New Ability -- Simple
- Emotional Manipulation I -- In a manner similar to telepathy, Nispa can read and alter other people's emotions.
Read: This is a mental ability and therefore reveals internal feelings. She can sense someone's mood and the flow of their feelings. She cannot read concrete thoughts, but can sense the general intention behind them (i.e. malice, helpfulness, etc.). Reading emotions is relatively easy for her, and requires little effort. The subject of her mental probing does not know that she is 'inside' their head unless they are highly skilled or trained in mental abilities or deflections. She can read multiple people at a time. Any more than three becomes a crowd or a blur, and she can only pick up on the general 'vibe'. She cannot discreetly detect subtleties in emotion, but if she forces herself into someone's mind, their feelings become much clearer.
(Example: Nispa glanced at the man. Curious, she reached out with her mind. He was content, it seemed; a flicker of sorrow, but it vanished soon enough. She peered a little closer. It was fuzzy, but there was a hint of regret. For what, she could not tell.)
Gaining 'access': Changing people's emotions is much more difficult than sensing them. First, Nispa must gain access to a person's mental state. This can be done voluntarily. More often, it is a struggle. Those with above-average mental strength may successfully block her, but they must maintain focus for the duration of her 'attack'. The average mind offers mild resistance, but it is not enough to deter Nispa. These people are made aware of her mental presence. They cannot identify her from it; if they see her, they won't know that it's her.
(Example: She pressed against the fog, trying to enter his mind and probe deeper. She felt him startle. His mind, a muscle he was unused to using, flailed limply. She smiled. There was anger, now, and fear. She grappled with his mind until she held it firmly in her grasp.)
Alter: Once Nispa has entered someone's mind, she can see their emotions with relative clarity. She can sense overall mood, the more subtle waves of thoughts, and occasional wisps of deeper feelings. Her powers are weak, and she cannot change much. Changing overall mood is difficult. She can shift it easier than she can reverse it: afraid to cautious is easier than afraid to excited. Sudden emotional changes may fail. Changing the emotions of individual thoughts is easier, since it affects the subject less. She still can't see the thought itself, but she can change how the person feels about the thought.
(Example: The man's affect was soured from the mental struggle. She saw desperate and annoyed thoughts on a frightened, wary background. She nudged his thoughts, trying to scatter his fear and feed his anger. His mind hardened, resisting, but he couldn't stop her. Soon, he was fuming. She saw him draw his sword and storm down the street. That wasn't quite what she wanted; she tried to pull him back, to make him content again, but the sudden reversal was too much. His anger bowled her over and her mental link snapped. She could only watch as he neared the signpost and sliced it in half.)