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* '''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.
 
* '''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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* '''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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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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Created in 1971, EQUINOX is an early model of AI, an advanced artificial human outfitted with the newly conceived artificial soul, a recent advancement that got her a lot of media attention in her childhood. Growing up to become increasingly rebellious as a result of this media presence and her creators' expectations, EQUINOX eventually met her future wife, Alice Kang, and started a relationship with her. 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, which Alice would use in her efforts for world domination under the name SOLSTICE.

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 SOLSTICE. 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

Designed over several years and ultimately created in 1971, EQUINOX was a simple, early civilian model AI created and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She spent the first year of her life as a simple, childlike computer program before she was given a synthetic body and raised by one of her creators as if she were their child. As an early AI, young EQUINOX was subject to a lot of media attention, much of which was negative, and she was often treated more like an experiment than a person.

As a child, EQUINOX was very curious and shy - the drive to learn was a key part of her design from the beginning. It only grew stronger over time, as she was exposed to more and more things and learned more and more. Unfortunately, as she reached adolescence, things only grew worse. Struggling with the lessened but still present media presence looming over her, along with the expectations and cold treatment of her ‘family’, EQUINOX withdrew. Already quiet, she became more and more of a loner, and soon, more and more rebellious.

Eventually, EQUINOX ended up in the punk movement and ran away from home, hoping to finally be able to exist on her own terms. She started smoking, and made her first real friends, away from the constant oppressive eye of her family and their expectations. For the first time, EQUINOX truly began to feel happy, even as she struggled with the issues that remained and her own relationships. Her mental health improved in some aspects and declined in others. She mellowed out as she became an adult, at a faster rate than a normal human, and took on a simple, minimum wage job to try and support her dream to go to a school for magic.

EQUINOX lived on her own in this way for about a year, staying in contact with her friends and finding some measure of happiness as she managed to get into school and begin with her studies. Still, she had her struggles. EQUINOX was plagued by loneliness and stress, while her fear of intimacy, brought on by her poor childhood and exacerbated by some of the less healthy relationships she survived, prevented her from finding happiness with others.

However, a sudden addition to her life set a whole lot of changes into motion. On one day, seemingly just like any other, a particularly tall and gorgeous customer entered into the store EQUINOX worked at. For EQUINOX, this in itself was pretty notable, but the situation only became more baffling to her when said customer began flirting with her, showcasing a casual charm and confidence that EQUINOX had difficulty NOT falling for. She introduced herself as Alice, and invited EQUINOX on a date, a date that went quite well for the both of them, to say the least.

The two of them followed this success up with many more dates, and Alice so lovingly provided everything EQUINOX felt she had been missing for so long. She was treated like the most special thing in the world, and was lavished with attention like she had never been before. But, underneath all this love, EQUINOX noticed an undercurrent of something less pleasant, the flashes of Alice’s true personality, the beginnings of something abusive and awful. She did her best to communicate her fears, but Alice did not change, despite all her promises.

By the time Alice proposed, she had dug her fangs deep into EQUINOX, and she took the opportunity to seize control of the wedding, sidelining EQUINOX’s friends out of jealousy. What little say EQUINOX had in the wedding quickly bled away to nothing, and the wedding they had was the wedding Alice had always dreamed of - but not what EQUINOX had wanted. At this point, Alice’s ambitions seized control of her once more, and she forced EQUINOX to create something for her based on old blueprints she had stolen from the military. What EQUINOX ended up creating and designing was the Solar Drive, a magical reactor that would supply her wife with enough power to become the strongest thing on Earth.

Once the Solar Drive was complete, Alice replaced her heart with it, taking on the title of SOLSTICE and beginning her destructive conquest of the world. As she did so, EQUINOX was left deep underground, in a bunker created to keep SOLSTICE’s loved ones safe. Here, she was alone, save for the barebones staff of the bunker, who were all loyal to SOLSTICE. EQUINOX’s health, both mental and physical, declined rapidly as a result of the intensifying abuse, but another danger reared its head. Years of smoking, combined with exposure to the Solar Drive’s radiation, had taken a toll on EQUINOX, and she found that she was suffering from lung cancer, of such severity that she was unlikely to survive.

Rendered hopeless by the news, on top of her already miserable situation and all the guilt she had to live with as SOLSTICE continued her rampage, EQUINOX began to grew increasingly suicidal. She couldn’t fully process just how bad SOLSTICE was to her, with her brain shutting down to avoid the topic whenever she really thought about it, but still, she felt depressed, listless, scared, and lonely. 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 in the bunker, and in part thanks to sheer luck. Still, she was badly injured.

EQUINOX’s doctor was horrified by the realization that this was the outcome of years of abuse, abuse that she had let happen. She arranged for EQUINOX to wake up far from the bunker, as if dumped out by bodyguards fearful of what may happen if SOLSTICE found that they had failed to protect her wife from herself. Here, EQUINOX regained consciousness, and, confused and lost, she wandered aimlessly before being discovered by traveling medics who were looking for survivors. While her remaining injuries were tended to, 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 day by day passed, EQUINOX grew closer with her saviors and began to open up to them, slowly. She grew particularly close to a pair of artificial humans named Corona and ECLIPSE. Her identity as SOLSTICE’s wife was something obvious to the all of them, and EQUINOX eventually managed to communicate what SOLSTICE 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 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 SOLSTICE was to blame for her situation, again and again. That she had done nothing wrong. That she deserved better, and that SOLSTICE deserved so much worse. 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 new, strong 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 the second most powerful being 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 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 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 went through with SOLSTICE 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 SOLSTICE 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

As befitting someone with such a professional air and wardrobe, EQUINOX is a quiet, distant, and serious person, to such a degree that describing her as 'cold' would perhaps be an understatement. EQUINOX is an incredibly asocial person who dislikes any sort of prolonged social interaction, finding it to be an unwanted distraction that drains her energy, and she thus avoids it constantly and spends most of her time alone. As a result, she tends to struggle in social situations, but she cares little, seeing the occasional struggles of conversation to be worth it. Stoic and constantly speaking in a cold, flat monotone, EQUINOX appears to be emotionless and perfectly composed at all times - and yet, nothing could be further than the truth. Moreso than anything else, EQUINOX is an intensely emotional person.

A perfectionist and workaholic at heart, EQUINOX is driven by the constant need to feel productive, and thus has something in the works at nearly any given moment. Once, her perfectionist tendencies held her back more, but she's ironed out a lot of them over time so that she can get more done - if something isn't perfect, she can always improve on it more in the future, anyways. She's prone to pushing aside her other responsibilities in favor of getting more and more work done, and consequently misses out on a lot of sleep, though this isn't the worst issue for an agent as powerful as she. While she can spend quite a lot of time lazing about, she always gets hit by the need to get back to work soon enough and finds laziness to be detestable in herself. EQUINOX struggles with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, particularly intrusive thoughts, though she has some minor compulsions that don't cause much trouble. As made clear by her remarkably clean workspace, she's quite organized and neat, but she tends to be constantly unsatisfied with how she's organized things, reorganizing them over and over again, much to her irritation. She was once troubled by extremely controlling tendencies, and though she's gotten better at handling them, she's still a control freak that dislikes disorder in her surroundings.

Through all of the experiences and successes and failures of her long life, EQUINOX has developed quite the ego, and is an incredibly strong, confident person who rarely, if ever, falters. She has no shame in admitting that she's an extremely selfish person who is driven solely by her own desires and goals - if anything, she's proud of becoming someone that can shamelessly, fearlessly work in her best interest. Out of EQUINOX's many goals, the most abstract is the ambitious desire to reach the top of everything she participates in, to be the strongest and most capable around without fail. She's fully aware that this is a coping mechanism, and instead of overindulging it, she approaches it leisurely, accepting that becoming the absolute strongest is probably impossible. Far more important to her is her intelligence - EQUINOX wishes to constantly, endlessly expand her knowledge so that she can become the smartest person possible, and many of her goals are centered around simply learning more. Due to her arrogance, she looks down on most people and assumes that they're not as intelligent as she is, though she may keep it to herself. EQUINOX strongly dislikes when her perception of herself as the smartest person around is threatened, and overacts to compensate. She tends to unintentionally come off as immensely condescending and obnoxious when talking about things she knows well, as if showing off her intellect, which she is absolutely fine with. Though she likes to see others learn, she lacks patience and makes for a very poor teacher as a result. While her short-term memory is awful, her long-term memory is encyclopedic - when it comes to things that aren't people, names, and faces, anyways, which she tends to subconsciously process as unimportant garbage data.

Everything EQUINOX feels, she feels with untold intensity, even if it remains mostly unexpressed. As opposed to the cold, distant person she takes up around most people, she is gentle, caring, and loving with her loved ones, and shows her positive emotions more easily when among those she trusts. In these situations, she jokes around much more - of course, most of her jokes are cheesy, bad, or both, though she finds herself hilarious and has a penchant for awful puns. This is all rather embarrassing to her. Her work and magical interests are areas of great pride and passion to her, and she is quick to excitedly talk about them to anyone who'll listen, going on and on without realizing it. Despite this, EQUINOX is a very angry person deep inside and struggles with her short temper constantly. She's irritable and quick to snap, but has a much better hold on her temper than she once did, rarely showing any sign of anger unless she's pushed to her limits. At this point, her destructive nature becomes clear - she violently vents her anger on herself and her possessions, throwing objects and clawing at her face as she attempts to ground herself. Once she's calmed down, shame sets in, and she frantically tries to fix all the damage she's caused. Her tendency for destruction is something that can cross over into sadism, which only truly shows itself when she faces the person she hates most. As opposed to her usual cold persona, around her ex-wife, EQUINOX becomes eerily serene and enthusiastic, even as she trembles with overwhelming hatred and rage. Given this, it is hardly surprising that she enjoys fighting as much as she does.

Bitter and neurotic at heart, EQUINOX is a spiteful and unforgiving person for whom grudges can last decades, if not lifetimes. Plagued by anxiety and paranoia, EQUINOX has a poor attention span and tends to fidget when she has to sit still for too long, and her paranoia is often vague and uncertain, but strong all the same. Her trust is an extremely difficult thing to gain, but can be lost at the drop of a coin. She is very private as a result, keeping many aspects of her personal life a secret from others and rarely speaking about herself. This is doubtlessly linked to her strong need to never show the slightest sign of weakness. This contributes greatly to her stoic persona, though she does have genuine issues with sincerely expressing her emotions and tends not to bother because of it. What she wants is to intimidate others with her inexpressive, cold nature, making it clear that she doesn't have any interest in getting to know most people any better than she already does.

For all of her struggles with her trauma, and the fear and paranoia it has left her with, EQUINOX cannot imagine herself without it, and doesn't wish to have anything in her past changed at all. Her trauma acts as her greatest motivator, constantly pushing her forwards, through all adversity and every hardship.

Relationships

SOLSTICE

"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 ambitions back and, using blueprints and plans she had stolen from the government, forced EQUINOX to create 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 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 SOLSTICE - or someone similarly awful - once more.

The years have not been kind to EQUINOX's opinion on SOLSTICE. Whatever love remained has boiled over completely into a hatred of much greater intensity. The time that EQUINOX does spare to think about SOLSTICE 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 SOLSTICE, 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 SOLSTICE 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 SOLSTICE 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, 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), Death Manipulation (EQUINOX's magic carries a subtle imposition of death, making it particularly potent and more lethal than usual), Heat Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), 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), 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), 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), 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, 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, 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, and EQUINOX's attacks automatically react to her opponent's defenses to become more effective and painful, adapting in response to adaptation), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), 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), Death Manipulation (EQUINOX's magic carries a subtle imposition of death, making it particularly potent and more lethal than usual), Gravity Manipulation, Heat Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), 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), 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), 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, 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, 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, and EQUINOX's attacks automatically react to her opponent's defenses to become more effective and painful, adapting in response to adaptation), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), 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), 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, Heat Manipulation (She can alter the temperature of her surroundings), 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 using World Operator), Mind Manipulation, Pain Manipulation (She can trigger extreme pain by directly manipulating an opponent's nerves), Physics Manipulation (Arcana Drive can be used to alter and rewrite physics, as can World Operator), 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), 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), Precognition (Arcana Drive can predict possible futures through meticulous analysis of EQUINOX's surroundings and opponents, similarly to SOLSTICE's Causal Calculations but not as potent due to her less strategically inclined mind), 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, 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, 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, and EQUINOX's attacks automatically react to her opponent's defenses to become more effective and painful, adapting in response to adaptation), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), 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 SOLSTICE 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 SOLSTICE'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 SOLSTICE 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 SOLSTICE, and survived the explosion of the Moon when she converted it into energy. Her magical defenses could barely hold back SOLSTICE'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 SOLSTICE. 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 SOLSTICE, 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: Supergenius. EQUINOX's greatest weapon is her intelligence - it is for a very real reason that she is considered Earth's greatest witch, as no other agent has reached the level of her magical understanding and mastery. She has completely mastered 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 SOLSTICE 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 universe, 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. If EQUINOX’s heart stops or runs into any abnormalities, her passive bioelectric aura will automatically correct them. 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 would be the last person to describe herself as a martial artist, she’s spent some time honing her skills in close quarters combat. She first developed these skills leading up to her fight with SOLSTICE on Earth, but after being overwhelmed in hand-to-hand despite her efforts, she decided to spend more time mastering the art. Even if EQUINOX may always be a scientist first, she’s explored a number of martial arts and continues to do so, expanding her knowledge at her leisure in preparation 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, and 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 even 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 applications centering around a broader manipulation of information.
    • 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 condition she is in. 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 essentially 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 great 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 Operator: The magic of world programming, which allows EQUINOX to reach into the fabric of space and time to bend reality and its laws to her will. This degree of magic allows for the strings of the universe itself to be used as a canvas for spellcasting, so that EQUINOX can twist even probability, quantum mechanics, and mathematics.

As a quantum alchemist, EQUINOX initially broached World Operator’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 Operator, allowing her to control the physical world on a scale much greater than simple electromagnetism.

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 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 SOLSTICE - 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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