Ah, this is a little vague, Anon, so I’m not sure what kind of thing you want…? I’ll do a very basic guide for both subjects, using the exact same formula… so I hope this is okay for you ;____;
What is an Empath?
An Empath is someone with the ability to feel or sense the emotional and/or mental state of someone else. So, Grover from the Percy Jackson series has Empath-like qualities, given that he can sense emotions.
Although, predominantly, this ‘ability’ is seen as something out of science fiction, it is also considered to be a real-life, innate ability experienced by certain people.
In these cases, it is described as the emotions from nearby people being transplanted (or strongly felt) by the one who believes themselves to be an Empath. So, talking to an acquaintance who is sad, and being able to feel that person’s sadness yourself as if you, too, are sad.
As a fictional ability, you can increase/decrease the potency however you like. Although I do believe looking into the real experiences of those who consider themselves to be Empaths makes for a good inspirational resource.
Empath: Character Building
- Feeling the emotions of others, even those that are well-concealed.
- Knowing exactly how to adapt to someone else’s emotions, i.e. to make them feel better, to calm them down, etc…
- Being considered a confidant by others without having to prompt it or make effort for it.
- Emotional/physical exhaustion after feeling intense or conflicting emotions (e.g. being in the middle of crowd, taking part in/watching an argument, etc…)
- Mood swings, loss of control over their own emotions.
- Physical symptoms, such as migraine/severe headache, hearing-related problems/disturbances…
- Inability to determine/fully understand their own emotions.
- Aversion to putting themselves in situations where they are likely to feel overwhelmed (so, avoiding crowds, confrontation, etc…)
Empath: Further Character Building
Some things you can think about to further develop your Empath character:
- How the individual experiences their power. What I mean by this is, do they feel the emotions themselves? Or do they see auras, like Ever, from Alyson Noel’s Immortals series? Perhaps they sense the emotion radiating off the other person, or experience a visual hallucination, such as seeing the individual for how they really feel, and not the false emotion they use as a cover. Be as creative as you like…!
- How the power came to them. To stick with Ever from Evermore, her power only came to her after she was involved in a severe car accident. Some Empaths report only experiencing symptoms of their ability late on in their lives, and not from birth (whereas others do see themselves as ‘born’ Empaths). So how did your character acquire these abilities?
- The changes they decide/have to make in their lives to accommodate the power. So, Ever retreats into herself and wears sunglasses and hooded jackets to try and block out the sensory attack of the auras. What does your character do? Perhaps they embrace the power, or maybe, like Ever, they try their best to ignore it. How does it affect their life? Does it change them at all?
What is Telekinesis?
As most people already know, telekinesis is ‘mind movement’, or the ability to move physical objects with the power of your mind. One of the most famous fictional characters with this ability, I believe, is Roald Dahl’s Matilda from the novel (and film) of the same title.
Telekinesis can either be a stand-alone ability, or part of an array of powers as a result of the individual being partly - or wholly - of supernatural descent. So, for example, Anne Plichota’s & Cendrine Wolf’s Oksa from Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope has the power of telekinesis alongside levitation and other magical abilities since she is from the land of Edefia.
Telekinesis: Character Building
- Moving large/heavy objects which can’t be moved by the individual’s bodily strength alone.
- Acquiring objects out of dangerous or heavily guarded areas with relative ease.
- Playing pranks on others for fun.
- Ability to face and win against stronger/larger opponents due to the advantages telekinesis brings in battle.
- Inability to properly control the power. Although Jodie, from Beyond: Two Souls, doesn’t have the ability of telekinesis, depending on how you play the game, she has very little sway over Aiden’s influence on the environment around them. I can imagine the ‘feeling’ of telekinesis being the same, if that makes sense.
- Physical side-effects, such as nosebleeds, headaches or nausea from prolonged usage of the power.
- Limits to how far the power can stretch, or how strong it can get. So, for example, not being able to lift a car, or move objects that are too far away.
- Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality, or really understand when they’re moving something or when something is being manipulated/moved by someone else/other forces.
Telekinesis: Further Character Building
Some things you can think about to further develop your telekinetic character:
- How the power feels, or is visualised, by the character. Do they see some other identity moving the objects they command to move? Or do they just have to focus their attention on a very specific point of the object to manipulate it? How do they experience the power when it happens? Can they feel it working, or are there no sensations at all?
- When they began to recognise the power. Either they were born with it, or acquired it. What was the defining moment of discovery? How small does the power start, and how big does it grow? Where did they get the power from? Are they the only one with it?
- How big of a role the power plays in their life. Do they tell other people about it, or keep it as a secret? Are there others in their lives who experience the same thing, and more importantly, can they confide in them? If not, why not? Is the character scared of their power, or do they relish in it? What kind of things do they use the power for, if anything at all?
I hope this kind of covers all bases enough for you, Anon. I’m sorry if I’ve totally misunderstood what you wanted… if so, please feel free to resubmit your question and I (or another mod) can perhaps try again…!
Best of luck ; u ;