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Re: Pariahs - An idea that intrigued me.
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2012, 04:46:00 PM »
To go to your biokinetic example, the warp-spawned effect is the abnormal stimulation of tissue growth, rather than the tissue itself.
I disagree. The mass for the arm, unless it is being gleaned from elsewhere in the psyker's physiology (which would only be sustainable if the psyker had considerable excesses of body fat), has come from somewhere and mass conservation has been breached.
The raw materials for that tissue growth to shape are another warp-spawned effect.
Actually, that fits quite well with my perception of the setting.

Psykers aren't normal people, and through a lifetime of perceiving and influencing the Warp, they're no longer quite as human as they might once have been. The power of the Warp is a burden upon body, mind and soul, and it has tangible effects upon them, particularly where their powers are focussed upon themselves rather than an external target.

In this instance, psykers specialising in biological manipulation necessarily consume far more food than is normal for a human - their powers put a colossal strain on their bodies because of simple resource requirements. It may not be as visible as it might be in a normal human(a skilled biokine can, afterall, rearrange and consciously direct their physiology, so there can be a greater degree of organisation and/or misdirection in their biological processes), but it seems likely that a biokine will bounce between extremes of obesity and malnutrition on a regular basis as a natural consequence of using their powers.
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Re: Pariahs - An idea that intrigued me.
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2012, 06:07:05 PM »
Actually, that fits quite well with my perception of the setting.
Less so mine. My personal interpretation of the canon doesn't include "cannot form matter" as a limitation on what "warp stuff" can do, or any good reason why that possibility is beyond an appropriately talented psyker.
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Re: Pariahs - An idea that intrigued me.
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2012, 09:27:46 PM »
Actually, that fits quite well with my perception of the setting.
Less so mine. My personal interpretation of the canon doesn't include "cannot form matter" as a limitation on what "warp stuff" can do, or any good reason why that possibility is beyond an appropriately talented psyker.
Oh, I never said (nor intended to imply) that the Warp can't form matter... but it's more a matter of the path of least resistance; creating matter whole from the substance of the Warp takes more effort. In theory, the Warp can be used to accomplish, create or destroy anything... the only limitations of its controlled use are the imagination of the wielder and the certainty of their control. The more extreme the changes you wish to exert upon reality, the more warp-stuff you need, and the more warp-stuff you bring through the veil, the more control you need to prevent undesirable side-effects.

In essence, it's easier (and safer) to make small changes using the power of the Warp than it is to make large ones. Well, if you're trying not to rip a hole in the universe, anyway...
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