This post is inspired by the work of Red Kangaroo, specifically this post.
You can gain Psychic Powers through a variety of means (see below).
When you want to use a Psychic Power, you must roll 1d20 and add the relevant modifier (usually COG). The Referee will assign a DC. If you succeed on the roll, you successfully do what you tried to do. Ex: A creature with telekinesis attempts to open a window with their powers. The DC for this is 10, as the window is locked and it will require a bit of finesse. He rolls and gets a 13, so he succeeds.
You have Mana Dice (MD) equal to your COG+CON modifier. You can roll these d6s to improve one of your d20 rolls to make your powers work better. When used, your Mana Dice burn out, but they come back after a long rest. You must choose to roll these dice when you make a d20 roll to use your powers, you cannot roll them afterward. Additionally, certain powers will require more MD to be able to affect more people or be more effective.
When you first unlock your Psychic Powers, roll on the table below. You gain that ability and can use it as an action. Whenever you achieve a new threshold of Psychic might, roll on the table again and unlock a new random power. Alternatively, you can choose to empower your existing abilities, gaining a +1 bonus to that specific ability whenever you use it.
How to get psychic powers?
1- Unlock them through years of study, practice and meditation. This will require years of meditation, deprivation, fasting and likely, celibacy. Safe, but long and hard with no guarantee of success.
2- Almost die, but don't. Some speculate that all humans possesses latent psychic abilities. These people often also speculate that putting yourself in near-death situations can awaken these powers. They are occasionally right, but just as often they get people killed.
3- Get attacked by a psychic or have a sufficiently strong psychic use their powers on you, and don't die. The psychic energy within the minds of other psychics can sometimes kick-start your own psychic abilities, assuming you have the potential to manifest such abilities. This can be done very slowly and painlessly, or it can be quick, abrupt and dangerous. Make sure you're not dealing with a maniac before you ask them for this.
4- Consume certain chemicals, drugs or toxins that raise psychic potential. Certain chemicals are said to boost or bestow psychic potential and in some cases, this is actually true. Many of the substances alleged to do this however are often merely powerful hallucinogens or deliriants.
5- Try to get mutated in a beneficial way. Risky, for obvious reasons.
6- Get possessed or make a pact with a Astral creature (totally not a Demon). Trust me, this one has never back fired. It's foolproof!
There are other methods, though they are less common and often have questionable results.
Where do they come from?
1- From mutations. Hang out around enough exotic radiation and you might learn how to shoot lightning with your mind. Or you might turn into human soup- it's a bit of a crapshoot.
2- From evolution. Humanity is evolving into a psychic species. One day, we'll all be psychic. This is just a bit of growing pains as we figure it out.
3- From alien DNA. Aliens came and modified us with their DNA, granting us these abilities. My source? Uh, just trust me bro.
4- From God. God clearly gave us these powers, as he intended for us to have 'dominion over the Earth'. If you're of a more pagan persuasion, this could be powers granted by the gods or the magic from our ancestral legends.
5- From the Devil. These powers are evil and were given to us to ensnare us and lead us away from the truth! We must resist the temptation to use them and fight those who use their powers to oppress their fellow man.
6- Who knows? It's a mystery, man. Just don't worry about it.
How to make them stronger?
1- Train with a stronger psychic. This will require finding and convincing them to train you. This will likely be hard and annoying and require something dangerous, seemingly pointless or both.
2- Vision Quest. Go out into the wilderness and don't eat or drink. Spend your time focusing your mind. Live like an Old Testament prophet fleeing his countrymen. Eventually, Angels or Gods might show up to teach you how to do something cool.
3- Do certain, highly dangerous drugs. You know those drugs that can boost or awaken psychic abilities? Take an irresponsible amount of those and call me in the morning.
4- Demon Pact. Sell your soul, baby! No possible downsides here.
5- Put yourself in dangerous situations. In a sufficiently dangerous situation, it is possible to have a Second Awakening, which dramatically boosts your powers. Of course, this doesn't always works and usually never more than once.
6- Kill another psychic and eat their power. This is obviously a very taboo option, but it definitely works. It's just much easier said than done, especially as you'll either need a bunch of weaker psychics or one that's stronger than you.
|by Murata Yusuke, from One Punch Man