Psionics

Possession of Psychic Powers is not obvious; Psychics look like normal humans.

Each Psychic has a specific tell, which must be taken as a Flaw with each Active Power. This tell becomes more severe with Powers of greater potence. The Psychic receives Concealed in return for this Flaw.. Psychics must purchase Concealed for each Passive Power, since tells do not apply to Passive Powers.

A Psychic who uses an Active Novice Power suffers a minor side effect based on that Psychic's tell. A Psychic who uses an Active Seasoned Power suffers a Novice side effect and a Seasoned side effect. A Psychic who uses an Active Veteran Power suffers a Novice, Seasoned, and Veteran side effect. A Psychic who uses an Active Harbinger Power suffers a Novice, Seasoned, Veteran, and Harbinger side effect.

Examples of tells include apparent epileptic seizures (when using Novice Power, you drool and your eyes roll back) and bleeding (Novice Power: bleed from nose; Seasoned Power: bleed from eyes and nose; Veteran Power: bleed from all orifices; Harbinger Power: blood oozes out of your pores).

Psychics are encouraged to come up with original tells.

A tell is in effect for the entire duration of the Power.

You can choose to treat an Active Power as if it were a higher Tier for purposes of the tell. You receive 1 Gift Point for each increase in Tier. A Novice Power treated as Seasoned for purposes of the tell provides 1 Gift Point; a Novice Power treated as Veteran provides 2 points; a Novice Power treated as Harbinger provides 3 points; a Seasoned Power treated as Veteran provides 1 point; and so forth.

A Psychic may spend 1 Gift Point to reduce the tell on one Power by one Tier. For example, a Seasoned Power would be treated as a Novice Power for purposes of the tell. Sufficient expenditure of points can completely eliminate the tell for that Power. Completely eliminating the tell on one Power would cost 1 Gift Point for a Novice Power, 2 points for a Seasoned Power, 3 points for a Veteran Power, or 4 points for a Harbinger Power.

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