Psychic Terms and Abilities:
(As Classified/Defined by Bishop’s Special Crimes Unit and by
Adept: The general term used to label any functional psychic;
the specific ability is much more specialized.
Latent: The term used to describe a person with inactive
psychic abilities; these people rarely even know about those
dormant extra senses.
Clairvoyance: The ability to know things, to pick up bits of information, seemingly out of thin air. Often requires touching
an object, but stronger clairvoyants often simply have the
knowledge or information come to them unbidden.
Telepathy (touch and non-touch or open): The ability to pick
up thoughts from others. Some telepaths only receive, while
others have the ability to send thoughts. A few are capable of
both, usually due to an emotional connection with the other
Empathy: An empath experiences the emotions of others, with
varying degrees of intensity unique to the individual psychic.
Empathic Healer: For some empaths, their emotional
connections to others is so powerful that they are able to share
physical pain and injuries, and to heal those injuries.
Depending on the seriousness of the injury, an empath-healer
can endanger his or her own life in healing someone else. A rare
empath can feel and share injuries to the mind and soul as well
as the body, and is able to heal devastating emotional and
psychological trauma so that a victim of violence can move past
Mediumistic: A medium has the ability to communicate with
the dead; some see the dead and some hear the dead. Most
mediums in the unit are able to do both, though there are of
course differences unique to each psychic.
Absolute Empath: The rarest of all abilities, this one
causes the psychic to literally absorb the pain of another, to the
point that the empath physically takes on the same injuries,
healing the injured person and then healing themselves. If they
have the strength.
Medium Healer: The ability to heal injuries to self or
others, often but not always connected to mediumistic or
empathic abilities. For medium-healers, the theory is that since
they are sensitive to the electromagnetic energy of death, they
are also often able to "tune in" the energy of life as well. And
manipulate those energies in order to heal themselves and
others. It can be extremely dangerous for the healer, depending
on the individual’s strength and how serious the pain or injury
they attempt to heal, since it always depletes their own life
Precognition: A seer or precog has the ability to correctly
predict future events. The SCU definitions differentiate
between predictions and prophesies: A prediction can
sometimes be changed, even avoided, but a prophesy will
happen no matter what anyone does to try and change the >
Psychometric: The ability to pick up impressions or
information from touching objects.
Regenerative: The ability to heal one’s own injuries/illnesses,
even those considered by medical experts to be lethal or fatal.
(A classification unique to one SCU operative and considered
separate from an empathic or mediumistic healer’s abilities.)
Telekinesis: The ability to move objects with the mind. A very rare ability.
Telepathic mind control: The ability to influence/control
others through mental focus and effort; an extremely rare
ability. Though some psychics the SCU has encountered have
displayed this ability to some degree, and they’ve seen it
between blood siblings, Bishop believes it to be a negative ability
(taking away control from others), and highly dangerous
because of that.
Dream-projecting: The ability to enter another’s dreams.
Dream-walking: The ability to invite/draw others into one’s
Spider Sense: The ability to enhance one’s normal senses
(sight, hearing, smell, etc.) through concentration and the
focusing of one’s own mental and physical energy.
UNNAMED ABILITIES INCLUDE:
The ability to absorb and/or channel energy usefully as a
defensive or offensive tool or weapon. Extremely rare due to
the level of power and control needed, and highly dangerous,
especially if the energy being channeled is dark or negative
Actual mind-control, which has very rarely been more than an
elusive, tenuous thing encountered by the SCU and Haven,
almost always in the evil monsters they hunt. That said, some
SCU and Haven operatives have shown flashes of the ability.
The ability to see into time, to view events in the past, present,
and future without being or having been there physically while
the events transpired. Another rare ability, it seems to be a
combination of clairvoyance, precognition, and sometimes
mediumistic traits, though the ability is so rare it hasn’t been
studied in depth.
The rare ability to cause another person, even another psychic,
to sleep with only a touch.
The rare ability to even momentarily freeze another person so
they are unable to move.
The ability to see the aura or another person’s energy field, and
to interpret those colors and energies.
White = healing, protective, positive
Blue/lavenders = calm
Red/rich yellows = energy/power
Red alone = almost always reflecting rage, negative
Green = unusual, tends to mix with other colors, peaceful
Metallic along the outside edge of an aura = repelling energy from another source or projecting a protective shield.
Metallic within an aura, close to the body = holding in a dangerous amount of sheer power
Black = extremely negative, even evil, especially if it has red streaks of energy and power
More than one color in an aura is common, reflecting the
outward sign of human complexities of emotion.