Chronicles of Neverael
Channeling is a rare magickal discipline which is as much a natural aptitude as it is a learned ability. Channeling is closely related to the phenomenon of spiritual possession. All witchborn run the risk of spiritual possession at some point in their lives – some are more vulnerable to it than others, though. A very few witchborn, however, are able to do something called channeling. Channeling enables a witchborn to actually possess other spiritual entities by drawing them into their bodies. In this way they can actually gain access to all of that spirit’s spiritual prowess, memories, skills, and other abilities.
Naturally, this is a risky proposition – sufficiently powerful spirits can still overwhelm the channeler and take control over them. The same aptitude which makes it possible for them to channel a spirit makes getting rid of a spirit which has taken control of them very difficult. Sometimes channelers form special bonds to certain, powerful spirits and keep them close at hand – feeding them on their essence periodically – so that they can call upon them at need. Most keep at least one favored spirit around in this way.
Sometimes channelers reach too far and try to channel a being too strong for themselves and become consumed by that being – other times they consume one another and become something new and different from what either previously were. In either case, the result is something called an Abomination. It is believed by some scholars that the first Vampire was an Abomination.