Ken Hart wrote:
Acutally, the hissing psiborg doesn't require Psychic Warrior levels to get started, just some psi ability. Even a wild talent would do. If the PC doesn't have any levels in Psychic Warrior at the start, then they gain powers as a 1st-level PsiWar when they first take the PrC.
As for River, yeah, good point -- I'll bump her up to 5th-level seer and give her the Expanded Knowledge feat for read thoughts. The other option is make her a 5th-level telepath and use the feat to get sensitivity to psychic impressions, but I like her better as a clairvoyant than a mind-reader/telepath.
But it only granting powers from the Psychic warrior list is kinda defeating its purpose as a gish class for this particular character concept. In this case, I'd strongly recommend it building on whatever psionic class you have levels in, because your psionic abilities are already lagging behind because you took at least one level in steamborg.
I mean, Psychic warrior has some sexy powers early on (Skate comes to mind), but they don't get all that many powers, and their power points start off at a trickle. I'd much rather take a solid, though lagging, progression in one class's powers that fit the character than what looks like 4 levels of Steamborg (for the BAB), 1 level of Psion (for the powers, and the psychic skill), and then going into Hissing Psiborg and gaining Psychic warrior powers. if you're going to do that, why not just take a level of Psychic warrior to begin with, and just be that much further ahead?
This is a case where the rules as written can't fit the actual situation, so I'd just edit the Hissing Psiborg so it works with, and adds onto, any psionic manifesting class. If you think about it, it makes it a more attractive class for psionicists in general, rather than just Psychic warriors, and saves the trouble of having to come up with something for them (for now).