Medium

A medium (pl. mediums) is a type of psychic capable of sensing and communicating with spirits, particularly ghosts.


Physiology

Mediums have no physical characteristics to distinguish themselves from an ordinary human - in other words, they have the perfect camouflage. Because they can sense - and sometimes see - spirits that most humans can't, some mediums are often appear to be concentrating on something that isn't there, and have distant expressions, but these are just maybes - psychics are as varied as regular humans, and follow no particular pattern.

Like all humans, mediums can have allergies or grow ill. They live a normal human lifespan, assuming dealing with their powers doesn't have an adverse affect on their mental health.


Magical Characteristics

Strictly speaking, mediums are not 'magical'. Their abilities are a phenomenon of metaphysics, and therefore cannot be sensed in the same way that magic can, or prevented in the same way. <ediums control their abilities (to the extent that they are able) with their minds. Keeping a medium drugged or unconscious thus effectively incapacitates them.

A medium feels the presence of spirits (especially ghosts) around them - the stronger the medium and/or the stronger the spirit, the stronger the impression. They can't always see these spirits, but they can always sense them, and they can also communicate with them. Usually a psychic starts out with absolutely no control, developing their powers somewhere between childhood and puberty. If they acknowledge the power and practice with it, they can grow stronger and have more control - if they are in denial their development is considerably hindered, and 'accidents' may occur. Without control, a medium will pick up only fuzzy impressions of spirits, and never be able to see them. With enough control, a medium can train their third eye to see the spirits they speak to.

Mediums are also adept at sensing differences in auras. They might not always know what they're dealing with, but they know when someone isn't human, and if they have enough practice they can differentiate between species.


Society and Habitat

Mediums live in normal human society, though they do tend toward the outskirts. Often, mediums are isolated occurrences - their traits are not inherited, simply… the occasional genetic fluke. They are few and far between, and therefore many spend their lives feeling a bit like freaks, and not discussing their abilities with anyone else. If they accept their abilities, they might find jobs where communication with the dead is an asset, such as connecting living loved ones with the dead, but they usually avoid the spotlight that more financially motivated charlatans seek out.