Anonymous asked: Kaamos, do the creatures do as they please, while having actions suggested by Baralys, or is everything they do a direct thought of Baralys?
Ah, the question of the free will of those bound to a Wisp. This is a large topic, and one that interests me greatly. I will consent to speak briefly upon it.
From what I understand, some Wisps do indeed attempt to control every single aspect of their links, arrogant species that they are. Most fail, some succeed: it takes great mental effort. I suppose if, hypothetically, a Wisp recruited only one creature and spent all their time possessing it, the goal would be accomplished… but no Wisp would ever fail to have less than two links. With two or three links, the customary quantity, a highly mentally powerful Wisp could theoretically use them like puppets. I can absolutely guarantee you, however, that that is not what Baralys is doing. My doubts concerning his mental capabilities aside, he has far too many creatures linked to him to control them 100% of the time. Instead, they are no doubt guided by some constant subconscious ideas (“Mel, Swifle is not food”) and some direct commands (“Mel, carry Wrayt up the ledge”).
The Wisp, however, isn’t even the only telepathic influence on these creatures. Depending on their level of resonance with their Wisp and with each other, a group of links will begin to subconsciously push on one another. Looking at this group in particular, Mel and Aven have a particularly high resonance for each other, and less surprisingly, Swifle does with both Derb and Baralys. I suspect, in fact, that she’s progressed far enough to begin to see a bit of Ether. She can probably see and recognize Baralys, and at least observe other Ethereal beings such as Psions. Wrayt, a sapient being already familiar with psychic powers, could see Baralys outright… but his resonance with the Wisp isn’t high enough to allow him to view Psions as well.
There is a form of direct control used often by most Wisps, one must mention, and that is of course possession. However, the exact details of this process are… sketchy. What appears to happen is that the mind of the physical creature and the mind of the Ethereal Wisp are merged. Is one or the other really in control, or have they combined to form one single entity? If the latter is the case, what triggers a split? Many Wisps swear that they are in full control while in a possessing state, but I wonder.
I do indeed wonder…