IDEAS ON POWER SOURCES
The various power sources of 4th Edition are reskinned, but still represent a PC’s source of power. Psionics stays the same, representing an individual’s natural psionic talent. Martial stays the same, though swords and bows become lightsabers and blasters. Arcane magic becomes ultra-high technology— the remnants of a forgotten alien race, so difficult for humanoids to use that only a few top scientists can master its secrets. Divine magic represents the boons of a small set of mysterious, ultra-powerful alien godheads (a la the Great Old Ones in the Lovecraft mythos, but not necessarily evil); willingly or not, a divine player has been touched, gifted, chosen, or cursed by one of these outsiders. Shadow power is similar, but all comes from a single entity about which little is known, not even whether it’s a power for good or evil.