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Superhuman Senses

The Alternate may listen to a whispered conversation at a table on the other side of a crowded and loud restaurant.

Superhuman senses is the biological ability of a DNA Alternate to improve Thalamus efficiency and compartmentalize sensory nerves, allowing them to parse out very specific details with their senses. They can feel the smallest indentation in a wall with a touch; they can distinguish smells from miles away; they can even taste hints of things that have been long washed-off, or see details in an object or subject from further away than normal humans. The Alternate can possibly even hear the footsteps of an ant in the grass. The Alternate will be overwhelmed at first, but will gain control with experience.

The Alternate may experience it for some or all of their senses.

Examples of possible applications include:

  • Being able to read in the dark by feeling the presence of ink on paper.
  • Tracking people by their scent.
  • Being able to detect individual ingredients in food by taste.
  • Being able to see better in the dark, more clearly, and at greater distances.
  • Listening to subtle chances in voice and heartbeat to detect emotions, etc.


There are, of course, an infinite number of applications the Alternate could come up with. It is important to note that the enhanced sight aspect of this ability does not grant x-ray vision.

The Alternate occasionally demonstrates other senses that usually remain latent in normal people. A superhuman sense of spacial awareness, for example, could grant the Alternate a better understanding and tracking of objects in space.


The complete list of sensor specializations can be found below:

  • Enhanced Vision is the specialization some sensors use to alter the way their eyes perceive light, allowing them to see at greater distances, higher magnifications, and even other shades of the spectrum.
  • Superhuman Hearing is the ability of a sensor to increase their range and sensitivity of hearing, allowing them to exceed normal human limitations.
  • Echolocation is the specialization some sensors use to measure the delay between noise leaving them and returning, effectively mapping their environment with sound.

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