Mindtalk

Using Mindtalk Defensively

Mindtalk can be used to block any attempts to communicate with or probe the Seer’s mind. The character is basically throwing up a wall of “noise” around himself, disrupting any mental communications. When using Mindtalk in this way, the psychic resists such powers as Mindsight and Mindrule, as well as Invocations like Affect the Psyche. The Seer uses his Willpower and Mindtalk Strength (not Art) in such Resisted Tasks. While the power is being used in this way, other uses of Mindtalk are impossible.

Seers with this power can project their thoughts at others, causing them to be “heard” as words inside their heads. Once contact has been established, the Seer can also hear any mental reply from his target (only thoughts deliberately “sent” to the Seer can be perceived; to delve into another person’s mind requires Mindsight and a different set of Tasks).

Using Mindtalk

Sending a mental message uses the character’s Intelligence plus Mindtalk Art level. The psychic can converse mentally with the target for 1 minute per Success Level. The range of this power is determined by the Strength level of the caster. Mindtalk uses the same Strength/range table as Mindsight.

Mindtalk can be used for more than simple communication. By making the mental “voice” sound strange or unearthly, the Seer can scare mundanes who do not know about psychic abilities. Some evil Seers have also manipulated disturbed and weakwilled humans by telling them to commit crimes repeatedly, until the victim finally decides to do what the “voices” tell him.

At a Strength of 4 or higher, the Seer can use Mindtalk to send a deafening psychic “scream” that inflicts some damage and overloads the victim’s mind. Psychic “screams” are treated as a Resisted Task, using the Willpower and Art of the psychic against the Willpower (not doubled) of mundanes. Gifted characters can resist this power in a variety of ways, such as Defensive Essence and the Shielding Invocation. At worst, they use a Difficult Willpower Test with a +2 bonus.

This “scream” attack drains the psychic of 1 Essence Point every time it is used. A successful attack inflicts D4(2) points of damage for every four levels of Mindtalk Strength (rounded down). Further, the victim loses all of his actions for 1 Turn, and will be at a penalty of -4 on all Tasks and Tests for 1 additional Turn per Success Level of the attack. The range of the scream is limited to 2 yards (meters) per Strength level.

Using Mindtalk

Sending a mental message uses the character’s Intelligence plus Mindtalk Art level. The psychic can converse mentally with the target for 1 minute per Success Level. The range of this power is determined by the Strength level of the caster. Mindtalk uses the same Strength/range table as Mindsight.

Mindtalk can be used for more than simple communication. By making the mental “voice” sound strange or unearthly, the Seer can scare mundanes who do not know about psychic abilities. Some evil Seers have also manipulated disturbed and weakwilled humans by telling them to commit crimes repeatedly, until the victim finally decides to do what the “voices” tell him.

At a Strength of 4 or higher, the Seer can use Mindtalk to send a deafening psychic “scream” that inflicts some damage and overloads the victim’s mind. Psychic “screams” are treated as a Resisted Task, using the Willpower and Art of the psychic against the Willpower (not doubled) of mundanes. Gifted characters can resist this power in a variety of ways, such as Defensive Essence and the Shielding Invocation. At worst, they use a Difficult Willpower Test with a +2 bonus.

This “scream” attack drains the psychic of 1 Essence Point every time it is used. A successful attack inflicts D4(2) points of damage for every four levels of Mindtalk Strength (rounded down). Further, the victim loses all of his actions for 1 Turn, and will be at a penalty of -4 on all Tasks and Tests for 1 additional Turn per Success Level of the attack. The range of the scream is limited to 2 yards (meters) per Strength level.

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