For those who are unfamiliar, the Ardent in 3.5 was something like a psionic cleric, a full manifester who got all his powers from domain-like representations of abstract concepts called mantles. Feeling nostalgic for my first D&D character, I decided to create a pathfinder ardent.
The basic concept is largely the same, but the execution has shifted into something closer to an oracle than cleric. The 3.5 ardent was cool, but very inconsistent and lacking for class features, so a lot of changes were necessary:
This is one of the biggest projects I've ever done, as it meant making 26 mantles, each with its own power list and 4 abilities. It also means there's a lot more opportunities for mistakes or miscalculations, so I'd definitely appreciate any feedback you guys have.
After playtesting, I've made a few small updates to some of the mantle abilities. The life mantle focal ability now allows ranged manifestation of touch powers in addition to personal, and I clarified the consumption mantle abilities to explicitly state how they interact with different damage types and abilities.