Storvakal

"My inner harmony puts the outer world at my service."

Prerequisite: Githzerai

Githzerai strive for inner harmony, a blending of physical capacities, knowledge, and strength of the soul. They use a variety of methods to acquire this enlightenment. Among these is a cycle of quieting the mind and then returning to physical activity.

A major aspect of the process is meditation. When the mind is allowed to naturally become still in meditation, it transcends normal mental boundaries and leaves the ego behind for blissful silence. Githzerai refer to tapping this transcendent silence as “knowing oneself.” To them, this is like allowing a field to remain fallow for a season, allowing it to retain and build up the nutrients it would otherwise give away.

Returning to physical responsibilities and focused training plants seeds in the healthier soil. The body grows more in tune with the mind and the soul. Because it is nurtured in all aspects, the whole organism grows stronger.
Work and rest in such cycles bears fruit for the devotee in greater skill, greater peace of mind, and greater accord with the outer world. It is this connection of inner self and outer world that storvakals attempt to master. The storvakal has reached a milestone of personal development such that he or she can command nearby forces and expect a positive response. The storvakal’s personal being also responds to adversity more like water flowing around a hammer than a stone struck by the same instrument. Githzerai refer to this state of being as “support of nature,” which garners any githzerai who has it great respect.

Such harmony and respect is yours, for your dedication has placed you on the path of the storvakal. Your serenity mixes with your formidable powers to defend you and give you focus, as well as to support your allies. Adversaries mistake your lack of histrionics for weakness at their peril. Your calm is that of the alpine lake, deep and inscrutable. Their own emotions and lack of commitment give you inroads to manipulate and defeat them.

From now on, the world around you will reorder itself to your needs in ways small and great. Minor fortunate events that seem like luck to others will prove your inner and outer accord. The limit to this support of nature is yours to determine with your dedication and deeds. As it grows, so shall your ability to accomplish anything toward which you bend your will.

STORVAKAL PATH FEATURES

    Rebalanced Mind (11th level): Reduce the total penalty you are taking to your attack rolls, skill checks, or ability checks by 2.
    Restoring Action (11th level): When you spend an action point to take an extra action, you can roll a saving throw against each effect on you that a save can end.
    Mind Bar (16th level): You gain a +2 bonus to all defenses against charm, fear, and psychic attacks.

Storvakal Attack 11Probability Travel

You see all the possibilities and choose one, and the minds of your enemies reel from the sudden changes.

Encounter        Psionic, Psychic, Teleportation
Standard Action      Close blast 5

Target: Each enemy in the burst

Attack: Your highest ability modifier + 4 vs. Will
Level 21: Your highest ability modifier + 6 vs. Will

Hit: 3d10 + your highest ability modifier psychic damage, and you teleport the target a number of squares equal to 1 + your Wisdom modifier.

Effect: Each ally in the area can teleport a number of squares equal to your Wisdom modifier.


Storvakal Utility 12Wind of Reprisal

Riding a psychic connection created from your enemy’s wrath, you teleport closer to your attacker and send a projectile intended for you at another target.

Daily        Psionic, Teleportation
Immediate Interrupt      Personal

Trigger: An enemy misses you with a ranged attack

Effect: The attacking creature rerolls the attack against a creature of your choice within 5 squares of you. You then teleport up to 5 squares plus a number of squares equal to your Wisdom modifier, as long as you arrive in a square within 5 squares of the triggering enemy.


Storvakal Attack 20Excoriating Strands

Tapping into your knowledge of balance, and tapping into insecurities, you unleash coruscating arcs of brilliant energy that strip your foes of their most reliable defenses.

Daily        Psionic, Psychic
Standard Action      Close burst 2

Target: Each enemy in the burst

Attack: Your highest ability modifier + 6 vs. Fortitude

Hit: 3d10 + your highest ability modifier psychic damage, and the target loses all resistances and immunities (save ends). This damage ignores resist psychic and insubstantial.

  Aftereffect: The target loses all resistances and immunities (save ends).

Miss: Half damage, and the target loses all resistances and immunities (save ends). This damage ignores resist psychic and insubstantial.


Published in Dragon Magazine 378.