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From:     Ken Lipka <klipka@????.com>
Date:     Tue, 26 Sep 95 7:47:37 EDT
Subject:  Re: Psi in Space
> Psionics in the Spelljammer Universe

> Clairsentience
>
> Know Direction
>     This power is of little use in wild space or the Flow.
>
	Why?  Is it just because the power description says it always gives it
information in terms of "north/south/etc."?  This would be a more limited
version of Know Course.  I view it that Know Course well let the Psi know
his source, destination, the path between them, and the path he is currently
on.  This power will let the Psi know the heading of his vessel.  It will
tell him nothing of the other.  But it is still useful because of the chance
of running into a storm of some kind in space and the ship getting tossed
around.  A normal navigator would have no hope of knowing if he was bace on
course or not until the ship had travelled a fair distance.  But with this
power, it allows instant checks on ship's heading.

> Spirit Lore
>     This does not work in the phlogiston.
>
	Again, why?  I don't recall the description of the power, so I have no
clue as to your logic.  Just from an initial statement, I would say that it
has to work in the Flow because we have plenty of evidence of spirits existing
in the Flow.

> Psychokinesis
>
> Ballistic Attack
>     This power has no effect on spelljamming ships.
>
	Only because of the maximum damage caused by the power.  Otherwise,
you can quite handilly continually smack small rocks into the ship's hull.

> Control Wind
>     This power can be used against a ship's air envelope.  Each round the
> psionicist can blow one man-days worth of air out of the envelope.  This
> rises to two and a half days if the user rolls his power score.
>
	Only if this power allows you to create wind from still air.  The name
implies that it only works on existing air currents - and as we all know, a
ship's envelope doesn't have any wind.

> Inertial Barrier
>     This power does not work against heavy weapons targetted at a ship's
> hull.  It does work if targetted at personnel.
>
	It depends.  Remember, this power works in a three yard RADIUS around
the user.  This implies a sphere.  Thus, if the Psi was either in the gravity
plane or levitating near the hull that happened to be targetted by the weapon
it would work because it would have to pass through this area of effect.  (Of
course, this means that the Psi could get hit instead.)  As for "targeted at
personnel", I assume you mean that the weapon at people in the area of effect.
(The power is always centered on the Psi.)

> Soften
>     This power is useless on ships.
>
	Why?  Sure, you can't affect an entire vessel with this power, but you
can affect parts.  As a sabotage method, you could D. Door over the vessel
(but somewhere hidden) so as to be in range, and then Soften the base of the
mast of the ship.  Then you have your weapon specialist (you do have one,
right?) target said mast.  The mast, even if it doesn't suffer the damage that
would normally cause it to break, could still break as it is weaker at a
critical joint.
	Or, you can use it in boarding actions.  Captain locked himself in the
vault?  Gee, let's just soften that lock.

> Psychometabolism
>
> Cellular Adjustment
>     This power can be used to repair even ships.  For every 10 hit points
> healed, 1 hul point is repaired.
>
	I would say no, unless you are talking an elven vessel.  Doesn't the
power specifically state that it only works on living beings?  If so, the only
living ships (normally) are all of the elven vessels.

> Mind Over Body
>     The psionicist cannot overcome his need for air!
>
	No, but it could allow the Psi to simulate the NWP of Shallow Breathing
(or whatever it is called).


	Those have been my views on this subject.  I'd be interested in
hearing from someone who actually has the books available to them to support
or nuke my/his opinions.

	Ken Lipka
	klipka@????.com



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SubjectFromDate (UTC)
Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 00:57:08
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 01:12:52
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 02:13:04
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 02:38:25
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 03:15:56
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 03:22:56
Re: Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 11:47:37
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 11:59:49
Re: Psi in Space    Orion    26 Sep 1995 12:26:52
Re: Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 14:14:30
Re: Psi in Space    Thomas O. Magann Jr.    26 Sep 1995 16:58:40
Psi in Space    Ken Lipka    26 Sep 1995 18:25:20

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