|the Queen's Raven|
Would it hurt to change the psychic vampires drain energy ability into a gaze attack similar to the mesmerist hypnotic stare. I just think it seems weird that a creature is draining your psychic energy by beating on you physically. The idea of a psychic vampire locking eyes with someone and just draining them while no one is the wiser makes more sense to me. I was thinking something like this:
Drain Psychic Energy (Su)
A psychic vampire can focus his gaze on one creature during his turn as a swift action. A creature affected by a psychic vampire's gaze attack takes 1d4 points of ability drain to the highest of its mental ability scores (Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma), and the psychic vampire gains a like number of temporary points of psychic energy (PE). These PE points are in addition to the psychic vampire's current PE total, and any PE expended is subtracted from these PE points first. These temporary PE points don't stack with any previously gained temporary PE points. The temporary PE points disappear 1 hour later. The psychic vampire's gaze attack also drains the target's memories, as per mindwipe. If a creature that takes ability damage from this attack has the ability to cast psychic spells, it is treated as though it were under the effects of a negative emotion effect for the purposes of the emotion component to its spellcasting. A successful Will saving throw negates all the effects of drain psychic energy.
So all the same affects, blah blah blah, but it's the flavor of the attack that has changed. Also you only get one chance per round instead of all those crude slam attacks flailing at random foes.