Jophiel is the fifth archangel, the Archangel of Knowledge, created to assist in the development of new technologies for Heaven. Originally fully obedient and loyal in this respect, years of being sidelined, forgotten, and ignored by her siblings slowly led to her developing an inferiority complex and an obsession with her eldest sister, Mastema, seeking to surpass her at any cost. To achieve this goal, and also remake Heaven in accordance with her own vision, Jophiel founded the angelic terrorist cell Grigori, seeking to take Heaven down no matter what.
Jophiel is the fifth archangel, formed from Yaldabaoth's magic and will, and instilled with the power of a dying star. She was created to assist in the development of new angels and technologies, to make new forays into these fields while Yaldabaoth focused on Heaven’s grander affairs. While she was still supervised and directed by her mother, much of Yaldabaoth’s attention was instead focused on her “more important” siblings - most specifically, Mastema. As a result, she was left with her fledgling law, Raziel, to her own devices.
At this stage in time, Jophiel, essentially a newborn, had no capacity to feel anything over this. She had little personality and no goals of her own, existing only as an instrument of Yaldabaoth’s, alongside her sisters. She was left mostly to her own devices, with Yaldabaoth only intervening to improve upon certain designs and lecture her about Heaven’s ideals and her purpose. Still, over time, Jophiel slowly started coming into her own, assisted by Raziel, who had begun to develop self-awareness alongside her, much to Jophiel’s delight.
Strongly desiring to prove herself to Yaldabaoth, Jophiel fully dedicated herself to her role and constantly worked to perfect Heaven’s technologies and magic. As Heaven warred and Yaldabaoth slowly withdrew from the public eye, little changed for Jophiel, who only threw herself at her work more desperately, but she gradually gained greater and greater freedom. Without Yaldabaoth’s supervision, Jophiel was free to delve deeper into the studies of science and magic for the purpose of perfecting Heaven, with Raziel by her side, encouraging and supporting her all the way. By this point, the two of them were extremely close, possessing an indescribable relationship that was and is beyond words for the both of them, a bond so close and deep that it becomes impossible to articulate.
This research took Jophiel across all of existence, to distant universes and far outside of Heaven, where she studied life, scientific principles, and magic, everywhere they arose. She unveiled long lost magical secrets and put them to use in Heaven’s technologies, and delved into the research of “primitive angelic lifeforms”. But in this research, she came into possession of a truth that shook her worldview. She had found conclusive evidence that Yaldabaoth was no god - that she had only been a seraph. The specifics were lost on her, but it was enough.
Believing herself to be the first archangel to realize this, Jophiel struggled with the knowledge for a long time. She couldn’t bring herself to tell her other siblings, fearful of how they might react, and she couldn’t fully process it herself. But she had been an angel dedicated to knowledge, and even a painful truth like this is something that must be known for progression, something that Raziel encouraged. She brought herself to share it with her siblings, but few believed her, and those that did didn’t care. Most strikingly, Mastema acknowledged it as true - shocking Jophiel - but made it clear that she didn’t believe it changed anything.
They had been created for a purpose. Perhaps their mother wasn’t a god, but - they had a purpose, and they would fulfill them. Many of her siblings had rejected her evidence, right before accepting Mastema’s mere word as truth. All of the knowledge Jophiel had brought to the table was discarded, and Jophiel was left to her own devices again. Her siblings’ rejection of everything she had worked so hard to prove filled her with bitterness, and while they may not have changed, she had a deep crisis. This only drove her closer to Raziel.
Continuing her research out of duty despite her steadily intensifying doubts, Jophiel looked upon the world and compared it to Heaven. Over time, she came to realize just what Heaven was, as she saw the freedom and happiness in others across the world. With this, she came to realize just what Yaldabaoth was - a delusional tyrant who had created a world just for the sake of her own divine ego. Yet, all the same, in her journeys, she saw only the weakness and stupidity in the masses. Many great figures were capable of rising to become more powerful and change the world, but for every great hero, there were billions of nothings who existed only to be directed.
There was great potential in everyone, potential that was left untapped in Heaven, but even with the tools and opportunities to fully grow and become powerful, few people became anything of note. Jophiel was torn apart by indecisiveness, confused and conflicted. She made her own department of Heaven more accessible to those with the intelligence to rise up, but the rest of Heaven’s condition still plagued her.
Her struggles continued for quite some time, as she was torn between the duty to Heaven that still drove her to develop its technologies further and further, and her desire to gain the happiness and fulfillment she saw in others, which still eluded her. Jophiel wanted to be happy and free, yet - she felt that this could not coexist with her loyalty to Heaven. Still, her desire to see Heaven perfect still clashed with her developing beliefs, as she saw all of Heaven’s angels incapable of truly realizing their potential. There was no solution.
Until, suddenly, a demonic rebel named Lucifer made her presence known. Jophiel was worked to her limits developing stronger and stronger angels to help in the war, but - Heaven was nearly destroyed. Like so many of her siblings, Jophiel herself was personally defeated, but she survived, and watched Lucifer’s final battle with Abaddon, in which she ultimately fell. The experience - the war - broke something in Jophiel.
She saw her worry that Heaven would stagnate without allowing progression validated, as a rebellious angel who tapped into the full of her potential nearly killed the archangels. In that conflict, Jophiel felt all her beliefs confirmed, and it began to wear away at her loyalty to Yaldabaoth’s concept of Heaven. It became obvious to her that what Yaldabaoth intended was imperfect from the start, and so to create a perfect Heaven, it would have to be discarded.
Jophiel brought up as much to her siblings, even though she expected to be rejected or belittled once more, but once more, Mastema simply accepted what she had said, and the others united around her and not Jophiel. Besides, what Mastema sought was not the same. She wanted only to aim to further perfect the archangels, so that the next time a rebel force arose, they could crush them all with overwhelming force.
The feelings of bitterness that had been swelling within Jophiel for so long began to intensify. Emotions that she had repressed for so long began to bubble up to the surface. Burning, nauseating envy and a desperate longing for recognition and respect. It was all fixated on the figure that had overshadowed her from the beginning, her eldest sister, Mastema. The archangel who had always clearly been their mother’s favorite, who had been made to be the best, who had been made to rule, and yet who couldn’t even kill a single stubborn demon. The archangel who only propagated their mother’s idiocy and let Heaven stagnate. Still, despite all of Jophiel’s best attempts, she was always brushed aside in favor of her.
It couldn’t stop plaguing her, overshadowing her desires to perfect Heaven, and it bled into her ambitions. They became inseparable. To rise up and become perfect meant surpassing Mastema. To perfect Heaven meant doing better than Mastema ever could. While she would never admit to herself, she so, so, so strongly desired to prove herself to her creator. To prove her expectations wrong, and to prove herself to be Mastema’s superior, to be the strongest and most capable of all her daughters. That’s all Jophiel wanted, all she truly wanted for herself. To get Yaldabaoth’s approval and affection and to be given the same responsibilities.
In the name of perfection and in the name of standing out among all of her siblings, Jophiel reinvented her identity entirely. At first, this change was supported by Raziel, but as Jophiel set about it, they realized the destructive and dangerous extent to which she was altering herself. She tore herself apart - not just figuratively, but literally. With her own two hands, Jophiel recreated herself. She became overwhelmingly confident and individualistic, a change that shocked her siblings, as Jophiel changed into what seemed to be a completely different person overnight. Jophiel cared little for their opinions, and as she grew into her new identity, she finally reached a semblance of the happiness she had pursued for so long. Of course, it wouldn’t be enough, not until she destroyed Mastema and proved herself to be the best.
For the sake of growing past what she had seen as her past weakness and overdependency, Jophiel even tore a pleading Raziel from her soul and tossed them aside, desiring a law that better suited her new personality, a weapon that could match Mastema. Jophiel believed this was absolutely necessary, a step towards independence that would make her Mastema’s peer, kicking out her own crutch so that she could finally learn to walk on her own. Out of all she had done, this was the hardest to go through with, but with her newfound power and confidence, she refused to back down, the future clear to her.
She would rebel against Heaven and kill her siblings, ending with Mastema. She secretly began to organize her own efforts to rebel and gathered supporters within the Angelic Research Bureau, forming a force of powerful like-minded angels. To many of them, she appeared as a kind savior who wished to make Heaven a better place, but… Jophiel wished only to prove herself better than Mastema and rule better than she ever could out of spite. Sure, she had her own desires for Heaven, but those came second.
Besides, Jophiel’s beliefs did not grow to become any better. Lucifer may have influenced her, but it was not for the best. In her Heaven, the strong and intelligent would be able to rise to the top, but the weak would be discarded and left to rot. Such beliefs are in stark opposition to Lucifer’s, and even as Jophiel awaits her for awakening so that she can have a powerful ally, she plans to backstab her once victory is hers and reign as the highest, greatest angel.
While all angels, as shapeshifters, have countless forms that they can take in countless situations, Jophiel stands out among the rest due to the sheer variance in her forms. Unlike most angels, who take the same forms in the same situations, Jophiel disregards an overlying consistency in her shapes, appearing however she wishes and varying depending on her mood. The bodies she takes are meant to stand out and surprise others, something that Jophiel takes a lot of joy in. Still, there remain consistent traits that Jophiel favors and finds particularly striking. For example, she is nearly always very tall, averaging around 6'3, easily tall enough to stand out in a crowd. While she often takes even taller forms than that, she rarely manifests in any significantly shorter body. Jophiel has pale skin and a firm, solid build with hints of musculature. What varies most is her hair, appearing in all sorts of lengths and colors, though it can be seen that it is not actually hair on a molecular level, whatever it is. At shorter lengths, she often puts her hair up into bear buns, and her face is framed by long sidelocks. When longer, her hair sometimes becomes even longer than the rest of her body. The color varies but is always one that Jophiel is sure will stand out; beautiful browns, blondes, golds, auburn, blues, reds, and so on. In many cases, the specific shade cannot be perceived by humans, with imaginary colors being a common sight. Blue, however, is her favorite and most frequent color.
Even as the rest of her body varies, Jophiel's eyes remain the same. They are a deep, dark, piercing red that are always visible, even in the darkest conditions. If there are any pupils, they take inhuman shapes, and the deep red often bleeds into her sclera, coloring the whole of her eyes an intense shade of bloody scarlet. She may wear glasses on some occasion, but she has no need of them and will wear them only if she feels it suits her outfit. Jophiel's mouth is filled with teeth - large, sharp teeth that fill the entirety of her mouth and go down into even her throat. Her tongue is prone to the same variation as the rest of her body, ranging from normal, if unnaturally long, to a sinuous, serpentine thing covered teeth and lures, and ending in an opening from which a long, sharp needle can extend. Of course, she may not even have a mouth - and if she does, it could very well be more insectoid than humanoid. Other animalistic traits, such as ears, claws, and tails, are a common sight, but what show themselves most are long tentacles. Jophiel's appearance is wrapped up by a ridiculous amount of gaudy gold jewelry, far past the point that would be tacky, and by her massive, eye-catching wings and her halo.
Out of all the archangels, none are as flamboyant as Jophiel. She’ll wear anything if she thinks she can pull it off - and she thinks she can pull everything off, even long-dead and out of date fashions. Her clothing is invariably eye-catching and often revealing, but are colored in garishly bright tones. She treats traditional angelic clothing with disgust, and on the occasions that she has to wear them, she modifies them to become brighter and skimpier, showing way more skin than is necessary out of spite towards the rest of Heaven. When allowed to choose her own clothing, Jophiel picks out fancy, long jackets like fur coats, and treats even lab coats as fashionable clothing. She often pairs such things with unnecessarily tight sweaters and turtlenecks, or with dress shirts and ties. Her legwear is, surprise surprise, very tight and made up of skinny jeans, leather, vinyl, and even latex pants, though she'll wear any kind without hesitation. Shorts - even those short enough to be called hot pants - are a favorite as well. While she prefers pants, she'll wear skirts too, whether long and flowy or short ones that hug every curve of her body. When appropriate, Jophiel happily wears garish tights and thigh highs. A staple of her outfits are elbow-length, studded leather gloves and boots that can reach as tall as her thighs, with high heels and steel toes.
Still, as with all of the archangels, Jophiel has a true form, though she has modified her own to the point that is scarcely recognizable as what it used to be. The monstrous being she becomes when showing her true self is akin to a jellyfish or maybe a squid, a sinuous figure that is constantly in motion and is always flickering through different colors, dipping through eye-catching and imaginary shades. Her size is something that varies drastically, from the size of her normal human form, to large enough that she can drape her tentacles across solar systems and be seen from anywhere in a galaxy. Her "bell" is transparent, but covered in glowing lights and false eyes, with circuits spreading over the surface. It can display videos and feeds as if it were a screen. She has a ridiculous, uncountable amount of tentacles, each covered in bright lights, razors, hooks, needles, and even snapping teeth. Each one is fully prehensile and can shift into any laboratory tool or produce any substance needed. At the center of all her tentacles, her true mouth appears, a massive beak with a long tongue. Within her throat can be seen her single true eye - the same eye that she shows as a human; of immense size, bloody red coloration, and bearing a sinister, black cross-shaped pupil. She can push her eye into her bell with her tongue. As an angel, she still retains her wings, which flank her bell without being attached and change in colors just as it does, and her halo, which hovers above.
Jophiel is a person of unmatched, forceful confidence, and the type of person that dominates the scene wherever she appears, demanding attention and respect from all who set their eyes upon her. She is a person of extremes, individualistic and eccentric to such an unimaginable extent that it amazes most people around her. Not motivated only by mere curiosity, but ambition, Jophiel is incredibly driven and inventive, and seeks to reach her goals through whatever means necessary. Her eccentricity and flamboyance makes it easy to not take her seriously and to misinterpret her actions as friendly, but make no mistake. She has not even a semblance of morals or altruism, and her prime concern will surely always be herself and her success. Jophiel is a deeply arrogant person who treats everyone else, even her closest allies, as stepping stones, if not obstacles, to her ultimate goal of proving herself the strongest and smartest person in all of creation, no matter the cost.
While she may lack the impossible charisma of her sister, Jophiel still excels in manipulating and leading others, even though she may care little for the false goals she sets for them. Her power and position mean that she tends to treat others as tools, using and discarding them dismissively. Many are guided more subtly, through indirect and often even unknown means, but Jophiel is not someone who wastes her time or takes unnecessary action. All her tools are moving to light the path to her goals, and there are no wasted motions. While she may appear friendly, even those who are completely caught up in her spell have trouble approaching her, as her immense confidence cows them all into submission. They know that when Jophiel has need of them, they will know. With that being said, Jophiel will often act up for the sole purpose of attracting attention, which she seems to feed on. She has not even the slightest interest in those who lack interesting or valuable things for her, and completely disregards small talk in favor of the real substance of conversation. Those that bore her have it made clear to them, and are told in no uncertain terms to get lost. Still, if need be, Jophiel will suffer through conversing normally with those beneath her, as much as it pains her to do so. However, when brought things of true value, Jophiel shows genuine, almost childish, excitement and glee. Childish is a good descriptor for her much of the time - she can be incredibly immature, irresponsible, lazy, and petty, often spitefully antagonizing people she dislikes over minor issues.
Heaven is a very traditional place with a very clear structure of power, and Jophiel stands in proud, obstinate opposition to this. She respects good ideas and opinions from absolutely everyone, from the lowest of angels to even her opponents, in the name of efficiency and success. Jophiel is a very curious person who greatly values knowledge, but not primarily for its own sake. The true worth of knowledge, to her, is its power and potential, which outshines any mere innocent curiosity. She always seeks to find new ways to use and do things, and is thus nearly constantly experimenting on anything she can touch, ripping angels apart and putting them together in new ways to see if they will function better. Jophiel's rejection of tradition is something that extends past the reach of common sense, discarding even things with worth and treating tradition itself as an opponent. In her eyes, tradition invariably stands in the way of perfection, in the constant refinement and retooling of everything. Disgusted by the idea of stagnation, of accepting anything as it is, Jophiel seeks to improve upon everything. Something can always be better, and people can always work harder. Without exception, Jophiel holds herself to the same standards that she subjects the rest of the world to, and is thus never pleased with anything she creates and never finds satisfaction. Every moment of her life is spent pushing herself to her limits, and at this point, she simply doesn't know how to stop.
With the express goal of proving herself distinct from everyone else in the world in every area of life, Jophiel's extreme individualism shapes her every action. She is stubbornly independent and absolutely refuses to take orders from others, struggling to do so even when she knows it's in her best interest, and often acting pointlessly contrarian just because she can. She wants her every action to be performed simply because she wants to do it. While her individualism causes her to become extremely eccentric and obsessive, this only acts to mask her true self. At this point, Jophiel is driven solely by an overbearing and domineering ambition, seeing success as the same thing no matter how it's reached. For the sake of her goals, she'll kill anyone and everyone who gets in her way; and given the sheer scale of her ambitions, it is very possible that this will mean a whole lot of people, a possibility with which Jophiel has no complaint. She looks down on most people for lacking the traits she prizes, seeing their inability to rise to her level as proof that the vast majority of beings are weak, boring, and stupid, and hardly worth her attention. For this reason, she respects all those with lofty ambitions, even those that go against her. Of course, if someone who was working against her succeeded in some significant fashion, she would almost certainly snap and lose any fondness or respect for them. After all, she is plagued by a violently short temper that flares up whenever her ego is damaged, a temper that is much worse than Mastema's despite all her attempts to prove herself the better.
When it comes down to it, the type of person that Jophiel hates most are those who coast off the achievements of others and do little to prove themselves. She is desperately obsessed with the idea of proving to herself that her actions and successes are her own, and lives in fear of the idea that she is operating exactly as her mother intended. While Jophiel may believe that anyone can rise to any level given hard work, in practice, she sees this as unlikely, especially for angels, who she loathes with an intensity greater than most. She finds that angels in particular are home to the worst of the traits she dislikes, and the thought that one could reach her level is inconceivable and thus hilarious to her. If such a thing were to occur, well... Jophiel would doubtlessly feel as if her own achievements were lessened. What makes them special and notable is that most people cannot accomplish such things, and if the common rabble were to do it...? Jophiel would be irate. Unsurprisingly, she treats angels like a renewable resource, rationalizing that any amount of dead angels is meaningless, given that she can always make more. She hates the fact that angels worship and adore her sister and mother as opposed to herself, given all the work she has put into perfecting them.
Jophiel's ambition is a symptom of her deepest complexes and fears, things that she has repressed so deeply that she could never bring herself to admit them. Nothing she does ever feels like enough to her, and even her greatest accomplishments feel meaningless. She constantly feels as if she has to one-up herself, and when her successes are compared to those of her sisters, her intense inferiority complex shows itself. She feels intensely inadequate in comparison to all of her sisters, but particularly Mastema, who she hates more than anyone and anything. Secretly, Jophiel envies her for the attention and responsibilities her mother gave her, and even if she knew the harmful effects these had on her, she wouldn't care in the slightest. While Jophiel wants to conquer everything, this is just to prove that she is better than her sister, and her truest goal is to prove herself to be superior to not only Mastema, but her mother as well. And she wants to do it through her own power, without depending on a single soul. Dependence is parasitism, and Jophiel will not stand for having herself lessened by those beneath her.
An initially funny joke that ran on far too long, in Jophiel's eyes. At first a nothing, Harahel only became notable to Jophiel when they got their hands on Raziel. This was the funny part for her, a nobody angel, someone so insignificant they could be replaced by any other angel, getting their hands on her now useless law. It was impudent, to be sure, and behavior that Jophiel needed to correct, but she didn't waste too much energy on the two of them. Harahel's a nobody after all, and Raziel outdated. But somehow, the two of them survived Grigori's attempts to reclaim their technology, enduring to the point that they became useful assets to the efforts against Mastema.
Lucifer definitely didn't give Jophiel a sexual awakening, noooooo, definitely not. She doesn't have an enduring crush on her, either. (Work in progress).
The adversary that all of Jophiel's life has grown to revolve around, ever since the day she reinvented herself, the day she tore her soul apart and put it back together. Once, when Jophiel was a gentler and quieter person, and when Mastema still had some semblance of hope, they had a close relationship, as with all the other archangels. But the years have not been kind to the two of them, and now, Jophiel now despises the sister she once looked up to, the sister who once provided advice, and care, and comfort. All the time Jophiel spent wallowing in bitterness and envy has scrubbed away all her positive emotions, leaving only a hate similar in nature to what Mastema subjects all to. Now, there is nothing Jophiel desires more than to surpass her sister, to prove herself, to finally gain the recognition she wanted for so long, all while digging her heel further into the back of Mastema's skull.
With the loving sister of the past gone, Jophiel slowly stopped expecting the same care as before from her, and cast her attentions elsewhere, such as her law, Raziel. In the years that followed, as Mastema soured, Jophiel began to flourish, finding more and more to love and appreciate in the world. Even if she had begun to fear her sister, Jophiel still respected her, still loved her, and so acted loyally, supporting her ambitions and doing nothing to stop her as she slowly took control of Heaven herself. Indeed, Jophiel supported this, and was among the first of her siblings to voice this support, fearlessly. For she knew what her mother had become, and could see that Mastema was simply the better leader, with a mind unclouded by the same delusions. Jophiel did not buy completely into her self-destructive goals, however, as she had seen so much of value outside of Heaven. This was the beginning of Jophiel's disillusionment.
Jophiel's relationship with Mastema only suffered as time passed. As she discovered more about the world, including that Yaldabaoth was no god at all, the curious and increasingly independent Jophiel began to clash with her eldest sister. This only intensified when this discovery, the most significant of Jophiel's life, was ignored by her sisters only to be accepted once Mastema confirmed it. Bitter and angry that all her work had been ignored in favor of Mastema's word alone, Jophiel was pushed to further explore the world and question what she had been born into, the role she had been given from birth. Heaven, which Jophiel once accepted with all her heart, began to be something she looked upon with concern, fear, and worry. And all these worries were validated by Lucifer.
The rejection that followed, the time she was passed up yet again, was Jophiel's breaking point. All her work, the years she had spent agonizing over the world and how to improve it, simply ignored, "corrected", by Mastema. Sure, Mastema wanted to grow, wanted to improve Heaven, but she wanted none of what Jophiel truly developed. It was not about the future, it was about maintaining the present. And Jophiel snapped. Years of anguish and misery over being rejected and ignored time and time again exploded out of her, and, desperate to prove herself, to Mastema, to all her siblings, she reinvented herself, seeking to take her ambitions farther than ever before.Now, just as nothing remains of the sweet and caring Mastema of the past, nothing remains of the gentle and quiet Jophiel. While Mastema's soul disappeared into the void, Jophiel's was rebuilt, better, but worse. Now, all that matters to Jophiel is Mastema, the idea of proving herself superior the everything that drives her. Nothing else matters anymore, not to Jophiel. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't curse Mastema, for overshadowing her, for treating her so contemptuously, for ceasing to be someone she could trust and look up to. For buying into the grand lie that their mother vomited out, even as she understands how false it all is. These sins are not things that Jophiel can forgive, and as much as she hates it, Mastema has become the most important person in her life, and their relationship of unparalleled significance. Without Mastema, Jophiel would never have changed.
Someone Jophiel wishes she could forget. At one time, the two of them had a bond stronger than any of the other archangels had. None of them could've known the depth of their bond, the trust they felt, the love. Now, though, Jophiel has convinced herself that this bond was what had been holding her back all along, and that Raziel is to blame for all her failings and shortcomings. All that matters in the world is strength, after all, and if you need a partner to shoulder a weight, perhaps you deserve to have been crushed under it. So, Jophiel destroyed the bond, and cast Raziel aside, refusing to be held back by such emotions, feelings that were below an archangel. But, at the core of her soul, Jophiel misses her bond with Raziel more than she could ever possibly articulate, and the profound loneliness that accompanies what she gave up makes her sick to her stomach.
As Jophiel discovered more and more of the truths of the world, Raziel was, of course, at her side. They supported and assisted her in everything she did, helping her come to terms with her mother's expectations, just how cold Mastema had become, and the discovery that said mother was no divinity and spouted only lies. This drove them closer together, as did the rejection of Jophiel's proofs and subsequent acceptance of Mastema's word. Feeling alienated from her siblings, Jophiel turned more towards Raziel, who continued to support her as she grew conflicted as to Heaven's nature. It was Raziel who saw so much potential in the masses, and though they took different lessons from it, Jophiel would not have thought much of it in the first place without Raziel's encouragement.
Raziel and Jophiel's beliefs, their views, their worries, all were validated when Lucifer made her rebellion. In pursuit of progression, of perfection, of milking as much value out of Heaven to ensure it would last as long as possible, Jophiel and Raziel brought their ideas to the rest of Heaven. Of course, they were brushed aside in favor of Mastema once more, and here, as Jophiel exploded into bitterness and jealousy, Raziel made their biggest mistake. They encouraged Jophiel's desperate pursuit of perfection, her desire to show up Mastema, because her pain was their own, and they only wanted to help. Raziel believed that, together, they could overthrow Mastema and make the world a better place.
To put it simply, Jophiel disagreed. The relationship the two of them had, the indescribable love they felt, withered as the gears turned in Jophiel's head. While she had leaned on Raziel her entire life, the rest of the archangels had struck out on their own and flourished. What she thought was special, what she thought was unique, what she thought would help her in her work, what would help her prove herself, was what was holding her back all along. That had to be the case, right? What else could describe it? So, Jophiel remade her soul using Inner World Operator, and considering Raziel superfluous to the strength she desired, removed them and sealed them away. Out of sight and out of mind. It's what Raziel would've wanted anyways, right? They had devoted their entire life, all their love to Jophiel, so they should accept it, right?Of course, Jophiel knows that it's not that simple, and did not need to ever talk to Raziel again to know that they must hate her. After all, they had shared a soul for 20 billion years. It's obvious the emotions that Raziel must be going through. It's obvious that they'll have grown to hate Jophiel. And if that's the case, Jophiel sees no reason to stay soft for them. Even if she can't match the hate they feel, she can feel her own special brand of contempt and disgust. And, of course, her own special brand of longing, of regret, of envy for Raziel's sparkly new wielder. Raziel is still hers, after all. Mother made them for her. So they should just wait and collect dust until Jophiel's ready to hold them again.
(Work in progress.)
While Jophiel may hate Mastema the most out of her siblings, or out of everyone in general, Uriel measures shortly behind her. Even when Jophiel was younger, Uriel picked on her, following her mother's example in belittling her for her failures and picking them apart. This didn't really stop, ever, as Jophiel developed more of a personality. Though this was harmless in Uriel's eyes, it contributed a great deal to Jophiel's more meek personality at the time, and when Jophiel reinvented herself to become stronger than ever before, well... their relationship worsened a fair bit. Now seeing Jophiel as an enemy, not just an ally to correct, Uriel has become crueler than ever, and Jophiel returns the favor. The two of them just can't have a conversation without butting heads.
Powers and Statistics
Tier: At least 3-C, possibly 3-B, High 3-A with Nanael | 3-B, High 3-A with Nanael
Powers and Abilities:
Genius Intelligence, Master Martial Artist, Causality Manipulation, Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; Jophiel's attacks effect opponents on such a level, and she can control and reprogram inner worlds), Energy Manipulation (Using her Entelecheia Circuit, Jophiel can transmute energy into new forms, including a variety of impossible, alien forces), Fate Manipulation (Nanael has the power to determine the future, and using Maverick Advent, Jophiel can hijack abilities that try to change future events and use them for herself), Gravity Manipulation (Jophiel has her own immensely powerful gravitational field, which she can control), Higher-Dimensional Manipulation (Can manipulate and transmit information through higher spatial dimensions, and create multidimensional constructs), Illusion Manipulation (Can create perfect illusions and even use the most powerful form of illusion, Paracosm Phantasmagoria, which inverts the inner world of a victim to trap them within), Information Manipulation (Jophiel can control and shape raw information, and she can control an opponent's "truths" to enforce certain outcomes), Law Manipulation (Jophiel can alter and destroy laws, and created her own from Raziel's template, completely changing its nature and functions), Magnetism Manipulation (Jophiel has her own immensely powerful magnetic field, which she can control), Mathematics Manipulation (Jophiel's law manipulates mathematics to render her opponent an impossibility, and she can alter mathematics and how math affects the world using World Operator), Mind Manipulation (Jophiel can take control of a sizeable portion of Heaven's population all at once, using Yesod as a vector do so), Pain Manipulation (Her attacks cause "true", spiritual pain, affecting even those who cannot feel pain normally), Physics Manipulation (Jophiel can alter and control the laws of physics using World Operator), Pocket Reality Manipulation (She can materialize and control her inner world as a pocket dimension), Probability Manipulation, Quantum Manipulation, Size Manipulation (Jophiel can control the dimensions of objects and beings, potentially compacting them down to the Planck scale), Soul Manipulation (All her attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body, and using Inner World Operator, she can control and reprogram souls, even inner worlds), Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Absorption (Angels can use their wings to absorb magic and energy), Attack Reflection (Jophiel can redirect the force of attacks used against her, turning her opponents' strength against them), Dimensional Travel, Incorporeality/Intangibility (Immaterial; Jophiel is made out of magic and immune to conventional physical harm), Invulnerability at full throttle (When activating her inner world, Jophiel fuses with Nanael, which is akin to a physical constant, a law that can only be harmed and broken with magic or through sheer willpower), Portal Creation, Power Mimicry (She can copy spells and techniques by analyzing their result and finding a more characteristic, efficient, and powerful way to reach that effect), Power Modification (Inner World Operators can affect the spiritual root of another agent's abilities, changing how their inner world expresses itself), Power Nullification (Can counter other spells and negate magic with some of her techniques, can nullify supernatural traits and greatly reduce an opponent's power, and Paracosm Phantasmagoria can strip victims of their magical abilities), Limited Precognition (Thanks to her experience with Logos, Jophiel can react to billions of attacks delivered through its use before any of them happen, though not as well as a true master of it), Sealing (Paracosm Phantasmagoria seals its target within their own soul by inverting their inner world), Shapeshifting, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation, Immortality (Types 1, 3, and 8; as long as Mastema still exists and she hasn't defeated her, Jophiel will endure and stay alive), Regeneration (At least Mid-Godly; can regenerate from just her inner world, the abstract, conceptual basis of her soul. Her regenerative capabilities are comparable to Lucifer's, if still a bit weaker)
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), Self-Sustenance (Types 1, 2, and 3; vital processes such as breathing, drinking, eating, and sleeping are alien and unnecessary for angels), Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Forcefield Creation, 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), Reality Warping with Override Sigils (Override Sigils can be used to overwrite the laws of physics), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant, and within her inner world, Jophiel's strength, speed, and endurance raise to surpass all others inside. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of Jophiel's soul, causing beneficial mutations in her attacks, allowing them to slip through adaptive defenses and specialized counters), 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: At least Galaxy level+ (Comparable to her fellow archangels - Abaddon, Raphael, Sariel, and Uriel. Superior to Gabriel and a recently unsealed Lucifer, who are themselves much stronger than the likes of Beelzebub and Logos), possibly Multi-Galaxy level (To reach Uriel's level of power, Lucifer had to use Judecca Rex, multiplying her power several times over), High Universe level with Nanael (Somewhat comparable to Mastema's Spear of Destiny, and superior to Yaldabaoth's Sefirot) | Multi-Galaxy level (Transcends her previous stage of power and reaches Mastema's level, a bigger boost than Uriel's Feeding Fear. Their fight destroyed galaxies across Heaven). High Universe level with Nanael
Speed: Massively FTL+ (Jophiel can rapidly fly across large stretches of Heaven, a universe. Comparable to Raphael, who can intercept attacks delivered from a Planck length away), Infinite attack speed with Bit Contraction (Jophiel can erase the time it takes for her attacks to occur, causing them to happen instantly, and Nanael often does so) | Massively FTL+ (Kept up with Mastema in their fight, traveling across Heaven and intergalactic distances in the process), Infinite attack speed with Bit Contraction.
Striking Strength: At least Galactic Class+, possibly Multi-Galactic, High Universal with Nanael | Multi-Galactic. High Universal with Nanael
Durability: At least Galaxy level+, possibly Multi-Galaxy level | Multi-Galaxy level (Can take hits from Mastema and even survive being impaled on multiple Spears of Destiny thanks to her immense willpower).
Stamina: Limitless. Due to her Fruit of Life, Jophiel is supplied with what is an infinite source of magical energy, allowing her to fight indefinitely, though her stamina may suffer if her soul is extremely badly wounded, though this is something that is extremely difficult to accomplish. Through her sheer, indomitable willpower, Jophiel is capable of pushing her abilities and inner world to their limits even as they start to rip her apart, continuing to battle against Mastema despite the steadily increasing damage she was withstanding.
Range: Standard melee with normal melee attacks, Several meters with Nanael (While not as large as Cassiel, the Spear of Destiny, or Tabris, Nanael is still over two meters long). Universal (Jophiel can magically attack any point in Heaven from anywhere else in Heaven, even manipulating Yesod across such distances, and she can easily obliterate galaxies and cover intergalactic distances with her attacks) to Interdimensional with magic (Jophiel can reach into other universes, interacting with and attacking things inside them without leaving Heaven, and she can also telepathically communicate or teleport such distances).
Standard Equipment: Her law, Nanael.
Intelligence: Supergenius. All the archangels were made to excel and far surpass the ability of any other, with Jophiel having been made to stand above the rest when it comes to sheer magical versatility and knowledge. She has, without question, not only met but surpassed this expectation, becoming the greatest agent in Heaven, and one of the greatest anywhere. Given her intensely powerful calculative abilities, capable of even processing and calculating in higher dimensions, Jophiel can easily use the most complex spells and warp all the laws of physics to her whims, possessing a complete understanding of how they work even on the smallest, most insignificant levels. Jophiel has traveled across many, many universes and mastered nearly every magical secret within them all. Not even this is enough for her, as she constantly works to improve upon all of her abilities, and her endless self-modification has caused her to transcend what it is to be an angel. She can easily analyze spells and the minute specifics of their results, and then replicate them through entirely different, and oftentimes more efficient and powerful means. Her processing abilities are extremely fast and refined, constantly analyzing everything she is exposed to and working to perfect it. As the being responsible for the creation of all angels in Heaven, she has greatly expanded on their design, making them far superior to what Yaldabaoth initially created. While she specializes in magic, she has no lack of skill in combat, excelling in hand-to-hand and long-range battles. She has a wealth of strategic knowledge and is a formidable opponent when it comes to long-term battles, matching Mastema in mind games for millennia.
Weaknesses: Jophiel can be overconfident and tends to underestimate normal angels, seeing them as weak and boring. She cannot instantly replicate techniques with Infinity Perception and needs to figure out how to reach the same result, and she usually tries to reach it in an interesting way, further extending the time needed. Entelecheia Circuit requires very precise, perfect timing to properly redirect energy, and if Jophiel doesn't do so, it will be weakened. Full throttle cannot be maintained forever, as it will begin to strain Jophiel's soul and eventually tear it apart. Once she deactivates it, all her territory retracts and she loses all of its effects. Jophiel can only use the full power of Maverick Advent against Mastema, and Death Driver will not activate if she is killed by her.
Key: Base | Full Throttle
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.
Sacred Program: Jophiel is an angel, a fluctuation devised by Yaldabaoth to carry out her will, fashioned from stardust and a fraction of her willpower. Similar in nature to star spirits, angels are essentially magical consciousnesses, simply a soul, a halo, and nothing else. Any body they may manifest is composed of metamatter, not regular matter, a sort of condensed willpower. Their bodies are malleable things determined by not just their own thoughts, but those of others as well. This unique composition means that angels do not interact normally with ordinary physical matter.
Of course, Jophiel is no mere angel. She is an archangel, the fifth, created to bring salvation to the world. The Archangel of Knowledge, Jophiel has her own host of gifts, having been created to carry out a certain holy task. In fact, she is this holy task - a sacred program meant to execute a certain function, a duty she cannot stray from. This digital determinism is the root of her whole self, the source of everything she is and everything she has.
… or, at least, it was.
- Fruit of Life: Like the rest of her siblings, Jophiel possesses the magical organ known as a Fruit of Life, a magical core created by Yaldabaoth for her own use. For the archangels and their creator, the Fruit of Life acts as a stellar core, a mass of magic and plasma smaller and denser than a neutron star, the size of a fist. It supplies Jophiel with an infinite amount of magical energy, synthesized from the infinite potential released by the Big Bang that created Heaven, along with an extremely powerful magnetic and gravitational field subject to her own control.
Granting not only raw energy, a Fruit of Life also provides a substantial boost to computation. More than a mere mass of energy, it is a high-power, multi-dimensional processing unit that calculates and transfers information through higher dimensions. While Fruits of Life are certainly important, as the pinnacles of Heavenly magic, science, and power, losing one is no issue for any archangel, least of all Jophiel, who can regenerate her Fruit of Life easily.
- Halo: The halo of an angel is actually a complex Override Sigil, passively maintained without draining any energy. A halo has multiple functions in maintaining an angel’s existence and safety.
- Angelic Data: A halo contains the magical information that makes up an angel’s existence (typically referred to as just “data”). Through this, an angel can regenerate from any scale of physical wounds through their halo, even complete physical destruction. As a halo is a magical construct, no amount of conventional physical harm can damage it, and even directly attacking it with magic can be difficult. If an angel’s halo is shattered, it will immediately and passively reconstruct itself; when an angel is actually killed, the halo will shatter and finally disappear.
- Fear Not: An angel’s true nature and form is obscured by magic under normal circumstances, so an angel normally seems to be an individual of the viewer’s species, though their exact appearance is still up to them. In addition, they are normally clearly angelic, with the halo and wings representative of angels.
- Messenger: Angels can communicate telepathically regardless of language barriers and transmit information across transdimensional distances, partly through their connection to Yesod. They can also teleport such distances and open portals to other worlds. This allows them to leave Heaven and travel across other universes.
- Protection from Harm: A halo protects its bearer from offensive magic of all varieties, including those that seek to warp or manipulate them through other means. It is particularly effective in protecting against the corrupting influence of demons.
- Wings: The wings of an angel are special, unique constructs formed out of magic, and are used to direct and manipulate magical energies as limbs. They can even absorb magic and other energy with ease. The wings are the most sensitive and important part of an angel’s body, and they are carefully maintained at all times.
Infinity Perception: An aspect of Jophiel’s inner world, a “mod” she developed shortly after she reinvented herself, and one of her greatest tools. They are the eyes of one who seeks not just the truth, but also to ascend to the very top. Born from Jophiel’s mentality and genius, it is an ability she developed thanks to her extensive knowledge of magic in all its forms. It allows Jophiel to rapidly analyze spells, seeing through them and coming to quickly understand their fundamentals.
While it can be used for straightforward analysis and replication, Jophiel most often uses it to trace the steps taken to achieve any given result through magic. By studying the effects of a spell, Jophiel can skip through more extensive analysis and cut to the important part, the results. This is what she copies, rather than aiming for perfect replication, attempting to create a new spell that will do the same things, but better, more efficiently, and in a way that suits her more. By making it her own, Jophiel can link it to her inner world and increase its effectiveness as well.
While the ability is extremely useful, especially because Jophiel’s experience allows her to piece together her own version of a spell near-instantly, it still takes time, especially with more complex magic. It takes even more time to replicate aspects of other inner worlds. In addition, her obsession with individualism means that Jophiel is likely to spend more time trying to get her take on the spell as interesting and unique as possible. In a suitably dire situation, Jophiel will dispense with such idiosyncrasy, but not without reluctance or displeasure.
- Entelecheia Circuit: A replica of Raphael’s perfect Kinesis Circuit, the Dunamis Circuit, devised through a combination of Infinity Perception and Inner World Operator. Like the basic, original technique, Jophiel can use it to transmit the energy of any attack directed at her through her soul and back to the sender with 100% efficiency. Thanks to Jophiel’s modifications, however, her circuit is unique, with refined abilities that allow it to operate similarly to Raphael’s Dunamis Circuit.
In Jophiel’s case, as energy passes through her soul, her inner world reaches out to seize control of it, just as it subjugates her surroundings while she’s in full throttle. She can then control it freely and do as she pleases, obviously sending it back to its source as normal in most cases. However, Jophiel can also apply her extensive magical knowledge to transmute this energy into one of many unique states, some of which follow alien laws and operate differently than any normal force. The pool of energies at her disposal is vast, affording Jophiel incredible versatility and allowing for counters that can be extremely difficult to properly deal with. Many of them are even developed on the spot, as needed, born in fits of inspiration.
Compared to Raphael, who can use her circuit consistently no matter the circumstances, Jophiel’s circuit is not perfect, as she lacks the skill needed to use it properly defensively. Even though she’s modified the vectors of the ability to rely more on Inner World Operator than Logos, the issue is one inherent to the execution of such a complex redirection technique. While in full throttle, this circuit is even easier to use, however, and Jophiel can do so from a distance, within any of the territory she’s integrated into herself.
Wings of Truth: A favored magic of Jophiel’s, originally derived from an attempt to copy Mastema’s death magic, though it has greatly diversified since then. Fusing Jophiel’s expertise in Inner and Outer World Operations, it allows Jophiel to control the world, herself, and her opponents in the pursuit of a certain, desired result - the “truth”. The truths are encoded in her wings, using the spaces her own repeated self-modification has created for data storage, and Jophiel modifies and utilizes them as necessary, using some on herself and delivering others to opponents through attacks.
Most of Jophiel’s truths, she uses on herself, to bar contradictory outcomes and ensure that things will go as she pleases. These are often rather simple, seeking to help Jophiel avoid being struck, or even missing, and though they aren’t foolproof, they often do the trick. These truths can be vague or specific, and can be used to alter the structure of Jophiel’s body and soul in various ways, limited only by her imagination. Used on the offensive and inserted into her opponents, Jophiel can confirm her own truths with supporting ones within them, forcing them to miss, to be struck, and potentially even to die after a certain amount of time.
Jophiel’s truths do not need to have any triggers and may just instantly take effect, causing an opponent to suddenly bear wounds from attacks they never took, be transported against their will, and so on. They can be used to prevent the usage of certain abilities, or force their usage. At their most powerful, a truth can be used to instantly kill an opponent by arguing that they are already “dead”, altering their concepts and forcing them to comply, erasing them from existence. This is a powerful weapon, but it is not as powerful as its basis, Mastema’s own death magic. Jophiel instead uses it as a finishing move when the opportunity presents itself, rather than exerting constant pressure through sheer killing power as Mastema does.
- Particle Impermanence: One of Jophiel’s favored truths, the simple fact that “you are nothing to me”, which reduces her target to a much weaker form that befits something so insignificant. Their power is forced down by a substantial margin - while it may not reduce her opponent to the level of even a weak, normal human, it is still a substantial drop in power that makes them completely incapable of harming her, negating their supernatural traits and forcing them to comply with Reality.
Jophiel can apply this truth to any of her attacks and can affect an opponent with it multiple times at once, causing it to greatly grow in potency. At high enough concentrations, it can reduce an opponent to the level of a normal human, if not even lower, potentially causing them to degrade into something that can’t even compare to a virus.
Inner World Operator: The inversion of World Operator. While World Operator is the magic of world programming, Inner World Operator is instead directed inwards, focusing on programming souls and, as implied by the name, inner worlds. It is a magic no less complex than World Operator, necessitating extensive knowledge of spiritual mechanics to utilize, but in turn, grants an immense amount of power over the soul.
While she’s explored all the magic she possibly could, Inner World Operator is a magic that has received a significant amount of attention from Jophiel, making it one of her realms of expertise. With Raziel’s help, Jophiel turned her studies on souls and inner worlds on everyone she could, and eventually on herself, using it for the purpose of increasingly extensive self-modification.
Ultimately, she used this knowledge to completely recreate herself, altering her soul so much that she became an entirely different person with a whole new inner world, one she created and designed herself. Jophiel can of course turn this knowledge onto others, altering and rewriting concepts as she pleases. Her specialty, however, is in self-modification and empowerment, something her heavily modified inner world reflects.
- Array Realignment: Jophiel can perform rapid, minute changes to an opponent's soul to interfere with the flow of magical energy and emotion, making magic more difficult to use and control. With a bit more focus, she can perform more extensive modifications, surgically realigning an opponent's spiritual network to interfere with its functions as much as possible. This can make magic nearly impossible to use, and may have deadly side effects if the pathways are altered to lead to vulnerable parts of the soul.
- Ego Compress: Jophiel can intensify the ego pressure her soul emits, allowing it to reassert her personal reality more easily, heal faster, and prevent attempts at soul manipulation. It can also more violently counter such attempts if Jophiel suddenly ramps up the pressure just as an opponent reaches inside. This will likely sever, if not completely annihilate, a portion of the invader’s consciousness, whichever bit got cut off inside. It can potentially even destroy physical things, such as limbs and weapons, if it catches them.
- Ego Stabilizer: Jophiel can project a barrier into her own inner world to provide protection and keep it stable in a pinch. This barrier takes the shape of her personal reality and patches up any holes, allowing her to escape death and heal properly when in dire straits. It can also be used to block attacks, but it is best utilized for healing purposes and preventing an ego collapse.
- Identity Corrosion: Jophiel can sabotage her target’s inner world to make it just a bit more unhealthy. In mild cases, this can just make things less efficient, not as powerful, and/or more difficult. If given a chance, though, Jophiel can produce more severe complications, such as a self-destructive streak that leads to spiritual backlash from spell use. Of course, this negatively impacts the victim’s mentality no matter what, which can in itself be the deciding factor of a fight.
- Inner World Extraction: Jophiel can neatly dissect an opponent and pull out their inner world, leaving them to die while she keeps their inner world, permanently preserved in frozen time, for research purposes. Refined by using Infinity Perception on Observer’s Poaching, this skill is highly useful when it comes to gathering information and studying inner worlds. However, it is always fatal, not that Jophiel particularly cares.
- Null Operation: The ability to spiritually operate on beings without souls. Such entities aren't exactly rare, but they unsurprisingly function differently, requiring any Inner World Operator to have a specialized set of knowledge and experience if they want to be able to dissect them normally. After years of rather unsavory experimentation upon a variety of soulless beings, Jophiel developed an extensive understanding of their functions, allowing her to operate on them just as competently as she could on any ordinary soul.
- Spiritual Decompression Bomb: A malicious, subtle curse program that, when analyzed or decompressed, reveals itself to be containing a ridiculous amount of useless information. So much, in fact, that the sheer amount of processing power needed can cause the soul to freeze up. Even worse, when injected into a soul, the bomb’s ‘detonation’ can completely overwrite its host’s inner world, killing them.
While perfectly usable as attacks, these bombs are best utilized as traps meant to catch anyone who tries to analyze Jophiel’s soul or spells, causing their software to hang and leaving them vulnerable to counterattack. Jophiel’s decompression bombs are incredibly sophisticated, built to foil attempts at detecting and avoiding them before it’s too late. At which point they mentally compel victims to try and complete the process anyways, rather than try and back out to avoid the consequences.
- Heartbreak Trigger: One of Jophiel’s most powerful abilities, a spell that, in most situations, will net a certain kill in the most horrific of ways, but one that can only be used under certain conditions. Jophiel must reach deep into her opponent’s soul to use this magic, and forcibly dredge up the deep, buried memories within them, to remind them how low they once were.
Each injury and all trauma that remains recorded by their soul is materialized on Jophiel’s opponent at once. Even something as little as a papercut returns to split the skin, slicing even the soul, and even if the victim may have forgotten or repressed some wounds, the soul remembers unless they have completely wiped it away. While all these physical and spiritual wounds can be crippling, the real kicker is the trauma itself. Any injury associated with trauma brings with it the memories, in pristine detail, every sensation and feeling. For those who have lived hard lives, every traumatic experience seems to happen at once.
Most opponents would die instantly just from the shock and harm of their wounds returning, but the resurgence of trauma digs it in deeper, with all but the strongest-willed buckling under the weight, driven into a suicidal despair and horror so intense that their injuries are irrelevant. After all, they simply will themselves to death.
- Paracosm Phantasmagoria: The pinnacle of hallucinatory magic, an illusion that inverts the inner world rather than merely fool around with any of its target’s conventional senses. This draws them into their own consciousness and traps them within, a combination of an illusion and seal, allowing Jophiel to peruse their memories or put them out of their misery. As long as the spell is active, the victim is subject to a perfect illusion that can draw upon all their thoughts, memories, wishes, and fears to replicate the outside world.
Jophiel has complete control of the specifics; her illusions can be complex, realistic, and subtle, acting over the course of what feels like lifetimes, or nightmarish, seemingly impossible fever dreams. She can make victims relive parts of their lives, or potentially the whole thing, show other possible outcomes, create completely false scenarios, control their actions and force them to follow an unpleasant “script”, or concoct various scenes that acknowledge their unreality but subject the victim to perfectly lifelike torture anyways. She can alter their perception of time during this illusion as well, making them experience what is just moments in reality as years upon years of falsehoods.
Even if her victim knows it’s an illusion, breaking out without outside help is so difficult that it’s nearly impossible. Magic can be barred by Jophiel with ease, and she can control any magic that she lets through anyways. Analyzing the spell while under its effects is extremely challenging, and Jophiel can stomp out such thoughts anyways. If her opponent does escape the illusion, they are likely to unknowingly be caught in another layer, of which there are millions in Jophiel’s case.
As these illusions are realized within the inner world of a victim, the fundamental, conceptual basis of their existence, their effects are reflected in full force on both their body and soul. While normal illusions can harm the victim through shock or suggestion, Paracosm Phantasmagoria can do so outright and can kill them with ease. All the energy needed for the illusion is derived from the victim themself, and the strain of this alone can be lethal.
World Operator: The magic of world programming, which allows Jophiel 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 Jophiel can twist even probability, quantum mechanics, and mathematics.
As an archangel, Jophiel was programmed with a wealth of knowledge on the physical universe and how it functions, making her a natural World Operator. Of course, the passionate scientist she is, Jophiel went on to greatly expand on her World Operator knowledge, becoming one of the best in Heaven.
- Akashic Record: Jophiel 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, Jophiel can greatly compress even the largest banks of information without losing any data, allowing for much, much faster processing and vast storage space.
- Bit Contraction / Expansion: Jophiel can change the length of actions, either increasing or decreasing the amount of time it takes to perform a certain action. For example, she can make instant attacks take a quantifiable amount of time, or do the opposite to have one of her attacks occur instantly. Or she can infinitely extend the amount of time it takes for an opponent to move or think, leaving them helpless.
This can be used to extend the amount of time it would take a dying person to pass on and truly die, and Jophiel can use it on herself in such a situation, but not to such a degree that death could be staved off through that alone. It will inevitably catch up, faster and faster, without medical attention. She could also do the opposite to ensure someone dies faster.
- Dimensional Sequester: Jophiel 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 Jophiel can adjust things to prevent transdimensional teleportation as well.
- Fall: As the Archangel of Knowledge, Jophiel can, with the utmost of ease, strip an angel of their halo and wings, resulting in their Fall from Heaven, into the form of a fallen angel.
- Phase Shift: Jophiel operates on surrounding space to compact, introduce, and/or remove dimensions, allowing her to vastly expand her field of movement while limiting her opponents’. Through this, Jophiel can control her own dimensional structure, taking on new dimensions to move in a variety of impossible ways and attack from many newly-formed angles at once, while shedding them to avoid retaliation.
This also inhibits her opponents, as Jophiel can divert their attacks to other dimensions, and she can even collapse these dimensions to shrink things down to the Planck scale. Or she could simply erase them and leave nothing behind.
- Judicator: Masterful World Operator that she is, Jophiel can control and create laws, applying them over a wide area, as wide as all of Heaven, even, if she so pleases. This refers to both conventional physical laws and magical ones, including the conceptual weapons utilized by Heaven. While Yaldabaoth utilized her law to do so, Jophiel needs only her will. Through her own will, she refined and created her own law, Nanael, though this used the original Raziel’s code as a basis. She’s perfectly capable of making laws from scratch.
Any attempt to go against these laws is impossible without using magic to twist and break them, just as it is impossible to go against the laws of physics. Even with magic, due to Jophiel’s immense power, doing so is highly difficult. She can use her laws to prevent movement, bar others from speaking or looking at her, or even just entertaining thoughts of opposition, let alone actually opposing her, and deny any advantages they may have. Laws of this scale cannot be layered over as wide an area as Heaven, however.
If someone manages to break one of Jophiel’s laws, they’ll be punished appropriately, by a brutal magical backlash that fries their soul using Inner World Operator.
- System Administrator: Jophiel’s position as an archangel allows her to easily interface with and even control the universal cloud of data, information, and angelic thoughts that is Yesod. In Heaven, Yesod connects to all computers and angels and acts as the foundation for their communications system, almost like a hive mind that all angels instinctively use to communicate and share information. It functions on a multi-dimensional scale, with higher-ranking, more secretive channels existing on different frequencies and dimensions.
Due to her intelligence, authority, and knowledge of Yesod’s systems, Jophiel has access to most of Yesod’s communication channels, and can use them to enter into and read the minds of nearly any angel in Heaven, to gather information and keep tabs on her underlings, potentially copying techniques from their minds and souls. Her willpower is even strong enough to completely overtake the minds of many angels at once through Yesod, turning them to her side regardless of their past affiliations. Jophiel can even move through Yesod, transmitting herself across its multiple dimensions and controlling her own dimensional structure.
Yesod can also be used as a foundation for World Operator, as it is integrated into Heaven’s base reality and can thus be programmed to reprogram and manipulate parts of Heaven. While Jophiel can use Yesod as a medium for many of her powers, she does not need it to do so and can easily manipulate similar networks and clouds in the same way.
Nanael: Jophiel’s current law, derived from the structure of the original Raziel, modified and transformed into an entirely new beast. This is one of Jophiel’s many attempts to improve on Raziel and create a better, stronger law that would be more useful as a weapon, and not merely a supportive tool. It is no longer the law of secrets - now, it is the law of answers, created to match the highest law in all of Heaven, the Spear of Destiny. While it has failed in that, it remains an extremely powerful weapon, an incarnated law that few can stand against. As with all laws, Nanael is stored in Jophiel’s soul as information, and she can thus materialize it if it is destroyed or misplaced. Manifested, it takes the form of an ornate polearm, similar to the Spear of Destiny, but much more elaborate.
In this true form, within Jophiel’s soul, Nanael takes on a structure similar to the original law, existing as an evolving multi-dimensional computing system that supports Jophiel and her own processing abilities, interfacing with her Fruit of Life to do so. Unlike the original, however, Nanael lacks any sentience, and is completely subject to Jophiel’s will and absolute control. Rather than putting this power to use in the development and improvement of her weapons - though she can certainly do this - Jophiel uses Nanael’s immense computational abilities to manipulate the outside world in a variety of ways, choosing to “answer” questions regarding the future with the results she desires.
Often, Jophiel uses this to partially replicate the Spear of Destiny, using Nanael to warp reality and kill a target as quickly and cleanly as possible, with one assuredly lethal strike. Each swing of this weapon brings with it a complex series of calculations, meant to predict every potential outcome and ensure the one Jophiel desires most - that is, her opponent’s death at her hands. This possibility is forced onto her opponent, an answer to the uncertainty of the future. Struck by Nanael, most opponents are rendered into a mathematical and scientific impossibility, and lose their body and soul to the crushing force of reality.
Much like the Spear of Destiny, Nanael can alter reality in a number of ways to ensure this single lethal strike lands, such as bending space or erasing distance, picking apart causality to strike in an instant between instants or simply ensuring the lethal blow is the effect of any given action, altering probability, and warping time. This is accomplished through its own computing power, however, and though Jophiel can still use Logos to manifest it within a foe, she’s not as skilled in its use as Mastema.
Logos: Logos is a heavenly martial art, system of magic, and philosophy developed by Yaldabaoth and spread throughout Heaven. Dedicated to controlling the totality of one’s being and using it in its entirety in combat, Logos is an instinctive fallback for angels, who have its foundation programmed into them. Logos works by clearing the user’s mind, sweeping away their emotions and identity for a time so that they can better focus on combat, making it difficult for angels to form stable identities and properly process emotions. As they generally lack any strong identities or emotions by default, angels are incredibly well-suited to the use of Logos.
With this supernatural concentration and the powerful will behind it, Logos revolves around transcending physical attacks and instead relying on pure magical attacks. The user simply wills that their target is struck, and they are, by an instantaneous force with no physical component. These cannot be responded to by normal means, instead requiring magical defenses and accurate predictions to counter them. In combat, a user utilizes both physical and pure magic, so an opponent must defend themselves on both a physical and magical level at once.
The foundation of Logos goes against everything Jophiel believes in; erasing one’s self and clearing their mind for the sake of combat is something Jophiel has no interest in doing. So, while she is a master of Logos, she uses only the parts that prove useful to her and discards the rest. While Jophiel may not be on the level of many of her siblings, she is still incredibly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and can expertly weave Logos’ use into her combat style.
- Natural Reasoning: A deep understanding of Logos’ functions and a sense for its use, developed over the course of many years of experience. While not a specialist in its use, Jophiel’s dealt with it enough that she can accurately predict how opponents will use it and react appropriately, even when it’s exercised on a massive scale and in huge quantities. She’s not a master of the art, though, so some will inevitably slip through.
Maverick System: The base stage of Jophiel’s inner world, which she has extensively modified, ultimately completely recreating it to abandon her past weakness. It is extremely unique and unusual in structure, the product of several million years of work, something that brands Jophiel as a unique, one-of-a-kind angel. Subject to her own creative vision, need for individualism, and the encroachment of one law after the other, Jophiel’s inner world has become a complex computing system that spreads throughout the totality of her existence. She can control this in its entirety, and it is perpetually active - but not at full throttle.
Flexing her control over her soul, Jophiel can modify its structure on the fly to adapt to circumstances and shapeshift at will. In any given situation, Jophiel will use her inner world to constantly improve on herself, becoming stronger and better suited to different conditions. While Maverick System can automatically respond and adapt, Jophiel still typically exerts her influence to consciously control its activity. Her inner world is ultimately modular in nature, and though she improvises using it constantly, she also has a number of pre-prepared “mods” for different things she’s anticipated or dealt with before. Many of these mods are derived from things she witnessed in the hands of her opponents, especially other inner worlds, and decided to use for herself. This is ultimately a replication of Raziel’s functions, but developed by Jophiel’s lone efforts, so that she no longer has to depend on her original law. As a result, Maverick System is a huge point of pride for Jophiel, who considers it perhaps her greatest achievement, a sign of her brilliance and individualism.
Jophiel can use Maverick System to realize a large variety of changes, even making more major changes to the structure of her own inner world if necessary, though this takes quite a bit more time and focus to properly execute. What would be a versatile tool on its own is rendered all the more impressive by Jophiel’s mastery of Inner World Operator, which allows her to properly carry out her vision. In addition, as Nanael is integrated into her soul, Jophiel can control it with greater precision than most who wield laws, using it defensively to nullify the effects of attacks and magic against her by dispelling them into scientific impossibilities.
Besides the aforementioned Infinity Perception, Jophiel’s “mods” include;
- Death Driver: The manifestation of Jophiel’s intense desire to surpass her eldest sister and rise to the top of Heaven. As long as Jophiel’s rivalry goes unresolved - as long as Mastema remains alive and Jophiel has not defeated her - she will simply refuse to die. Regardless of injury, she will stubbornly endure and recover, desperately pushing past every failure and distraction so that she can reach her greatest goal. However, this ability has its weaknesses, and its greatest one is one that Jophiel is not aware of at all. While it may support Jophiel in her fights against anyone else, when her opponent is Mastema herself, it provides nothing at all. After all, Jophiel would prefer death to any alternative if she was defeated by the one she wants so desperately to surpass.
- Full Throttle: When necessary, Jophiel can kick her inner world into gear, activating it in earnest, though its effects remain contained to her body. In this state, Jophiel’s capabilities skyrocket, rendering her much stronger and allowing her to fully transcend the base definition of angel to become more, something that can only be described as “Jophiel”. In addition, she fuses with her own law, unconsciously imitating Lucifer’s inner world and fusion with Tabris, applying its effects to her every action. In essence, once she’s pushed herself to full throttle, Jophiel becomes an answer to the uncertainty of the future, an unstoppable force that dictates what does and doesn’t happen.
While its effects are initially limited to Jophiel, it slowly spreads to her surroundings, integrating them into her Maverick System and forcing them to follow along with her actions. In addition, having essentially become a law thanks to her fusion with Nanael, Jophiel can force her will onto her surroundings with the force of a physical law, transforming and controlling it all as she pleases. At first, it only seeps into them on a surface level, but, eventually, Maverick System will integrate itself into quantum physics, space, and time. Nanael’s support also makes harming her quite a bit more difficult, requiring magic that can break the laws of physics to do so.
Though exceedingly powerful, Jophiel can only be at full throttle for so long, and the cost will rise the longer it is active and the more territory it subjugates. Once deactivated, Jophiel’s territory retracts and she loses all of full throttle’s effects, but each time she utilizes it, her potential maximum territory grows. And at its maximum, under the right conditions, Jophiel can push it even further and activate her inner world a second time, bringing it into existence.
Maverick Advent: The complete form of Jophiel’s inner world, brought into existence as a pocket dimension, no longer contained to her own body. An unprecedented second activation, Jophiel was able to create this extension to her inner world after years of hard work. It can only be activated under certain circumstances, when Jophiel is absolutely driven to prove herself superior and is pushed to her limits. Once triggered, it wrenches open space and draws all others nearby inside, so that everyone can see her true, endless glory. All the space that she had subjugated before is drawn inside her inner world and absorbed into her being. The eye in her bell separates itself from her body and reappears to gaze down at the entirety of her inner world, blotting out the sky and showing only a massive eye.
Within this space, Jophiel is supreme. It pushes her even further than before, constantly boosting her capabilities so that she can surpass anyone else within, something that puts her under constant strain. On top of this, it allows Jophiel to assume control of other spells and abilities, choosing new targets and potentially making more significant modifications. This effect is most powerful against sources that seek to deny Jophiel’s agency and change the future, allowing Jophiel to use them for her own benefit. As with all such effects, taking control comes down to a battle of wills, one Jophiel rarely comes up short in.
On top of this, Maverick Advent retains all of its former effects, but at higher levels, with Infinity Perception significantly growing in strength thanks. Jophiel can freely control her incarnated inner world without much issue, and though the laws of physics are retained, she can easily further modify them for her own purposes, granting her exceptional versatility.
While her inner world remains powerful and useful against anyone, it can only showcase its full power when activated against Mastema, due to Jophiel’s single-minded obsession with surpassing her. In this state, all of its functions are constantly pushed to their limits and will refuse to slow down or stop until either Jophiel or Mastema are dead.
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 mages.
- Relative Lightspeed: A common form of Override Sigil that is ultimately developed in some form or another by most mages as they increase in power and speed. Normally, it would be impossible for even an incredibly powerful and willful mage 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.