|When a psionic technique calls for a Psi roll, the character's
permanent Psi score is used, not their current score, unless otherwise stated.
When a psion runs out of Psi points they can't use any psionic powers including
the basic techniques or those techniques that don't require the expenditure
of psi points. The psions have to be taken in order; a 1 point psion, then
a 2 point psion, then a 3 point psion. When advancing in a psion you may
take one at either level; there is a primary and alternate psion for that
point level. When advancing beyond a one point psion you may take either
the other 1 point psion or advance to a 2 point psion in that chain (primary
psions are listed first, then alternate psions). Later you may go back and
pick up lower level psions if you wish. If you do so then you must go in
order you can't have one level one psion and then two level two psions.
You would need to take the other level one psion first.
When you reach a four point psion before going to a five dot psion you must make sure to have at least one point in each of the lower psions including the psions on the alternate chain. If you have 4 points of difference or more between any of the psions in your field you will suffer bad mental effects due to over concentration on a certain field--Psionic Dysfunciton, which varies with the order and the discipline in which you have over specialized in. Usually, you want to use this over specialized psion instead of any of your others and have problems controlling yourself. The only exception to this rule is if you take a psion taught by another order. You may pick one level of a psion in another order than your main order, but only at character creation and you will never be able to advance again in that order. The reason is that each order has a different Prometheus machine. The chance to have another level one psion reflects a potential latent psionic power. This means it is possible to get a level one psion without undergoing the Prometheus Effect, such folk are rare though. However, no one has ever reached a second level psion without having to use a Prometheus machine. Exposure to a second Prometheus machine or a second time in the machine of your order always result in permanent psionic dysfunction, which almost always leads to a messy death. One "dunking" per person is the limit, not even the proxies could survive a second exposure to the Prometheus Effect.
A higher order psion is listed as having that power level and the rules
may discusses higher ratings. This means that the next level of that psion
discipline is taken. Each psionic discipline is not developed separately;
instead a level one, level two, level three, level four and level five
power has to be taken. You can develop discipline A, B, or C to levels
1-4 normally. You would then want to develop each discipline separately
A1, A2, A3, A4, and A5 then you could develop B1, B2, B3, B4, and B5 and
finally C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5. You could develop each discipline at a
separate progressing say having A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1, C2 and C3 powers.
You would be level two with powers A and B and level 3 with power C. If
you advance past A4, B4, or C4 you want to make sure you have at least
A1, B1, and C1 first to avoid suffering psionic dysfunction. If you have
A1, A2, A3 and A4 and the rules mention having A1 at level 3 that means
you have been able to take A2 and A3 powers. It doesn't mean that you
have to build A1 in 1-5, then A2 in 1-5, A3 in 1-5, A4 in 1-5 and A5 in
1-5. Instead A3 also equals A1 or A2 at level 3.
Attempts have been made to create other psions, but they tend to be less powerful versions of an already existing technique. The Trinity Player's Guide has rules (at the end of the book) for a free form psionic system. This system will not be used, but it is possible to create new psionic powers using this system. If you create a new psionic power at level 2 or higher you don't have to create a lower level psion; this new psion is a special case. You will be required to teach that new psion to your order's proxy. This is the one exception that Norca's make allowing them to contact former members of their order. Once you teach the leader of your psionic order (the proxy) your new psion you will be able to use it without fear. If you don't share the new psion then when it finally is discovered that you have that psion it will not go well for you. Depending on your order the response will vary from anger to violence. If you develop a new psion you will be rewarded by your order; again depending on that order it can be anything from a cash reward to a hearty slap on the back. Few extra psions; psions outside of the normal track exist. They are always special cases, are rare and usually kept secret by the orders.
if you have one point in a psionic technique then you have access to all the basic techniques for that psion. This is true if you have taken a point in a psion that is out of your order. If there is more than one Basic Technique for your psionic order then you gain access to both techniques when you pick up a level one psion in that discipline.
Rumor has it that all the Proxies have access to a high level psion that
allows them to permanently jam or take away the powers of another rogue
psion in their field. If true then psions need to be aware of this and
take care with their behavior, if not then the Proxies may take other
severe actions to reign in unreliable psions. If this power exists it
is not known if other psionic order leaders are able to use it or not.
Research into developing a power like this is not encouraged, but it is
not forbidden. This indicates that it is probably not possible or requires
a higher order psion to remove another psion's powers
Basic Technique: Biosense--Biokinesis instills a keen sense of biological awareness in its practitioners. The psion perceives instinctively the presence of nearby living beings, from plants to animals to humans to even bioware. By tracing the psi energy flux emanating from all living things, the Gifted may divine organisms' locations to within a few meters. A biokinetic could move through a crowd or a jungle even if blinded, using Biosense as a sort of "living radar." System: Roll Psi. Success indicates that your char- acter becomes aware of the presence, but not necessarily identity, of any living being within a radius of meters (centered on your character) equal to his Psi score. The subject's size affects the ease with which your character senses it. For example, a human is a standard Psi roll, while a cat is +1 difficulty and a jade plant is +3 difficulty. While the location is revealed, no other information may be discerned without actual physical investigation. Biosense can be useful, but constant use can disrupt the game. The Storyteller should consider the drama of the plot. If a psion uses Biosense with each step he takes, the Storyteller should apply a difficulty modifier or Psi point cost, or even both.
Basic Technique Somatic Awareness--Biosense focuses on the world, Somatic Awareness focuses on the biokinetic's own body, attuning her to her body's functions and limits to a degree that no neutral, no matter how athletic, can ever achieve. A psion using this power is fully in tune with her physical capabilities and limitations and can exceed them for brief periods of time. Humans typically have pain and pleasure for feed- back responses, which can give a general sense of one's condition. Somatic Awareness gives precise feedback, allowing a psion to know the full extent of her condition - how injured she is and where, what she can do with- out aggravating those injuries. She can, to a limited ex- tent, ignore the debilitating effects of drugs, alcohol, in- jury or disease.
System: Roll Psi. Success indicates that the biokinetic is aware of her bodily equilibrium and the effects of injuries, drugs, alcohol or the effects of Algesis modes on her body. The player subtracts one from the difficulty of any action that would be penalized by such adversity. Psions can also use Somatic Awareness to briefly push themselves beyond normal limits. Her understanding of her own body enables her to push it without great harm. Roll Psi. The player may boost one of the character's physical Attributes by one dot for a number of turns equal to the number of successes rolled. At the end of the power's duration, the psion suffers one level of bashing damage. This is akin to the fabled "adrenaline rush" that allows mothers to lift cars to rescue their children and the like, but the psion can't push herself to the point of injury with this power. Only one physical attribute may be boosted at any given time. Somatic Awareness also gives psions the ability to comprehend Pheromonal Communications.
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Metabolic Efficiency: Essentially a poison neutralizer, this power allows the psion to ignore the effects of poisons or toxins. His body processes these foreign influences automatically and removes them from the bloodstream with astounding efficiency. This means it is difficult to enjoy the effects of drugs (whether beneficial or otherwise) and alcohol; his body simply eliminates them as they are introduced. Whenever this power activates, the offending sub- stances are converted into n-1 wastes immediately. A psion typically needs to unnate after this power has been active.
System: Your character is immune to drugs with toxin ratings equal to his Adaptation level and below (see the Toxin Rating chart, page 229). No roll is necessary as the psion's body purges the foreign substances automatically. For any drugs or poisons with a toxin rating that exceeds the character's dots in Adaptation, his Adaptation score is used as his poison soak rating. This power can be dampened consciously one hour for each Psi point spent.
Chemical Comprehension: While psions who have mastered the basics of Adaptation are rarely subject to poisons and drugs unless they wish to be, it's still useful to be able to determine what's in whatever they're taking into their bodies. This power enables psions to taste any- thing and determine its chemical composition as well as how dangerous or nutritious it is to an unprotected human, as well as other properties - soil fertility, or pH balance, for example.
System: Roll Psi the number of successes determines the degree and complexity of information gained. One success can determine whether a substance is toxic or not, and five provides a precise rundown of the substance's chemical composition and its effect on a living body (if poisonous, its Toxin Rating, see Trinity p. 229). If used in conjunction with the Science Ability, each success adds an additional die to any appropriate use of Science or Medicine.
Oxygen Absorption: The psion's body adjusts itself to make use of any amount of oxygen available. At this level, the psion can breathe underwater, on hostile worlds, with a plastic bag over his head - any- where, as long as his body can absorb even the slightest trace of oxygen. Since the shifter's body channels his oxygen intake much more efficiently than normal, his stamina is enhanced greatly as well. A psion with Oxygen Absorption may still be knocked out by a blow to the head, though he is not harmed by chloroform or poisonous gases.
System: As long as there is at least a trace amount of oxygen present, your character breathes normally; simply spend one Psi point for each hour that the psion's body must process its own oxygen. You may also add your character's Adaptation rating to Endurance tests that rely primarily on oxygen loss and muscle fatigue. Your character can suffocate eventually if there is a finite amount of oxygen (say, in a vacuum chamber), but he can still survive in such an environment for hours or days, depending on the area's size.
Self-Contained Metabolism: Biokinetics with this power can survive for days without water or weeks with- out food. This does not mean that they will not starve or dehydrate, but that it takes longer. While this power is active, the psion's body recycles its waste products, de- riving every last bit of sustenance possible.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. Each success adds another day that the psion can survive without water, or a week he can survive without food. During this time, he feels no hunger pangs or thirst. Once the time expires, the psion will require twice as much food and water for a number of days equal to the days or weeks he went without to compensate for the deprivation. If he uses the power repeatedly, the Psi cost increases by one point per use to account for the increased difficulty in recycling the same products over and over again. If the psion uses this power to subsist on minimum rations of food and water (one meal a day, one-quarter liter of water a day), she can survive indefinitely. As a side effect, psions with this power age more slowly than normal humans - about half as fast for Psi scores up to five dots, and a fifth as fast for Psi scores above five.
Heightened Reflexes: The psion's reactions are lightning-quick. To onlookers, the psion seems to know what is going to happen before it occurs.
System: Characters with this power have two options available to them. When the timing of actions is measured in turns (combat, a timer is ticking away), your character may either automatically "go first" as if you had rolled the highest Initiative, or may take an extra action in his next turn (without splitting his Dice Pool). The second action occurs at half your character's Initiative. In either case, you must spend a Psi point for each turn that the actions are hastened. At five dots in Adaptation, your character may both go first and take an extra action at the expenditure of one Psi point.
Social Chameleon: This power is one of the more unusual and esoteric applications of Adaptation, as it applies to interactions with other humans rather than exotic environments. When this mode is active, the psion is hyperaware of body language, pheromones and other telltale signatures of human behavior. The end result is an ability to read another's body language to a degree almost as effective as telepathy. This power isn't as precise as Pilfer, however. Where a telepath could discern what a liar may be trying to hide, a biokinetic with Social Chameleon can determine that the liar is hiding some- thing, and can use that information and the liar's reactions to guide the conversation toward the topic in question. Even so, this power makes the psion into a superhuman lie detector and grants her superior powers of observation that can mimic a degree of empathy. With this power active, the psion is also aware of and more capable of controlling her own subliminal cues, enabling her to can lie with a straight face to a degree the finest con men would envy. She can also use Social Chameleon to blend into any social circle as if she had been a member all along, by mirroring the reactions and signals given off by others in the group.
System: This power provides two benefits. First, the psion can interpret everything about a person's actions in a kind of gestalt, giving her the ability to discern whether the subject is lying about something, or whether a topic makes him nervous, and so on. Seemingly insignificant cues show up as plain as neon-lit billboards to the biokinetic's enhanced senses. Second, she can interpret the best ways to interact with others to get the results she wants or needs. She can use this input to comfortably slip into social interactions with unknown people or discern the proper stimuli to provoke reactions of lust, rage, sympathy or other emotions from them. The player rolls Psi at +1 difficulty - each success adds one die that can be used with Awareness, Rapport, or any Social-based roll later that scene. However, the player must spend two Psi points for each scene the power is active.
Biosynch: Short for "biosphere synchronization," this power enables the psion to modify his biology to exist comfortably in different physical environments. The psion can survive extreme pressures, gravity and temperatures, and even breathe toxic atmospheres for short periods of time.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. Your character's biology changes reflexively, allowing him to endure and extreme biosphere shift for a number of hours equal to his Adaptation score plus one hour for each success rolled. Once this duration expires, another point expenditure and roll is needed. While your character can survive a sudden change (due to a hull breach in space, for example), he cannot survive in hostile environments indefinitely.
Toxic Allergy Inducement: This mode, like Catabolysis, is rare among Norça and kept hidden. Few know it, and those who do take care to use it in such a way that it will not be traced back to the order. This power works on others. It causes the victim to suffer allergies to nearly everything, including her own biochemistry. Her immune system shifts into overdrive as it attacks anything and everything it misperceives as dangerous, from food to pollen to neurotransmitters. The result is often debilitating and occasionally fatal.
System: Spend two Psi points and then roll Psi at +1 difficulty. Each success indicates one Health Level of Lethal damage inflicted on a target. The damage doesn't take effect all at once, instead accumulating at the rate of one Health Level per hour. This power can be used on the same target more than once, and the results are cumulative - a psion who uses it twice, once for three net successes and one for two, inflicts a total of five successes upon the target. The power will run its course over five hours. Each additional roll incurs a further +1 penalty until the effects wear off. While the victim is subject to the power's effects, she will be unable to hold down any food or drink except water. Her body rejects anything that would be nutritious. It also rejects any drugs or chemicals, granting her immunity to any drug or poison as if she had Metabolic Ef- ficiency and Adaptation at a level equal to the net successes rolled, and beneficial drugs simply have no effect. Additionally, since the body's immune system attacks its own biochemistry, any bodily function can be impaired - even conscious thought. Characters subject to this power suffer +2 difficulty to all rolls involving Mental and Physical attributes as they find themselves unable to act at full capacity without triggering an allergic reaction, which leads to dizziness, disorientation, possible hallucinations, muscle spasms, aphasia and other physical and mental dysfunctions. The Iatrosis power Cellular Repair can negate the effects of Toxic Allergy. The player must roll Psi at +2 difficulty and gain more net successes than the biokinetic received. If the biokinetic has used Toxic Allergy more than once, the vitakinetic must exceed her best roll.
Autonomic Shunt: The psion's control of his body is so complete that he is nearly indestructible. After suffering extensive damage, the shifter's body merely "shuts down," functioning at only the most basic level needed to survive. The psion doesn't remain active when his body has shut down. Severe injuries can be survived, but the character won't necessarily be the same afterward; the psion may endure the loss of a
leg, but won't grow it back. Extreme head injuries may be healed physically, but may leave the psion brain dead. Decapitation kills regardless of this power's effects.
System: Your character has two additional, permanent "Bruised" Health Levels. Whenever he suffers enough damage to kill him, Autonomic Shunt puts his body into hibernation. Your character's body remains intact until it suffers and additional 15 Health Levels of damage (at which point, all that's lefe is red paste ). These additional Health Levels must each be healed as Incapacitated. Your character remains comatose until he heals back to Wounded (see Physical States, Trinity page 250). He is ravenous upon regaining consciousness and must spend days doing nothing but replenishing the vital stores of fat and nutrients that he lost while "hibernatiing."
Harmonize: This technique is at the cur- rent outer limits of Biokinetic possibility, coming within a hair's breadth of Vitakinesis, although it doesn't have any healing applications. The biokinetic can bring another human's body into synch with her own, by extending her noetic template into the other person. Once this power is active, changes applied to the psion's body also apply to the subject's, allowing the psion to use other Biokinesis techniques to alter the subject as well as offer a few sidereal benefits.
System: This technique costs three Psi points to activate, plus one point per additional person synchronized beyond the first, and requires a Psi roll. Psi costs for powers that work on the linked characters are not affected, as the cost to extend the effect is factored into the Harmonize power. Any psionic power that one member uses on herself or another harmonized character affects all of the harmonized characters, provided it directly affects the body - any Biokinetic aptitude, Iatrosis, Algesis, and some of the Teleportation techniques work in this manner. Other pow- ers that may work with this include the Flame and Ice Sheath techniques from Aurora Australis As a side effect, the linkage also disperses harm among the participants. Add one Bashing and Lethal soak for each participant. In addition, if one participant suffers any Lethal damage, it's spread among the participants. The target of any attack will suffer at least one Health Level if she takes damage at all, but may shift one Health Level to each other participant (who takes it as Bashing damage). As an additional benefit, each psion beyond the first adds one to the effective Psi score for any member's at- tempt to use psionic aptitudes. This technique lasts for one hour per point of Psi, plus one hour per success.
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Sense Biokinesis: By invoking Sense Biokinesis, the psion can determine whether a given subject currently bears any biokinetic augmentation and whether she has ever been manipulated by Biokinesis, and can determine the nature of those augmentations.
System: Roll Psi; each success yields knowledge equals of one biokinetic modification (current or past), if any, and its nature. This power works only one subject at a time. At higher levels of Psychomorphing, however, your character may "scan" multiple subjects at one time. The total number of subjects he may inspect at once equals his Psychomorphing rating.
Conceal Biokinesis: This mode is a countermeasure to Sense Biokinesis (Trinity pp. 198-199). It would not be necessary were it not for the number of psions outside Norça who have developed Psychomorphing as a secondary mode. This power creates a false biokinetic overlay to either conceal the presence of biokinetic modifications or to create the impression of modifications that the psion never actually had.
System: Roll Psi. Each success blocks others' ability to sense one biokinetic modification. The user may also spend successes to instead create the impression of a modification that never existed (say she wants to convince others that she's altered her appearance currently or in the past). The latter are always the first impressions others receive when using Sense Biokinesis. This power also, through as-yet poorly understood means, blocks other psionic attempts to discern such things, such as attempts from clairvoyants, telepaths or vitakinetics.
Bioshift: The Norga can adjust his physical frame and muscle tone. He can add muscle to generate greater physical power or to work more easily in a high-gravity environment. He can make his muscles and bones more Iimber and elastic to move about more easily or to perform in low-gravity environments with ease. his adjustment shifts the psion's own biomass to create the desired effect, al- though such changes are seldom apparent to the naked eye.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi; you may shift temporarily any number of dots in any of your character's Physical Attributes up to the successes rolled. The adjustment lasts 10 minutes for each dot in your character's Psi score. Once shifted, the Attribute dots remain in place until the power's effect wears off or when your character cancels it; he then returns to his normal physiological configuration. The adjustment may raise an Attribute above five dots. If you get three successes on the Psi roll, you could move one dot from Dexterity and two dots from Stamina to raise your character's Strength by three dots, or you could move three from Dexterity and place two into Strength and one into Stamina - or any other combination you wish. Bear in mind that while one or two Physical Attributes may go up for a short time, at least one of your character's Physical statistics drops as well. At 3 Psychomorphing, this effect lasts 30 minutes for each permanent Psi your character has. At 4 Psychomorphing, it lasts a number of hours equal to his Psi score. At five dots in Psychomorphing, the power lasts three hours for each dot in your character's Psi.
Sterile Presence: Psions with this power never sweat. In fact, they also do not shed hairs, leave finger- prints, have odors or do anything else to leave physical evidence of their presence. A biokinetic with this power could walk through a clean room and not cause any problems. This power has applications in pursuits from the scientific to the clandestine, as the psion can avoid any chance of contaminating experimental samples or he could leave no evidence at a crime scene for forensics specialists to find or analyze.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. For a number of hours equal to successes, the psion has no scent and leaves no biological residue or dander wherever he goes, no matter how few precautions he takes. This power does not negate direct action - a biokinetic who suffers a gunshot wound still bleeds and if someone yanks out his hair by the roots, that will be viable evidence. This power simply prevents such things from happening normally.
Assimilation: Psions using this power may safely introduce biotech directly into their own bodies. The bioware no longer requires any outside energy source; it draws its power from the shifter's body. The equipment literally becomes a part of its host. Flesh sculpts itself around the bioapp, and the device integrates seamlessly with organs and bones. Though this power is useful, it's considered vulgar by many cultures (seeing a piece of bioware ex- tending from someone's forehead can be very disturbing). It also gives rise to concerns regarding bioweapons and armor, since a clever Norga could hide any number of weapons inside his very body.
System: Spend one Psi point to introduce the bioware into your character's body (the Storyteller may require that large assimilations, such as armor and powersuit components, cost additional points). You must also roll Psi and get a number of successes equal the relevant Ability, instead of the normal "Attribute plus Ability" Skill Total. This reflects the symbiotic re- lationship your character develops with the bioapp. Fir- ing an assimilated biogun involves [Psi + Firearms], while accessing a biocomp's functions IS [Psi + Engineering]. Assimilation also helps your character manage his Tolerance. The Tolerance rating of any assimilated bioware is reduced by one for the purposes of deter- mining your character's overall Tolerance load.
False Signature: A biokinetic can use this power to superficially adopt the biological traces of another hu- man, provided he has been in physical contact with that other person and "read" him. The psion's appearance does not change, but his fingerprints, retinal patterns, voiceprint and even DNA read as the other person's. Any detailed scan will probably pierce the deception, but this power can be used to get past many normal security measures. Due to the potential backlash Norça could suffer if this power were widely known to the rest of the world, only the most trusted members of the Order are taught how to use it and then they keep its use to a minimum. The prospect of other orders gaining access to this power - either through espionage or defection - worries ranking Norça. Some fear it has already happened.
System: To be able to use this power, the psion must first make physical contact with the intended target and roll Psi at +2 difficulty. If successful, for the next 24 hours, the psion can adopt all of the signatures (except physical appearance) of that person with the expenditure of two Psi points and a Psi roll. Each success adds one to the difficulty to pierce the disguise. This power is often used in conjunction with Transformation (see Trinity, pp. 200- 201).
Redundancy: The psion can stimulate his body to grow additional internal organs so that each individual organ IS less important to the body a sa whole. This means that the shifter can function normally even if maimed severely. Though he does not become any more difficult to kill, he still operates at peak efficiency when suffering from wounds. Certain variations of this power have been re- corded by noeticists. Some psions have developed the capacity to ignore pain rather than duplicate internal organs, though the effect is the same as for normal applications of this power. By shutting off their nerves selectively, these psions suffer no short-term effects from damage, yet still retain enough feeling to fire weapons accurately, sense where they are hit and 0th- erwise react to their environments.
System: Spend two Psi points and roll so that your character may modify his body appropriately. The initial process takes five hours, although this time may be reduced an hour for each extra success on the Psi roll (to a minimum of one hour). When your character takes damage, spend a PSI point for each Health Level he suffers. He isn't affected by any wound penalties until the end of the scene. Dam- age doesn't affect your character in any way - though he probably leaves a messy trail of gore if he's Crippled. Upon reaching Incapacitated, he collapses like anyone else. At that point, your character may take a number of Health Levels of damage equal to his Stamina rating before he dies (such "extra" Health Levels are each healed as Incapacitated; see Recovery, page 253). Upon healing from this "extra" damage, your character must use Redundancy again to restore his modified physiology.
Control Biotech: A psion with this power can take control of others' biotech and use it against them (or simply shut it off). This can be disconcerting for an- other when the proverbial knife turns in her hand. It also allows the biokinetic to operate biotech at a distance, if it normally would not work - activate it, etc.
System: Spend two Psi points and roll Psi. For each success, the biokinetic gains absolute control over the biotech device for one turn. He can shut it off or activate any of its functions at will.
Catabolysis: The psion's biological mastery is so great that he may break the very bonds that connect a target's component molecules. Catabolysis may be used on any living thing, from animals to bioware to people. All that remains after using this powers that can be used to affect others.
System: Spend three Psi points and a Willpower point, then roll Psi at +1 difficulty. Each success rolled equals one Health Level of Lethal damage inflicted on a target. Your character must touch the subject physically, interrupting its bio-organic aura. This attack ignores hardtech armor. Biotech armor may soak the damage because it still has a vestigial psi aura (but is destroyed in the process). However, armor formed through use of psionic powers (such as Gross Manipulation) cannot soak. Since such psionically formed armor is simply a part of the subject's own organic nature, as it is destroyed the subject herself is injured. The organic subject that suffers this damage is utterly annihilated, starting from the point of contact. Even if the target doesn't die from the attack (an unlikely prospect), the body parts turned to sludge can never be reformed -- that part of the subject's "biological template" has been erased. All that's left is unstable gray ooze. It's been suggested that advanced vitakinetic techniques could restore a victim's lost template, but such an endeavor would be extremely difficult.
Anabolysis: The antithesis of Catabolysis, this mode gives the psion the ability to temporarily im- prove any of his or someone else's Attribute scores for a time, as he enhances his bodily functions in a healthy fashion. This power has no visible effect until the psion uses the power. The body does temporarily alter itself depending on the boost in question. Appearance, Manipulation or Charisma may be boosted due to enhanced pheromonal function, Perception may see the sensory organs develop more nerve clusters or receptors and a Wits boost may come about due to enhanced production of neurotransmitters.
System: Spend three Psi points and roll Psi. Each success allows the psion to add one dot to any Attribute - not all. He may improve as many attributes as he likes as long as the total does not exceed the number of successes. This boost lasts for ten minutes per point of permanent Psi. If the psion chooses to use this power to enhance another, the player must spend one Willpower point. Otherwise, it works exactly as above. Characters may not benefit from more than one use of this power at a time.
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Basic Technique: The Sight--A more refined manifestation of the basic Attunement that all psions possess, this technique enables the clairsentient to "see" the psi energy flowing through all things even more clearly. A psion can sense if an individual is a strong latent, gauge a fellow psion's strength, feel the magnitude of energy in an area or even detect an active power nearby. This technique can also be used to perceive areas of strong Aberrant taint. Noetic scientists believe that the taint's resonance somehow conflicts with psi, creating a "blind spot" in the subquantum energy flow. Even so, sensing taint IS difficult; detecting a half-dozen powerful Aberrants nearby may be relatively easy, but trying to sense an average-strength one at a distance can be quite challenging.
System: Your character's Attunement sensing range (see page 191) is increased by a number of dots equal to his highest-rated Mode. So if your character has 5 Psi and 4 'Telesthesia, you add the four dots in Telesthesia to his five dots in Psi to determine his full sensing range. Characters exceeding a 10 sensing range add one million kilometers for each point beyond 10. These additional points apply only to determine an increases sensing range; they do not reflect your character's overall Attunement to psi energy nor the amount of backlash he might take from psionic shock waves (such things are indicated purely by your character's Psi score). Using the Sight to sense taint is no easy task (base +2 Difficulty). The Storyteller should feel free to modify the difficulty further depending on the distance, number and power of Aberrants (or area tainted) involved. Ultimately, the plot's drama takes top priority. If sensing a nearby Aberrant would ruin a carefully arranged story, then the Sight simply doesn't pick up the creature for some reason.
Basic Technique: Empty the Eye--Filters our distractions and concentrate on the question at hand, a vital technique to block out sensory overload and sensory distractions. Roll Psi, each success reduces the by 1 Difficulty to any Difficulty that is added from external stimulation when using a Clairsentience power.
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|Your character may recall the memory before this time passes
by focusing on her chosen zikkir and willing herself to remember.
Otherwise, the psionic static dissipates after the listed duration and returns
the event unbidden and in full detail to your character's mind. The Storyteller
may call for a Willpower roll on this recall if the selected memory was
especially intense. If you fail this roll, the memory takes over your character's
senses and distracts her completely from her present surrounding for one
turn. A botch loses the memory utterly, as described above. Your character
may use Selective Amnesia on a number of memories equal to her Psi rating.
If she attempts any more than that, you must roll Psi at +3 Difficulty for
each separate memory, including the one currently being masked. A memory
returns on a successful roll; it is whipped clean forever on a failed roll.
Find the Flaw: This specialized use of Psychometry senses the relative strength of subquantum energy flowing through a subject to reveal its hidden physiological weak points. The subject could be a person, item, building, or even an Aberrant. Even though Aberrants are devoid of psi, overwhelmed as they are by the taint, subquantum energy surrounds them. Those places where psi touches and Aberrant most closely, therefore are weak points. Find the Flaw is one of clairsentinent's most useful tools; It enables the seer to take appropriate step to fix a weak point--or to use the point to destroy the target. This ability obviously gives the "gentle" clears a definite edge in combat.
System: Spend one point and roll your Psi score. The number of successes rolled indicate the clarity of information gained, say from recognizing that some kind of scuffle occurred (one success) to recognizing that a murder was committed (three successes). The number of dots your character has in Psychometry determines the size of the area he can scan. Three dots indicate a room or small building, four a large ship or small region (less than a kilometer in radius) and five a larger region of space a few kilometers in area. No matter the size of the region scanned the, psion must be within it.
Static Memory: The clairsentient can sense recent activity in a designated area. Details are not conveyed, but a general idea of activity is. For example, a psion might sense that a Fight occurred in a room, but not who was involved or if anyone was hurt.
System: Spend one point and roll your Psi score. The number of successes rolled indicate the clarity of information gained, say from recognizing that some kind of scuffle occurred (one success) to recognizing that a murder was committed (three successes). The number of dots your character has in Psychometry determines the size of the area he can scan. Three dots indicate a room or small building, four a large ship or small region (less than a kilometer in radius) and five a larger region of space a few kilometers in area. No matter the size of the region scanned the, psion must be within it.
Dream Sight: At this level of awareness, a clear can filter out the surface appearance of reality and see through to the fundamental subquantum structures that connect to events. The world becomes a collection of symbols laden with data and hidden connections that the trained clairsentient can interpret. In this "dream--Quest" state, past and future blur, as do illusions such as distance and chaos.
System: Spend two Psi and roll Psi at +1 Difficulty. If successful, your character enters a waking dream--state in which she can focus on the ebb and flow of subqunatum influences. Possible insights might include (but are not limited to) specific details about a Storyteller character, background information or plot lines that only the Storyteller knows, or the precise outcome of some proposed course of action. The number of extra successes rolled indicates the degree of insight your character recalls when she wakes up form the trance. The information learned is quite cryptic, however, and requires your character to puzzle out the psionic patterns to determine the shapes they from. Successful interpretation with one extra success could reveal that a suspect's psionic aura never crosses a crime's nexus point, thus clearing the individual of involvement; three extra successes might slow psionic backlash, that results from the team dying during a sneak attack on a Committee for Truth hideout, which suggests that might be a foolhardy course of action. Dream Sight's duration fluctuates, varying from only a few minutes one time to many hours the next. The Storyteller should set the time for whatever he feels best suits the story's dramatic tension. While using Dream Sight, your character is marginally aware of events taking place in the real universe around her. She can prematurely pull herself out of the trance on a successful Willpower roll, but she requires two extra successes on that roll to remember anything from the trance.
Flashback: Objects or people can be used to actually see into the past. The psion witnesses past events, but only from the subject's perspective. Because this power conveys information exclusively from the subject's point of view, the psion cannot witness events that the subject was not exposed to. If the clairsentient touches a credit card, he might have a perspective of events around the card and whether it was used at any point. But, if the card was dropped, it conveys information only from a position on the floor; events from such a perspective may be blurred or blocked entirely (conversations might be garbled or visuals distorted).
System: Spend two Psi points and roll Psi. Your character must touch the subject for Flashback to be effective. The number of successes on the roll indicates how many senses your character may use, or the clarity of information conveyed. One success might allow access to a subject's "eyesight," while three successes might enable the clairsentient to use all senses to observe past events.
Envision: The clairsentient has a personal perspective on the past. By touching an individual or object or sensing in a location, the psion becomes a "noncorporeal" observer of events that occurred in or around the subject. Events unfold as if the clairsentient was there, regardless of what the subject experienced.
System: Spend three Psi points and roll. The successes gained on the Psi roll indicate the clarity of visions. One success may mean scenes are distorted or jumpy, while several successes may mean events are repeated from moment to moment for the psion as they occurred originally. Each success also indicates the area over which events can be witnessed; one indicates a larger room, three indicate an areas the size of a large freighter and five indicate a few kilometers--area region of space. Repeated attempts to see further back or to see more events are possible (see Second Chances Trinity page 162).
Oak in the Acorn: This application of psi opens the seer's mind to the full ramifications of a person, place or thing--its essential role or "destiny" in the noetic Totality is revealed. Through directed mediation, the clairscentient can uncover nearly any fact about her subject, from the nature of a childhood trauma to the time and circumstances of death. This technique is not especially limited by time, although details can be disrupted by wanting to focus on an especially emotionally charged or violent event (birth, lovemaking, combat death). Such situations disturb the subquantum flow and make clairsentient viewing difficult.
System: Spend three Psi points and roll Psi. To use this ability, your character must be physically present with the subject or have a psi print (see Trinity page 194). Your character focuses on the question she wants answered and slips into a trance. She goes into the trance whether or not the roll was successful; the roll indicates that she emerges from it spends the time adrift in subquantum eddies. On a botch, her mind is lost within the implicate order for a number of days equal to the botch. She may even suffer psionic dysfunction or a mental derangement as a result. Only telepathic intrusion awakens your character while she is entranced. Not even physical injury breaks this trance before she acquires the information she desires. The trance's duration depends on the complexity of knowledge your character wants to discover. Simple inquiries (how did he get that scar?) take about an hour, while more complex attempts (how does he die?) can take several days. The number of successes rolled reveal the degree of information learned; one success is enough to reveal he got the scar from hitting his cheek on the corner of a table, while discovering the circumstances of his death requires at least three successes. Remember that your character view these events as an outsider. Like any other Clairsentience power, Oak in the Acorn does not impart an innate understanding of the subject's thoughts or motives. Also, the further your character tires to sense through time, the more fragmented perception becomes. It takes a great deal of effort to sift though the constantly shifting layers of subquantium energy, thereby reducing the overall clarity of the vision.
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Basic Technique: Static Burst--This basic capability enables the psion to generate a small, unfocused electrical charge. The burst can be used to shock a person or even scramble a computer's operating system momentarily. This emission is only a precursor to the sophisticated manipulations that a trained electrokinetic learns, but it can be useful. The Static Burst saw perhaps the single most profitable application when a low-level Orgotek employee used the technique to stick balloons to a wall. Having successfully entertained Alex Cassel's rambunctious nephew for a Full afternoon, the clever employee was promoted to an upper-management position within the week. System: Whatever the specific purpose to which the Static Burst is directed, the effect requires contact with the target and the expenditure of a Psi point. The effect has a subtle but visible effect. The charge simply delivers a nasty shock. For every two points in your character's permanent Psi (rounded down), roll one die of Bashing damage (if he has a 5 Psi, you roll only two dice) and subtract for soak as normal. Even if the attack does no damage, the surprise is often enough to startle a target. The burst can also be channeled into an electronic device (from a computer to a transmitter to a maglock) to disrupt its systems temporarily. Roll Psi with a difficulty equal to the target's fail-safe rating (if any). If the roll is successful, the device is scrambled momentarily, and is unable to function effectively for a number of turns equal to the extra successes rolled. This works only on a localized Function; the burst is certainly not enough to disrupt an entire system.
Basic Technique: Electrocosm--This technique is part and parcel of the subquantum linkage between teks and the electromagnetic spectrum. All electrokinetics learn early on to sense the general nature and strength of light, electricty, and magnetism around them. Electrocosim is not a substitute for Control, Spectrum Sight, or Interface. Those powers provide a great degree of detail, while this one gives the psion a general sense of things. The further removed a frequency is from the visible spectrum, the harder it is for Electrocosm to sense it.
System: Roll Psi; if successful, your character can sense radiant energy beyond the visible range. Frequencies outside the visible spectrum manifest as heat mirages, distortions and ripples in the air, which do not allow your character to identify the specific wavelength. However, the electrokinetic can distinguish tightly channeled beams from broadcast field and ambient radiated energy. Strong currents running a few centimeters behind a solid surface may also show up as a haze across the substance's surface. Electrocosm lasts for the duration of the scene.
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Stun: creates a bioelectrical surge in the target's nervous system. This power can be used against people, animals and even bioware. Stun doesn't actually cause injury, but is more than capable of over whelming a target temporarily. Since large bioware devices are typically composed of several small bioapps working in tandem, Stun affects only one of the bioapps, not the whole device. Success- fully disrupting the organic laser on a bioVARG doesn't scramble the suit's biotech life-support system as well.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi in a resisted action against the target's Resistance (for bioware, use its Fail-safe rating). If you get more successes, each extra one translates into a turn during which the subject is dazed (see Maneuver Complications, page 246). On a tie, the victim is at +1 difficulty to all tasks in her next action as she tries to resist the Stun's effects. If the target receives more successes, she shrugs off the attack. Your character must touch the target at this level. At higher Electromanipulation ratings, Stun may be used at a range of up to your character's Mode rating in meters (so if your character has 3 Electromanipulation, he may use Stun against a subject up to three meters away). There is a visible effect as the charge arcs to the target. Furthermore, at 3 Electromanipulation, your character can use Stun against a number OF targets equal to his permanent Psi, simultaneously (as long as they're all within range). You still roll only once; however, each target's roll and the results are tallied separately.
Sense Bioelectricty: By focusing psionically, a psion may use this technique to see the electrical behavior of plants, animals, and sentient beings as patterns overlaid on their normal images. Brains and central nervous systems glow faintly, while muscles and other tissues spark distinctively. It takes experience to learn how to interpret the results. But once familiar with a target, a psion can distinguish healthy behavior in a subject from the effects of various kinds of injury, illness and other biological malfunctions.
System: This technique doesn't require spending Psi, but you must make a standard Psi roll. Each success conveys a greater degree of information on the subject's current electrochemical state, as indicated in the following chart. Your character must focus on a single individual, but the range extends a number of meters equal to his Psi score. The effect lasts for one minute per dot in Electromanipulation
|1||Basic condition (healthy or significantly damaged)|
|2||Degree of Health (number of Heath Levels down)|
|3||Details of physical condition (whether adequately nourished, rested etc.)|
|4||Long term condition (physical maturity level, presence of chronic disabilities)|
|5||General Mood and alertness (calm, distracted etc.)|
This power causes the target's existing bioelectric energy to fire at random,
shorting out voluntary muscular control temporarily (involuntary systems
like heartbeat and breathing are unaffected). While not usually strong enough
to kill, the effect still hurts like hell.
System: Spend one Psi point and roll. The base Bashing damage effect inflicted on the target equals your character's Psi score plus any successes rolled; you may add a die for each additional Psi point spent. Disruption may be soaked as normal, although the effect bypasses armor. Regardless of whether the target takes any Health Levels, she is at +1 Difficulty on her next turn due to the extreme discomfort Disruption causes. This power may be used at a range of up to five times your character's Psi rating in meters. At four dots in Electromanipulation, your character can use Disruption on a number of targets equal to his Psi score, simultaneously. The damage effect is rolled separately for each subject.
Quantum Sight: Living creatures affect the electric fields in the environment around them; Quantum Sight allows a psion to draw information from current field conditions to gain knowledge of living beings' recent activities.
System: Spend one Psi and roll permanent Psi. Successes determine the degree of detail learned of events in the are within the last 30 minutes, as noted on the following chart. The aural sensed do not impart an actual physical image, Instead, your character senses residual traces of any living beings' bioelectric auras. With a high number of successes, a tek can differentiate individuals and sense each one's physical condition at the time. Your character may chose to sacrifice clarity to sense farther back by spending a successes, your character cannot differentiate the bioelectric traces from the ambient environment. The effect lasts for the remainder of the scene, although the tek must concentrate to maintain it (+1 Difficulty to all other actions). If your character loses focus, Quantum Sight dissipates. The effect covers and area around your character at a radius of one meter for each permanent Psi.
|1||Presence or absence of living creatures|
|2||General identity (humanoid, size etc.)|
|3||Overall physical condition (healthy, damaged, dead) at the time of the scan.|
|4||Detailed information (current Health Levels, age, gender, psi use etc.)|
|5||Changes in the being's overall condition (damage taken, death, falling, asleep etc.)|
Static Shield: The electrokinetic generates a low-level field around
his body by drawing upon ambient energy. This shield offers protection against
those things that directly affect electrical and synaptic impulses. This
power buffers the tek from Electromanipulation attacks, tasers and even
from scanning devices directed at him.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. Each success rolled equals an additional dot you may add to your character's soak against attacks directed at his nervous system, most notably Electromanipulation powers and taw effects. Additionally, when your character has Static Shield up, readings made on him with scanning devices (from retinal scanners to diagnostic sensors) are obscured. Any scans performed on your character are done at a difficulty equal to the successes you roll with Psi (so if you get three successes, a neural scan is performed at +3 difficulty). Static Shield is subtle and looks like little more than a heat shimmer around your character (a successful Awareness roll at +2 difficulty reveals its presence). However, intrusions like a taser burst or a bioscan trigger a defensive response. In these cases, the shield flares in a crackling electrical web that radiates out from the point of contact. The power lasts for a number of minutes equal to your character's Psi score. At 4 Electromanipulation, this time increases to 10 minutes per dot of Psi; at level 5 Static Shield endures 30 minutes for each permanent Psi point.
Higher Consciousness: Consciousness depends not just on electrical activity, but also on the chemical processes triggered by nerves' electrical impulses. Electrokinetics are working on ways to reduce the importance of the chemical side of thought. Although it has a tongue-in-cheek designation, Higher Consciousness is an early breakthrough because a psion can briefly spread his brain's electrical field throught his while body with it. A tek can then maintain consciousness through circumstances that might otherwise knock him out.
System: Spend one Psi point and roll. Your character spreads his brain's bioelectrical impulses through his entire body. During this time, all efforts to affect your character's mind (using psi effects, drugs, even repeated blows to the head) operate at +1 Difficulty per success on your Psi roll. Although your character is unaffected by Dazed or Unconsciousness effects (see Trinity page 246), physical damage still apples normally. Higher Consciousness doesn't make your character's head any more resistant to punches or laser fire. Electrical attacks that the strike your character doe one extra level of damage while Higher Consciousness is in effect. After all, your character is voluntarily increasing his entire body's bioelectrical flow, thereby making it more vulnerable. This effect lasts a number of turns equal to your character's Willpower score.
Control: This formidable power enables the electrokinetic to take control of another organism, from a piece of bioware to a fellow human being. This effect requires a significant degree of finesse; the psion regulates voluntary nerve impulses, causing them to fire (or not) as he desires. The tek can enthrall virtually any organism that has basic synaptic relays - from subsuming command of a biolaser away from its formatted user to dominating the biolaser user's own body. Most large or complex bioapps are composed of multiple pieces of bioware. Control allows command of the targeted portion, but not the entire system. Dominating a bioVARG' locomotive systems would enable an electrokinetic to make the suit run or stop - but he couldn't affect its weapon systems. Conversely, the psion could control the suit's laser, dictating when the weapon fires or adjusting its intensity. However, he couldn't force it to fire at a specific target since the bioVARG' arm is a separate component. While an individual human might be of significant size, she is still a single organism, so an electrokinetic can seize a person completely. Sentient tar- gets retain control of their mental faculties. While a subject may find her body forced to move to another's whim, her mind and involuntary functions aren't hampered in the least. She is fully aware of everything that happens to her, and if she has psi powers may use them to her best ability.
System: Spend two Psi and one Willpower. Roll Psi in a resisted action against the subject's Willpower score (for bioware, use the device's rating - if a de- vice has more than one rating, use the highest). If the target rolls more successes, she resists the attack. On a tie, the victim is at +2 difficulty to her next action as she combats the power. 1f you get more successes, your character achieves a degree of control over the target. How much control is gained depends on the number of successes rolled beyond your opponent's total, as detailed below. The Storyteller may call for additional successes if your character attempts to control a target with a radically different biology from his own (reflecting the difficulty of communicating commands properly).
|Successes||Degree of Control|
|1||Simple acts (jump, freeze, let go, fall)|
|2||Complex actions (run, walk, roll)|
|3||Elaborate, sustained maneuvers (drive, follow someone, attack a specific target)|
|4||Extremely involved tasks (write a letter, hold a conversation)|
|5||Severely complicated actions (choke herself unconscious, perform a musical number). This is the minimum number of extra successes needed to force a target to commit an obviously self- destructive act.|
|Your character doesn't need to speak his commands
to the target; rather, they are directed with thought as a series of nerve
impulses. Some skill in Medicine is recommended to exercise an advanced
degree of control on a subject. Your character is at +2 difficulty to all
other actions while using Control due to the concentration required to maintain
domination. Control is lost if the psion's concentration is disrupted significantly.
This power may be used on a target at a range of up to 10 times your character's
Psi score in meters. Control lasts for a number of turns equal to the number
of extra successes rolled; this time may be increased by one turn for each
extra Psi point spent. At 5 Electromanipulation, your character can use
Control against a number of targets equal to half his Psi score (rounded
up). You just roll once; however, each target's roll and the results are
tallied separately. Your character is at an additional +1 difficulty to
all actions for each subject dominated after the first. This penalty may
be reduced by spending extra successes rolled that would otherwise allow
For increasingly complex control, to "buy down" the difficulty
rating (to a minimum +1 difficulty). Any subject under Control, whether
human, animal or bioware, counts as an additional point against your character's
Tolerance (see Tolerance, Trinity page 193).
Neuro--Acceleration: This technique allows the electrokinetic to increase the efficiency of the target's nervous system, and it requires the psion to manipulate numerous bioelectric elements (ion release rates, cell--wall conductivity, synapse firing rate). Further, Neuro--Acceleration isn't perfect--the subject's body wears down quickly as the effect ends.
System: Spend two Psi points and roll. Each success equals one dot that the subject need not spend every dot gained (essentially "bleeding off" the excess psionic energy that your character bestows). This technique may be used on a single visible target within the number of meters equal to your character's Psi score. Its application registers a visible effect as well; electricity flickers from your character and plays over the subject for an instant. The modification lasts for the remainder of the scene.
Feedback: The electrokinetic who uses back assaults avictim with bioelectric energy. The attack is a massive dose of eledricity generated by thes ubject's own synaptic relays. This power can be used against humans, animals and bioware to equally devastating effect. While other Electrokinesis effects are geared specifically to injure or incapacitate a target, and can then result in death, Feedback seems to involve a more intimate violation on the part of the attacker Even though the psion doesn't create a mental link with the target, the connection to an- other human is disturbingly personal nonetheless.
System: Spend three Psi and one Willpower. Feedback may be used on a target at a range of up to 30 times your character's Psi score in meters, and re- quires a successful Psi roll to hit. Your character's Psi score equals the base Lethal damage inflicted on the target (each Psi point you spend adds another die to this amount). Feedback is a Lethal effect, and it ignores armor. Only psi powers or bioware that directly protects the target's internal physiology (as Static Shield does) may provide a Lethal soak. If Feedback reduces a victim to Incapacitated, the Storyteller may decide if the target suffers permanent damage (see Sources of Injury - Electrocution, page 254). When this power is applied against bioware, use the device's fail-safe rating (if any) as its soak. Each success rolled reduces the bioapp's score by one dot, permanently. Reducing that rating to zero destroys the device.
The New Prometheus: This power's official name is a reference to the subtitle of Mary Shelly's 19th century novel and is other designation for the technique: Frankenstein. This disturbing power was developed from the realization that dead bodies don't immediately cease all biological activity after brain death. Many cells remain active for hours or even days. Thus, an electrokinetic can channel bioelectricity through the subject's body, literally making the dead walk (if only for a short time).
System: Spend two points of Psi and roll. Your character can animate a recently dead body for the number of turns equal to your character's Psi score, plus one for each success rolled. The initial Psi roll suffers a +1 Difficulty for each scene that passed since the body died and cannot affect someone who has been dead for over one day. The corpse is mindless (zero to all Mental and Social Attributes and Abilities) and weak (all Physical Attributes and Abilities are halved [rounding down] and it moves no faster than half of walking speed). Extra successes can raise Physical Attributes on a one-for-one basis instead of maintaining the animation for further turns. The corpse does not have Health Levels as such--it's already dead. Instead the Health Levels are considered to be the amount of damage a body can sustain before it's too pulped or torn apart to move. Health Level penalties don't apply, through. Your character must direct the corpse's every movement as if it was a remote--controlled device (since that's basically what it is). Your character's other actions are at +2 Difficulty, and if she takes any damage or moves faster than a walk, the control fails. This direction doesn't require verbal commands, just strong mental and psionic focus. The tek must touch the corpse to "bring it to life"--which involves a dynamic spray of electricity flowing from your character's hand, flickering over the body. After that touch, the corpse may move away the number of meters equal to your character's Psi score. It may even go out of the tek's sight, although at that point, the psion can't be sure of the corpse's status. Due to the complexities involved, your character can only use the New Prometheus on one body at a time. Attacks specifically against the lumbering corpse gain two dice to accuracy since it's a relatively easy target to hit. However, this technique is startling, if not downright gruesome. Anyone who hasn't been exposed to the sight before must make a Willpower roll at +1 Difficulty. Failure means that the individual functions at +1 Difficulty to all rolls for the remainder of the scene, thanks to the distraction of being around moving corpses.
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|If use for telescopic vision your character's
difficulties due to range drop by one for each success rolled (applying
mostly to Firearms and Pilot rolls, but possibly relating to other abilities
involving long--distance perception, at the Storyteller's discretion). For
microscopic vision, each success adds one die to Investigate rolls (again,
the Storyteller may include it for other abilities involving close-up examination).
Your character can go from telescopic viewing to microscopic enhancement
to normal sight (and back again) with additional Psi rolls. Failure leaves
the setting as-is, while a botch disperses the carefully composed light
lenses. The upper magnification at either end remains limited by the successes
on the initial Psi roll. The effect lasts for one scene, although your character
can cancel it at any time.
Electromagnetic Shield: This effect harnesses ambient energy waves in a field around the psion, protecting him against anything from ambient gamma radiation to focused laser bolts. The shield acts as a buffer against these electromagnetic--wave effects, absorbing attacks at the point of impact and dispersing them harmlessly across the field's entire surface. In the case of ambient waves, the electrokinetic appears to have a scintillating aura about him. When struck by focused energy, the shield flares for an instant as it absorbs and diffuses the beam. The shield also disrupts holographic integrity if the two intersect directly. Despite its obvious usefulness against energy, the Electromagnetic Shield offers no protection against gases, toxins, vacuum or physical attacks. Nor does it offer protection against electrical energy, as the two types emit in different Fashions.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. Due to the vast range involved within the eledromagnetic spectrum, you must designate the frequency to which the shield is at- tuned (from radio, microwave, infra-red, visible light, ultraviolet, X-ray, gamma or cosmic waves). Each success on the Psi roll equals an additional dot of soak against attacks in that frequency. This range may be adjusted at any time, simply requiring another Psi roll to attune it to the new frequency (only the initial roll's successes are counted for purposes of additional soak). Instead of focusing directly along a specific range, you may choose to oscillate the EM Shield across the entire spectrum. This application gives no defense against direct attacks, but protects your character against the effects of ambient soft or hard radiation (see Sources of Injury--Radiation, Trinity page 255). It also disrupts radio communications, radar and 1R contact with your character (+1 difficulty to rolls involving such devices for each success you get on the Psi roll). At level three the shield lasts for a number of turns equal to your character's Psi score. At level four Photokinesis, the shield lasts for a number of minutes equal to her Psi score. At five dots in this Mode, your character may extend the field to cover a radius area equal to his Psi score in meters.
Spectrography: The electrokinetic can perceive the frequencies of light reflected and absorbed by an object to analyze its chemical composition. A psion with appropriate medical or scientific training can use Spectrography for a wide variety of purposes: identifying undetectable by normal means, locating structural weaknesses in buildings, isolating one isotope of an atom from others, assaying the mineral content of ores, and more.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. Success displays a basic spectrographic view to your character (the elements composing the subject that is being studied and the nature of the molecules and compounds that unite them). Each success adds one die to determining the specific composition and status (through use of subsequent composition and to determining the target's specific composition and status (through use of subsequent Investigation, Engineering, Medicine, Science or Survival rolls). A character lacking scientific training may use Spectrography to at least see that "the building's structure looks brittle" or "you have a weird discoloration." A single Spectrography attempts last the number of minutes equal to your character's Psi score.
Laser Generation: This potent capability allows the accomplished psion to emit focused laser energy. The electrokinetic draws in and channels ambient energy, firing it out in the desired direction. While most psions don't have the same "energy reserves" as a laser pistol does, many Feel that the versatility of being a walking weapon more than makes up for this shortcoming.
System: Spend two Psi points. Your character can generate a beam that inflicts a Lethal damage effect equal to his Psi score. The laser may be fired 30 meters For every permanent Psi point. The beam is actually fired using [Psi + Firearms]. The psion need not emit the beam from a specific body part (such as fingertips or eyes), although doing so helps with aiming (+1 difficulty if not "pointed" like a conventional weapon). The effect at this level is just like a standard laser beam. At five Photokinesis, your character need not "point," instead simply firing in whatever direction he wills (although he still must see his target). Range increases to 50 meters per Psi as well. Further, your character may perform any laser ranged combat maneuvers by spending an additional Psi point per shot (see System: Spend two Psi points. Your character can generate a beam that inflicts a Lethal damage effect equal to his Psi score. The laser may be fired 30 meters For every permanent Psi point. The beam is actually fired using [Psi + Firearms]. The psion need not emit the beam from a specific body part (such as fingertips or eyes), although doing so helps with aiming (+1 difficulty if not "pointed" like a conventional weapon). The effect at this level is just like a standard laser beam. At five Photokinesis, your character need not "point," instead simply Firing in whatever direction he wills (although he still must see his target). Range increases to 50 meters per Psi as well. Further, your character may perform any laser ranged combat maneuvers by spending an additional Psi point per shot (see Ranged Combat Maneuvers, Trinity page 245).
Wavelength Remapping: It works much like Spectrum Sight (Trinity page 211). However, this technique affects all of the light passing through a volume of space, enabling others to see EM waves.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. With each success, your character can tune into one range of frequencies (radio, microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, X-ray, gamma, cosmic) and modify the wavelength to make it visible to anyone within sight. Although it doesn't change the effects of weapons or ambient radiation, it makes otherwise invisible wavelength visible. Making infrared light visible exposes reality--grade night scopes, holograms; making ultraviolet light visible reveals night scopes; making gamma rays visible exposes harmful radiation. Wavelength Remapping affects a spherical area of up to three meters in diameter, plus the number of meters equal to your character's Psi score. Your character can create it in a space up to five times his Psi score in meters away. With a successful Psi roll, he can move the sphere up to five meters per turn (stopping and starting or changing direction requires a new roll). The power lasts for the rest of the scene, although your character may cancel it at any time.
Hologram Creation: this power's name states, the psion can create holographic images. AI- though these images are Fashioned using the same type of low-level visible laser energy as used with techno- logically created holograms, photokinetically generated images have no conventional power source. Addition- ally, intersecting lasers that create images are pinpoints of Focused light that originate From the air spontaneously. They are not beams that can be traced to a point of origin. This allows the tek a greater degree of versatility in generating a hologram than can be achieved with tech projection. Spend two Psi and roll; the image your character can & depends on then umber of successes rolled (see below). The hologram lasts for a number of minutes equal to your character's permanent Psi, and may be projected at a range of up to 10 times your charade is Psi score in meters. Bear in mind that these holograms are handled in just the same way as those created through technology - holograms have no actual physical substance and fall under strict international laws regarding projection of fully realistic (opaque) images. Also, these holograms don't generate sound; Transmit could be used in tandem to create full audio-visual images.
|1||Single translucent, static image up to a half-meter in radius.|
|2||Single translucent, dynamic image up to one meter in radius.|
|3||Single opaque, dynamic image up to one meter in radius, or a translucent one up to three meters in radius.|
|4||Single opaque, dynamic images up to the two meters in radius each, or as many as 10 translucent ones up to five meters in radius each.|
|Hologram Creation requires extreme concentration.
Your character performs other actions at +2 difficulty and may move no faster
than a slow walk while maintaining a hologram. Further, the image can lose
integrity and even disperse if your character is distracted. Being started,
engaged in intense dialogue or injured requires a Willpower roll to maintain
focus (the Storyteller may apply a difficulty if she feels the cause is
Optical Cloak: Wit this power, an electrokinetic can warp light to make herself virtually invisible. It's a highly complex process, though, since the psion must focus on bending light around herself, while not making the cloak dark or obviously reflective, and while still allowing enough light through so that she can still see. This technique is a result of Orgotek's study of Chromatic corpses. Optical Cloak is kept top secret since it gives teks a distinct tactical advantage. So far, only select Lumen personnel and Operations staff even know of its existence; the Round Table maintains a very tight control on it.
System: Spend tow Psi points and roll. Your character is nearly invisible for the number of turns equal to her Psi score; each success adds an additional turn.. The Optical Cloak isn't perfect: Others may make Awareness rolls at +3 Difficulty to notice a faint shimmer (where the Cloak doesn't refract perfectly) or dark spots (where the Cloak allows too much light in that must then be absorbed). Even on a successful Awareness roll, opponents attack at +1 Difficulty since the cloaked character's full dimensions remain obscured; on a failed Awareness roll, attackers are at +3 Difficulty to hit for close combat and +4 Difficulty for ranged combat. Your character has very little light inside the Optical Cloak; all rolls involving visual detail are at +2 Difficulty. She can move at half-normal walking speed without penalty. Walking the full movement rate in a turn requires a standard Psi roll. Running requires a Psi roll at +1 Difficulty (your character cannot sprint with the Cloak up). On a botch, the Optical Cloak fails, but your character does not realize it. Enough light comes in to make her visible to others, but she still filters enough to think she has remained invisible.
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Power Surge: The electrokinetic can short out critical systems in a hard-tech device and render it useless by applying electrical surges and magnetic bursts.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi against a difficulty equal to the target device's Fail-safe rating (if any). Each success rolled is a dot subtracted permanently from the device's system. If the total number of dots subtracted is greater than the dots the device has, the gear's systems are destroyed completely. This damage may be repaired if an appropriate Engineering roll achieves a number of extra successes equal to those achieved on the Psi roll. Fewer successes may still allow for partial reconstruction, at the Storyteller's discretion.
Initialize: The electrokinetc can resest a machine to its default configuration. Storage media gets wiped clean, active memory clears itself and software switches return to their initial settings. At higher levels of Technokinesis, the psion can even reset hardware switches.
System: Spend one point and roll Pis in a resisted action against the target device's fail-safe rating (a standard Psi roll is sufficient to affect a target lacking a fail-safe). If successful, your character clears all of the machine's software contents back to whatever stat they were in when they were first activated. Any and all data accumulated since that time is wiped clean. If your character has Technokinesis 3 or above, he can also psionically nudge internal and external buttons, toggle switches and the like into default positions by manipulating the flow of current. Your character must touch the target machine to reset it, although he may use Transmit to connect to it (see Trinity page 214). Bioware is different enough from hardtech that this power functions at +1 Difficulty when used against it. While Interface (Trinity page 212) lets your character modify (even rewrite) current functions. Initialize specifically resets machinery to fresh-from-the-factory status. Security devices retain no record of anything they've ever observed, bioware loses its formatting, electronic locks hang open and uncoded, databases purge all documents, and computers lose all settings--and viruses. This technique is a quick-fix to getting through security locks, but characters should be cautious about wiping out data; information is an extremely vital commodity, especially since the OptNet crash that triggered the Aberrant War. Initialize takes a single turn for simple systems (locks, recorders) and up to five turns for complex systems (computers) to complete. If your character loses his connection to the device before the wipe is complete, it may be possible to retain a portion of the lost data. The specifics of what remains is up to the Storyteller.
Interface: The psion may interface with a security system, hovercar, computer, S1 network or even a vending machine - in short, any device equipped with an electronic operating system. The tek connects psionicaly with the equipment, inputting commands with the very power of his mind. This power gives many people pause, as a skilled EK could conceivably command even the most securely maglocked door to open or the most formidably de- fended computer system to divulge its secrets. Despite the fact that Orgotek psions abide by that company's published regulations, a number of governments have legislation pending to establish greater control over this power's use.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi in a resisted action against the target device's fail-safe rating. If the target doesn't have a fail-safe rating, it's simply a standard action. Your character must actually touch the device in question (on an on/off switch, power cord or even on a carrying handle is sufficient). Accessing a device from a distance requires Transmit (see next page) or a similar effect. A character with two dots in Technokinesis can make only simple commands (on, off, open, close). This is more than enough to override even a security-locked door, but severely limits searching through a minicomp file directory. With 3 Technokinesis, your character can transmit more complex commands. He interacts with the device like any other authorized user would (including having to deal with internal protocols, fail-safes and the like). However, once inside the system, use [Psi + Engineering] (instead of the normal [Intelligence + Engineering]) for any commands or tasks requiring a skill roll. Reprogramming isn't possible, but bypassing or otherwise tricking a system may be attempted. At 4 Technokinesis, an electronic device's programming may be changed (to the extent that the system's memory and operation allow). As long as the device can actually perform a desired function, your character may reprogram it appropriately setting a weapon to self-destruct, changing a satellite's orbit or even reprogramming an SI. Once in the system, programming rolls are made with [Psi + Engineering]; the Storyteller may apply difficulty modifiers for especially involved changes, or if the device itself is particularly complex. Upon reaching five dots in Technokinesis, your character can access a number of devices equal to his Psi score (and that may be touched or otherwise contacted appropriately) at one time. Manipulation of multiple devices allows for complex commands to be given, but none of the devices can be reprogrammed. At two dots, Interface lasts a number of minutes equal to your character's Psi score, plus one minute for each extra success on the initial Psi roll. At 4 Technokinesis, it lasts five minutes for each permanent Psi and extra success. When the power's duration is almost lapsed, you can extend it by spending another Psi point and rolling again. This roll is handled as the initial one was, although the opposing fail-safe roll involves one less die with each "re-link" (this simulates that your character becomes more attuned to the de- vice and can avoid its security measures more easily). Once the duration ends or you fail a Psi roll, your character is booted out of the system. In the electronically paranoid 22nd century, fail- safe systems run on a continuous monitoring cycle, requiring an Engineering roll every five turns to avoid detection (see Fail-safes, page 270). Some skill in Science is recommended to exercise a greater degree of control with this power.
Tap: The electrokinetic can interpret the flow of information through electronic equipment. He cannot affect the flow in any way (as he could with Interface; see Trinity page 212), but he can monitor it with ease.
System: Spend one Psi point and roll. Psi against the difficulty equal to the target device's fail-safe rating (if it has no fail-safe rating, only one success is required). ON a success, your character monitors all information passing through the machine he is touching. He must make a Linguistics roll to understand information in a foreign language, or an Intrusion roll if the information is encrypted (or both if it's foreign and encrypted). Data flows much faster than normal thought, but your character "hears" it as if listening to a conversation. He must concentrate to keep pace with the Tap; if he pauses to discuss what he's learned so far, he loses whatever passes by while he speaks. Otherwise, he can focus exclusively on the Tap until he gets what he needs, then summarize the information afterward. A standard Psi roll is required to maintain the Tap if distracted. The tap fails automatically if your character loses contact with the target (unless he has Technokinesis 3 or higher, in which case, a successful Psi roll maintains the connection as long as your character goes no farther than the number of meters equal to his Psi score). Tap lasts for the number of turn equal to your character's Psi score, plus one turn for each success on the initial roll.
Lockout: Electrokinetics have found that technological fail-safes aren't always sufficient to protect devices, and developed this effect to create a "psionic fail-safe" around a targeted device. Essentially, the psion "weaves" the device's ambient electromagnetic energy into a complex interference pattern that resists even the most inspired hackers and electrokinetic assault.
System: Spend one Psi point and make a roll. Each success on the Psi boll equals a fail-safe level that the device has against &her intrusion (if the device already has a fail-safe rating, the new levels are simply added on). Some skill in Engineering is recommended to understand a device's operating systems. Lockout lasts a number of hours equal to your character's Psi score; this may be increased by an hour for each additional psi point spent. At 4 Technokinesls, the duration is a day per point. At level five in this Mode, duration extends to a week per point.
Data Transfer: Transfer the structure and contents of data from one machine to another. Spend a The electrokinetic and transfer the structure and contents of one computer into another. Theory--minded technokinetic specialists explain that this transfer involves creating a subquantum field map of the source and imposing it on the target. Others generally don't care how it's done.
System: Spend a point and roll Psi in a resisted action against the system with the higher fail-safe rating (if neither has a fail-safe, this is a standard roll). Your character should evaluate both the source and the target computer's storage capacity, memory, and system resources prior to performing Data Transfer. Once the transfer begins, your character can't reverse the process, and if the target system can't adequately support the source's contents, key elements are lost in the transfer. The evaluation requires a standard Engineering or Interface roll. As long as the target system has a greater capacity than the source does, your character needs only one success on the Psi roll to transfer the system's entire contents. If the target's capacity is less than that of the source, he transfers random portions until the target system reaches its capacity. Your character can use any extra successes to determine specific portions of the content to transfer first (communications software, word processing, holorecordings), allowing any excess to be lost in the switch. Both systems must be no further from your character than the number of meters equal to his Psi score. Data Transfer takes 10 turns to perform; each extra success reduces this time by one turn. If your character is distracted, any data not yet transferred is lost unless he makes a standard Willpower roll.
Transmit: This power focuses on sensing and transmitting along the lower "half" of the electromagnetic spectrum, from radio to microwave to even infra-red frequencies - all without need of actual receivers or transmitters.
System: Spend two points and roll psi; your character can monitor Or send transmissions a distance of up to 10 his psi In kilometers (at 5 Technokinesis, this increases to 50 times). This range applies to a clear, directed transmission; your character's "internal transmitter" is too weak to be effective any further than that. While scanning frequencies or transmitting a ma- sage is a standard action, creating a scrambled message or trying to Jam Someone else's transmission involves a +1 difficulty. The Storyteller may modify difficulties depending on the variables involved (see Trans- missions, Trinity page 274, for more details). Skill in Science is recommended to fully control signals being projected. Transmit may be used For the remainder of the scene.
Recharge: This effect lets the tek focus ambient electromagnetic energy to power and electrical device. Recharge is valuable for those teks in the field without solar collectors or other means to keep vehicle batteries or communications gear powered up.
System: Spend two points of Psi and roll. The number of successes needed to perform an adequate Recharge depends on the device involved, as indicated by this list (in general, larger and more complex devices require a much more massive power influx than others).
|1||Lamp, flashlight, watch, phone|
|2||Minicomp, laser pistol|
|3||Small vehicle (cycle or car), all devices on a house's circuit|
|4||Large vehicles (truck, ATV, Aircraft)|
|5||Building, spacecraft (hybrid class)|
|This technique is not a backdoor route to Static
Burst or Power Surge, it cannot harm the target device via electromagnetic
surge. Your character subconsciously analyzes the target's power demands,
with power collection running below a safe threshold. Your character must
be within a meter of the target device to funnel the energy effectively.
The power condenses and enters the device through its usual connections,
even if it is unplugged. Once Recharge is complete, the equipment functions
normally for the remainder of the scene. Your character may increase the
device's battery power for an additional scene with each extra success rolled,
successes to power it up in the first place.
Microwave Burst: Though this power is not taught in official training sessions, most technokinetic who see active duty make it a point to learn this effect, The psion duplicates a microwave transmission and focuses an energy discharge at his desired target, Victims with any degree of moisture within them (as all living beings have) literally boil from the inside. If taken to extremes, Microwave Burst can have particularly gruesome results.
System: Spend three Psi and one Willpower. The effect may be directed at a target within 30 meters for each dot in your character's Psi score, and requires a Psi roll to hit. The Lethal damage effect inflicted on the target equals your character's permanent Psi (you may add another die to this total for each Psi point spend Microwave Burst ignores armor. Only psi powers (such as EM Shield) or bioware that defend against such wave transmissions may provide a Lethal soak. If a Microwave burst reduces the target to incapacitated, the Storyteller may decide that the target suffers permanent damage (see Sources of Injury Radiation Trinity page 255).
Subquntum Interface: The electrokinetic uses this technique to create a kind of "subquantum link" with a specific computer. By psionically manipulating electromagnetic impulses, the tek can communicate with a system over vast distances without need of conventional transmitting equipment.
System: Spend two points and roll. Each success rolled establishes an interface between your character and a computer that lasts for this number of days equal to the successes rolled; this time may be increased by another day for each additional Psi point spent. Your character effectively uses psion particles to translate her own mind and a computer system. Your character must have authorized access to the system she wants to link with; otherwise, she is subject to the hacking rules (see Trinity page 236). Her own minicomp is the usual choice. She can use the computer's full capabilities as if she were actually there inputting commands. With Subquantum Interface, though your character simply focuses on the connection (+1 Difficulty to all other actions while doing so) to interact with the system. A distraction may break her concentration but won't negate the connection. The remote connection remains operational up to 100 times your character's Psi score (in kilometers away); any further and the link dissipates.
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Basic Technique: Temperature Control -- It's hard for a psychokinetic to resist exerting his power even slightly over his surroundings. The Psion adjusts the temperature of his surroundings almost reflexively to a range that he finds comfortable or that reflects his current mood. This technique IS harmless to all but the most sensitive de- vices, but anyone near the psychokinetic will certainly feel the temperature change.
System: Roll Psi; your character can raise or lower the In a small area (roughly a three-meter radius centered on him) by up to 15 "C. The adjusted temperature off rapidly beyond the effect's radius until It the ambient The change lasts as long as Your character concentrates (+I difficulty to other actions while maintaining this effect), and temperature returns to normal 10 minutes afterward. Each extra success rolled can either add one degree Celsius to the temperature variation or extend the duration for one minute beyond the time of concentration.
Basic Technique: Molecular Sense--the psion gains a heightened awareness of his surroundings by measuring air currents and nearby crystal structures. Molecular Sense lets the psion easily measure air pressure, and thereby test a starship's hull integrity or gauge tomorrow's weather. By touching an object, a psion with Molecular Sense can also detect empty spaces within it, or estimate the thickness of a wall or container . Molecular Sense provides no information about a container's contents--even so, sometimes the fact that a fuel barrel is empty, rather than full, is useful enough.
System: The player declares the information her character seeks (local air pressure or the state of an object she touches) and rolls Psi. A single success is enough to give the character the basic data needed. Extra successes supply a greater degree of detail where appropriate. This power is effective out to a range of (3x Psi) meters.
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|greater number of successes may be required
for significantly hotter substances. Generally, the Storyteller may require
an extra success for every additional 40 "C that a substance is above
40 "C. 1F you roll the full number of successes required, your character
can still reduce the substance's temperature an amount that the Storyteller
feels is suitable. A surface or object affected by this power suffers the
effects of a drastically reduced temperature, from frosted- or iced-over
surface to brittleness to possibly permanent structural damage. Specifics
are up the Storyteller. Your character can affect a substance that is up
to his Psi score in meters radius at a range of up to five this Mode's rating
in meters (at 3 Cryokinesis, he Flash Freeze a substance up to 15 meters
away). At 4 Cryokinesis, he may freeze a number of separate substances equal
to his Psi score, simultaneously.
Hibernate: 21st century scientists experimented with chemically induced coldsleep. The technology never truly matured; ice crystals have a tendency to grow inside human cells, causing irreparable damage and usually death. With Cryokinesis, a psycher can slowly cool his own cells without disturbing them, and can bring himself out of hibernation without suffering long--term damage. While hibernating, a psychokinetic requires no food and one-hundred as much air as usual. Diseases that may afflict her do not progress, but neither do wounds heal. The psychokinetic either decides how long she wishes to remain in coldsleep, or simply chooses to remain "down" until she is roused. A psychokinetic choosing the latter option takes a gamble: after a year of hibernation the character begins to physically degenerate, and may die.
System: Roll Psi. A single success puts the character into a hibernative state. One extra success can be used to set up a "wake up call" for any time up to one year in the future, or to let the character use Meditation to regain Psi while "under" (so two extra successes enables the character to do both). It takes 10 minutes to enter the coldsleep state, and half an hour to come out of it safely. A psion who stays under longer than one year at a stretch suffers degenerative effects, losing one point from her highest Physical Attribute every three months. Once any Attribute falls to zero the character dies. A character with 4 Cryokinesis or higher can extend the maximum safe hibernation time to five years; a character with 5 Cryokinesis has no theoretical limit. Alternately, a character with 4 Cryokinesis can use Hibernate on a willing or unconscious subject. Legionnaires often do this to reduce the likelihood of battlefield death due to traumatic injury.
Heat Sink: The psychokinetic can extinguish open fires with a glance. He psionically halts the fire's molecular motion, cooling even a red-hot ember. A skilled psion can snuff a bonfire in an instant. Not even warm ash remains. system: Spend two points and roll Psi. Your character can reduce a fire's intensity by an amount equal to his Psi score plus one for each success you roll (see Sources of Injury - Trinity, page 255), and consider each type of fire's damage effect to be its intensity). The area covers a number of meters in radius equal to this same total. 1f the fire isn't put out completely with the first effort, its intensity is at least reduced by the amount rolled for two turns. After that point, the surrounding heat excites the Fire back to its former intensity - unless the blaze is extinguished in the meantime, of course. Heat Sink is a reactive effect. Your character cannot use it to snuff an explosion before it goes off; even trying to "bleed off" the tremendous heat as an explosion occurs would be very tricky (the Storyteller should impose a +2 difficulty on any attempt to douse an explosion in the same turn in which it erupts).
Cold Cover: This rather flash power allows the psion to create hard cover in the middle of a battlefield by flash-freezing all of the moisture in the air in a large area and collecting it into an icy barrier. The barrier generally occupies no more than three cubic meters in volume---often enough to make the difference between life and death to soldiers caught in an ambush. The psion can shape the barrier to some extent, setting height, weight and thickness, but he cannot create ludicrously misproportioned shapes--no 3,000--kilometer long, one-centimeter diameter ice cables or anything of that nature. The average barrier weighs more than a metric ton but it is less dense than water and will float. Creating the barrier sucks 90% of the ambient humidity from the air within half a kilometer of the psion in all directions, so it cannot be done twice in the same area within half an hour.
System: Spend two Psi and roll. A single success creates a roughly hemispherical lump about a meter in radius or a cube roughly 1.5 meters on a side. By spending an extra success, the psion shapes the barrier somewhat. The barrier is composed of three cubic meters of solid ice, and can be made into a wall 2 meters high, 3 meters wide and 0.5 meters (50 centimeters, or about a foot and a half) thick, or another simple shape of the character's choosing. However, it can be no thinner at its base than 0.5 meters (50 cm) if it is to stand upright. The Storyteller has final say regarding "ludicrously misproportioned" shapes, of course, but players should be aware that a barrier thinner than 20 centimeters (0.2 meters) provides only visual cover and no armor protection. The barrier's volume can be increased by one cubic meter for each additional success achieved on the Psi roll. An ice barrier provides the same benefits as any other kind of cover (see Trinity page 245). Additionally, an attacker trying to "blow through" the cover must inflict one structural level of damage for every 20 cm (0.2 meters) of thickness the ice wall provides. Depending on the type of attack, this may not necessarily destroy the entire barrier, but may only make a hole. The final decision onn the result is left to the Storyteller.
Cryofreeze: This effect is comparable to that of a liquid nitrogen bath. The psion can freeze flesh or blood as well as wood, plastic or metal into a brittle, supercold state. This power inflicts severe frostbite or hypothermia in seconds when used on living beings. Not even heavily bundled targets are immune - the effect simply ignores any layers of clothing and focuses on the person within.
System: Spend three Psi points and make a re- sisted Psi roll against the target's Endurance. As long as you score more successes, the subject takes a number of Lethal Health Levels equal to your character's Psi, plus one for every extra success achieved on your roll. Armor cannot be used to soak - only applicable psi powers currently active (like Thermal Screen) apply. Cryofreeze may be used against targets at a range of up to 30 times your character's Psi rating in meters. Cryofreeze imposes an immediate frozen state by lowering the subject's core temperature, so permanent damage is likely. If the target loses more than three Health Levels at once, she stands a good chance of losing fingers, toes, ears or other extremities due to Frost- bite (this can translate to reduced Attributes or Abilities, at the Storyteller's discretion). A target reduce to Incapacitated or Dead by Cryofreeze can literally be shattered with a sharp blow -- even if left whole, medical science can do little to save her.
Ice Sheath: Using a technique similar to Cold Cover; above, the psychokinetic draws a 3-cm thick layer of ice around her body. This ice is unnaturally dense, compressed by the character's noetic mastery ,and provides protection against most forms of attack. The ice does not impeded the psion's motion in any way, as she unconsciously moves the ice to conform with her own movements. Most psions personalize their Ice Sheath's image in some fashion. Some Legionnaires consider Ice Sheathe to be undignified. Those more concerned with practicality than their self-image, however, use it as the situation warrants.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. One success creates a 3-cm-thick coating of ice over the character's entire body, except for her eyes, ears, nostrils and mouth. The psion is in no danger of freezing, as this power incorporates Thermal Screen (1 Cryokinesis) in addition to its other effects. Ice Sheath provides armor protection over the character's entire body similar to Combat Armor, but without the bulk [3/4,0]. In addition to its protective ability, Ice Sheath conceals a character's identity (observers must roll Awareness to recognize the character). It also increases the impact of her punches (add one bashing die to unarmed combat damage). Her icy soles can let her slide across solid surfaces, increasing her sprinting move rate by 5 meters/turn. If the character takes advantage of this movement bonus, the Storyteller may require an Athletics roll to make sharp turns. If traction, rather than speed, is needed, the psion can choose to extend "ice cleats" from her feet, giving her +3 dice any time she must roll to keep her feet. This rather obvious effect makes the psion stand out to infrared sight (and is distinctive to normal sight as well). Ice Sheath lasts for one scene, after which time the ice quickly melts away.
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|If used in combat, Weld only lasts for one turn,
and its short range means that the wielder must be at hand-to-hand combat
range or closer. Weld does five dice of lethal damage on a successful hit
to living beings. The attack may be dodged.
Liquefy: One of the more dramatic applications of Pryokinesis, this power enables the psion to excite an object's molecular structure so intensely that it shifts from a solid to a liquid state. The effect works best on materials with a low melting point; cheap plastic is ridiculously simple to liquefy compared to titanium. Although Liquefy can't be used on living beings, it can certainly damage them indirectly--a person touching molten metal is injured severely. Truly powerful psychokinetics are said to be able to liquefy materials such as wood that would normally combust at high temperatures; the degree of control this requires is staggering.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi; the number of successes required to melt a target depends on the substance. The chart below indicates the number of successes needed to liquefy some sample materials. The targeted substances takes a number of turns to melt completely equal to the successes needed to liquefy it (so orbital steel takes three turns to reach a liquid state). The object's tremendous heat buildup is evident visually and by touch (contact with the substance as it melts inflicts three dice of Lethal damage), giving savvy individuals time to clear the area. Once liquefied, the substance returns to a solid state in a number of minutes equal to the successes needed to melt it (although the subject usually solidifies in a dramatically different shape).
|If you don't roll the full number of successes
required, your character can still increase a substance's tempera- ture
by an amount that the Storyteller feels is suitable. Your character can
affect a material up to his Psi score in meters radius (as long as it's
within a range of 10 times his Psi rating in meters). At 5 Pyrokinesis,
he may liquefy a number of targets equal to his Psi score, simultaneously.
Liquefy can also be used to thaw a frozen liquid (simply use the success
chart under Flash Freeze).
Radiative Manipulation: This ability gives a character far greater control over the relationship between heat and light than anyone but a Photokinesis specialist. The weilder of Radiation Manipulation can convert heat to light, or light to heat, in the blink of an eye. He can make a flashlight burn intensely hot but dim or turn a campfire into a roaring, intense bonfire that is strangely cool to the touch.
System: Spend a point and roll Psi. The character may manipulate any heat or light source within (10 x Psi) meters. Success allows the psycher to reduce the intensity of a heat-based attack by converting that energy to visible light; Storytellers may either reduce the damage of a heat attack by one die per success, or grant characters lethal soak dice against this attack equal to the number of successes rolled. Doing this causes the fire to glow very brightly across the visible spectrum; it is visible for at least 100 meters per success. Conversely, leaching light into heat-dims spotlights and searchlights. The psychokinetic needs one success for a flashlight, three for a spotlight, or up to fire for truly intense lights (the glare of an arc welder; perhaps). For a simple atmospheric effect, a single success makes a sphere with a radius equal to his Psi in meters as bright as day and cools it by 250 C, or makes it nighttime--dark and 250 hotter. Lastly, this ability disrupts the coherence of laser beams. When the psycher disrupts the coherence of laser beams. When the psycher targets a laser weapon with Radiative Manipulation, reduce its damage by one die for every success the character achieves. Each used of Radiatve Manipulation lasts for an entire scene, until the psion cancels the power, or loses sight of the power's target.
Plasma Control: The psychokinetic's power can go beyond simple cause and effect at this stage - he can now control fire, dictating its very size, direction and even shape. This effect is particularly potent when combined with flamethrowers and plasma weapons, as the psion Focuses the weapon's power into that of a gigantic arc welder. It can also be quite alarm- ing when an ordinary campfire suddenly swells into two blazing hands that proceed to immolate onlookers.
System: Simply altering a fire's shape requires nothing more than a Psi roll; each success indicates a turn during which your character can play with the fire's form. Maintaining Plasma Control for longer than the number of turns rolled requires concentration (+1 difficulty to all other actions) - fire is a tricky beast to tame, after all. A flame source may be affected at a range of up to 30 times your character's Psi score in meters. Psi points must be spent to increase a Fire's size or intensity. Each point spent increases the flame's coverage or range by a meter and adds an additional die to the Lethal damage effect. Any damage done is handled like any other flame effect (see Sources of Injury - Fire, page 255). The effect may be flung indiscriminately over an area, causing the listed damage. Alternatively, it can be focused and directed at a target (roll [Psi + Firearms] to hit); any extra successes achieved in the attack roll are added to the damage effect.
Flame Sheath: Stodgier members of the order consider this technique crass and flashy (though it doesn't earn the snickers that Ice Sheath gets). Flame Sheath enshrouds the psycher in a layer of fire, protecting him from most attacks and creating a hazard for those too close to him. Anyone foolish enough to touch a psion wearing Flame Sheath immediately regrets it.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. If successful the character becomes sheathed in red-hot flames for the rest of the scene (or until the psion chooses to deactivate the power). As with Ice Sheath, its much harder to recognize the character--observers need an Alertness roll to recognize the psycher even if they are familiar with him. However, it becomes trivially easy (no roll required) for a spotter using ordinary or infrared sight to notice the character---he glows like a main battle tank's engine core. Also, perhaps obviously, the character is on fire! Although the psion himself takes no damage, the surrounding environment isn't so lucky. the character's guns don't work well due to the heat, and ammunition often cooks off disastrously. Flammable objects around him tend to burn up. Rather than go into great detail about such things here, we simply encourage Storytellers to have objects burst into flame dramatically--don't worry about the dirt charring under the character's feet nearly so much as the ammo cases he's leaning against. In combat, the character gets some defense against both Bashing and Lethal [2/2,0] with no encumbrance. Additionally, anyone making a Brawl or Martial Arts attack against the psion receives a number of successes rolled during Flam e Sheath's initial activation. Unarmed combat attacks the character makes while sheathed automatically inflict Lethal damage.
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|1||Mute or increase any sound's volume|
|2||Create or modify simple sounds or turn simple sounds into different ones.|
|3||Modify complex sounds or reduce them to simple sounds; turn simple sounds into complex ones.|
|4||Turn vocal sounds into complex or simple sounds.|
|5||Modify vocal sounds into each other, or change simple or complex sounds into vocal sounds.|
|Simple Sounds: change in tone no more
than once per second. Examples include the hum of an engine, a telephone
dial tone, or the roar of the ocean against the seashore.
Complex Sounds: have multiple simultaneous tones, change more often than once a second, or both. These include instrumental music (even the most frantic bang), holisim sound effects, weapons fire and explosions.
Vocal Sounds: are those produced by a human or sentient alien during speech or singing.
If the player rolls fewer than the number of success required for the chosen effect she may choose a lower-level effect or simply not to activate the power at all this turn, save the Psi, and try again next turn. Sound Control works out to a range of 10 times the psion's Psi in meters. Changes the character makes are hard normally within the area, but sources of sounds beyond that range remain untouched. Sounds may be deafeningly loud, if the psychokinetic chooses. A psion choosing only to amplify existing sounds doubles the volume for every success after the first. A psion with 5 Telekinesis can generate complex sounds without requiring further concentration.
Flight: This dynamic ability literally allows the psion to fly! Noeticists are still trying to determine if the psychokinetic uses TK to push away from the ground or to manipulate himself with the power, or if it involves some other esoteric manipulation of psi energy. What- ever the exact method used, flight can be accomplished in an atmosphere and in space. It is indisputably one of the most exhilarating of all psi effects.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. Your character can move through the air at 10 km/h (roughly walking speed), and the effect lasts for the entire scene (landing cancels the power, however). Each extra success allows your character to increase his speed by 10 km/h. At two successes, you can increase your character's flight speed to a total of 30 km/h.
Choreography: Originally developed by a former baseball pitcher; this technique allows a psion to "script" an object's movements and then let it go without spending further concentration on it. Researchers argue about just how the power actually works. One school of thought believes the psion actually "paves" the object's path within the noetic medium, and that once given a motivating force the object tends to follow that path without further guidance. The other school of thought suggests that the psion stores kinetic energy as a series of motion vectors in the object's noetic aura. This energy discharges into the macroscopic scheme of the object over time, moving the object accordingly.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. Each success lets the character supply an inanimate object with three simple movement commands, in the form of "Move X distance in Y direction," "Rotated around the Z axis," or "Pause." The object obeys the directions when released, requiring no further concentration or Psi expenditure, and can even move out of sight. The object moves as though the character was using Tow (see Trinity page 219) on it, with regard to mass and speed restrictions (though it may move out of the character's line of sight). The psion may choreograph one object each turn. The object tries to continue on its programmed path even if it encounters an obstacle. Considering Tow's mass and speed restriction, it may be unable to push through the barrier. In that case, the object continues pushing stubbornly against the obstruction until the power's duration expires (or the obstacle moves, in which case the object continues on to its next directive). The psion does not maintain a link with the object once it's released, and can only monitor its movement through normal sensory means. Choreography can be used in concert with an object's own motion (either self-propelled, or thrown), or with Slingshot (5 Telekinesis). In this case, Choreography essentially provides "course corrections" to the object's movement. A bullet becomes "self-guided" and harder to dodge. For every success rolled on Choreography, add one die to the shooter's Firearms dice pool.
Slingshot: A favorite combat maneuver, this effect allows a telekinetic to accelerate an object to high speeds, effectively turning a pebble into a bullet or a briefcase into a catapult missile.
System: Spend two Psi points and roll. Substitute your character's Psi score for Might on the chart under Lifting, page 234(the amount lifted can vary depending on the local gravity; see Weight vs. Mass in the same section). Each extra success on the Psi roll may be used on a one-for-one basis to boost your character's Psi rating artificially for calculating the mass he can hurl (see Dramatic Systems - Throwing, page 236), or to add a die to the object's damage effect - or both! For instance, the player of a telekinetic with 4 Psi who gets two extra successes can spend one to sling a 240 kg piece of machinery and can spend the other to add one die to the object's damage effect. A projectile's base damage effect can vary in both number of dice and type - a plasteel mug may do one die of Bashing damage, while an orbital knife may inflict three dice of Lethal damage. The specific quantity and type are determined by the Storyteller. Actually striking a target with an object requires a second straight Psi roll; this is handled like any other attack, including adding any extra successes rolled as dice to the damage effect, and reducing For soak. Your character can hurl a number of objects equal to his Psi score at one time, as long as their total mass doesn't exceed his lifting capacity and they're all launched at the same target. While you still make only one initial Psi. roll to hit the target (and must split those extra successes among multiple objects, accordingly), you re solve each missile's strike and damage separately. Your character can use this power at a range up to 30 times his Psi score in meters. If your character uses this power to lift a struggling target, the Psi roll is resisted by the subject Might, as per the living target rules, above. Those successes rolled in excess of your opponent's determine the amount OF mass that your character can Iift, and each extra success can be allocated to increase lifting weight or damage effect. If the struggling target is thrown, the second Psi roll is made with a Dice Pool equal to the extra successes of the first roll (if three extra successes were achieved in the first, resisted roll, three dice are rolled to throw the living subject).
Constructive Interference: Witnesses to this power's use--still rarely seen outside of a lab--become quickly convinced of the psychokintic's mastery of solid matter. All objects--from ballpoint pens to skyscrapers to planets--have a characteristic "resonant frequency" based on materials and layout of their construction. When the psion applies a driving force at just the right frequency, a continuous small "push" causes great motion inside the object--or even destroys it. A classic, dramatic real-life example o this is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, also called "Galloping Gertie." By unfortunate coincidence, the bridge's resonant frequrency was driven by the wind whistiling though the gorge around it. If you've seen old stock footage of a bridge undulating with weaves through solid concrete, you've seen Galloping Gertie. The one true mad scientist of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla, claimed to have started earthquakes in New York City though the use of an extremely small oscillator, attached to a pole running down into the city's bedrock.
System: The character first touches the object he wants to affect. He must remain in contact with the object as long as the power is active, or its effects immediately stop. Spend one Psi and roll. The difficulty to affect the object is based on the object's material strength, as noted in the chart below.
|4||Orbital Steel||Orbital Shuttle|
|Each extra success inflicts a number of structural
level's worth of damage equal to half the character's Psi score (round down).
A psychokinetic could theoretically destroy anything with sustained use
of this power. Just remember that larger objects like buildings have hundreds
of structural levels and eventually someone will notice that something's
up. Constructive Interference produces spectacularly visible results: though
an Awareness roll is necessary to notice the vibrations early in process,
after fire turns of use, if the object hasn't already been destroyed, no
Awareness roll is necessary to notice the object's undulations and vibration.
This power can affect a living target (doing health levels rather than structural
levels), but any sensible target will attempt to escape, and immediately
does so unless the attacker first used a maneuver like Clinch or Hold (Trinity
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Basic Technique: Mindscan--This Basic Technique is the stepping stone to much greater capabilities. The Psion "tunes" his to discover a specific individual's psionic resonance. This doesn't allow the telepath to gauge his target's exact location or distance (at It best it conveys a sense of "over there a short distance"). However, Mindscan does give the psion a mental connection to the subject through which he may use more significant psi effects.
System: Roll success indicates that your character picks up on the subject's psionic signature. Your character must be very familiar with the subject (a good friend, long-time co-worker or close relative) or have a psi print to use this effect. If the technique is used on a casual acquaintance or someone described carefully, roll at +1 difficulty. An individual glimpsed briefly or a telepath working off a name alone incurs a t2 or greater difficulty. Other psi effects such as Psi Cloak may also add to the difficulty. Mindscan stays active For as long as your character concentrates, but imposes a +1 difficulty to all other actions performed due to the degree of focus required. Sensing range equals 100 meters times your character's Psi score. This distance increases by another 100 meters for each extra success rolled. Once Mindscan is used to discover a subject, your character gets, at most, a general idea of her location. With three or successes, your character can con- firm if a target is in a specific location. ("She Isn't In her flat.") If your character uses Mindscan to locate a subject, it doesn't matter if the target is in his line of sight. The telepath may also use other powers through the Mindscan connection, as long as they aren't normally blocked by distance or physical barriers,
Basic Technique: Pure Thought--The telepath enters a state in which a single thought and emotion dominate all others within his mind. Ordinary background and subconscious mental noise fades out. The thought and emotion are something the telepath really does think and feel, even if they're only part of his overall state of mind; they can't be wholly irrelevant to his actual mindset of the moment. System: Spend 1 Psi and concentrate for one action. (This counts as one full action for purposes of splitting dice pools, if the psion really wants to try something else in the same turn.) For the rest of the scene, all efforts to probe the psion's mind and get anything but the Pure Thought-created dominant state of mind suffer a difficulty penalty equal to half the psion's Psi score, rounded up. Efforts to probe the psion's psyche by non-psionic means like Rapport suffer a penalty equal to the psion's full Psi score.
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|1||Two--You can have a date every night if you want one.|
|2||10--Most popular person in your office.|
|3||50--The life of the party, Every party.|
|4||200--Politicos take tips from you.|
|5||1,000--Don't cry for me Argentina.|
Those subject to The Muse's effects are not aware automatically that
they have been influenced psionically. Yet if an individual's natural
inclination toward your character is greatly at odds with the emotion
that The Muse imposes, the target may feel anger or embarrassment - and
if she's familiar with psi abilities or knows your character is a telepath,
it won't be too difficult for her to figure out what has happened.
|1||Cursory--What the subject had for lunch yesterday, what color underwear she's wearing (if any).|
|2||Consequential--Plans for evening; parent's phone number|
|3||Important--Ambitions and goals; people with whom she is in regular contact.|
|4||Grave--Criminal activities in which the subject is involved; sordid life affairs.|
|5||Monumental--Memories of birth; suppressed, very secret thoughts.|
The length of time needed to transfer this information depends on the
successes rolled; one success' worth of information takes a few seconds
to understand. Deeper, more detailed memories can take minutes to extract.
Entering a target's mind requires line of sight, Mindscan or a psi print
(although these are no longer required with four dots in Mindshare),and
the subject must be with in a range of 100 times your character's Psi
score in meters.
|1||Subconscious--Sneeze, blink, scratch and itch.|
|2||Minor/Quirky--Eat a bug, hail a hovertaxi, wear an ugly shirt|
|3||Major/Noteworthy--Do my homework, buy lunch for someone you hate|
|4||Complex/Antithetical--Worship a foreign god; fill out this form, place it in an empty locker in the magtrain depot, click your pen 3 times and hum the following tune|
|5||Epic/Suicidal--Memorize a library's worth of information, cut off your own head.|
the Torrent: The telepath weakens the subject's passions and drives,
rendering her susceptible to command. Affected individuals are markedly
calm and placid, even when acting alertly and promptly in the face of danger.
System: Spent 1 Psi and roll. Each success reduces the target's temporary Willpower by 1 for the rest of the scene. The telepath must be able to make eye contact (or comparable direct engagement with another sense, as described in "In The Empire of the Senses" above). Targets reduced to 0 Willpower this way do not suffer the compulsion to act in accordance with their Nature so as to regain Willpower. Instead, they remain especially open to suggestion from others.
Mindshield: The best offense is a good defense ... at least with regard to this Aptitude! The psion can safeguard himself against telepathic intrusion. 'The psion diffuses incoming telepathic effects into harmless waves of psi energy by setting up a barrier of psionic static.
System: Spend one Psi point to put up a Mindshield for the remainder of the scene. Whenever your character is assaulted telepathically, make a resisted Psi roll against the attacker's own roll. If the attacker gets more successes, those are applied to her effect as normal. Otherwise, your character resists the attack. At 4 Psychbending, your character may bestow Mindshield on others. Your character simply touches the individual; spend a point and roll Psi. The mental barrier surrounds the subject for one minute for each success. Not that the recipient rolls her own Psi score against any attacks while she is gifted with Mindshield.
The Good Citizen: This technique combines several specific commands into a single package, the result of years of experiment both in the lab and in the field. In theory it could be modified to allow for a different set of commands, but so far none of the thieves who've grabbed the crucial data on this technique have managed to do so. The Good Citizen transforms its subject into just that - a good citizen, by the standards of the New Chinese Empire and the Ministry of Psionic Affairs. The subject is obedient to authorities, dutiful in family obligations, and devoted to virtue, freedom and responsibility as Bue Li promotes them (see "Bue Li's Agenda" on p. XX).
System: Spend 2 Psi and make a resisted roll of Psi against the target's Willpower. If the telepath achieves one success, the target becomes slightly inclined toward the bundle of virtues. Two successes make the target seriously inclined toward them; she must make a Willpower roll to act contrary to them. Each additional success thereafter adds +1 to the difficulty of this roll, to a maximum of +5. The changes are permanent, though the subject may later come to a changed outlook through normal means.
Mindwarp: This aspect of Psychbending is the creation, deletion and alteration of a subject's memories. Governments and secret societies typically keep telepaths skilled in this effect on hand for use against subversive elements. Successful use of Mindwarp can leave the subject changed quite radically from her original state.
System: Spend two Psi and one Willpower, then make a resisted Psi roll against the subject's Willpower. If the target rolls an equal or greater number of Successes, she defies the mental manipulation. If you roll more successes than the subject does, these successes indicate the degree of alteration that your character may perform (see the chart on the next page). Your character must decide his intended memory alteration prior to the roll, but if his Successes don't reach the appropriate level needed, the change reduces in intensity. The Storyteller may want to make the resisted roll herself to keep the resolution in doubt. The target may also try to "buy down" the Mindwarp's intensity by spending a Will- power point immediately after the resisted action. Each point spent drops the level of change by one, modifying the alteration appropriately. Specific changes are left up to the Storyteller, but should suit the original manipulation. For example, a subject commanded to forget that she was ever married spends one Willpower point. The Storyteller decides that the person knows she was married, but can 't remember to whom.
|Successes||Degree of Manipulation|
|1||Trival--Your phone number is one digit off; you don't remember what brand of liquor you like.|
|2||Minimal--You forget where you put your credit card; you saw someone else instead of me|
|3||Major--You forgot where you work; you were married to a person who never existed.|
|4||Severe--You forgot your native language; you remember your mother being a man.|
|5||Severe--You forgot your native language; you remember your mother being a man.|
|Mindwarp may be inflicted on a target at a range
of up to 10 time your character's Psi score in meters, and requires your
character's full concentration for a number of minutes equal to the successes
needed for the appropriate alteration.
Psychic Community: This technique lets a telepath affect a whole target population at once. Whatever the majority view is on any topic becomes everyone's view: the consensus imposes itself on individual dissent. Only the strongest-willed individuals can resist this.
System: Spend 2 Psi and 1 Willpower and roll. If successful, the Psychic Community effect works on everyone within attunement range. Individuals whose current Willpower is less than or equal to the number of success automatically join the consensus, losing any minority opinions they may have. Individuals with higher Willpower must make a Willpower roll to resist, and need as many or more successes than on the Psychic Community roll. The consensus ebbs and flows as people move in and out of range; the telepath can freeze it any time before the end of the scene, at which point everyone's mind settles into agreement. The changes themselves become innate - the consensus view doesn't wear off, though individuals can again change their minds naturally, through normal processes of social interaction and personal decision-making. Each additional Psi spent lets the telepath introduce one simple sentence's worth of outlook into the consensus, which prevails among all affected individuals just as if it were a majority view.
Shagg's Folly: This power was named after one of the first psions, who was reputed to live "15 seconds in the future" (his peers were unfamiliar with the fineries of Psychbending). The effect telepathically reveals the immediate plans of all those surrounding the psion. The telepath may then act on this knowledge, anticipating others' movements before they even be- gin to carry them out. This power is rumored to have driven many users mad, their minds scrambled by an influx of information at an incredible rate.
System: Spend three Psi points and roll. The num- ber of successes achieved indicates how many individu- als' imminent actions are revealed to your character. This starts with the subject closest to your character and radiates outward to the one furthest from him (up to a range of 30 times his Psi score in meters), regard- less of whether the individual IS friendly or not. The characters' actions in the Following turn are revealed, and these declarations must be adhered to as closely as possible. This power can be used for an en- tire scene once activated, although you must make the Psi roll each turn to anticipate actions accurately. Though Shagg's Folly does not confer any extra speed upon the user, it still prepares your character for events before they unfold.
The Receptive Soul: This technique breaks down some of the noetic structures that support individual psychic identity, allowing the telepath to use the subject as a "vessel." If the psychic bridge- building succeeds, the telepath can at any time take full control of the subject as long as the subject is within attunement range. The degree of control can vary, at the telepath's whim, from slight nudges up to full-blown "possession." Bue Li uses this technique with extremely precise control to move from one mental host to another.
System: Spend 3 Psi and 1 Willpower and make a resisted roll against the target's Willpower (if the target resists), or a regular Psi roll (if the target cooperates). If successful, this technique builds a lasting connection between telepath and subject. Unfortunately, there's usually a great deal of collateral damage. The subject's temporary Willpower and Psi both fall to 0, and must rebuild normally. In addition, the subject's permanent Willpower and Psi both fall to 1, plus one per additional success on the Receptive Soul roll up to their usual maximums. Psions capable of using this technique usually apply it in an extended roll, precisely to avoid blasting the subject's capacity for psi and determination to smithereens. The connection between psyches lasts for 1 week, doubled for each additional success on the roll. While it's in effect, telepath is constantly aware in a low-keyed way of how the subject feels, and can at any time spend one action to shift awareness into the target's senses. With one turn of concentration, the telepath can take control at any desired duration and intensity, from issuing a single command to drawing on all the subject's memories and abilities. In this state of full engagement, the subject also receives fragments of the telepath's thoughts and feelings - see the description of Chung Fengyi on p. XX for an example.
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Basic Technique: Kirlian Eye--This technique is equally useful for sizing up an opponent or for performing triage on a patient. Kirlan Eye allows the psion to take a quick peek at the "life-field" of whomever he is currently studying. While it's agreed that the Kirlian Eye enables the psion to view the psi energy flowing around and individual, some psions claim that they can discern as great many things from the shape and flow of auras glimpsed. Few take these claims seriously.
System: Roll Psi. If successful, your character can tell at a glance how healthy the subject is (generally by referencing the subject's current Health Level) and may also gain insight into her current emotional state.
Basic Technique: Detachment--A more basic, focused version of Ease Trauma, this eeffect was developed as a training exercise for new psions who were squeamish when faced with gross physical trauma. Detachment alters the psion's own chemical trauma. Detachment alters the psion's own chemical flow slightly, suppressing her emotional responses. Although it enables the doc to face gory situations with calmness, more than one vitakinetic has grown too reliant on the power. This technique gives rise to th e AEsculapian's reputations as cold, clinical automations .
System: Spend one Pis point. Detachment triggers reflexively at the character's will and lasts 10 minutes for each dot the character has in her highest rated Vitakinesis Mode. The character can ignore the gag reflex and faintness she might normally feel when viewing a gruesome physical condition (mutilation, excessive blood, advanced disease). This effect is primarily a roleplaying one, but the Storyteller may play up the distinction by calling for characters to make Resistance rolls when coming upon a traumatic scene--ranging from a violent accident to an especially grotesque Aberrant. A character with Detachment may add her highest Vitakinesis Mode rating to this roll. Failure could impose a +1 or higher difficulty for the rest of the scene as the character struggles to maintain focus; a botch may result in her vomiting copiously or fainting.
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Mending: The psion can heal minor damage and even alleviate temporarily the pain and discomfort caused by more severe wounds. Mending is useful in a number of ways: healing bumps and scrapes, stabilizing critically wounded patients in the Field, and halting excessive bleeding
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. Each success rolled equals one Bashing Health Level that the target heals immediately. Any leftover successes may soothe temporarily the effects of Lethal damage, with each success negating the Dice Pool penalties for being at a particular Health Level on a one-For-one basis. The soothing effect against Lethal damage lasts an hour For each dot your character has in latrosis. Addition- ally, if the Lethal damage involves continuous bleeding, Mending stops the loss altogether. Say you roll three successes in treating a subject who has suffered Four levels OF Lethal damage and two of Bashing (putting her at Crippled). The First two successes heal the Bashing levels (bringing the subject to Wounded). While the last success cannot heal a Lethal level, the grateful subject nonetheless Feels like she's only Injured (she loses only one die From her rolls in- stead of two For her actual Wounded status). A character who has taken Lethal damage and who benefits from Mending must still be careful. While she may Feel relatively healthy, her body still suffers From physical trauma. 1F the subject engages in strenuous activity (running, combat and the like), she must roll Endurance. If she Fails the roll, the subject suffers a Bashing Health Level (although the effects aren't actually Felt until Mending wears OFF). At 3 latrosis, your character may use this effect on a target at a range of up to three times his Psi rating in meters.
Local Anesthetic: Also referred to simply as "the Local," this technique deadens the nerves over a limited area on a subject (hand, mouth posterior). It works quite well prior to giving someone a shot or performing simple surgery, but it also acts as a temporary defensive measure in a pinch.
System: Spend a Psi point and roll. The area touched is rendered insensate for the number of minutes equal to the successes rolled. The subject feels nothing on the area, which can cause minor problems (slurred speech if the mouth was affected, poor grip if the hand was touched). The Storyteller may apply a +1 or +1 Difficulty to the subject if she tries to perform actions with the anesthetized body portion.
Antitoxin: This power enables the vitakinetic to accelerate his patient's physical systems to Fight any toxin, Fungus or virus introduced by an outside agent. The infusion of psi energy literally charges the patient's immune system so that it can resist any intrusions.
System: Spend one Psi and roll; each success on the Psi roll reduces the toxin's effectiveness by one (refer to the chart, above, For examples). IF the infection or poison's rating drops to zero, the patient is considered cured. Antitoxin can combat most bacterial infections and even the most deadly of viruses. However, it is ineffective against effects that literally destroy a subject's tissues, as hard- radiation poisoning, gangrene and cancer do.
|Toxin Rating||Virus Equivalent||Toxin Equivalent|
|2||Chicken Pox||Food Poisoning|
|Your character can also use this effect to render
a subject immune to viral or fungal infections or poisons prior to exposure.
In this circumstance, each success on the Psi roll gives the subject a level
of soak against such influences (see sources of Injury - Disease, Trinity
page 254, and Poison and Drugs, page 255). This defense lasts an hour For
each dot of permanent Psi that your character has. At 3 latrosis, this duration
extends to three hours per dot, while at level Four it increases to nine
hours per Psi dot. At 5 latrosis, the resistance lasts a number of days
equal to your character's Psi score.
Forensics: The flipside of life is death. As the latrosis--using vitakinetic learns what creates a healthy individual he also recognizes the distinctive residues of injuries that linger on even after metabolism ceases. This technique lets him examine a dead body and determine the primary cause of death.
System: Spend a Psi point and roll. If successful, your character psionically explores a corpse, probing its physiological condition to determine the specific circumstances of death. Extra successes allow precise understanding and may also identify contributing causes--as long as they contributed to death. For instance a vitakinetic uses Forensics on a corpse found in a back alley and gets two extra successes. The base effect confirms that the victim was drugged and beaten, while the additional successes reveal that the drugs triggered a heart attack, which really killed him. However, the power does not reveal that the victim had a tumor since it didn't contribute to his death. The body must be fresh; it must be dead for no more than the number of days equal to the character's Psi score. The Psi roll increases by +1 Difficulty for each day after that.
Metamitosis: The psion can literally mend Flesh and bones. The vitakinetic Focuses psi energy to encourage extremely rapid yet controlled cellular growth in the subject. Even the most grievously wounded individual may be healed in a matter of minutes at the hands of a skilled vitakinetic (although the grateful patient is possessed of a ravenous appetite due to the nutrients his body used up during the accelerated healing process). The levels restored by Metamitosis appear within moments, but your character must be careful or the subject might not heal properly. Bones can be set at the wrong angles, and damaged organs can be restored but might function improperly. There are risks to demanding immediate results.
System: Spend one point and roll Psi. Your character can restore a Lethal Health Level For each success rolled (up to a maximum of Five). The cellular repair takes one minute per Level healed. Any more Health Levels that require healing call for a new application of Metamitosis. At 4 latrosis, your character may use this effect on a target at a range of up to five times his Psi score in meters. At fie dots in this Mode, he may heal two Lethal Health Levels per success rolled (to a maximum OF 10).
Catalysis: This technique enables the psion to stimulate a specific part of the target's body, producing a flood of chemicals needed. Like all latrosis techniques, the effect encourages natural processes and cannot be used to overload a target's system.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. Each success lets you add one die to a single target's rating in one Physical or Mental Attribute. The effect lasts the number of minutes equal to your character's Psi score; this number may be increased an additional minute per extra Psi point spent. The target is exhausted after the effect ends, suffering +1 Difficulty to all rolls involving that Attribute for the next scene.
Cellular Repair: This effect enables the vitakinetic to cleanse a patient's body OF cancerous, irra- diated or otherwise mutated cells. The psion Focuses on the subject's biological "template, "calling Forth the original cellular makeup. The mutated cells are literally flushed from the patient's system as an inert gray biopaste.
System: Spend two Psi and one Willpower, then make a Psi roll. The number OF successes achieved indicates the degree of cleansing accomplished (see the chart, on the next page, for examples). Some cancers require less intensive efforts than others do, but even if a cleansing isn't complete, it can still offer the subject a respite. Reconstruction isn't immediate, requiring an hour of your character's Full concentration per success rolled. Although (hopefully) restored to full health, the subject must still recuperate after this procedure. To determine recovery time, use the number of successes applied as the "Lethal Health Level" that the patient is currently at (see theLethd Damage sidebar, page253). 1f three successes were needed, the patient would still need to recover as if she were at Injured.
|1||Benign tumor, minor soft-radiation damage.|
|2||Malignant tumor, major soft-radiation damage.|
|3||Significant cancerous growth/minor hard-radiation damage.|
|4||Major cancerous growth/hard-radiation damage (50% cell mutation).|
|5||Massive cellular degeneration (90% cell mutation).|
Profile: Latrosis obviously covers illness and the treatment thereof.
It can also identify a susceptibility to biological malfunctions. This technique
allows the vitakinetic to trace the target's genetic legacy and analyze
it for weaknesses.
System: Spend two points and roll Psi. Genetic profiling takes some time to accomplish; it takes 12 hours minus one hour per success rolled to assemble the Profile, and your character is at +2 Difficulty to all other actions while performing the procedure. The subject must be present or represented by a blood sample drawn within the hour prior to starting the Profile. When your character completes the process, she can identify all of the target's major susceptibilities: tendency toward cancer, dangerously high or low blood pressure, vision problems, psychological disorders and the like. Your character senses them ranked in approximate order of the probability they'll manifest (so, defects carried but not expressed appear after immediate physiological aberrations ). A quick way to present this information is to use the toxin ratings given for Antitoxen and Cellular Repair in Trinity pages 229-230, and work from Rating Five down to Rating One. This technique raises very serious privacy issues; a subject's susceptibility to a given ailment changes his risks and may create complications, from insurance rating to blackmail. But it's also useful. Any medical treatment involving genetic damage or manipulation (managing radiation damage, viral infections) made with the Profile available counts as one level higher than usual (see Trinity page 252). It gives the AEsculapian character an additional die to all Vitakinesis efforts used on the subject from that point on.
Regeneration: The psion can use this awesome power to literally regrow damaged or missing organs or limbs. Vitakinetics use Regeneration sparingly, as it is a highly complex and draining experience. (Rumors also abound that there's some fear involved in its application - there are tales of a psion suddenly manifesting all of the wounds he had ever healed and subsequently dying a hideous, quick death.)
System: Spend four Psi points and make a roll at +2 difficulty. The number of successes achieved indicates the degree of regeneration possible (refer to the chart, below). If fewer successes are rolled than are needed, the subject regenerates only partially. Subsequent attempts may be made at any time as long as your character has enough Psi points to spend. This effect takes some time to initiate and to be resolved. Your character must focus his entire attention on the subject for a number of hours equal to the successes needed, and cannot recover Psi until this time has elapsed. The regeneration itself then takes time; determine recovery time as for Cellular Repair. Any Health Levels lost due to amputation or massive trauma are regained when regeneration is complete. Under absolutely no circumstances can this power be used to resurrect the truly dead, though those who have not yet suffered brain death can be brought back on occasion.
|2||Hand, foot, jaw|
|3||Limb, simple internal organ (gall bladder, intestine)|
|4||Major internal organ (heart, lung, liver)|
The order keeps the use of this technique under wraps. The docs don't
want to get a reputation for being able to "raise the dead." Such
talk smacks of quackery and Zweidler will have none of it. Revitalization
prolongs the length of time that a subject may be technically dead but still
be returned to health. Obviously, it is not an easy thing to accomplish
and can create complications of its own (aside from the simple fact of cheating
System: Spend three Psi and one Willpower point, then roll Psi. If the number of successes is greater than the number of minutes since the target went from Incapacitated to Dead, the target is stabilized at Incapacitated for the number of minutes equal to the psion's Psi score. The original cause of death must then be treated (physical trauma repaired, poison neutralized) to prevent a second, irreversible, death from occurring. Further, with one success, the subject revives but loses a point of either Willpower or Psi (the subject's player may decide which) to a minimum of 1. Any extra successes negate this loss. The revived character must also make a Willpower roll. If botched the subject loses one dot's worth of Ability for each one rolled (the player may allocate the loses as he chooses), representing the results of brain damage suffered, due to being clinically dead for an extended period of time.
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Basic Technique: Spatial Sense--A sense that tells the psion exactly where they are in relation to other locations. The teleporter would have a general idea of where masses and voids are; a general schematic map of their area. If they have memorized locations then those locations and the distance to them would also be in the psion's mind.
System: Spatial Sense extends to a number of meters equal to the character's Psi score. Roll Psi if successful she becomes aware of solid objects in that space. She knows where they are and what they are touching based on the number of successes. One success indicates a vague sense of shapes--your character could tell and object was man-shaped, but not whether it was a human being or a statue, a rough rock or an alien. Three successes provide solid details--enough to tell human from alien, youth from adult, flesh from stone. Five successes are like running a hand over every centimeter of the area affected; your character differentiates between friends from strangers, know exact distances between different objects, and the like. Sensing for recent Teleportation use in an are also involves a Psi roll. Each success covers a six-hour time period. Your character registers any jumps made to or from the area during the time frame rolled. So with three successes rolled, your character sense any jumps made within her Spatial Sense range over 18 hours. Sending current 'porting functions as an Attunement roll, since all psions can try to detect the subquantum flux. Spatial Sense provides your character with and extra number of dice equal to her highest--rated Teleportation Mode picking up on a teleporting jump ship or a warping Aberrant doubles the number of extra dice due to those techniques' comparative.
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Spatial Integrity: The first step to using Translocation is gaining the ability to sense the "locationness" of what's around you. Once a student has mastered Spatial Sense, she can begin to manipulate that space. The simplest application is not to change anything, but rather to impede change. Spatial Integrity, then involves preventing space from being warped or changed near the psion. A powerful Gifted can shield an area from Teleporation. It becomes more difficult to 'port in or out of that space--even Aberrant warp abilities are inhibited.
System: Roll Psi; each success increases the difficulty of teleporting into or out of the immediate area by one. Your character can shield an area 10 meters in diameter for every point of Psi she has "Tightening up" an area is location-specific: If your character shields and area and leaves, the effect remains where she first placed it. This effect lasts one hour per point your character has in Translocation. At 5 Translocation, each Psi point spent boosts the integrity's duration for an additional month. (The difficulty still depends on the successes rolled, through.)
Jump: This is a short range Teleportation hop, allowing the psion to go to any point she can see clearly with the naked eye, or perceive with Spatial Sense. A psion can also bring any objects she's carrying as long at they have her psi print (hence the Upeo saying "never jump first thing in the morning"). There are limits, of course; Even if a psion's print is all over a VARG, for instance, it's going to be too big to bring along unless she also use the Tranmassion Mode. As a general rule, a psion can jump with enough inanimate mass roughly equal to her own body's mass.
System: Spend one Psi, declare your character's destination, and roll Psi (Remember, your character can't go where there's solid matter). If successful, she arrives without mishap. Your character normally takes five turns to transfer herself through the subquantum stratum; this time may be reduced by one turn per extra success rolled. If the time is reduced to zero, she manifests at the at the very end of the turn (or at the top of the next one if done at the end of that turn). Your character cannot carry living things using Jump unless she uses Tranmassion at the same time. There's an important limitation on what it means to be able to "sense" a particular destination. For these purposes, the hopper must be able to see her destination on a human scale--roughly a meter or two in diameter. Anyone can see the Moon from the Earth's surface without aid. But they cannot see a two meter segment of the Lunar surface! As a rule of thumb, the limit is about a kilometer on a clear day. Rain, fog or darkness can restrict this quite a bit. Similarly, visual enhancement devices can increase it, although the further removed the psion's senses are from the actual area the more difficult it is to register the destination clearly. The Storyteller may impose a +1 Difficulty to the Psi roll for every additional five kilometers of distance involved.
Shimmer: Shimmer allows the psion to flicker randomly around in her immediate area (dictated by the limits of her Spatial Sense). This is primarily a defensive power, but the teleporter decides the last place she lands, just alike a standard Jump. The Intermediary "blinks" can be haphazard or with a little more concentration, the Upeo can decide where to pop in at each point.
System: Spend one Psi if your character randomly flickers, two Psi for controlled shimmering. Roll Psi; your character hops once for each success rolled before stopping at her final destination (The final blink doesn't count toward this total.) These successes also translate into the difficulty others make to use ranged attacks on your character while she shimmers. (Thus with three successes, she blinks three times before stopping, and anyone shooting at her adds +3 to their Difficulty.) This Difficulty is halved in close combat (round down), since its easier to strike a target who pops in next to you then it is to try and spot the correct corner she appeared in. Shimmer last a single tun after your character triggers it, allowing her to take an action in the same turn she's blinking. However, if she shimmers randomly, the action (whether performed after she lands at her final destination. controlled flickering allow your character to perform one action between blinks, at any position. In a single turn, splitting them between hops. A shimmering character may gain and advantage to attack, at the Storyteller's discretion. (It's a plus to appear behind a target, but the flash of light and loud bang usually spoil the surprise.)
Long Jump: With this power, a psion can instantly travel to any familiar location, no matter how far away it is. "She can 'port from Far Nyumba to her childhood home in Detroit as easily as walking to the corner grocery. There's a catch, however: The location must be very familiar. Going back to Far Nyumba after 'porting to Detroit could be impossible if the psion didn't first develo0p a strong mental picture of the colony. Since the location's familiarity is what's important, Long Jump can be used to visit "portable locations"--a certain spaceship cabin, for instance. The psion can jump between the ship and home (or any other sufficiently familiar place), while the craft is moving toward its destination, without dealing with the tedious travel time in between. The psion can also use the craft as a jumping point to visit other places.
System: Spend two Psi, declare your character's destination, and roll. A Difficulty may be imposed, depending on how familiar your character is with the location; transit time may also fluctuate. If the Psi roll is successful she arrives without mishap. Both the familiarity range and general transit time scale are listed below. The more familiar and area, the larger the "location's " parameters. A very familiar place might include every room in a house and parts of the land around it. A vaguely familiar location might be a single room. An unfamiliar place might be a single perspective (about a meter square of floor space) in one room. You may want to make up a list of locations your character can Long Jump to easily, just to avoid future questions by the Storyteller. To start, most hoppers know two or three "very familiar" locations, and an equal number of "familiar" ones. Generally speaking sense impressions (the infamous "psi coordinates" or other telepathic, sensory images) your character may receive qualify as "vaguely familiar" unless the Storyteller indicates otherwise. Also, the transit time may vary somewhat at the Storyteller's description. However long the objective time spent traversing the subquantum stratum, though, your character feels like the trip only took a few seconds.
Bilocality: With this power, the psion can partially be in two places at once--but is fully in neither. Part of the jumper's mass, attention and psi field is sent to a new location, while the remandeier stays put. Both "selves" look solid, but the bodies are light and fragile. The Upeo's psyche is similarly fractured, as it is very distracting to be literally in two places at once. Although there are perils to Bilocality, there are significant advantages as well. It's used most commonly when a jumper is currently at an unfamiliar location and needs to communicate with someone or to retrieve something at a familiar place. One self is sent to the known locale while the other remains anchored.
System: Spend three Psi and roll at +1 Difficulty. If successful, your character forms a double at any location she could already reach with Jump or a "very familiar" Long Jump. Upon the split, your character's Attributes must be divided between the two "selves." If your Character has only one dot (or fewer) in any Attribute, she cannot use the Trait: She simply lacks the mental or physical wherewithial to the two things of that sort effectively. The only exception is Appearance, which stays the same for both. You can split allocated dots between the selves once per turn. This represents your character's shifting attention, as well as the shifting of his actual body mass. Both selves also draw from the same Psi and Willpower Traits. They also share a single set of Health Levels--so a biocated character may become injured more easily due to a lowered Stamina. And any damage that one self takes is immediately apparent on the other! Since clothing and gear with your character's pis print get teleported as well, such equipment may also "split." However, technological devices become highly unreliable when their mass is divided. Electronic and chemical devices (computers, lasers, radios etc.) just won't work when they're divided. Simple mechanical devices still function, and bioware works only half the time. normally, a jumper must use Transmass or Transportal to move things other than herself. At this level of skill, though, the psion is talented enough to wrap his own neotic aura around small targets. In game terms, a bilocated character can transfer an object or person from one "self" to the other as described in the Relay Object and Relay Person techniques (see below). No Psi is spent, but your character must succeed at any rolls required by those powers. The division lasts until your character decides to recombine, at which time he shifts automatically into either location. If your character is dazed or falls to incapacitated in either form, roll Willpower. If successful, your character reflexively recombines at the locale away from the last attack; if failed he consolidates at the same place. On a botch, he may suffer backlash or even become lost in subquantum space.
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|Psi||Mass Limit||Psi||Mass Limit|
|1||15 kg||6||250 kg|
|2||25 kg||7||400 kg|
|3||40 kg||8||750 kg|
|4||75 kg||9||1.25 metric tons|
|5||125 kg||10||2 metric tons|
|If a TEAR bioapp is used, the mass limit increases
dramatically (Stellar Frontier page 117).
Transmit Person: As Transmit Object is a qualitatively different process from Relay Object, so too is Transmit Person a dramatic shift from Relay Person. With Transmit Person a dramatic shift from Relay Person. With Transmit Person, a psion can teleport a subject across the stars, bringing someone to him or sending someone far away. Still, moving inanimate objects is. The psion must have a firm sensory impression of the subject and the destination--at least partially simplified if either the person or her destination is right next to the psion. This is the most common skill for moving nonjumper personnel interstellar distances. Additionally, if two or more people are being 'ported, only one must be familiar to the jumper, as long as there's and unbroken chain of contact between each person sent.
System: Spend two Psi then roll. This roll may be modified by both the destination and by the target. The destination is subject to the requirements listed under Long Jump (Stellar Frontiers page 73). The target also falls under these requirements--a person your character has worked with for six months is considered "familiar," while someone he met briefly is "pictured" at best. A destination in your character's immediate are obviously qualifies as "very familiar," as does a subject within your character's normal sensory range. Your character can transmit more than one person, as long as they're all touching. To do so, he need only focus on the most familiar one; and additional person may be 'ported for each extra success rolled. An unwilling subject may resist this effect, as described in Relay Person (see above). Each resisted roll is handled separately. Finally, if your character has Long Jump, she may travel to the same destination automatically.
Selective Transmassion: Teleporting one apple, or even a bushel of apples is far easier than teleporting only half of an apple. Every object in the four-dimensional universe has an intrinsic shape, and that shape can usually only be changed or divided by four dimensional effects. Using Teleportation to cut something is unwieldy and inefficient, but it can be done--often with devastating effects. With Selective Transmassion, a psion can 'port the grenade out of a grenade launcher, hollow out an asteroid or remove a person's hand from her body! In order to use this technique, the jumper must be aware of the target: For living creatures, he must be looking at it or sensing it with Spatial Sense. For inanimate objects, he simply has to have a firm mental picture, as is required for Transmit Object.
System: The technique functions differently depending on whether your character uses it against inanimate matter ,or living beings. When used to break inanimate matter (rock, plastic, metal), spend two Psi and roll at +1 Difficulty. If successful, your character 'ports away an amount of mass up to his mass limit (as listed under Transmit Object, above). Specific object connected to other objects can be removed more easily than undifferentiated matter can be parted from a larger mass. So a power cell may be 'ported out of a laser carbine, but a chunk of rock can't be "carved" into a detailed shape. The best your character can hope for is a large sphere or rough cube. Even so, it doesn't matter if the object is within a person's psi aura: Breaking apart a gun is just as easy if a person is holding it or if it's on a table. Warping away part of someone is much more difficult. Your character can't teleport away anything he can't see--so no tearing out a heart or brain unless he gets at least five successes on Spatial Sense. Furthermore, a living being's psi field actively resists being ripped apart. Still, even if your character isn't entirely successful at 'porting something away., he can still seriously injure and opponent. Your character may specifically try to remove a body part. To do so, spend three Psi and one Willpower, then roll Psi at a difficulty as listed on the chart below. If successful, the body part is removed and the victim suffers the effect listed below.
|Superficial surface laceration||+1||1 lethal level/success|
|Remove a hand or foot||+2||4 lethal levels|
|Remove an arm or leg||+3||6 lethal levels|
|Remove a head or large part of the torso||+5||10 lethal levels|
Minor Flux: This technique involves adjusting the space between a hand (or foot, or knife) and the opponent, making it very useful in close combat. Being able to halve the distance between the psion and his enemy at the moment he strikes makes for faster (and much less predictable) blows. Also, lengthening the distance between the psion and an enemy just as the opponent strikes can make it difficult for the teleporter to be hit. There are some non-combat applications to this ability as well. Since the spatial adjustment only lasts for an instant, the most obvious use is to reach jars down from high shelves.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. Your character manipulates space, gaining a number of turns equal to his Warping rating for a single combat action each turn. The effect lasts a number of turns equal to the successes from the Psi roll. This may be increased by one turn for each extra Psi point spent. During each initiative, decide whether your character concentrates on attacking or avoiding. The extra dice may then be used for a single appropriate close combat maneuver. At 4 Warping, the extra dice may be split between different actions in a single turn, and each additional Psi point spent increases the effect by two turns.
Spatial Divergence: This is similar to Minor Flux, but it affects an area beyond the psion's immediate vicinity and lasts longer. It allows the jumper to modify a target's effective velocity by expanding or contracting the space in front of it. This adjustment is entirely linear, so Spatial Divergence cannot be used to change a moving target's course. Any speed change is, in a significant sense, only virtual. If space contracts, the target (whether person or vehicle) covers physical distance in a shorter time, but its actual speed doesn't increase--it just seems to because space itself shrinks. This rule also applies to expanding space. As a result, the target doesn't suffer from the effects of wear and tear or heavy acceleration.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. Each success allows your character to effectively modify a target's speed up or down by 10 km/hr (This translates to 6 meters per combat turn or 2 m/s.) Every additional Psi point spent allows for another level of adjustment. Your character can affect any target he can detect through normal vision or Spatial Sense (including himself or the vehicle he's in, obviously). This effect lasts for a number of turns equal to your character's Psi score.
Fading: This ability allows a psion to divorce most of the matter in his body from its physical location. Put another way, the psion translates some of his mass into noetic energy. The matter still exists--it just isn't exactly there. It's become part of the subquantum universe. The psion's body doesn't interact with the physical universe as it normally does. He maintains some physical presence, but looks dim and transparent--under the surface of his hazy flesh, organs veins and bones can be seen vaguely (Since only one molecule in a hundred is still "in phase" with the experiential universe, a great deal of light passes through the psion's body.). The teleporter can pickup and manipulate objects with great difficulty. The most spectacular use of Fading allows the Upeo to pass through solid matter. The psion must push hard (a faded teleporter remains somewhat solid, which is why the floor beneath his feet still supports him), and some matter is inevitable left behind. Not just extremely painful (likened to "walking through a sieve"), moving through an object also leaves a residue of blood and tissue on and through the phased matter.
System: Spend one Psi and roll. Your character can remain phased for one minute per success rolled. Each extra Psi point spent increase this fade time by one minute. At 5 Warping, the duration increases to 10 minutes per success and Pis point spent. Your character's mass returns fully at the end of this time--if he's in a solid at the time, his death is immediate and gruesome. While faded, your character's Strength and Stamina are both reduced to one dot, and his mass drops to 10% of normal. His Appearance becomes 0 except for intimidation purposes, in which case it acts as if a 5. He gains two extra dice on all Stealth--related rolls, and can survive in hostile conditions (extreme temperatures, vacuum) for 10 times the normal duration. Since your character is divorced almost completely from physical reality, he cannot soak any damage. But anyh personal combat attack that scores damage successes is automatically reduced to one lethal health levels equal to half the weapon's damage add, rounding down (See Trinity page 247). Your character takes a bashing damage level from phasing a limb through solid matter--pulling his hands from manacles, reaching through a door to unlock it. Pushing his faded head or torso through results in a lethal damage level. (Your character takes only one lethal damage level from moving his entire body through a solid object.) Your character can also fade any new gear that has his psi print on it (clothing, minicomp, etc.). However, no electronic devices work while faded. Biotech functions if it affects your character only--a beam from a faded biolaser simply disperses into the subquantum stratum, since it contains 90% of the bilaser's mass. Simple mechanical devices function normally when faded, but they have a tendency to phase through solid matter if forced. As a result, your character can never do more than one damage level with a faded weapon--however, the attack acts as lethal damage and ignores armor. A character may let go of and object while faded. The object does not snap back to solidity, however. Instead, it is absorbed by the subquantum stratum and disperses harmlessly in a wave of psion particles. Faded individuals have their own resonances; therefore, they pass through each other just as they would through solid matter.
Extrusive Crumpling: With this technique, the psion can adjust a segment of space--expanding it in all directions or contracting it down dramatically. A germ could be extruded up to macro (perceptible) size, or bookshelf crumpled into a wad the size of a softball. In either application, there's no actual structural change. The power's tricky to comprehend due to her complicated interactions between normal space and crumpled space--it's just an optical illusion in many without harm. Pacifist Upeo have been known to crumple opponents into balls and leave them that way until the effect wears off. The body remains undamaged: Only the space it occupies is altered--turning the head, arms and legs inward and pushing them against the stomach. An Upeo could expand a gap between cells, put his hand clean through a target's body, grab an object on the other side and pull it back through. Again, the subject's body is unchanged and functions as if nothing was wrong. However, it the psion leaves something in the gap and shuts the extrusion, the object slides harmlessly from the hole as the subject is restored. In contrast, when touching something in crumpled space, the person's hand slides through the interface and contracts what would be the exterior in normal space. A psion couldn't actually remove an opponent's armor via extrusion--the defense is still there, it only looks like it isn't. (This can be handy to expose a subject's internal organs, although they would have to be lit from the inside somehow since exterior light still hits the skin just like the hand of a person touching the subject.) Still, a crumpled person is held by the warped space, and is therefore unable to dodge or attack.
System: Spend two Psi and roll. When expanding, each success allows your character to expand something by a factor of 1. One success makes something temporarily appear twice as large; two successes make it look 10 times as large; three successes make it seem 100 times as large. Shrinking or contracting things is less efficient. The target's size is reduced by half for each success rolled. Through size changes, mass does not! A horse crumpled into a fist-sized ball retains all of its weight! The effect's duration depends on the nature of the target. Inanimate objects (including bioware or unicelluar animals) are affected for 10 time your character's Psi score in minutes. Living things (animals, plants and sentients) stay altered for a number of turns equal to his Psi. Your character can affect and area up to two meters in diameter. The object can be touched and manipulated through the interface, but not changed.
Transportal: This is most famous Upeo power, and the most important in the long term. With Transportal, a psion can move everything within a targeted area--no matter how much mass there is--from one physical location to another. Unlike most Teleportation abilities, Transportal is fairly gradual. The sphere grows out from the jumper himself, and takes about one minute to coalesce. The 'portal's size doesn't matter; instead the Upeo the time to concentrate on bringing the entire area in phase with the subquantum stratum. The psion is completely immersed in this process, oblivious to anything around him. Other can move into (and out from) the sphere during this time, through depth perception suffers and electronics experience odd fluctuations. Once the psion reaches the proper resonance, the spherical are begins to ripple with light. Beings within the transportal sphere feel a tingling sensation throughout their bodies. The 'portal then triggers, giving off a brilliant flash as it transport everything inside and dissipates. The flash is duplicated at the destination as the pportal's contents resolved themselves. Objects that aren't completely in the sphere when it triggers are sliced clearly.
System: Spend three Psi and one Willpower. Roll Psi after one game minute. Your character must have at least a "vaguely familiar" sense impression of the desired destination, as listed under Long Jump (see Stellar Frontiers page 73); clairsentient scans qualify. If successful the 'portal's contents are transferred into subquantum energy and routed through. While the sphere forms, all actions performed in (or affecting something inside) are at +1 Difficulty (except for the Psi roll to trigger the effect). If your character lose concentration before the translation is complete, he loses the Psi points spent and the sphere collapses, but nothing else happens. Transportal is not subject to mass requirements of any kind. The sphere expands around your character, with a final diameter equal to 10 times your character's Psi score in meters (A WEAR can substantially increases the size see Stellar Frontiers page 117.) Whatever's crammed inside can be jumped. In vacuum for two reason. First, the neotic flux can causes backlash in those around the sphere. (people within the 'portal are shielded.0 Second the dramatic mass change and displacement from both arrival and departure can create massive weather disruptions, and noises loud enough to be dangerous to unshielded bodies. The exact effect of in-atmosphere transportal uses are left up to the Storyteller's devious imagination.
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