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Does the crystal created by the power Astral Seed count as a possession that would violate Vow of Poverty?

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You have asked enough questions on the subject of Vow of Poverty to know how this is going to go: Book of Exalted Deeds is rather unclear, and all available commentary on the subject is basically “if you have to ask, the answer is no.” Vow of Poverty is poorly written, poorly considered, poorly designed, and should never be used—this glib kind of short-shrift given to corner-cases is perfectly consistent with the writing of Book of Exalted Deeds on the subject. By that metric, a storage crystal created by astral seed violates the Vow.

Rules as written, the feat says you may not have “any material possessions,” with only a few exceptions. A storage crystal is not on that list of exceptions. Is a storage crystal a “material possession”? Who knows? But again, I’m inclined to say it probably is—after all, it’s a physical object, not a psionic effect. Astral seed is instantaneous, which means it creates something that remains after the psionic effect has ended. The storage crystal would not be wiped out by null psionics field, for that matter, it even works in a null psionics field (as would a psicrystal). It’s an object. That seems like a “material possession” to me, so I would rule it as such.

You know, stipulating that I would allow Vow of Poverty at all, which I wouldn’t.

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    \$\begingroup\$ And the seed effect is also probably magical, and a dude with the Vow "may not use any magic item of any sort." \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Feb 26 '18 at 17:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan What about the 9th level ability of the Psicrystal Imprinter prestige class that lets your psicrystal act as the soul receptacle for Astral Seed? \$\endgroup\$ – Cellheim Feb 26 '18 at 17:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Cellheim Why are you asking me? Your DM is the only one who has an answer to that question that is actually relevant to you. RAW is definitely not clear on whether or not a psicrystal is a “material possession.” More than enough room to argue it’s not, RAW, if that’s what you want. But I’m not sure why that’s relevant to anyone. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Feb 26 '18 at 17:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Cellheim Well, like I said, realistically what I would do is not use Vow of Poverty at all in my game, so any answer I give to that question is pretty hypothetical. Anyway, it being inert or not doesn’t matter. It being magical or not doesn’t really matter, either—it probably is, but even if not you still probably aren’t allowed it. The only way around the Vow is to have it not be a material possession at all—which is maybe true for the psicrystal imprinter, but almost certainly not for anyone else. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Feb 26 '18 at 18:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Cellheim If the power, instead, were create dead monkey, and all the power did was create was a dead monkey—y'know, an inert one—, a dude with the feat Vow of Poverty still couldn't lug around that dead monkey 'cause a dead monkey is Not. On. The. List. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Feb 26 '18 at 18:23

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