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  • What would a Psiad society look like.

    I'm doing some things, but one of the projects I'm looking at it a lost colony where psiads are somewhat more common--but no psions. So I'm trying to think of what the differences would be like.

    The first difference is that, obviously, people are going to be less specialized. It's highly likely that some of the more useful "day to day" abilities might be picked up even if you don't intend to go any further in them A dot in telepthay for example.

    the second difference is that the biggie powers are going to be far rarer--the only way a psiad gets five dots in anything is by using strong mode, and that's only for one mode.

    And most notably, that means that a psiad who gets teleportation is only going to be able to grab one four dot power, using strong mode, and that's for those who have hit 5 dots in psi.

    That means that things like Long-jump and portal are going to be very rare, although given how useful they are, societal pressure might see psiads pushed to stretch themselves.

    Anything else?

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    Strong Mode Specialists might be very very rare and well respected as they can almost easily do things which are quite difficultto pull of. Thus i would assume they would became famous for pulling off these modes almost risk free.

    Otherwise you have these very powerful combinated Modes, that would not be available to a Aeon Psion.


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    • #3
      There would probably be something like the Jedi Academy (or maybe a few based on specialties/philosophy). That is where I would start in my societal design. The "padawan" system would work very well with similarly specialized/focused psiads. The strong mode ones would of course be considered the best of the best in their field. It would also make sense to have a ruling council at least for the psiads (they may or may not rule/influence the larger society).

      There would probably be fairly strict rules governing the appropriate usage of psionic powers (particularly those that directly mess with others).

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      • #4
        There could be mode combinations that are so common they categorize them as a single power. Maybe everyone with Vitakinesis is able to heal at range, and they'd view full vitakinetics as extremely limited. Or have different rules about what they think is possible. Is psycholocation common enough they assume it's a prerequisite for telepathy or teleportation modes?

        And (this could get confusing fast), do they even use the same vocabulary to describe what they can do? Or are they clairvoyants, psychics, empaths, psychomorphs, manipulating anti-quantum? Could they even consider themselves a kind of Nova that's immune to corruption?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Teanjel View Post
          There could be mode combinations that are so common they categorize them as a single power. Maybe everyone with Vitakinesis is able to heal at range, and they'd view full vitakinetics as extremely limited.
          To steal an idea from a fanfic I once read where unethical MK Ultra style CIA experimentation actually lead to reliable techniques for unlocking latent psychic potential, optional alternative school gym classes could train students to access their Vitakinesis. One single dot in any Vitakenisis Mode unlocks Knit, which ensures you fully recover from any physical condition which doesn't kill you faster than Knit heals you, while your lifespan likely increases to an unknown degree.

          Everyone who passes that gym class gets an extended lifetime of perfect health, so traditional hospitals shrink a lot. Top tier healers are more likely to travel with ambulances, via teleportation, or to act remotely via clairsentience than to sit around the hospital waiting for critically injured accident victims to get to them.

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          • #6
            I could see a lot of people, and maybe even the whole society training system, focused on aiding in the unlocking of at least one dot in every mode in every aptitude possible. I mean just getting one in everything boosts such people up to a level that makes society a bit better off.

            Also, and this is just me, but I would totally change the way the Psiad psi chart works. Maybe not at first but I could see having a breakthrough that would increase the potential of said psiads. This would be especially true depending on how old the society is.

            As a note, things change depending on the percentage of active Psiads there are in society. There being a smaller, yet common, amount means that it might be cost effective to give them a great deal of education - education focused on pushing one's psychic capabilities.

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            I think a 'good' way to go about things is a Psychic Order where all those with psychic capabilities are a part of, even as they go about their lives in a way that is normal for the society in question. Being a part of this order grants them access to knowledge, education, and the benefits of teachers/mentors/masters and also power relics. But even more it allows for them to be looked over in a judging and social understanding way.

            As an aside I could also see something like Second Age Aes Sedai from the Wheel of Time as a way of going about things.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NewK View Post
              That means that things like Long-jump and portal are going to be very rare, although given how useful they are, societal pressure might see psiads pushed to stretch themselves.
              How useful are they, really? If you’re living in a happy, self-sustaining colony, how much do you value interstellar travel? My guess is not much. Similarly, if you have interstellar travel, you’re probably not a long lost colony because contact with Earth is easy.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bunyip View Post
                How useful are they, really? If you’re living in a happy, self-sustaining colony, how much do you value interstellar travel? My guess is not much. Similarly, if you have interstellar travel, you’re probably not a long lost colony because contact with Earth is easy.
                Even if they were a particularly large colony with an initial population in the hundreds of thousands, their society probably fits in an area smaller than New Jersey, with a small number of laborers working distant mines and a handful of ultra rich having remote lakeside cottages.

                If this colony world does have a disproportionately large psiad population, that means they've also got a disproportionate number of people capable of advanced science. Even without Doyen interference, they've likely begun developing their own noetic biotech.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Shepherdboi View Post
                  they've likely begun developing their own noetic biotech.
                  They’re own psi-tech, sure. Biotech? Maybe, maybe not.

                  The Doyen push various species to use biotech and to think it’s the ‘one true way’ of psionic technology. And maybe it is. Or maybe that’s just another way they control the other species. A psi-capable human colony outside Doyen influence might develop hardtech psi tech instead.


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                  • #10
                    Remember the words of Mass Effect's Sovereign:

                    Your civilization is based on the technology of the mass relays. Our technology. By using it, your civilization develops along the paths we desire.




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                    • #11
                      Well, for this setting, which i hiope to get done, because 2020 is over and 2021 will be nicer to me, the numbers would be smaller so the amount of technological development would be lower--10 million vs. billions means a lot fewer opportunities for "ah-hah!" That being said, one of the possible options would be them contacting earth, rather than the other way around, which requires some degree of exploration. (and to be fair, you don't have to have a LOT of space capable Psiads. A few teleporters with portal can comfortably explore a lot).

                      I've been thinking that since psiads have been known for some time, that the tech might be more in terms of doctrine and technique, rather than a vast amount of hard or biotech (though certainly, that could exist as well). After all, having 50 or 100 years of psi's being openly known is likely to see entire universities growing up around the study of noetics, which would have a large number of benefits.

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                      • #12
                        There are a couple of things you'd have to determine with this scenario:

                        1). Do they gain access to Quantakinesis when Dr. Bhurano sets off her noetic beacon, or when they first encounter a psion or psiad from Earth? What do they think about this?

                        2). Why are there apparently more active psiads on this world than the entirety of Earth? Since this seems to be a Nova era colony, you could easily presume a Nova with knowledge of psiads specifically set up a place where those with noetic potential could manifest their powers without being suppressed by all the quantum energy floating around on Earth. Maybe the existence of a psiad teammate lead to this breakthrough, and they either colonized a world with a naturally powerful noetic field, or made some sort of noetic device to make it more likely for psiads to come into their powers. Does this field give everyone free Enhancement to psi rolls? Would the existence of a device that boosts the likelihood of developing noetic powers for everyone in the colony make the psi orders question why their prometheus chambers can only handle one person at a time?

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                        • #13
                          Would the Psiads be free agents or would the society develop along the notion of to use ones power for the community is the guest good?

                          Also with it being a gene would Psiads be part of a breeding program trying to keep the gene active and plentiful? Or would they try to spread the gene to every family in the colony?

                          There is also the potential for elders of vitakinesis and biokinesis to live extended life spans or be ageless. So would most Psiads be pushed into learning the fundamentals of those two mods to extend their lives?

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