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A psychic field is created by the unconscious or conscious manipulation of psychic energy. 

Inside the Master's home universe, every being has their mind, on some level, tied to the psychic energies surrounding them. These energies can be manipulated by them or used to manipulate them. 

Individuals whose control of their psychic field has shifted from the unconscious to the conscious are harder to manipulate and can in turn, manipulate the psychic fields of others. It is theorized that, if someone were able to remove all unconscious connection to their psychic field, they would be entirely impossible to manipulate. This however, is deemed impossible. 

 

The most common use of the psychic field is to communicate information. It is possible to send memories and emotions and raw information. Almost anyone can learn to do this, given sufficient practice. It is easier to exchange information if both parties are cooperating, difficult to exchange if only one party is participating, and near impossible if one party is resisting. 

It is also possible, though illegal on Gallifrey, for an individual with strong control of their own psychic field to exert control over individuals with weak control over their own psychic field. Time Lords, in general, naturally have enough control to be resistant to this, but some Time Lords who are not named have used this to dominate lesser species. 

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Promise reads the entire book twice. Then asks the TARDIS if there's more on the subject. It's a big step.

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The TARDIS is happy to provide several other books on the topic.

She includes several instructional guides for training up various parts of one's psychic field, defense, offense, and communication. None of the included exercises seem particularly difficult, though a few of the offensive and communicative abilities require inborn talent and in general the exercises are time consuming. 

She also includes a textbook on how exactly the psychic field works. It is dense and technical, but with appropriate reference material Promise will eventually be able to make sense of it.

Her final inclusion is a book of case studies of various unusual and criminal uses of psychic fields. It is possible for individual's with sufficiently powerful psychic fields to pull thoughts out of the minds of others, but only if those others are unprepared. Continuous mind reading does not seem to be possible.

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When Promise has read enough she goes looking for the Master. "I'll do it," she says. "Assuming the process of getting a field isn't itself horrible in some way."

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"It shouldn't be, but then, it's never been done to a fairy before."

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"Any guesses how that might affect it?"

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"No clue. Magic's weird and fairies are weirder."

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"Who has it been done to? Anybody? - Is there a way we can get messages from our future selves about this?"

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