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By Robert J. Schwalb
The ardent is a psionic warlord. While the warlord shouts encouragement, inspiration, and commands to his allies, the ardent taps directly into his allies’ minds to achieve similar results. The ardent is a passionate, tempestuous foil to the psion’s calm rationality. Creatures who let their base emotions rule them invite madness and destruction. Prolonged feelings of fear, greed, lust, or hatred can weaken the mind’s defenses against manipulation. The ardent wields psionic power to excite such emotions in his enemies, creating gaps in their defenses and frustrating their attacks, all while filling his allies with encouraging thoughts and guarding them against despair and other negative emotions.
Ardents rarely learn their art through formal training. In many ways, they are incidental leaders, having stumbled onto psionic power at some point earlier in their lives. How you discovered your psionic talent can shape how you wield this power now. You might have awakened to your talent in the heat of battle, experiencing a mental breakthrough that allowed you to augment your attacks by rending your enemies’ minds. Or your friends might reflect your power when your mood bleeds into theirs, altering their emotional states to match your own. Regardless of the revelation, you learned to harness this power to support your fighting prowess and to guide your allies to victory.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb works as a freelance designer for Wizards of the Coast. His recent credits include Martial Power, Draconomicon, and the Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide. Robert lives in Tennessee with his incredibly patient wife, Stacee, and his pride of fiendish werecats, but is happiest when chained to his desk, toiling for his dark masters in Seattle. Jun 2008