This blog's purpose is to gather all the quotes related to the tiering and powers of Toaru Majutsu no Index's Magic Gods, with the goal of solving any doubts one might have of their capabilities while also making easier to access important quotes in case a discussion about them happens.
Before we can start explaining the Magic Gods, we have to talk about Toaru's cosmology. Phases work a little differently from a regular universe and misunderstanding them could lead to overestimating the Magic Gods. Because of this, this blog will try to simplify it as much as possible.
The World* in Index is not a pristine untouched world. Several layers have been applied on top of it, changing how things appear to be, much like a veil or filter. For a simile, imagine the World as a beautiful picture in a canvas. When you look at a picture, you're not seeing the canvas' surface or a single layer of paint, you're seeing multiple layers of paint at the same time, and even more layers are completely covered by the layers on the surface. These layers are the Phases. Just like the combination of paint layers makes up the painting, the combination of Phases makes up the World.
* From now on, anytime I use "World" I'm referring to the entirety of Toaru's cosmology, not just the physical universe, but also the various esoteric Phases that are part of the larger World. On the other hand, "world" will be used to refer to the physical universe on its own, since that's the most relevant.
The regular world we live in is defined by one of these Phases, but there's a lot more. Though the process has not been described, over the eras religions have added new Phases to the World.
NT9 Between the Connected Points (Othinus talks to Touma about Phases)
“Have you ever heard of phases?”
“This world was not pure and untouched to begin with. Christian, Buddhist, Celtic, Indian, Shinto, Incan, Aztec, Greek, Roman…and Norse. The various religions have placed layer after layer of various phases over the world like thin veils or filters. There is heaven, hell, the underworld, the Pure Land, Yomi, the abyss, Mount Olympus, the fairy island, Nirai Kanai, Asgard, and many others. At any rate, the world you have seen so far has been viewed through various colors of cellophane.”
Heaven and Hell were brought up very early in the series during the Angel Fall arc when Tsuchimikado gives Touma a basic explanation about where angels and demons stand in relation to the human world, the physical universe. Basically, they exist in the same physical space as the regular world, but they exist at a "higher" (Heaven) or "lower" (Hell) frequency, so people in the regular world can't perceive Heaven/Hell or their various inhabitants.
OT4 Chapter 1 Part 1 (Tsuchimikado talks with Touma about Heaven and Hell)
“…What angel? This is truly hard to believe. In this age, space shuttles can break through the atmosphere, and there’s no sign of a heaven…”
“Mm, the high and low relationship of heaven and hell isn’t of height.”
“Then what is it?”
“Here’s an example. Human eyes can’t see infrared rays, and human ears can’t detect high frequency sounds. You can understand this right, Kami-yan?”
“The high and low refers to this, anything that’s above or below what humans can detect. They can’t feel it if it’s too high or if it’s too low. So even if God is to appear beside Kami-yan, you should be unable to detect it.”
Tsuchimikado delightedly smiled.
“Yeah. The low is referring to hell of the devil. What’s opposite infrared rays are ultraviolet rays, and low frequency in contrast to high frequency; in other words, an inversion. Though both waves are different, both are still waves. In other words, even if there’s an angel standing beside a demon, they won’t be able to detect each other unless they interfere with each other in the area between heaven and hell called the ‘human realm’.”
This description fits with the description of Hyouka's life whenever she's not in the real world and she's at the Imaginay Number District. This Imaginary Number District appears to be some kind of artificial Heaven that's being built by Aleister Crowley, and thus very likely some kind of Phase, though so far it's limited to Academy City.
OT6 Chapter 4 Part 3 (Hyouka and the Imaginary Number District)
When Kazakiri Hyouka had finally gained consciousness, she was already standing in the middle of the city.
The city didn’t mean Academy City. But in terms of coordinates, the location was completely identical to Academy City. It was a place built by the AIM diffusion field released by the 2.3 million espers within Academy City, the invisible City of Shimmers.
The City of Shimmers had no shadows, no weight, no air flow, it was extremely thin, there was no sense of existence. Once the wind blew, the towers, trees on the road and pedestrians would be blown away like the flame on a candle wick, and let out a grey visual signal that looked like a bug that mistook the camouflage color.
If there was anyone who could visualize an AIM diffusion field, the person would find that the City of Shimmers completely overlapped Academy City.
But if she took any action, it was likely that she would get others involved as well. Thus, Kazakiri could only stand around like a phantom, using her eyes to observe that same city that she couldn’t touch—Academy City.
The people in Academy City couldn’t sense her presence. Even if she were to stand in front of the students in Academy City and reach her hand out, she would pass through them. No matter how close the smiles of those students were, Kazakiri was unable to join in with them.
As seen with Hyouka, who's considered an artificial angel, Phases can have their own inhabitants. Heaven and Hell have God, angels and demons, but the others religious Phases house the gods and also the calamities from their myths/religion.
NT10 Chapter 13 Part 3 (Marian uses Dainsleif to cut open Phases and summon calamities)
(Heaven, Asgard, Mt. Olympus, the Pure Land, Nirai Kanai… Cutting away the homes of the gods removes the protection and blessings of those gods and thus releases the calamities being restrained by the gods. In a way, Marian is able to freely choose and wield the different “endings” told of in the world’s scriptures.)
Also worth mentioning is the Pure World, a mysterious world introduced by Othinus in NT9. The Pure World is a world beyond all the Phases and filters, the world of science untouched by religion and magic. Apparently not even Magic Gods can affect it, and Aleister Crowley is trying to tamper with it. Nothing else is known about it, but it will likely play a part on Aleister's plan in future novels.
NT9 Between the Connected Points (Othinus talks about the Pure World):
“The man who names himself the Silver Star seems to have been attempting to directly tamper with the ‘pure world’ beyond all the filters…that is, the world of science that is unaffected by religion. …Honestly, you are quite fortunate to see this. Not even the Golden cabal of Europe that dreamed in Tibet was able to reach this point.”
To summarize, Toaru's World is composed of several layers piled on top of each other, but the people in each layer can't interact with each other. Rewriting the world's state, despite the multiple layers, would mean rewriting only one timeline/universe, so it is only a Low 2-C feat.
Magic God (魔神 Majin, which can also be read as "Demon God") is the term used to refer to the magicians who have reached the pinnacle of magic. They have mastered magic to the point they can freely bend the world and its rules to their whim, trascending normal magic and entering the realm of God. Besides mastering magic they also require a special ceremony, which seems to vary from Magic God to Magic God, but appears to be closely related to them dying in some way.
OT1 Chapter 1 Part 6 (Narration describes the concept of a Magic God)
All living creatures would eventually die, an apple dropped from above would fall down, and 1+1=2. You would be able to take those kinds of natural and unchangeable rules of the world, destroy them, rewrite them, and create new ones. You could make 1+1=3, make an apple dropped from below fall up, and make all dead creatures eventually be revived.
Magicians called such a being a magic god.
Not the god of the demon world, but a magician who had thoroughly mastered magic to the point of entering the domain of god.
Fom this initial quote we know that Magic Gods are powerful reality warpers that can freely rewrite the world and its various physical laws. They can do this because Magic Gods have the ability to create, destroy and manipulate the Phases described above. If a Magic God decides to do make all the oceans green, they just change the Phase or add a new one to the world that makes that happen. If a Magic God doesn't like Heaven, Asgard or Fairy Island, they can remove those Phases from the world. In the painting simile we used with Phases, a Magic God is an artist who can paint over the canvas, changing any detail they don't like or making a whole new image all together. Besides Reality Warping this quote also has mentions of Physics Manipulation, manipulating life and death and changing math concepts.
It's made pretty clear that Toaru's world has at least 11 dimensions in the first series. Let's jump ahead to Curtana Original, which confirms the existence of multiple higher dimensions with its dimensional slicing spell, the All Dimensions Severing Spell. As the name says, it slices all dimensions, higher and lower. It's just that the only cross-section humans can perceive is the 3 dimensional one.
Vol 18 Chapter 5 Part 10
She curtly swung down the sword.
In the next instant, Kamijou Touma saw a dimension being severed for the first time in his life.
Its range was a little less than 20 meters.
With a strange noise, something passed through along a line that Kamijou and Acqua had been on just a moment before. Something like a belt or a wall that was only about as wide as Curtana Original expanded. It was white and looked a little like a plastic model before it was colored. That object that looked not entirely complete appeared before Kamijou’s eyes.
“I could feel it when I was practicing before. This spiritual item is quite old, but its disposition seems to change a bit when someone wields it based on modern military knowledge. …Well, I’m sure my mother would be able to do something similar because she has the same nature.” A tone of enjoyment could be heard in Carissa’s voice. “Did you know that the cross section you get by slicing a 3 dimensional object is 2 dimensional? And slicing a 2 dimensional object creates a 1 dimensional cross section.”
With a clunk, the mysterious belt-shaped object that had been irrationally floating in the air fell to the ground right next to Kamijou.
It felt something like pottery, but it was actually extremely heavy despite how it looked.
Even after it fell, it continued to sink into the black soil.
“Similarly, when a dimension higher than our 3 dimensions is sliced, the cross section appears in this world in a 3 dimensional form. As a result, the ruins of a cross section appears like this.”
The second princess rested Curtana Original on her shoulder.
She was not attacking.
Even so, the dimension was sliced apart in the trajectory of her sword and a colorless belt-shaped object fell to her feet.
“This simultaneously severs every dimension at the coordinates whether they are higher dimensions or lower dimensions. It seems the only cross section objects created that we can perceive are the ones that can appear in a 3 dimensional world.”
Kamijou was completely dumbfounded.
If what she was saying was true, that sword was a monstrous weapon that could cut right through dimensions which did exist but were more of a concept than anything. No matter how much steel someone used to protect his body, Curtana Original could cut right through the dimension to cleave him in two.
From just this we have at least 4, likely 5 since Carissa says "higher dimensions". Now we go to Espers. Teleporters use their powers by leaving the 3 dimensional world, finding their coordinates in the 11th dimension and re-entering the world from there, skipping the process of moving in 3 dimensional coordinates by basically taking a shortcut (and also negating conventional durability like Curtana does). So we have 11 confirmed dimensions.
Vol 6 Between the Lines 1
Shirai’s ability was called Teleport. It was not limited to three dimension rules, so she could move about freely within space.
However, there was a weakness to this ability. Though the phrase “to teleport within space” sounded simple, the theory behind it was to get away from the three dimensions, find her position in the eleventh dimension, and then calculate the vectors to teleport. Such calculations' complexity couldn’t be compared to the simple commands that ordinary espers would have, like “fire a fireball”, or “fire electric strikes”.
How does this apply to Magic Gods? We don't know 100%, dimensions are not mentioned much when talking about them. We have Othinus' teleporting arrow trick that's stated to be done by overcoming the restrictions of the third dimension and that's it. We do have another comment by Othinus that could be used to support their ability to control all dimensions. After Touma freaks out when St. Germain introduces "himself" as a Magic God, Othinus calms him down and reassures him it's not the case, explaining how St. Germain could have pulled his earlier tricks without needing Magic God powers by using only the ability to manipulate carbon.
Vol 12 Chapter 2 Part 17
“Please wait!! He…he really did bend the entire world before my eyes! It was like…like this… It’s hard to explain, but the walls, floor, and ceiling all turned into weapons, tunnels appeared in the people in the way, and they all attacked me at once!”
“Have you forgotten?” Othinus sounded almost utterly exasperated. “This is the Dianoid. The entire building is made of carbon materials. That means you don’t need control over every phase, every dimension, and every element to manipulate everything around you. A magician with control over carbon and nothing else can pull that one off.”
Unfortunately since the Magic Gods appear to be done, this is probably all we'll get about dimensions with them.
The first Magic God to appear in the series is Othinus. She suddenly appears in NT4 after Touma defeats Marian, casually crushing Touma's wrist and taking out the Invisible Thing when it comes out with her bare hands. The Invisible Thing was not at the same level as it was on WWIII by her own admission, but this is still a thing that made Fiamma, someone capable of destroying planets, feel completely worthless and insignificant.
NT4 Profound Destruction (Othinus stomps the Invisible Thing)
Suddenly, something changed.
Something invisible blew out from the crushed remnants of Kamijou Touma’s right wrist. With a roar, it shot toward Othinus without taking any real form.
“…Is that all?”
Othinus’s bloody hand grabbed something.
The one-eyed witch tilted her head to the side in confusion.
“It seems you produced decent results during the final stages of World War 3, but is this all I find when I open the lid?”
She carelessly crushed it.
The invisible power writhed and seemed to try to flee from Othinus. But it was too late. She poured more strength into her bloody fingers and this time the invisible power was torn apart and disappeared into thin air.
Minor stuff which is not mentioned in her current profile, Othinus' presence creates a very powerful aura of fear that leaves Maria paralyzed. Reminder: Maria, the one describing the fear aura, just got through experiencing Dainsleif, a magic sword that kills people by inducing them with so much fear of seeing its blade drawn that their body gives up and their heart stops beating to avoid facing it.
NT4 Profound Destruction (Aura of Fear)
Kumokawa Maria was unable to move.
The great amount of red blood made her feel dizzy.
But before that, the one-eyed witch who had suddenly appeared was simply too frightening. This was different from Dainsleif. The feeling was different from that easily understandable surface fear. It slipped into the deepest portions of people without them noticing and the next thing they knew, strength had left their limbs.
It was like how domestic violence carried out behind locked doors was accepted as the normal routine even by the victim.
It was like the climax of a discussion about who to eat first while in a small snowed in cottage when there seemed no hope of rescue in the near future.
It may have been described as a great fear, but it was not something that could be rejected on the surface like it was a flame that you reflexively pulled your hand out of. This fear permeated you so deeply that it created a cycle that at a normal time you would immediately realize was strange. Just by standing there, the one-eyed witch could likely even destroy the morals in the hearts of all those around her.
For example, if an army was going to fight that one-eyed witch, it was possible the soldiers would get into a fight over who would be forced to stand before her and they would end up killing each other.
Othinus destroys Dainsleif, but she's confronted by Ollerus. The two exchange a powerful barrage of invisible explosions.
NT4 Profound Destruction (Wall of Invisible Explosions 1)
A tremendous explosive noise burst out between Othinus and the blond young man.
Actually, it was not just one. Thousands and tens of thousands of explosive noises burst out at such short intervals that they all sounded like a single whole.
However, Kumokawa had no idea what had happened.
She saw no visual phenomenon.
Fiamma appears to back up Ollerus. The rest of the fight is not shown, but it apparently ends in a draw and Othinus retreats. One may ask: Why does she retreat from Ollerus and Fiamma despite the Magic God powers she has? Well, at that point Othinus couldn't wield her full power freely, because her power is too vast. Magic Gods can do anything, they have access to all possibilities. But in order to truly have access to all possibilities, you have to hold both the positive possibilities ("my spell works" or "I changed the world the way I wanted to") and the negative possibilities ("spell fails" or "defeated by a small kid in a fight"). Negative possibilities might also carry a backlash on her body, as we'll see in a future quote. This is why she initially relies on her organization, Gremlin, and chooses to partake in complex plans despite being one of the strongest individuals in the Magic Side by far, and thus, perfectly capable of steamrolling most of the verse on her own.
NT4 Profound Destruction (Ollerus talking to Othinus)
“It isn’t that either. You know that. You may be a Magic God, but you are not perfect. Or rather, you are too perfect and that gives you a troublesome characteristic. You know that and that is why you have put together this exaggerated plan to free you from that dilemma.”
“Infinite possibilities sounds good, but that gives you both the possibility of success and the possibility of failure. I suppose it’s something like matter and antimatter. For everything, you must hold the possibility for success and the possibility for failure. No matter how much power you gather, you have a 50/50 chance. If you think of it like Russian roulette, it’s like taking a shot with three bullets loaded. Let’s be honest, Othinus. While you possess the power to destroy the world, you also have a 50% chance of losing to a child in a game of rock-paper-scissors. It’s almost a miracle that Kamijou Touma has lost twice. His misfortune must really be something. But given this condition, you cannot just wield your full power at random. You want to find a way to control those possibilities. Wanting to increase your possibilities for victory is natural, but when your possibilities for failure increase too, you need to find some way of dealing with that. 50/50 is the most troublesome of all.”
NT6 Chapter 1 Part 5 (Ollerus talks to Touma about Othinus)
“But a Magic God can do anything, right? Does she really need to rely on others?”
“Being able to do anything is the problem in and of itself.” Ollerus gave a cynical smile as if commiserating with a colleague. “You often hear talk of ‘infinite possibilities’, but that truly means you have as many negative possibilities as you do positive possibilities.”
“This may be a bit hard to understand for someone at the age where you still believe in infinite possibilities. Just think of flipping a coin. The odds of getting heads or tails are 50/50. That is the true identity of ‘infinite possibilities’. Whenever you take an action, you carry both the possibility for success and the possibility for failure. No matter how hard you train, you still have 50% odds of losing in a fight to a child. That is what a Magic God is.”
50% was quite large.
In terms of Russian roulette, that would be starting the game with 3 live bullets.
This is obviously a big issue for Othinus, who's only interested in her good possibilities, and wants to get full 100% odds of success/victory. How does she try to do this? As a Magic God from Norse Mythology, where the power of the gods is closely related to their personal items, she needs Gungnir, the holy spear that symbolizes the head god's power. This is the main plot for the Othinus arc.
I'll now list some other feats and quotes prior to her acquiring the spear.
NT6 Epilogue (Othinus reconnects her arm after it falls off when her negative possibilities do their thing)
The connection at the joint seemed to be completely ignored as the arm started to fall.
“…Tch. So it ended up in the negative 50% of the infinite possibilities.”
Before the arm could completely fall off, Othinus forcibly held it in place from over the mantle with her other hand. A wet dripping sound could be heard. It seemed she had lost a lot of blood beneath the mantle, but the Magic God’s expression did not change. Even a wound as ridiculous as that might not last for long.
NT8 Epilogue (Reminder of the power Othinus holds)
This blonde-haired, green-eyed girl had one eye covered by an eyepatch and wore a witch’s hat and cape. Despite her lovely appearance, she was known as a magic god and held the power to end the history of humanity at any moment. She was a rare life form that sought that lance not because she lacked power but because she had too much.
NT8 Epilogue (Wall of Invisible Explosions 2)
An instant later, the slight space between them was filled with tens of thousands or even hundreds of millions of strange explosions.
If the theory of relativity that summarized the relationship between time and space would allow a black hole-like object to exist under certain special circumstances, the extreme compression of space by their frightening clash may have twisted the continuity of time.
That was how extreme this series of attacks was.
A wall of explosions completely filled the space between those two monsters. It showed no sign of ending and seemed to completely ignore the concept of numbers.
After this exchange Ollerus attacks Othinus with the Fairy Spell, a brand-new spell he created that uses the concept of Christianity turning pagan gods into lesser creatures like fairies and demons to depower divine entities. Magic Gods hit by this spell are forcibly brought down from their position as gods, and it would turn their even odds of success and failure into a 0% chance of success. There's also another reminder of Othinus being so strong that even if all humanity banded together they wouldn't be able to defeat her, this including all the strong individuals like Ollerus and Fiamma living in the world.
NT8 Epilogue (Reminder of the power Othinus holds 2)
“Even if all of mankind worked together, they would have no way of opposing the being known as a magic god. And that simple truth does not change even when one includes those of us who only barely remain within the territory of a human,” said Ollerus.
Despite the surprise attack with a new spell, Othinus used her magic to mess with Ollerus' senses and make him think he landed the blow when he had actually missed it. This is manipulation of the enemy's physical senses in a very subtle way. Additionally, Othinus shows the ability to immediately copy the Fairy Spell she has seen once. From this we can deduce that she and other Magic Gods can likely copy any Toaru spell they see in use, which makes a lot of sense since they have mastered the verse's magic system.
NT8 Epilogue (Othinus confuses Ollerus senses in a subtle way and copies the spell he invented after seeing it once)
That was why it took him a moment to realize it.
Despite having pressed his palm against the center of the magic god’s chest and having fired the stake of light into her, the tip of that stake had not stabbed into Othinus. It was not that a thick wall had appeared to stop it. Ollerus’s senses told him it had long since extended all the way out, but Othinus’s senses said it was only partway out.
“It is a simple thing, Ollerus. A truly simple thing. I deceived your senses. You gave your victorious speech before you had pulled out your secret weapon. That is all. And once you know the trick, sleight of hand has nothing left to surprise you.”
Ollerus frantically tried to pull his arm back, but he was too slow.
This had been a one-shot suicide attempt. He had given no thought to a way out.
Magic God Othinus did not hesitate to grab Ollerus’s wrist.
“I can make use of this now that I know it exists. It may have been a waste of time for you, but it is an unexpected reward for me. After all, I finally have a way of finishing things with this damn annoying person from my past! You brought the means of your own defeat!!”
A great noise rang out.
Othinus had slammed her other hand against the young man’s chest. Her hand was palely glowing. A sharp stake of light stuck out from her palm, thoroughly destroyed the interior of Ollerus’s body, and forcefully shot out his back.
Fortunately for Ollerus, Fiamma is also there. Fiamma uses his ability to hide his presence to backstab Othinus with the Fairy Spell. However, Othinus dashes their hopes by being happy about it, since she can also use the 100% chance of failure the Fairy Spell forces on her for her plans. All that mattered to her was unifying her possibilities, one way or the other, so that she could be sure of the result of her actions.
NT8 Epilogue (Othinus talks about unifying her possibilities)
“I only needed it to lean in one direction or the other,” she announced as a grin split across her face. “It did not matter if I completed the lance and gained 100% success or became a fairy and gained 100% failure. My actions were sealed by the constant 50% balance between success and failure. I could never know if my actions had achieved heads or tails, so I could never know if I could build on top of that action. Moving forward with constant heads is one possible path. But if I know every path I choose will come up tails, I can achieve 100% success by always moving in the opposite direction of the path I choose!! Failing as a magic god acts as a guidepost towards success as a magic god!! …You two meant nothing from the beginning. Whether I won or lost, you could not stop me from becoming a complete magic god!!”
Othinus promptly demonstrates this by using her powers to create Gungnir from nothing, revealing she could have done it on her own and Gremlin's plan was just a decoy.
NT8 Epilogue (Othinus uses her powers to make Gungnir on her own + another regeneration feat)
Kamijou heard a sound like a rock landing in some mud.
It came from the head of the blonde-haired, green-eyed girl named Othinus.
The black eyepatch was pushed out from within. An object covered in a dark red liquid shot out from the empty eye socket. It continued on and on.
“Ha ha ha ha!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!”
The magic god laughed arched her back.
An unpleasant noise rang out.
The tip of the lance was not a sharply pointed blade like on a knife. It was a wide blade as if a double-edged sword had been forcibly attached. What would happen if that was forcibly dragged from her narrow eye socket? The sound of a joint popping continued on and on with a sticky sound mixed in. No, that was the sound of something breaking and splitting. Her eye socket may have been spreading and distorting like a hole in a rubber band. It may have even grown larger than the girl’s small face.
A lance covered in a dark red liquid made its horizontal entrance into the world.
Othinus grabbed the Gungnir she had produced from within her own body and looked down on Kamijou once more.
Her face had returned to normal.
Had it truly possessed the strange elasticity of rubber?
Or had she somehow instantly repaired her smashed and destroyed skull?
What is Othinus' first action now that she has Gungnir and full control over her reality warping powers? As a reality warper as powerful as her, she doesn't actually have to fight fair with all the other enemies present or in the way to fight her, so she uses her powers to destroy the world, thus ending any possible fight.
NT8 Epilogue (Othinus destroys the world)
Magic God Othinus lightly spun the lance around in one hand and pointed its tip toward the heavens.
She spoke slowly.
She uttered two short sentences.
“These small fights are such a pain. I think I’ll just end the world.”
And exactly as she had announced, everything was immediately destroyed.
That line is followed by two black pages, then the novel ends. NT9 starts with a recap of the prior novel, ending with this.
Kamijou tried to deny Othinus’s words in an attempt to look away from the hopeless situation, but Othinus’s reply was one of disinterest.
“These small fights are such a pain. I think I’ll just end the world.”
Immediately afterwards, everything in the world was truly and seriously destroyed.
We can see that the novel makes it clear Othinus did destroy the "world". But we all know that word can get pretty confusing sometimes. How do we now it doesn't mean "planet" instead of "universe"? Because Othinus herself corrects Touma in his hope that something is still there.
NT9 Chapter 5 Part 1 (Touma wakes up in the black world and tries to deny reality)
Once he sprang to his feet, he was left speechless. Everything around him was odd. It was black. Nothing but black. The ground was perfectly flat. It was even more level and free of defect than the silicon wafer for a semiconductor. From where he stood to the horizon, the ground did not rise or fall by even a micron.
“What is this place?”
Nothing natural could be seen. Nothing unnatural could be seen.
Despite the previous use of the word, it was unclear whether the term “horizon” even applied. Both the ground and the sky were colored pure black, so it was impossible to distinguish between them.
He turned around a full 360 degrees, but the scenery did not change. He stopped at the spot he thought he had started at, but he was not even sure that was correct. With nothing to use as a landmark, he could not be sure.
“You’re lying!! You, um, used some kind of trick to make it look like that’s what happened!! That would be easier. Instead of destroying Tokyo Bay and killing all those people, it would be easier to bring me to some other place!! So…!!”
“It no longer matters how you perceive the situation. Who it was that disappeared is a trivial matter. The problem that lies before you is that only the two of us are here,” said Othinus disinterestedly. She sounded like someone who had downloaded an app to kill time late at night but found out it was even more boring than expected. “And you seem confused as to the scale we are talking about.”
“What? Are you saying there’s more?”
“Why are you talking about this on the tiny scale of Tokyo Bay? What I destroyed is not contained to just the small planet known as Earth.”
It must be pointed out that, while the usual shonen power creep is not 100% valid in Toaru due to the mostly static power levels of 99% of the characters, the prior main villain Fiamma was already stated to be capable of destroying Earth, and we've had Gabriel playing with the Earth's rotation and multiple stars since volume 4 of the first series. This scalation, given how much magic gods and Othinus were hyped by the narration and characters like Ollerus, makes sense
Touma, still denying reality, tries walking in a single direction calling for his allies, hoping he'll leave Sargasso and find... anything/anyone besides Othinus in this black flat world, though to little success. Touma finally decides to confront Othinus. Othinus is not interested in fighting him and decides to use her powers to break him mentally, thus rendering IB useless. Othinus then proceeds to torture Touma with several "worlds": one where he's public enemy #1 and everyone on Earth, even friends and his parents, wants him dead; another where a second Touma has replaced him and nobody notices anything, going on with their lives. During these worlds Othinus appears out of nowhere in several occasions just to taunt him before dissapearing again, demonstrating Teleportation. We also have Othinus stopping/slowing down time to a crawl just before Komoe kills him in the first torture world.
NT9 Chapter 6 Part 3 (Othinus messes with time to taunt Touma)
It seemed like time had stopped.
Or perhaps only this place where Othinus was had changed.
It may have been like a waking dream or when one’s life flashed before their eyes.
The girl known as a Magic God gave an exaggerated snap of her fingers.
In the next moment, time sped back up to normal and Tsukuyomi Komoe swung the knife forcefully down.
After the second world (impostor Touma world), Othinus is a bit angry about Touma managing to hold up, so she forces him to go through countless more worlds. This gives Touma the opportunity to realize something.
NT9 Chapter 6 Part 8
“But how many cards do you think I have in my deck?”
“Do you think it stops in the mere tens of thousands?”
“You aren’t actually destroying anything.”
Othinus seemed surprised that he was only now realizing this.
The blonde-haired, eyepatch-wearing girl stood directly in front of the boy.
She was so close that he thought he detected a sweet aroma.
The world had become a vague marble pattern.
“There aren’t thousands or millions of worlds. This is still our world. This whole time, we haven’t moved anywhere.”
“Why are you acting like you know what you are talking about? Also, I do not recall saying anything about parallel worlds.”
He did not know how it worked.
But the world’s point of view was changing. Othinus was changing it. Kamijou was merely experiencing what was around him, so it appeared to him he was travelling to completely different worlds.
Othinus is changing the current world, not creating new ones that run parallel to the old ones. If you remember the painting simile, the black world is her painting the canvas white, so there's nothing left (using reality warping so the world dissapears). She then paints a whole new layer of painting (creating a Phase and layering it on top of everything else), which becomes the new surface of the canvas (the world switches accordingly to Othinus' Phase). Before the obvious question "Othinus admits to not destroying anything, how's she Tier 2?!" can be made, this is adressed in the series. Instead of using raw power, Magic Gods like Othinus use their reality warping powers to change the universe from the "exists" state to the "doesn't" one. Even she admits that she does this because it's simply easier than to destroy everything and rebuilt it every single time she wants to do something:
“Call me a god. And what I have done is simple. I have created new filters and placed them over the world so the world appears to have changed. That is why the world appeared changed to you. This is a lot easier than destroying everything and building it back up every time. And your right hand contains the power to level out any foreign elements in the world, so it has difficulty functioning when I change the world itself. …Still, results are everything in the world. In the end, history will record it like this: the Magic God repeatedly destroyed the world and created new ones to make a single boy suffer as much as possible.”
Even the novel's narration points out this is a matter of semantics (and the author really wanting to do the "Create vs Break" thematic with Othinus vs Touma). The universe ends up destroyed anyway.
NT9 Chapter 8 Part 7
Magic God Othinus had the ability to create, so she was technically not destroying anything. This may have been a change brought about by adding a new phase into the world. Nevertheless, it was blatantly obvious what the scene before Kamijou’s eyes would produce. It was the same as referring to the utter destruction of a luxurious palace as “creating a pile of rubble”. This was undeniably a torrent of destruction.
We've established Othinus' Universe level+ Reality Warping. There's still some feats from the "fight" between her and Touma. From now on all quotes are from NT9 Chapter 8.
Space Carving Attack:
Othinus never moved from that one spot.
She merely held up her lance.
That was all.
A giant hole opened in the night sky.
It looked like a pitch black moon.
Something had split open. Kamijou caught a glimpse of that evenly black world he had seen before.
No warning was given.
That moon merely fell toward the schoolyard to crush a single boy.
Kamijou leaped to the side with all his strength. He could not worry about appearances. He merely rolled along the dirt to move even a centimeter or millimeter further from that whirl of destruction.
All sound vanished.
A hemispherical crater ten meters across appeared in the ground. This was not the scar left by an explosion. That space had been carved away in the exact shape and size of the black moon.
(Body Manipulation? Telekinesis? Othinus can simply break Touma's body):
After switching over his train of thought, he sharply altered his direction as if switching the position of his feet around.
(I need to find a way to get close to her!! If I can get right up to her, she’ll have to let up on the massive attacks for fear of hitting herself! I only have my fist. Whether I’m attacking or defending, I can’t do anything without forcing down my fear and moving in to-…)
Othinus’s lovely voice was accompanied by the sound of Kamijou’s knee bending in an odd direction.
(Statement about the futility of Touma's fight with Othinus, pointing out more stuff Othinus can do. Matter Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Fate Manipulation plus manipulating cosmic bodies like Gabriel on steroids)
Magic God Othinus could control everything. Without exaggeration, she controlled the world itself. If she wanted to, she could have galaxies collide to kill Kamijou Touma. Or she could break the bonds between the particles making up his body and cause his very existence to disperse. If she was the slightest bit dissatisfied with something, she could turn back time, re-lay the rails of fate that led to the future, and create the exact result she wanted.
(Invisible Explosion + Invisible Cutting Attacks)
Just as she lightly bit the edge of her lip in irritation, half of Kamijou Touma’s body was blown away like sherbet.
In the next battle, that was all he could say before his torso was sliced apart.
She used an invisible power to split that impudent boy’s top half from the bottom half.
An invisible cutting attack shot right by Kamijou Touma and blasted the reinforced concrete school building behind him to pieces.
(Turning the stars in the sky into arrows of light):
The twinkling of the stars in the sky was an ominous ill omen.
Each and every one of them transformed into a sharp spear of light and poured down like rain.
We already discussed that Gungnir passively allows Othinus to raise the probabilities of success of her powers to 100%. But she can also use it as an offensive weapon, in which case besides the usual magic traits of "always hits", "returns to user after thrown", etc; we see that the instant it leaves Othinus' hands it destroys all Phases of the world, returning it to the black world, the blank canvas. It then gathers the pieces of all those destroyed Phases into a whirl of destruction to crush the enemy. It also stops time and compresses space for a second just before activating, but that's just a side effect and thus not actually used for combat.
It ended after one step.
A whirl of destruction burst out.
Space was compressed.
The standard concepts of time and space no longer had any meaning.
The lance of the head Norse god was named Gungnir. Its handle was made from the wood of an ash tree, the same as the world tree, its sharp tip was made from gold, and it had tremendous power due to the runes personally carved into the Dvergr-made base by the head god.
It had a few different characteristics.
1. The lance was made to be thrown.
2. The lance would always hit its target once thrown.
3. The lance could not be shot down or destroyed mid-flight.
4. The lance would always return to its owner’s hands after piercing the target.
And even with all of those characteristics, the lance of the head Norse god had yet another characteristic that put it a clear step above the weapons’ of the other gods.
5. That lance would destroy the symbols of human power.
Rather than showing simple destructive power by blowing away a mountain or vaporizing the sea, it bluntly indicated the precedence of the god.
In other words, the instant that lance left Othinus’s hands, the world would be blown to pieces.
Time returned to normal.
Kamijou once more felt space spread out around him.
As the lance was fired with tremendous force, the “happy world” was smashed to pieces as if space itself was being torn apart. As a fragment of the world approached with the force of a raging wave, it took on the shape of a giant lance. The walls of all the phases were crushed, transformed into a swirl of deadly weapons resembling sharp shards of glass, and approached their pitiful target as if to swallow him whole.
Everything was ripped up.
The black labyrinth, which had used up all of its possibilities, showed itself.
Othinus refuses to give up after Touma breaks Gungnir, so she pulls out her last card, the spell based on a minor legend associated with Othinus about a crossbow which can hold ten arrows and can exterminate any army.
(Othinus readies her crossbow)
The entire world could be heard creaking.
Kamijou looked up slightly.
He saw the disturbing symbol bursting from Othinus’s back and providing the color of light to the entire black world it covered. He heard the creaking sound of it gathering tremendous power.
In the end, the world was her crossbow.
As soon as Kamijou Touma realized that, ten pieces of destruction rained down from the heavenly dome above.
(Power of the Arrows)
…The first shot fell vertically from the heavens.
It held the destructive power needed to easily wipe out a planet or two, but it was beyond the point of creating anything like a crater. This was no different from a rifle bullet fired with the initial velocity of a sniper rifle piercing glass without breaking it. The arrow had been fired with such great speed that it pierced the pitch black ground without waiting for the impact to propagate.
Othinus can pretty much shoot the arrows from any direction (the world is literally the crossbow itself). She can also apply some special effects to the arrows, like multiplying the shot into so many "it ignored the concept of numbers" and teleport them by breaking through the third dimension.
…The second shot seemed to skim the ground as it was fired behind him and diagonally to the left.
Kamijou crouched down and the arrow passed over his head and swept across the world. Its trajectory was angled downward slightly and it created a giant valley in that black-dyed world.
…The third and fourth shots burst up through the ground.
…The sixth and seventh shots scraped across Othinus’s shoulders.
The two arrows were fired from behind her and they collided in midair before reaching him. With a tremendous explosive noise, the two arrows’ trajectories changed complexly. The boy evaded one by ducking his upper body down and then jumped over the other with a great leap.
…The eighth shot overcame the restrictions of the third dimension.
Kamijou felt a static electricity-like spark on his spine and immediately swung his head to the side as hard as he could. An instant later, space suddenly split open and an arrow assaulted the world.
…The ninth shot ignored the concept of numbers.
The arrows that fell from above colored the night sky like fireworks and glittered like stars covering the heavens. Every single one of them was fatal, but Kamijou did not freeze up. No matter how torrentially they rained down, there was always a safe space left to step in.
As we've seen in some of the feats listed above Othinus has basically three regeneration feats: reconnecting an arm that was falling off, healing her skull and face in an instant after pulling Gungnir out of her eye socket and this one with her tenth crossbow arrow.
NT9 Chapter 8 Part 8
In other words, the arrow unhesitatingly pierced through Othinus.
The final arrow broke through the girl’s entire body and assaulted Kamijou from the blind spot directly in front of him.
He was too slow to react.
By the time he heard a dull sound, the final arrow had already been absorbed into his chest and accurately targeted his heart.
This was nothing as kind as piercing or breaking him.
In the instant of impact, Kamijou Touma’s body was smashed to pieces from the chest down. As his heart continued to writhe in midair, the tip of the arrow caught it and blasted it to the farthest reaches of that world.
All that remained in that place were the boy’s arms, shoulders, and head.
At that level, this could only be called his remains.
Kamijou’s “body” spun at least twice through the air and Othinus caught it in one hand.
She had supposedly taken the exact same damage, but not so much as a single scratch remained on her smooth skin. The destruction had indeed occurred, but the wounds had immediately repaired themselves like watching the destruction of gelatin in reverse.
So, a solid "at least Mid Regeneration". It sounds a little low for a Tier 2, especially since we have the much weaker Gabriel regenerating from collapsing into pure energy. But there's an interesting quote from Othinus. At the end of NT10, she and Touma are too late for her to give up her powers and avoid dying from the Fairy Spell, so her body crumbles into light particles.
NT10 Chapter 20 Part 3
He saw light.
He saw particles of light.
By the time he noticed the change, he could no longer feel the girl in his arms. Her slender body crumbled. He could not understand it. Her crumbling body was more fleeting than snow. It turned to smooth particles of light as it fell to the ground and those were swept away by the wind.
True Gremlin, who is not interested in the ramifications this loss would cause in Touma, prevents her from vanishing, gathering a small part of her body to put her back together in her miniature body. The interesting thing is that Othinus doesn't question the event itself, she's surprised that her body reforming like that happened without her making it so, implying she can pull off that level of regeneration when she has access to her powers. Of course, the magic gods of True Gremlin should scale to this level of regeneration.
“At that point, Magic God Othinus was 99% destroyed, but it seems the remaining pieces gathered together on their own. My body changed form somewhat and I can no longer use my former power, but it seems I have remained behind.”
It was absolutely ridiculous.
The idea of a human gathering together again after being smashed to pieces sounded like complete nonsense, but he could not question it further when he was talking about a magic god. If Othinus said that was how it worked, he could only accept it.
In fact, he himself had seen it happen before.
In that infinite hell, she had hidden the final crossbow shot behind herself and pulverized her own body along with his, but her body had soon regenerated as if nothing had happened.
(But would my body “automatically” re-form with no intervention from my will? I still have my questions about that.)
To finish this blog we'll go over the Magic Gods from True Gremlin, basically explaining their tiering and why they have Immeasurable speed.
The Hidden World
These Magic Gods resided in a special layer they created for themselves. This layer was something not even Othinus managed to destroy when she wiped out all other Phases and made that black world. Though that may be because she didn't know it existed at the time.
NT10 Epilogue (Existing in non-existant "places"):
Othinus and Kamijou Touma had been wrong about one thing.
They had thought that world of darkness had been the full extent of the world. They had assumed that pitch black despair had been the product of destroying everything and leaving nothing at all behind.
But in truth, there had been one more layer. It was as uniform as a thin membrane, it had not even the slightest seam, and it could not be detected or destroyed by anyone, but one last phase had existed.
This black world was the place not even Magic God Othinus had been able to destroy.
The place technically doesn't exist as a place would normally do, and the concepts of distance and time don't matter there, as the tiniest gap extends to an infinite distance. Thus, Immeasurable speed.
NT10 Epilogue (Hidden World 1):
It may have been wrong to refer to that place as dark. In fact, the word “place” was not entirely accurate either. Non-existent things could not be explained. Nevertheless, a few voices lurked within where no one could interfere.
“The concepts of distance and time don’t matter here, remember? And I can’t leave regardless. Even if I did, I’d just end up gathering unwanted attention on a global scale like Othinus. I was a hair’s breadth and an infinite distance away.”
“Does the same go for the others?”
“Old man, did you start forgetting things once you became a mummy? The zombie girl, the chimera, and everyone are here. It’s just in destiny’s hands whether we run across each other in this place where the tiniest gap extends to an infinite distance☆”
“Letting Othinus run free would have been a problem, but I left that to the strength of the world. The world was temporarily led to destruction as a result, but I still had to prioritize this. It wasn’t easy converting coordinates filled with non-existent numbers into decimal.”
This is repeated in the Prologue for NT12 as they prepare to leave the hidden world.
NT12 Prologue (Hidden World 2):
Darkness covered the entire area.
Not only could one not see an inch in front of their face, but the darkness seemed to pass through their eyeballs and bear down on their mind.
However, the people drifting through that darkness showed no concern. They implicitly said that this was the natural state of the world or that someone had yet to whisper “let there be light”.
Direction and depth were indistinguishable in that black space, but three distinct presences existed there.
We've already established Othinus is a Low 2-C by being able to reality warp one universe/timeline. But why are these Magic Gods infinitely stronger than her? Well, let's start by explaining Zombie's Spell. At the end of NT10 Aleister shows up on their hidden world, tearing a seam on it and ruining it for them.
NT10 Epilogue (Aleister ruins the hidden world):
Their safe territory was gone.
They would now be thrown out into the existing world and pursued by the people who lived there.
NT12 Prologue (Aleister destroyed the hidden world):
“Honestly, why did Aleister have to thoughtlessly destroy our hidden world? Maybe we really should’ve killed him.”
But there's an issue with them stepping into the regular world. Their existences are too big to be contained by the world, unlike Othinus. Even if they don't want to, they'd be destroying the world everytime they wave a hand or take a step.
NT10 Epilogue (Too big for the world):
“If you think about it, you could call this our way of being ecological. We do it because the world is too small for us to live in, but it isn’t easy putting up with being here.”
To solve this they relied on one of their own, Zombie, who came up with a spell that would divide and layer their existence infinitely, weakening themselves so that they can act normally. Some of them like Niang-Niang weren't completely sure that it'd work until they tried it themselves.
NT12 Prologue (Zombie's Layering Spell 1):
“But, High Priest,” cut in a girl’s voice that sounded even younger and also childish. “Miss Zombie’s theory is essentially the same as holding up opposing mirrors, right? By splitting up our power infinitely, we can intentionally weaken ourselves and avoid destroying the world whenever we move an arm or leg.”
“What about it, Niang-Niang?”
“I’m just wondering if the symbol ∞ will really grow weaker when you split it up. I don’t want to smash the world up like stained glass the first step I take. We’re not like Othinus.”
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a mere deception as long as it works. Just like a Moebius strip or a Klein bottle, some concepts are allowed to exist even if they can’t be properly defined, Niang-Niang.”
NT12 Epilogue (Zombie's Layering Spell 2):
“The Voodoo Zombie did an excellent job. I’m sure of it now that I’ve walked around the area a bit. The spell has adapted to our bodies, so now we can move through the world without breaking it.”
“Nee hee hee. Splitting up our power like opposing mirrors, huh?”
Niang-Niang laughed like a mischievous child. She wore a short white China dress and had a distinctive charm attached to her forehead which she poked at with her index finger.
“By infinitely dividing our infinite power, we’ve kept ourselves at a level just barely low enough for this world to contain. …But in a way, this is the worst possible transformation, don’t you think? You could just keep killing and killing us without end. Like a matryoshka doll or an onion, you would have to fight a nearly eternal battle to completely kill us.”
“Found your feet? Do you mean that spell that infinitely divides the infinite capacity of a Magic God to trick the world by eternally layering existences that are just barely small enough for the world to contain?”
“Word gets to you quickly. Anyway, this might be an excellent opportunity for you, Aleister. Our power is limited to what can be explained in this world, so this would be the best time to kill us.”
Even that line had the implied caveat of “but it is still essentially impossible”.
For one thing, no one existed who could kill a being that the world could only just barely contain. Whether a Magic God’s power was divided by a billion or a trillion, a mere magician was still not enough to kill them.
The Magic God’s existence was infinitely layered like a matryoshka doll or an onion. A Magic God was impossible kill in the first place, but one would have to kill them a trillion or a quadrillion times before they would cease to exist.
Additionally, Zombie's spell might weaken them to 1/∞ of their power, but it has a nice side effect. Since they layer their existences infinitely, killing them once or thousands/millions of times is useless, you're just destroying one of the layers. You have to destroy all of them to truly kill them.
Note: Explanation provided by DontTalk.
So let me take an attempt to reasoning out the magic gods power based on the more recent events. The magic gods got weaker two times in the recent volumes. One time they reduced their power themselves in order to be weak enough to not passively destroy the universe and one time they all got hit by a weakening spell from Aleister Crowley.
The idea behind the argumentation is that if we know how much weaker they got and how strong they are after being weakened we can reason out how strong they would be at full power.
The important weakening for this is the part were they weakened themselves, since we know how much weaker they became.
"By splitting up our power infinitely, we can intentionally weaken ourselves and avoid destroying the world whenever we move an arm or leg."
They divided their power by infinite so we know how much weaker they got. So how strong were they at that point?
"My power as a Magic God is currently limited and I only retain one thin layer of the power piled up like the infinite layers of an onion or matryoshka doll. But infinitely dividing that infinite power still leaves me with enough power to just barely be contained in this world!" - High Priest
"Do you mean that spell that infinitely divides the infinite capacity of a Magic God to trick the world by eternally layering existences that are just barely small enough for the world to contain?" - Aleister Crowley
So they have power just barely small enough for the universe to contain. With that information we can get an idea of their power in two ways.
We know that the magic gods initial power was so big that they would destroy the universe just by existing in it. 1/∞ of their power is so much that it can barely be contained without destroying the universe. So any part a lot bigger than 1/∞ should destroy the universe. Now basically any finite fraction would be a lot bigger than 1/∞, even some really low one like 1/10500. So if their power would be divided over that many universes all of them would be destroyed. So it stands to reason that their Attack Potency would be around that much.
We know a weaker magic god, Othinus, who can certainly destroy a universe by actively using her power. Her power is also low enough to be contained in an universe, as she never had any problems with existing in one. That means power that can be contained in an universe can be enough to destroy an universe. So 1/∞ of the Magic gods power, that can be barely contained in an universe, should be enough to destroy an universe. That fact is supported by the fact that even after first weakening herself to 1/∞ of her power and then being hit by Aleister Crowleys weakening spell Nephthys had enough power to rewrite the universe once.
"That made Nephthys different from the other Magic Gods. The others had thoroughly honed their powers as an individual, but she had specialized her power as something that could be separated, split apart, cut away, and swapped out.
In other words, she held it in reserve.
Even after being hit by Aleister’s weakening spell, she still had enough power to swap out the phase just once."
To swap out the phase means rewriting the state of the universe. As is said it is something that is special to Nephthys and the other Magic gods were weaker in this state, but that is after the additional weakening spell, so the other magic gods should be able to do the same before being hit by it.
So, if 1/∞ of a magic gods power can rewrite the universe than all infinite parts of it should be able to rewrite infinite universes.
Both cases would fall into the range of Tier 2-A.