Sophia Astaphe is the only surviving member of the team that created Yaldabaoth, having developed her for use as a superweapon that could stabilize the situation in Pleroma, the home universe of all seraphs. After that went horribly wrong, Sophia ultimately turned her ambitions elsewhere, seeking to seize control of Heaven herself.
The seraph Sophia Astaphe was born into affluence and security in Pleroma, the universe where most seraphic life originated, the eldest child of a high-class, influential family. She had little to want from the moment she was born, and as she grew, she developed a passionate interest in the spiritual side of magic, the study of which she eagerly sought out. This was complicated by a civil war that broke out in Pleroma during her years spent on research, though, due to her and her family’s connections, Sophia was able to avoid the worst of what this had to bring. While others spent the war fighting for their lives and ideals, Sophia spent it researching and educating herself in relative safety.
In fact, Sophia even found herself involved in some aspects of the war, due to a certain creative spark that glimmered in her soul, which made her stand out among her peers. Her educators and family used the war and its fatalities as a chance to further her knowledge on the soul. Because of this chance at study and her innate knack for the art, Sophia’s spiritual knowledge rapidly grew. By the time the war was done, she was a notable figure in the field of soul surgery, regarded by some as a prodigy, and she continued her work, no longer a student. In the process, Sophia was able to discover her own inner world, one perfect for the development of artificial souls and new life, opening up a whole new dimension to her studies.
As this went on, Sophia did her best to ignore the instability that continued to plague Pleroma in the wake of the civil war, but she found herself involved in the ensuing politics anyways. Her parents, after all, had strong political interests, even if Sophia cared more for magical science and didn’t particularly want to get wrapped up in that sort of thing. She withdrew to focus more on her studies when she could, and suffered through the political side of the things when she couldn’t. But a younger colleague was able to sway her mind a little bit, a veteran of the civil war with the name Logos. An almost irritatingly stubborn man, Logos was only an acquaintance, an up-and-coming politician with a strong interest in the physical world, and a habit of moralizing.
At first, while she didn’t exactly dislike him, and though they got along perfectly well for the most part, Sophia often found him annoyingly self-righteous and touchy. But something about him… he had an undeniable charm, something about his prickly countenance that really appealed to Sophia. His words slowly got to her, and she found a truth in them, a truth that was more than what she had bothered with in the past. Logos wanted to fix things, and break the seemingly endless cycle of conflict and upheaval that plagued Pleroma, something Sophia was knowledgeable in even if it wasn’t really of interest to her. Not at first, anyways. Somehow, Logos was able to get her to care about it more and more, and, rather than continue to follow in her parent’s steps, Sophia fell in with the young leader.
Sophia was one of several political figures and magic specialists that Logos had managed to get on his side. In fact, the two of them were particularly close, and quickly became a couple, with Sophia aiding in Logos’ ambitions with her experience in politics. While their efforts paid off and they enjoyed success from time to time, it wasn’t enough, and Logos specifically found himself irritated by the lack of true progression. But as Sophia worked on her own projects, she had a realization, suddenly, that there was surely a better way to enact change, rather than struggle with a stubborn world and its stubborn people. Using her inner world, they could create a weapon they could control - a divine force that could reboot the world, leaving ashes for a new world to grow from, a world led by better, deserving people.
It was a difficult sell for Logos, but he eventually capitulated as things in Pleroma got worse and worse, descending into war once more. Within Sophia’s inner world, she constructed the base of this new artificial soul, the foundation of a false divinity, and Logos provided his assistance, along with that of some other close allies of his. They supplied much of their own knowledge, not just on magical matters, while Sophia carefully created an inner world based around all these things. Logos’ knowledge on the physical world was especially important, essential to the creation of something that could interface with the universe, and so she referenced his inner world a lot. It was the biggest project she ever took upon herself, one that took not just years, or decades, or centuries, but millennia of fine-tuning. And over time, the resulting being grew to resemble both of her “parents”, her two main designers.
Though Sophia had misgivings about the product, she completed her work all the same, and released her creation into a newly born universe. This “god” was named Yaldabaoth and left to her own devices, with oversight, as Logos kept on fighting in Pleroma, against the people he had so loathed. Sophia, though, spent more time on her research and monitoring Yaldabaoth than fighting, while her more combat-focused allies did what they did best. Still, Sophia didn’t see all that much of note, unaware that Yaldabaoth’s will was growing stronger every day, shutting out her creator more and more. The deepest of her thoughts would become secrets, and Sophia would be left oblivious as to the concerning nature of her development into the god she was meant to be.
The sudden appearance of demons in Yaldabaoth’s universe changed everything, however. They had run off from the chaos in Pleroma and turned up in Yaldabaoth’s home, and as unknown variables in her work, Sophia knew they had to be removed, lest they caused some critical change. But that change had already occurred, so when Sophia and Logos tried to remove them, they found that their “daughter” was far beyond the point they could control her, breaking past all her artificial limits. And when she learned of her true origins, Yaldabaoth lashed out in a shocking rage. The ensuing battle was short and violent, carrying over into Pleroma for a moment. And that moment was all Yaldabaoth needed to lay waste to it all, slaughtering nearly everyone. Only Logos was able to put up a real fight, to ensure that a critically injured Sophia could escape, and he swore that he would find his way back to her. So Sophia, alone, collapsed on a barren planet in another universe, falling into a coma. And when she awoke, many millions of years later, it was not with her beloved Logos.
She didn’t have to guess at what happened to him. It was obvious. Distraught and plagued by guilt, Sophia fell into a stagnant and apathetic life alone, a situation that only changed when she discovered what her creation had done. As if following the purpose planned for her, Yaldabaoth had created her own Seraphic Empire, Heaven, and a whole race of angels underneath her. Shocked and amazed, but more than resentful of the being who had taken everything from her, Sophia slunk closer to investigate. With her past failure weighing on her, Sophia decided that she’d have to take the steps forward to realize Logos’ vision himself, especially when Yaldabaoth’s own world was a nightmare beyond what any of them had desired.
So Sophia taught herself how to fight better than ever before, learning combat skills from the angels she observed and stealing heavenly technology to reverse engineer it. Many of these abilities had been from her old colleagues and friends, having been altered and translated by Yaldabaoth, who spread them among her followers. Who spread them in turn, to many others, among them the woman who had created their god. It felt right, poetically so, that this was the path that she would end up taking, a sort of vengeful duty to set right the worst wrong of her life. Still from a safe distance, Sophia observed the children of her own daughter, the archangels, who she could see mirrored their mother’s creators. Knowing that she would never be a born fighter like her lost love, nor like so many of the archangels, Sophia planned to turn them to her side and work her way to the top of Heaven.
This is what she’d have to do. She had attempted to recreate Logos, first to mend the feeling of loss that haunted her, and to help her in their shared ambitions, but she could never get it right. She had simply known him too well, and every copy she attempted was imperfect. Bitter, and fearing what her own inner world had done, Sophia struggled to take it further, but eventually forced herself to. Rather than cling to the past, Sophia decided she would make a more predictable and obedient variable than Yaldabaoth, someone she could refine at her own pace. This new creation of hers kept the name of Logos, in tribute to their “father”, but they were to be a child and assistant, rather than a lover. A companion, one who would help Sophia and keep her from giving into the loneliest kind of despair. She refined them time and time again, over the course of many iterations, changing their inner world and personality in accordance with her needs.
And as she did so, Sophia worked to lay a trail to her location, a series of discoveries and mysteries that would lead one of the archangels to her. Whoever was the worthiest, whoever had the gall to question Yaldabaoth’s divinity, would be the one to find this path and come to her side. As it turned out, the worthest was her firstborn, the Archangel of Justice, Mastema. This had been what Sophia had hoped. Mastema mirrored the only one of Yaldabaoth’s creators that had won any respect from her, the original Logos. She was commanding and strong, but deliberate and calm, despite the hatred that stewed inside her. Sophia made her offer to Mastema, her favored grandchild, to be a real mother, someone who would care and truly help her in making Heaven a better place.
Mastema responded with violence, gouging straight through her with the Spear of Destiny and nearly killing her in a childish, raging fit. Sophia came closer to death than ever in that moment, and Logos, who leapt in to defend their mother, did little better. They only barely managed to save her life and escape, mostly because Mastema was overwhelmed by all these revelations and wanted to get away as soon as possible herself. Logos arrived on another distant planet, and was able to save Sophia from her injuries before dying of their own wounds. Barely alive, Sophia fell into another coma, and awoke sometime later. And the first thing she did was create yet another iteration of Logos, with a new purpose in mind - opposing and killing Mastema.
Even after her healing coma, however, Sophia was still in bad condition, with the spearhead of Mastema’s law wedged deep within her inner world. Not even she could reverse the damage Mastema had caused. All she could do was alleviate the pain a little bit, and learn to live with it. Logos, increasingly becoming more of a personal assistant, helped greatly with this, and Sophia set her eyes on a whole new candidate. Jophiel, the Archangel of Knowledge, who was just as curious and passionate as the creator she mirrored. Sophia saw herself in her granddaughter, and, rather than cling to sentiment, as she had with Mastema, Sophia decided that she would keep an eye on her, and indirectly, subtly guide her towards their shared goal when possible.
Jophiel grew in accordance with her desires, shedding what held her back and growing more and more powerful. Sophia saw that she was becoming a leader, herself, someone who she could back with all her heart. And so she did. Though she could not approach Jophiel without risking Mastema catching notice and finishing her off, she could still assist from the shadows, using Logos. Pursuing the promise of the paradise the original Logos had desired, and to reclaim the family and peers she had lost, Sophia persists.
As with the rest of her family, Sophia is no human, but a magical being (in her case, a seraph) who will take on whatever guise is most appropriate for the situation, changing her shape as necessary. In her most humanly recognizable guise, Sophia is very much a tall woman, over six feet, in fact, with wonderful posture unbroken even by countless years of chronic injury and pain. She's got a solid build, with equal parts muscle and fat, even if not a whole lot of either, and long, shapely legs. Due to her now extremely secluded lifestyle, really the life of a shut-in, Sophia has very pale skin, and she has chosen to allow her body to show signs of her age, such as noticeable crow's feet.
These days, Sophia's once carefully maintained looks have become rather messy, the natural consequence of so much time spent mostly on her own, outside of the public eye. Her hair, a silvery shade of dark blue, always looks as if she only just got out of bed. It's a nest of cowlicks, curls, and thick knots, going down to her waist, with sidelocks that are just a bit shorter. She used to put a lot more effort into maintaining and styling it, often either straightening it out or doing it up into a braid, but there's now little point in going through the trouble. The one eye she has is a deep, intense red, but the right eye is gone, along with a good portion of her skull, courtesy of Mastema's Spear of Destiny.
In its place, Sophia has no choice but to wear an eyepatch and use a sort of spiritual prosthetic, bound to her soul, which also provides medical attention. Underneath, no matter what she's done, Sophia has not been able to disguise or remove the blistering, stark white scarring Mastema caused. Much of her body is covered in similar scars, but she does her best to hide it. Even with these injuries in mind, Sophia bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain "granddaughter" of hers. As she is not an angel, but a seraph, Sophia has no halo, and rarely tacks supernatural elements such as wings onto her assorted guises, but when they do show through, they show through as blades of light that arc off from her back.
On account of simply not caring how she comes across anymore, Sophia dresses very casually in her human guise. Her standard outfit is simple and functional, made up of a snugly fit tank top, a zip-up hoodie, tight but faded jeans, and, most distinctively, a pair of cowboy boots, complete with spurs. (She thinks they're cool, and will not back down on this.) The hoodie, when wrapped around her waist, obscures the omnipresent holster of her law, a massive silver revolver, which she never allows to fade back into her soul. When she prepares for combat, Sophia cleans herself up just a little, losing the sweater and replacing her tank top with a simple, slightly-wrinkled button-down shirt, typically white or blue, or some combination of the two. A pinstripe pattern of some sort is likely, as are a pair of suspenders. On occasion, Sophia wears complete suits (typically white, blue, and/or black), or elaborate dresses befitting a high-class woman, but this was far more common in the past and doesn't happen very often anymore.
Of course, in the end, this is not the truth. This is simply a shape taken for the sake of a certain purpose. In her truest form, Sophia continues to resemble her granddaughter Jophiel to some extent, though with a much sleeker, refined form. Large and ethereal, Sophia resembles a jellyfish, cast in silver and blue, with countless tentacles draped across a massive distance. While most of these tentacles are the standard, trailing fare you would expect from a jellyfish, four of them are larger, more paddle-like, capable of shaping their ends into grasping appendages. All these tentacles stem from her bell, a large, translucent thing from which a single, bright red eye stares. And for the sake of showmanship, Sophia can take this form even further, her bell peeling back as her eye blooms into a titanic figure of blue, silver, and scarlet, a feminine shape ascending from a throne of tentacles.
By virtue of simply being a reasonably pleasant and calm person, things that would be unassuming and unremarkable anywhere else, Sophia stands in stark contrast to what her family has become. Bearing a natural knack for social situations and an undeniable charm, she quickly hits it off with most of those she meets. Sophia conducts herself with the natural self-assured grace and poise of the high-class woman she once was, and remains as, something that shows through from time to time, in her smug, teasing, and sometimes condescending manner of speech. A scientist at heart, Sophia has a vested interest in the magic of the soul, as well as psychology, and she treats the two fields as one in the same, exploring them as one. But beyond this sweet exterior, Sophia is a woman of strong vision and purpose, using the pleasant parts of her personality to reel others in and reducing them to pawns. Though she may lack personal ambition, Sophia still wishes to regain her lost status, and searches for a worthy peer who can shoulder the burden of power, while she supports them from the shadows at their side.
Unlike her descendants, most of which are helplessly dramatic people who often bring more force of personality than necessary everywhere they go, Sophia doesn't do much to command attention, besides look pretty, with a kind, if somewhat condescending, manner of speech. Rather than rely on some overwhelming presence or sense of confidence, Sophia just acts normally and pleasantly, and it works well enough for her, just as it has her entire life. By nature, she's polite and casual, gracefully brushing aside compliments even as her secret ego bathes in the praise, all while navigating social situations and groups with a contagious friendliness. Her sweet and outgoing personality, quick to offer both comfort and praise, makes it easy for her to strike up friendships and earn the trust of others, while, among closer friends, she's the gossipy and witty sort, making use of an acerbic wit and a simple, understated confidence.
All of this just reflects her true view of social situations, however. To put it simply, all social interactions revolve around mutual manipulation, as far as Sophia's concerned. She sees this as natural, and though she's well-aware that manipulation isn't always the best thing to be doing, she doesn't really care, treating it as something normal, something to be expected, and even encouraged. It's just the way of the world, and she has to play by those rules. It's not like that sweet exterior is a facade, however. Sure, Sophia may often have an ulterior motive behind her entering a conversation, but it's not like that renders all her sweetness meaningless. She truly is like that, and enjoys being like that. These days, though, Sophia doesn't have as much room for conversation as she once did. She's become a recluse as a result of both chronic injury and paranoia, and doesn't meet with anyone but her beloved Logos unless unavoidable. Up until that point, Sophia engrosses herself in her passion, exploring possibilities within her mind and studying magic and psychology as one.
Curious and thoughtful, with an analytical mind, Sophia rightfully views the fields as inherently linked, and she often deliberates on the personalities and psychologies of others, seeking to understand them and their souls better and better. As a result of her knowledge, she's capable of doing so accurately rather consistently, and she inevitably puts this to use in social manipulation, proving herself incredibly invasive even without asking many personal questions. In many ways, Sophia's personality reflects that of her favored granddaughter, as like her, she is a relentless perfectionist who can never let anything lie. One of these similarities lies in Sophia's ruthlessness in the pursuit of her goals. Self-righteous to a fault, Sophia is in possession of a hopelessly twisted moral compass that allows her to rationalize all she does as necessary and convincing herself it's for the good of everyone involved. She strongly believes that her actions, good and bad, will bring out the best in her allies, but what she sees as the best is just as twisted as her morals - self-realization, in her eyes, may as well be the process that others go through to become more useful to her.
Sophia's view on the world is an extremely rigid one, and she believes that the strong, cunning, and intelligent should rise to the top, and from there, care for the weak. She understands the inevitably authoritarian nature of this existence, and finds it ideal, believing that otherwise, the world is doomed to lock itself in endless recursion, the past doomed to repeat itself over and over again without someone to hold back the gears of fate. However, when it comes to personal ambition, Sophia is lacking, finding herself unsuited for power, with skills that better fit the backline, out of sight, but still with access to all the luxury and power she could ever want - appropriate, for someone who has grown as wise and capable as she has, wise enough to develop an understanding of the truest nature of the world.
In her place, Sophia seeks someone else to install into the position of dictator, someone who can fill the lonely void in her heart with charisma, force of personality, and sheer skill alike. While she's convinced herself that the need for such a person is purely political, the real reasons are far more personal. Billions of years spent more or less alone have left Sophia extremely lonely, and she seeks peers to surround herself with, blaming herself for the death of her old friends, colleagues, and allies, the greatest loss among all of them being her husband, the original Logos. For taking them from her, Sophia greatly resents her "daughter", Yaldabaoth, and seeks her death as vengeance.
Powers and Statistics
Tier: 3-C, High 3-A with Gnosis and preparation | 3-C, High 3-A with Gnosis and preparation | At least 3-C, possibly 3-B, High 3-A with Gnosis and preparation
Powers and Abilities:
Genius Intelligence, Social Influencing, Master Markswoman and Skilled Martial Artist, Causality Manipulation, Conceptual Manipulation (Type 4; Sophia's attacks affect opponents on such a level, and she can control and reprogram inner worlds), Curse Manipulation, Dream Manipulation, Gravity Manipulation (Sophia 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 (Sophia can control and shape raw information) and Analysis (Sophia can easily analyze complex spells and excels in reading souls), Law Manipulation (Sophia can alter and destroy laws, and created her own, Gnosis), Life Manipulation, Magnetism Manipulation (Sophia has her own immensely powerful magnetic field, which she can control), Mathematics Manipulation (She can alter mathematics and how math affects the world through World Operation), Mind Manipulation, Pain Manipulation (Her attacks cause "true", spiritual pain, affecting even those who cannot feel pain normally), Physics Manipulation (Sophia can alter and control the laws of physics through World Operation), Pocket Reality Manipulation (She can materialize and control her inner world as a pocket dimension), Probability Manipulation, Quantum Manipulation, Soul Manipulation (All her attacks, physical or magical, affect the soul just as they do the body, and through Inner World Operation, she can control and reprogram souls, even inner worlds), Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Absorption (Sophia can absorb others into her inner world), Dimensional Travel, Incorporeality/Intangibility (Immaterial; Sophia is made out of magic and immune to conventional physical harm), Portal Creation, Power Mimicry, Power Modification (Inner World Operators can affect the spiritual root of another agent's abilities, changing how their inner world expresses itself), Power Nullification (Sophia can prevent the use of inner worlds, negate Apotheosis, and Paracosm Phantasmagoria can strip victims of their magical abilities. Inside inner worlds, ego pressure takes reality pressure's place, fighting against and eventually reversing the effects of opposing magic), Sealing (Paracosm Phantasmagoria seals its target within their own soul by inverting their inner world), Shapeshifting, Statistics Amplification (Sophia can boost her spells' offensive power with Offensive Permutation), Telekinesis, Telepathy, Teleportation, Immortality (Types 1 and 3), Regeneration (Mid-Godly; can regenerate from just her inner world, the abstract, conceptual basis of her soul)
Magic (The magic used by agents is a process of making their Fantasy into Reality), Extrasensory Perception (Agents maintain a constant, perfect, and precise image of their surroundings by analyzing them through magic), Self-Sustenance (Types 1, 2, and 3; vital processes such as breathing, drinking, eating, and sleeping are alien and unnecessary for Sophia), Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, Forcefield Creation, Accelerated Development (In notably long-term and high-stress situations, agents tend to become stronger more quickly than they would otherwise), Limited Causality Manipulation (Repression allows an agent to "suspend" their injuries, essentially temporarily erasing them and ignoring their effects), Damage Transferal (Agents can perform "grounding", which allows them to mirror harm to an opponent's body on their soul, as well as exploit similar connections to damage similar sources, such as a phylactery), Non-Physical Interaction (An agent can interact with immaterial or incorporeal entities, such as ghosts, as well as things that don't exist), Reactive Evolution (An Absolute Barrier automatically adapts to attacks to become more resistant. In addition, Mutation programs run in the background of Sophia's soul, causing beneficial mutations in her 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), Resistance Negation (Agents can pierce magical defenses, even absolute barriers, to enact the adverse effects of their attacks and spells, fully stripping said resistances away if given the chance), Statistics Amplification (Sophia is typically in a light ego trance by default, boosting all of her abilities for as long as the state lasts, even moreso during particularly intense moments, when she acts in a manner true to her inner world), Acausality (Type 2; An agent's history, present, and fate all exist independently of the past and future), Resistance to conceptual, mental, physical, and spiritual attack (Absolute Barriers protect the user from attacks on all levels of existence, potentially providing protection against a host of abilities)
Attack Potency: Galaxy level (Weaker than Logos and closer to the level of someone like Belphegor or Milky Way), High Universe level with Gnosis (Comparable to a natural law, putting it on a similar level to Yaldabaoth's Sefirot, though its effects are more hax than straightforwardly destructive) and preparation (She created Yaldabaoth's inner world and could potentially do so again, but the process took thousands of years the first time around and she does not have full control of the results, leaving her reluctant to attempt to create a being so strong again) | Galaxy level (Comparable to the likes of Azrael, Baphomet, Beelzebub, Prometheus Dream Harahel, Logos, and Metatron, who can fight a defensive battle against Gabriel or even a casual Uriel, though they have no real chance of victory on their own), High Universe level with Gnosis and preparation | At least Galaxy level+ (Comparable to the archangels - Abaddon, Uriel, Sariel, Jophiel, and Raphael. 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. Sophia could also potentially destroy the entirety of Tartarus' physical structure, when someone on Logos' level would struggle to cause damage visible from its surface), High Universe level with Gnosis (Somewhat comparable to Mastema's Spear of Destiny, and superior to Yaldabaoth's Sefirot) and preparation.
Speed: Massively FTL+ (Comparable to the likes of Milky Way and capable of consistently following Logos' high-speed combat and providing aid as they fight) | Massively FTL+ (Can keep up with the likes of Logos) | Massively FTL+ (Comparable in speed to the archangels).
Striking Strength: Galactic Class | Galactic Class | At least Galactic Class+, possibly Multi-Galactic
Durability: Galaxy level | Galaxy level | At least Galaxy level+, possibly Multi-Galaxy level
Stamina: Limitless. Due to her Fruit of Life, Sophia 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, something that is extremely difficult to accomplish. While she may not be as experienced as some other combatants, she's still very hardy and she has a strong will, fighting on despite all the damage that remains on her soul. Of course, said damage does hold her back.
Range: Standard melee range with normal melee attacks, Universal (Sophia can magically attack any point in a universe from anywhere else in that universe, and she can easily obliterate galaxies and cover intergalactic distances with her attacks) to Interdimensional with magic (Sophia can reach into other universes, interacting with and attacking things inside them without leaving her home, and she can also telepathically communicate or teleport such distances).
Standard Equipment: Her law, Gnosis.
Intelligence: Extraordinary Genius. Predating even Heaven and Yaldabaoth, Sophia is an agent of extraordinary ability and knowledge, having prioritized her advancement as a scientist above everything else she did. While this came at the expense of much education or experience when it comes to fighting, Sophia is perfectly capable of holding her own thanks to her wealth of magical and psychological knowledge, which makes her a deadly opponent for anyone. Even if she's outclassed in experience and technique, Sophia's knowledge of the soul is so great that she can accurately determine the nature of an opponent's inner world and any spiritual weaknesses that they may have just by interacting with them. Actually fighting them will give her more opportunities to do so, more opportunities to exploit every weakness she sees, whether it be with words or wounds. She is perhaps the greatest Inner World Operator in existence, having refined her spiritual ability over the years by creating Logos and Yaldabaoth, works of such complexity and depth that it would be impossible for anyone else to perform such feats, even with much more time at their disposal. Unsurprisingly, she excels best out of combat, using her resources and manipulative abilities to control others and have them fight for her. Sophia understands that positive reinforcement and love are what works best to motivate allies, and thus treats all on her side with an unconditional maternal support, inspiring a suicidal, unquestioning loyalty in everyone she converts to her side.
Weaknesses: Sophia is not a particularly experienced fighter, and her law's effects can be reversed if the bullet it leaves is removed from a target's soul. This is very difficult, however, requiring exceptional precision and knowledge on the soul to accomplish. More extensive changes to someone's inner world may require hours, if not years, of containment within her inner world. Sophia's wounds from Mastema still remain as well, constantly inhibiting her, causing chronic pain, and acting as her biggest weakspots. In the past, this was so grave that she was regularly bedridden.
Key: Weakened | Partly Recovered | "Mostly" Recovered
Agency: A mage is more properly known as an agent, as in “one that acts or exerts power”. Separated from the rest of the cosmos, an agent is essentially a miniature universe all their own, with complete control over their destiny, free to pursue whatever future they wish. They do this through magic, the art of using one’s understanding to control Fantasy, the stuff of sheer willpower and imagination.
- Absolute Barrier: A magical barrier that protects the user from external manipulation and attack, on every level of existence. An Absolute Barrier protects the user’s body, mind, and soul - their cells and atoms, the magical and physical forces keeping them together, and everything else. It is akin to a magical immune system, protecting the agent from threats and adapting to future attack.It passively protects the user from most types of attack, manipulation, and control, as long as the barrier is strong enough - an agent of substantially greater power can punch straight through one. An Absolute Barrier is passively maintained at all times, even in sleep, requiring no energy to maintain, and can only be removed by a stronger agent actively stripping it away, or by the user consciously lowering them.An Absolute Barrier is the evolved form of the soul’s original protective layer, refined through the usage of and exposure to magic.
- Radar: An agent’s magical abilities passively sustain a constant 360° image of their surroundings, which is projected straight to their mind for processing. This radar is far more reliable than conventional senses, and cannot be easily fooled by tricks that would trip up any normal human. In the hands of a powerful enough agent, it can even track superluminal movements. It constantly operates at the agent’s maximum processing speed, even when such things would normally be restricted to allow for normal, everyday life.
Burning One: Sophia 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.
- Fruit of Life: Like Yaldabaoth and her creations, Sophia possesses the magical organ known as a Fruit of Life, a magical core created by Yaldabaoth for her own use, which Sophia copied. 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 Sophia 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 Sophia, who can regenerate her Fruit of Life easily.
- Messenger: Sophia can communicate telepathically regardless of language barriers and transmit information across transdimensional distances. She can also teleport such distances and open portals to other worlds.
Inner World Operation: The pinnacle of spiritual magic — the art of inner world programming, and the manipulation of the soul itself, in all its constituents. Rather than a cohesive, established system, Inner World Operation is spiritual magic of the highest caliber, and encompasses all lesser disciplines and systems.
Information processing, the manifestation of dreams and illusions, the growth of a person and their soul, the art of psychic manipulation, psychological analysis, and either repairing or reaping the soul are all available to a true Inner World Operator, and all can eventually lead to this result, but this level of magic is far greater and more complex than just the psychic laws we know. An Inner World Operator can quickly adapt to alien souls and the unfamiliar ideas they abide by, or even those souls that don't exist, controlling them in the same way, and in time, it ventures deeper into the territory of magic, to a realm unbound by all conventional law and science.
This is Sophia’s greatest passion, the magic she devoted her entire life to studying, even from her youth. She is more apt in its use than she is with any other magic, an impressive feat given the depth of her knowledge on magic in general. Sophia has turned this expertise onto not only others, but herself as well, using magic to rewrite and create souls. Though it takes time, she can completely reprogram even inner worlds, having done so to create and recreate Logos over the course of many iterations, as well as Yaldabaoth, and her incredibly powerful inner world.
- Array Realignment: Sophia 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.
- 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 Sophia’s soul or spells, causing their software to hang and leaving them vulnerable to counterattack. Sophia’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.
- Defensive Permutation: By rapidly rearranging the contents of her soul, Sophia modifies vital spiritual components to avoid incoming attacks and minimize the damage taken. While Sophia can do this very swiftly, different attacks will require different defensive measures and permutations depending on their properties and where they're coming from, and she can thus be overwhelmed or caught by surprise.
- Ego Compress: Sophia 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 Sophia 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: Sophia can project a barrier into her inner world, or another person’s, to provide protection and keep it stable in a pinch. This barrier takes the shape of the subject’s personal reality and patches up any holes, allowing the subject 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: Sophia 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, Sophia 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: Sophia 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. This is always lethal, not that Sophia minds in the slightest.
- Offensive Permutation: By rapidly rearranging the contents of her soul, Sophia modifies spiritual components to optimize the potency of her next attack or series of attacks. While this new offensive configuration can be sustained for longer periods of time, it comes at the expense of defenses and other processes, and is thus best activated when needed and deactivated when not for the sake of versatility.
- Personal History Falsification: By altering a person’s complete individual concept, Sophia can insert actions and events into their past or future. This is most often used to manifest successful maneuvers on her part, introducing them as an immutable fate from either the past or future, or to retcon certain unpreferable events after they’ve already happened.With this ability, Sophia can potentially significantly change inner worlds, though this takes quite the investment of time and energy. Sophia is better off using Gnosis and her inner world to do so, anyways.
- Spiritual Profiling: Thanks to a familiarity with the soul, Sophia can come up with a detailed and generally accurate profile of another individual’s soul and its composition just by spending time around them and analyzing their actions. It’s even more effective in combat, during which Sophia can come to conclusions on her opponent’s inner world based on their magic, how it functions, and how it’s used. This is far from foolproof, but any profile will be refined over time, becoming more and more accurate and laying the foundation for future analysis and attack.While plenty of Inner World Operators can do this, Sophia is extremely skilled in its use, virtually unparalleled. Her chances of failure are slim, and she can determine major aspects of an inner world based on small tells and subtleties in the actions of others. This is part of what makes her a terrifyingly competent manipulator.
- Heartbreak Trigger: One of Sophia’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. Sophia 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 Sophia’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 Sophia to peruse their memories, put them out of their misery, or accept them into her own soul. 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.Sophia 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 Sophia with ease, and she can control any magic that she lets through anyways. Analyzing the spell while under its effects is extremely challenging, and Sophia 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 Sophia’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 Operation: The pinnacle of physical magic — the art of world programming, and the manipulation of the universe itself, in all its constituents. Rather than a cohesive, established system, World Operation is physical magic of the highest caliber, and encompasses all lesser disciplines and systems.
Information processing, judication, probability alteration, quantum alchemy, spatial magic, and temporal manipulation alike are all available to a true World Operator, and all can eventually lead to this result, but this level of magic is far greater and more complex than just the physics we know. A World Operator can quickly adapt to alien laws and physics, controlling them in the same way, and in time, it ventures deeper into the territory of magic, to a realm unbound by all conventional law and science.
Though she specializes in the more spiritual end of things, Sophia is still a competent World Operator, having devoted herself to exploring and discovering as much magic as possible. She is familiar with the physical reality of the universe and can control it in a number of ways thanks to her plentiful knowledge and experience.
- Akashic Record: Sophia 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, Sophia can greatly compress even the largest banks of information without losing any data, allowing for much, much faster processing and vast storage space.
- Judicator: Sophia can control and create laws, applying them over a wide area if she pleases. This refers to both conventional physical laws and magical ones, including the conceptual weapons utilized by Heaven. 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.While Sophia used World Operation to create two laws, Gnosis for herself and Armisael for Logos, she’s not so skilled that she can do so without it taking time and hard work, making it impractical in combat. Besides, both of those laws are particularly spiritual in nature, making it easier for her to manage them.
Gnosis: Sophia’s primary weapon, a law that she created after witnessing Heaven’s laws in action, another thing that she has to give Yaldabaoth credit for, much to her own displeasure. Gnosis is the law of self-actualization and self-realization, the law that lays out self-discovery. As with any law, Gnosis is stored inside her soul as information, and she can thus materialize it if it is destroyed or misplaced. It takes the form of a massive silvery revolver, sleek in appearance, with seven chambers and a long barrel. When not in use, Sophia simply holsters it, but she can materialize it in her hand if she needs to, and though she only carries one on her person, she can manifest another for dual-wielding if she desires. Sophia has never been much of a fighter, but mainly uses Gnosis for combat these days, supplementing its power as a law with her extensive magical knowledge.
Made for the sake of versatility, Gnosis has several different shot types with different functions. It has no bullets, instead operating similarly to Yaldabaoth’s Logos, materializing the essence of every gunshot in its target with perfect accuracy, though Sophia can also fire normal projectiles to mix it up. While she often acts like she’s no good when it comes to gunplay, Sophia is an excellent shot when she needs to be, utilizing her exceptional senses to fire on her targets with flawless accuracy. Like a user of Logos, Sophia combines both usages to keep her targets on their toes and catch them by surprise. The law’s effects are also applied if someone is hit by the gun itself, and not a shot.
Anyone struck by Gnosis has their inner world “opened”, forcing a partial activation that exposes the core of the victim’s soul, regardless of whether or not they’ve unlocked their inner world’s abilities. This leaves them vulnerable, and makes it easier than ever for Sophia to analyze, attack, and alter their soul as she pleases. Its varying functions and shot types all branch off from this application, each a different way to make its victim “perfect” - perfect for Sophia’s purposes, that is, and not for anything else. Self-realization is just another weapon, in the end.
All of Gnosis’ different chambers leave a “bullet” behind in their victim. As long as the bullet remains inside the target’s soul, Sophia can continue to exert its effects. A sufficiently skilled Inner World Operator could remove it safely, reversing its effects, but it would be very ill-advised for someone of lesser skill to attempt to remove the bullet, as they would likely cause severe damage to the host’s inner world and could potentially even kill them.
- Gnostic Chamber: The original application of Gnosis. Upon opening a target’s inner world, the first chamber casts Sophia’s influence deep into their complete individual concept, allowing her to alter it as she desires. In this case, Gnosis rewrites their history, their personal reality, changing their past in accordance with Sophia’s goals and desires to force them to become an ally, generally by inserting Sophia into their past as an ally, confidant, and mentor.The changes to their past can also change the nature of their inner world. In fact, if Sophia devotes the substantial amount of time needed to do so, she can completely rewrite their inner world. This would take a long time, however, and there’s no guarantee it would turn out as she pleased. Generally, Sophia tries to make the most minor changes possible, as to avoid altering an inner world too much and to prevent having to spend hours or more working. As long as its bullet remains in its target, Sophia can continue to make changes without needing to shoot them a second time.Sophia can utilize this on herself to remove or add events to her past, but this is a risky prospect that could change her inner world if she’s not careful, so she’s very cautious about utilizing it in this way.
- Evolution Chamber: A chamber that forces an unrealized inner world to develop and rapidly become more usable, potentially even triggering apotheosis and allowing for the inner world’s use. When used on an inner world that has already been unlocked, it will cause it to further develop - maybe for the better, and maybe for the worse. By shooting herself with it, Sophia can force her own inner world to evolve, taking on the traits of a self-modification based world, but she doesn’t have complete control over its effects.
- Hylic Chamber: A chamber that forces a target’s inner world to contract, locking an opponent’s soul within their body and preventing them from reaping the full value of something like apotheosis. A victim would be restricted by the limits of their body and its needs, leaving them much more vulnerable.
- Regression Chamber: A chamber that forcibly rolls back a target’s inner world to a state that Sophia finds more useful, causing them to regress to a younger state, as if the past however many years of their life had simply not occurred. Sophia can utilize this chamber on herself to reverse wounds, but something as deadly as the Spear of Destiny won’t go away even if she reverses herself all the way back to the first year of her life.
- Stagnation Chamber: A chamber that was developed to counter inner worlds based around self-modification and evolution. Once it takes effect, Sophia’s victim finds that their inner world stops functioning in such a way, preventing it from developing further at all. It simply freezes an inner world in time, denying all improvements of any sort, including the acquisition of new knowledge.
- Terminal Chamber: A chamber that Sophia developed after being nearly killed by Mastema. Designed by reverse-engineering the damage dealt to her soul by the Spear of Destiny, Gnosis’ Terminal Chamber is the most lethal of all Sophia’s options. It replicates not the Spear of Destiny, but the severity of the damage it once dealt to Sophia, attempting to overwrite her victim’s inner world with a much more miserable, nihilistic reality. It’s not nearly as effective as the Spear of Destiny, and does nothing to warp the world, but it remains a dangerous weapon all the same.
- Wild Card Chamber: The seventh chamber of Gnosis. It has no set function, acting as a blank that Sophia can change as needed. She often installs copied abilities relayed to her by Logos into this blank slot, but whenever she changes the installed spell or law, she loses the previous iteration.
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.
Logos is one of the many things that Sophia has picked up and copied from Yaldabaoth and her creations, but it’s not something she has taken to very well, leading her to use her own variant that does not risk her identity in the same way, similarly to Jophiel and Lucifer. She’s perfectly competent in its use, of course, but as she’s not much of a fighter, it would be a stretch to describe her as a master of the art. She can defend herself and hold her own, but that’s about it.
Ennoia Metra: The inner world of a creator and a mother, someone who has birthed and created for as long as she’s lived. Sophia’s inner world is something that could be described almost like a womb, the root of all herself and all that she has done to create and change the world. Her habits and nature as an Inner World Operator makes it so that her own inner world is subject to flux and change as she operates on herself, but Sophia’s inner world never strays too far from its roots. Unlike many inner worlds, Sophia does not need to bring it into existence as a pocket dimension to use its abilities, but its full power reveals itself in such a state.
Sophia’s inner world is, though far from empty, structured in a way that makes it ideal for the storage of other souls and inner worlds. And this is exactly what it does, even when abstracted. Whether it be by force or choice, others can have their souls stored within Sophia’s, subjecting them to her psychological and spiritual expertise. Sophia can use her powers to alter their inner worlds as she pleases, typically refining and upgrading them to make them more useful to her and her goals. Her law, Gnosis, operates on the same principle and derives its power from her inner world, but within her inner world, Sophia’s abilities are at their best, allowing her to modify them as much as she desires.
Rather than simply store and operate on the souls of others inside, Sophia can also create new souls once she’s fully activated her inner world. It takes the form of a laboratory once visualized, filled with large tubes that contain those within, and allows for Sophia to work Inner World Operation to its fullest extent. She can fully peruse any subject’s inner world and all their memories, and make any modification she wants, potentially completely rewriting someone’s inner world given some time. Alternatively, she can create an entirely new inner world, and thus, a new soul and being, programming it to her specifications. Sophia can’t perfectly control or predict what the product will be, but she can take the time to refine any being she creates. It is within her inner world that Yaldabaoth and Logos were created.
- Pneumatic Heart: A spiritual organism created by Sophia, which remains constantly bound to her soul, taking the form of the missing parts of her body - most notably the missing chunk of her head carved out by the Spear of Destiny. This nameless, mostly thoughtless entity is essentially just a personal life support system, keeping Sophia’s many injuries in check and administering constant medical attention, with an inner world tailor made for this purpose.While an incredibly powerful medical tool, Sophia’s prosthesis has been incapable of reversing the damage Mastema dealt to her, which stubbornly persists despite all her efforts. It can only keep it from getting worse, though it remains fully capable of patching up less severe injuries. Sophia’s dependency on this prosthesis makes it an obvious target, as without it, she would be crippled and potentially lethally injured, and it is accordingly layered with just as many defenses as the rest of her.Though primarily used for its healing properties, Sophia’s prosthesis also provides more general assistance in combat, aiding her with things like calculations, movement, and general processing.
- Revealant Rebirth: In the event that Sophia’s inner world is critically damaged, it will automatically begin to completely recreate itself, diverting most of its power to this process and the rest to her protection. As the previous iteration of her inner world disintegrates, this new layer will replace it, adapting to account for whatever was responsible and usually fully healing her injuries. This takes time, however, and in particularly severe situations, it may leave Sophia in a “healing coma”.As powerful as this regenerative ability is, Sophia’s inner world was severely damaged and weakened by Mastema’s Spear of Destiny, and it hasn’t been able to repair the damage dealt no matter her efforts. Of course, it’s doubtful if it even could’ve managed this when it was at its most powerful.
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.