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 Psionics vs. Magic, What's the Difference?
Kate
 Posted: May 13 2016, 03:58 PM
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Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.

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Psionic Abilities

Present in children from birth, Psionic abilities are believed to be those which were gifted to specific Emerians by the Angels. They work like any other sense, such as a sense of smell or touch, in that they are entirely powered by the brain. And like other skills of that nature, a Gifted child can improve his control over the skill via training. As with other mental skills, however, the Gifts are present in varying strengths. A child with a weak telepathic skill cannot force his Gift to grow in strength through study, but he can learn to use every facet of his Gift to its fullest extent.

Children who are not born with a Gift are, unfortunately, unable to cause one to appear by wishful thinking, nor by attempting to teach himself the skills - though many have tried. But owing to the fact that most Psionic Gifts do not become active in a child until he or she reaches puberty, many children believe that it was their own wishing and yearning that granted them the skills.

A child can be born with more than one Gift, each one of varying strengths, but the rule of thumb seems to be this: the more Gifts a child has, the weaker all of them are. It is as though there is only so much "room" in the mind for these abilities, and so the more of them that attempt to cram into that "space," the smaller they all must be.

Additionally, a child can be born with a Gift that never manifests, but remains dormant in the child's mind for his entire life. The child will grow to adulthood, live, and die of old age, believing that he had never been Gifted a thing.

Lastly, there are some children whose abilities manifest earlier or later than puberty due to physical or emotional tragedy. If the child's Gift was intended to manifest at puberty, it might happen earlier due to trauma. If the Gift was intended to remain dormant for life, the Gift may be activated by trauma. No one knows why this happens, or what causes the changes that activate Gifts, but it is not a certainty. Sometimes trauma does nothing to the Gift at all.

Upon manifestation, the varying Gifts can cause significant emotional or physical turmoil for the Gifted child. Imagine suddenly being able to hear others' thoughts as voices in your own head? Or perhaps, every time you get angry or startled, nearby items burst into flame? Imagine seeing terrible visions flash before your eyes, and moments later, watching them come true? The sudden onset of abilities can be devastating to some children. It is because of this that they are generally recruited into the Order of Argents and tutored in their Gifts.

Psionic Summary

  • Gifts are Present at Birth
  • Generally Manifested at Puberty
  • Can Sometimes Manifest Due to Trauma
  • Sometimes Don't Manifest at All
  • The More You Have, the Weaker They Are

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 Posted: May 18 2016, 11:04 AM
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Magical Abilities

Magic is considered to be an unholy ability, regardless of the way it's used by those who possess the skill. It requires life force from third party to work properly, whether that party is willing or unwilling to give his life energy to the Mage.

Because of this, the church and many others believe Magic to be evil, as it consumes that very essence of the soul that keeps all people alive and healthy. The resulting discrimination and hatred aimed at them has caused the majority of magic-users to practice in secret, though there are pockets of supporters around the world. Plenty of villages are willing to overlook the use of magic if it means the spring rains will arrive on time, or a severe illness warded off.

Unlike Psionics, Mages do not need to be born with a particular skill or trait in order to become Mages. They are simply taught how to collect, channel and release the life energy around them, using their body like a vessel to accomplish their spells. And like any physical vessel, there is a limit to what can be stored within it. A vase filled to the brim with water can hold no more and will overflow; a Mage filled to the limit with life energy will waste whatever else he collects, as he too will 'overflow' and lose that which he had tried to collect.

Life forms don't need to be human to collect energy from them, merely alive. Plants, animals, and people are all living, though the smaller a life form is, the less energy it has to give. A Mage who drains too much energy from his 'donor' can kill the subject. Any Mage who kills his donors is considered forever tainted, evil, and unclean.

Some people even believe in sharing their life force with one another. Covens of White Witches have formed, and they believe in sharing their 'light' with one another, to use their magic to heal the planet and other people. Even though those Witches are living peacefully and using their abilities for the good of man, they are still condemned by the church simply for being magic-users in the first place.

Can a person be both Mage and Psionic? Yes. In fact, many Psionics have turned to Magecraft in the past because they were unhappy with a weak Gift and sought more power than they'd been born with.

Magecraft is a complicated practice, and it must be taught to an apprentice by a mentor. How long the mentoring process takes is dependent upon the intelligence and capabilities of the pupil, but range anywhere from one to five years.

Spells can be used offensively, defensively, and for healing purposes. There are also illusionary spells, summoning spells, and binding spells. Mages are regularly coming up with new ways to use their magic, so additional spells and charms are being invented all the time!

Mage Summary

  • A Learned Skill
  • Requires an Outside Life Force
  • Can be Offensive, Defensive, Healing, Binding, Summoning, etc.
  • Power Can be Shared
  • Psionics Can be Mages Too

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