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Is the psionics power source really just Ki and thus easily fit into a Wushu-based paradigm?

Do I need to changes Psionics to make it this way?

Specifically, how do I re-figure the Psion in this direction? (Why my daughter is attracted to a Shardmind Psion I'll never know...)

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To answer why your daughter is attracted to a Shardmind Psion, first ask why she is attracted to a Psion. Then, you know why she wants a Shardmind Psion - the race is practically purpose-built for the class! – Iszi Sep 21 '10 at 20:55
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On pg 65 of Psionic Power, the author defines ki as a type of 'psionic energy.'

The term draws togther two related notions.

  • The separation of self into body, mind, and soul is artificial, and disrupts the proper flow of spiritual energy.
  • Assimilating the unity of body, mind, and soul taps into a profound source of internal power.

In other portions of the book, they discuss how many psions mostly ignore the body and soul, and believe the mind is the key to psionic power. Monks incorporate all three in their manifestation of psionic disciplines.

So it's more like ki is a facet of psionic power, not necessarily the other way around. Of course, in your game, whatever says goes, so you could just re-flavour the other psionic classes to be based on ki. :)

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The monk was originally going to use the Ki power source, but WotC decided that it didn't make sense to have a power source devoted to a single culture. From the D&D Insider article: "We also didn't want to simply shove all the classes inspired by Asian cultures into one power source for the sake of bundling them together." Psionics -- mental energy drawn from within -- seemed like a good fit.

The rest of the psionic classes could be fit into Ki, but it wouldn't be effortless -- you'd need to do some reflavoring. The ardent, for example, is flavored as an empath, which doesn't drop seamlessly into a wushu-inspired world. The psion is explicitly either telepathy based, telekinesis based, or telecreativity based.

Answering the specific psion question: for a telepathic psion, it could be that the character is so in tune with the social intricacies of the world that she's practically capable of telepathy. Her attacks might be words of bitter scorn, a la the bard. For a telekinetic psion, I'd use those little darts so popular in Hong Kong historical movies. She's not throwing raw force around, she's tossing tiny darts at things, with the proper amount of precision to affect their movement or to force them to dodge. These are a bit of a stretch, but might work for her.

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Nice, I like that idea for telepathic. Consider it appropriated. – anon186 Aug 27 '10 at 0:14

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