Have you ever thought about someone only to have that person call you on your holophone? Have you ever had the sense of deja vu? Ever look at the listings for a horserace and have the name of the winning horse jump out at you? You might have what some people refer to as a “psychic twinkle,” a touch of psychic energy that you manage to harness for a brief moment.
It has long been known that certain people in Valhalla have harnessed this power for years. Most notably, the Iclavian aliens are naturally imbued with these powers. They can have entire conversations without ever opening their mouths. They are capable of many other displays of mind over matter as well. Other creatures, mostly human, have also become adept at harnessing these powers.
Indeed, as a recent study by the INSL has shown, the number of non-Iclavian psionic users throughout Valhalla has tripled over the last twenty years. Where is all of this knowledge coming from, and what does it mean to the people of Valhalla?
“Remarkably, very little,” explains Izblat Chzkan, one of the Iclavian emissaries to the INSL. “Psionic power is an aspect of what your kind often refers to as ‘magic.’ As such it is regulated by the Technology and Magical Equalization Treaty. The same restriction that stops an elf from calling a tornado down in the middle of Megalopolis also inhibits psionics. The fact that more people of other races are starting to utilize these powers is not so remarkable.”
This opinion, however, is not one that all people share. Some have become gravely concerned over the increased use of these “powers of the mind” and hope to stop their rise. One such person is Governor Harold Phelps from the American sector of the Republic of Nations. “The fact that more people are being indoctrinated in the powers of the Iclavian race is proof that they are focused on the subjugation of all other creatures on this planet. Their powers are of the mind. They are able and willing to invade your thoughts, manipulate your mind, and bend your will to their own. How can we trust creatures that can do such things? I do not trust these creatures. I do not trust people that have come under their sway. Every contact with creatures of their hive-like race runs the risk of mental domination.”
While Governor Phelps’ commentary might seem extreme to some, others believe that there is evidence to back up this claim. A prime example is the fact that nearly eighty percent of the people who have learned Psionics have done so within a hundred miles of the Iclavian border. The majority of these have been in the Kuan Ti Territories, followed closely by Brahmaloka. In fact, both nations have multiple schools of Psionics within their territories. This does not include the growing number of people, mostly humans and elves, who are traveling to Yod-Zok to learn from the Iclavians first-hand.
“It is not unusual for this to happen,” insists Izblat Chzkan. “Where else would people interested in the arts of the mind go to study them? Many of the peoples of Kuan Ti and Brahmaloka are also naturally predisposed to Psionic focus. Many of their traditions including martial arts, yoga, meditation, and Tai-Chi are doorways to unlocking the powers of the mind. They have the keys in their hands already. We simply help them to unlock it. ”
“Pandora had a locked box,” Governor Phelps opines. “See what happened when she opened it? It is not the Iclavians I fear, but their capacity for mental manipulation. When a group such as this has the power to subjugate and control the minds of another, nobody is safe. The devious arts of the Iclavian race must be contained!”
Izblat Chzkan disagrees, however, pointing to the prevalence of Magic throughout Valhalla. “It is no different than the humans who learn to harness the powers of the Elements from the Elves, or the priests who call upon the powers of the divine. It is simply another way to harness the untapped power of the universe.”
“My God and my side-arm,” Insists Governor Phelps, “are the only powers I recognize!”