The Dead Lands of Athas
Psionics is one of the cornerstones of Athasian life and society. Most living things possess some ability to use psionics, and all have developed at least minimal defenses against it. A few have advanced beyond the natural talents they were born with to become full-fledged psions. These people study and practice, honing their psionic abilities to great heights. A psion works to perfect mind, body, and spirit into a unified, powerful whole. With an internal (or psionic) strength that comes from deep inside (from a place referred to as “the nexus”), a psionicist gives form and purpose to his will.
Athasians call innate psionic ability the Will, though psion also refer to their reserve of mental strength with this term. Wild talents have the Will, but rarely can they move beyond the single ability nature has provided them. The study of psionics and the refinement of psionic ability is called the Way (sometimes referred to as the Way of the Unseen because of its invisible nature). While the Will makes the use of psionics possible, only through the Way can a person truly master the powers of his mind.
Unlike wizardly magic, psionics is an accepted part of life on Athas. Wild talents and psions aren’t feared. Instead, a community’s psionic members are valued as vital assets and encouraged to improve. In many ways, psionics has become the edge needed to compete and survive in this unforgiving and dangerous world. Some even believe that psionics can be used to compensate for the deterioration of Athas’s vital resources, but this has yet to be proven in any significant manner.