by Michelle Belanger
The warrior caste in some ways may seem less powerful than even
the counselors, but one of their benefits is that their true
strengths are hidden. Their powers tend to manifest themselves in
a very physical nature, allowing them to consciously augment their
natural strength, stamina, and speed. In body, they tend to be
broad-shouldered and rugged, with a natural propensity for various
martial arts. They can also consciously enhance their healing so
they recover almost completely from the most grievous of wounds.
Warriors are typically less sensitive to the subtle reality
than either priests or counselors, although they can achieve
sensitivity with effort. Mainly, this desensitized state is
brought about by a thick "wall" which protects them from the
energy of others. It is a kind of psychic armor that is kept in
place instinctually and without any thought or effort. It may be
hard to recognize the Potential in a warrior because of this
armor, as it tends to keep their energy in as well as keeping
other energies out. Do not mistake the wall for spiritual
thick-headedness, however. Like the rocky crust of a volcano, the
warrior's armor hides a volatile and immensely powerful force
within. Once a warrior has learned to tap this force, they are a
power to be reckoned with.
Warriors almost always excel at warcraft, having an instinctive
knowledge of weapons and their handling. They are often remarkable
strategists and tacticians. This results from the sum of their
memories and skills gained in previous lives. This remembering can
be called forth consciously, but is always present and ready to be
drawn upon on an unspoken level. A warrior's inherent physical
prowess tends to make him restless in this world. He can easily
feel caged and oppressed by the edicts of society, and his wasted
talents have a danger of spilling out into undirected aggression.
In terms of feeding, the needs of a warrior are much like those
of a counselor. Casual physical contact or even long-distance
draws are all they ordinarily require to fill their needs. Unlike
counselors, warriors tend not to get lost in feeding for its own
sake, and they are very resistant to being fed from.
An unawakened warrior tends to instinctively make use of his
physical powers. Especially in times of trauma and distress, these
abilities will come to him without a conscious effort. Extensive
use of his latent powers will drive an unawakened warrior to feed.
This process can occur unconsciously, often in a group draw, but
it may serve to awaken the warrior to his true nature.
Warriors suffer from the traditional drawbacks of our kind.
They are bound more strongly to the cycles than are the
counselors, though they are not as limited by these cycles as the
priests. They are sensitive to bright light and their reaction to
food will wax and wane according to their energy levels. When
their energies are very low and they do not feed to replenish
them, warriors will require a greater quantity of food to sustain
themselves, but this will rarely satisfy. It may even make them
Of all the castes, the warriors store the greatest portion of
energy. This is energy not meant to be fed from, but energy which
can be directed through their Will and their rage. Although it
takes a good deal to delve deep enough into the warrior to reach
his hidden reserves, once this well-spring is tapped, the power
and intensity of the output is immense.
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