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The Catalogues of Enlightenment (Planar Handbook, p. 166) is a touchstone site whose base ability is:

Base Ability: Choose a cleric domain; you gain the granted power of that domain.

Therefore, a character with the feat Planar Touchstone (Planar Handbook, p. 41) or the feat Touchstone (from Sandstorm), may forge a link with the Catalogues of Enlightenment and choose a cleric domain, gaining its granted power.

There are many cleric domains, though, and therefore a character may wish to switch to another domain.

I have not found any explanation of:

  • whether switching the domain is allowed at all,
  • whether switching entails attuning another touchstone site and then re-attuning the Catalogues of Enlightenment,
  • or whether switching is as simple as a Free Action1.

Is there any rule or guideline for this?


1 Which, given that some granted powers are reactive in nature, such as the Pride domain's ability to reroll 1s on saves, would seem a tad too powerful.

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The benefit of the feat Planar Touchstone, in part, says

Once you’ve established a link with one planar touchstone site by taking this feat, you may also freely visit other planar touchstones. When you do so and fulfill the higher-order ability’s recharge condition for the alternate site, you immediately gain the base ability of the new planar touchstone site and lose the base ability of the previous site. (Originally Planar Handbook 41-2 but last presented on Magic of Incarnum 207)

In other words, gaining a connection to a new planar touchstone site severs the connection between the creature and old planar touchstone site. Regaining the connection to the old site essentially resets the base ability.

As the planar touchstone site Catalogues of Enlightment (PlH 66-7) base ability says, "Choose a cleric domain; you gain the granted power of that domain," were a creature to have picked a domain's granted power via the Catalogues base ability then gain a new connection (therefore severing its connection with the Catalogues) then regain the connection with the Catalogues by satisfying the requirements, the creature could then pick a new domain granted power.

This is, so far as I'm aware, the only method of changing the Catalogues' domain granted power. Ask the DM if there's a way to make this less burdensome if your PC both needs to change the Catalogues' granted power and lacks ready access to planar travel.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ We always played it such that fulfilling the recharge condition of a currently linked touchstone site allowed one to also re-choose any relevant choices implied or stated in the base ability. However, I believe that is a house-rule, rather than something stated in any of the touchstone ability variants. \$\endgroup\$ – nijineko May 16 '18 at 13:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @nijineko Yeah, I think that may be a perfectly reasonable house rule, too. I can't find anything supporting that house rule, but that may be because my touchstone site notes list the only other site that maybe offers a choice in the description of its base ability as the Blinding Tower (PlH 162)… that, honestly, nobody links to. That makes the only real reason to even have that house rule the Catalogues! \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan May 16 '18 at 14:21

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