There are several forms of supernatural phenomena, which may appear to be the product of magic, but in fact originate from a completely alternative source other than the Æther.
Psionics (or Psychic Power)
Everything, when considered on the most basic of levels, is nothing more than a specific arrangement of electrons, protons and neutrons. Therefore everything can be affected by a change of electrical charge or an increase or decrease of electrons. Such as static electricity causing your hair to stand on ends.
All animal and human thought processes are nothing more than electrical impulses and stimulation within the brain. Brains control the body via the nervous system. The brain sends electrical impulses along the nervous system, which in turn stimulate particular areas of the body for a specific effect. Such as the contracting or relaxing of muscles.
Now, assume that a brain can affect something directly without first having to go through the rest of the nervous system. Why should this not be? Could it not be possible that a brain can send an electrical impulse through the air as it would through the nervous system. Remember, everything is made of electrons, protons and neutrons - even air.
This is the basis of psionics, the ability to effect a change within physical reality without direct physical contact in the traditional sense. Psionicists or psychics can directly affect their surrounding physical enviroment or even the thoughts of others by simple manipulation of the electrical energies and charges of any intervening molecules and atoms.
There Are Two Subgroups In Psionics:
This subgroup focuses on the manipulation of kinetic energies of objects or substances. Kinetic energy can be described in the simplest of terms as 'energy of movement.' By increasing or decreasing kinetic energy, a psionicist or psychic can produce a large variation of effects, such as causing items to combust or freeze (Temperature is an average measurement of the kinetic energy of a substance's atoms) There are numerous types or schools of kinetic powers, which are classed on what energies or how they manipulate these energies.
Here follows a list of the more commonly known types and brief descriptions:
- Telekinesis (the ability to move objects with thought alone)
- Hydrokinesis (the ability to manipulate water)
- Cryokinesis (the ability to manipulate temperature)
- Pyrokinesis (the ability to manipulate fire)
- Geokinesis (the ability to manipulate earth)
- Photokinesis (the ability to manipulate light)
- Magnokinesis (the ability to manipulate magnetic fields)
- Gyrokinesis (the ability to manipulate gravitational fields)
- Aerokinesis (the ability to manipulate air)
Combinations of the above (example: hydrokinesis and cryokinesis to manipulate ice)
This subgroup focuses on thoughts and the mind. Some psionicists and psychics can 'read' the electrical activity of another's brain and can effectively read the thoughts of that individual. Other psionicists may even manipulate the electrical activity of another's brain and can influence their thoughts, words and actions.
Extremely powerful psionicists can even control others, while more malicious psionicists can actually disrupt the electrical activity and cause severe damage to the mind and brain of an individual.