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I suspect that the main difference between the two is that while magic system can differ greatly from one work to another (e.g., relying on the ambient mana in the surroundings vs. relying on one's own supply of mana, activation via long chants and calculations vs. activation via hand gestures, etc.), the psionic powers tend to follow a single framework.
 
I suspect that the main difference between the two is that while magic system can differ greatly from one work to another (e.g., relying on the ambient mana in the surroundings vs. relying on one's own supply of mana, activation via long chants and calculations vs. activation via hand gestures, etc.), the psionic powers tend to follow a single framework.
   
If we go up the power-ladder, we eventually reach a variation of omnipotence with both paths, so that's that. However, if we compare a more common examples, then magic usually has greater versatility than its psionic counterpart, while the psionic power is more readily available to its user than magic that has to be studied first. For instance, a user of teleportation (psionic) usually starts accidentally teleporting as soon as they awaken their power and / or as soon as they start encountering unpleasant situations, however a user of teleportation magic is rarely able to do anything without first studying the magic and particular spells, but there is (or can be created) a spell for any teleportation effect one imagines.
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If we go up the power-ladder, we eventually reach a variation of omnipotence with both paths, so that's that. However, if we compare a more common examples, then magic usually has greater versatility than its psionic counterpart, while the psionic power is more readily available to its user than its magical counterpart. For instance, a user of teleportation usually starts accidentally (at first, and then they learn to control it) teleporting as soon as they awaken their power and / or as soon as they start encountering unpleasant situations, however a user of teleportation magic is rarely able to do anything without first going through some studies and / or spell devising; however, once the user of teleportation magic gets to it, there is (or can be) a spell for virtually any teleportation effect or variation one can imagine.

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I suspect that the main difference between the two is that while magic system can differ greatly from one work to another (e.g., relying on the ambient mana in the surroundings vs. relying on one's own supply of mana, activation via long chants and calculations vs. activation via hand gestures, etc.), the psionic powers tend to follow a single framework.

If we go up the power-ladder, we eventually reach a variation of omnipotence with both paths, so that's that. However, if we compare a more common examples, then magic usually has greater versatility than its psionic counterpart, while the psionic power is more readily available to its user than its magical counterpart. For instance, a user of teleportation usually starts accidentally (at first, and then they learn to control it) teleporting as soon as they awaken their power and / or as soon as they start encountering unpleasant situations, however a user of teleportation magic is rarely able to do anything without first going through some studies and / or spell devising; however, once the user of teleportation magic gets to it, there is (or can be) a spell for virtually any teleportation effect or variation one can imagine.

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