Veilweaving Rules

Akasha is the power of creation itself, the very essence of magic. Akasha resonates with arcane, divine, and psionic energy, often acting as a natural amplifier for those power sources, though it is potent in its own right. Sages and scholars have debated whether akasha is the result of those power sources mixing and meshing with the life energy of mortal beings, or if perhaps it is the undiluted source from which those diverse powers sprang. What is known is that all creatures have some facility to access this power or be accessed by it.

Veils are the most common tools by which akashic magic is utilized, created when a creature channels akashic energy through natural conduits in the body, known as chakra. This energy is then molded by the willpower of the creature from which it sprang into a semi-tangible construct capable of converting the wielders life energy, known as essence, into a near infinite variety of effects.

Every creature has a finite amount of essence in their being, referred to as an essence pool. While essence is not typically expended when veils or other akashic effects are activated, a given creature can only devote a certain amount of their essence to any particular function. This is done by investing the essence into the chosen receptacle, which could be a veil, akashic feat, or other ability. Unless otherwise noted, investing or reallocating essence to or from a valid receptacle is a swift action. Veils are limited only by the wearer’s focus and imagination. When a character first gains access to a veilweaving class, he has the potential to manifest and utilize any veil available to that class, though his facility with that veil may vary depending on the size of his essence pool and whether or not he has unlocked the associated chakra, enabling him to bind a veil or effect. Binding is a process veilweavers and other wielders of akashic magic learn through experience and growth. When they’ve utilized a particular chakra long enough that it has become imbued with a surplus of akashic power, akashic characters learn how to build even more complex and powerful constructs by utilizing the reinforced channels of energy in their bodies. This is the process known as binding, and it is possibly one of the most potent abilities any veilweaver can learn.

Chakras and Veils

Every veil is associated with a chakra, even if it is not bound to it. Chakras are points on the body that conduct magical energy. Veils do not interfere with magic items that occupy the same slot. The veil appears as a translucent eldritch construct surrounding that part of the body. You cannot shape two veils that occupy the same chakra. Each chakra corresponds directly to the matching equipment slot. Some veils can occupy one of two or more different chakra; you choose when you manifest your veil which of these chakra you want it to occupy. Even if the veil can occupy more than one chakra, you cannot have more than one instance of a given veil shaped at the same time. The available chakras are: Hands, Feet, Head, Wrists, Shoulders, Headband, Neck, Belt, Chest, Body. Some classes may gain access to specific and unique veils and chakra slots not normally available.

Veils can be bound to a chakra to increase their power once a character has reached a certain level of experience in manipulating akasha. By binding a veil to that chakra you gain the most potent abilities from the veil by flooding it with even more of your inherent akashic energy. Once a character has gained the ability to bind veils to a particular chakra, they can automatically bind a veil there as part of the process of shaping their veils for the day.

Akasha and Magic

While veilweaving is quite different from standard spellcasting, the basic rule for the interactions of veils and magic is very straightforward: veils interact with spells and vice versa in the same way that spells normally interact with other spells or spell-like abilities. Spell resistance is effective against most veils that directly target a creature or emulate an enchantment effect, but unless otherwise specified does not apply against area of effect abilities or auras. Veils that grant or enhance natural attacks or weapons, such as the Horns of the Minotaur, are never subject to spell resistance. A veilweaver’s veil effects always overcome their own spell resistance.

Veils are mostly physical constructs of akasha, and as such can be targeted by effects like a Sunder attack; a veil that takes more than twice the veilweaver’s level in damage in a single attack is suppressed and does not function for 1d4 rounds. Veils have a Hardness score equal to the veilweaver’s level and gain a bonus to saves vs. targeted effects equal to the amount of essence currently invested. Veils can also be targeted by dispel magic, mage’s disjunction, or similar spells effects, and are treated as a magic item when determining the effects. A veil successfully affected by a mage’s disjunction is suppressed for the duration of the spell and effect and any essence invested in a suppressed veil becomes unavailable until the effect ends. Veils are nearly invisible until invested with at least one point of essence; a veilweaver gains a +5 circumstance bonus to Disguise checks to hide the fact that he has an uninvested veil shaped, though detect magic, true seeing, or similar effects automatically reveal their presence. As soon as a point of essence is invested in a veil they flare into tangibility and are easily noticeable.

Bonuses from Shaped Veils

Note that the general rules for stacking still apply; two bonuses of the same type do not stack, even if they come from two different veils or a veil and a spell or spell-like effect.

Identifying Veils and Effects

Information about a veil’s properties or effects can be determined using the Knowledge (arcana) skill according to the following table:
Identify a magical manifestation as akasha or veilweaving DC 10
Identify a specific veil’s basic properties DC 15
Identify a specific veil’s bind effects DC 20

In areas where akashic magic is uncommon or otherwise unheard of, increase the DC of these checks by 5.


Veils use many of the same descriptors as spells. Whenever a veil contains a descriptor, it carries all the same connotations as the spell descriptor of the same name. Since veils do not have schools, subschools, domains, or disciplines, these descriptors are the primary way to categorize and identify a veil and its effects.

Binding Essence

Some feats and veils will require you to bind, rather than invest, essence into them. When essence is bound into a receptacle, it cannot be recovered or reassigned to another receptacle until 24 hours have passed, or the next time the user shapes their veils for the day, whichever comes first. If the receptacle is sundered or disjoined, the user immediately takes essence burn equal to the total essence invested in the veil. Once the burn has recovered, they can reinvest the essence normally.

Essence Burn

Some spells and abilities cause essence burn. Essence that has been burned cannot be used again for any other purpose until the veilweaver has had a chance to rest in a calm environment. Essence burn naturally recovers at a rate of 1 point of essence per minute.

Temporary Essence

Some abilities may grant you temporary essence. Temporary essence points are always burned first, and cannot be recovered through normal rest, though they generally act and can be used in all other ways just like normal essence.

Ongoing Effects and Unconsciousness

Veils do not require conscious action to maintain, but if a veilweaver is rendered unconscious while he has active veils shaped a number of things may occur. Any active aura powers granted by shaped veils are suppressed until the veilweaver regains consciousness, at which point the veilweaver must spend a move action to reactivate them. Any effects that occur automatically over time, such as the temporary hit point generation of the Stone Giant’s Girdle, continue to accrue as normal. Veils that are sundered while the veilweaver is unconciousness are not just suppressed, but destroyed completely and cannot be used again until the veilweaver reshapes his veils.

Essence Capacity

However large your essence pool is, you can only invest a certain amount of essence into any one veil, feat, class feature, magic item, or other akashic receptacle. Your character level determines this essence capacity as shown below, though some feats, class features, magic items, or other abilities or effects may modify your base capacity:
Class Level Essence Capacity
1st–5th 1
6th–11th 2
12th–17th 3
18th–20th 4
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