Moving right along, before we get in to Amy's story lets explain the concept of Psychics with in universe 37. Extrasensory perception or ESP
is an ability possessed by nearly 42% of the human population
, and makes up 81% of powered individuals
in Universe 37
. People who have this ability are known as Psychics
, individuals who can utilize their mind to perform various supernatural actions. As stated in Chapter 12
, all psychic development and monitoring is handled by Cutting Edge Incorporated
and its partner organization, the Fine Edge Foundation
. Due to the vast number is psychics in the world, the Fine Edge Foundation made it their task to not only serve as a law enforcement organization
, but also a department of education
for the ESP community
. The Origin of Psychics The actual history of the Psychics in Universe 37
is lost to time but the most known that origin of them is told as the Legend of Cosmic Tree, Bodhi
. The legend states that there was a tree has been on earth since the beginning of its creation, as a form of cosmic dust. Then over time seed was formed within the soil of the freshly made earth and continued to grow for eons. As the world continued to grow so did the seed, growing in to mighty fig tree draped with rainbow colored leaves and lotus . As creatures large and small began to walk the earth, from their rise to their demise, the tree remained standing. In due time, the Cosmic tree lost its brilliant colors appearing to be just like every other tree around it . This was its existence until one day, a young monk sat beneath the tree, as he meditated he could feel it talking to him, expanding his mind to new levels beyond human comprehension as time melted away around him. It was was said that the young monk sat under the tree for 40 days and 40 nights
. Completely motionless but still alive. On the dawn of the 41st day
, his eyes opened in sync with the rising sun, once they fully opened the tree released a burst of multi colored wave of energy that washed over the world. By night, rainbows streaks can be seen in the sky, all branching from that one single tree. As for the young monk, he began to teach other of his ascension to enlightenment, the Tree gifted him with power above the natural laws of comprehension, and with his teachings others may be able to also attain this enlightenment. This young monk was known as Siddhārtha Gautama
, better known as the heavenly Buddha
. While the tree was named Bodhi
, the tree of Enlightenment.
From then on, throughout history there has been many cases of well known religious and political figures
displaying forms of paranormal abilities connected to Bodhi. Such notable figures include Jesus of Nazareth, Frederick Barbarossa I, Oda Nobunaga,Michel de Nostredame, and many more
. As time marched on, the world around the Bodhi tree began to develop more and more, as many flock from all corners of the world to find enlightenment, and answers about their strange powers. Cases of people levitating, setting fire to objects with their thoughts, and able to some how be everywhere at once began to catch the interest of the public. Individuals such as Daniel Dunglas Home ,Edgar Cayce , and Harry Houdini
made careers off of their abilities either through public service or entertainment. By that time, many just refer to this abilities as " Magic Tricks" or " Slight of hand illusions"
.While the view of psychics would be that of the stereotypical tarot card reader or fortune teller. All just tricks in the eyes of critics. However, by 1971
, the word psychic
would soon replace magic
.The Psychic Boom of '71In 1971
, a young 19 year old
collage student named ,Issac Akahoshi the 3rd
, decided to venture to Bodh Gaya, India
in order to find answers about his life. Ever since he was a child, Issac has been constantly exposed to the supernatural. He was able to see and communicate with the spirits of the dead
, make extremely accurate predictions of the future(granted its only by 3 seconds), and inadvertently bend spoons with his mind
. It was the account of a dream he had that compelled him to come to India in the first place. Sitting under the Bodhi Tree, he was given a very vivid dream of Bodh Gaya and the tree burning while a floating figure is seen looking down at the destruction. The figure was known as the Star Man
, a former disciple of the Bodhi who sought to consumed the energy of the tree in order to reshape the world in his image. The Bodhi tasked Issac to assemble a group of powerful psychics who are destined to combat this threat. If he is to fail, the psychic energy of the world would ultimately be consumed by the Star Man, making him unstoppable. Using his newly acquired psychic ability to teleport, Issac embarked on his quest to recruit the others. On board a U.S Navel vessel, Issac met Victor Powers
, a young Seaman and old friend of his with the psychic ability of telepathy
. They next encountered a young woman named Elizabeth Griffin, from the city of Townsville* located in Queensland ,Australia
. A rather paranoid young woman with tendency to have uncontrollable burst of arcing psychic energy and telekinesis
despite her best efforts to suppress it by wearing a tinfoil cowboy shaped hat
. Their last search took them to Strasbourg, France
to recruit Lisa Sanders, a woman in her early 20s with the psychic ability of mass information retention.
Once the four was assembled and returned to Bodh Gaya, they used their powers along side the might of the Bodh Gaya tree to defeat Star Man once and for all.
However, due to all the psychic energy the Star Man absorbed prior to and during the fight ,his defeat resulted in a massive shock wave of psychic energy that reached all corners of the world. This resulted in an massive number of people obtaining psychic abilities, on top of the existing individuals with extraordinary abilities that were not linked to the Bodhi Tree. In 1981,
Issac continued his studies in ESP, ultimately establishing Cutting Edge Incorporated, a company that specialized in the research and development of psychic abilities
. Due to their ground breaking research, ESP became a widely known phenomenon all over the world,to the point that every 21 out of 50 humans
have some form of latent ESP potential. With this sudden growth in ESP users, psychic related crimes were due to follow. In 1988
the first ESP scrambler
was invented by Dr. Lisa Sanders.
This devise was designed to suppress ESP abilities of vairous levels via electromagnetic radio waves. This invention caught the attention of the U.N law enforcement and intelligence organization, C.R.I.S.I.S,
leading to long standing business relationship between the two. Prior to the creation of the ESP scrambler, Cutting Edge also had a law enforcement network in place to combat psychic related crimes within the ESP community. Known as Psychic Force Lotus, they were led by Victor Powers as a team of psychics with specialized abilities to help police the ESP community and solve psychic related crimes. By the 90s Psy Force was retooled and placed under the jurisdiction of a newly developed department in a joint effort with C.R.I.S.I.S . This new joint defense department was known as the Fine Edge Foundation
.Fine Edge Education
In the previous chapter I explained in detail about the role the Fine Edge Foundation plays in Universe 37 as a ESP law enforcement department. However I did not explain their education department. During the 90s, the Fine Edge Foundation began to specialize in departments beyond law enforcement such as health and education. With the continuing technological developments from Cutting Edge Inc, a test can be performed that can determine if a child has ESP potential. This is in similarity to a routine that C.R.I.S.I.S performs to determine powered humans, however that was deemed ineffective, as powered abilities can manifest at random, unlike ESP abilities. For children who are registered as a level 3 or Gifted class. There could attend the Jump Start Academy, a ESP focused elementary school that both monitors their behavior while also explaining basic ESP etiquette
. ESP Etiquette Guidelines.(Basics)
1. An ESP user is prohibited from reading or entering the mind of a individual without their consent. This involves mind melding, mind reading, fore telling of ones future, astral projection, and dream possession/manipulation.
2. An ESP user is prohibited from using their physical based psychic abilities to harm non ESP(Level 1 and 2) individuals. This is wavered if the ability was used for self defense, but is still held to an extent, as excessive force will still be prosecuted. This law also extends to other ESP users as well .
3. An ESP user is prohibited from using mental based psychic abilities to harm non ESP(Level 1 and 2) individuals. This is wavered if the ability was used for self defense, but is still held to an extent, as excessive force will still be prosecuted. This law also extends to other ESP users. Examples listed are: Mind/emotional control, hypnosis, memory removal, memory alternation, and other illusionary abilities that can affect the 5 senses of taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound.
4. An ESP user versed in spiritual based psychic abilities are prohibited from communing with the spirits of the dead to cause harm to an individual. Examples include: Forced spiritual possession of a living creature or inanimate object, haunting, and mass spirit conjuring.
5. If an ESP user comes in contact with a spitural entitiy and are unqualified in supernatural diplomacy, they are to notify Psychic Force authorities or a qualified spiritual specialist imminently.
6. When levitating, an ESP user must stay under 39,000 feet. The maximum safety elevation standards for levitation based flight in a residential or heavily populated area is currently set at 50 feet (15 meters).
Those who violate these guidelines will face criminal charges. Repeat offenders 13 years and above will be tried as an adult if he or she has a record of previously breaking the law or commits a serious crime. This can lead to jail time and even psychic ability disablement via lobotomizer( A specialized machine that can remove ESP abilities from an individual).
Once students graduate Jump Start Academy at 6th grade
, they are given the option to attend The Framework Academy for the Telepathically Gifted.
Spanning from 7th to 12th grade
, Framework Academy specializes in the honing of psychic potentials to a higher degree. Upon graduation, the student will obtain a certification in 1 of 3 advanced psychic specializations majors
. By graduation all students are usually a level 5 to 6
with knowledge of advanced psychic abilities . Some rare cases have students growing to level 7 or Alpha Class.
For those cases they can enter a dual mastery program that can allow them to obtain 2 APS certificates upon graduation. Advanced Psychic Specializations majors (APS Majors)
- Physical Specialization: Specialize in advanced physical psychic abilities ( Criteria: Advanced Telekinesis ( 150 lbs or 60 Kg lift strength minimum, 1260 Psi grip strength minimum), Sustained Levitation ( 1 hour minimum), High Impact Psyblast (1470 Newtons minimum), Advance Kinetic Barrier( Sustain for 30 minutes minimum, damage threshold: 980 Newtons minimum), Advanced teleportation ( 100 miles/160.9 km minimum)).
- Mental Specialization: Specialize in psychic based mind manipulation ( Criteria: Illusionary Constructs ( 3 constructs minimum, 200 ft in diameter range) , Mind control maze test ( Must be completed in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds), Sustained invisibility for self and object ( 2 minutes minimum), Mind Information Probing exam, mastery in Mind Scramble recovery, 100 hours of empathy and tranquility training).
- Spiritual Specialization: Specialize in supernatural situations and investigations (Criteria: Possession resistance training, 4500 documented hours of paranormal training under a Fine Edge Foundation approved paranormal investigator, or approved investigation organization)
NOTE* Townsville is a real place located in Queensland ,Australia.
Once graduation is completed, the student has a plethora of employment opportunities available in the ESP community. There careers can range from sanctioned freelance work , positions within Cutting Edge Inc, or positions within the Fine Edge Foundation. Select few are given the opportunity to participate in a elite program associated with psychic force law enforcement . These special task forces are comprised of six level 8 and higher psychics who have masteries in 2 APS majors. Currently there are 7 active elite task forces within the Fine Edge Foundation law enforcement division; those being Psy Force: Star, Moon, Crystal, Cerebral, Fortune, Presi, and Card.
Its theorized that there is a secret 4th psychic specialization only accessible by a level 10 Ultimate class psychics such as Issac Akahoshi the 3rd. This 4th psychic major specializes in the cosmic and multiversal awareness, allowing the user to see in to see the future as if their alternate timelines for who ever meets their gaze.
Well that wraps up our segment on the Psychics of Universe 37. Questions and comments are always welcomed. For the next chapter, we finally take a look in to the first spin off story on the road to Pyro Lee 2: Nexus. Get ready for Amy's solo series, Star Girl.