Psionicists discover their powers on their own, by accident. A flash of anger or fear is enough to bring the first whispers of psionic power to the forefront of a youth’s mind. However, they are not understood as powers of the mind; the user believes that they have the spark of arcane magic, and seek out magi for training with dreams of becoming powerful magic wielders. Magi, for their part, regard psionicists as a sub-class of wizard. Psionicists are wielders of an odd form arcane power, the mages believe, that does not require hand gestures or words but is dangerously tied to the user’s emotions. At worst, they are broken magi. At best, they represent an interesting though ultimately dead-end field of study, since probing a psionicist with magic yields no answers.
Most youths quickly leave their wizard masters as they realize the mages cannot help them. Some seek solitude to try to understand and control their unpredictable power; some return to their previous lives and attempt to suppress their ‘different’ tendencies; some seek adventure, hoping to unlock their power’s true potential.