Torg Eternity Psionics

Return to Torg Eternity


The first section on this page is a list of all relevant power lists, sorted first by cosm, then by archetype, then by the controlling skill, to better help players decide how to build their Storm Knights. They also include TorgHacker's excellent "alternative arcane failure modes" (originally posted here), which go a long way toward helping different types of arcane Storm Knights feel different.

The second is a list of all Torg psionic powers, using the same page reference format as my Perk list, for ease of reference.

Note: The addendum "(or LRC)" in the Range stat is a reminder that contradictory effects are limited to a range of one kilometer, per the Long-Range Contradictions rules on p. 180.

Psychic Paradigms

Unlike magic or miracles, using a psionic power requires no speech or movement.

On a failure the psi takes 2 Shock.

On a Mishap, the psi takes 1 Wound but no Shock. The Wound may be Soaked; if the psi would Disconnect, that happens immediately after the Soak attempt.

Any power marked with a (β) is not available until Beta clearance.

(Note: Per errata, telekinesis no longer appears on certain lists.)

Core Earth

"(Wild)" means the psi is a wild talent; see The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold (p. 29) or click the link for a house-ruled version.

Firestarter (Wild)

  • Kinesis: heat shield, pyrokinesis, pyrokinetic storm (β*).
* Firestarters ignore the Beta prereq for pyrokinetic storm.

Institute

  • See Tharkold, below.

Precog Anomaly (Wild)

  • Precognition: anticipate (β), awakened mind, awareness, clairsentience, deja vu, foreshadow, mnemonist, psychometry.

Psychic Anomaly

  • Kinesis: energize, minor telekinesis, pyrokinesis, strangle, telekinetic barrier, updraft.
  • Precognition: awareness, foreshadow, psychometry.
  • Telepathy: clairvoyance, clarity, cloud mind, confusion, copycat, mind sense, psychic shield, read mind, telepathy.

Telekinetic Anomaly (Wild)

  • Kinesis: atrophy, change sound, dissipate energy, environmental adaptation, flash freeze, mend, minor telekinesis, telekinesis, telekinetic barrier, telekinetic blast, telekinetic strike, updraft.

Telepathic Anomaly (Wild)

  • Telepathy: aversion, alter memory, alter object, compelling voice, empower id, inflict joy, mind surge, mind blast, relieve pain.

Pan-Pacifica

Psionic Mutation

  • Kinesis: energize, mend, pyrokinesis, strangle, telekinetic barrier.
  • Precognition: awareness, foreshadow, psychometry.
  • Telepathy: alter memory, clairvoyance, clarity, cloud mind, confusion, copycat, mind sense, psychic shield, read mind, telepathy.

Tharkold

Awakened

  • Kinesis: energize, mend, pyrokinesis, strangle, telekinesis, telekinetic barrier.
  • Precognition: awareness, foreshadow, psychometry.
  • Telepathy: alter memory, clairvoyance, clarity, cloud mind, confusion, copycat, mind blast, mind control, mind sense, psychic shield, read mind, telepathy.

Institute

  • Kinesis: change sound, energize, environmental adaptation, flash freeze, strangle, telekinetic strike, thicken air.
  • Precognition: anticipate (β), awareness, clairsentience, deja vu, foreshadow, mnemonist, psychometry, shift fate.
  • Telepathy: alter memory, alter object, aversion, clairvoyance, clarity, cloud mind, confusion, copycat, empower id, inflict joy, mind control, mind sense, mind surge, psychic deception, psychic shield, read mind, relieve pain, swap consciousness (β), telepathy.

The Way

  • Kinesis: atrophy, dissipate energy, energize, environmental adaptation, flash freeze, mend, psychic blade, pyrokinesis, pyrokinetic storm (β), strangle, telekinesis, telekinetic barrier, telekinetic blast, telekinetic strike, thicken air.
  • Precognition: anticipate (β), awakened mind, awareness, deja vu, foreshadow, psychometry, reshape reality, shift fate, stall in time.
  • Telepathy: alter memory, clairvoyance, clarity, cloud mind, confusion, copycat, empower id, mind blast, mind control, mind sense, mind surge, psychic shield, read mind, relieve pain, telepathy.

Psionic Powers

Alter Memory (p. 207)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 10 meters
Duration: Permanent

Permanently alter or insert memories; use clarity to recover them.

Alter Object (p. T44)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Concentration

Change an object's appearance, to a limited number of people.

(β) Anticipate (p. T45)
Prerequisite: Beta and foreshadow power
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Precognition 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Very Hard (DN 16)
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

Allows the psi to set their own place in the initiative order.

Atrophy (p. T46)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Spirit
Range: Touch
Duration: Concentration

Reduce a target's Dexterity and Strength.

Aversion (p. T46)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Concentration

The target(s) cannot come near or look at the psychic.

Awakened Mind (p. T46)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Precognition 16
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Heroic (DN 18)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

Trade Possibilities with a reality-rated ally.

(Errata: This power may be manifested only once per scene.)

Awareness (p. 207)
Axiom Level: 19
Skill: Precognition 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 10-meter radius
Duration: Concentration

Improve the defenses of yourself and nearby allies.

Change Sound (p. T46)
Axiom Level: 21
Skill: Kinesis 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 50 meters
Duration: 1 round

Alter or create sound.

(GM Interpretation: The canonical description contradicts itself repeatedly. The only way this power makes sense is if the third paragraph has two typos, so we assume it should say "it doesn't change the words projected" and "can't be used to mimic words.")

Clairsentience (p. T47)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Precognition 10
Casting Time: 1 minute
DN: Challenging (DN 12)
Range: Touch
Duration: 10 minutes

With an object belonging to a person, track that person's location.

Clairvoyance (p. 207)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 100 kilometers (or LRC)
Duration: Concentration

See through the eyes of another being, who is aware that it's happening.

Clarity (p. 207)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 5 meters
Duration: Instant

Remove all harmful psionic influence from a subject.

(GM Interpretation: For DN purposes, the opposing psi is the "target.")

Cloud Mind (p. 207)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 10 meters
Duration: Concentration

Prevent others from seeing you.

Compelling Voice (The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold, p. 31)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Hard (-4) vs. target's willpower or Mind (but see house rule below)
Range: 5 meters
Duration: 1 round

Give a target an order, which they must spend effort resisting or (if you do well) have to follow.

(House Rule: Ignore the standard Hard penalty; this is already so much weaker than Mind Control that it is unnecessary for balance. The additional Hard penalty for a suicidal act still applies!)

Confusion (p. 208)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 50 meters
Duration: 3 rounds

Confuse all foes in an area, penalizing their actions.

Copycat (p. 208)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 25 meters
Duration: 3 rounds

Borrow a skill from the target.

(Clarification: If you already have the skill, your effective level is the highest of your natural adds and the adds you obtain from Copycat; they do not stack.)

Deja Vu (p. T47)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Precognition 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Easy (DN 8)
Range: Self
Duration: 1 round

Make a skill temporarily Favored.

Dissipate Energy (p. T47)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Challenging (DN 12)
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

Effectively gain shield-type defense against energy attacks.

Empower Id (p. T47)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Challenging (DN 12)
Range: 25 meters
Duration: 3 rounds

Boost the target's Dexterity and Strength, at the expense of Mind.

Energize (p. 208)
Axiom Level: 20
Skill: Kinesis 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Challenging (DN 12)
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

Improve your Strength and Dexterity temporarily.

Environmental Adaptation (p. T48)
Axiom Level: 21
Skill: Kinesis 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Touch
Duration: 8 hours

Protect the target from extreme environmental cold and heat.

Flash Freeze (p. T48)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's dodge or Dexterity
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Instant

Damage a target. Especially effective (and possibly restraining) if they're in water.

Foreshadow (p. 208)
Axiom Level: 21
Skill: Precognition 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Very Hard (DN 16)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

Look at the upcoming cards in the Drama Deck.

Heat Shield (The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold, p. 31)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: 1 minute (6 rounds)

Improved defense and Armor against physical projectiles.

Hound (Tharkold Backer Archetypes, p. 11)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 10 minutes
DN: Hard (DN 14)
Range: Touch
Duration: Permanent

Enslave mindless humans as shock troops.

Inflict Joy (p. T49)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Spirit
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Concentration

Cause the subject to laugh uncontrollably, distracting them.

Mend (p. 209)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 hour
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

Heal wounds that you've suffered.

Mind Blast (p. 209)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Telepathy 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Instant

Inflict non-lethal damage that ignores armor.

Mind Control (p. 209)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Telepathy 16
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Concentration

Take control of a subject until they're able to break free. (House Rule: Ords roll to break free only when you order them to act against their nature, as for the pulp power.)

Mind Sense (p. 209)
Axiom Level: 21
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Easy (DN 8)
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Concentration

Gives a mental "map" of all sapient creatures in the area.

Mind Surge (p. T49)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Higher of psi's Mind or Spirit
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

The psi improves their own Mind and Spirit.

Minor Telekinesis (The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold, p. 31)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Kinesis 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Easy (DN 8)
Range: 10 meters
Duration: Concentration

Manipulate a single object at a distance.

Mnemonist (p. T49)
Axiom Level: 20
Skill: Precognition 8
Casting Time: 1 full round
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

Memorize everything in your immediate vicinity.

Psychic Blade (p. T49)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Challenging (DN 12)
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

Mentally create a potent melee weapon.

Psychic Deception (p. T50)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Concentration

Enhance your ability to fool and manipulate one person.

Psychic Shield (p. 210)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Concentration

Interfere with psionics that target you or any nearby friends.

Psychometry (p. 210)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Precognition 12
Casting Time: 1 minute
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Touch
Duration: Concentration

Read the psychic impressions from an inanimate object.

Pyrokinesis (p. 210)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's dodge or Dexterity
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Instant

Attack one or more targets with fire damage.

(β) Pyrokinetic Storm (p. T50)
Prerequisite: Beta and pyrokinesis power
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Kinesis 16
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Hard (DN 14) or Hard (-4) vs. target's dodge or Dexterity
Range: 50 meters
Duration: 3 rounds

Read Mind (p. 210 and T50)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Telepathy 10
Casting Time: 1 full round (errata)
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 10 meters (errata)
Duration: 1 minute

Read a target's thoughts and possibly memories, but they realize what's happening. (Errata: Only one attempt per target per scene. Reality-rated targets are always aware of this and resist as a contest.)

Relieve Pain (p. T50)
Axiom Level: 21
Skill: Telepathy 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 5 meters
Duration: Instant

You and your nearby allies recover some Shock.

Reshape Reality (p. T51)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Precognition 18
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Very Hard (DN 16)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

At the beginning of an Act, choose from two cosm cards.

Shift Fate (p. T51)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Precognition 16
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Very Hard (DN 16)
Range: Self
Duration: 1 round

The psi can alter the Approved Action of the next Drama Card.

Stall in Time (p. T51)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Precognition 18
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's dodge or Dexterity or target's reality (see below)
Range: Touch
Duration: 2 rounds

Greatly slow your target, maybe even freeze them in time.

Strangle (p. 210)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Kinesis 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's willpower or Mind
Range: 50 meters
Duration: Concentration

Attack someone's internal organs, causing them to suffer Shock.

(Clarifications: You may sustain this power via concentration, rolling each round, until you fail to overcome the victim's resistance at which point it's an action to attempt it again. Multiple uses of Strangle or any other source of Shock loss do not stack on the same subject; the victim suffers the worst of all possible Shock loss results each turn.)

Summon Eidolon (Liberator) (Tharkold Backer Archetypes, p. 17)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Telepathy 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Concentration

Break free of domination and become difficult to dominate.

(β) Swap Consciousness (p. T51)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Telepathy 18
Casting Time: 1 minute
DN: Hard (-4) vs. the target's willpower or Mind
Range: Touch
Duration: 8 hours

Swap minds with the target, who must be of your species.

Telekinesis (p. 211 and T52)
Axiom Level: 25
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Easy (DN 8)
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Concentration

Telekinesis allows a psi to move objects with her mind. The psi’s Spirit is her Strength once activated, but she continues to use her own skills as usual. If she wishes to grab a creature, she must use the Grappling rules as normal. A psi can move up to two objects at one time (including herself to "fly"). She must be able to lift the combined weight of the objects, and they move up to her walking speed.

Success Levels:

  • Good: Range of 50 meters and add +2 to the power’s effective Strength.
  • Outstanding: Range of 50 meters and add +4 to the power’s effective Strength.

(Note: This is the official errata for this power. Some further clarifications: A TK grapple does not catch the target Flat-Footed; assume they can sense it coming so it is not treated as an invisible attack. When fighting with TK, all combat skills remain based on Dexterity.)

Telekinetic Barrier (p. 211)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Concentration

A psychic shield improves all of your defenses, much like an actual shield.

Telekinetic Blast (p. T52)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Kinesis 14
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Target's dodge or Dexterity
Range: 5 meters
Duration: Instant

Damage and knockback everyone around you.

Telekinetic Strike (p. T53)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Kinesis 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: 3 rounds

Improve your unarmed combat damage.

Telepathy (p. 211)
Axiom Level: 22
Skill: Telepathy 8
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Easy (DN 8)
Range: 1 kilometer
Duration: Concentration

Communicate mind-to-mind with others.

Teleport (The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold, p. 32)
Axiom Level: 26 (yes, 26)
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 10 meters
Duration: Instant

The psi teleports herself (only) to a location within range.

Thicken Air (p. T53)
Axiom Level: 24
Skill: Kinesis 10
Casting Time: 1 action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: 25 meters
Duration: Concentration

Make all physical actions much more difficult in an area.

Updraft (Nile Empire Backer Archetypes, p. 15, and The Wastelander's Guide to Tharkold, p. 32)
Axiom Level: 23
Skill: Kinesis 12
Casting Time: Simple action
DN: Standard (DN 10)
Range: Self
Duration: Instant

Briefly rise into the air, then come down in a chosen path.


Return to Torg Eternity