A former soldier, Logos went on to become the leader of a team of agents who developed Yaldabaoth, intending to use her to stabilize the situation in his home universe of Pleroma.
It didn't go well for him.
In the universe known as Pleroma, one day, a seraph named Logos was born. He wasn’t born to anyone of note, and was even less noteworthy than his already unremarkable parents. The climate he was born into, however, was one of many unstable periods in Pleroma’s history, and the quiet Logos had a harsh upbringing, something that left him simmering with a slowly growing anger as he grew into an adult. And as these tensions exploded into a civil war, the still rather young, yet so tired Logos found himself participating as a soldier.
War, of course, was far from pleasant. Logos watched people he knew die again and again, and killed in return, again and again, all for reasons a neglected, undereducated person such as himself didn’t really understand. For things he didn’t value, even. And though he survived, even thriving in the war on account of some innate knack for violence, and the rage within him, when all was said and done, an already asocial man was left with no family, no friends, and no home. Despite fighting and sacrificing so much for this system, for things he didn’t care about, Logos was abandoned. Angry and bitter, Logos felt exploited by a higher class that had never known danger or hardship like he had, and he began to develop his own beliefs, dreaming of the day when he could overthrow such a corrupt and callous government.
And he could do better, himself, afterwards. Rather than sell his soul out to those who would use him, Logos would achieve his goals through his own abilities and force, and to this end, he climbed up the social ladder that he despised. He leveraged his every skill and accomplishment in his favor, developing a sort of charisma that few people could properly pull off, and he became someone. Because of his service, as awful as it had been, and because of his growing knowledge in physical magic, and because of the personality that brought it all together, Logos gained allies, followers, and respect, things he had coveted for a very long time.
In this political scene, higher in society than he had ever imagined, Logos met a certain woman who he quickly became infatuated with. An Inner World Operator named Sophia, an older woman who followed the opposite discipline and had lived the exact opposite sort of life. She had always been something, born into a life of security and affluence, while Logos had risen up from the dirt and worked hard for everything he had. And though he felt he should hate her, their interactions left him wanting. Not only was he interested in her, but she was smart, charming, popular, and well-connected. Getting her on his side, to support his goals, would be a major accomplishment, and so he was stubborn about his beliefs in their conversations.
And though it took quite a while, Sophia began to agree, and warmed up to him, joining his cause. In fact, they grew quite close, and Logos was quickly surprised to find himself in a relationship with her. She provided quite a lot of help, thanks to her experience with politics, but it wasn’t quite enough. Logos wasn’t able to get the progress that he desired, even with the successes he got. People were stubborn, and the system was stubborn, too. It wasn’t enough. It was then that Sophia surprised Logos, with an idea he was disappointed he hadn’t come up with himself. To create a weapon that could forcibly control Pleroma and stabilize the situation, a figurehead that could act as a divine figure while Logos himself held the true power. He loved it, of course, and with as many talented agents at his disposal as he had, they could go about secretly preparing this false god.
Though Sophia handled most of the work herself, Logos, and five other agents he hand-picked for the process, provided assistance in the form of their own specialties. Logos himself helped out quite a bit, as his great skill in World Operator were vital to create a powerful inner world that could properly interface with and control the physical universe. Sophia referenced his inner world for this, using his knowledge to improve her creation, and the resulting being grew to resemble both of her “parents”.
While Sophia worked, Logos still dealt with things in Pleroma, and struggled to gain power normally as the unstable situation ebbed and flowed. He seized some opportunities, while others eluded him, lost to rivals, the passage of time, and to internal feuds. It made him impatient, and he hurried Sophia’s work, wanting to skip to the part he wanted most, when he could fix this broken world, and revert it all to a true paradise, untainted by the passage of time. Sophia’s creation, Yaldabaoth, something she regarded as a child of sorts, was birthed and left to her own devices in another universe, where her creator would watch over her.
Meanwhile, things in Pleroma were escalating again, and as they erupted into all-out war, Logos threw himself into it gleefully, waiting for Yaldabaoth to complete her development and become useful. But, when the slightest unknown variable, a small group of demons, ended up in Yaldabaoth’s universe, Sophia and Logos had no choice but to intervene. At this point, they came face to face with their creation, their daughter - who reacted with delusional, panicked violence at the thought that she was not a self-generated god.
It was the final fight of Logos’ life, and quickly carried over into Pleroma, where Yaldabaoth wreaked untold devastation, killing the majority of her creators in mere moments. Sophia, whose work on her own soul had made her exceptionally hardy, survived, while, thanks to his inner world, Logos was able to stay standing. He was able to actually put up a fight against Yaldabaoth, unlike all his peers and so many others, but…
In the end, it wasn’t enough, and Logos burned out under the strain of his own inner world, dying in glorious, noble one-on-one combat - something he had always wished for. Sophia would attempt to recreate him many times over, but nothing she made could truly match up to the original, and she eventually accepted his passing, with the knowledge that he was probably better off this way. She did, however, create another child, a second Logos, who would go on to bear his legacy in future conflicts.
Like all seraphs, Logos' form is one that varies every moment, a malleable mass of magic that takes whatever shape is appropriate for the situation. He never ran into any humans in his life, having lived and died long before the universe that birthed them existed, and he had thus no reason to ever take any comprehensibly humanoid form over his true form. However, one will be described here, for convenience's sake, and also because I want to.
In this hypothetical human form, Logos greatly resembles his successor, the current Logos who shares his name. A bit shorter, yes, but he shares their tendency to slouch around, at nearly all times, a habit that Sophia never corrected in his case. He’s pretty lightly built and tanned, too, seeming scrawny, but a closer look would reveal that he’s quite a bit more wiry and muscular than he appears, bearing a toned body produced by years of conflict. His hands, though worn by physical work, are on the small side. Such wear and tear is present all over Logos' body, which is covered in a plethora of scars, each of which he bears proudly. Logos' hair is remarkably similar to his successor's, a shaggy mess of black that nearly reaches his shoulders, almost a mullet and constantly mussed up even worse by his wife's affectionate headpats and ruffling. But rather than the distinctive red eyes of his child, inherited from their mother, Logos' eyes are dark brown, of a deep and intense shade, with brows seemingly tailor-made for scowling. Though typically kept obscured, Logos’ seraphic wings are silvery grey with slight hints of red, and much bigger than one might expect for his short height.
When it comes to clothing (an even bigger and stupider hypothetical), Logos would absolutely not give a shit. Any clothing he'd willingly wear would be casual and lazy, though Sophia would certainly struggle to stuff him into more presentable clothing for more formal events. And yes, she'd almost always succeed, but Logos would grumble and complain all the while, suffering by squeezing himself into such detestable clothing. Logos would much rather prefer to wear a distinctively weathered and worn down military jacket along with a plain shirt, plain pants (jeans are fine), and plain sneakers. While he'd prefer his military jacket, he'd wear most jackets without much complaint, though he is a potential wearer of things like arm warmers and light jewelry.
Of course, all that is unreal, hypothetical lies. The true Logos was not some scruffy, short man with no sense of fashion. He was an incomprehensible wall of shapes and blades that cast a billion writhing shadows portraying an endless tapestry of glorious violence, a recursive, endless process of annihilation.
Though, to a seraph, this got across much the same impression.
To put it rather bluntly, Logos was the exact opposite of his better half. Sophia was a kind, outgoing, slightly smug woman, and Logos was an abrasive, rude man who preferred to spend as much time alone as possible. Cursed with an explosively short temper, Logos was stubbornly passionate and driven, the sort of ambitious man who could never dawdle when there was work to be done. The unflinching confidence, raw force of personality, and conviction that drove him onwards was something that many found charismatic, despite his often disagreeable personality. Indeed, despite appearances, Logos was truly an introspective, thoughtful perfectionist who acted only after great, careful deliberation and thought. When he was younger, he had aspired to pursue sciences and become an agent, all for his ambitions, but those plans of his never materialized as he had wanted. Instead, he was plagued by years of built-up resentment and anger, on top of a fixation on violence and combat, things that eventually led to his death at the hands of his own 'daughter'.
Near perpetually ornery and sour, Logos was the special sort of person who could pick a fight with basically anyone if he tried. He was quick to go after others, offering derision and insults in response to small slights, though he was just as fast to offer praise in response to a job well-done. Logos just had very high standards, applied to all things in his life, from himself to his allies, and he was never afraid to make his opinion known. Much of the time, though, all he wanted to do was be alone. He particularly enjoyed being in nature, as well as physical work (or at least as physical as things can get for a seraph), things that he indulged in to calm himself down, and when he wanted to think. To him, social obligations were an unpleasant, hellish landscape of rules and habits that he cared little for, and the more time he spent dealing with them, the more tired and angry he got. At first, for obvious reasons, Logos was a friendless loner, but he slowly found ways to charismatically make use of his determination, honesty, and passion. Not that this got him a whole lot of friends. Allies, yes, but he was still rather hard to deal with on a personal level, something that would never change even as he figured out what to say and do.
A man of strong convictions and rigid morals, beliefs he developed in the wake of his military service, when he found he had lost what little ability to socialize he had. With plenty of time to himself, Logos came to his own conclusions on the world around him, on the seemingly endless cyclic wars that plagued Pleroma, and decided that he would one day put an end to them. He was deeply resentful of the rest of Pleroma, particularly the government and the highest elements of society, and sought to make things better for those abandoned at the bottom of the social ladder. For this purpose, Logos climbed up the ranks and integrated himself into higher culture, all to eclipse his miserable roots, and then make things better, for at least some people. Such ambition was the core of what controlled him. He greatly desired power and influence, something he never had in his youth, and he wanted to get it by any means necessary. This desire was fully validated by his morals, leaving him self-righteous and prone to lectures. Compromise was never possible for him. Especially not when he was equipped with as large of an ego as he was, by this point. He was to be a hero, an eternal underdog who tore down everything in his way, starting with the authority that had strangled him.
Logos' seemingly impulsive, violent exterior was an exaggerated aspect of his personality, meant to obscure his true nature as thoughtful and deliberate. He only rarely acted on impulse for real, usually in bursts of intense anger, and once he cooled off he would be left disgusted with himself, feeling lesser for it. This was one of the reasons he preferred to keep to himself, spending much of his time thinking over everything he believed and did. He figured he knew himself rather well, but often had difficulties handling his emotions, especially when dealing with others. Romance in particular eluded him for most of his life, something that he brushed off even though it frustrated him deeply. Logos never really knew how to properly express his emotions, and had an exceptionally hard time cooling off and putting an end to his aggressive behavior. Sophia slowly pulled down this wall over the course of years, and thus got to see a vulnerable, open, and sometimes even sweet side to him, though he was often cagey and easily irritated. Even more easily embarrassed, too, which Sophia relentlesly provoked.
For the most part, Logos' youth was a very difficult and unpleasant time for him, but he couldn't stop himself from longing for its sweeter moments, and wishing that he had been born into a more prosperous past era, rather than the world he had no choice but to deal with. But he could never truly get there, and the many miserable periods of his life left Logos nearly always tired and angry. He felt abandoned, used, and then abandoned again, a life that seemingly looped and denied him any true happiness. In some aspects, it only got worse. The war that defined him left Logos stained in blood, with a craving for violence, which at first disgusted and horrified him. But when he bought into other trains of thought and began thinking about his actions, Logos was able to validate this joy, and he eventually started to see violence as a pure and natural thing. Something noble, to be approached with a sense of honor. From that point on, Logos began to chase fights with equals, particularly those he had strong personal tension with, seeking out rivalries, all so that he could end them and prove himself the better, even if through underhanded tactics.
It was this love of his that led to his deepest desire. He never discussed it that often, even with Sophia, but Logos craved to one day die in combat with an equal, feeling that such a death would be heroic, noble, and respectable. The only proper way for a true legend, a true hero, to die. This was exacerbated by his harsh life, as anger and exhaustion caused him to slowly grow tired of all he did and all he fought for, so tired even though he continued to fight and do everything he could to survive. In the end, he got what he wanted, more or less, and when Sophia finally accepted his passing, she acknowledged that he was probably happier this way anyways.
Powers and Statistics
Tier: 4-A, potentially up to High 3-A with Reaper Elysium, Low 2-C with New Epoch Genesis
Powers and Abilities:
Genius Intelligence, Master Martial Artist, Instinctive Reaction, Black Hole Manipulation, Causality Manipulation, Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; Logos' magic affects and destroys opponents on a conceptual level, and he can alter these concepts in a number of ways), Curse Manipulation, Death Manipulation (Logos' murderous intent makes each attack and spell extraordinarily lethal, meaning even a glancing blow could potentially cause instant death), Fate Manipulation (Logos can install events into the past or future, on a universal or personal scale, to make them fated, and he can recur fate itself to previous states. Hamartia also affects fate, dooming victims to self-destruct as a result of their own failings), Gravity Manipulation, Information Manipulation and Analysis (Logos can easily analyze complex spells, and he can mathematically model souls, reading them as if they were physical phenomena), Higher-Dimensional Manipulation (Can manipulate and transmit information through higher spatial dimensions, and create multidimensional constructs), Law Manipulation (Logos can alter, control, create, and destroy laws), Magnetism Manipulation, Mathematics Manipulation (Logos can alter mathematics and how math affects the world using World Operator), Mind Manipulation, Physics Manipulation (Logos can control and reprogram physics with World Operator, and he can force souls to comply with physics using Rationalize Heart), Pocket Reality Manipulation, Probability Manipulation, Quantum Manipulation, Sense Manipulation, Size Manipulation (Logos can control the dimensions of objects and beings, potentially compacting them down to the Planck scale), Soul Manipulation (All his attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body), Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation (Can manipulate time in a variety of ways, accelerating, erasing, reversing, skipping, slowing, and stopping it on command, specializing in recurring and looping it specifically), Absorption (Logos can absorb magical energy and use it for his own purposes), Danmaku, Dimensional Travel, Duplication (Logos can summon his past selves as phantasmal duplicates that will repeat past actions), Incorporeality/Intangibility (Immaterial; Logos is made out of magic and immune to conventional physical harm), Portal Creation, Power Modification (Using Hamartia, Logos can affect the spiritual root of another agent's abilities, changing how their inner world expresses itself, making them more unhealthy), Power Nullification (Logos can recur time to erase magic, applying reality pressure in the process, and his inner world cuts off all attempts at escape, rendering teleportation and other transdimensional attempts at movement useless), Limited Precognition (While he predates the martial art that was named after him, Logos could still react to billions of attacks delivered through its use before any of them happen, due to a familiarity with similar forms of combat), Sealing, Shapeshifting, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation, Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (Low-Godly; can regenerate from just the data of his soul)
Magic (The magic used by agents is a process of making their Fantasy into Reality), Extrasensory Perception (Agents maintain a constant, perfect, and precise image of their surroundings by analyzing them through magic), Self-Sustenance (Types 1, 2, and 3; vital processes such as breathing, drinking, eating, and sleeping are alien and unnecessary for Logos), 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), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant, and Reaper Elysium scales the power of its effects to that of Logos' opponents. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of Logos' soul, causing beneficial mutations in his attacks, allowing them to slip through adaptive defenses and specialized counters), 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: Multi-Solar System level (Using Massacre Recursion, Logos can loop his own attacks over a grand scale, potentially obliterating many light years of space all at once, and he can manifest multiple such walls of looping violence), potentially up to High Universe level with Reaper Elysium (At its strongest, though the process pushed him to his limit, Logos' inner world scaled up to match Yaldabaoth, shutting out the influence of her inner world and preventing her from encroaching on his "territory", though its effects are more hax than straightforwardly destructive), Universe level+ with New Epoch Genesis (Logos can accelerate or reverse time on a universe scale, increasingly rapidly, to bring it to either its beginning or end and recreate it all).
Speed: Massively FTL+ (Much faster than the likes of EQUINOX and SOLSTICE following the latter's reappearance and upgrade. Can travel interstellar distances extremely rapidly, and can keep up with opponents who can escape the kill range of Massacre Recursion before he attacks), potentially higher with Reaper Elysium (If necessary, Logos' inner world will dilate his perception of time by an increasing degree, allowing him to eventually keep pace with Yaldabaoth in single combat). Infinite attack speed with Bit Contraction (Logos can erase the time it takes for his attacks to occur, causing them to happen instantly).
Lifting Strength: At least Stellar (Much stronger than EQUINOX, who can lift Kyarne even when she has stellar mass), likely Multi-Stellar (Closer to Observer in power than he is to EQUINOX, and her magical mass is equivalent to that of many star systems and is enough to create a supermassive black hole).
Striking Strength: Multi-Solar System Class
Durability: Multi-Solar System level, potentially up to High Universe level with Reaper Elysium (His inner world can be used defensively, almost like a shield, altering space to block and deflect attacks, and it can do so even when Yaldabaoth is the one attacking).
Stamina: Effectively limitless. Logos has access to a functionally limitless pool of magical energy, allowing him to theoretically fight non-stop for years, and though he can be slowed down by severe injuries, he's the sort equipped with a strong willpower, one that would let him push through and keep on fighting until the bitter end.
Range: Standard melee range with normal melee attacks, Universal (Logos can magically attack any point in a universe from anywhere else in that universe, and he can easily cover intergalactic distances with his attacks, or completely encompass many light years with countless attacks all at once) to Interdimensional with magic (Logos can reach into other universes, interacting with and attacking things inside them without leaving Pleroma, and he can also telepathically communicate or teleport such distances). Universal+ with New Epoch Genesis (Using World Operator on a grand scale, Logos can rewind or accelerate the entire universe to either its beginning or end, recreating it all).
Standard Equipment: Hamartia, a conceptual weapon.
Intelligence: Supergenius. Back in his day, Logos was one of the most capable and respected seraphs in Pleroma, a man possessing exceptional skill in both combat and magic, something that his more dangerous and powerful descendants in the present have inherited from him. Possessing a knack for strategy and analysis, Logos is a thoughtful and careful fighter despite often appearing to be a reckless and violent man, carefully setting up plans and predicting his opponent's actions. Though he predates the martial art that Yaldabaoth developed and named after him, it was derived from her short experience in dealing with his own combat style, in which he carefully altered time to unleash massive fields of attacks, as well are more precise modifications and strikes. This manipulation of time made for the basis of Logos' exploration of World Operator, a magic that he was able to utilize better than any other seraph in Pleroma, having developed his skills in it through combat, not just in a lab. Thanks to this knowledge, Logos has a vast understanding of mathematics and physics, enough so that he can mathematically model souls, and he contributed greatly to Yaldabaoth's construction, even creating the physical basis of her inner world and what would one day become the first of Heaven's laws.
Weaknesses: New Epoch Genesis' use will greatly strain and injure Logos, and Reaper Elysium's peak will take quite the toll on him.
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.
Burning One: Logos is a seraph, a fluctuation born from the dying moments of a star, fashioned from stardust. Similar in nature to star spirits, and the ancestors of both angels and demons, seraphs are essentially magical consciousnesses, made up of only a soul. Any body they may manifest is composed of metamatter, not regular matter, a sort of condensed willpower. Their bodies are malleable things determined by their own thoughts and wills, and this unique composition means that seraphs do not interact normally with ordinary physical matter.
- Messenger: Logos can communicate telepathically regardless of language barriers and transmit information across transdimensional distances. He can also teleport such distances and open portals to other worlds.
Epoch Heart: A subdivision of World Operator focusing on the manipulation of time, the means by which Logos first ventured into the magic and the basis of his combat style. Through this magic, Logos can alter time in a variety of ways, manipulating its flow as he pleases, and with much greater potency, precision, and skill than most would be able to manage. This is thanks to his exceptional knowledge, strong will, and even his inner world, all of which come together and allow him to bend reality pressure in his favor and control time so competently, it’s almost as if it’s second nature.
No matter the change, Logos can do it. He can accelerate, compress, create, erase, loop, reverse, skip, slow, and stop time, all of them on a vast scale that most time manipulators could never hope to match. He does so by directly interfacing with time, saturating it with his willpower and forcing it to sync up with his desires. Logos alters time freely in combat, exploiting his versatility and skill to debilitate opponents while empowering himself, all through various means. Time slowing or even stopping is bad enough on its own, but it gets even worse when Logos is boosting himself through the opposite processes.
- Bit Contraction / Expansion: Logos can change the length of actions, either increasing or decreasing the amount of time it takes to perform a certain action. For example, he can make instant attacks take a quantifiable amount of time, or do the opposite to have one of his attacks occur instantly. Or he 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 Logos can use it on himself 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. He could also do the opposite to ensure someone dies faster.
- History Falsification: Logos can insert actions into the past and future of both the universe and his own soul, even doing so with opposing inner worlds if given the chance. He typically does so to manifest successful attacks on his part, creating them in the past or future as an immutable fate, though he can also use it to retroactively prevent attacks that he can’t heal normally. It can also be used to add certain actions or positions that he can loop back to with Legacy Recursion.
Though it takes significant effort on his part, Logos can even significantly change inner worlds through this ability. But he’s no Inner World Operator, preventing this from being at all practical or reliable. He’d rather leave that to Sophia.
- Legacy Recursion: Epoch Heart’s most powerful application, which allows Logos to rewind and loop time until any given target has been returned to its “natural” state. This definition of natural is a very flexible one, one that Logos will change from moment to moment as it suits him, making it misleadingly powerful and versatile. In its most basic, common form, however, it strips away magic to reinstate normalcy, applying subtle amounts of reality pressure if necessary, through incredibly precise, complex calculations. Logos can use this ability both on himself and others.
When used against his opponents, Legacy Recursion can rewind attacks to create openings, return someone to a past, less ideal location, erase spells entirely, reduce matter to its constituents (or nothing at all), loop injuries to prevent them from healing while repeating their impact over and over, and so on. He can revert a victim’s soul to a prior state, potentially sealing off their inner world entirely or returning them to their childhood - or to a state further back than even that, undoing their birth itself. If an enemy isn’t careful, this can happen in an instant. Even inner worlds can be affected and looped.
Just as significant is Logos’ ability to use it on himself. Most obviously, Logos uses it to supersede his own ego pressure, instantly reverting any injuries or any unwanted changes faster than he could regenerate normally. He can control this healing perfectly, either limiting it to only small parts of his soul or just his inner world, or affecting the entire thing at once. Separately from this healing is the ability to return himself to a prior location, similar to teleporting, but something Logos can perform even faster. He does so to avoid attacks and reposition himself, often using it more subtly to correct his mistakes.
However, not all of the self-inflicted applications are defensive. In fact, the most dangerous usage Logos has is his ability to loop his own actions and attacks. He can manifest his past selves as phantoms that will repeat a given action, all while constantly repositioning them, or he can loop the actions directly, without any duplicates. When utilized on many attacks at once, Logos can create a field of looping violence, covering a massive area with attacks that will repeat again and again, until everything in his range is dead. Used properly, this Massacre Recursion has no blind spots and no gaps to squeeze through, even on a scale as small as the Planck length.
- New Epoch Genesis: The ultimate application of time magic, used to either reverse or accelerate the time of the entire universe at once, faster and faster, until it reaches either its beginning or its end, all to create a new universe. This isn’t much use in a fight, especially because the strain would push Logos to his limit and leave him in need of medical attention, but it was vital to his and Sophia’s goals of salvaging Pleroma.
World Operator: The magic of world programming, which allows Logos to reach into the fabric of space and time to bend reality and its laws to his will. This degree of magic allows for the strings of the universe itself to be used as a canvas for spellcasting, so that Logos can twist even probability, quantum mechanics, and mathematics.
Whereas Sophia devoted her entire life to studying the soul, Logos focused instead on the opposite discipline, the science of the physical world. In his time, there was no seraph as skilled in the art as he was, as there were few that could match his sheer passion for it. First derived from his usage of Epoch Heart, it has now expanded to cover all of World’s Operators bases, making him exceptionally well-rounded in its use.
- Akashic Record: Logos can back up his processing power by connecting himself to distant portions of space and time, essentially transforming portions of the space-time continuum into supportive processing units. Through this technique, Logos can greatly compress even the largest banks of information without losing any data, allowing for much, much faster processing and vast storage space.
- Dimensional Sequester: Logos lashes out at the universe around him 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 Logos can adjust things to prevent transdimensional teleportation as well.
- Hyper Singularity: Using World Operator, Logos can deform both space and time to create a black hole, an area with such great gravity that even light cannot escape. Once someone is past its event horizon, thanks to this gravity, escape is extremely difficult through any means. Space itself curves so that every path leads back to its center, the singularity, and not even time escapes its influence.
A victim can potentially escape through magical means, but it is much easier said than done, especially as a black hole’s crushing tidal forces are enough to overwhelm and cancel out magic. If one hasn’t been torn to ribbons by this, the singularity itself will almost certainly end things, exposing victims to a crushing dose of Reality and compressing them into a single, infinitely small point.
- Multiplicative Onslaught: By manipulating arithmetic, Logos can literally multiply his own attacks, turning a single strike into two, or ten, or even a hundred, all of which happen simultaneously. This allows Logos to push his offense further and further, while overwhelming any defenses through sheer volume of attacks. In an instant, Logos can create a wall of millions or even billions of attacks, annihilating most defenses in this same moment.
- Phase Shift: Logos operates on surrounding space to compact, introduce, and/or remove dimensions, allowing him to vastly expand his field of movement while limiting his opponents’. Through this, Logos can control his 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. He can even control temporal dimensions in this way.
This also inhibits his opponents, as Logos can divert their attacks to other dimensions, and he can even collapse these dimensions to shrink things down to the Planck scale. Or he could simply erase them and leave nothing behind.
- Judicator: Using his deep knowledge of World Operator, Logos can control and create laws, applying them over a wide area, as wide as an entire universe, even, if he so pleases. This is an ability only befitting of someone like Logos, who can be said to be true creator of the incarnated laws wielded by Heaven, having devised the structure of what would become Yaldabaoth’s Sefirot. But those are from far his time, so Logos instead manifests only magical and physical laws through his own will and knowledge. He could, however, quickly make his own incarnated law if he was exposed to a Heavenly one.
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 Logos’ immense power, doing so is highly difficult. He can use his laws to prevent movement, bar others from speaking or looking at him, or even just entertaining thoughts of opposition, let alone actually opposing him, and deny any advantages they may have. Laws of this scale cannot be layered over as wide an area as a universe, however.
Logos’ laws are enforced by Legacy Recursion, and will be reinstated as if through reality pressure if broken. His temporal magic will punish any such sin by attempting to loop an opponent to death if possible, or just freezing them in time indefinitely.
- Rationalize Heart: An unusual, highly complex and unique application of World Operator, used by those who can completely disregard emotions and focus only on the physical. This is an ability that Logos was able to develop after many years of research and refinement, and it’s one that takes him a fair bit of effort to use properly. It allows a World Operator to process souls and inner worlds as physical quantities and mathematically model them, turning them into something that can be concretely measured and visualized rather than the properly abstract objects they are.
Logos can then use World Operator to interface with and manipulate a soul as if it were the physical universe around him, applying the laws of physics to something that normally rejects them. It is an emulation of Inner World Operation, one that is far from perfect, being poorly suited to the more precise changes required in true soul surgery. Compared to a true Inner World Operator, Logos’ efforts are clumsy, and bound to do more harm than good. With that said, he’s likely to just use it to kill people better anyways.
As useful as this ability is, it cannot perfectly translate the soul, even with Logos’ vast knowledge. At best, Rationalize Heart’s output will be around fifty percent accurate. However, due to its unusual vectors, opponents used to fighting Inner World Operators will be incapable of defending against Logos’ soul-directed attacks in the same way. This also functions on a much higher and more complex scale than simply targeting a soul with magic that affects physics - it forces the soul to comply with them.
Hamartia: A once ordinary conceptual weapon, one of many mass-produced by seraphs in the past, given to Logos back when he was a soldier. In the years since, it has grown alongside its wielder, gaining a name and meaning beyond its original and singular purpose of simply “being sharp”. As a conceptual weapon, Hamartia’s information is contained in Logos’ soul, so even if it is destroyed or misplaced, Logos can simply rematerialize it. Its form varies depending on the situation, but, loyal to its wielder and remembering its first meaning, it always manifests as a bladed weapon of some sort, one suited towards the situation. Perhaps the form it is most suited to is that of a simple double-edged sword, with a black hilt and blade.
Although it is not a law, Hamartia is closer to that realm than any other seraphic conceptual weapon wielded during Logos’ time, and could’ve perhaps evolved to become one if Logos had just a little bit more time. It embodies and communicates the idea of weakness, of inevitable and universal failings. As a weapon, Hamartia is intrinsically destructive, shearing through nearly anything with ease and leaving severe injuries that refuse to heal properly, making more and more vulnerabilities to exploit. On top of this, it impacts its victim’s capabilities, rendering them just a bit weaker and slower. Hamartia’s effects are just as useful against spells and even inner worlds, introducing faults into the process of casting, and causing souls to subtly become worse.
This last effect is its most powerful and sinister. The failings it manifests in damaged inner worlds are never alien ones - Hamartia only exaggerates what already exists in the individual, or even what once existed. It causes its victims to regress, stagnate, and become worse, giving into old, unhealthy habits and making mistakes that they shouldn’t have made again. These failures may be simply bad calls in the midst of combat with Logos, or more serious affairs that can seriously impact their goals and relationships. In the most dire situations, with victims who have received a “lethal dose” of Hamartia’s effects, they are almost certain to drag down everything they care about before dying in utter defeat. Such an outcome is a natural consequence of their mistakes, yes - but it is also dictated by Hamartia as an inevitability inherent to its victim’s story.
On top of a personal weakness, Hamartia also brings about a universal one, a fact that all things have to abide by - the reality of death. As if through reality pressure, Hamartia can and will slowly strip away anything keeping its victim from dying, even ignoring apotheosis and the soul to lock them down in their body. It is a weapon that suits a World Operator like Logos very well, one that drags its victims back down to earth and uses physical laws to bind them. In this regard, Hamartia is almost like the sister weapon to Raziel, the natural law made by Yaldabaoth for Jophiel. Where the law elevates its user, the weapon degrades its user’s opponents.
- Inverse Logos: Though it is usually manifested as such, Hamartia is no longer a singular weapon. It has quite literally grown, winding its way through all of Logos’ body and soul, and allowing him to manifest it many times over, if he so pleases. Rather than a single, humble sword, Hamartia is a veritable swarm of blades, which Logos can materialize and control over a massive range. Some of these blades seem little more than shards of glass, and others may be proper weapons, though potentially somewhat oversized.
This host of weapons is, naturally, useful on account of sheer numbers, and Logos can attack with millions of blades, or even more from many different directions at once. This does come at a downside; as each disparate blade is a piece of the complete Hamartia, the more there are, the weaker any given blade will be. Blades can be concentrated by combining them with others, or manifesting them as such, allowing them to enact their effects with greater strength. The basic blade, manifested on its own, is not necessarily a fully condensed one, but it can be, and Logos is likely to concentrate it to access its full power on and off throughout a fight.
Reaper Elysium: The inner world of a man singularly devoted to his goals, which he is to reach through the violence he craves. Deep in Logos’ soul, past years of scars, lies this world, the source of all his being, something cultivated by his experiences. It serves primarily as a medium for his specialty as a World Operator, as an inner world that does its best to mirror the universe outside him, and when fully activated, the fruits of his efforts will show themselves. Rather than open up as its own pocket dimension, as most inner worlds do upon activation, Reaper Elysium integrates itself with its surroundings and manifests an appropriate landscape.
It first works by using Legacy Recursion to revert the world to a paradisiacal state, a paradoxical process that inevitably births the bloodsoaked battlefield where Logos became the person he is today, even in universes he’s only just visited. It recalls every detail, and changes each time he uses it as its contents are damaged. Even the corpses of those who Logos killed and lost on that day so long ago are here, along with those of every person he’s killed using his inner world since then. Their corpses are left as they are, without rot, forever suspended in time, but Logos pays them no mind. Littering the landscape among them is Hamartia, in countless blades, skewering the occasional corpse, standing embedded in the ground, and lying discarded on the earth. Here, Logos can operate on the world with greater skill and power than ever.
It’s as if Logos’ inner world has suppressed the physical world on a deeper level of reality than normally possible, allowing him to exert tremendous influence on a limited range, at least to some degree, enough to tilt things in his favor and giving him a chance of victory against any opponent. This is all for the purpose of enabling a true battle between equals, Logos’ greatest indulgence, though things are admittedly rigged in his favor; as they should be. For this purpose, all of Logos’ abilities peak, particularly Legacy Recursion, which integrates itself into the natural functions of the universe and begins to trigger passively, acting in his favor. Time and fate recur to the natural result of Logos prevailing, redacting his opponent’s actions while correcting all of Logos’ injuries and mistakes.
On the other side of things, Hamartia, too, is greatly empowered, allowing Logos to manifest the complete blade as something more - Samael, a weapon close in nature to the laws that followed it. A weapon that embodies beginnings, it is perhaps the manifestation of the natural states that Logos constantly recurs back to, on top of its normal abilities as a Hamartia sliver. In coordination with Samael, Reaper Elysium slowly and subtly begins to rewrite portions of time and its victims’ complete inner concepts, inserting entire sequences rather than single events. These are hidden away until a seemingly ordinary recursion brings Logos and his victim ‘back’ to this moment, to the beginning Samael has wedged itself into.
Obliviously thinking their actions are their own, an opponent will loyally follow the fated script Logos prepared, playing straight into his hands and being punished for it. Other, unplanned events are retroactively linked to Logos’ own actions by a complex string of causal adjustments, and thus twist to support his goals. The longer a fight goes on, the more it becomes staged and premeditated. These falsified histories chain together and loop, eventually setting the stage for a killing blow, when Logos’ opponent has been worn down enough to bring Samael’s full power out to bear. This weapon, combined with Rationalize Heart, mathematically overwrites its target’s complete individual concept with nothing but death at his hands, a beginning snuffed out just as it was given life. An entire life is reduced to a footnote, past, present, and future alike, and an inner world self-destructs, leaving nothing behind, just another triumph in Logos’ life of eternal, glorious struggle. This artificial, yet ‘natural’ destiny is one he carries out enthusiastically, backed up by reality pressure and the full weight of Samael, similar to a certain lamb.
And then, with a new corpse littering his soul, Logos retracts Reaper Elysium, fully recurring all that happened within, reversing all his injuries, and returning time to before its activation, except with his opponent already dead. After all, every past point in their life is now occupied by being killed by him. Samael has broken the loop, at least for now, to return to a better beginning.
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.