knowledge: You can use bardic knowledge as if you were a bard, but to determine your bonus, use your effective binder level instead of your bard level. Any level-based bonuses for bardic knowleged that are gained from other sources stack with the bonus gained from effective binder level.
Empathy: You gain access to the psionic power empathy for the duration of the binding. You may manifest the power as a psion would and as if it is a power known by you. You may augment it as a psion normally could, substituting your effective binder level in place of manifester level.
Diplomacy Bonus: You gain a +5 bonus on Diplomacy checks.
Smite Evil: Three times per day, you can attempt to smite an evil creature with a single melee attack. You add your Charisma bonus (if any) to the attack roll and deal 1 extra point of damage per effective binder level. If you accidentally smite a creature that is not evil, the attempt has no effect. Once you have used this ability, you cannot do so again for 5 rounds.
Detect Hostile Intent: You gain access to the psionic power detect hostile intent for the duration of the binding. You may manifest the power as a psion would and as if it is a power known by you. You may augment it as a psion normally could, substituting your effective binder level in place of manifester level.
Sense Motive Bonus: You gain a +5 bonus on Sense Motive checks.
Weapon Proficiency: You gain proficiency in all simple, martial, and exotic weapons.