What are Astral Constructs?

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What are Astral Constructs?

Post by Havard » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:37 pm

I came across a D&D miniature called an Astral Construct. A bit of google gave me this result, suggesting these monsters can be created by psionicists.

Can other things be created by Astral matter as well?

Are Psionicists the only ones who can create them?

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Re: What are Astral Constructs?

Post by Cthulhudrew » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:05 pm

AFAIK, astral constructs first appeared in the 3E Psionics Handbook. They are created by psions from the ectoplasm of the Astral Plane. Essentially, they were the 3E psion version of the "summon monster" spells. They were slightly different from summon monster spells in that you could make modifications to them (ie, whereas the summoned monsters were actual monsters from the bestiary perhaps with a template like "fiendish" added, astral constructs were more like animated objects from the bestiary).

The Astral ectoplasm did fulfill other functions as well in psion/psychic warrior abilities; it could create ectoplasmic bolts, cocoons, etc. The ability to do so depended on whether you knew the power or not (3E psionic powers function basically like spells).

Psions were the only ones that could create astral constructs, and they needed to be a Metacreation specialist (Shaper) in order to do so.
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Re: What are Astral Constructs?

Post by willpell » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:39 pm

Astral constructs are one of my favorite things in all of D&D. One of the handful of adventures I ran involved a combat against six of them, and I had great fun customizing them all to create specific themes. As a player, they're broken as hell compared to all other powers (but the same is true of summon magic for wizards and druids, so I don't hold with the nerfing of Astral Construct in Complete Psionic, where you're only allowed one of them; the alternate Constructs described in that book might be worth trying, though, especially in groups).
Cthulhudrew wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:05 pm
Psions were the only ones that could create astral constructs, and they needed to be a Metacreation specialist (Shaper) in order to do so.
Any psionicist of level 3 or higher can take a feat to get access to an additional power from any class list, and there's literally not a better choice.

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