This page describes actual paranormal phenomena apparently occurring in the Star Control universe.
Psychic or mental compulsion is the ability to control and read the minds of others. The Chmmr intimate that most races that naturally possess this ability are inimical in nature. Psychic compulsion appears in at least two instances within the Star Control Universe.
The classic example of a race with this innate ability is the Dnyarri. Just as the Chmmr profile suggests, the Dnyarri were a very hostile and pernicioius race, as is evident of their take-over of the Sentient Milieu. The only race known to be able to resist this compulsion were the Taalo, due to their rock-like physiology. Their Taalo Shield bestowed this immunity upon other races too, and proves to be most valuable in containing the neo-Dnyarri, thus helping greatly in the liberation of this region of space from the Ur-Quan.
Dnyarri psychic compulsion has a limited range, but its effects may last longer than the effective psychic contact with the compulsive being, as evidenced by the Umgah's and The Captain's compulsion.
The Syreen, to some extent, are capable of psychic compulsion.1 Syreen use psionic amplifiers to coerce a hodge-podge of alien races to serve aboard Penetrators. An extension of this technology is the Syreen Song, a hypnosis field emitted by the ribbed structure of the ships hull, which when used in combat allows the Penetrator to steal its opponent's crew.
Both the Pkunk and Utwig (through the Ultron) imply that they possess some sort of psychic ability that allows them to influence people and events. However, there has been no definitive evidence proving either of these claims.
Clairvoyance is the ability to perceive, consciously or unconsciously, events and places by other means than the scientifically known senses.
- Some Humans with high esper ratings
- Pkunk (unconfirmed)
- Utwig (through the employment of the Ultron; unconfirmed)
- Tzo Crystals (according to the Melnorme)
- The MetaChron (predicts only its own destruction)
Telepathy is the ability to exchange information by the use of other senses than the standard ones.
Talking to the dead
- Pkunk (unconfirmed)
- Pkunk (unconfirmed, except for Fury)
An esper rating or esper potential appears to be a measure of a person's psionic abilities. Commander Hayes mentions esper ratings twice. One time is when the Pkunk are absorbed by the Yehat. He says that certain crew members with high esper ratings fell unconscious, overcome by a feeling that something very wrong had happened. Another time he mentions it is when The Captain brings the Taalo Shield in for study. Hayes claims that whenever you put a charge anywhere through the shield, all crewmen with high esper potentials get a bad headache, and "all evidence of psychon interaction is flatlined.". Besides the six people on the Earth Starbase who react to the Pkunk disappearance, Ensigns Hodgkins and Witherspoon, who reacted to the Taalo Shield, are the only crew members specifically identified as having noticeable esper ratings.
- See also: Wikipedia article for esper
In the Star Control universe, a psychon appears to be a particle responsible for paranormal phenomena, since the Taalo Shield flatlines all psychon interaction nearby if an electric current is fed into it. It may be the same psychon from Sir John Eccles' psychon theory that he described in How the Self Controls Its Brain.