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As with any disease, a psionic character who
is injured or attacked by a creature carrying a disease or parasite, or who
otherwise comes in contact with contaminated material, must make an immediate
Fortitude save. On a success, the disease fails to affect the character. On a
failure, the character takes damage (or suffers the specified effect) after an
incubation period. Once per day afterward, the afflicted character must make a
successful Fortitude save to avoid repeating the damage. Two successful saving
throws in a row indicate he or she has fought off the disease.
Flu: Spread by brain moles, other vermin (injury); DC 13; Incubation: one day;
Damage: psionic cascade.
A psionic cascade is a loss of control over psionic
faculties. Following the incubation period, every time the afflicted character
manifests a power, he or she must make a Concentration check (DC 16). On a
failed check, a psionic cascade is triggered. The power operates normally, but
during the following round, without the character’s volition, two
additional powers he or she knows manifest randomly, debiting their power cost
from the character’s reserve. During the third round, three additional
powers manifest, and so on, until all the psionic character’s power points
are drained. Powers activated by the cascade target randomly. Roll d%: On a
01–50 result, the power affects the character, and 51–00 indicates
that the power targets other creatures in the vicinity (powers with personal and
touch range always affect only the psionic character). Psionic creatures (who
manifest their powers freely) cascade until all the powers they know have
manifested at least twice.
Cerebral Parasites: Spread by contact with
infected psionic creatures (contact); DC 15; Incubation: 1d4 days; Damage:
drains 1d8 power points.
Cerebral parasites are tiny organisms, undetectable
to normal sight. An afflicted character may not even know he or she carries the
parasites—until the character discovers he or she has fewer power points
at his or her disposal than expected. Psionic creatures with cerebral parasites
are limited to using each of their known powers only once per day (instead of
freely manifesting them).