The Perpetual Power Point trick uses two feats.

The first is Azure Talent (which grants 1:2 ratio of incarnum in for double the power points out) per point of incarnum invested. When essentia is invested, the feat locks for the day, as usual for an incarnum receptacle.

The second is Psycarnum Infusion (which allows one to expend psionic focus in exchange for treating one incarnum receptacle as if it had maximum incarnum until the beginning of your next turn.

The idea is to then refocus and repeat, probably with the Mediation feat to reduce the time.

In theory, this means a small but almost perpetual supply of power points.

Thus, what is the logic (it works) or fallacy (it doesn't) behind this Perpetual Power Point trick?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why is there no Incarnum tag? \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Mar 4 '20 at 1:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ There’s a meldshaping tag. We’re not super-consistent about naming those, should probably be a synonym. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Mar 4 '20 at 2:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's weirdly funny to me that there's technically no actual meldshaping involved in this question. \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Mar 4 '20 at 2:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Considering that meldshaping is a subset of incarnum, and that there can be questions relating to incarnum that do not deal with meldshaping, I think this calls for another tag. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Mar 5 '20 at 13:44

Once per day, you can invest essentia into this feat. You gain bonus power points equal to twice the invested essentia.

one of your [...] incarnum receptacles is treated as if it had essentia invested in it equal to its maximum essentia capacity

The way I read this is, unlike most incarnum receptacles, Azure Talent doesn’t have any benefit for merely having essentia invested in it, but instead gives you a one-time benefit for performing the actual act of investing. That is, the second sentence is the result of performing the action allowed by the first sentence. And that action is investing, not simply having the investment exist.

Since Psycarnum Infusion doesn’t actually invest essentia—it treats the receptacle as if it had already had essentia invested in it—you don’t get any particular benefit because there isn’t any particular benefit to having essentia in Azure Talent. There’s only a benefit from the actual process of performing the investing.

In a very real way, the “had invested” here is technically correct: it is describing a past action that we’re now pretending happened. If the investment happened in the past, so did the reward of power points. You don’t continue to gain power points just for having the essentia sit there.

But all of this is hardly open-and-shut certain. Arguments for this trick are at least as easy as arguments against it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, I get it! Thanks for explaining, that's a subtle difference that many wouldn't catch. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Mar 4 '20 at 12:36

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