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Many slummers refer to any perceived practitioner of the occult as "daayan" with pejorative connotations, but those who actually dabble in techno-witchcraft self-label in many different, more and less prosaic ways, depending on their specialization.

There's allegedly a group of hackers whose name has never been released by CorpSec who refuse the label of daayan and simply claim to pull "pranks" by releasing encrypted code in images that can control minds.

A member of a darkweb forum who goes by "melus1ne" claims credit for a bizarre jailbreak in 2348 where everyone on-duty at CorpSec was found asleep. An archive of the thread suggests she rejects the terms "daayan" and "technomancer" and insists on being called a sorceress. In 2350, a self-proclaimed pyromancer was apprehended for allegedly causing electrical fires by staring at screens, but ultimately he was let go due to lack of evidence. Some mediums claim to be able to channel the spirits of the dead, or at least stray artificial intelligences.

Generally, no matter their intention, daayan, mediums, or other reality-manipulators perpetuate the popular perception that witchcraft is for mall goths as a way to seem less threatening should they be found out. They tend to be secretive due to the highest-profile supposed witchcraft events being committed to break the law or inflict terror, as well as the perceived risk of capture and study by shady scientists or the government (a fear commonly shared by psionics).

Popular Theories

There's very little known about why some people appear to perform reality-altering feats. At a glance, their DNA and brain structure appear as typical as the rest of the population's, though they are often more sensitive to electromagnetic fields and some have reported being able to sense electricity as though their skin were magnetized.

Some realists posit that the world's technology is simply so intuitive for certain people born into it that their use is imperceptibly effortless. The combination of omnipresent holoprojectors, augmented reality, and perception-altering government-mandated neural implants may be a perfect storm for a magical-seeming reality.

Some of the glyphs or wards used in so-called "spellcasting" contain encrypted code that can affect the brain when it's run through optic cyberware or transmitted wirelessly to a person's comm receiver implant; in theory, images or sounds could be used to rewire the brain in this manner. Law enforcement is typically reluctant to admit to the existence of daayan, instead referring to them as infoterrorists.

A few tiny, niche religions have been built around embracing technology and using it to transcend oneself and communicate with higher beings, and followers resent the comparison of their rituals to witchcraft.

No hypothesis as of today has ever been able to account for every anomaly.

  • NOTE: the abilities and limitations of the 'daayan' role are left intentionally ambiguous to give players the freedom to build a unique take on a cyberpunk witch.

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