I am looking to build a new base class, the Telepath. However, I’d like to get an idea what that conjures in people’s mind when they see the class name. This group seems pretty amazing at sharing ideas and opinions, so I thought it would be a great place to bounce some ideas before Iget into the meat of trying my first class creation.
* What archetype does this bring to mind for you?
* What are the key concepts and abilities you most associate with a Telepath?
Do these ideals change depending on the genre (e.g. Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy)?
Do you see a difference between say a Telepath and a Telekinetic or do you see kinetics as an expansion of telepathy?
Where would Clairvoyance (Sixth Sense, Precognition type abilities), come into play… its own archtype or mixed with Teleapthy?
What sources from literature, film, RPGs do you consider the best representation of how you see telepathic (or other psychic) abilities? (i.e. Favored character representations)
For me, I see ‘Telepathy’ as being as primarily being about the reception and transmission of thoughts, memories and emotions. Powers I associate with a Telepath are: telepathic communication (heard or seen), empathic reading, memory probing, memory alteration, shared senses, mind control and suggestion.
I see a Telekinetic as someone who can control matter such as: speeding and slowing electrons to create heat, cold or static electricity; manipulating gravity fields to make objects (or people) move, etc.
Personally, I’m on the fence about Clairsentient abilities. Clairvoyance and Precognition are interesting concepts but I’m not necessarily sure they can support their own archetype. There is of course the school of thought of the generic ‘Psychic’ who can do it all, but overall I tend to think that muddies the archetype down unless there is a ‘Path’ of progression per say where one Psychic may develop toward one type of power while another follows a different path, but their core abilities are the same. (I.e. I’m not a fan of the SRD Psion that has a bunch of powers that mimic a wizard, nor am I a fan of Psychometabolic (Psy-Warrior) or Psychoportative (Nightcrawler) type abilities for a Telepath archetype.)
I look forward to seeing whatever kinds of responses this may elicit. Oh, and thanks in advance for any responses.