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Well, here's some thoughts on how a PF2e Psychic might be done.
It would use the Occult spell list, since that seems to fit the flavor the best, perhaps with a few off-tradition spells that they could gain depending on which Psychic Discipline they have.
Phrenic Amplifications might be best realized as special metamagic-like feats that cost a focus point to use.
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Cast: 2 actions, emotion, thought
Target: 1 creature
Duration: 1 minute
Saving Throw: Fortitude
You cause your target to become painfully malformed, its limbs twisting, buckling and warping uncontrollably. If the target fails or critically fails it’s initial saving throw, they automatically attempt another saving throw at the end of each of their turns.
*Critical Success: The target is unaffected, and the spell ends.
*Success: The target is clumsy 1, enfeebled 1, takes a -10 circumstance penalty to it’s speed, takes 1d6 damage, and the spell ends.
*Failure: The target is clumsy 2, enfeebled 2, takes a -20 circumstance penalty to it’s speed for 1 round, and takes 2d6 damage.
*Critical Failure: The target is clumsy 3, enfeebled 3, immobilized for 1 round, and takes 3d6 damage.
What do you think? Balanced for a 4th level, Occult spell?
Some Thoughts on Emotion components, and Vice versa:
Psychic magic is no different from “regular” magic, except in the way components are supplied to cast spells. Whereas “regular” spells have somatic and verbal components, psychic spells have emotion and thought components. Note that both traditions are equally “obvious” to bystanders, just in different ways, and both may be concealed by similar means. Consider taking the wizard feat “Conceal Spell” (CRB p210) as your 2nd level psychic feat if you are interested in covert psychic spellcasting.
Emotion components replace somatic components.
A psychic spellcaster who is under the effect of an emotion or fear effect must use a Steady Feelings action to cast a spell with an emotion component in the same round.
You pause a moment to catch your breath. You may cast spells with emotion components until the beginning of your next turn, as if you were not affected by an emotion or fear effect.
Special: You may combine this action with a Steady Thoughts action as a free action.
Thought components replace verbal components.
Thought components give the spell the concentrate trait.
A psychic spellcaster who has used another action with the concentrate trait this round must use a Steady Thoughts action to cast a spell with a thought component in the same round.
You pause a moment to catch your breath. You may cast spells with thought components until the beginning of your next turn, as if you had not already used an action with the concentrate trait this round.
Special: You may combine this action with a Steady Feeling action as a free action.