3e SRD:Quintessence

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Metacreativity (Int)
Level: Psion 4
Display: Ma (see Text)
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: 1 ounce dollop of quintessence (see text)
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Power Points: 7

The manifester collapses a bit of time from the continuum, forming a 1-inch-diameter dollop of thick, gooey material called quintessence. A character can smooth a dollop of quintessence around any small object, such as a key, a ring, a seal, or an insignia.

Objects sealed within quintessence are protected from the effects of time; in practical terms, they enter a state of stasis. Living flesh with only partial contact with quintessence is also partially pulled out of the timestream. This disruption deals 1 point of damage per round beginning 10 rounds after partial contact begins.

Quintessence can be manually scraped away from a protected object, freeing it to rejoin the time stream. Removing the protective film is 75% likely to force the quintessence to evaporate back into the continuum. Otherwise, it coalesces again into a 1-inch-diameter bead, available for later usage.

Large quantities of quintessence could theoretically be gathered to preserve large items or structures (or even a complete living creature, which would prevent the damage taken from partial contact). However, psionic characters and creatures are generally loath to do so because accumulations of quintessence weighing 1 pound or more generate a half-strength catapsi effect (DC 16, radius 5 feet, all are affected, including caster).

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