Glimmer

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Your psychic glimmer represents how noticeable you are in the vast psychic aether. As your mental mutations increase in level, so does your psychic glimmer and the frequency, strength, and number of those who desire to absorb your mind.

Glimmer is a mechanic that is usually only experienced if the player character has a high level of mental mutations. Glimmer is a quantified measure of how powerful a creature's mental capabilities are. It is calculated by summing up all of the creature's mental mutation levels. This includes levels gained through Ego modifier. 1 point mental mutations that cannot level add 1 to the current glimmer.

If the player character is currently dominating another creature, the glimmer is based off of the original dominator of the domination chain.

Effects of Glimmer[edit | edit source]

There are two thresholds that glimmer can surpass to have significant effects.

20 Glimmer[edit | edit source]

You are being watched.

It's a familiar feeling. When someone has watched you in the past, when it's light that's betrayed your presence, you made a friend of the darkness. You pulled your hat brim low over your eyes. You stepped behind the cover of a thatched wall. But those who watch you now watch in spite of such simple obstructions. Their sight isn't mediated by the rays of a gleaming star or torch but by something much older. If there are ways to conceal yourself from these seeing eyes, if there are new kinds of darknesses to befriend, you know nothing of them.

Upon surpassing 20 glimmer, the player receive this message. The player character will then start to be pursued by psychic hunters.

In the journal, "You had the feeling of being watched, and learned that there's a sight older than sight." will be noted as an accomplishment.

40 Glimmer[edit | edit source]

What you understood to be the psychic sea was only a pond. There are other watchers now, countless in number, beyond the gulf of materiality. Points of light glimmer in all directions, but what are directions on a space that cannot be ordered? All you know now is of an aether vaster than the very mathematics that describe it. And you are not nor will you ever be again alone.

Upon surpassing 40 glimmer, the player character can encounter extradimensional hunters as well. They have orange names and come from one of 8 randomly generated dimensions. Entering a screen now has a 40% chance of spawning an extradimensional hunter instead, and 30% chance of spawning a extradimensional cult hunter. If multiple hunters were supposed to spawn, there is a 50% chance of them being an extradimensional solo hunter. This is noted as "You learned a cosmic truth, early among truths, about the locality of space and time as you knew them and an aether vaster than both." in the journal.

Esper Hunters[edit | edit source]

You sense the animus of a vast mind. Someone is near.

Esper Hunters are separated into bird-based ranks depending on their glimmer. As such, these hunters will have the same ego as the player character as well as the same level. There is a 10% chance upon defeating any hunter type to have their psyche absorbed by the player character, permanently increasing their ego by 1.[1]

Glimmer Hunter Type Description
20 to 34 Osprey Currently, you are being watched and pursued by ospreys, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who pluck larval espers from their egg sacs.
35 to 49 Harrier Currently, you are being watched and pursued by harriers, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who pluck fledgling espers from the shallows.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions. (if glimmer > 40)

50 to 64 Owl Currently, you are being watched and pursued by owls, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who snatch espers from the nighted weald.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions.

65 to 79 Condor Currently, you are being watched and pursued by condors, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who snatch thriving espers from the vast wood.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions.

80 to 94 Strix Currently, you are being watched and pursued by strixes, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who drink the blood of mature espers.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions.

95 to 109 Eagle Currently, you are being watched and pursued by eagles, Ptoh's servants and birds of psychic prey who seize powerful espers from their roosts.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions.

≥ 110 Rukh Currently, you are being watched and pursued by rukhs, Ptoh's most powerful servants and birds of psychic prey who seize masterful espers from their belfries.

You are also visible to psychic beings from other dimensions.

Mutations[edit | edit source]

Their mutations are generated based off of the player character's mutations. For every mental mutation that costs more than 1 point, the hunter will randomly get a mental mutation also greater than 1 point that is the same level as that mutation.

Seeker Hunters[edit | edit source]

Seeker hunters, or hunters of the sightless way are the first type of hunters that the player will see. They are named, and have Ptoh's (hunter rank) appended to their name. If the player character has greater than 250 reputation with the Seekers of the Sightless Way, these hunters will not spawn.

These are based off of the base sightless way, but with level 1, 16 HP, +1 intelligence, +1 ego, +1 willpower, and -2 toughness. Their faction will be of the Seekers of the Sightless Way. Their base ego is set as the player character's ego, so their ego will always be higher by 1.

Thralls[edit | edit source]

Seeker hunters are the only type that also have thralls that follow them.

Glimmer Thralls
0 to 19 0
20 to 34 0-1
35 to 49 0-2
50-64 1-2
65-79 1-3
80-94 2-3
95-109 2-4
110+ 3-4

The type of creature enthralled is determined by the hunter's tier type. There, A random creature of the same tier will be created. There are exclusions to what can and can't be thralls:[2]

  • Must have a Brain that can be beguiled
  • Does not traverse through walls
  • Can move
  • Does not have the "Proper" value in xtag Grammar (to check against legendary and unique creatures)

Extradimensional Hunters[edit | edit source]

You sense a psychic presence foreign to this place and time.

There are two kinds of extradimensional hunters: solo hunters, and cult hunters (hunters that belong to a cult). They will have extradimensional (creature) and esper (stalker/assassin) appended to their name. Unlike Ptoh's Hunters, extradimensional hunters can be of any creature type. The creature type will have around the same level as the player character. Also unlike Ptoh's Hunters, their main faction is the hidden Playerhater faction, which means it is impossible for them to be neutral or friendly. On death, they and their loot will disappear unless it is extradimensional.

Cult Hunters[edit | edit source]

Cult Hunters are part of a cult from another dimension. 79.2% of the time, the cult will be focused around one mental mutation. They also may have a cult symbol. Hunters from this cult will always have this mutation with the mutation level at their level/4.

Cult hunters also have a 5% chance of their most valuable item to be extradimensional. This will not disappear when the hunter dies. When this happens, "(hunter) drops a (item), and by sheer chance (it) quantum tunnels and fully materializes in this dimension." will appear in the message log.[3]

Cult Types[edit | edit source]
Mutation Cult Name[4]
Beguiling Charming (cult) - (cult) and Love
Burgeoning Verdant (cult) - (cult), Aspect of Plants
Clairvoyance All-Seeing (cult) - (cult) and the Eye
Confusion Entropic (cult) - (cult) and Entropy
Cryokinesis Frigid (cult) - (cult), Aspect of Winter
Domination Tyrannical (cult)
Disintegration (cult), Aspect of the (synonym of void)
Ego Projection Astral (cult) - (cult) and the Astral Projection
Force Bubble Hidden (cult) - Lost (cult)
Force Wall Disjointed (cult) - (cult) and the Divided
Light Manipulation Shining (cult) - (cult) and Light
Mass Mind Unified (cult) - (cult), Aspect of Oneness
Mental Mirror Two-Faced (cult) - (cult) and the Parallel
Precognition (cult) and the Before - Oracular (cult)
Psychometry (cult), Chrome and Brass - (cult), of the Circuit-Maze
Pyrokinesis Fevered (cult) - (cult), Aspect of Fire
Space-Time Vortex traveling (cult) - cosmic (cult) - (cult), the Door
Stunning Force violent (cult) - (cult), Aspect of Inertia
Sunder Mind cerebral (cult) - (cult) and the Mind
Syphon Vim vampiric (cult) - (cult), the Succubus
Teleportation (cult), the Here and There - entangled (cult)
Teleport Other fickle (cult), whisical (cult)
Time Dilation (cult), Now and Then - Immortal (cult)
Temporal Fugue (cult), the Many - popular (cult)

Absorbing Psyche[edit | edit source]

At the moment of victory, your swelling ego curves the psychic aether and causes the psyche of (esper hunter), to collide with your own. As the weaker of the two, its binding energy is exceeded and it explodes. Would you like to encode its psionic bits on the holographic boundary of your own psyche?

(+1 Ego permanently)

Upon defeating a hunter, there is a 10% chance to absorb their ego.

Esper Hunter Generation[edit | edit source]

This article has information that is missing or not up to par.
Reason: TODO: calculate the chance of each number of esper hunters spawning. This can be found in PsychicHunter.GetNumPsychicHunters.

Whenever the player character enters a new zone and their glimmer is between 20 and 49 inclusive, there is a 0.2 * (glimmer - 5)% chance that a hunter will spawn. If their glimmer is greater than or equal to 50, the chance becomes 0.0666*(glimmer + 65).

If glimmer is greater than 34, there is a 0.5*(glimmer-20) % chance that an additional hunter will spawn. If glimmer is greater than 49, this chance is rolled two more times, and then a third roll if glimmer is greater 80 with a chance of 0.5*(glimmer - 50)% to add an additional hunter.

Glimmer Chance of spawn Number of possible Hunters
0 to 19 0 0
20 to 34 3-5.8% 1
35 to 49 6-8.8% 1-2
50-64 7.7-8.6% 1-4
65-79 8.7-9.6% 1-4
80+ 9.7%+ 1-5

References[edit | edit source]

  1. XRL.World.Parts.AbsorbablePsyche
  2. XRL.World.Parts.HasThralls
  3. XRL.World.Parts.ExtradimensionalLoot
  4. HistorySpice.json