Terrakinetic

A terrakinetic (pl. terrakinetics) is a type of psychic capable of controlling and manipulating earth.


Physiology

Terrakinetics have no physical characteristics to distinguish themselves from an ordinary human - in other words, they have the perfect camouflage. Because they deal closely with earth and soil, some terrakinetics are often found with dirt under their nails, but these are just maybes - psychics are as varied as regular humans, and follow no particular pattern.

Like all humans, terrakinetics 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, terrakinetics are not 'magical'. Their abilities are a phenomenon of physics, and therefore cannot be sensed in the same way that magic can, or prevented in the same way. Terrakinetics control their abilities (to the extent that they are able) with their minds. Keeping a terrakinetic drugged or unconscious thus effectively incapacitates them.

A terrakinetic controls earth and soil, and can manipulate it beyond natural occurrence, if they have developed enough control. Forcing an element beyond natural barriers, however, is incredibly draining on the psychic, as they are effectively using their own life force to sustain it. 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 terrakinetic's powers may flare up during periods of strong emotion - mild earthquakes, for instance. With enough control, a terrakinetic can actually force soil or rocks to shift and sculpt..


Society and Habitat

Terrakinetics live in normal human society, though they do tend toward the outskirts. Often, terrakinetics 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 a soil affinity is an asset, such as mining. No terrakinetic is comfortable on the water. They don't necessarily get seasick, but they feel cut off from their element.