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Actuated Mind

Posted on July 5, 2021 in D20 Feature iCore

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The Actuated Mind is one that exists outside of the ego and mental fortress of the typical psychic-capable entity. It has evolved and/or developed into something that is active and exposed all the time. This leaves it vulnerable to some psychic powers, but among the non-psychic ones it has significant advantages.

The Actuated Mind is a form of [Latent] psychic capability (a Focus Well is required). It allows the character to tap into Psychic Wavelengths with others. It can be developed into Psychic Articulations. This opens a character’s communication capability in one of three ways:

D20 Actuated Mind Mechanics

COST/REQ: Inherent by Species or an Actuated Awareness trigger.
  1. Wavelength Attunement: An Actuated Mind can attune itself to others and perform rudimentary mental communication when within 120′. The communication goes to one or more minds of the Attuned Wavelength, the Actuated Mind gets to choose any number of valid targets. Replies only are understood by the sending Actuated Mind, none of the others on the Wavelength (unless they have an Actuated Mind themselves and the sender desires it). An Actuated Mind can recognize a character in Attuned Wavelength – no manner of illusions or shape shiftings can hide the Wavelength signature.
    > Maximum # of Attunements: Proficiency bonus + Sanity bonus; If a character has Psychic Aptitude, they can add a number of Attunements equal to twice their Psychic Aptitude.
  2. Wavelength Communication: The contents of Wavelength communication are as follows:
    1. A character can project a basic emotion or use a simple 1 or 2 word communication for no cost, just like they can a physical utterance under normal d20 ‘other activity’ description.
    2. Minds on the same Wavelength can use an Open Action (and respondents can answer as an Open Action). Any individuals communication can consist of no more than 5 x their Sanity Ability score in total # of words.
  3. Thought Awareness: Any attempt at Detect Thoughts on the Actuated Mind instantly knows that it is being done if the source if within 120′ (a Psychic Aptitude of 4 allows the spending of 1 Focus to instantly know the source), has Disadvantage on their Wisdom save to resist, and Advantage on their Intelligence check to sever/end the effect. If the thought reading as empowered using anima, the effects work as normal.
  4. Psychic Exposure: An Actuated Mind is automatically Vulnerable to Psychic Damage. If they have a Psychic Aptitude score of 4, they only take a single point of extra damage per effect use or trigger on them.

Focus Cost Powers

The character can use an Open Action and expend Focus from their Focus Pool to activate the following powers:

  • [1 Focus] Group of Friends: The Actuated Mind can affect the equivalent of a Friends spell on a target of Attuned Wavelength.
  • [2 Focus] Clear Mind: The Actuated Mind gains Advantage on any Illusion effects of 2nd Level or less. This lasts for 3 Rounds.
  • [4 Focus] Hardened Mind: The Actuated Mind gains advantage on Charm and Fear effects of 2nd level or less. This lasts for 3 Rounds.

Incarna iCore Actuated Mind Mechanics

Having trouble thinking how this might play out after reading this? Check out the Players Roleplaying Guidance or ask the Game Master how it is best expressed in the setting.

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Focus Reservoir (Psychic Anima)

Posted on May 6, 2021 in D20 Feature iCore Trait

The character gains a Well (and supplementary Pool) of Anima associated with psychic energy called Focus. This energy is also used to make and/or trigger Psychic Empowered Items and Places. The reservoir can suffer Focus Corruption from several external sources. The act of manifesting specific Psychic Power/Capability using Synergy (see hereafter) is referred to as Asserting.

Learning: In addition to other requirements, the entity acquiring it must find some way to learn to do so; The Anima Reservoir’s have a standard means of doing this. Natural [Aptitude] Talents automatically gain this Feature if they have Psychic Talent.

D20 Focus Pool Mechanics

COST/REQ: 1 [contentblock id=essence1] or Inherent by Species, an Actuated Awareness trigger; Channeler: 1 Essence

Return Rate: 1/Short Rest, All/Long Rest, enhanced by Meditation

A character may empower a casting to substitute for the Pervasive/Common materials (1% Cost Portion) or increase the material empowerment by 1 + a [related Aptitude]. Example: A character without any materials or Mystic Focus Point Item may use 1 anima {Focus} to substitute or increase the material empowerment to the Uncommon (10% Cost Portion). If they have {Psychic} Aptitude, they may increase the material empowerment 1 level for each point of Anima (maximum 5 {Focus} for level of Cost Portion).

Starting, Gaining, and Losing Focus

Channeling: Whenever the character Releases Potential, they gain an extra 1, 2 if done during Actuated Awareness.


  • Character Creation:
    • Initial Essence: Proficiency Bonus + 1 Point per Psychic Aptitude
    • Test: DC 10 generic check (+ Proficiency Bonus) = 1 Point (adds 10% to starting age, character may become Hardened)
  • Gaining:

  • Releasing Potential: 1 Essence = 1 Point per Psychic Aptitude (min. 1); If spent during a moment of Actuated Awareness, increase by 1.
  • Reward: A direct Reward granted by the Game Master based on unusual circumstances or particularly adroit actions. This may be related to personal or institutional service.
  • Losing:

  • Essence:
  • iCore Feature Mechanics

    COST/REQ: -5 CP or Inherent by Species, an Actuated Awareness trigger.
    Type: Psychic

    Starting, Gaining, and Losing Focus


    • Character Creation:
      • Essence: 1 = 1 + 1 Point per Psychic Aptitude (min. 1)
      • Test: DC 10 generic check (+ Proficiency Bonus) = 1 Point (adds 10% to starting age, character may become Hardened)


  • Releasing Potential: 1 Essence = 1 Point per Psychic Aptitude (min. 1)
    > 1 spent during a moment of Actuated Awareness = +1
  • Reward:
  • Losing:

  • Essence:
  • Psychic Aptitude

    Posted on November 19, 2018

    Psychic Engagement: Having Psychic Aptitude and/or psychic capability (powers, traits, features using psychic [Focus] energy). It is fundamentally the power of imposing will to achieve order to alter The Pattern. A character who takes on this engagement as a primary path of character development is referred to as an Actualizer. A permanent change in the score of this Aptitude triggers an Actuated Awareness. The act of manifesting specific Psychic Power/Capability using Focus (see hereafter) is referred to as Asserting.

    Unlocking Psychic Power: The act of using a psychic power is referred to as [psychic] Imposition. For more information of the actions and perspectives on this, see the Guide for Actualizers. The use of Psychic Powers leaves an [Psychic] Impression on The Pattern – A residual mark from psychic tampering/alteration.

    Psychic Energy: Focus

    To consciously and freely gain and use Focus, a character must have Essence and a Focus Pool. Psychic Aptitude provides a basic amount in a Focus Pool, but Focus can be developed independent of it.

    d20™ Psychic Aptitude Mechanics

    This content is part of the i20™ Variant for the d20 System™.
    > Aptitudes are considered an Advanced concept and use of the d20 Aptitude Approach must be chosen at the time of Character Inception (though not all measures of aptitude assigned).

    Psychic Impression Detection: A Psychic Class character may do this a number of times equal to their Proficiency Bonus each Short Rest.

    Tasha’s Cauldron has a lot of materials they are or can be converted to a psychic power.

    Requirements: Adoption of a Primary Class and Primary Ability. * No Aptitude power can be exercised unless the character’s level is equal to the Aptitude rating. *

    Primary Classes:

    Primary Abilities: Charisma, Sanity

    Characters must choose their Primary Class if they have not already (they may only possess 1). This class must be one in which they have a level in. The character must choose their Primary Ability if they have not already (they may only possess 1); It must be on the list of the class’s Proficient Abilities.

    D20 Psychic Aptitude
    Rating Cost Description (Cumulative Effects)
    1 5 Essence

    Natural Discernment: +1 on checks for Kinetic Phenomenon

    Natural Affinity: The character may Attune a single Empowered Psychic Item without Pledging Essence.

    2 4 Essence
    (9 total)

    Attribute Affinity: The character gains a +1 increase to the maximum value (usually taking it to 21) of their Primary Ability within their Primary Class.

    3 3 Essence
    (12 total)

    Aptitude Emphasis: At 8th level, if you choose an Ability Score Increase in your Primary Class’s 2 proficient abilities, you can increase one ability by 1 and the other by 2.

    4 2 Essence
    (14 total)

    Potency Conduit = Vital Mind: Enhancements over the spectrum of Actuated Mind

    4 @ time of Character Inception

    iCore Psychic Mechanics

    Psychic Impression Detection: It can only be perceived by someone with Psychic Talent 1+.

    iCore Psychic Aptitude
    Rating Cost Description
    1 5 Essence
    2 4 Essence
    (9 total)

    3 3 Essence
    (12 total)
    4 2 Essence
    (14 total)
    4 @ time of Character Inception
    The Divine: Bonds of greater purpose though spirit and insight into mystic connectedness.
    The Occult: Command of arcane powers & entities through understanding of The Pattern.
    The Kinesthetic: Mind-over-body through the rigors of health, concentration, and discipline.
    The Psychogenic: Reality as a representation/reflection of Will Power and inner vision.

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    [Base] d20 Warlock Class Variant

    Posted on October 11, 2015

    These materials represent the Incarna i20™ approach based on d20 use.

    ONLY Applicable to the i20 Variant

    The Warlock is always trying to balance their personal quest for power (shortcut) with the plans of their patron and the possible outcomes from their Sworn and Beholden service. These outcomes may be detrimental to them in the long run, or those people or places important to them.

    Story Emphasis: It is strongly suggested that all characters have some story for the important elements of their characters.

    Universal for all classes: Starting Equipment and Money = By campaign setting – DO NOT USE THE ©PLAYERS HANDBOOK.

    Primary Aptitude(s): Divine, Occult OR Psychic; Divine followers generally use Conviction and progress through the States of Grace. Doing so violates their pact and they will lose all their powers [except Eldritch Invocations] until they Atone.

    • GODS MAY SERVE AS PATRONS. Those Divine Principals that offer patronage may not not demand strict adherence to tenets, but warlocks must swear as part of Sworn and Beholden to never go directly against the agents, avatars, and adherents on in direct service to the god.
    • FIENDS MAY SERVE AS PATRONS: [Dark One] It is a pact with the black pits of hell and the outer dark. Sworn and Beholden: They want power. They want to corrupt, control, and siphon it.

    LEVEL-UP: The GM rewards a character a level based on Merit. By default, i20™ assumes by campaign milestone and limited by Experiences using Improvement Limits. Multiclassing follows i20 multi-class parameters in addition to the base requirements. Sanity increases by 1 every 4 character levels.

    Magic/Spell Changes


    They come from the Mystic Tradition of Patronage. This class uses both Spell and Invocation type castings for determining Casting Constraints. With Conviction, this class can use Divine Connexion to call on small intercessions and counters.

    Commitment to Mystic Tradition: If a character decides to commit to a single Tradition as well as using Aptitude for d20 and no Multiclassing, they gain a Committed Spell Progression.

    Changes to the PHB Warlock Class

    1. Warlock Eldritch Invocations that say so, do NOT use a warlock spell slot, they are each a “per Short Rest” power.
    2. Essence Bind: The Warlock loses 1 Essence at 1st level for the deep ties to their patron to channel invocations; they may have a basic Shared Litany (good standing with their faith’s tenets) as well.
    3. The Warlock’s Arcane Focus is a form of
    4. Focus Point.
    5. Tasha’s Cauldron: Additional Warlock Spells, Eldritch Versatility (Optional Features)
    6. Pact of the Blade Changes:

      • Eldritch Blade: Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade feature & 4th level
        You may choose to make attacks with your Pact Blade as Melee Spell Attacks. When doing so, you may add your Charisma bonus instead of your Strength or Dexterity bonus to the attack rolls (not damage) rolls of your Pact Blade.
      • Phantasmal Blade: Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade feature & 7th level
        When you summon your Pact Weapon, select a damage type: until you dismiss your weapon or take a short or long rest, your Pact Weapon deals this type of damage.
      • Living Blade: The Warlock may sacrifice 1 Essence to further bind their weapon. This causes it to use Charisma as a damage modifier instead of strength as well. Once per turn, upon scoring a hit, the bonded weapon will also evince an effect equal to Prestidigitation.
        > If the item is “destroyed”, it is banished instead for 24 hours and the Warlock takes D4 damage (cannot be killed; automatic madness if it does enough damage) and must make a DC 10 Sanity check or gains a temporary madness during that time.
    7. Pact of the Tome Changes:

      • Patron’s Watcher: At 4th level, an Essence Bound Warlock which takes the Ritual Caster feat automatically also gains Find Familiar spell; those with the Pact of the Chain gain Phantom Steed in their ritual book in addition to the normal starting spells.
      • Living Tome: A Warlock character with Pact of the Tome may spend 1 Essence to make their tome a living tome. It has the following benefits: 1) If the tome is destroyed, when it is re-conjured it has the same spells; 2) Their Book of Shadows has a number of Cantrips equal to 3 or their Charisma bonus; If ever their CHA bonus is higher, they gain the difference between 3 and the CHA bonus; 3) If the character has a Book of Ancient Secrets they gain a number of ritual spells equal to equal to 3 or their Charisma bonus (whichever is higher)
        > If the item is “destroyed”, it is banished instead for 24 hours and the Warlock takes D4 damage (cannot be killed; automatic madness if it does enough damage) and must make a DC 10 Sanity check or gains a temporary madness during that time.
    8. Pact of the Chain Changes:

      • Eldritch Evocation: Voice of the Chain Master Avatar of the Master requires the Warlock to spend 1 Essence. This Invocation also has the effect of creating such a close bond between the Warlock and his familiar that the familiar is able to maintain concentration on one spell (until the spell’s maximum duration) while the Warlock concentrates on another – just as the Magnify Ritual Spell Ritual Lore ability. Additionally, the Warlock is able to cast an spell with a verbal only component through the Familiar, as if the familiar were casting it, with the Familiar duplicating the Warlock’s actions. A familiar can also control a summoned Mage Hand, Unseen Servant, and may issue commands to a victim of the Warlock’s Charm Person spell.
        > If the item is “destroyed”, it is banished instead for 24 hours and the Warlock takes D4 damage (cannot be killed; automatic madness if it does enough damage) and must make a DC 10 Sanity check or gains a temporary madness during that time.
      • An Unseen Servant may be commanded using a Reaction instead of a Bonus Action
      • Mage Hand may be controlled using a Bonus action instead of a regular Action
      • Charm Person: Any creatures first time spell save against the warlock casting it upon them is made with Disadvantage

    Sworn and Beholden

    This is a deep part of the Warlock – in exchange for knowledge and power, they serve their patron. At 4th, 8th, and 12th levels, all Warlocks voluntarily subjects themselves to a Gaes from their Patron. They must attempt to fulfill this Gaes as swiftly as possible, or lose the powers of their Eldritch Invocations. While under this Gaes, they gain the use of an additional Elritch Invocation to complete it, and when complete its use fades from the character’s ability.


    • None of the Invocations use a Spell Slot to cast; the Warlock barely has any spell slots already, this penalizes them rather than empowers.
    • The following are changed to 1/Short Rest: Thief of Five Fates


    Soul Sacrifice (Offering)

    Blood and Souls! The character kills a victim in a manner proscribed by a Ritual. A Number of victims can be sacrificed for gain equal to their Charisma modifier (min. 1). The benefits gained vanish after a period of time equal to a Short Rest (Long Rest if 13th level or higher). For each sacrifice, the Warlock may choose the following benefit:

    • [Universal] Switch out 1 of their Eldritch Invocations until the long rest ends. The new one can be any they meet the requirements for.
    • Fiend: Dark Ones Own Luck
    • Old One: Entropic Ward
    • Fey: Misty Escape

    Requirements: Soul sacrifice may be done only 1/Long Rest. The victim must be sentient, and have Essence. Type: Enemies of the Patron. Alignment: Must reflect enemies of the Patron.

    Warlock Books and Tomes

    Inscription Rules: What is inscribed in Warlock grimoires persists through re-conjurings if the inscription cost is doubled. By strict interpretation, anything inscribed therein is gone if it is destroyed or un-conjured. Persistence lasts only a single re-conjuring; if a book is re-conjured each spell and cantrip must be inscribed over the top of again using more expensive materials or the tome’s destruction will cause them to be lost.

    • Book of Shadows: Normal Inscription Rules apply…
    • Tome of Ancient Secrets: Normal Inscription Rules apply…