This is a measure of your strength of will, your psychic power, your
magical aptitude, and your spiritual power. High psyche people draw
others to them, even if they don't want to, and tend to dominate social
situations, whether by charisma or by sheer force of personality.
Psyche is often used to determine how well your powers work and how
much control you have over them. It's also used in psychic combat,
when minds struggle directly. It can be intended to cause mental
damage or alternately to invade people's minds, stealing their secrets
or controlling them. Psychic combat can be initiated by either touching
your opponent, establishing eye contact, by magic, or by Trump contact.
There are other means, but these are the most common. (For example,
in some shadows, you can communicate mind to mind with ease while in different
cities or even continents)
High Psyche helps you to:
- Feel building magical energies before they go off
- Detect other minds
- Sense the physical health of those around you
- Sense the mental state of those around you and their attitude towards you, even if they try to hide it.
- Sense objects of power
- Sense the use of Powers if you have some means to detect them (Pattern users will feel the use of the Logrus and vice vesa, for example)
- Establish and win psychic combats
- Force Trump contacts
- Use Trump, Power Words, Sorcery, Pattern, Logrus, and some applications of Shapeshifting
Approximate Levels of Psyche
You have the willpower of an average human, which means
that in the Amber scheme of things, you're feeble. The average Amberite
can crush you like a bug in psychic combat, and anyone above Amber rank
can peel your mind like a grape in seconds. You can't even initiate
Your will is on a level with that of major world leaders
on Earth. You can initiate psychic combat. This is the average rank in Chaos, while in Amber someone at this rank is considered somewhat
weak willed. Anyone with 1 or more points can still squish your mind
like a grape, but it may take a little time if they don't have too many
The best real world human who ever was, an above average
Chaosian, or an an average Amberite. You can initiate psychic combat,
easily beating those of Human rank and defeating those of Chaos rank with
effort. Only those with 76 or more points of Psyche can beat you
with a single psychic blow if you're ready for them.
Bottom Ranked (1-10)
Average Amberites specializing in Psyche will generally
be found in this range of points.
Low Ranked (11-20)
People at this level are considered strong willed in
Middle Ranked (21-50)
This is the realm of the consumate professional.
Powerful sorcerors and powerful shapers of Shadow by means
of Pattern or Logrus will generally fall into this range.
High Ranked (51-75)
This is a very exceptional level of psyche, possessed
generally by only the best.
Best Ranked (76-125)
This is nigh-unbelievable strength of will.
People at this level can crush others psychically incredibly quickly.
Indeed, sometimes, you may mold others to your will without realizing it
if their psyche is substantially lower than yours.Anyone with Amber psyche
or lower is basically your puppet with no real chance of saving themselves.
Exalted Rank (126+)
You pimp-slap Fiona and Dworkin in your spare time,
most likely. You have a god-like will. Anyone with ten or less
points of Psyche will pretty much collapse in the face of your psychic