Anansi Initiative (Role Filled)
My brain went a tad overboard with this one. It focuses on a female student masquerading as a male to gain entry to an all male psychic training facility, and the teacher who discovers her secret and decides to use it to his own advantage.
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There are psychics outside the academy, but they rarely are able to develop their talents at all. Unfortunately, the academy is for men only, though this isn’t public knowledge. The reason seems chauvinistic to the few that know about it, but psychics are a small part of the culture and the government uses media to disguise the fact that there are no female psychics, tv shows and other entertainment featuring female psychics. The reason for this exclusion however isn’t just patriarchal.
The latent part of the brain that allows for psychic power is different in women, stronger, but harder to control. When the government first started experimenting with psychics they started with cybernetic implants to control the test subjects this was successful, but when leaked to the public it was seen as a humanitarian atrocity, because the implants suppressed free will. When the government removed the implants they found that only one of their female test subjects were able to control her power and the rest suffered from a multitude of severe mental disorders. It was a disaster, however of the male test subjects only 20% suffered similar symptoms and not to the magnitude seen in the female test subjects.
After these incidents the Anansi Initiative was developed assuring the public that the biblical scale disaster caused by some of the rogue psychics could be killed would never happen again. The Anansi Initiate was a training regimen the government employed before to ensure the safe training of psychics and to ensure powerful psychics would be tools at their disposal. The application and screening process always filter out female applicants. Those that both show the potential and meet the safety criteria are admitted to the Academy, which is now run by some of the most powerful psychics the Earth Empire has ever produced, though there are rumors of those far stronger beyond the reaches of the Empire.
The Academy is located on Luna, the Earth’s only moon. It was chosen because of its isolation from the rest of the Empire, but proximity to the central government allowing for regular custodial inspections by interested Senators. Luna was Earth’s first attempt at Terraforming a dead planet. The machines supporting Luna’s environment are archaic, but cannot be replaced. Because of this intrinsically weakened infrastructure the atmosphere is fragile and cannot support heavy industry or high population. As a result, much of the moon’s surface remains barren like the times of old with only isolated farms and parks used to help maintain a breathable atmosphere and take some of the strain off the terraforming equipment. This made for the ideal location for training that was both secretive in nature and required a cloistered setting to be effective. The location also allowed the psionic attaches of Senators and other important political figures to conduct inspections and tours of the facility. These are special agents with no sensitive knowledge outside of the A.I. who are trained to resist telepaths and equipped mental shielding technology worn around the head. Ultimately, this civilian oversight is a farce, however it keeps the politicians in the Senate appeased.
Training at the Academy lasts six years and involves a variety of training techniques. The years of students are separated by colored uniforms and living quarters though they are permitted to interact with one another during leisure time. First years wear shielding headbands similar to those worn by visiting attaches. The headbands inhibit use of telepathy both on and by the user ensuring the secrecy of advanced training should a student wash out or be found to be a spy. Their curriculum centers on more academics than practical application. Classes include Psychic Theory 1, History of the school and the field, physics, anatomy, calculus, ethics and gym. They wear brown uniforms. Year two has a more malleable schedule, begins involving the fundamentals of practical application and includes the removal of the inhibitor bands. They wear dull orange uniforms. Year three introduces classes on specific psychic schools and ends with an exam to determine the focal study for the student. They wear dark red uniforms. Years four through six delve deeper into the students discipline, eventually researching new techniques, pushing the boundaries of the field, and working with their instructors more as peers towards the end of the sixth year. Year four wears green, five wears black and six wears black with a blue strip going down the side.
Graduates are afforded the opportunity to choose how they serve the empire, through the military, research, clandestine, diplomatic, public relations or industrial divisions. Soldiers, psychic scientists, spies, ambassadors, wide scale manipulators, and technical advisors. Eventually, some retire from the public eye back to Luna as instructors. This includes some of the founding members including Kelvin Cain the Gestaltism founder, Adam Volkov the Metacarnist founder, and Benjamin Cruthers the founder of Telepathy and headmaster of the school.