Here's the entries. At the moment (see note to Eluria below), Yitzi takes the prize on the SLs - picking up that Rock Gnome base race for a freebie SL was the difference there! Also - The_Fred matched my own submission (essentially) on the PPs and takes the prize there!
Kudos to everyone - yes I was not intending pearls of power or cognizance crystals for this competition (note that cognizance crystals actually are net 0 since you need to supply your own PPs for them - so it is not "permanent")
@Eluria - if you can defend how you got 19 1st level spells with that SL submission - that is enough to win. I just don't see how you get to 19 - 6*2+3=15. Also Madness domain's insanity score only increases based on the Cleric level - so I think the score is not as large as you think.Benchmark - SLs
Benchmark - PPs
ECL10 Gray Elf Diviner 10
Int 18 +2 levels +2 race +4 headband +3 age = 29
Ring of Wizardry II
Spells per day
0 - don't matter
1 - 4 +1+3 = 8 *1 (8)
2 - 4*2+1+2 = 11 *2 (22)
3 - 3 +1+2 = 6 *3 (18)
4 - 3 +1+2 = 6 *4 (24)
5 - 2 +1+2 = 5 *5 (25)
I probably should have used a sorcerer for this - but I think anyone who went with the ring of wizardry II (and sacrificed the primary casting attribute a little) would have gotten a little more.
Uknits - SL
This is repeated several times down there:
ECL10, Phrenic Human Psion
Feats (1, H, P1, 3, P5, 6) - Psionic Talent 27 (2,3,4,5,6,7)
Int 18 +2 levels +2 template +6 headband +3 age = 31 - 40
Psion 8 - 58
Def. Precog 3/day - 21
Force Screen 1/day - 5
Empty Mind 3/day - 21
Mind Thrust 3/day - 24
Body Adjustment 1/day - 7
Brain Lock 1/day - 7
Aversion 1/day - 7
Psionic Blast 1/day - 7
Mystic Theurge 4
Really old for +3 to all mental stats
Int 18+3 age+2 race+4 item+1 level 4=28
Wis 18+3 age+4 item+1 level 8=26
Spells per day
Cleric, CL 7
Items - Headband of intellect and periapt of wisdom. Use the crafting feat to have both.
Feats - Craft Wondrous Item
Yitzi - SLs
Ok, here are submissions
Actual Spell level submission gets to 112 SLs
Actual Powerpoint submisison gets to 177 PPs
If you count Pearl of Powers as permanent spell sources, I can get to 191 SLs
For fun, as an effort, I can get Mystic Theurge to 108
NOTE: I AM ASSUMING Pearls of Power don't count, as otherwise you can just take 51k, craft 102 PoP Is, and have +102 SLs available. That's probably most optimal way to get most spell levels.
Actual submission, Spell levels:
Sorceror , venerable, Make race Maenid for 5 PLs (racial energy ray) as icing on top of it
SLs = 6,6,6,5,3
18Cha+2levels+3age+6item = 29 (bonus spells: 3,2,2,2,2)
Feats: Craft wondrous item (take Eagle’s splendor as a known spell)
Ring of Wizardry I 20k (*2 first level spells)
Cloak of Cha +6 (crafted) 18k
26 PoP I (13k) (even if don’t count, not sure what else to spend monies on)
Total spells = 19, 8, 8, 7, 5 = 19, 16, 24, 28, 25 = 112 (with 26 PoP Is = 138)
Actual submission, powerpoints:
Human psion (extra feat of psionic talent worth more pp than higher int from elf or PLA from other LA+0 races)
Feats: H, P1, P5, P10, 1,3,6,9 = 8 feats x psionic talent
(Headband Int +6, 36k)
Cognizance crystals 1pp x15 (15k)
PP: 45 Intelligence
Feat (psionic talent) x8 (2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)= 44
=177, +15 Cog Crystal pps
EXTRAS FOR TELIN
191 SLs if Pearls of Power count
if Pearls of Power count as “permanent spell levels” (which I doubt they do, but may as well try)
Sorc, venerable, race irrelevant: 18Cha +2 levels + 3 age = 23 (2, 2, 1, 1, 1)
102 PoP I crafted with 51k gold
SLs =6,6,6,5,3 + 2,2,1,1,1 = 8,8,7,6,4 = 8+16+21+24+20 = 89 SLs+ 102 PoPs= 191
(if you're counting PoPs, obviously this is my submission)
AND, for fun, not submitting, but the best I could do as Mystic Theurge: 108 SLs
Try Mystic Theurge Specialist Wiz 3/ Cler 3/MT 4
Domains: MADNESS and Either of Community (Calm Emotions, 2nd level spell, 1/d) OR Animal (Speak with animals, which is a Bard 3 spell but other 1 spell, so depends on how you count it, whether it counts as 3 SL or 1 SL – I would take this domain instead of community, if you count it as 3SLs)
Grey elf, venerable
Int 20+3 Age
Cha 18+2 Level+3 Age
Headband Int +4 (crafted) 8k
Periapt Wis +6 (crafted) 18k
Ring of Wizardry I 20k
Actual wisdom 29, with madness = 34
Specialist wiz 5,4,3,2
Int 27 bonus 2,2,2,2
Wis 34 bonus 3,3,3,3
Ring of Wiz +4 first level
Total wiz spells = 11,6,5,4
Total clr spells = 8,7,6,5
Total spell levels = 19,13,11,9 = 19+26+33+28 = 106
+domain SLA (either 2 or 3 SLs) = 2 = 108
Yitzi - PPs
Let's try something pretty standard:
Race: Rock Gnome (gives 1 spell level from speak with animals).
Age: Old (gives +2 CHA)
Class: Sorcerer 10
Relevant spells known: Eagle's Splendor
Relevant feats: Craft Wondrous Item
Relevant equipment: Cloak of Charisma +6 (18k, self-crafted), ring of wizardry level 1 (20k), adds up to less than the 51k available.
With 2 increases to CHA at levels 4 and 8 and a starting value of 18, that gives a total CHA of 28, for a +9 modifier, giving 3 bonus level 1 spells and 2 bonus spells of levels 2-5.
Thus, he has:
-6*2+3=15 level 1 spells
-6+2=8 spells of levels 2 and 3
-5+2=7 level 4 spells
-3+2=5 level 5 spells
For a total of 15+16+24+28+25=108 spell levels, plus the SLA makes 109.
The_Fred - PPs
Race: Phrenic human.
Abilities: 18 base INT, +2 age, +2 template, +2 advancement, +6 for a headband of intellect makes 30 for a +10 bonus.
8 levels of psion give 58, plus 10*8/2=40 for 98.
The phrenic template comes with a host of PLAs. Augmenting each to its maximum gives:
-3 uses of Defensive Precognition for 7pp
-1 use of Force Screen for 5pp
-3 uses of Empty Mind for 7pp
-3 uses of Mind Thrust for 8pp
-1 use of Body Adjustment for 7pp
-1 use of Brain Lock for 7pp
-1 use of Aversion for 7pp
-1 use of Psionic Blast for 7pp.
Adding this all up gives 99pp, for a total so far of 197. If (as I suspect is not the case) each augmentable power is considered augmented up to the total theoretical augmentation (even if there's nothing to spend the extra points on), it's instead a total of 112, for 13 more total.
The character is also entitled to 6 feats (1 from his race, 2 from psion levels 1 and 5, and 3 from levels 1,3, and 6). Spending them all on Psionic Talent gives an extra 2+3+4+5+6+7=27 pp, for a total of 224, or 237 if each augmentable PLA counts for 8 even if there isn't anything to spend the extra on.
The_Fred - SLs
OK well here's my shot at the weekend challenge.
Old-Aged Phrenic Human Psion 8
Abilities: 25 Int (18 + 3 Age + 2 Phrenic + 1 L4 + 1 L8)
Feats: Psionic Talent x5 (L1, L3, L6, Human, Psion 1), Craft Cognizance Crystal (Psion 5)
Items: I'm assuming powers cast from items don't count (or I'll be a Phrenic Centipede with many Boots of Stomping) but if Cognizance Crystals count, I'll have 102 1PP Crystals, crafted. (If not, I guess a Headband of Intellect +6)
58 Psion 8
28 Int 25
99 Phrenic (3/day Def Precog (7PP), Empty Mind (7PP) and Mind Thrust (8PP), 1/day Force Screen (5PP), Body Adjustment (7PP), Brain Lock (7PP), Aversion (7PP), Psionic Blast (7PP) = 99PP)
20 Psionic Talent
102 Cognizance Crystals
I guess if the Crystals aren't allowed, a Headband of Intellect +6 makes this 224PP (-102, +7 one more Psionic Talent, +12 from higher Int).
My high SLs character:
Old-Aged Human Sorcerer 7/Loremaster 3
28 Cha (18 + 3 Age + 1 L8 + 6 Cloak)
28 Int (18 + 3 Age + 1 L4 + 6 Headband)
Feats: Craft Wondrous Item
Special: Newfound Arcana, More Newfound Arcana
L1: 6+3+1 = 10 SL
L2: 6+2+1 = 10x2 = 20 SL
L3: 6+2 = 8x3 = 24 SL
L4: 5+2 = 7x4 = 28 SL
L5: 3+2 = 5x5 = 25 SL
= 107 Total
If I'm allowed to do the same trick as before, instead take 102 Pearls of Power - it loses 13 SLs from Cha, and 2 from not being able to take More Newfound Arcana, but gains... 102. So, 194 total. I'm guessing that has to be thrown out, though, since that's more SLs from items than from the character.