Humans and other cultures have found new mental capabilities through genetic manipulation and nanotechnological symbiosis. Commonly these powers are called psionics.
Humans have evolved the most in their capacity to manifest and use psionics, but some species even have natural psionic abilities. Most of these powers have been around now for hundreds of years – even longer in some cultures – and there are many different traditions and schools for the development and preservation of psionic abilities. In the Consortium there are a few official organizations devoted to the cultivation of these unique gifts, but there are many other organizations operating underground, and hiding from the scrutiny of the Consortium officials. Psionic organizations have an essential role in regulating and monitoring the use of these powers, but individual organizations also play an important social role in some of the cultures.
Psionic-users are divided into two very different types: Voyants and nanokinetics. People gifted with natural psychic talents are commonly known as voyants, and psychics whose central nervous system is attuned and modified to control highly advanced amatium-based nano-swarms with their thought and instinct alone are known as nanokinetics.
Also: Psychics, Seers, Espers, Witches
Voyants practice various psychic disciplines that can manifest as clairvoyance, prescience, telepathy, and biokinetics. Humans have always had the potential in their genes, but it was only after the third enigma was deciphered when the first human voyants were born. Nibirans and louhos have their voaynts, but they follow very different traditions than humans do.
The Voyant Orders
The most well-known voyant organization in the Consortium is Ordo Verugenus, also known as the Verugenite Sisterhood. Ordo Verugenus is a matriarchal society that uses eugenic methods to breed more potent voyants. Other notable organizations include:
- Vala Templars – The valorous warrior-monks of the Louhos.
- The Silent Covenant – The mysterious and respected oracles of the Nibirans.
- The Cabal – The dreaded shape-changers who have devoted their psychic abilities to espionage and assassinations.
- Mentacore – Consortium’s secretive intelligence service and the highest authority in enforcing the psionic regulations in Consortium worlds.
In addition to the formal organizations and schools, there are other traditions that operate either hidden or away from the reach of the Consortium’s close monitoring. For example, nomads have their bioshamans, and some metacorporations employ “wild” freelance voyants to take care of their sensitive matters or psychic counter-measures.
Amatium can be used as a catalyst to manufacture a potent psychic serum often known just as “sap.”
Also: Cynaptics, NKs, Nics, Veilers
Nanokinetics are most often humans, oberonians or qu’ari who have formed a symbiosis with an intelligent nano-swarm and undergone an extensive nervous system augmentation that allows them to use nanetics to manipulate nano-swarms called nano-veils with high precision and speed. Other species can have nano-controller implants to control regular nano-swarms, but their nervous system is not advanced enough to control the nano-veils.
Nano-veils consist of countless of microscopic nanomachines that exist in a form of symbiosis with the nanokinetic. Nano-veils are practically invisible when on standby, but when they are activated they form a kind of mist or veil around their controller. A nano-veil can manipulate matter on a molecular level and change its shape and state from gaseous form to a solid tendril or layer in a matter of seconds or even milliseconds. As an example, a nano-veil can be used to create an optical camouflage, form a protective energy shield, shoot kinetic bolts or make solid appendages or clouds capable of manipulating objects. This gives nanokinetics almost magic-like powers and abilities similar to psychokinetics, but it has its price.
There is a drawback to using nanetics. Excessive strain on the nano-veil can be fatal to the nanokinetic host. Usually, nano-veils try to protect their host and draw energy and matter from their surroundings without causing any harm, but in an emergency, the nano-veil might resort to drawing body heat and consuming biomass to replicate more nanomachines faster. Often this is done with the consent of the host, but this depends on the exact nature of the symbiosis and the instincts of the nano-veil.
Raw amatium can also be used as a very potent booster for the nano-veils or as a means to replenish a damaged veil at a much faster rate.