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Demiourgos (Ao)

Demiourgos, Sept-Terrion of mirage.

Demiourgos (虚ろなる神(デミウルゴス)), also known as the Hollow Phantasm, is one of the Sept-Terrion and the treasure governing over mirage. The Holy Beast sworn to protect the Demiourgos is Zeit, the divine wolf.

Background

Demiourgos, the Sept-Terrion of mirage, was originally situated in the territory now known as Crossbell. Mirage governs over perception and cognition and controls causality.[1]

The people with the Crois family at its centre desired that power to have a deity on earth instead of Aidios, the goddess in the sky. Demiourgos guided mankind by understanding them and everything on earth, and controlling causality. At a glance it may be similar to Aureole, the Sept-Terrion of space which tirelessly fulfilled mankind's desires. Demiourgos, however, was bestowed with dignity and therefore did not make this same mistake. It possessed the wisdom and judgement to properly guide the people without further corrupting them. It would have done so, had its 'heart' not reached its limit.[1]
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Demiourgos worrying.

Understanding and being able to guide all human personalities, actions and irrationality of the world would require 'feelings' (or empathy), like humans have. This led to a gradual deterioration of Demiougoros's 'heart' and it fell ill. Realising that at this rate it would go out of control and harm the ones it ought to protect, it decided to cease the causality of its own existence and disappear from the world.[1]

Revival

Since its disappearance, the Crois family feared the loss of their power and dedicated themselves to creating a replacement for the centuries to follow the Great Collapse. During the 8th century, after a long period of experiments, they ultimately decided on alchemy as their method of choice and prepared a plan that would span multiple centuries to complete. They formed the D∴G Cult and entrusted it with the core, a homunculus referred to as KeA capable of containing the reborn Demiourgos. While the D∴G Cult was tasked with awakening the core, the Crois family themselves focused on banking in order to gather the financial resources necessary for the final phases of their plan.

Ultimately, their creation ended up as the Sept-Terrion of Zero ((ゼロ)の至宝), a human-made Sept-Terrion born out of a revived Demiourgos with homunculus KeA at its core. In addition to governing mirage, the Sept-Terrion of Zero also gained control over the two other higher elementals, time and space. This allowed it to alter the history and fundamental principles of the world at will, which it used to change the fate of the Special Support Section. The scene displayed at the very beginning of Zero no Kiseki displays their fate as being killed by Joachim Guenter at the Fort of Sun, which was manipulated by KeA into having Renne and Pater-Mater intervene and allowing the Special Support Section to survive.

The exact extent of this manipulation by KeA is unknown. However, differences between Trails of Cold Steel's Prologue scene and the ostensibly same scene in Chapter 5 at Garrelia Fortress, such as the absence and presence of Crow Armbrust and Millium Orion as Class VII members, might be a side-effect of KeA's intervention.

Trivia

  • In Gnosticism, Demiourgos (or Demiurge) is a heavenly being and subordinate to the Supreme Being. The Gnostic Demiourgos is considered to be the controller of the material world and antagonistic to all that is purely spiritual. Other related terms derived from Gnosticism are Gnosis and Pleroma.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ao no Kiseki, Fragments: "Beyond the Paradise of Lies".