Pyrokinesis is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to create and control fire with the mind. There is no scientific evidence that pyrokinesis is a real phenomenon. Alleged cases are said to be hoaxes, the result of trickery.

The word 'pyrokinesis' was coined by horror novelist Stephen King in his 1980 novel Firestarter to describe the ability to create and control fire with the mind. The word is intended to be parallel to telekinesis, with S.T. Joshi describing it as a "singularly unfortunate coinage." King is the first person to give the idea a name as neither the term pyrokinesis nor any other term describing the idea have been found in prior works. Parapsychologists describe pyrokinesis as the ability to excite an object's atoms, causing the object to generate enough energy to burst into flame. Science fiction works describe pyrokinesis as the ability to speed up the movement of molecules in order to increase temperature and start fires.

In Shinobido Edit

Shu the Cypress is a master of pyrokinesis and and uses it in both cutscenes and combat; interestingly, he uses his hand to direct the origin of the flames, not to shoot fire like in most fictional shows of pyrokinesis. In combat he generates explosions along with the fire, making it more damaging.

The player can use scrolls like Ninja Flame to generate explosions of fire. See Items (Shinobido: Way of the Ninja) and Tools in Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen.

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