|Feng Psionics!||This ties
in to Doug W's RiftShui conversion, but can be used as a "stand alone"
aspect of the game... an added morsel even if you don't go for the Rifts
Dig in folks... and have fun.
Psi is an aspect of Chi, which is also very much tied into a Character's Willpower. In most characters, you probably won't even see much of a difference. In others, it WILL be noticed.
Psi is burned like Fu. You can spend up to your Psi attribute per sequence. You can also spend Psi or Chi from the next sequence to fuel one big schtick (like Tranimal Rats do with Lurk... they spend 1 chi from their next turn, which most notably does limit their abilities with other Tranimal powers).
There are 3 types of characters who use Psionics: Minor, Major and Master Psychics.
A Minor Psychic (Psi = 2) will have 2 - 3 sub-schticks. No matter how powerful that one sub-schtick is, he's still a minor player. His Psi Value, starting out is 2, which limits the effectiveness of his power to one or at best two Psi actions per turn.
A Major Psychic (Psi = 5) will have three sub-schticks of two different schticks. As such, he can use more powers, more often. He has 5 Psi to spend per turn. (Roughly equivalent to an Ex-Special Forces with 4 Fu.)
A Master Psychic (Psi = 8) is deadly. The previous two only use the subschticks of the PK, ESP, and Regenerative (Physical, Sensitive and Healing) schticks. Master Psychics have their own special classes, and have the ability to access Master Psionic powers, like Pyrokinesis or Bio-Manipulation. Master Psychics can also be for Rifts Dog Boys, Psi Stalkers, Bursters, what have you. Some can translate quite well to Feng Shui, and Feng Shui seems quite open to some of their own unique characters like the Psychic Scrappy Kid, the Psi-Soldier (Ex-Special Forces), and the Psi-Cop (Magic Cop redux, a la Scanner Cop).
|Mental Powers Skill|
You have the ability to use your special mental powers at a whim. You can concentrate and utilize your Chi in various methods. Some abilities give you the power to dodge or parry hand to hand, magic or ranged attacks, and your Psi skill can be used to resist the effects of other Psi powers against you, rather than pure willpower. As well, this skill also can be used as a resistance value for Fu, Creature, Arcanowave and Sorcery powers which affect the Mind, such as Dominate, Bellow, Influence or Agony Grenade. In mental combat, even if you don't have telepathy yourself, when you're under attack or attacking, you use your Mental Powers Skill as your combat AV, and your Willpower as your Strength and Toughness attribute. Damage in mind-to- mind combat, barring a specific telepathic attack power, is Willpower + 1.
You know how psychic powers work, what types of psychic powers there are, and famous psychics. You know the methods of meditation, and how to spot the differences between Psi abilities and Tranimal Powers, Sorcery and other seemingly Psi abilities.
You know other psychics, scientists and parapsychologists involved in psychic studies, con-men and women who use "hocus pocus", gypsies, and other types who show psychic potential, interest in the supernatural, or use scams using real or imagined supernatural abilities. Chances are, you also know a few REAL ghosts and spirits as well.
ESP is the special sensitivity to the universe as a whole via your Psionic Perceptions. You also have the ability to communicate in non-verbal manners across great distances, anticipate dangers, and detect strong Chi forces.
|Astral Projection||Psi: 2|
|You're able to seperate
your mind from your body and send it away from you a distance equal to
your Psi rating in miles. However, you're just a mind... you can't
even smack a Ghost except if you use telepathic combat. However,
other Astrally Projected beings can trap you and the Sorcery Summoning
Schtick can trap, capture, or dispel you, leaving your body SOL.
able to get impressions from a distance equal to your Psi rating in miles.
You get "glimpses" of images, or snatches of sound, rarely very clear.
As well, you can use this to get the same half-images and sounds of the
future or past for double the Psi cost. GM's feel free to be vague,
but not to the point of utter frustration of your players.
can, without alerting your target or engaging in heavy concentration, gleam
the EMOTIONS of your target. Usefull for determining if someone's
telling the truth or about to attack in most cases. Other Psychics,
and particularly cool and controlled Killers and Spies (Willpower 8 or
more) can keep even their emotions from being read.
|Intuitive Combat||Psi: 2|
not using other Mental Powers during the turn AT ALL, the character can
use his Mental Powers AV as his Martial Arts Skill.
|Mind Block:||Psi: 1|
|Add +5 to your Mental
Powers dodge/parry value.
|Object Read||Psi: 2|
a Mental Powers Action check to get glimpses, images, and impressions about
an object or area, especially concerning it's previous use.
|Presence Sense||Psi: 1|
can sense the presence of other, normal beings, and their exact numbers
around you. Usefull for when you think you're alone in the house...
and you're not.
|See Aura||Psi: 2|
|You may read the Chi
Rating of another character, what kind of Chi they have, and if they've
been affected by magic, psi, or posession.
|See the Invisible||Psi: 1|
may use your Mental Powers as the AV to resist Invisibility schticks like
Lurk or Influence.
|Sense Evil||Psi: 1|
|You can sense evil
supernatural creatures, or the evil intent of a character providing they're
currently thinking about the evil they're to perform while you're looking.
|Sense Magic||Psi: 1|
|You may sense Magic
energies and pinpoint them when they're being used.
|Sixth Sense||Psi: 1|
Sense is always active until something sets it off, unless you're out of
Psi. It only works for the first round of combat if you come under
attack (you can't initiate combat), and it grants the psychic a +3 on initiative,
and a +1 to Dodge Values.
mental communication, can be used for mental combat, and by spending an
additional Psi point, can "pluck" a thought from an unsuspecting character.
Can be resisted by Mind Block.
Psychokinesis is the ability to alter the environment, and to many degrees, your own self. Note... most powers here SEEM like they could be regenerative powers, but Regenerative Powers are mostly external.
|Alter Aura||Psi: 1|
|You can conceal your
Chi rating, or use your aura to make you seem less powerful in other ways.
|Death Trance||Psi: 1|
can appear dead as a doornail, with near zero heartbeat and no breathing.
Great for hiding out from a massacre, or surviving trips with limited oxygen,
like in a casket.
|Ectoplasm||Psi: 2 or 3|
create an invisible, and very weak field of ectoplasm for 2 points which
has a limited strength (maximum lift 4 pounds). Good for closing doors,
"phantom typing," etc.. For one more Psi point, you can make the
ectoplasm visible, like an eerie cloud or disembodied hand. However, anything
that cuts between you and the ectoplasm literally cuts you off, and whatever's
being done stops (and usually falls and breaks.)
|Ectoplasmic Disguise||Psi: 3|
can create a somewhat flimsy disguise. One wound point starts showing
your true features through. You cannot change your height or weight
appearance, but ectoplasm is much more convincing than a couple oranges
stuffed into a brassierre for looking female, or more endowed. However,
your voice doesn't change. The disguise also disguises your clothes.
|Impervious to Cold and Fire||Psi: 2|
|You do not suffer in
extremely hot or cold conditions, and you only take half damage fro Fu
or Sorcery powered flame attacks. Real flame does no harm.
|Impervious to Poisons and Toxins||Psi: 1|
|Just the thing to negate
that arsenic in the tea you just drank, or to prevent food poisoning in
can lift things straight up and down, especially yourself. Small
objects up to 20 pounds use 1 Psi point. Lifting your own body takes
roughly 5 Psi points, given you're 200 pounds.
|Mind Block||Psi: 1|
+5 to your Mental Powers Dodge value.
|Resist Fatigue, Hunger and Thirst||Psi: 3|
|You are able to consume
only a minimum of food and water for up to 60 days, and three hours of
sleep a night. 3 Psi must be spent per day. When you stop spending
the Psi points per day... you'd better have a big buffet table, a keg,
and a soft cozy bed ready, IN THAT ORDER.
|Summon Inner Strength||Psi: 1|
Constitution and Toughness increase by 1 point per turn that the Psi is
can lift and throw things around, or maneuver them with deftness and ability.
There are no tendrils or clouds to be linked to you. You can
lift 2 pounds with 1 Psi point, 20 pounds with 2 Psi points, and +50 pounds
for every Psi point over that.
|Telekinetic Boost||Psi: 2|
your Mental Powers AV as your Strength AV for lifting things, or add +2
to your Movement or Strength for the purposes of leaps, punches, kicks,
You have the ability to alter cellular structures to the point of fighting diseases, closing wounds, or ejecting toxins. Most of these work on other people.
|Bio Regeneration||Psi: 1|
|Make a Mental Powers
check against the number of wound points you've suffered. The Outcome
is the number of points you've healed.
|Deaden Pain||Psi: 1|
can elliminate the sensory feedback caused by physical damage, tho regeneration
is another ability. A very usefull ability to keep your gutshot buddy from
yelling out when you're hiding out from mob hitmen, and squirming around
when you have to dig that bullet out.
|Detect Psionics||Psi: 2|
are able to not only detect psi in your patient, but also so see if he's
being affected by other psi powers.
can remove the taint of the supernatural from a victim, be it Arcanowave
mutation, posession. Make a Mental Powers check. If you're
curing mutation, difficulty is the Mutation point total, or the AV of the
cause of the taint. In an unwilling subject, it lasts Outcome sequences.
In a willing subject, the effect is permanent.
|As per Bio Regeneration,
except you're doing it to other people..
|Induce Healing||Psi: 2|
|Make a Mental Powers
check vs the number of points beyond Death Check. If successfull,
the Outcome of your task is added to that character's AV to resist Snuffing
|Induce Sleep||Psi: 1|
|You are able to put
a willing subject into a deep sleep where they can recover more quickly,
or you can perform surgery on them. Unwilling victims are Willpower +5
in difficulty to put to sleep, but when you nail them, they're out for
Outcome rounds. Perfect for making snoozing mooks, mind you.
|Psychic Diagnosis||Psi: 1|
are able to determine the extent of wounds, poisonings, or diseases.
This power MUST be used before Purification or Surgery.
|Psychic Purification||Psi: 2|
can halt the effects of drugs, toxins, and diseases, and purge them from
a body. Difficulty is the AV of the Creature Power or Sorcery power,
or use the normal scale for diseases.
|Psychic Surgery||Psi: 3|
tools, and with minimal blood loss, you can root around to remove tumors,
bullets, arrowheads, broken swords and knives, or shrapnel from your buddies.
A perfect way to relax after a long day of battling the Lodge or the Buro,
and a great way to collect used bullets for souveniers, lead sculptures,
or to reload them into your own guns and return to their senders.
This doesn't heal damage, although it does put you in range of a ruptured
artery or organ to use Healing Touch to repair such wounds.
|Resist Fatigue||Psi 1|
|You can do without
sleep for long, long hours.
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