Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Repair Emoji

Continuing this week’s theme, here are more glyphs, runes, and symbols for the project to convert to Starfinder all the Pathfinder 1st edition spells that don’t already exist (or have a clear replacement) in that game. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here. We’ve made it to symbol of healing… and I don’t like it.

For symbol of healing, what I don’t like is that the healing concept doesn’t work well with how I am positioning emoji spells to be aimed solely as technomancer options. Now there’s no hand-and-fast rule that technomancers can’t heal, but it does radically depart from the core concept of the class. I could just change my vision of how emoji spells work, giving this one (and maybe a few others) to mystics (who have more healing options in their spell lists). But instead, I’m going to revise the concept of “healing” into “repair,” to give technomancers options to restore HP to devices beyond mending and make whole.

(Art by vector_v)

Repair Emoji
 technomancer 3
School necromancy
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (harmless); Spell Resistance no

This functions as mirror emoji, except as noted above and as follows. Each viewer of the rune perceives it slightly differently, with the rune taking the visible form of a simple symbol that indicates an item commonly associated with repair, construction, or engineering. When triggered, affected objects and constructs in the area have HP restored to them. A creature or object can only gain HP from the same repair emoji once per day, and it affects each construct in the area when it is triggered, or when the object or construct first enters the area of the spell’s active rune.

Affected constructs and objects are affected as by the make whole spell. If the target is a construct with Resolve Points that is also missing Stamina Points, it can expend 1 Resolve Point to regain missing SP equal to the HP healed by the make whole effect.

Detect magic allows you to identify a repair emoji with a DC 17 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as repair emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a repair emoji (which may trigger it), a character must use the lowest of their Engineering or Mysticism skill (based on the skill’s total bonus) to disarm it. The DC in each case is 23.

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About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

Posted on March 16, 2022, in Game Design, Starfinder Development and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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