Song: Eternal Madness - Word Count: N/A
There was a low whistle which came out of the mouth of the shell as the collision of Death Energy and Antimatter screamed in the heavens above. The collective force of these two powers smashing into one another certainly caused the body of Mana's avatar to otherwise strain itself in terms of feeling the fallout of having unleashed such a ghastly attack. Blood exited from the pores of her skin, the bones in her body groaned with aches and pains and the woman summoned forth a layer of emerald energy which otherwise protected her from any more ill effects through her potent magic summoning.
And while this was going on, the spikes which Stefan sought to otherwise destroy would have half of it's intended effect go into existence. Sure, it was able to obliterate roughly half of the remaining spikes, but this wasn't something which Mana was opposed to. After all, they were being fed her chaotic energy and she knew that the destabilizing aura of her maddening energy would be useful as particles of this energy scattered all across the battlefield after Stefan destroyed the spikes.
[Abilties used from here on out are in the spoilers below]
x Chaos Empowerment: This is one of the first major benefits of being the embodiment of chaos for Mana. In regards to that element, Mana can be empowered when she is placed into situations or surroundings that are otherwise chaotic in nature. For instance, if she was placed into a war zone during combat? She could see boosts in her physical attributes which cover her strength, agility, reaction time, thought process, durability and even more swift regeneration times in regards to her Akuma Kyodo. These can be amplified upwards of making her three times more enhanced then she normally would be. Alongside that, it increases in her energy output by receiving expanded power from the force of chaos. As, with this being her Danava Element, Mana can feed off the very nature of chaos and last longer in combat. However, if she feeds off too much energy, Mana has noted that her body begins to become too unstable and she will either take damage OR be forced to expel the energy before she can even make much use of it. Outside of that, these effects will generally only last as long as there is chaos within the area. So, once things have become less chaotic, these augmentations will only last an additional five to ten post before they wear off. If the chaos in her surrounding areas is NOT resolved, though, it can last the duration of the thread.
x Disruption Control: After reawakening her Danavahood, Mana had came to discover that her Origin of Chaos granted her the ability to control, produce or otherwise control the flow of stabilization within or around her. This can be utilized through touch in some instances, infuses this element into her energy for a more broad control or releasing in sudden waves to effect the vicinity around her. So, essentially, this means that Mana can cause instabilities of creatures, beings and objects on a variety of levels. For instance, if she were able to grab on to a cero based attack? It's very possible for her to cause such disruptances to the flow of energy pulsing inside of this blast in order to either have it fall apart, attempt to lower it's effects on her by destabilizing it's core or potentially have this ability spread throughout a ten meter radius in order to have it break down before it even touches her.
On a more complex level, Mana even has the potential to effect biological systems if she were to spread her influence inside of the opponent. This could be done if she were to somehow inject this influence inside of them through her powers, or figure out a way to make an open wound or cut in the opponent. From there? She could attempt to destabilize the very nature/being of that creature if it allowed to fully take control. For instance, she could make a person's own power be used against them and backfire each time they use it or, on a more dangerous level, make their power so unstable it risks harming their well being due to the very chaotic state of their energy, powers or body.
Even more then that, this ability can even effect the very laws of physics with Mana's fine-control over this attribute. An instance of this occurring would be Mana destabilizing the field of gravity around her to make things either heavier or lighter then they normally would be, perhaps even effect the level of momentum within a given area and slowing or accelerating objects within this field; or, on a more intricate level, even lead into limited levels of Quantum Control by effecting the state of energy levels in electrons, matter, atoms, and molecules in a physical and metaphysical state. An instance of this being used would be if someone were to produce an energy based attack against Mana. By influencing the matter inside of this blast, she could possibly attempt to tear this attack apart before it reaches her.
However, with every great power lays a great drawback. While she may be able to do all of these amazing effects, the more powerful the alteration is? The more intense the toll can be taken on her body. For instance, if Mana were to try this on a city-wide scale, she could do that easily enough. However, she would feel physical exhaustion from her body being pushed that hard, mental fatigue from conjuring up all the many different applications this ability has and, of course, dips in her overall energy supply because of the amount of resources this power can sometimes have. Let's not forget that this isn't an absolute power and these attributes can be countered if the opponent has enough knowledge of what is occurring with them or the environmental.
Furthermore, if she isn't careful or pays attention to how she uses this ability, it can drain her pretty quickly at that. Therefore, she prefers to stay focused or be in a mental state to observe the different calculations, patterns or adjustments she may need to do or see in this power. Lastly, she is only limited to changing, at a maximum, five to six changes at a time; while on average, she only changes two or three elements, beings or systems at a given time. This is to prevent any overuse of this ability from getting too out of control for Mana and keep her own balance. For, if she passes that limit without releasing or entering an augmented state, she can risk having these powers backfire on her if it's used more then that. Thus, she prefers to keep it within the range of modifications at a single given time if she has not enhanced herself.
x Madness Augmentation: Based on Mana's affinity for Madness itself, Mana can essentially keep herself going, energy wise, when it comes to actually feeding off of the insanity or madness of herself, alongside those around her. This has been made painfully obvious during her fights in Madness City and the Invasion of Kuala Lumpur, Mayalsia. In each of these major events that she was apart of, she displayed a constant calling to the Madness brewing all around her; which resulted in her stats being boosted dramatically. Everything from her physical strength being heightened to frighteningly new high levels, to her speed being amp'd to the point of keeping up with the likes of Colin Washi, to her regeneration dramatically picking up in speed time and even the perception of events occurring around her. All of her physical attributes had essentially been a amplified far above her regular base levels. This made dealing with Mana even more fearsome then her invasion of London; as it was obvious she had jumped in power since that time.
Though, even more then that, the amount of energy that Mana could use and store had skyrocketed from her previous levels. You see, after enough hysteria had been produced in each of these battles, she had been noted to receive a sudden increase in the amount of energy her body could produce and retain at a given time. And, since she is not just limited to spiritual energy alone, it had been recognized that she could even switch between raw energy and possibly even Madness Energy itself. Making dealing with her affinity for Madness Energy quite the daunting task; as it usually sent her into an overdrive state where she had absurd amounts of excess energy to burn through. Yet, there in lays an additional problem with this enhancement. If too much energy is consumed at a given time, or is allowed to build up, Mana has noticed that she has problem retaining TOO much power at once and has been seen as suffering physical damage, mental trauma and even some amounts of pain as a backfiring of this ability.
x Madness Materialization: This is one of the primary perks from her Madness Attribute. By creating a mental channel to her unstable mind, Mana is able to project varying thoughts into the material realm. However, it is only limited to tangible things or forces that already exist on a metaphysical (See: Spiritual) level. Good examples of this ability is often used is that Mana holds the capacity to produce a wide range of weapons from her Madness with this trait. They'll generally be infused with her Madness/Chaos force; meaning that their attributes can be increased from speed, strength and effects. These weapons can also be anything from knives, to daggers, to swords, to needles and, Mana's favorite, the traditional scythe. And, thanks to Mana's Instability Resistance, most of her weapons or attacks that are forged from this ability have a heavy resistance towards anything that would otherwise attempt to negate or cancel them out.
However, it isn't limited to simply crafting weapons. Mana's Madness Materialization can also be applied to a variety of forces. A illustration of this would be that she can easily conjure up forces that could otherwise be used as armor, bondage, force-fields, reflection, shielding and other similar feats. When dealing with armor or defense, Mana easily construct a few layers of of her Madness's tangible force in order to soften the blow or effects of attacks. It can even go as far as conjuring up a massive wall comprised of this Madness Force in order to halt offensive strikes form harming her before she even needs to move. In addition to that, it can be used for reflection as well based on the fact Mana can have a sudden surge of this Madness Force explode from her body and redirect the momentum or kinetic force an object/person has and redirect towards the opposite direction. And lastly, it can make a very daunting force-field to get pass if used in conjunction with her Chaos Elements. This is because Madness Materialization can conjure up a Force Field, while her Chaos Element can destabilize varying attacks which come into contact with it.
Furthermore, in regards to binding, this has even lead to some levels of Telekinesis. For instance, due to some of the psychic elements of this attribute, Mana has the capacity to constrain her opponent by having this "Madness Force" constrict around their body and attempt restrain them in place. This could lead to the crushing of their bones, damaging them on a metaphysical level to temporarily disable some usage of their spiritual powers and lead to death if Mana is allowed to crush them to death. And, on a more advanced level, Mana is even capable of creating a statis-like field where she can deaccelerate molecules to the point where they are nearly still; though this can strain her mentally. Though, even more then that, Mana has even theorized that she can possible even control subatomic particles, but that would be fairly costly to do and could exhaust her mentally and when it comes to her energy reserves. Making it something used with caution or if warranted.
Thus, with that said, we will get into the drawbacks of this. Since this obviously is produced from the mind, this will sometimes require Mana to focus on the thoughts or changes she is trying to impose. While she doesn't necessarily need to be mentally healthy or stable to use these attributes, it is required that she be in a state of being where she can actually zoom in and visualize just what she is trying to do. So it may be possible to lessen these effects in combats by keeping her mind preoccupied or distracted with other issues. In addition to that, this can lead to mental and physical exhaustion if she pushes herself too far. In regards to using these powers, it's similar to lifting weights. You can obviously try to push your body, train it and endure it to carry these immense weights on your shoulders; but eventually it will tire you out and you will need time to either rest or risk taking damage to your muscles. In Mana's case, this applies to her mind and if she tries to do too many things at once, or push herself too far with this attribute, she risk the potency of Madness Materialization going down or not being able to utilize this power for 2-3 threads if she reaches her breaking point with it. Therefore, while this may be a dangerous power, it isn't exactly a free ticket to use some of her more advanced applications of this power. It's even possible to tamper with it's effects if you are able to detect the Madness Force, though, at that point, it will be a fight amongst you and Mana for what occurs with her effects.
Then, for the other remaining half, Mana merely decided to outright self-destruct the spikes so she could take advantage of her area of effect probability that her potent energy could do for her attacks. As, when they were triggered, these spikes could otherwise consume the entire vicinity where Sophie was in absolute fire which was enhanced enough through her chaos and death energy to otherwise induce heavy damage to her being. Skin could begin to melt as if it were butter, defenses could be burned through and this sense of further destabilization in the air could cause powers to malfunction and breathing in this essence could otherwise blacken the lungs of the woman and make it further difficult to sustain herself.
Furthermore, being in the presence of her maddening energy could cause the clone to have a difficult time focusing into her energy. There is still the fact that the aura of Mana's presence in it's amplified state could outright make it hard for her to stay in a calm or poised state of mind. Given that the will of even the original did not compare to The Queen's own (Mana should have a master in willpower), these effects could serve to slow down the time it takes to summon her attacks, induce more mental damage to her opponent and otherwise make it harder to make rash decisions and possibly have more thoughts of maddening terror induce itself into her mind. Indeed, it didn't matter if the woman could weave and move her way through obstacles if the whole vicinity was a battlefield waiting to consume her whole.
"Ya' two really haven't an iota of 'da devil ya' are fightin'"
The blood was starting to pump through the veins of the lone Asthavon. This conflict was making her more than pleased as the demoness's boorish laughter echoed throughout the entirety of the sub-dimension the group were sealed in. It is why she then was more than prepared to handle whatever blockade of attacks decided to scorch itself into the path of war the mad woman was on. As soon as Stefan went in for his next attack, the excess amount of chaotic energy in the air allowed for Mana to swiftly summoned forth a forcefield compromised from her chaos force to otherwise prevent herself from taking direct damage from The Vizard's attack. With it being reinforced by her death energy, demonic force, and Za Koa; it was hard to imagine this thing easily shattering even against his own raw strength.
In fact, Stefan may outright find portions of his attack being reflected back on him as the Madness Materialization ability of Mana's chaotic arsenal of powers allows for the momentum, kinetic force, and impact of an attack to be redirected on an opponent when they make direct contact with her forcefields. Furthermore, with the destabilization effect of her energy, this factor of her power could translate into the muscles and bones of Stefan's body being influenced by this element. Being in such close contact with Mana wasn't an ideal thing because of the fact that his body may begin to otherwise have issues summoning forth the physical strength needed to wield his colossal attacks. The male may find himself exhausting more energy to wield his blade, having vast amounts of blood leak forth from his body summoning the strength to fight against the Queen or outright having bones break in his limbs from having such a vast quantity of her energy hit him straight in the face and otherwise bring down his durability. After all, Stefan was released in and his masked form, so the woman's own energy was in a chaotic state of being having to contend with two opponents and she was in a state of raw power which could otherwise be akin to a bankai that was vastly augmented much like his own Vizard state by her chaos and death energy being influenced by the vast scene of death, destruction and instability across this war.
Of course, this didn't mean Mana would come out of this exchange without an injury on her. There was still aftershocks and shockwaves from these forces once again having such daunting collsions against one another. So Stefan would notice that exerting this much effort to sustain herself in this battle was steadily taking it's toll on her. This is due to the fact that more acidic blood was spewing forth from The Queen's battle; though she still decided to use her pain to otherwise blind Stefan by directing her burning blood straight into his eyes to otherwise make the male stripped of his vision. Though, regardless of whether or not that hit landed, the woman was seen sweating a great deal from the immense heat Stefan's energy produced and blood was dripping from her mouth as she felt the aftershocks of such hellish attacks harming her body. Indeed, Stefan was not an opponent she wanted to engage in too long with his release form and he was a major threat if he wasn't dealt with soon enough. Energy based combat was his strongest suit, but that didn't mean she could sustain this effort for an eternity and she knew the longer this battle waged on the harder it would become as fighting against Mana was akin to a war of attrition.
It is why the woman than sought to let out an ungodly scream that may outright rupture the eardrums of both Stefan and Sophie. As the shockwaves of her tapping deeper into her supply of sinfully potent demonic energy may outright oblierate everything around her and destablize the air further. Since Stefan and Sophie may find themselves having the weight of entire moutains being thrust upon him by her sheer force of power. All the while, with this ungodly strength augmented, Mana had another burst of raw chaos energy repel the advances of Stefan by creating a wall of burning energy which could otherwise negate his blows and thrust before of the opponents backwards from one another by about one hundred meters by his blade and her burst of energy colliding with one another.
In exchange for this action, the shell would endure more damage, but move itself out of the way of being sliced or diced ratherly easily. It is why bruises started to appear across her body, though her regenerative factor did play a role in otherwise healing some of the damage for the time being as she sought to get the superfical damage out of the way. By this point most of her dress was burned and tattered, but The Queen hoenstly didn't give a damn how she outwardly look so long as her body could function and perform. So while there were groaning pains from this battle extending onward, she was still in prime condition and high off her own mania to otherwise endure the strain. "ARE YA' AN ENERGRIZER BUNNY OR SUMTHIN'? YA' JUST DON'T STOP N' I LOVE YA' FER IT!"
Something was off. Something was very off. Despite how intensive this battle was, The Shell still seemed rather confident of it's position. And in a few moments, Stefan would begin to understnad why. In a matter of moments a replica of her trust Dead Master scythe appeared in the woman's hand, and before he could get to her, the woman produced another forcefield of chaos energy to otherwise block and impede his efforts. As, this entire sub-dimension was a product of that essence of her nature and it was only becoming stronger the more particles of her energy were being ignited with each attack. So it was far out of the question that her instability could cause the explosion which Stefan desired to outright redirect and implode itself on the male so that he took the damage instead given how the environment was only becoming more chaotic the longer this battle carried out and the more potent her presence became as Stefan pushed the shell, and by proxy, Mana's will to fight harder.
[Chaos Probabiliy is in the spoilers below]
x Chaos Probability: In association with her chaos element, Mana appears to have discovered that this trait has given her the ability to effect the possibility of something occurring...if it's related to her Danava Element and has a likely chance of occurring. A primary example of this power being put into use is if there was a speeding object heading towards her. If she were doing combat with someone in a populated area such as a city, it could be possible for her to use Chaos Probability in order to scan a one thousand meter radius, via her own energy, to possibly set a chain of chaotic events to occur. For instance, it's very likely that she could cause a sudden gas explosion in buildings nearby in order to have them crumble and fall; blocking said object from even touching her and taking it out in said gas explosion.
Another exemplification of this power being put to use is that she can possibility cause shifts within attacks that happen to make contact with her. What this means is that if something like, say, a Kidō spell meant seal Mana's powers had came within a ten meter radius of her. Should she be able to perceive, she could activate Chaos probability in order to make an attempt at causing an event that would null the sealing; such as the energy within the seal suddenly malfunctioning or sudden portal consuming the object in question.
On a more lethal level, if Mana is actually able to touch her subject, she could possibilty even induce sudden shifts in their health. While they may not be auto kill, it can lead to things that can result in a swift death. Such as if she were to cut open a scratch or wound in their chance, activate Chaos Probability and attempt to use it in a matter that would cause a disease of the heart to attempt to damage or weaken the opponent. Or, on a spiritual level, cause sudden probability shifts in the way their powers are used in order to cause many unstable fluctuations in their flow of energy to the point of making it very dangerous for them to use their powers by conjuring up some sort of freak disease which effects spiritual beings.
Additionally, it's also very possible for Mana to induce all sorts of curses with her probability. An example of this would be if she were to attempt to temper with a person's fortune. If this move is successful, then all sorts of things that would fall under the realm of "Bad Luck" could occur with the opponent. A shoe lace could be untied, a random piece of debris could suddenly blind the opponent, freak accidents may appear on the field and so on. Luckily, most of these effects are not forever. More often then not, these will not last more then ten to five post before they wear out and get weaker with each post. This also leads into the drawbacks of this power.
While it may be possible for Mana to perform all these tricks with Chaos Probability, she is limited in how many times it can be used. More often then not, she is only limited to, at a maxi um, six occurrences happening per post. That means she is usually capped at around two to four probabilities happening with each given post. If she happens to go above that, then her powers will backfire and the misfortune will occur on Mana instead. Furthermore, when using six occurrences, she will generally have to wait three to six posts before she can use this ability again. And, on top of that, other users of probability control may have an easier time fighting back against this sort of thing. However, the same could be said for Mana herself as, like the event of two major energy forces colliding, she could essentially cause the two opposing probability factors to simply negate each other.
What's more, it's also possible to counter this by simply moving out of range. As, if you are within the contained radius, Mana will generally accelerate the effects of her Chaos Probability. Meaning, that nine times out of ten, if you are able to leave that field of attack, you can escape the effects of Chaos Probability if she has not attempt'd to attach it's attributes to your body. Lastly, certain types of barrier could shield a person from it's effect. Though, what type, you'll probably have to figure that out on your own.
Note: It's worth mentioning that she can be drained a bit of energy when performing this ability.
Note 2: It's also worth noting that those with higher durability can withstand the effects of the Chaos Probability in which attempt to effect their body. For instance, someone with a Mastery in their durability or Hierro would have a lower chance of something being altered in their body. Furthermore, it's possible to withstand the effects of Chaos Probability by summoning some sort of force field, barrier or protection system that is strong enough to endure this. Lastly, if you are able to escape the radius of Chaos Probability, then you will truly be home free from it's reach until Mana retracts it and waits to summon it again.
And this was all coming to a head as the rain which Sophie summoned would find itself fizzling out in moments. Why? Mana had the enviormental advantge. This sub-dimension was hers, the amount of chaos/death/demonic energy was off the charts and the control she had over the enviorment in addition to the gap in power and will of the two fighters was not something easily bridged. Ergo, the Rain Dance would be outright negated by the will of Mana as she felt it's presence beginning to try and surface in the world around them. All the while, the spikes which were forming would outright be subject to her Chaos Probability and be redirected away from Mana into random directions across the city; exploding in burst of immense flame which could catch Sophie in a chaotic eruption of electricity, fire and energy from her chaotic element outright taking hold in this vicinity. "Ya two...are really pushin' me. Ya' just won't quit, ya just won't stop n' ya just won't yield. Yet, what ya' fail to realize is that I'm only gettin' stronger the more this acursed world is consumed in chaos......"
Even as the woman was panting a bit from exerting herself, there was something off with this picture as the depths of her energy was only swirling upward. And why was this? It was something the two forgot to pay attention to: Antarctica. Indeed, while the two were busy fighting Mana inside the dome, the reinforcements of Shadow Fall were busy establishing control over Antarctica since the heavy resistance of Stefan and Sophie were contained inside this sub-dimension for as long as the two desired to fight Mana's will. And in this way they were importing a variety of different machines, magical devices, troops, bases, and resources to otherwise seize control as they were slaughtering thousands of citizens across the continent as the scarlet glow across the continent only grew stronger and the city outside the walls was clashing against the forces.
Perhaps The Queen may not take over this city in particular, as it honestly wasn't even her primary objective at this point given how much resistance was had here. But, the greater hand of the war was still in her favor as there weren't many resources to go around on the Quincy side to otherwise protect these regions. So it was a choice: they were going to have to either choose to fight this shell, or quit and try to refocus their efforts on the world around them. Yet, either way it went, the two were now fully sealed in the realm and this shell wasn't exactly going to let either of them easily escape at this point with how much dominance she gained over the world around them throughout these posts. "...so let's take a moment to think: I'm an entity of chaos and discord. What do you think a world war will do to my will and power, boys and girls? Riddle me that, my lovely s'ugahs~!"