Prerequisite: Telepathy, Telepathic Suggestion, Psionics 5
Benefit: As a complex action you can control another character’s mind, and therefore actions. The creature must make a Will save (DC = 10 + half your Psionics skill rank + your Intelligence modifier) or fall under your control. You can control the actions of any humanoid creature through a telepathic link that you establish with the subject’s mind. This control lasts for one hour per Psionics skill rank. You can control only one creature at any given time.
If you and the subject have a common language, you can generally force the subject to perform as you desire, within the limits of its abilities. If no common language exists, you can communicate only basic commands, such as “Come here,” “Go there,” “Fight,” and “Stand still.” You know what the subject is experiencing, but you do not receive direct sensory input from it, nor can it communicate with you telepathically.
Once you have given a dominated creature a command, it continues to attempt to carry out that command to the exclusion of all other activities except those necessary for day-to-day survival (such as sleeping, eating, and so forth). Because of this limited range of activity, a Insight check against DC 15 (rather than DC 25) can determine that the subject’s behavior is being influenced by an enchantment effect.
Changing your instructions or giving a dominated creature a new command is the equivalent of redirecting a spell, so it is a basic action.
By concentrating fully on the spell (a standard action), you can receive full sensory input as interpreted by the mind of the subject, though it still can’t communicate with you. You can’t actually see through the subject’s eyes, so it’s not as good as being there yourself, but you still get a good idea of what’s going on.
Subjects resist this control, and any subject forced to take actions against its nature receives a new saving throw with a +2 bonus. Obviously self-destructive orders are not carried out. Once control is established, the range at which it can be exercised is unlimited, as long as you and the subject are on the same plane. You need not see the subject to control it.
The subject’s consciousness is suppressed while controlled, meaning the target cannot say or do anything without direction, and has no memory of being controlled.