Planar Touchstone [General]
Forge a link between you and power-rich planar locations, referred to as planar touchstones (see Planar Touchstones, page 153, Planar Handbook).
Prerequisite: Knowledge (any) 1 ranks, has visited at least one touchstone site.
Benefit: When this feat is first taken, you don’t automatically gain any connection to a touchstone. To forge a touchstone link, you must meditate uninterrupted for 15 minutes and expend an object native to a site you want to connect to first. To gain the object, you have to visit a touchstone site personally to pick a suitable one.
Once the link is forged, you gain the base ability described for that touchstone. If you physically visit the planar location once you’ve forged a link, you also gain a higher-order ability with a limited number of uses, as described for that planar touchstone. You may repeatedly visit the planar touchstone, each time recharging your usages of the higher-order ability. Usages of a higher-order ability do not stack, so visiting your planar touchstone prior to using up any of your higher-order usages confers no additional benefit.
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. You also lose any remaining uses of the higher-order ability of your previously selected site (if any), and instead gain the specified number of higher-order ability uses appropriate to the new site.
In this way, you can ‘unplug’ from one site and ‘plug in’ to a new planar touchstone site as often as you desire. Thus, after expending the raw materials for making your first connection, making subsequent connections with different sites is as easy as fulfilling the higher-order recharge condition.