Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Plastic Actualizer or Lens

In Humanspace Empires it is noted that Scientist and Adventurer class characters that receive at least one Level 1 power are assumed to begin the game with a Plastic Actualizer or Lens, a technological device that is worn on the head, or sometimes surgically implanted within the Scientist’s skull.  A lens focuses the user’s innate psychic ability and allows the manipulation of other planar energies with the power of the mind.

 According to the Imperial Academy of Science, antecedents of the plastic actualizer were produced as early as the 150th century A.D. in association with a marked increase in the manifestation of psychic powers amongst interstellar travelers. Although it is believed that the prevalence of psychic powers amongst humankind has waxed and waned over the millennia, the modern lens is the culmination of thousands of years of research and development aimed at harnessing the power of the mind through technology.

The modern lens is found in a variety of forms; however the most typical are the skullcap and skullframe.  The skullcap lens is a tight fitting duraplast-ytterbium alloy head covering with dorsal or lateral actualization nodes. The skullframe is similar; however it utilizes additional nodes to reduce the surface area of the shell.  Basic lens models are generally available on advanced and super-scientific worlds and range in price between CR 800 and CR 1500.

As noted, many scientists eventually opt for integration of the lens into their skull as a cymek device.  The surgical implantation of a lens is possible on super-scientific worlds at a minimum cost of CR 5000 for models with external nodes and CR 10000 for fully internal devices.

Rare and expensive Lens models may actually provide a bonus to the Scientist’s PSY score allowing use of powers greater than would normally be allowed.  Additionally, some very powerful artifact lenses have been created.


Psion Accumulating Lens (PAL) Mk 1: Lenses of this type are available on super-scientific worlds at a minimum cost of CR 4000 for skullcap and skullframe models, CR 15000 for cymek models with external nodes and CR 30000 for implanted models. The Mk 1 provides a +1 bonus to the wearer’s PSY attribute.

Psion Accumulating Lens (PAL) Mk 2: The Mk 2 is available on super-scientific worlds at twice the cost of a Mk 1 model. It provides a +2 bonus to the wearer’s PSY attribute (to a maximum of 18).

Psion Accumulating Lens (PAL) Mk 3: The Mk 3 is available on super-scientific worlds at three times the cost of a Mk 1 model. It provides a +3 bonus to the wearer’s PSY attribute(to a maximum of 18).

Scanner Lens: Lenses of this type are available on super-scientific worlds at a minimum cost of CR 2500 for skullcap and skullframe models, CR 10000 for cymek models with external nodes and CR 20000 for implanted models. The Scanner Lens has the following inherent power (A Skill/Power success roll is required for the use of the power which is used at the level of the wearer):

Holographic Scanner (3 times per day)


Lens of Power: The Lens of Power is a very potent super-scientific item, with offensive and defensive abilities. The origin and number of these items is not known; however they are usually in the form of a steely skullframe set with rare crystals. A Lens of Power provides a +2 bonus to the wearer’s PSY attribute (to a maximum of 18) and has following powers:

Heat Ray (3 times per day)
Holographic Scanner (3 times per day)
Holographic Projection (3 times per day)
Electrical Discharge (2 times per day)
Electromagnetic Pulse (Once per day)
Mind Blank (2 times per day)
Nega-Sphere (Once per day)

These powers, inherent in the lens, may be used in addition to the wearer’s own powers. A Skill/Power success roll is required for the use of any power and the power is used at the level of the wearer.

Lens of the Cymek Lords: These rare devices are believed to have been created during the short lived Cymek Empire, many millennia ago.  Although most examples are dull gray skullcaps, several implant models with complex and gothic external nodes set with blood red crystals are known. A Lens of the Cymek Lords confers the following powers on the wearer:

Control Device (3 times per day)
Control Machine (3 times per day)
Electrical Discharge (Once per day)
Electromagnetic Pulse (Once per day)
Machine Empathy (3 times per day)
Scanner Jam (twice per day)

These powers may be used in addition to the wearer’s own powers. A Skill/Power success roll is required for the use of any power and the power is used at the level of the wearer.

Alliance Foundation Lens: These devices are believed to be the product of a cryptic scientific order dedicated to the restoration of the Humanspace Alliance.  The Foundation Lens provides a +3 bonus to the wearer’s PSY attribute (to a maximum of 18) and has following powers:

Disbelieve (twice per day)
Holographic Scanner (3 times per day)
Holographic Projection (3 times per day)
Mind Blank (twice per day)
Scanner Jam (twice per day)
Telepathy (as the Astronaut power, twice per day)
Mind Control (as the Astronaut power, once per day)

These powers, inherent in the lens, may be used in addition to the wearer’s own powers. A Skill/Power success roll is required for the use of any power and the power is used at the level of the wearer.

Vrilú Lens: This artifact is rumored to be a product of the ancient Vrilú of Aldeberan 4.  Its form is a complex and spindly array of delicate glassy wire and tiny sparkling multi-colored crystals.  It is not worn but floats about the head of the user.  The Vrilú Lens provides a +3 bonus to the user’s PSY and INT attributes (to 18 maximum) and confers following powers:

Telepathy (as the Astronaut power, twice per day)
Nexus Point (Once per day)
Monster from the Id (Once per day)

These powers require a Skill/Power success roll to take effect; however the roll is made as if the user was 10th level or two levels above his or her actual level if the total is higher than 10th level. When the effects of the powers are dependent upon level, the level of the user is also determined in this manner.

6 comments:

  1. Y-to-the-O-I-N-K!

    /Nice one!

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  2. Oh this is so stolen for my Atlans! Hmmm..

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  3. When I first read about the lens, was thinking that surgically implanted version could be somethings as large and ungainly looking as a camera lens to something smaller and more ornate, like a bindi. Cost and technical complexity would be options.

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  4. @ Jay & Needles: Thanks and enjoy!

    @ School Master: That's very cool...I like the camera lens and bindi images. I'm sure those are out there...

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  5. Could you please update your resources page with all your articles? The site navigation is frustrating when I find two articles I want to read and I can never find the next one again.

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  6. @Sammy: Excepting the last few Humanspace posts, I think the resource page is a pretty complete index of Humanspace on ix. I haven't updated it recently with some of the new material on other blogs though...

    Sorry...

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