Spatula wrote:As to your other point, in my mind pretty much all possibility/reality skill stuff is unconscious from the POV of the character, including modern-day Possibility War Storm Knight characters. That's how the old novels were written and I suppose that informs my perception of how it works. Though I imagine once you're getting into some of the upper-level Reality perks like Storm Caller, or using reality to uproot stelae, the character would have to be somewhat aware of what they're doing.
It seems to me that the interpretation that 'Reality use is subconscious' only goes so far. Certainly before the invasion, when there aren't proper stormers, and there is no conceptual framework for it in Core Earth, I agree that would be the case. And even in the awakening-crisis-moments and for a while thereafter, it would come as an automatic thing, interpreted and used more as an extension of already-known skills, religion, etc. However, from that moment, the stormer is aware they are doing things that are just not normal. Also, the game has Reality as an entirely separate skill from Faith, or any of the combat/psionic/magical skills.
All that implies to me that by the time a stormer has more than one or two adds in Reality, they are aware and conscious of something going on that transcends normal experience, and have some deliberate mental/spiritual construct to explain and develop it - not just an 'explanation' for the weird stuff, but something that enables them to be more effective and directed when using possibility energy. Player characters exposed to the Delphi Council will have received some kind of information that provides that common framework. Stormers from other realms (and Core Earthers undiscovered by the Council) will have got similar training/information from somewhere else (in many cases probably in a master-apprentice setting). It may not be as precise and detailed as game terms, but they know they're able to alter reality and do the other things, which is not something most people can do, even world champions and masters of any profession.