PSYCHIC PHENOMENAJoy was just sitting in the Waiting Room at the Dentist's office bored out of her mind when she realized that she was looking down at herself instead of out of her own two eyes...
Walking down a deserted street in South Central, Shawn had little time to react to the sudden appearance of a vehicle speeding by before the gunshots started going off and he was hit. Except he wasn't because it was five minutes earlier and he'd somehow seen the entire event before it even happened...
Tabitha charges $25 dollars for a five minute reading and up to $100 for longer sessions, but for free she aides the local authorities in finding missing children. Some call her a fraud, but she's never been wrong yet...
Psychic Phenomena. Some say it's a blessing, a gift from God. Others say it's a curse, bestowed by Satan. Most hold the belief that's it's all a fraud, a sham, or simply coincidence--if not outright trickery. Regardless of the opinion, one thing is for certain: there are increasingly more and more cases of people exhibiting some extraordinary "talents" that defy logic and can not be easily ignored. The 20th century is full of those people who claim to have powers and abilities far beyond those of normal men, such as the ability to read minds (telepathy), move objects with pure thought (psychokinesis) or even communicate with animals (animal psi).
Many of these abilities, after study by scientists (parapsychologists), have been shown to be hoaxes. But in a world where Vampires stalk the streets and Werewolves commune in the forests, mortals sometime can
see distant events, or foresee the future, or pick up objects with their minds.
Most psychics usually only possess one such ability. In addition, most psychics first discover their powers early in life, and if you have not exhibited powers by the time you are an adult, you probably do not have them. Supernatural Psychics?
While the majority of individuals who actually possess such abilities are in fact "normal" humans, it is not uncommon at all for relatives of supernaturals (such as Kinfolk) and some supernatural creatures themselves to also have psychic abilities. Some tribes of Garou are known for their Seers and a great portion of psychics do go on to Awaken and become Mages.
Psychic Abilities/Types of Psychics
This type of psychic can communicate with animals, usually mammals with high levels of intelligence (such as cats, dogs, primates, dolphins...etc) While there are some cases of people who actually bark (or quack, purr, squeal..etc) most of this communication happens telepathically--through the mind. This only allows the person to understand and communicate with animals not control them. Although, who knows, if you ask nicely they might just do what you say.Anti-PsychicDescription:
This type of psychic is extremely rare and almost undetectable due to the fact that their ability allows them to cancel out other psychic's. Most don't even know they have this ability until they encounter another psychic they're affecting. because of it's nature his ability can not be turned off, but can only affect other psychics within a certain range(depending on how "strong" the anti-psychic is.) Naturally, anyone who possesses this ability can not possess any other. Astral ProjectionDescription:
This ability allows the psychic to split in two, leaving their body behind while their spirit/soul soars freely. Once outside their bodies most tend to stay close either out of inexperience or fear of something happening to their bodies, which remain in the position they were in though to outsiders they appear to be in a trance or light slumber. Others who've been aware of and actively using this ability may choose to venture further away. While sight is the predominant sense available in this form, depending on the psychic some can also hear and a few even claim to be able to talk. Touch is close to impossible in this form, although some can feel if someone is touching or doing something to their own body. No matter how far they travel they can always find their way back to their body, assuming it hasn't been destroyed or killed, in which case their spirit would most likely cross over to the spirit world forever. Bio-ControlDescription:
This ability allows the psychic to control their bodily functions from their blood flow to their resistance to pain. While anyone can theoretically train themselves to be immune to pain and illness, these psychics take it above and beyond by forcing their body to do what they want it to do. Depending on their skill, someone with this ability could stop wounds from bleeding, cure diseases and illnesses, and even prolong their life. ChannelingDescription:
This ability allows the psychic to tap into still conscious "minds" of people who have passed on. This ability works differently for everyone. Some have no control over the messages and "visions" they get from the deceased while some can voluntarily reach out for specific ghosts/wraiths/spirits. Sometimes only words get through, usually names or places, but sometimes a channeler can relay entire life histories or living relatives who they've never met. These type of psychics are also more prone to possessions by malevolent spirits or entities, although some willingly allow their bodies to be inhabited by spirits as proof of their power. ClairvoyanceDescription:
This ability allows the psychic's senses to travel beyond their body and space to seek out whatever they wish to find. Some consider this the most useful psychic ability, especially law enforcers who frequently rely on Clairvoyants to locate missing people. Unlike Astral Projection, the body and soul remain one while the psychic's sense are able to extend great distances allowing them to see or hear people, things, or places that are far away as if they were in the same vicinity. Usually the psychic can only see or hear, very rarely both, but some who have been practicing for years may be able to smell and touch as well. CyberkinesisDescription:
This ability allows the psychic to affect electronic machinery. This is usually on a small scale, i.e they can turn a machine on or off or cause it to malfunction. People with this ability can't do anything with their minds that tech geeks can't do with their hands. CyberpathyDescription:
Unlike Cyberkinesis which allows you to control machinery, Cyberpathy allows a psychic to "read" or understand machines. This an mean understand how a microwave or fax machine works or in the case of computers actually allowing the psychic to read files and folders located in the system, even if they are hidden or encrypted. EmpathyDescription:
There is some debate over whether this is an actual psychic ability, but those who have it are quick to point out that it is. While caring and open-mind persons might be able to gauge the emotions of another and even mimic them (i.e I'm sad because you're sad) Empathists suffer even more greatly. Not only can they immediately detect the emotions of others but they find themselves compelled to adapt them as their own as well. This ability is typically void in situations involving lots of people, but if the psychic concentrates on one person for too long they soon find themselves in the exact same state as that person, whether they are sad, happy, angry or worse. With effort some psychics may be able to turn off or dull this ability, so they can only pick up emotions and not become slaves to them. Mind-ShieldDescription:
This ability allows a psychic to effectively close off or shield their mind from probing or mental attacks. They are unaware that they have this ability until they encounter someone--like a Mage or vampire--who can and does try to invade their mind. Depending on how "strong" the psychic is they may or may not be able to fend off all attacks or attempts at probing their mind. For instance, a psychic with Telepathy may be able to easily pierce their mind without them even knowing it. PrecognitionDescription:
This ability does not always allow a psychic to see into the future, rather it gives them a good idea
of what might come to pass. It's not an easy task to discern who's precognitive from those just lucky, especially for the novices. But among the "stronger" Precogs there are individuals who can sense danger, predict lottery numbers regularly, and even a few who claim to have visions of what will come to pass. However, even the greatest of the greats, are not completely accurate all
the time. Psychic HealingDescription:
This ability not only allows a psychic to heal but also, in rare cases, allows them to sense the pain and sickness in others. These types of psychics are extremely rare and usually are only capable of easing someone's pain, but a select few can cause the boy to regenerate and heal and even, though even rarer, get rid of illnesses and disease. Ironically, people with this ability tend to choose careers that involve healing, such as doctors or EMT's. Psychic HypnosisDescription:
This ability allows a psychic to "hypnotize" a subject. Most can only send a person into a light trance, effectively clearing their mind and allowing them access to memories new and old. Some extremely skilled in his ability can put their subject into an even deeper trance and control them and in even rare cases they can "program" the subject to act a certain way or do something specific even after they've been taken out of the trance. Psychic VampirismDescription:
This ability is probably the most hated amongst the psychics because it allows one psychic, called a vampire, to suck or drain the energy or emotions from a target, including other psychics. Some "vampires" might not be aware of what they're doing, likewise for their victim, but as time progresses the victim becomes more and more drained while the vampire gains euphoria, a rush that comes from "feeding" off the energies of others and can be quite addicting. PsychokinesisDescription:
Also formally known as Telekinesis, this is one of the more "common" psychic abilities which allows someone to manipulate or "levitate" things into the air. The Majority
of Telekinetics can only affect things on a small scale (i.e moving items across a table or causing a spoon to bend) but there are a few extremely gifted psychics who can lift and affect things on a much larger scale, though usually causing themselves mental anguish as each feat requires extreme concentration and skill. PsychometryDescription:
This ability allows a psychic to "read" imprints left on people or objects that are connected to previous events and emotions. For instance, a skilled psychometric might be able to touch an old necklace and "see" past events tied to it. While most are only "in-tuned" enough to catch brief glimpses of recent events tied in to the object, there are stories of some powerful enough to catch entire histories of an object/person. PyrokinesisDescription:
This ability allows a psychic to create or start fires with their mind. This usually only extends to creating small flickers or flames, enough to set paper or other flammable materials on fire, but there are some who can cause explosions or large scale fires as well.SynergyDescription:
This ability allows one psychic to be able to locate and identify other psychics, either by sight or by touch alone. Some can even identify the abilities another psychic has, but the greatest benefit allows the psychic to connect or form a link with one or more other psychics. Once joined they can each tap into and use each other's powers, sometimes simultaneously. TelepathyDescription:
This extremely rare ability allows a psychic to "read" and sense the mind and thoughts of others. However, a mind is not like an open book, and the "reading" is actually closer to gaining impressions from a person. For example, a telepath might be able to tell you that you're thinking about a beach, without knowing that its the place you loved the most as a child...etc. However, with practice and skill someone may potentially be able to probe another's brain with little effort.