|A 6th class telekinetic Power could |
float one of these from a table
just out of reach to within
(Young telekinetic Powers may
get blamed for more missing
cookies than they are actually
In Into the Tides, people who have magic are called "Powers." Each type of magic has a different set of capabilities, which is based on genetics. And for each Power type, there are 6 different levels of ability, called classes, with 6th class being the weakest and 1st class having the most magic. How a person's class is determined is based on what they can do.
I've been working on creating descriptions that explain what each Power type can do, by class. (Okay, yes, I've probably been having too much fun with this... ;) If you're reading the book and wondering what the characters are capable of, and what they would be capable of if they were higher in class, you can find out!
Here's more about telekinesis Powers, who are only briefly mentioned in the book:
A statistical look at classes:
To be defined in a class, the magic user must be able to exhibit all the abilities listed. Statistical anomalies may have higher-level abilities while exhibiting lower than normal magic abilities for their class. For example, a person who can lift two small objects at a time, but can only float objects for 10 feet before dropping them, would be classified as fourth class.
Those who practice more may increase their abilities in ways such as range, duration, skill. Such practice will not raise their abilities to the level a new class, but regular training does positively affect capabilities.
At “6-” the listed abilities are the 3rd quartile of 6th class abilities.
From 5-2 class, the listed abilities are the median abilities for that category.
For 1st class, listed abilities are mean abilities, with the population of 1st class Powers showing a bell curve (3 standard deviations below the mean exhibits all abilities of 1st class with about median 3rd class levels of Power; 1 standard deviation below the mean exhibits all abilities of 1st class at 1.5x the median 2nd class Power).
For first class abilities, above 2 standard deviations from the mean exists a subclass called “Individuals with statistically exceptional abilities (ISEA),” “anomalous enhanced Powers,” or most commonly “sub-1.” People of this level often exhibit unique abilities and significantly higher than usual rates even for 1st class. The rarity of this subclass means it is often discussed in theoretical terms, their abilities exaggerated or twisted in rumors, and sometimes even the existence of people with these levels of magic has been doubted. Nonetheless, they are real, and today most modern advanced magic courses require at least an overview of what is known. Although some are currently alive and well throughout the world, they keep a low profile, and are often deeply involved in government work.