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  • #16
    I posted here once a hose rule for psions getting scale. I removed the rules for Mega Attributes.

    Psions and Scale
    Psions are capable of some limited scale increase in their deeds, as long they can already do things beyond human capacities.
    Several powers, particularly the powers dealing with speed and some times size, already grant access to a certain degree of scale, and those powers are not affected by this set of rules.

    The 6-dot Powers and Stacking Scale
    Any scale gained using the methods described bellow can stack with the gain of scale granted by the 6 dots powers. This is the only way a Psion can stack scale above the described below.
    For example, a Psi 6 character when using Flash (Thermokinesis 2) can fire an scale 1 attack with enhancement 6, or a scale 2 attack with enhancement 3, and, using Kinetic Mastery, fire an scale 2 attack with enhancement 6 or a scale 3 attack with enhancement 3.

    Durability
    Psions have some powers that can be used to resist damage, and those are the ones that need most scale to resist the attacks of Aberrants. A Psion with enough power can reduce the finesse of his armor to make it bulkier.
    Kinetic Shield (Perikinesis 1) and Energy Shield (Perikinesis 2) can reduce the Soft armor value by 3 to increase the scale by 1, as long the Soft Armor is not reduced to 0 or less (if the soft armor would be 7 or more, it’s possible to reduce it by 6 and increase the scale by 2).
    Chimera (Transmogrify 4), Sheath (Thermokinesis 3) and Reinforce (Augendis 1) armors access to the following tags that can be added once.
    Armor Tag
    Bulky (1): The armor is particularly heavy, adding +1 to the difficulty of any Athletics test while wearing it, but increasing the Durability scale by 1 against any kind of damage it is effective.

    Power
    Psions have multiple powers that can be used to cause damage, and those are the ones that need most scale to go thru Aberrants’ armors. A Psion with enough power can reduce the precision of his attacks to increase its brute potency.
    Enhancement (Electromanipulation 3), Photonic Power (Photokinesis 3), Flash (Thermokinesis 2), Velocity (Telekinesis 2) and Assault (Algesis 2) can reduce the enhancement by 3 to increase the scale by 1, as long the enhancement is not reduce to to 0 or less (if the enhancements would be 7 or more, it’s possible to reduce it by 6 and increase the scale by 2).
    Chimera (Transmogrify 4) weapons gain access to the Heavy tag that, combined with a larger size (from Transmogrify 5), can reach scale 3.


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    Fists of Flux - Inspired and Powered Martial Arts for Talents
    Tomes of Inspiration - Rituals and Dark Magic in Fists of Flux

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    • #17
      There are several powers that let you temporarily grant yourself or others reasonable Physical, Mental, or Social Edges. I take that to mean you can grant pretty much any bonus that sounds even vaguely reasonable and just call it an Edge. The only quibbles are whether the bonus is sufficiently narrow in focus, and how many successes must be spent to grant the hypothetical Edge.

      You want 2 Enhancement to balancing on a wire? Sure, there's probably an Edge to do that.

      You want mental scale when playing chess? Sure, that sounds like the sort of thing an Edge should do.

      Given that the Enhance power explicitly stacks with the Swift Edge (granting Speed Scale 3), I presume using Edge/power combos to boost your Scale by two isn't too unusual. This rules interpretation even makes sense, as it allows sufficiently powerful psions to successfully fight all but the most powerful Aberrants, which is something that happens in continuity.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Bunyip View Post

        Not really, no.
        I think I just may not understand how large Scale differences work when nova powers and psi effects clash- particularly some of the high-level psi powers.

        For example, could an adequately Mega-Intelligent nova create an encryption system of scale 5 that even Alex Cassel couldn't crack using Subquantum Computing (Scale 1)

        And while presumably novas that are functioning at strength scale 5 or have scale 5 attacks could punch through any forcefield General Larssen could make, could a strength scale 4 Nova move an object locked into place with the Scale 1 Subquantum Lock?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Shalmaneser View Post
          For example, could an adequately Mega-Intelligent nova create an encryption system of scale 5 that even Alex Cassel couldn't crack using Subquantum Computing (Scale 1)
          Subquantum Computing is at least Scale 2, but yes, it’s possible to create a Quantum computer and it would be a Q-Tech. It’s the same for AIs and other Nova creations, they are unbeatable by any mean, and Subquantum Computing would not be capable of reading this creations because it is charged with quantum, like any high rank Nova ou Q-Tech.

          And while presumably novas that are functioning at strength scale 5 or have scale 5 attacks could punch through any forcefield General Larssen could make, could a strength scale 4 Nova move an object locked into place with the Scale 1 Subquantum Lock?
          General Larssen Force field can be destroyed by a Power scale 5. What a nova can’t destroy is whatever is protected by the 7th dot power of Larsen, as it lock every atom in the place for the duration, no matter what happens.


          House Rules - The Basics - House Rules for Trinity Continuum
          Fists of Flux - Inspired and Powered Martial Arts for Talents
          Tomes of Inspiration - Rituals and Dark Magic in Fists of Flux

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          • #20
            I get that once you get into Q-tech the sky's the limit. I meant ordinary encryption- a mathematical encryption system that would run just fine on normal computers, yet be unhackable by low-scale powers. A puzzle too difficult to solve, basically, despite Subquantum Computing's ability to crack any encryption.

            Basically (and in the case of the Subquantum Lock), does Scale limit the ability of powers, or does it apply outside the normal scale system for purposes of power clashes?

            Does a Scale 4 unstoppable force beat a scale 1 immovable object, basically?

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            • #21
              There should be advanced hand-held weapons that gave scale (other than needing the heavy tag). The psi powers should be balanced around the weapons, for gameplay reasons. The game core element is not 'Varg - the rider', or even 'Future Military', but the psionic orders.

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              • #22
                “Series 4 Deatomizer; Noisy Cricket.”


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