The real issue at this point for me in introducing Ayn Jones to Psionic powers was creating a character that was powerful enough to handle things on her own but not so powerful she was a a goddess in strength and everything would be easy for her. This is my largest problem with a lot of space Opera type science fiction is that the power levels of some of the people are over the top. I also think some of the universe saving issues of some plot lines in such space opera are a little unrealistic. I am trying to keep a realistic feel to things but give some extra powers to make it science fiction and cyberpunk kind of mixed together.
In MegaTraveller when a person with psionic potential is tested they discover what powers they have. This is done by double dice rolls where each power is rolled against and you start with a negative one dice modifier and for every power you roll after that the modifier gains another negative one so the second power you roll for has negative two, the third negative three and so on. There are six powers listed in the game: Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Telekinesis, Awareness, Teleportation and Special. Most folks when rolling for power start with Special or Teleportation because the require a 9 or better to get. Awareness is 7 or better. Clairvoyance and Telekinesis are 6 or better and Telepathy is a 5 or better. Because of the increasing negative modifier most people roll for Special and Teleportation, then Awareness, then the ones that are lower in order.
When I rolled originally for Ayn Jones I actually did this the first time but I got zero powers which is quite possible because by the time you reach Telepathy you are trying to get a 5 plus on double dice with a negative six modifier. That was not something I could accept given all the time I had put into the story at this point so I rerolled. This time though I decided to avoid Teleportation and Special altogether as I felt they are two powerful for her character. I started with Awareness and worked my way down: Awareness roll: 9-1=8 (Awareness gained); Telekinesis roll:5-2=3(negative result); Clairvoyance 9-3=6 (Clairvoyance gained); Telepathy roll: 10-4=6 (Telepathy gained). There was no point in rolling for Teleportation and Special at this point as the negative modifiers are 5 and 6 so it was not possible to have them. This was a good range of powers but also ones that will give her an edge but not make her superhuman.
In the character sheet MegaTraveller just tells you to list psionic talent with the rest of the skills but I have always listed them separately because the way they are handled are much different than normal skills. The maximum level for these powers equals her psionic strength and she will have the opportunity to roll once a month for a chance to improve each of them after her initial training of four months to their maximum level each of 11.
Retired Republic Scout Commander Ayn Jones
UPP: AACFFA Age: 46(20) Race: Human Sex: Female
Homeworld: Regulus III – UWP: C365361-A S Lo Ni Rs
Service: Republic Scout, Terms: 6, Rank: RS-15 (Scout Commander – retired), Permanent Detached Duty
Skills: Pilot-3, Computer-2, Navigation-2, Admin-1, Brawling-1, Bribery -1, Commo-1, Electronics- 1, Engineering- 1, Gravitics-1, Handgun-1, History-1, Intrusion-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1, Medical- 1, Ship Tactics-1, Small Blade- 1, Streetwise-1, Survey-1, Survival-1, Turret Weapons-1, Vacc Suit-1, Zero-G-1, Grav Vehicle-0
Psionics: Strength-11, Telepathy-1, Clairvoyance-1, Awareness-1
Default Skills: Ship’s Boat-2, Sensor Ops-1. Robot Ops-1
Equipment: Scout Ship type S, Handgun, Body Pistol, Dagger, Blade
Character Notes: Ayn Jones underwent a anagathics experiment from the time she was 18 to 19. The experiment was a success and in addition to retarding her aging process to 10% normal (1 year for every ten – she ages one year every time her chronological Age hits a year with a nine(9) on the end), it also added 2 points to her Strength, Dexterity and Endurance. Her original UPP was: 88AC8A. She has degrees in Stellar Navigation and Historical Research from Aurora University. She is also a member of the Psionics Institute. Brownie points – 5
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