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• Immediate Spatial Perceptions
Basic understanding of Correspondence allows an agent to develop precise and intuitive judgments of distance or area. A simple Effect enhances the agent’s awareness of space to determine exact directions and distances. The agent can “feel out” the contours of space around her, using advanced sensors to determine the placement of other Patterns even beyond the normal senses. With the proper Effects, an agent can also detect warps in space or the presence of gates, sinks, wormholes and other instabilities or tears in the very fabric of perceived distance.
Combined with various Pattern Spheres, the agent can determine exact sizes and distances to creatures, objects or forces. With more ephemeral Spheres, the agent could develop a rough idea of the locations of nearby thinking beings, the area of power in a Node or the direction and distance to a peculiarity or strange coincidence.
• • Sense Space; Touch Space
With telepresence and surveillance, the agent can cast out her senses to various places beyond her physical form. The agent could touch and feel something physically at a distance or use technology to see a vista at a far-away location. The agent chooses one target and performs an appropriate Effect to scan there. Sensing a distant area forges a sort of connection between the agent and the location — a warp of Correspondence as the agent brings her Pattern in contact with the place — that can be detected with simple Correspondence awareness. This connection also extends the agent’s perceptions to allow him to use his hypertech at such places. Conversely, the agent can make defenses that bar spying, or defend the Patterns that she perceives from teleportation, by strengthening the hold of space and hedging out such distant perceptions.
Combining Correspondence sensing and touching with Pattern Spheres lets the agent affect small Patterns at a distance. The agent could reach out and touch a stone from a far distance, then use Matter with Correspondence to pull it into his hand, teleporting it from across a field. Similarly, the agent could deposit an animal some distance away with a touch and a conjunctional use of Correspondence and Life. As with all uses of Pattern Spheres with Correspondence, the agent is limited to his lesser understanding in the possible Effects. In conjunction with other Spheres, long-range Correspondence allows the agent to seek someone out in order to establish mental contact or read thoughts, project probability manipulation at a far distance, search for powerful sources of Primal Energy to manipulate or even look into distant alternate dimensions.
• • • Pierce Space; Seal Gate; Co-locality Perception
Tearing the very fabric of space itself, the agent can open a brief gateway to other places and step through. While the agent could only cast her senses out to distant locations previously, she can now actually travel via teleportation. The agent needs only sense the destination — or even haphazardly cast out to a random place, although doing so is extremely dangerous, then perform an appropriate Effect to change her Pattern’s location. Drawing together connections in various Patterns— or severing them — is also possible, and it causes the Patterns affected to build a stronger or weaker bond that can be exploited later through Correspondence.
By strengthening the bonds of space instead of warping them, an agent can seal gateways and block the passage of Correspondence Effects. The agent can actually bar an area from passage, be it mundane or through Correspondence. Such an Effect prevents transportation in an area, and it can be cast over Patterns other than the agent herself. Finally, moderate comprehension of Correspondence allows an agent to split his perceptions over several locations at once. Although the agent can open a door to only a single place, or manipulate individual Patterns without major effort, she can use her techniques to view multiple places simultaneously. The agent could experience the show in any form appropriate to her paradigm. She might see a set of ghostly superimposed images around her as she spies on multiple locations, or perhaps she has a series of small simultaneous images for different places.
With Pattern Spheres, the agent can use Correspondence to teleport Patterns or move objects from a distance. The agent reaches out and bypasses space to touch the object from range. Searching through multiple locations at once lets the agent perform very acute investigations, especially when using other Spheres to look for specific results.
• • • • Rend Space; Co-locate Self
Adepts of Correspondence can not only tear through space-time to create warps or rents in space, they can force such distortions to remain instead of just sliding their own Patterns along brief slips of distance. The agent can create a free-standing wormhole or gate that transports anyone to another place, or he can bend space to remove something from the bounds of normal space-time entirely. Space isn’t necessarily mutable at this level, but various points can be connected or Patterns can be placed in new locations or even outside the concept of “space” altogether. Combined with specific filters, the gates through space can be made selective so that only certain types of Patterns may pass through. By causing her own Pattern to manifest in several perceived spaces, the agent can appear to exist in multiple places at once. Judicious use of other Spheres can let the agent think separately in these places (with Mind Science) or even act differently in each (with Life Science).
Pattern techniques used by an Adept of Correspondence can not only teleport or move objects, but establish gates that bar or warp certain Patterns. A particular Pattern can even be thrust into its own bubble of non-space, closeted away from the universe. In such a bubble the agent can survey safely or put away an object where it can’t be found or manipulated.