Psychic magic

This article covers the type of magic. For the spellcasting class, see Psychic.
The psychic Rivani and spiritualist Estra wield different styles of psychic magic against duergar.

Psychic magic, also called psionics or mindcraft,[1] is one of three types of magic (along with arcane and divine magic) that can manifest in the form of spells and spell-like effects. It is unique for its focus on the spellcaster's internal powers—drawing magic through emotion and will rather than through study, birthright, or divine grant—and has strong ties to occult studies.[2]

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Spells

Psychic magic spells are purely mental, eschewing the verbal and somatic traits of arcane and divine magic in favor of emotional and material requirements.[2]

Classes

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On Golarion

On most of Golarion, and particularly in the Inner Sea region, psychic magic is much rarer than arcane or divine magic. However, there are places in the world where psychic magic is more commonly studied or practiced:

In Quantium, the Arcanamirium of Absalom, and northern Garund, non-psychic spellcasters also study psychic magic and attempt to reproduce some of its effects through other means.[12]

On distant worlds

Within Golarion's solar system, the world of Castrovel has several creatures capable of using psychic powers, ranging from plants to the intelligent races.[1][3] The lashunta in particular pursue oneness through psychic magic.[3]

On Akiton, the Contemplatives of Ashok wield psychic magic, as do shobhad and ratfolk clans. Brethedans and Liavarans also practice psychic magic.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 234-235. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1 This book refers to psionics, but the canon-specific details it attributes to psionics are instead attributed to psychic magic in more recent books, and psionics is no longer mentioned.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jason Bulmahn et al. (2015). Occult Adventures, p. 142. Paizo Inc.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 16. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 18. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  5. Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 10. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  6. 6.0 6.1 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 30. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 12. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  9. 9.0 9.1 Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 6. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  10. Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 22. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  11. Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 20. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  12. Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 28. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7