Extending Psychic Shields (3.5e Variant Rule)
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Extending Psychic Shields
A character with the Psychic Shield skill can extend his shield to protect others at the cost of strain and a reduction in shield effectiveness. The subjects to be protected must be either in the shield user’s line of sight or in mental contact. Extending a psychic shield is a full-round action and costs 2 points of strain per additional subject protected by the shield. Each additional subject reduces the shield’s overall bonus by 2. A psychic shield cannot be reduced below a bonus of +1. All protected subjects receive the normal benefits of the Psychic Shield skill at the reduced bonus and the shield user controls the entire shield.
The extended shield can be maintained by paying the strain cost every additional minute (10 rounds) and the user can withdraw any or all of the extended shield as a free action.