1.0.0 29-07-2019 Initial idea
1.0.1 29-07-2019 Extra clarifying abilities
1.0.2 29-07-2019 Start conditions
1.0.3 30-07-2019 Psionic vs Psionic VS crew. Added "Alter perception". Changed harvest thoughts. Changed Suggestion
1.0.4 30-07-2019 Added a list of suggestions
1.0.5 31-07-2019 Changed "Disguise self", changed "Hallucinations", Added "Cloak of darkness" and "Disguise other", added slave limit to mindslave
1.0.6 2-8-2019 Changed mind project completely.
Any suggestions or additions are more than welcome!
The psionic is a mentally strong humanoid monster that is capable of altering ones mind. Due to this they are very brittle physically wise and have to rely on their brains for survival. They can’t use humanoid weapons either.
They look humanoid but more monstrous. Think of sectoids from Xcom or the Controller from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. They will be from the type human and thus can manipulate tools and heal themselves.
To gain power they have to harvest the thoughts of sleeping humanoids. These thoughts will heal them and make them able to gain powerful new abilities.
The gameplay will be stealth oriented. Seeing he’s very weak physically.
There will only be a small amount of psionics on the station. They are meant to be played as a lone antag. Seeing the way they grow in power will limit other psionics. There will be 1 psionic per +- 40 people.
His abilities cost focus to use, a resource he has to manage. Most abilities take time to channel, the instant cast abilities are emergency abilities. If he gets caught in a fight he’ll probably lose unless he can get out. He has thermal and dark vision to give a small advantage in maintenance.
The psionic slowly regains focus passively. But he can speed it up by going into a meditative trance. This trance will leave him vulnerable as he can’t move while doing it. Until interacted with which drops the trance.
Mindshielded crew have an advantage in resisting the abilities.
The psionics will start out disguised as regular crew members with jobs. They will be set on a timer till their disguise wears off. They get the ability to remove their disguise so they can use the other abilities. They will start with the following abilities unlocked:
Disguise self, they will get disguise self but they can only use it to disguise back to their "original" form. After removing their disguise at the start this will start to cost focus.
Teleport with 2 charges
Depending on the server pop size they will also get additional bonus thoughts to spend on unlocks of their choice.
They have stage objectives. The first objective will be a simple. Get X thoughts collected.
Once they have that they will get a specific target to harvest their brain from (target has to be on station on the objective creation). This target can also be another psionic, the chance of this happening will be about 25-50%. If they use harvest thoughts on that target they will instead suck the brain out. The target can be dead while doing this but if he’s alive while being sucked then the psionic will get thoughts as a reward. They can switch targets at the cost of thoughts. If the person is to hard to reach or not on the station. This person is somehow tied to a bluespace rift that the psionic can use to empower himself.
The last objective will be to go to one of 3 generated areas and connect with the bluespace weaves there. This will give out a loud sound and notification to the crew. The psionic just has to activate the rift there and then defend the location till the rift is active. Then channel himself in it.
After which they ascend and get all powers upgraded fully and better. They also become nearly immune. (Think of a sling ascension)
Psionic vs crew
The psionic will be a threat that won't be noticed to much at the start but will ramp up in danger the more power it gets. With each victim the presense of the psionic will become more clear. At this point he should have enough abilities to escape security and to blend back in with the crew to move around. The crew will be afraid to be alone and will be paranoid of their surroundings due to the psionic.
The crew will have no reason to work with the psionic and getting caught will mean that they get a permanent debuff.
Psionic vs psionic
The psionic is a lone antag. He acquires his power from harvesting thoughts which can only be done once. It's a very power hungry creature and other psionics will just get in his way.
Psionics are immune to each others mind altering powers. Yet by the use of thralls the Psionic can kill one of his rivals. If this happens he can harvest the brain of this psionic and will absorb a part of the power the other psionic had. It will also free the mindslaves the dead psionic had.
Abilities (costs are not set in stone)
Each ability is unlocked separately at different costs.
The focus pool will be big enough for the Psionic to cast quite a bit of abilities but the passive regeneration will be slow. This way the Psionic can burst out chaos and afterwards he'll need to find a place to meditate. The maintain costs are yet to be determent and the given costs are relative to one another.
Harvest thoughts (melee range, channel, Upgrade makes it go faster, Cost 1)
The psionic will get his powers from harvesting thoughts from sleeping victims. This takes a while to do and the psionic has to stand still for this. Afterwards the victim gets permanent brain damage and a permanent random mind related genetic defect. The victim won’t be able to get harvested again and the permanent damage will be shown when scanned by a body scanner. This ability is also used for the second stage objective and to harvest brains from other Psionics.
Teleport (Self, instant, upgrade gives more charges, Cost 1 per charge)
The psionic will get a limited amount of charges that he can use to quickly get out of trouble. He will teleport to a random safe spot on the station atleast X tiles away from his previous location. Without cameras or people nearby. He can regain charges by spending thoughts.
Sleep (Ranged, Channel, upgrades make it go faster, Cost 2)
The ability has 3 stages. The first channel will make the target get drowsy (blurry eyes, yawning). The second stage will give him stamine damage and the last stage will make him fall asleep. He’ll be asleep for 1-2 minutes. Enough time for the Psionic to harvest his thoughts or mindslave him.
Force push (Cone, Instant, Upgraded will make it affect more people, Cost 2)
Throw the closest target near you away from you. Will chose which target depending on position you point the ability to (middle mouse click or such). The throw will knock people down if they hit stuff just like a normal throw.
Mind control (Ranged, Channel, upgrades make it last longer, Cost 2)
Will give the psionic full control over the victim for a short amount of time. The psionic will stand in place and will stop the control when interacted with. The victim can talk to the psionic while this is happening. He however won’t see/hear what is happening to him as he is put to sleep himself. He is also given the message that he has lost all memories of what happened during him for the last few minutes. If the victim gets hurt enough the mindcontrol will break and will stun/hurt the psionic.
Mind project (Ranged, Channel, upgrade makes it seem as if the victim is using the abilities, Cost 1)
This ability will allow you to use a victims mind as your base to use abilities from for a short duration. Meaning that you will temporarily see what the target sees and will cast abilities from his location. If upgraded people surrounding him will see it as if the target is using those abilities.
Hallucinations (Ranged, Channel, Upgraded will make it AOE around the target, Cost 1)
Causes the target to get hallucinations. More dangerous ones than regular hallucinations. The user will get real damage from the hallucinations. If upgraded and used on yourself you will cast it as an AOE effect around you that will last a set duration.
Terror (AOE, Instant, Upgraded will make the ability affect more targets, Cost 1)
Makes the closest humanoid terrified of the psionic. He loses control of his character and starts to scream and run away from the psionic. If people are blocking him he’ll try to push them down. If there is no way out other than space he’ll flee into space.
Invisibility (Self, Channel (maintain), Upgraded will make you move faster, Cost 2)
The psionic will have to stand still for a bit and then turn invisible. They can’t use abilities while invisible and maintaining it costs focus. They also move slower than normal. This ability will cost a lot to maintain.
Become ethereal (Self, Channel (maintain), Upgraded will make you move faster, Cost 1)
After focusing for a bit the psionic turns into a mist form (still visible, same visible effect as the darkcloak). Using this they can go through walls. Keeping this up costs focus and you move slower. You won't be able to use abilities while in this form. But if you use one you will break concentration and get back to your normal form. If you stop the ability inside of a wall you will take damage and get pushed out to a random direction. This ability will cost a lot to maintain.
Confusion (AOE, Instant, Upgraded will make it affect more targets, Cost 1)
Makes the nearest creature confused. With a chance to start puking or falling down.
Break mindshield (Ranged, Channel, Upgraded will make it go faster/AOE, Cost 2)
Breaks a mindshield of a target after focussing on him for a while. The target will get messages saying he’s targeted. Moving out of sight will stop the channeling
Mind slave (Melee, Channel, Upgraded will give the psionic a mindlink with the slaves (think hivemind idea but only in one directional, towards the slaves), Cost 3)
The target will be mindslaved to the psionic. The mindslaving consists of 2 steps. The first step clears the mind of the victim and makes him sleep for longer after. It also does braindamage. The second step is to implant the loyalty into the brain of the victim. The first step takes the longest and the psionic can’t move while doing this. The process will stop when the psionic is interacted with. The target will be freed when he gets a mindshield. If the psionic dies it won't break the mindslave. Only when another psionic harvests the brain of the mind controlling psionic. You will have a limit of mindslaves you can have (1 per 3 harvested thoughts?)
Increased concentration (Self, Passive, Upgraded will increase passive regen, Cost 1)
The psionic gets a bigger focus pool to use.
Suggestion (Ranged, Channel, Upgraded will speed up the channelling, Cost 2)
Implant a chosen idea/objective (chosen from a preset list) into the brain of a victim. The victim has a chance to notice that he’s being influenced. The longer the psionic focusses on the victim the longer the suggestion stays. Each step will increase the duration with 1 minute. Each step having the chance that he will notice. After you cancel the current step progress you will implant the suggestion in to the brain of the victim. This is an objective that he has to achieve. After the duration he’ll lose his memories of what happened during the suggestion. Same idea as the chaplains staff
Disguise self (Self, Channel (maintain), upgraded makes the illusion look real upon examine, Cost 1)
Makes you appear as a chosen crewmember. On examination you will appear off without the upgrade just like a morph. You will have to target the target first. So he has to be in sight. This takes a bit to do. Then after you can disguise yourself as him after a short channel. This ability won't cost much to maintain. You can use most abilities while disguised.
Illusion (Ranged, Channel (maintain), Upgraded will make the illusion real, Cost 2)
Make a structure or effect appear for nearby viewers. Costs time to prepare and then is usable after a short channel. The upgrade will allow an additional channelling afterwards which takes a bit longer but will make the illusion become real. You can drop the effect by using the ability again. This ability will cost an average amount to maintain
Alter perception(Ranged, Channel, Upgraded will make it AOE around the target, cost 1)
Blinds and makes the target deaf to the real world after focusing for a bit. Will make the target stammer as well. While deaf and blind the person will hear and see things that are not there. As if he's somewhere completely else. Floors will turn into ash floors, other people will turn into weird beings etc. The psionic will be invisible in this perceived world.
Summon visions (Self, Channel (maintain), Upgraded will summon another monster, Cost 4)
Summons a monster that is player controlled. This monster is loyal to you and will disappear after a while. This ability will cost a lot to maintain
Cloak of darkness (Self (AOE), Channel (duration), Upgraded will kill all light sources, Cost 1)
After a short channel you will shroud yourself in darkness for a set time. Turning nearby lights off. If upgraded it will destroy the light sources if possible after you stand in the area for a bit. You will also become slightly transparent. Like the cloak of darkness from vampires.
Disguise other (Ranged, Channel (duration), Upgraded will change the target voice, Cost 2)
After a channel you will change the target of choice in a clone of your real form for a short duration. Unless upgraded the target can still talk in his normal voice. When upgraded it'll make the target sound like you.
The "Suggestion" abillity will implant a preset idea into the persons mind. These ideas are meant to not cause harm and are meant to single out targets or draw attention away from the psionic.
You have a surprise for a coworker. Lure one into this room. Make sure he's alone since the suprise is only for that person!
This room is to crowded. Make the other people leave to let you focus again.
You have something to show security. Ensure they come to this room right now!
You have something you don't want security to find. Make sure they will be on the other side of the station!
You are done with the system! Make sure no security member enters this room, ensure you do this without harm since you are protesting peacefully.
You need some time alone. The nearest maintenance looks like a fitting place to take a small break. You need some time alone so don't bring others.
More to come later. Suggestions are welcome!
The idea is a bit similair to the Assimilation on TG (removed since 25th of July) https://tgstation13.org/wiki/Assimilation