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An Absolute Barrier is a Agency character's primary form of defense, a barrier that protects their body and soul, along with every other level of existence, from harm and other unwanted effect. It's similar, in essence, to Dispel Bound in Bastard!!, and, like Dispel Bound, a powerful enough opponent can tear down someone's barriers to get their abilities through.

In Agency itself, Absolute Barriers are most useful against opponents on one's weight class and their power is derived from the user's willpower; a stronger will results in stronger defenses. Significantly stronger opponents can force themselves through these barriers outright, and those with potent enough abilities or extensive knowledge can circumvent them. Even with a strong will, if one has little to no magical energy at their disposal, their barriers will be easy to break.

Comprehensive Resistance List

Not every Absolute Barrier resists all of these by default; while they provide a baseline level of resistance to mental, spiritual, and conceptual attack, the rest must be developed over time. This typically happens as a result of being exposed to new forms of attack and evolving to deal with them, or through actively altering and building upon your barriers to provide such defenses.

Strong Absolute Barriers will have more powerful innate defenses and are possessed by those with very powerful wills; the most notable of these are EQUINOX, Harahel, Jophiel, Lucifer, Mastema, Minna, Observer, Raziel, and SOLSTICE. People with such strong wills will also be harder to affect even if their Absolute Barriers are torn down, as their sheer willpower still remains.

  • Absolute Zero: Characters like Pluto and Observer can cause temperatures to drop to absolute zero, a temperature that many characters can withstand.
  • Absorption: SOLSTICE has resisted being converted into information and absorbed by EQUINOX's Mercurius, and other characters can resist things like Observer's inner world absorption.
  • Age Manipulation: SOLSTICE can take hits from Kuna, who uses time magic to forcibly age opponents, without growing any older.
  • Antimatter Manipulation: Milky Way can trade blows with and take attacks from Galette and Shrike, who are antimatter beings from an antimatter universe.
  • BFR: SOLSTICE can prevent herself from being shunted into the space-time continuum by EQUINOX.
  • Biological Manipulation: Agents, like SOLSTICE, can use Absolute Barriers to protect their biology and their internals.
  • Causality Manipulation: A common power in the verse, often included in curses, and widely resisted by many characters. Intrinsically resisted by characters with inner worlds that influence the future themselves.
  • Conceptual Manipulation: Type 4. Most agents can damage opponents on such a fundamental scale, and many thus grow resistant to it. Others can force their own concepts onto reality to influence it, or forcibly change the concepts of others, something that is also resisted. EQUINOX's Mercurius is such an example.
  • Death Manipulation: Many agents can resist the possibility of being willed to death; the strongest can resist Mastema's magic, which induces an absolute conceptual death.
  • Disease Manipulation: Inner worlds protect their users from illness, even magical illness such as Beelzebub's.
  • Dream Manipulation: EQUINOX and SOLSTICE can retain their will and individuality in Minna's inner world, which is a dream that she can control as such, and resist its effects.
  • Elemental Manipulation: Adapted to and resisted as with anything else; fairly straightforward.
  • Explosion Manipulation: Characters like Fuse and Mariposa typically can't just prime opponents to explode as bombs.
  • Fate Manipulation: There are some characters who can force fates onto others, typically through curses but also through other means, and of course those who can thus resist it. Examples are Mastema and SOLSTICE. Intrinsically resisted by characters with inner worlds that influence the future themselves.
  • Fear Manipulation: EQUINOX can keep her calm and resist the effects of Terror's fear-inducing magic, Nightmare Reader.
  • Gravity Manipulation: EQUINOX and SOLSTICE can resist Kyarne's gravity magic and even keep their footing in the presence of her strongest gravitational pulls.
  • Heat Manipulation: Uriel, and the other archangels, can withstand the sheer heat produced by Lucifer's magic, which produces so much energy and radiation it distorts physics, causing it to behave in unusual ways.
  • Illusion Manipulation: EQUINOX can see through Terror's illusions easily, and even the most powerful illusion, Paracosm Phantasmagoria, cannot be cast on most opponents right off the bat. SOLSTICE can even break out of it outright.
  • Information Analysis: Agents can complicate attempts to analyze them and their souls, and even shut them out outright. SOLSTICE and Mastema do this, for example, to prevent analysis from EQUINOX and Harahel or Jophiel, respectively.
  • Information Manipulation: SOLSTICE can resist being converted into information by EQUINOX, or having her information manipulated.
  • Law Manipulation: Strong-willed characters, like Lucifer, can resist the effects of and break out of magical laws. Many can also survive attacks from incarnated laws, with the strongest of these surpassing the laws of physics in potency.
  • Life Manipulation: Absolute Barriers can stop attempts to drain or alter one's life force and biology.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: SOLSTICE can resist attempts to alter her molecular structure using electromagnetism.
  • Mathematics Manipulation: World Operator is a magic that can be used to influence and manipulate mathematics, and characters can resist these effects.
  • Matter Manipulation: Most characters can resist such things; EQUINOX and SOLSTICE, for example, survived particle-destroying attacks from each other without having their atoms split or destroyed. Even Quantum Manipulation can be resisted.
  • Mind Manipulation: Of all varieties. Venus can control planetary populations and would not be able to control EQUINOX and SOLSTICE, while others, like Terror, have stronger mind manipulation. Observer can control minds on a galactic scale, and is resisted by the likes of Milky Way, and Mastema's is even greater and resisted by the strongest archangels and demons.
  • Pain Manipulation: Absolute Barriers can dissipate and prevent attempts to magically induce pain.
  • Physics Manipulation: World Operator is a magic that can be used to influence and manipulate physics, and characters can resist these effects.
  • Plot Manipulation: Very rarely resisted, but intrinsically resisted by characters with inner worlds that influence the future themselves; Milky Way's inner world has such effects and can be resisted.
  • Poison Manipulation: Absolute Barriers protect their users from normal and even magical poisons, like Venus'.
  • Possession: Attempts at possession by characters like EQUINOX, Mastema, Observer, and SOLSTICE can be resisted.
  • Power Absorption: Observer's ability to "Poach" powers, skills, and traits cannot be used on others without breaking down their defenses first.
  • Power Nullification: Many characters have the willpower to force their magical attacks straight through many forms of counters and to prevent their magic from being simply nullified by others.
  • Probability Manipulation: A common power in the verse, often included in curses, and widely resisted by many characters. Intrinsically resisted by characters with inner worlds that influence the future themselves.
  • Radiation Manipulation: SOLSTICE can completely ignore radiation that would kill a normal person in seconds. Uriel, and the other archangels, can withstand the sheer heat produced by Lucifer's magic, which is produces so much energy and radiation it distorts physics, causing it to behave in unusual ways.
  • Sealing: Paracosm Phantasmagoria, which seals a victim inside their own inner world by inverting it, cannot be used on most opponents right off the bat.
  • Sense Manipulation: Many characters can resist the effects of Eight Ends, a Logos technique that nullifies and erases senses.
  • Sleep Manipulation: EQUINOX can prevent herself from being forced to sleep by Terror's Last Dream.
  • Soul Manipulation: Universally resisted, more or less, because all characters fight on a physical and spiritual level.
  • Spatial Manipulation: SOLSTICE can stay in place when her position should shift because of spatial distortions and can even survive space-erasing attacks.
  • Time Manipulation: SOLSTICE can resist and move normally through Kuna's many forms of time magic, which includes Time Stop.
  • Transmutation: SOLSTICE has resisted being converted into information and absorbed by EQUINOX's Mercurius.
  • Void Manipulation: Mastema's void-based death magic can be resisted by strong enough opponents, though it is ridiculously powerful and doesn't gauge how weaker void-based magic would be handled.
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