Leif: Say, Thorn, there’s been a lot of telepathy in our lives lately. So . . . how does it work? Can anyone do it? Is the touching necessary? Is —
Thorn: I think this is a “let’s hand the whole explanation over to some magical girls” type of strip.
Atarangi: Every magical girl has a different skill set, but certain powers are associated with having an affinity for fire spirits. Telepathy and mind-reading are on this list.
♦ Mind control
Magnolia Persil: It’s customary to touch a person’s face when telepathically connecting with them. Skin-to-skin contact makes the connection easier. Telepathy over a distance is possible . . . but it takes extra power, or advance preparation, or both.
[Setting up a mental link, to use for remote contact later]
Goldenrod: Also, people who can’t feel telepathy think it’s more secure if you give them a tangible indication of “I’m doing the thing . . . okay, I stopped.” . . . Even though, ironically? If a magical girl wants to abuse your telepathic connection? The physical contact makes you less safe.
Bramble: But fear not! EVERYONE, even a non-magical person, has INSTINCTIVE DEFENSES against MENTAL INVASION! Most ordinary people can EASILY BLOCK unwanted distance telepathy from all but the STRONGEST OF MAGES.
You can even augment these defenses with SPELLTECH, or the assistance of ANOTHER MAGE. And anyone who tries to BYPASS your mental defenses can be ARRESTED for MAGICAL CRIMES!
Kudzu: Like any magical power, it’s possible to level up at telepathy. Before my powers were blocked, I hit the point where I never saw a mental defense that I couldn’t crush. . . . I got arrested for a lot of magical crimes.
Goldenrod (thinking): It’s also possible to train your mental defenses to get stronger . . . And this guy must be doing the mental equivalent of power-lifting.