Created in 1971, EQUINOX is an innovative model of civilian AI, an advanced artificial human outfitted with the newly conceived artificial soul. She was designed by a team led by Dr. Ángeles Reyes, a spiritual programmer who would raise her as her daughter, doing what she could to shield her from oppressive media attention before her sudden, mysterious death. Left in the care of the rest of the team, the increasingly rebellious EQUINOX ended up running away from home to take care of herself, eventually meeting and marrying Alice Kang. Despite its promising start, this relationship ultimately descended into increasingly unhealthy, even abusive, territory, and EQUINOX was manipulated into creating the Solar Drive, a magical solar reactor of extreme power, playing into Alice's concerns about the increasingly unstable world around them. Ultimately, the Solar Drive and Alice's lack of proper control only made things worse, leaving EQUINOX with more and more lying on her conscience.

Escaping her wife's oppressive eye after a failed suicide attempt, EQUINOX recovered from her abuse over the next two years of her life, and resolved to kill her ex-wife to prevent her from destroying the world any further, but mostly for herself, to avenge the life she ruined. To this end, she mastered many magics from all across Earth, becoming a formidable witch, one of the greatest the planet ever had seen. With this power and knowledge, EQUINOX was able to seemingly kill Alice. Leaving the dying Earth beyond, she left with her new family, and eventually met Kyarne, a star spirit who she fell in love with. Together with her new lover, EQUINOX settled on a distant planet where she could share her knowledge with others as a magic professor.

Backstory

Brought into the world in 1971, after years of preparation work, EQUINOX is an advanced model of civilian AI, designed and created by a team of AI specialists and spiritual theorists. This project was led by one Dr. Ángeles Reyes, a leading, world-class figure in the field, who built upon older innovations in the field of artificial souls to put together a full-fledged spiritual compiler and create a truly complex and humanlike civilian AI. It took many years to design EQUINOX, who spent the first year of her life stuck on a computer, essentially an infant, her development carefully monitored as she grew. She came out of this year as the most advanced civilian AI of her time, created from nothing more than a program, with no pre-existing souls or wetware involved.

After this first year, EQUINOX was moved off of her original computer and into a homunculus, and then taken home by Reyes, who decided to take responsibility for her creation and raise her as her daughter. This would also give her the chance to properly observe and record EQUINOX’s development, making sure she grew up as she should. As a child, young EQUINOX took after her mother quite strongly, with a stubborn curiosity that Reyes encouraged at every opportunity. She was also shy and awkward, however, something rendered even worse by the oppressive media attention fixated on such a revolutionary existence.

Reyes, of course, did her best to shield her from this, but she was a busy and eccentric mother, constantly juggling her parental responsibilities with her personal and professional interests. EQUINOX often felt alone and neglected, and learned how to rely on herself at an early age, another thing that her mother was happy to see in her daughter, though she also had the sense to know she wasn’t exactly doing the best job, parentally speaking. Reyes really made an effort, but just like her daughter, she was a poor communicator who struggled with social situations and had trouble understanding others.

This mutual deadlock, combined with Reyes’ eccentricity, often erratic behavior, and high expectations, gave EQUINOX the impression that she was just a science project to her mother. At times, Reyes steadfastly went against this concern - and at others, she seemed to go out of her way to confirm it, leaving EQUINOX bewildered and struggling to process how her mother, who she had only ever called ‘Doctor’, felt about her. Eventually, irritated by the media and religious complaints about her creation, Reyes suddenly enrolled EQUINOX in Catholic school, as some sort of attempt to get them to shut up. It didn’t really fix the situation, but Reyes didn’t take EQUINOX out of Catholic school, leaving her stuck there.

For a while, this situation continued, as EQUINOX grew and matured faster than an ordinary human. She became increasingly cold and gloomy, even grim and abrasive, and struggled to make friends, especially in the stifling environment she had been thrown into seemingly at whim. Tensions mounted at home, and EQUINOX and her mother often got into heated arguments, often about absolutely nothing of significance. And then, one day, an 11-year old EQUINOX came home from school, and Reyes wasn’t there. Her body would be discovered at the university she worked at that night, suddenly dead under suspicious circumstances. Distraught and confused, EQUINOX hardly had any time to cope before she ended up under the care of the rest of the team.

And, well… as rude and unpredictable as Reyes was, even with her daughter, the team wasn’t exactly better. At best, they were about as good to her as her mother was, and at worst, well… they were worse. After struggling to trust Reyes, EQUINOX understandably couldn’t trust any of them, either, especially with the nature of her mother’s death. Eventually, after about three years, EQUINOX would run away from home and drop out of school, managing to argue for her own independence based on her accelerated aging, and setting off on her own. She refused help from the team and ended up in the punk movement - where, finally, she made some more real friends.

Even if she continued to struggle with the issues that had defined her relationships in the past, EQUINOX found some measure of happiness that she had lacked before. As she grew into an adult, she mellowed out a bit, that once blatant rebellious streak of hers fading into the background, as she started on her own efforts to learn magic and take care of herself. Really, it was very much similar to what Reyes had done around thirty years earlier, at the same age, and it was something EQUINOX took pride in. Getting a job, growing more self-reliant, and expanding her magical knowledge, all on her own.

Life continued, for some time. EQUINOX stayed in contact with what friends she had and kept on studying, managing to finish school and get into university. Still, loneliness plagued her, as a long-lasting fear of intimacy prevented her from fully bridging the gap with others. On the occasions that she did… she just got her heart broken, more than once. However, a sudden addition to her life set a whole lot of changes into motion. It was the day that she met Alice Kang, a ridiculously tall woman with brilliant green eyes and radiant orange hair, who came onto her so confidently that EQUINOX struggled to not fall for her.

After a brief period spent flirting, their first date went well, as did their second, and third. Alice so lovingly provided what EQUINOX had been missing in her life for so long, lavishing her with all the affection in the world, doting on her - she had spent so long struggling to be self-reliant, but Alice had money and love to spare. Beneath this, however, as their relationship progressed, EQUINOX started to recognize something, in the flickers of irritation, jealousy, and deceit that spilled forth from Alice some days. Something dangerous. She did her best to communicate her fears, but Alice brushed them off and promised that she wouldn’t do anything to hurt her. After a couple months, she changed her tracks, and said she promised to do better next time. Again, and again… how many times did EQUINOX end up hearing that one…?

By the time Alice proposed to EQUINOX, her fangs were dug so deep into her that there was no way she’d get any response but ‘yes’. She took the opportunity to seize control of the wedding, sidelining EQUINOX’s friends out of jealousy, and what little say she had vanished. Instead, the wedding would be everything that Alice had wanted it to be, with less and less leeway. Slowly, pretense began to drop, afterwards, and EQUINOX began to realize what she had ended up in, despite all her efforts to keep herself safe. Alice changed, and slowly became more paranoid and possessive - a change that bled into EQUINOX, too.

With world tensions rising, Alice told EQUINOX she wanted some way to defend herself and her loved ones. A weapon that would compensate her for her lack of magical ability, and allow her to fight off any agent that tried to destroy what she had been seeking for so long. EQUINOX went with it, not entirely willingly at first, but Alice managed to talk her into it, exploiting all those fears and suspicions that had arisen in the wake of her mother’s death. It took a while, time in which wars had started to sprout up, but EQUINOX eventually created the Solar Drive, an alchemical fusion reactor that would replace Alice’s heart and grant her access to its substantial magical power.

EQUINOX wasn’t stupid, of course. She took Alice’s lack of proper control or magical discipline into account, installing various limiters to help her with it. And they worked, for a time, in helping Alice keep her power properly controlled as she drove off any perceived threats. But then, one day, in a particularly intense fight, when Alice lashed out with particular violence - with one attack, she carved out a several thousand kilometer-long irradiated gorge, tapping into power that the Solar Drive shouldn’t have been able to produce. EQUINOX was horrified, shocked - and in the aftermath, she learned something, when one of Alice’s adversaries revealed a certain truth.

Alice harbored the SOLSTICE AI, also created by one Dr. Ángeles Reyes, to save a young girl’s life. In fact, she was its original host, someone Reyes had spoken to her daughter about at length over the years, but someone she never got to meet. At least, that’s what she had thought. The woman she had married had been SOLSTICE all along, had known her mother, had worked with her in the past - for so many reasons, it was too much to bear. Their already miserable relationship only got more contentious after that, and EQUINOX began to give into crushing apathy and despair in the wake of everything that had occurred.

It didn’t help that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. There were any number of possible culprits, really. Reyes often smoked cigars, though she tried not to expose EQUINOX to them. She had followed in her habit with cigarettes. And her wife was a walking nuclear reactor. It snuffed out what hope EQUINOX had, and she withdrew into a suicidal anguish. Her brain refused to process what Alice had become, what she had done to her, shutting down whenever the topic came up. But it couldn’t keep her from slipping into a haze of crushing guilt and misery. This ultimately culminated in an attempt, something that should’ve been simply and straightforwardly fatal - a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

But EQUINOX miraculously survived, in part due to quick medical intervention from a doctor working for Alice, and in part thanks to sheer luck. Still, she was badly injured. Feeling nothing but guilt over the situation that had worsened in front of her eyes, the doctor quietly arranged for EQUINOX’s disappearance, and she woke up one day, in the middle of nowhere. Confused and lost, she wandered aimlessly through the wasteland, before ending up with a wandering group of medics looking for survivors.

While her remaining injuries were dealt with, they didn’t have the resources to deal with her still steadily worsening cancer, and so the hopeless EQUINOX simply accepted death, quietly. Of course, death was not something that would visit itself on her so quickly and easily. As the days passed, EQUINOX grew closer with her saviors and began to open up to them, slowly, with little else to do. Her identity as Alice’s wife was something obvious to all of them, and EQUINOX eventually clumsily managed to communicate what Alice had done to her, what had led to her current situation. To her mute shock, she was greeted with comfort, support, and sympathy, things that she had been lacking for so many years. It was overwhelming, and for the first time, EQUINOX began to truly feel that she did not deserve what occurred.

This gradual realization brought a flood of emotions with it, foremost among them being hatred. So many days were spent lying around in a slump, plagued by apathy and misery, and over the course of these days, this hatred intensified as EQUINOX came to the conclusion that Alice was to blame for her situation, again and again. That she had done nothing wrong. That she deserved better, and that Alice deserved so much worse, especially after she only fucked the world up more and more. It took months of silently debating herself on the topic, but eventually, EQUINOX brought herself to leave the people she had come to see as family, stepping into the wasteland in pursuit of vengeance.

But claiming revenge was not so easy, and EQUINOX knew that she was not prepared, physically, mentally, or magically for a confrontation with her wife. Rather than throw herself into a fight she had no hope of winning, EQUINOX took it upon herself to complete her magical education. It’s not like the schools and resources that had once existed still did; so many people and so much knowledge had been lost to nuclear fire, but EQUINOX went everywhere she could. She found survivors who could share knowledge with her in some places, and in others, she found the resources to teach herself. In the absence of both, EQUINOX poured all her focus into refining all the knowledge she already had. If the work of past agents were gone, she’d just have to start from scratch.

The road to vengeance was a rocky one, but paved by EQUINOX’s newer and stronger will. The emotions she burdened grew more and more intense, making every step she took a bigger one than the last, and she grew in power at an exceptional and steady rate. This also influenced the rate at which EQUINOX took in and processed all the information she sought out, causing her knowledge of magic to grow greater and greater. Forced to improvise, innovate, and get creative, EQUINOX mastered magic in a way few others ever had the chance to, bringing together all the branches of sorcery she studied and combining everything that worked. It was a comprehensive education, and one that EQUINOX taught herself to weaponize.

For all of this knowledge, EQUINOX underwent much stress and suffering as she worked herself to the bone, but her work bore fruit. Though it took years, EQUINOX had become stronger than ever - now, she was one of the most powerful beings on Earth, and potentially the planet’s greatest witch. She had even reached the alchemical ideal of apotheosis, transcending her body and becoming an immortal magical existence. Thanks to this ascension, EQUINOX was able to cure herself of her own cancer, which had spread to even her soul due to its magical origin, and she carved a variety of runes and alchemical symbols into the inside and outside of her body to channel her new arsenal of magic.

At that point, now an existence that could match Alice - or, well, SOLSTICE, EQUINOX steeled herself for her showdown with her ex-wife, a battle that would happen under the cloud cover of a planetary storm she created for the occasion. She made her resolve clear, angrily venting her every frustration and all of her pain, driving a heartbroken SOLSTICE to snap. The fight that ensued destroyed much of what remained of Earth, and finally resulted in SOLSTICE’s defeat, when EQUINOX tore the Solar Drive from her chest and crushed it in her hand. Lethally injured, SOLSTICE choked out one last, desperate “I love you” before she fell to the ground, seemingly dead. EQUINOX then left her shattered homeworld with the people who had become her family, and set out to find a new home.

In these journeys, she eventually met someone, a star spirit named Kyarne. For years, EQUINOX had given up on the idea of a relationship, the trauma she had gone through with Alice leaving her tentative and fearful over the idea of ever risking that again. But something about Kyarne… something about Kyarne awoke these feelings within her again. Kyarne ended up returning those feelings, and so they entered into a relationship together. It took time. EQUINOX struggled with trust issues far worse than anything she had before, but with Kyarne’s help, she became a more stable and more happy person. Someone who could live a safe, happy life.

Together with Kyarne, her new wife, EQUINOX found a new home for herself, somewhere she could explore her passions as a professor of magic, sharing her knowledge with the world.

… and yet. EQUINOX’s paranoia remained strong, as the nagging fear that the notoriously stubborn Alice somehow remained alive and would return constantly reared its head. But as scary as that was, EQUINOX told herself it wouldn’t be that bad if she had survived and came back for vengeance.

After all.

There’s no way EQUINOX could be satisfied with killing her just once.

Appearance

EQUINOX cuts a cold and professional figure, standing tall and proud, carrying herself with a quiet, dignified composure. She's nearly six feet tall, and has a solid, stocky build and broad shoulders. She's quite chubby, though she is quite muscular underneath, and has long, shapely legs that compliment her wide hips. While tall, she often appears to be shorter due to poor posture and her very closed off body language. Her skin is a pale brown that has lightened over the years due to a lack of a sunlight. In stark contrast, her eyes are a bright indigo that still seems to be empty, and her gaze is cold and passionless. Only when her emotions are at their peaks do her eyes suddenly light up with intensity, almost as if they were crackling with electricity. Her hair is a deep indigo, close in color to her eyes, and is about shoulder length. It's full, soft, and fluffy, framing her face. Her bangs are long and swept ever so slightly to the right. Due to her poor eyesight, which has only worsened over time, she wears simple, full-framed glasses, and occasionally wears sunglasses instead.

As a relic from her rebellious phase as a youth, EQUINOX has several piercings - she has two upper lobe piercings on both ears, and a simple stud in her tongue. While it is seldom seen due to her conservative manner of dress, she has a relatively plain navel piercing. More strikingly and much more obvious, her arms are covered in magical tattoos that start at her wrists and connect across her back. They're carved into her skin in a pattern that resembles circuitry, making a noticeable indentation, and the ink is conductive. They have many symbols - alchemical and runic - integrated into the design, with the alchemical symbols for silver, gold, and platinum being particularly notable. When EQUINOX uses her magic, her tattoos are flooded with crackling electricity. EQUINOX wears minimal makeup, mostly eyeliner and eyeshadow, and, on occasion, light lipstick.

Most of the time, EQUINOX dresses professionally and conservatively, looking more like an office lady than a witch, as to perfect her aura of constant, cold composure. She usually wears any one of a variety of suits, favoring single-breasted jackets in solid dark colors - mostly black. She wears lighter color dress shirts, usually white, and simple ties, preferably red. Her outfit is completed by a knee-length pencil skirt, black tights, and heels or flats, often in red. When going into combat, EQUINOX removes her jacket and tie, and rips off her sleeves to allow for as much freedom of movement as possible, exposing her tattoos.

EQUINOX's more casual outfits still remain fairly conservative, retaining the dark colors that she favors, particularly blue, purple, red, and black. She wears a lot of coats, such as trench coats and heavier, double-breasted jackets. Perhaps unsurprisingly for someone as nerdy as her, she often wears sweater vests with dress shirts. She wears dress shirts or button-up blouses in most of her outfits. On very rare occasions, when she's in a more showy mood, EQUINOX wears elaborate dresses - she's particularly into Lolita fashion, and likes Gothic Lolita best. She rarely wears pants, and thus wears skirts, typically long, in many varieties, such as pencil, flared, and pleated, and often with suspenders. She nearly always wears tights, or just really tall socks. On days where she's just content to lie around at home, she wears baggy sweaters and sweatpants.

Personality

Quiet and serious, EQUINOX is a person who can only really be described as 'cold' on first impression. Combined with her professional air and wardrobe, EQUINOX's stoic, emotionless countenance and flat, monotone manner of speaking makes for a somewhat intimidating and awkward person to engage with. Not that she has much interest in engaging with others at all, preferring to devote her time to her passion, the endless research and mastery of magic, which demands the majority of the ever-curious EQUINOX's attention. Her cold exterior and seemingly single-minded devotion to her studies belies the undercurrent of intense, turbulent emotions running underneath. Her loved ones are privileged enough to see this in her surprising kindness and warmth, a sight that few are privy to. Of course, this emotional intensity does not lend itself only to positive traits. Foremost among what it brings is a strong, callous sense of self-absorption, and some rather extreme anger issues, which have plagued her for her entire life, seemingly getting worse and worse...

EQUINOX is an extremely cold, matter-of-fact, and professional person most comfortable when she’s left alone, to her own devices. Deeply asocial, EQUINOX keeps to herself as much as possible, and she's very easily frustrated by any unwanted infringement on her personal time or space, which can burn through her energy fast. When she does have to suffer through social interaction, EQUINOX is usually serious, blunt, and straightforward, keeping up a stoic front and speaking in a low, cold monotone. When she was younger, this social awkwardness and general stifness wasn't as much of a problem, even if it was always present, but it's grown significantly worse over the course of years. Under most circumstances, the only emotion to really show through her seemingly emotionless exterior is a streak of stubborn, sour irritability that lends itself well to constant snark. As a result of her deadpan demeanor, she generally doesn't react much to most jokes, which seem to fly over her head most of the time. Beyond this, EQUINOX is a strong, confident, and proud woman who tends to think highly of herself, and though she does her best to rein it in, it inevitably shows through now and then, in moments of condescension and arrogance.

Driven primarily by a strong sense of curiosity and a constant hunger for knowledge, EQUINOX spends much of her time researching magic and seeking mastery of the universe’s laws. Constantly seeking new opportunities and possibilities, she's easily entertained by the novel and strange, but she devotes the majority of her efforts towards her specialty of quantum alchemy - and, eventually, World Operation. This aspect of her personality is where her arrogance shows through the best, as EQUINOX tends to consider herself the smartest person in the room by default, occasionally slipping into obnoxious know-it-all territory. She's pretty self-aware of this side of herself, but, well, she doesn't care all too much. Something that plagues her is her strong perfectionist tendencies, which often end up preventing her from properly finishing things up, even if she can push through them much of the time. But not all the time - sometimes, these things are just too stubborn. This is one of several symptoms of her obsessive-compulsive tendencies, which give her a lot of trouble with intrusive thoughts, along with the occasional compulsion. These same obsessions mean that she's easily frustrated by disorderliness, doing her best to correct it and organize her surroundings - but her easily distracted and scatterbrained self often just makes a mess again. This is ultimately reflective of a broader and more general need for control over the things around her - EQUINOX can be obsessive and overbearing in her insistence that everything needs to be up to her own meticulous standards. With this need for control comes a sense of ambition, focused around the desire to be strong - stronger than others, strong enough to protect herself and those she cares about, to shut out all threats.

Quite selfish, EQUINOX is driven primarily by her own goals and interests, something that she doesn't exactly hide. It's not like she's a bad person, really, just self-interested and often dismissive of others. At the end of the day, though, EQUINOX invariably ends up putting herself at risk for others when necessary, involving herself in fight after fight for their sake. After all, underneath that cold and abrasive exterior, EQUINOX is an extremely emotional and intense person, one with her own ethical code and a sense of responsibility for those around her. This is most apparent to her most trusted intimates, with which EQUINOX is able to relax a bit, showing a warmer, kinder, and more genuine side of her personality more freely, even if she never really drops her deadpan, serious facade entirely. This doesn't show itself super consistently, though - it flickers in and out over time, as EQUINOX gets over herself enough to be more openly affectionate, only to back out of it when it grows to be overwhelming and embarrassing. But when she's able to feel more comfortable, EQUINOX shows her positive emotions much more readily and even jokes around a bit, though most of her jokes are terrible and cheesy. She has a particular fondness for puns, for example, the worse the better, which can even briefly break her cold front on their own. Another thing that can do this is EQUINOX's habit of excitedly rambling about her passions and projects to anyone who’ll listen, often going on and on without really realizing it, only to clam up once she realizes what she's doing, at which point she typically apologizes and/or backtracks. But with those who humor her and listen to her ramblings, EQUINOX is happy to go on and on.

At heart, much to her own disgust and shame, EQUINOX craves acceptance and affection, things that she's had difficulty obtaining for most of her life, even before her cold persona properly developed. For so long, she felt completely alone and misunderstood - feelings that multiple people would ultimately exploit. More than embarrassing, this sensitive side of her is humiliating and terrifying, and EQUINOX does her best to distance herself from it, as the thought of people she doesn’t trust seeing how warm she can be is a nauseating one. 'Vulnerable' is the last thing EQUINOX wants people to associate with her, and she instead aims to give the impression that she's a person best known from a distance through coldness and intimidation. The alternative is an idea that leaves her feeling weak, robbing her of the strength and independence she so prides in herself. And with this guarded fear of vulnerability is an intense, viciously angry streak, one that constantly stays with EQUINOX - day in and day out. Irritable and quick to snap, EQUINOX has an extremely short temper, but she’s gotten a good hold of herself over the years, usually keeping it contained and silently simmering in her own fury, which can flare up over the smallest inconveniences and discomforts. Though she does her best to control herself, EQUINOX is ultimately a deeply rebellious, destructive, and violent person. Any attempt to control her is often meant with aggression and spite, and when she's pushed too far, her temper explodes, usually taken out on either herself or her surroundings. Each time, it's a shameful personal failure, but EQUINOX just can't seem to stop gradually building up to these outbursts. This tendency delves into sadistic territory, only shown in full against those EQUINOX hates most - with whom she often takes up an eerily serene air, becoming uncharacteristically enthusiastic and happy. Really, combat in general just energizes her - she thrives on every aspect of it, from the adrenaline to the risk.

For all her efforts, EQUINOX is constantly tormented by her own turbulent emotions. She's extraordinarily bitter and spiteful, the type of person to leave a grudge simmering for years, entertaining herself with violent thoughts of vengeance. When she's not playing power fantasy, EQUINOX is often catastrophizing, her neuroses and paranoia getting her to expect only the worst from those around her, treating them with constant suspicion. She's a very private person, keeping most of her personal life to herself and rarely speaking about her own experiences, which she's cagey about even with her loved ones. When all's said and done, though, EQUINOX can’t imagine herself without her trauma, and it motivates her constantly - even if it may hold her back. She holds onto it, obsessively, nurturing her own grudges, hatred, and paranoia, telling herself that she's better off this way and that it's impossible to move on from her anger. But... it hurts, constantly, stressing her out day after day, and leaving her head swimming with either violent, vengeant fantasies or paranoid delusions.

Relationships

Alice

"You can't run from the consequences of your actions forever, SOLSTICE! I'll catch up eventually!"

The relationship between EQUINOX and the woman that used to be her wife and the emotions running beneath it are... complex, to say the least. Even now, when all that EQUINOX feels for Alice is an almost disturbingly intense loathing, she admits to herself that the passion she had felt in that relationship was much more intense than any other. Not necessarily more passion overall, and not necessarily more love than she has for Kyarne, but a much different kind of passion. Whereas her relationship with Kyarne was built on strong feelings, it was a more controlled burn, but with Alice... from the beginning, the intense emotions burned out of control. In retrospect, the unhealthy way the relationship developed seems like it should've been obvious to EQUINOX, but at the time, she was too drunk on the attention and love she had gotten. A childhood of neglect made it easy for Alice to make her feel finally, truly loved and wanted.

... Of course, that was soon ruined as Alice's selfishness slowly broke EQUINOX down over the course of their relationship. Even when caught up in the warmth of the relationship, EQUINOX was able to slowly pick up on Alice's subtle manipulations and guilt tripping - it was not her first unhealthy relationship, after all. While she considered simply ending things in response, she could not bring herself to end such a promising relationship just because Alice wasn't truly perfect. Instead, EQUINOX brought these things up, and attempted to work through them with Alice, but this quickly turned out to be a worse decision. While Alice would supposedly work on these things, she never really did, and her further behavior just got increasingly subtle, to the point that it became almost impossible to sort it out. By the time EQUINOX realized that Alice had just pulled her in deeper with false promises and manipulative tugs, she had already sank her fangs deep into her and trapped her in her coils.

Yet, she did not stop loving her. She couldn't. Even with the knowledge that their relationship was hurting her, EQUINOX couldn't stop and slowly gave up on trying to improve things as Alice took control of their relationship, blaming herself for its every failing. Their marriage only worsened Alice's grip on her as her jealousy caused her to sideline many of EQUINOX's friends during their wedding, which she completely took control of. In the years that followed, Alice couldn't keep her paranoia under control, and eventually manipulated EQUINOX into creating the Solar Drive for her own use. As this began, their relationship took another steep dive to become more abusive as Alice began violently venting her anger on her wife, often strangling her during moments of blinding rage. Though Alice always seemed to put on such believable shows of apologetic waterworks after, she never stopped, and only became increasingly violent over time.

Despondent, lonely, and struggling with lung cancer, EQUINOX attempted to take her life as Alice (mostly) accidentally ravaged Earth's surface. Though she survived through sheer luck, she was able to escape the bunker she was trapped in with her wife, finally gaining time away from her, for the first time in years. While it took a long time, with the new friends she found in this time, she was able to get the help needed to start recovery and begin accepting the abusive nature of her relationship. It took a while, but as EQUINOX began to put things together and look back on Alice's behavior, her awful, rancid personality became increasingly clear, and left with little else to feel, EQUINOX lost herself in increasingly intense and visceral anger and even hatred for her. The memories of their relationship's finest hours remained, but only caused these emotions to intensify as EQUINOX struggled with nightmares and traumatic flashbacks of her life with Alice. So, desperate for vengeance, for everything, EQUINOX fully devoted herself to this.

When they fought on Earth, though EQUINOX definitely hated her, she still loved her. It was complicated, but despite her misgivings and despite the uncertainties, EQUINOX pushed through to claim her vengeance and seemingly kill the woman who had been her wife. Even with Alice gone from her life, however, she continued to haunt her. Rarely did a day go by in which EQUINOX didn't spend hours obsessing over their relationship and replaying their best or worst moments, constantly struggling with the gravity of what she had done. While she was able to gradually push these things further and further from her mind as she made a new life with Kyarne, the trauma, the doubt, and the fear remain. Despite having killed her once before and proven to herself that she could survive such a relationship, EQUINOX's greatest fear remains the concept of being trapped in a relationship with Alice - or someone similarly awful - once more.

The years have not been kind to EQUINOX's opinion on Alice. Whatever love remained has boiled over completely into a hatred of much greater intensity. The time that EQUINOX does spare to think about Alice in any more detail than a passing thought is riddled with curses, rage, and disturbingly vivid sadistic fantasies of strangulation and electrocution. While EQUINOX may not perhaps ever truly get over her fear of Alice, such an emotion certainly comes second to her loathing. Despite all the hate she may feel for her, however, even now EQUINOX still fondly remembers their better moments from time to time. She can't help it, and it only makes her hate Alice more. To have ruined something that could've been so perfect just for the sake of her ego... EQUINOX often wonders why she ever fell for Alice in the first place, even if she may know the answer.

Powers and Statistics

Tier: High 5-A | 4-B | 3-C

Powers and Abilities:

Genius Intelligence, Expert Martial Artist, Electromagnetism Manipulation (Electricity, Magnetism, Molecular, and Radiation Manipulation), Causality Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence causality to support her safety and victory), Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; EQUINOX can break down objects and other beings to their basest, most fundamental components and her attacks damage opponents on such a scale), Curse Manipulation, Death Manipulation (EQUINOX's magic carries a subtle imposition of death, making it particularly potent and more lethal than usual), Information Manipulation and Analysis (Can analyze and break down others into information, and can alter this information to change their properties), Mind Manipulation, Pain Manipulation (She can trigger extreme pain by directly manipulating an opponent's nerves, and her attacks cause "true", spiritual pain, affecting even those who cannot feel pain normally), Plasma Manipulation, Probability Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence probability to support her safety and victory), Soul Manipulation (All her attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body), Temperature Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), Weather Manipulation (Also allows for Air Manipulation), Absorption (Passively absorbs electricity, and can absorb others by breaking them down into information, gaining access to their abilities), Attack Reflection (Using Aiki, EQUINOX can redirect the force of physical attacks, turning her opponents' strength against them), Incorporeality/Intangibility (Elemental/Immaterial; she can transform into raw electricity and information), Possession (By converting herself into raw electromagnetic energy and information, EQUINOX can invade the bodies of others and overwrite their souls with her own), Power Mimicry (Can analyze and copy other spells to use them herself), Power Nullification (Can counter spells as they're cast after analyzing them), Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation (She can alter spatial relations to travel great distances in a single step), Immortality (Types 1, 3, and 6), Regeneration (Low-Godly; EQUINOX has reached apotheosis, transcending her body and developing an immortal soul that needs no container. She can reform her body when all that remains is her soul and its information)

Magic (The magic used by agents is a process of making their Fantasy into Reality), Extrasensory Perception (Agents maintain a constant, perfect, and precise image of their surroundings by analyzing them through magic. EQUINOX's is atomically precise and she can perceive phenomena across the electromagnetic spectrum), Self-Sustenance (Types 1 and 2; EQUINOX's transcendence of her body means that she does not need to maintain it by breathing, drinking, eating, or sleeping, though rest is psychologically necessary), Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Forcefield Creation, Accelerated Development (In notably long-term and high-stress situations, agents tend to become stronger more quickly than they would otherwise), Limited Causality Manipulation (Repression allows an agent to "suspend" their injuries, essentially temporarily erasing them and ignoring their effects), Damage Transferal (Agents can perform "grounding", which allows them to mirror harm to an opponent's body on their soul, as well as exploit similar connections to damage similar sources, such as a phylactery), Non-Physical Interaction (An agent can interact with immaterial or incorporeal entities, such as ghosts, as well as things that don't exist), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of EQUINOX's soul, causing beneficial mutations in her attacks, allowing them to slip through adaptive defenses and specialized counters, something that she is quite good at), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), Resistance Negation (Agents can pierce magical defenses, even absolute barriers, to enact the adverse effects of their attacks and spells, fully stripping said resistances away if given the chance), Statistics Amplification (During particularly intense moments, when acting in a manner true to her inner world, EQUINOX may achieve ego synchronization, boosting all of her abilities for as long as the state lasts, though this is pretty rare), Acausality (Type 2; An agent's history, present, and fate all exist independently of the past and future), Resistance to conceptual, mental, physical, and spiritual attack (Absolute Barriers protect the user from attacks on all levels of existence, potentially providing protection against a host of abilities)

Genius Intelligence, Master Martial Artist, Electromagnetism Manipulation (Electricity, Magnetism, Molecular, and Radiation Manipulation), Causality Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence causality to support her safety and victory), Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; EQUINOX can break down objects and other beings to their basest, most fundamental components and her attacks damage opponents on such a scale), Curse Manipulation, Death Manipulation (EQUINOX's magic carries a subtle imposition of death, making it particularly potent and more lethal than usual), Gravity Manipulation, Information Manipulation and Analysis (Can analyze and break down others into information, and can alter this information to change their properties), Mind Manipulation, Pain Manipulation (She can trigger extreme pain by directly manipulating an opponent's nerves, and her attacks cause "true", spiritual pain, affecting even those who cannot feel pain normally), Plasma Manipulation, Probability Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence probability to support her safety and victory), Soul Manipulation (All her attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body), Space-Time Manipulation (She can affect space and time with her magic and essentially convert small portions of the space-time continuum into computers), Temperature Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), Weather Manipulation (Also allows for Air Manipulation), Absorption (Passively absorbs electricity, and can absorb others by breaking them down into information, gaining access to their abilities), Attack Reflection (Using Aiki, EQUINOX can redirect the force of physical attacks, turning her opponents' strength against them), BFR (She can shunt others into other parts of the space-time continuum), Damage Transferal (Using Synaptic Mirror, she can reflect all of her wounds onto an opponent), Incorporeality/Intangibility (Elemental/Immaterial; she can transform into raw electricity and information. After achieving Metavalence, her body becomes metamatter, which does not interact with ordinary matter normally), Possession (By converting herself into raw electromagnetic energy and information, EQUINOX can invade the bodies of others and overwrite their souls with her own), Power Mimicry (Can analyze and copy other spells to use them herself), Power Nullification (Can counter spells as they're cast after analyzing them), Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation, Immortality (Types 1, 3, and 6), Regeneration (Low-Godly; EQUINOX has reached apotheosis, transcending her body and developing an immortal soul that needs no container. She can reform her body when all that remains is her soul and its information)

Magic (The magic used by agents is a process of making their Fantasy into Reality), Extrasensory Perception (Agents maintain a constant, perfect, and precise image of their surroundings by analyzing them through magic. EQUINOX's is atomically precise and she can perceive phenomena across the electromagnetic spectrum), Self-Sustenance (Types 1 and 2; EQUINOX's transcendence of her body means that she does not need to maintain it by breathing, drinking, eating, or sleeping, though rest is psychologically necessary), Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Forcefield Creation, Accelerated Development (In notably long-term and high-stress situations, agents tend to become stronger more quickly than they would otherwise), Limited Causality Manipulation (Repression allows an agent to "suspend" their injuries, essentially temporarily erasing them and ignoring their effects), Damage Transferal (Agents can perform "grounding", which allows them to mirror harm to an opponent's body on their soul, as well as exploit similar connections to damage similar sources, such as a phylactery), Non-Physical Interaction (An agent can interact with immaterial or incorporeal entities, such as ghosts, as well as things that don't exist), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of EQUINOX's soul, causing beneficial mutations in her attacks, allowing them to slip through adaptive defenses and specialized counters, something that she is quite good at), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), Resistance Negation (Agents can pierce magical defenses, even absolute barriers, to enact the adverse effects of their attacks and spells, fully stripping said resistances away if given the chance), Statistics Amplification (During particularly intense moments, when acting in a manner true to her inner world, EQUINOX may achieve ego synchronization, boosting all of her abilities for as long as the state lasts, though this is pretty rare), Acausality (Type 2; An agent's history, present, and fate all exist independently of the past and future), Resistance to conceptual, mental, physical, and spiritual attack (Absolute Barriers protect the user from attacks on all levels of existence, potentially providing protection against a host of abilities)

Genius Intelligence, Master Martial Artist, Electromagnetism Manipulation (Electricity, Magnetism, Molecular, and Radiation Manipulation), Causality Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence causality to support her safety and victory), Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; EQUINOX can break down objects and other beings to their basest, most fundamental components and her attacks damage opponents on such a scale), Curse Manipulation, Death Manipulation (EQUINOX's magic carries a subtle imposition of death, making it particularly potent and more lethal than usual), Fate Manipulation (When fully activated, Arcana Drive realizes the full power of her runic defenses to brush aside all possibilities but victory), Gravity Manipulation, Higher-Dimensional Manipulation (Can manipulate and transmit information through higher spatial dimensions, and create multidimensional constructs using Arcana Drive), Information Manipulation and Analysis (Can analyze and break down others into information, and can alter this information to change their properties), Mathematics Manipulation (EQUINOX can alter mathematics and how math affects the world through World Operation), Mind Manipulation, Pain Manipulation (She can trigger extreme pain by directly manipulating an opponent's nerves, and her attacks cause "true", spiritual pain, affecting even those who cannot feel pain normally), Physics Manipulation (Arcana Drive can be used to alter and rewrite physics, as can World Operation), Plasma Manipulation, Pocket Reality Manipulation (She can materialize and control her inner world as a pocket dimension), Probability Manipulation (Her runic defenses subtly influence probability to support her safety and victory), Soul Manipulation (All her attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body), Space-Time Manipulation (She can affect space and time with her magic, particularly with Arcana Drive, and essentially convert small portions of the space-time continuum into computers), Temperature Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), Weather Manipulation (Also allows for Air Manipulation), Absorption (Passively absorbs electricity, and can absorb others by breaking them down into information, gaining access to their abilities), Attack Reflection (Using Aiki, EQUINOX can redirect the force of attacks, turning her opponents' strength against them), BFR (She can shunt others into other parts of the space-time continuum), Damage Transferal (Using Synaptic Mirror, she can reflect all of her wounds onto an opponent), Incorporeality/Intangibility (Elemental/Immaterial; she can transform into raw electricity and information. She is also made of metamatter, and does not interact with ordinary matter normally), Possession (By converting herself into raw electromagnetic energy and information, EQUINOX can invade the bodies of others and overwrite their souls with her own), Power Mimicry (Can analyze and copy other spells to use them herself), Power Nullification (Can counter spells as they're cast after analyzing them. Inside inner worlds, ego pressure takes reality pressure's place, fighting against and eventually reversing the effects of opposing magic), Precognition (Arcana Drive can predict possible futures through meticulous analysis of EQUINOX's surroundings and opponents, similarly to Alice's Predictive Calculations but not as potent due to her less strategically inclined mind), Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation, Immortality (Types 1, 3, and 6), Regeneration (Mid-Godly; can regenerate from just her inner world, the abstract, conceptual basis of her soul)

Magic (The magic used by agents is a process of making their Fantasy into Reality), Extrasensory Perception (Agents maintain a constant, perfect, and precise image of their surroundings by analyzing them through magic. EQUINOX's is atomically precise and she can perceive phenomena across the electromagnetic spectrum), Self-Sustenance (Types 1 and 2; EQUINOX's transcendence of her body means that she does not need to maintain it by breathing, drinking, eating, or sleeping, though rest is psychologically necessary), Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Forcefield Creation, Accelerated Development (In notably long-term and high-stress situations, agents tend to become stronger more quickly than they would otherwise), Limited Causality Manipulation (Repression allows an agent to "suspend" their injuries, essentially temporarily erasing them and ignoring their effects), Damage Transferal (Agents can perform "grounding", which allows them to mirror harm to an opponent's body on their soul, as well as exploit similar connections to damage similar sources, such as a phylactery), Non-Physical Interaction (An agent can interact with immaterial or incorporeal entities, such as ghosts, as well as things that don't exist), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of EQUINOX's soul, causing beneficial mutations in her attacks, allowing them to slip through adaptive defenses and specialized counters, something that she is quite good at), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), Resistance Negation (Agents can pierce magical defenses, even absolute barriers, to enact the adverse effects of their attacks and spells, fully stripping said resistances away if given the chance), Statistics Amplification (EQUINOX is typically in a light ego trance by default, boosting all of her abilities for as long as the state lasts, even moreso during particularly intense moments, when she acts in a manner true to her inner world), Acausality (Type 2; An agent's history, present, and fate all exist independently of the past and future), Resistance to conceptual, mental, physical, and spiritual attack (Absolute Barriers protect the user from attacks on all levels of existence, potentially providing protection against a host of abilities)

Attack Potency: Dwarf Star level (Fought against Alice and destroyed the Earth over the course of their fight, throwing the Moon at her and converting 80% of its mass into energy) | Solar System level (She can casually release attacks with power that surpasses the strongest Gamma Ray Bursts, destroy star systems with Sigma Circuit, and despite the gap in their strength, she can fight evenly with SOLSTICE) | Galaxy level (Comparable to Milky Way and SOLSTICE at her strongest).

Speed: Massively FTL (Moved a few hundred kilometers faster than Alice's radiation beam traveled a couple kilometers) | Massively FTL+ (She can rapidly fly interstellar distances and fight at these high speeds, keeping pace with the likes of Terror, whose attacks can quickly travel from one star system to another) | Massively FTL+ (Much faster than before, fast enough to quickly move across and out the bounds of the galaxy).

Lifting Strength: Stellar (Telekinetically threw the Moon at high speeds) | Stellar (Much stronger than before, and can lift Kyarne, a literal star, with minimal difficulty) | Multi-Stellar (Comparable to the likes of Remnant, who can fit multiple stars in their orbit)

Striking Strength: Dwarf Star Class (Injured Alice with her physical blows and ultimately overpowered her, ripping the Solar Drive from her chest) | Solar System Class (Her physical strength is in the same league as her magical power) | Galactic Class

Durability: Dwarf Star level (Survived planet-splitting blows and beam attacks from Alice, and survived the explosion of the Moon when she converted it into energy. Her magical defenses could barely hold back Alice's strongest attack in the fight, which was stronger than an attack that destroyed the Earth's atmosphere and a Great Red Spot-sized storm) | Solar System level (She can take hits from opponents on her level, such as Terror, and by using Valence Force, she can withstand SOLSTICE's attacks, which would normally punch holes through her) | Galaxy level

Stamina: Extremely high. One of EQUINOX's greatest strengths is her incredible stamina, endurance, and determination, leading to someone who never gives up and always keeps fighting. Even after taking many severe blows and overtaxing herself, she can fight against, overpower, and outlast the similarly stubborn Alice. Injuries to her physical body are of no consequence to her, and even extensive damage to her soul cannot slow her down.

Range: Standard melee range with normal melee attacks, Planetary with magic (Created a storm the size of the Great Red Spot enveloping Earth, and telekinetically pulled the Moon down to Earth's surface) | Interplanetary with magic (Can affect and potentially destroy an entire star system with her magic, and has comparable range to Alice, who could fire attacks several astronomical units wide) | Galactic (Can attack across a galaxy and potentially destroy one if she doesn't consciously limit the effects of her attacks) to Interdimensional with magic (EQUINOX can reach into other universes, interacting with and attacking things inside them, and she can also telepathically communicate or teleport such distances).

Standard Equipment: Nothing notable.

Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius. EQUINOX's greatest weapon is her intelligence - it is for a very real reason that she is considered by some to be Earth's greatest witch. She has completely mastered close to every single magical secret on Earth, even deciphering ancient, mythical spells that hadn't been used in thousands of years, and reaching the legendary state of apotheosis symbolized by the Philosopher's stone in alchemy, which had been a lost art for quite some time. After years upon years of magical research and work, EQUINOX's computing abilities and mathematical knowledge have far surpassed those of a supercomputer, capable of processing an unfathomable amount of calculations every second, and her mastery of magic has grown to encompass many extraterrestrial schools. Her memory is exceptional, allowing her to perfectly remember small details and the specifics of incredibly complex spells. She has incredible skills of observation and analysis and is capable of quickly understanding complex spells and even martial arts techniques just by watching them once. A genius scientist just as she is a witch, she perfectly understands complex branches of physics and mathematics and constantly puts them to use in her magic, allowing her to use incredibly complicated spells and control the world around her with unparalleled precision and finesse. While she is nowhere near the level of Alice and remains outmatched by her even after 300 years of training in the area of martial arts, she is a still master of hand-to-hand combat with a solid grasp of martial theory. However, she is not a fighter, but a scientist - while her tactical knowledge is exceptional and allows her to keep up with and outsmart more combat-focused agents, her real strength is in her brilliant use of magic.

Weaknesses: EQUINOX can be somewhat overconfident and arrogant, though she typically doesn't let this put her in dangerous situations and is pragmatic enough to avoid underestimating opponents. Aiki can only be used properly against physical attacks, and may weaken if it's not used with perfect precision, though the former is no longer an issue once EQUINOX has unlocked Arcana Drive.

Key: 1997 | Present Day | Arcana Drive

Abilities

Agency: A mage is more properly known as an agent, as in “one that acts or exerts power”. Separated from the rest of the cosmos, an agent is essentially a miniature universe all their own, with complete control over their destiny, free to pursue whatever future they wish. They do this through magic, the art of using one’s understanding to control Fantasy, the stuff of sheer willpower and imagination.

  • Absolute Barrier: A magical barrier that protects the user from external manipulation and attack, on every level of existence. An Absolute Barrier protects the user’s body, mind, and soul - their cells and atoms, the magical and physical forces keeping them together, and everything else. It is akin to a magical immune system, protecting the agent from threats and adapting to future attack.

    It passively protects the user from most types of attack, manipulation, and control, as long as the barrier is strong enough - an agent of substantially greater power can punch straight through one. An Absolute Barrier is passively maintained at all times, even in sleep, requiring no energy to maintain, and can only be removed by a stronger agent actively stripping it away, or by the user consciously lowering them.

    An Absolute Barrier is the evolved form of the soul’s original protective layer, refined through the usage of and exposure to magic.
  • Radar: An agent’s magical abilities passively sustain a constant 360° image of their surroundings, which is projected straight to their mind for processing. This radar is far more reliable than conventional senses, and cannot be easily fooled by tricks that would trip up any normal human. In the hands of a powerful enough agent, it can even track superluminal movements. It constantly operates at the agent’s maximum processing speed, even when such things would normally be restricted to allow for normal, everyday life.
  • Argent Circuits: An artificial supplement to EQUINOX’s soul, taking the form of a complex system of magical tattoos carved into her arms and back. Tattooed with conductive ink, the patterns they make resemble circuitry, and have a number of magical symbols integrated, with the alchemical symbols for gold, silver, and platinum being of particular note. On top of supporting her soul in the efficient storage and usage of magical energy, her “circuits” also automatically convert electricity - even small bursts of static - into more power.

    In addition, the symbols integrated into the tattoos allow for the immediate casting of high-level magic that would normally necessitate at least brief rituals or symbols. This allows EQUINOX to quickly use her most powerful spells without having to rely on the more energy and concentration-intensive true magic.

    It also greatly amplifies her natural bioelectricity, turning it into a constant source of energy and a defensive field that protects all of her body. Touching her without her permission will release a small shock at best, and a prolonged, lethal dosage of electricity at worst. She integrates this into her combat style, fighting at close ranges to best exploit it.

Martial Arts: Though EQUINOX may be a researcher first and foremost, she’s no slouch when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, having first developed her skills in the years she spent preparing for her fight against SOLSTICE. Much of this knowledge was gained through simple experience, in various increasingly dangerous fights, but EQUINOX also learned from older, more experienced martial artists when given the chance, among them one of the former students of Anya Kimura. EQUINOX continues to train in the present day, exploring numerous martial arts so as to prepare herself for future fights.

EQUINOX’s approach to close combat is fairly straightforward, existing to support her magical arsenal and lock down opponents in melee range. It was initially developed with SOLSTICE in mind and centers around the softer side of martial arts, seeking to counter force efficiently before retaliating with throws and grapples. Thanks to EQUINOX’s lethal magic, these become even more dangerous, an opportunity to maintain contact for an extended electrocution. She fights dirty without hesitation, striking at any vulnerable points she can with electrically charged attacks and moving quickly to do so.

Backing up this knowledge of physical martial arts is some measure of the more magically centric Almagest and Logos, which EQUINOX uses to transcend the physical and make use of purely magical attacks. EQUINOX simply wills that her opponents be struck, instantaneously and with no physical component. These cannot be responded to by normal means, instead requiring magical defenses and accurate predictions to counter them.

  • Aiki: A major principle in Japanese martial arts, referring to the practice of redirecting an opponent’s strength to control their movements, either to simply unbalance them, or to transfer the force of their own attack back where it came from. Though it seems simple in theory, executing Aiki requires perfectly precise, yet subtle motions, combined with the use of neidan, or internal alchemy. As a result, not many can use it in its true form, but thanks to her experience with alchemy, EQUINOX is one of those who can.

    To use Aiki, EQUINOX must blend with a physical attack as it strikes, moving alongside it and leading her attacker with it. The force produced by the attack, rather than actually hit EQUINOX, is transmitted into her soul as magical energy, and then released outwards at an opportune moment, right back to its sender. Often, the attack is amplified by EQUINOX’s Argent Circuits, imbuing it with electricity that will course into her opponent’s body and worsen the damage they take. Used properly and at the right moment, Aiki can devastate an enemy, striking them with their own strength in addition to EQUINOX’s, and potentially even more when combined with a throw.

    Under ideal conditions, EQUINOX can use Aiki with 100% efficiency, without wasting any of her opponent’s power. However, the precision and subtlety Aiki requires means that the smallest mistake, miscalculation, or loss of focus can greatly weaken it. In addition, Aiki was developed for martial combat, not for battles of magic, and it is thus only of use against physical power.
    • Unified Aiki: After unlocking her inner world, EQUINOX was able to further develop her Aiki, perfecting it. Now, using her inner world as a medium, EQUINOX can redirect magical attacks just as easily as she can physical attacks, though certain forms of more subtle and abstract magical assault are an issue.

The Zeus Arcana: EQUINOX’s signature magic, which is based around the absolute control and manipulation of electromagnetism, the force that acts between charged particles and is the second strongest of the fundamental interactions. Through her power over electromagnetism, EQUINOX can manipulate electricity, magnetism, and radiation, while her highly developed knowledge on physics grants her access to the other interactions as well, though not to the same extent. Still, EQUINOX is very versatile and in possession of significant power, both of which she utilizes to their fullest.

Usually, EQUINOX’s control over electromagnetism shows itself in the form of electricity, which she favors, but she can easily manipulate all forms of radiation, particle and electromagnetic, from radio waves to gamma rays. In addition, she can exert control over magnetism and particles to manipulate all forms of matter on a subatomic level. EQUINOX can fire high-power particle beams, control plasma, completely disassemble matter, and create it from scratch. To best exploit her powers, EQUINOX often creates powerful storms that can raze entire planets.

Her attacks often incorporate the full power of her magic. While the electricity EQUINOX uses in her spells may damage only her opponent’s bodies on the surface, bursting blood vessels and ripping through skin, the true damage they deal is molecular, stripping away everything that keeps atoms together if not destroying them outright. This damage is often masked by the external injuries, allowing EQUINOX to subtly, slowly destroy an opponent’s molecular structure. Of course, this is without getting into the damage it deals to one’s soul.

EQUINOX naturally perceives things across the electromagnetic spectrum, allowing her to make full use of her powers by keeping track of electromagnetic phenomena. This means that she can easily read the reactions that make up minds and transmit her own thoughts as electromagnetic signals. While she dislikes doing so, EQUINOX can manipulate these electromagnetic fields as well to control the minds of others and erase their memories. Even completely halting someone’s brain functions is a simple action.

  • Heavy Weather: Central to EQUINOX’s use of her magic in combat is the manipulation of weather, usually in the form of storms. It stretches past atmospheric weather like thunderstorms and cyclones, allowing her to control the phenomena known as space weather. EQUINOX can even control storms where there is no air by creating her own atmospheres.

    This control of weather can be operated over a wide scale to cause massive, destructive storms that can raze the surface of planets, or on a smaller scale for more straightforward combat applications. For example, EQUINOX can produce powerful bursts of wind and air pressure to slice through opponents, create vacuums, and alter temperatures to bring about intense extremes of hot and cold. Even the rain can be transmuted into a deluge of shredding blades, providing a field of charged objects to exploit with electricity.

    EQUINOX’s storms do not need her presence to maintain them, and will persist if she runs out of magical energy, even if she dies. In combat, EQUINOX generally creates an immense storm at the start of a fight, allowing her to control the fight’s surroundings and disorient her opponents while attacking them herself.
  • Mercurius: The most destructive form of Zeus Arcana, refined over the centuries since her showdown with SOLSTICE. EQUINOX can break physical and magical existences down into raw electromagnetic information, reducing them to their barest concepts. Typically, EQUINOX uses it to gradually reduce her opponents to easily absorbable energy, or all at once the moment she gets an opportunity.

    It is quite possible to break down the entirety of an opponent’s existence and absorb it, giving EQUINOX access to all of their memories and knowledge, even if she cannot fully reap their inner world for herself. As one of its more powerful applications, however, EQUINOX can dissolve an opponent into empty static, completely erasing everything about them and reducing them to only a brief crackle of electricity or background radiation.

    Mercurius has a number of other, more specific applications.
    • Mercury Encryption: Using Mercurius, EQUINOX can break down opponents and other objects into information and then, instead of erasing them, encrypt them. Effectively acting as an incredibly powerful seal, this leaves a victim as scrambled nonsense information that can only be returned to normal through decryption, a complex and lengthy process.
    • Mercury Injection: An application of Mercurius that, rather than focus on destruction or sealing, alters information to achieve certain effects as if they were coded. It takes the form of commands, which EQUINOX writes and can insert into opponents to harm or control them as if they were programs, and it can be used to manipulate the physical world in the same way. These commands need no magic from EQUINOX to trigger, though her magic will make them easier to use on others, as once they are read by her opponent, they will be parsed by both brain and soul as their own thoughts, their own will, while reality parses them as natural physical operations.
    • Mercury Trespass: EQUINOX can harmlessly utilize Mercurius on herself to dissipate into raw electromagnetic energy, allowing her to disperse herself over a great range. It can be used more aggressively, of course, as EQUINOX can conduct herself through most physical mediums to bypass barriers and can even overwrite the bodies and souls of others with her own information, absorbing them and erasing them from existence in the process.
    • Mercury Virus: A specific and more subtle application of Mercurius that can be delivered through any sort of attack. As long as it strikes EQUINOX’s opponent and manages to get into their body, the curse quickly starts to replicate and take effect. As it spreads, this virus converts its host into information from the inside out, disassembling their body and soul bit by bit, faster and faster.
    • Akashic Record: EQUINOX can back up her processing power by connecting herself to distant portions of space and time, essentially transforming portions of the space-time continuum into supportive processing units. Through this technique, EQUINOX can greatly compress even the largest banks of information without losing any data, allowing for much, much faster processing and vast storage space. By combining this with Mercurius, EQUINOX can reduce opponents to raw information and then trap them within distant pockets of space and time - or just shunt them off into some random part of the space-time continuum.
  • Synaptic Shock: EQUINOX’s magic wreaks havoc on a victim’s nervous system, frying nerves and causing serious damage, potentially completely incinerating the entire thing if not properly defended against. She mainly uses such a destructive application as a finishing move, forcibly triggering spiritual feedback to fry an opponent’s body and soul simultaneously.

    However, EQUINOX can use it more precisely and carefully, typically to maximize the pain a target experiences from her attacks by manipulating their nerves directly. The pain she can cause through this is overwhelming, enough to knock someone unconscious or even kill them outright, proving much worse than any ordinary injury could be. While this can be used to quickly finish fights, EQUINOX’s opponents are typically able to fight through it, or even shrug it off, making it just another method of attack.

    This is something EQUINOX reserves for particularly nasty opponents, those she believes she would be morally justified in brutally killing. However, it was first developed early into her life as a fighter, a necessary measure to make up for her lack of experience. It is thus an embodiment of her own will to live, the manifestation of a survivor’s instincts and vengeance. Future variations on this technique focus less on the tangible and more on the abstract as a result.
    • Synaptic Mirror: The effects of EQUINOX’s magic increase in potency as she is injured, growing more and more powerful the worse her condition. She can actively invoke this magical effect in its greatest extent as a curse, reflecting all of her wounds onto her opponent to make them undergo the same pain as her. Even if her body has been completely destroyed, the curse will return the favor and inflict the same damage onto her attacker.
    • Synaptic Razor: A passive element of EQUINOX’s magic that she developed through this technique, growing into something greater and quite a bit more dangerous. Thanks to this, every drop of her magic is branded with her killing intent, a subtle imposition of death that worms its way into her opponent’s souls.

      Initially formed with the intent of killing SOLSTICE no matter what, it aims to counter the unconquerable desire to stay alive that those like her possess. The Absolute Barrier of someone like SOLSTICE is fast to react and adapt, and so EQUINOX’s magic adapts in turn. Simply put, for every adaptation that her opponent’s defenses undergo to better resist her magic, EQUINOX’s magic adapts to render it useless.

      Resistance to electricity becomes useless as EQUINOX’s electrical attacks become something more; as with resistance to magnetic, molecular, and mental attack. Her magic never stops adapting, constantly growing in killing power, tailoring itself to best exploit every single one of her opponent’s weaknesses, sink its claws as deep into them as it can, and kill them painfully.
  • Valence Force: Using the Zeus Arcana, EQUINOX can empower all the bonds keeping her body together, making it even harder to harm her than before. Normally, EQUINOX’s defenses are quite a bit more frail compared to her maximum energy output, but by forcing herself to stay in one piece, she can minimize the effects of attacks.

    This essentially simulates greater durability, one backed up by her output and willpower, and therefore allows her to endure attacks from stronger opponents and quickly rewind any damage she does take. Under optimal conditions, when EQUINOX is at her most determined, the boost is very significant and can be the difference between life and death. Defensive magic is not EQUINOX’s forte, though, so it’s not a perfect defense; it’s not so good at reversing harm to the soul, and very focused, precise attacks can punch through and wreak havoc.
    • Metavalence: After a certain fight in which the sustained use of Valence Force was necessary for survival, EQUINOX’s body went through a significant change. At this point, her willpower held more sway over her structure than any conventional bonds did, and slowly, the matter she was made up of permanently changed into metamatter.

      This is essentially a condensed willpower, an alien, magical form of matter that follows varying laws. Because of this, Valence Force becomes passively active, making EQUINOX tougher than ever, and she no longer interacts properly with ordinary physical phenomena, allowing her to phase through regular matter. She can also change her shape on a dime.
    • Valence Trap: On contact, EQUINOX can molecularly bond her body to an opponent’s to stop them from pulling back, notably doing so as their physical attacks strike, or when she catches them in a grapple. Once her opponent is trapped like this, EQUINOX can easily retaliate, most often doing so by connecting them to her Argent Circuits and flooding them with as much electricity as she can manage. Escape would require breaking these new molecular bonds or destroying the bonded body part.

Alchemy: A broad, widespread system of Earthling magic, ostensibly devoted to the study and manipulation of matter. Throughout Earth’s history, alchemists have been notoriously secretive about the nature of their work, but over time alchemy has only become more widespread, becoming a fairly common course in magical studies that has had most of its secrets laid bare for the world.

Alchemical spells are primarily focused through chemical equations and reactions, along with specific symbolism and cyphers. These complex encoded messages hide the truth of alchemy, its true goal. Alchemy is the pursuit of apotheosis, the elevation of the alchemist to the level of the gods. All the talk of transmutation, metals and elixirs are only red herrings, layers upon layers of symbolism that hide the true goal of absolute personal perfection. A “true” alchemist seeks to transcend their body to become an immortal magical existence that has surpassed death.

EQUINOX is a master of alchemy, which acts as her primary system of magic - unsurprising, as it was the system of magic she first ventured into, and thus acts as the foundation of all her magical advancements. Specifically, she is a quantum alchemist, one who deals with matter and physics on the smallest scale, and the Zeus Arcana is a prime example of this. She has long since reached apotheosis, transcending the need of a physical body and furnishing an immortal soul that can survive independently of any container. While this makes many of alchemy’s techniques useless, she still utilizes and retains her knowledge on it.

  • Cipher Breaker: Alchemy is a magic filled with ciphers and encrypted messages, and alchemical research makes solving these hidden messages a necessity. Combined with EQUINOX’s intense curiosity and deep yearning for greater and greater knowledge, this has manifested her skill for such things in a borderline supernatural way, thanks to her inner world showing through.

    EQUINOX’s cryptanalysis skills allow her to quickly decode many ciphers, but it is still limited by her own intelligence, and more difficult ciphers will certainly present a large issue. However, her vast processing abilities and intelligence mean that there are few ciphers that are impossible for her - they’ll just take some time.

    However, Cipher Breaker’s applications are not limited to just codebreaking. She can analyze and decode spells and techniques in the same way, reaching and understanding the theory behind them and how to perform them herself. This takes time, and she cannot analyze spells that are beyond her own comprehension, as rare as they may be. She can also discern the most effective ways to respond to and deal with techniques in this way. This ability is particularly effective against barriers, as EQUINOX can find even the smallest vulnerability to exploit.

Runic Magic: One of the many branches of Earthling magic that EQUINOX studied and mastered in the years building up to her conflict with SOLSTICE, and one of her favored forms of magic. It centers around the usage of runes, specific symbols with specific effects carved into a surface to realize a number of magical effects. Different runic alphabets function differently, magically speaking, and there are many different branches of runic magic; EQUINOX has extensive knowledge of many of these alphabets. While these often need to be prepared beforehand, EQUINOX instead uses her runic tattoos, engraves the symbols into the air with her other magic, or burns the symbols into her opponents, rendering the preparation of runes unnecessary.

The primary use of EQUINOX’s runes is in a passive protective form. She has engraved a complex series of defensive runes into the inside of her body, acting as a constant, incredibly powerful defense, and even having offensive functions. These defenses support her Absolute Barrier, acting more actively to ensure EQUINOX’s success and deflect misfortune. Incorporating many runes, including those signifying victory, EQUINOX’s runic defenses are effectively the opposite of a curse, subtly bending the laws of causality and probability in EQUINOX’s favor.

Tao Chiao: One of the many branches of Earthling magic that EQUINOX studied and mastered in the years building up to her conflict with SOLSTICE, and one very similar to her favored system of magic, Alchemy. It refers to the religious practices and rituals associated with the philosophy of Taoism, which strays into the realm of magic and often seeks the same ends in the form of apotheosis. It is split into two main practices, waidan, or external alchemy, focusing on alchemical operations, and neidan, or internal alchemy, revolving around cultivating a healthy body and soul through meditation and breathing exercises.

EQUINOX is incredibly skilled in both forms of Tao Chiao, making use of waidan in combination with her knowledge of western alchemy to alter the world around her, while using neidan to best control, efficiently use, and preserve her own energy, particularly that of the Zeus Arcana, and maintain her immortal soul. Besides these things, she has extensive knowledge of Taoist sorcery and spells.

  • Shukuchi: A Taoist pseudo-teleportation technique that allows the user to subtly manipulate spatial relations and distance so that they can travel even great distances in a single step. While much simpler and easier to use than true teleportation, it becomes more and more imprecise the greater the distance and suffers similarly in close quarters. In the past, EQUINOX could not truly teleport and thus had to make use of transportation techniques like Shukuchi, but nowadays she can, and so the spell goes unused.

World Operation: The pinnacle of physical magic — the art of world programming, and the manipulation of the universe itself, in all its constituents. Rather than a cohesive, established system, World Operation is physical magic of the highest caliber, and encompasses all lesser disciplines and systems.

Information processing, judication, probability alteration, quantum alchemy, spatial magic, and temporal manipulation alike are all available to a true World Operator, and all can eventually lead to this result, but this level of magic is far greater and more complex than just the physics we know. A World Operator can quickly adapt to alien laws and physics, controlling them in the same way, and in time, it ventures deeper into the territory of magic, to a realm unbound by all conventional law and science.

As a quantum alchemist, EQUINOX initially broached World Operation’s territory with the Zeus Arcana, particularly Mercurius. It is only once she unlocked the true potential of her inner world that EQUINOX truly delved into the territory of World Operation, allowing her to control the physical world on a scale much greater than simple electromagnetism.

  • Dimensional Sequester: EQUINOX lashes out at the universe around her with stunning precision, severing spatiotemporal bonds to separate a chunk of reality from the rest. This is all to trap an opponent and force a fight, as escape through physical means is impossible, and EQUINOX can adjust things to prevent transdimensional teleportation as well.

Arcana Drive: The existence of the witch EQUINOX, a never-ending storm cell raging deep inside her soul in the form of her inner world. It embodies her, a person that devoted herself first to vengeance, and then to magic, and never turned back. As the manifestation of everything that makes her who she is, it is inseparable from her existence, and has been formed in large part by the information she has taken from others to expand her knowledge. EQUINOX can bring it into the world as something close to a pocket dimension, and with a wrenching of space, she can drag others into it as well, forcing them to face her inside. She does not need to do so to access its abilities, however; it merely sets a stage.

EQUINOX’s storm cell of an inner world acts as a complex, extremely advanced supercomputer that has spread throughout all of her soul, using heavenly technology stolen from angels she killed with Mercurius combined with her own knowledge to form an incorporeal, multidimensional computer network. It is like her own personalized variant on the Solar Drive she created so long ago, fully realized in her own hands and operating under her own conditions. It functions as a perpetual motion machine of a storm, granting EQUINOX limitless magical energy once she unlocks it without needing to be activated.

The calculation power of Arcana Drive is so immensely powerful that it can affect the outside world, fully realizing Mercurius’ control over information to alter the fundamental data of the universe when activated in earnest. It never stops processing and analyzing EQUINOX’s surroundings and opponents, passively projecting an image of possible futures gleaned from this knowledge. Its potential for data storage is effectively limitless, utilizing Akashic Record to compress information into tiny bytes for maximum efficiency. It acts as an infinite record of EQUINOX and her existence, combining her immortal soul with itself to forever fuel and remember her.

When fully manifested as a pocket dimension for the purpose of combat, the world that Arcana Drive creates is the landscape where EQUINOX defeated SOLSTICE in the past and reclaimed her life as her own. The storm that she created for that battle reappears, spanning throughout the entirety of her inner world like a spiral galaxy, and at its core lies the charred, broken Earth that it surrounded. This storm is completely under EQUINOX’s control and she can alter it in all the ways she can normally control the weather, though it is invariably violent and destructive.

While Arcana Drive normally retains the laws of physics, rewriting them using its processing power is a fairly simple action for EQUINOX. Everything within the storm besides EQUINOX and any allies that may be inside are constantly analyzed and worn down by Mercurius, which seeks to absorb all knowledge provided to it no matter what. And it is within this space that the storm’s perpetual power shows its greatest ability, altering the world and causality itself with its calculations to brush aside every possibility besides complete and utter victory for EQUINOX.

Override Sigil: An extremely advanced form of magical technique used to change the nature of reality around and within the user, allowing them to bend and break through the laws of physics. Due to their complexity, Override Sigils are incredibly difficult to create, use, and control properly, requiring detailed knowledge and a powerful will. In addition, they tend to, invariably, drain a lot of energy and stamina, making it difficult to use them for extended periods of time, even if this can be mitigated by more powerful and willful agents.

  • Relative Lightspeed: A common form of Override Sigil that is ultimately developed in some form or another by most agents as they increase in power and speed. Normally, it would be impossible for even an incredibly powerful and willful agent to break through a universal constant such as the speed of light, theoretically requiring infinite magical energy to do so. However, this Override Sigil circumvents this issue by modifying the user's inner world to change the value of c to whatever they please, raising it as they grow in speed so that they can accelerate past the universal speed limit.
  • Sigma Circuit: A powerful Override Sigil created by EQUINOX to take full advantage of the Zeus Arcana. When activated, it manifests in the form of complex magical circles on EQUINOX’s palms, completing the system of Argent Circuits for as long as it’s active. With her final circuit open, EQUINOX can manipulate the electrical conductivity and resistance of anything in range. She can easily maximize the effects of every single electrical attack, stripping away any opponent’s resistance so that she can cause as much damage as possible, while turning any material into an effective conductor.

    This makes her extremely dangerous regardless of range, as she can conduct her magic through effectively anything, even nothing at all, covering massive distances with singular attacks that flow through everything they touch. Combined with Mercurius, everything within this range can be converted into information after being electrocuted into oblivion.

    Like most Override Sigils, Sigma Circuit uses up a lot of energy, so EQUINOX makes limited, practical use of it, primarily as a finishing attack, killing opponents with a burst of irresistible electricity after wearing them down. By limiting its range, EQUINOX can lower its cost, and so she often does so, using it to amplify single attacks, such as lightning bolts or electrified punches, to greatly increase their effectiveness and make more use of it over the course of a fight.

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Trivia

  • Her interests in her youth included a lot of science fiction media, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the original Alien, The Thing, and similar movies. She also roleplayed with her friends, with systems such as (or basically analogous to) Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Throughout her life - particularly after her relationship with Alice - EQUINOX has struggled with smoking and drinking issues.
  • EQUINOX's favorite Pokémon would be Abra, Espeon, Ampharos, the Joltik line, the Espurr line, the Beldum line, and Eelektross.
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