Saturday, May 26, 2012

New Power: Mediumship

Below is a new power I came up with to add mediums or spiritualists to an ICONS game, perhaps one focusing on the supernatural and containing elements of horror. As always, please feel free to critique and offer suggestions in the comment section below.

Mediumship
Sensory Power
You see dead people, and as a medium have the ability to communicate and interact with them as well.

Mediumship allows you to see, hear and interact with the ghosts and spirits of the departed, whether they wish to be seen or not. Just as you are aware of the spirits present, they too are aware of your presence and know you can see them as well. On a successful Mediumship power check against a difficulty of the Willpower of the target, any ghost, spirit or other incorporeal being in your presence can be touched and affected by you as if they were corporeal beings, and your attacks, powers and other abilities will now work on them as if they were living beings in the real, material world.

You may ask a ghost or spirit in your presence any questions you like, but they are not required to provide truthful answers to you or even answer you at all unless they are under the influence of any mental powers you possess or other means of forcing their will. If you are unable to speak the language that the ghost or spirit spoke in life, make a Mediumship power check against a difficulty of the incorporeal being's Intellect. Success means you are able to communicate verbally and understand each other despite your language differences.

Mediumship requires the ghost or spirit to already be in the immediate vicinity (perhaps anchored to or otherwise haunting the area) for the power to work. 

Séance
As a bonus power or power stunt, you may perform a séance to summon to your presence the ghost or spirit of any departed soul with whom you wish to communicate. For a séance to work, you must have at least two other people present (they do not need to have the Mediumship power) and join hands with them in a circle that must not be broken. You must also possess and have present either an object that was of significance to the departed soul you wish to contact, or one of the participants in the séance should be someone with a significant relationship to the deceased. Make a power check against the Willpower of the spirit you wish to summon to your presence. Success means they heed your call and arrive in your presence to make themselves known. They must answer your questions and the questions of all others present at the séance truthfully (although some may give cryptic responses) and to the best of their ability. Unless other séance participants also possess the Mediumship power, they cannot see the incorporeal spirit, but they can hear and communicate with the departed soul who will appear to speak through your voice as the acting medium. All present at the séance will be able to understand and communicate with the spirit regardless of language differences.

Speak With Dead
As a bonus power or power stunt, you may speak with the ghost or spirit of a departed soul in a manner similar to Séance. Speak With Dead requires that you possess in your presence the corpse or bones of the spirit you wish to summon and communicate with - the spirit will animate the earthly remains and appear to speak through them as it did in life. Make a power check against the Willpower of the spirit you wish to summon and speak with. Success means they heed your call and arrive in your presence, possessing the remains of their corporeal body. They must answer your questions and the questions of all others present truthfully (although some may give cryptic responses) and to the best of their ability. Unlike Séance, however, all present (even if they do not possess the Mediumship power) will see and hear the earthly remains speak with the voice of the departed spirit. All present will be able to understand and communicate with the spirit regardless of language differences.

When randomly rolling characters, Mediumship can be taken in place of ESP.

4 comments:

  1. I've already updated this to include a new bonus power, Speak With Dead, and to reinforce that the basic Mediumship power only works on ghosts or spirits already in the area for whatever reason.

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  2. It's always such a pleasure perambulate through your blog: we have a new nice surprise around here. Keep them coming!

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  3. Thank you, Fabrício! I'm glad you are enjoying it, and I hope you find it useful. :)

    Meanwhile, I can't seem to stop tinkering with the above, this time mostly for clarity though.

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  4. Another update, this time to Séance and Speak With Dead: "All present will be able to understand and communicate with the spirit regardless of language differences."

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