Chi Mastery is the measure of a character’s development in the arts of Chi. Characters with this ability are deeply attuned to the flows of Essence in the world even more so than the typical Gifted character. Chi Mastery is both a power and a way of looking at the world. Characters with Chi Mastery have developed a special rapport with the world, one that transcends physical and spiritual limits. At the highest levels characters with Chi Mastery can match some of the most flamboyant magical or psychic effects of other Arts.
Chi Mastery affects the senses and psychic defenses of the character. Even without using their special Chi Powers, a Chi Master is very difficult to surprise, dominate or intimidate due to her inner balance and harmony with reality. In the course of a game Chi Mastery can be used with Perception to perceive the presence of Supernatural beings and to forewarn the character about likely attacks and ambushes. Used with Willpower Chi Mastery can be used to resist attempts to control or influence the character or to probe her mind. This works both against magical and supernatural abilities and against such Social Skills.
Chi Powers are very difficult to learn. The student must be magically-oriented with the ability to channel Essence. Furthermore the apprentice must hone both her mind and her body. Only people with superb physical conditioning can attain mastery over their inner Essence flows. In game terms only Gifted characters with Essence Channeling and a minimum Physique score of 2 can learn Chi Powers. Age and physical strength are less important than good health. Many Chi masters are old and frail, and even disabled in some way.