The idealist focuses upon achieving a psionic ideal instead of the general ideals of the halo knight and utilizes his connection to these psionic ideals to assume a devoted avatar, one which expands his psionic abilities. These idealists see themselves as achieving the pinnacle of psionic power, marrying the power of the avatars with those of their devotion to a psionic discipline. A majority of all idealists begin their journeys as psions but meet a halo knight or other person who teaches them to assume an avatar and finds their dedication to an ideal encouraging and empowering - often having experienced an anima flare and touched an avatar for a short period of time.
Most idealists believe that every mortal has the possibility within to become divine, that each and every one carries within themselves the potential to rise above their limitations and become limitless. They see all psionic creatures as having an endless possibility which is denied to them only by their own poor education - thus the idealists strive to share their dedication with all others, enlightening them in the process and awakening the world to its potential. Some idealists become staunch enemies of the established religions, seeing in them a subjugation of the potential of the free mind. Gods, to these idealists, are nothing but enlightened and ascended mortal beings who embraced their potential - but they have become jealous of their power, believing that the ascension of others would lead to diminishing powers for themselves. These idealists strive to rip people from their comfortable notions of supreme gods, after-lives or salvation through service and subjugation - often challenging devout believers to public debates where they try to show the public the problems of their beliefs. Not all congregations are ready for the “enlightenment” of these idealists and there are a number who have been burnt at the stake for being heretics, while others have been driven from their home and country for espousing the belief that all self-conscious beings have the potential to become gods.
A possible adaptation is to completely remove the primary avatar requirement and give the class their own devoted avatar version, thus separating the class completely from the halo knight. The class would then be aimed at giving manifesters a touch of the avatars, but in that case we suggest that you remove a manifester level at 4th and 7th levels and instead increase the devoted avatar bonus to (2) and (3) respectively so as to make the class viable.
To qualify to become an idealist, a character must fulfill the following criteria.
Skills: Knowledge (psionics) 8 ranks
Special: Primary Avatar class feature
Psionics: Able to manifest 2nd level powers
The anima bearer’s class skills are Autohypnosis, Craft, Concentration, Diplomacy, Knowledge: Psionics, Knowledge: Religion, Psicraft. Skill Points at Each Level: (2 + INT)
All of the following are class features of the idealist class.
Powers Known: At every level indicated on the table, the character gains additional power points per day and access to new powers as if she had also gained a level in whatever manifesting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (bonus feats, metapsionic or item creation feats, and so on). This essentially means that she adds the level of idealist to the level of whatever manifesting class the character has, then determines power points per day, powers known, and manifester level accordingly. If a character had more than one manifesting class before she became an idealist, she must decide to which class she adds the new level of idealist for the purpose of determining power points per day, powers known, and manifester level. If the character did not belong to a manifesting class before taking this prestige class, she does not
gain manifesting levels.
Avatar Advancement: At every level indicated on the table, the character increases his avatar levels and gains access to new tiers of avatars as if he had also gained a level in whatever class with the avatar class feature he belonged to before he added the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (bonus feats, idealized weapon or anima flare). This essentially means that he adds the level of idealist to the level of whatever class with the avatar class feature the character has, then determines avatar level, avatars known and effective class levels for the purpose of the avatars accordingly. If a character had more than one class with the avatar class feature before he became an idealist, he must decide to which class he adds the new level of idealist for the purpose of determining avatar levels, avatars known, and effective class level. If the character did not belong to a class with the avatar class feature before taking this prestige class, he does not gain any benefit from this.
Avatar Ascendancy: Upon achieving 10th level, the idealist merges with one of his avatars (which must be chosen upon attaining 10th level), forever becoming the very ideal he has so long channeled. Once assumed, this avatar cannot be dispelled, suppressed, or unassumed unless the idealist so chooses, and the bonus it gives increases by 1 level. He does not need to have psionic focus to retain his chosen avatar, but once per day he can expend it to double the bonus of his chosen avatar for 10 rounds.