Pathfinder: Elans Unleashed

Behold the Powers of the Mind

Immortal yet humanoid, human in appearance yet still aberrant in nature, elans are a race created instead of born. Filled with psionic energy, this mystical race makes the lives of elves appear brief. When you play an elan you choose to take the power invested in you to reshape the world; whether for good or for ill is up to you.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans gives you everything you need to play an elan character. This 22-page supplement features:

  • Standard Racial Traits for playing an elan, 10 character traits, and 7 alternate racial traits to customize your character for this unique play experience
  • 11 New Character Class Options including 3 new archetypes, 6 new rogue talents, a new sorcerer bloodline exclusive to elans and a new domain
  • 6 New Feats granting you greater insight into this psionic race
  • 5 New Elan-Themed Psionic Powers
  • 12 New Mundane Items, Psionic Items, and Cursed Items
  • A New Deity, the first elan ever created and the goddess of psionics
  • Details on elan adventurers as well as suggestions on how to incorporate this psionic race into your world

Be Heroic with This Advanced Race Today!

Download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Order and download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Pathfinder: Elans in Art

Today being Friday, we wanted to just show off the art inside Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans. This week, you’ve seen elan racial traits, the Ratha priest slayer archetype, three rogue talents, and a few psionic powers. We wanted to end the week with a bit of fun.

You’ve already seen Lindiwe, our signature psychic warrior that graces our cover. She is a master of puzzles and lore, and more than adept at splitting skulls with your strong axe. She is not the only elan presented in this book. Here are four more images of elans you will find in this book.

Elan Artwork

Arabian Elan scandinavian elan colors no bg
mediterranean elan no bg native american elan colors no bg

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Order and download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Pathfinder: You Don’t Know the Power of the Elan Side

Next week sees the release of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans and all week long we are showing off some of what is inside. We already shared the elan racial traits, an archetype for the psychic warrior, and some rogue talents. Today, we are sharing with some new powers that can be used by elans, or any other psionic-capable character.

Bad reference jokes in the this post’s title aside, psionic classes need powers and some of them are more used by elans than other races. The Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans includes five new psionic powers. Three of these new power are below for your enjoyment and for you to incorporate into your game right away. We hope you enjoy them.

Racial Powers

Many elans use these powers, as do others that learn them.

Fleeting Memory

Discipline telepathy (mind affecting); Level cryptic 1, psion/wilder 1
Display none
Manifesting Time 1 swift action
Range personal
Target you
Duration one Knowledge or Profession check
Power Points 1
You shuffle through memories normally inaccessible to you, memories of the forgotten life you lived before becoming an elan. You gain a +2 insight bonus to one Knowledge or Profession check. This power automatically fails if the caster is not an elan.
Augment For every 2 additional power points you spend, increase the insight bonus by +1, to a maximum of +4.

Defensive Drain

Discipline psychometabolism; Level psion/wilder 4, psychic warrior 3
Display olfactory
Manifesting Time 1 immediate action
Range personal
Target you
Duration 1 round
Saving Throw special, see below; Power Resistance yes (harmless)
Power Points 5
Your skin absorbs psionic power from attackers. Anyone who succeeds on a melee attack against you loses 1d6 power points. This power’s effect does not negate the attack that is currently being used against you. Creatures that do not have power points must make a Fortitude save or be nauseated for 1 round.
Augment For every additional power point you spend, this power’s duration increases by 1 round.

Wave of Terror

Discipline telepath [fear, mind-affecting]; Level dread 2
Display olfactory
Manifesting Time 1 standard action
Range 10 ft.
Area 10-ft.-radius burst
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Will negates; Power Resistance yes
Power Points 3
You generate a mental wave of fear that instantly sweeps out from your location. All creatures in the affected area must make a Will save or become frightened for 1 round.
Augment You can augment this power in one or more of the following ways.
For every additional power point you spend, you can exclude 1 creature from the affected area.
For every 2 additional power points you spend, this power’s save DC increases by 1.
For every 2 additional power points you spend, this power’s range and the radius of its area both increase by 5 feet.
For every 4 additional power points you spend, any creature who fails their save is frightened for an additional round.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Order and download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Pathfinder: An Elan Explosion

We’re putting the finishing touches on Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans right now and just thought we would share with you just what exactly is an elan.
First off, the elan race was not published by Paizo for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, but by Dreamscarred Press in Ultimate Psionics. They come from the 3.5 psionics rules and have been updated by Dreamscarred along with the rest of that rules subset. If you have not checked them out yet, I highly recommend you give them a look as they are faithful update and are well balanced.

As far as the race itself, elans are a secret cabal of people that have been infused with psionic energy and can live forever, barring disease or a violent death. They appear slightly off from a normal human, practically bursting with magical energy.

At their core, these are psionic being that chose a life of psionic, so this supplement is filled with psionic options for your game play, particularly flavored for the elan race. If you are a fan of psionics, this is a supplement that you will want to check out.
Today we are sharing the elan racial traits. Stay tuned to JonBrazer.com all week for more details of what is inside fantastic racial supplement.

Elan Racial Traits

+2 to One Ability Score: Elans gain a +2 bonus to one ability score chosen at creation to represent their varied nature.
Aberrant Blood: Elans are humanoids with the aberrant subtype.
Medium: Elan are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Elans have a base speed of 30 feet.
Aberrant Nature: Although human in appearance, elans are seen as slightly “off” by non-elans. They suffer a –1 penalty to Charisma-based skill checks when dealing with non-elans.
Naturally Psionic: Elans gain the Wild Talent (UP) feat as a bonus feat at 1st level. If an elan takes levels in a psionic class, she instead gains the Psionic Talent (UP) feat.
Resistance (Su): Elans can use psionic energy to increase their resistance to various forms of attack. As an immediate action, an elan can spend 1 power point to gain a +4 racial bonus on saving throws until the beginning of her next action.
Resilience (Su): When an elan takes damage, she can spend power points to reduce its severity. As an immediate action, she can reduce the damage he is about to take by 2 hit points for every 1 power point he spends.
Repletion (Su): An elan can sustain her body without need of food or water. If she spends 1 power point, an elan does not need to eat or drink for 24 hours.
Psionic Aptitude: When an elan takes a level in a favored class, she can choose to gain an additional power point instead of a hit point or skill point.
Languages: Elans begin play speaking Common. Elans with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages they want (except secret languages, such as Druidic).

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Elans is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Order and download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Pathfinder: 5 Reasons Why I Love Ultimate Psionics

Elan Psychic WarriorUp until now, I have actively not talked about my fellow Pathfinder Compatible companies because I always felt that it was not proper. If I said anything less than positive, I felt that that was a snide way of saying my products are better, and if I said something glowing I was always afraid that someone would say that I am “shilling for my buddies.” So I stayed away from it. But honestly, I was not being true to myself. I typically love the work that my fellow Pathfinder Compatible publishers do and I want to take a few moments to share with you every so often some of my favorite Pathfinder Compatible books. Allow me to start with what I feel is the best Pathfinder Compatible book, and quite frankly better than some Pathfinder RPG books, available: Ultimate Psionics by Dreamscarred Press.

Let me start off by saying that I was not a fan of WotC 3.5 Psionics. I saw them gamebreakingly abused and outright banned them in my game. When Dreamscarred first brought them into Pathfinder, I rolled my eyes and continued the ban. But finally, I gave Dreamscarred’s version a fair chance and I was slowly won over. The mechanics are balanced, the classes are well thought out and are downright imaginative. How much do I love them? In the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Series, two of my signature characters (the elan, pictured above, and the skinwalker) use classes from this book. So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why I love Ultimate Psionics.

5. The Aegis is the Summoner Done Right. The concept of the summoner is a good idea but it is a broken class in far too many respects: you have a ‘pet’ that is just as good as you in combat, effectively doubling your number of attacks and your ability to flank, it has the spell list of a 9 level spellcaster compressed into 6 levels, and it gets many key spells earlier than their other spellcasting counterparts. So you have the option of allowing the eidolon to hit things while you cast spells a 6-level caster should not have or the two to team up for a flanking duo. Under the right circumstances, any one of these would be fine, but all together, the class is just too good.

Enter the Aegis. Its a full BAB class that focuses on one thing: hitting things. There is no second creature you can flank with, no spellcasting. The main focus is a magical suit of armor that lets you either hit hard, hit fast or be in the middle. All your customization options are for you and not your other creature. I call it close to a ranger in the way it plays (at least, by the way that I played one), but there is no denying its summoner inspiration and definitely no denying that it got it right.

4. The Cryptic and the Dread are Just Damn Cool. Whether you can see the code behind the world, Matrix style, or you inspire terror in everyone you meet, these two classes are just freaking fun. I haven’t actually played either of these classes yet, but oh man do I want to. Sharing with my character’s enemies my fear of spiders should be entertaining to watch. Or simply erasing the target right in front of me. Yea, I want to play these classes.

3. They Mixed Classes Together Before it was Cool. Ultimate Psionics includes archetypes and options to mix psionic options for the core rulebook classes, way before the Advanced Class Guide did it. Augment your druidic spells with psionic power points, take the psionic cleric domain or psychic sorcerer bloodline, Add some psionic powers to your rogue, monk or fighter. Its all good.

2. Expanded Psionic Races. As a lover of ‘less than usual’ races, Ultimate Psionics has all mysterious races you remember of 3.5 psionics but they add in several of their own. The one I want to try the most is the forge born. This half-construct race is straight up magical cyborg. If you are not a fan of mixing your sci-fi with your fantasy, this race gets it right. Check it out. Also, if you see me at PaizoCon, be sure to ask me about my half-giant fighter sometime. 😉

1. Nothing Stands Out as Being Too Good. The hallmark of good game design is that everything feels reasonable in play and I have yet to find anything that is the “must have” option for the power gamer. Not worrying about that and allowing me to focus on telling a good story is what I love.

Download Ultimate Psionics today for Pathfinder at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Favored Class Options has favored class options for all 10 psionic classes in Ultimate Psionics for each of the 12 races covered in the Book of Heroic Races Advanced Series. Download it today at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.

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