EDIT: As suggested by L.Dutch, I turned the original post into a series of its own.
Though the name "Shared Consciousness" is pretty self explanatory to me, the best I can do to describe it is a group of individuals connected by a "psychic link".
There is no "leader". No hierarchy. Everyone is an equal part in this "community", a "brother". No brother has control over the other - they can't be forced to do anything they don't want to do.
The link allows them to have telepathic conversations and share, memories, emotions, senses, desires - pretty much anything - with any number of brothers he wants. This form of telepathy is the only "superpower" I explicitly require.
Privacy exists within a shared consciousness. If one of the members don't want the others to know a secret, for example, there is no way his brothers can ever know about it through the link. However, once any information is shared, any member is free to access it at any time.
The center piece of this puzzle lies in the billateral psychic link. That's what differentiates a shared cosciousness from a random group of people.
How is this link created?
Stuff to help you (hopefully)
- First of all, try not to confuse shared consciousness with hive mind. I have created another series (link) to address that. I recommend you read it in order to know the difference;
- Though it seems that I was specifically referring to humans, feel free to propose a shared consciousness based in any lifeform avaiable;
If other questions arise in the comments, I'll edit the post and keep updating this section with useful information.