- E’thnbnluxalxal. Better yet, just E’thn.
- Will also respond to G’thnbnluxalxal, or G’thn, for those who know him that way.
- He has been 25 years old for the better part of a decade now.
- Manifestation-Contained, Universe-Tailored, Humanized Outer God. See the following Section.
- G’thnbnluxalxal, or G’thn for sanity’s sake, was once a powerful Judge of the nefarious Hands of Chaos Organization. Sadly, the Outer God found himself deserted and alone in deep space, accidentally marooned after his former ‘Summoners’ had moved onto other enterprises. Without the might of the Hands of Chaos to maintain his Summoning Contract, G’thn’s form began to dissolve at once, and with it his only way of entering the resident multiverse without damaging it.
- Virtually any other Outer God wouldn’t ever have gotten into his situation to begin with, but G’thn was different – abnormal, even. He wanted to experience life within the Fabric of Reality for reasons that escape comprehension. Against all explanation, he desperately tried to cling onto his existence, even going as far as to destroy parts of his ‘true self’ in an attempt to remain ‘small’ enough to fit inside the multiverse, but it was a losing battle.
- Help came from the most surprising of sources.
- Siegfried Eisenhower, also a former Hands of Chaos member, sent one of his Manifestations to take the Outer God under his care. G’thn’s actions intrigued him, and that was cause enough for a fun little experiment to begin: Siegfried would meet G’thn halfway and grant him a three-dimensional form by lending him one of his Manifestations, but it would be up to the Outer God to decide what his humanity would be like. ‘Humanity’, because Siegfried was hardcore into speciesism.
- Regardless, it would not be a walk in the park.
- G’thn would be given seven chances to prove himself worthy of being a human. Should he succeed at even one of them, he would be free to go his way and live out his days in peace. Should he fail all of them, Siegfried would resurrect G’thn’s ‘family’ (that he had killed long ago) and make them devour the young Outer God.
- To seal the deal, Siegfried branded G’thn with his own surname; the former basically made the latter his possession. ‘Eisenhower-G’thn’, or, ‘E’thn’, has thus far undergone five ‘quests’ of his choosing that could have allowed him to determine his humanity…
- He has failed all of them.
- Almost out of chances, E’thn has grown desperate. However, despite that desperation he would have never dared involved himself in a heavily-magical setting out of respect for Siegfried’s hobbies, which happen to be the destruction of magical entities and civilizations.
- So, one could only imagine E’thn’s shock when Siegfried not only allowed him to join a tournament hosted by a magic-wielder, but even handed him the invitation for it, apparently snagged from one of its intended recipients.
- As suspicious as that move was, it was as good an opportunity as any other, not to mention the prize was astounding:
- After all, what better way to define one’s humanity than to flat-out create it?
- E’thn has been loosely styled off his previous incarnation, which was little more than a disembodied head with weird decals. He retains his color palette, more or less, but his features have been converted into something more humanized. What used to be green head plating is now verdant fur, and his extra eyes are now a trio of seemingly unused eyewear. Siegfried Eisenhower himself has remarked on how kindly his Manifestation has taken to the young Outer God being woven into it, aesthetics-wise, and has openly admitted that he feels E’thn’s mohawk is better than his fauxhawk.
- Truth is, E’thn has no ‘true’ look. He is as comfortable being in a constant state of shapeshifting as he is in any specific form. However, as a general preference, he doesn’t like shaping himself into anything with sharp edges or points. Blades and spikes, especially, are really not his thing.
- As G’thn, emotions were something he’s always had, which has always been an anomaly as far as his ‘kind’ of Outer God was concerned. As E’thn, he has trained himself over the years to be better in their usage. He has always been a quick learner, something that when coupled with a never-ending sense of curiosity has allowed E’thn to easily absorb pretty much any information he comes across. Retaining such info, however, is another matter entirely, and E’thn has to brush up on topics every now and then.
- One thing remains constant, well, technically two, and the first is E’thn’s nigh-immutable pleasant demeanor. Fun-loving, cheerful, and at times suave and sarcastic, E’thn does a spectacular job at holding down his second constant personality trait, and that is the sardonic apathy of his Outer God self:
- Like virtually all Cosmic Entities, Outer Gods tend to have such little regard for mortal beings and normal matters due to their detachment and transcendence from the mundane. A sliver of that seems to have survived in E’thn, and while there are days when he genuinely expresses emotion, there are occasions when he will have to feign it, if he is in fact bothered to feign at all.
- Particularly fond of sea creatures, long naps, wandering around, and anything he can nibble on.
- Not so fond of demons, other gods, religious folk, atheists, and artists.
- Eldritch Biomass Self-Command: E’thn is a bit of a walking self-contradiction when it comes to existing. It’s hard for him to explain how he can be all-human and all-monstrosity at the same time. He does have a human soul, but his body is of an alien gestalt, in fact, so alien that no known laws of biology apply to it. He can manipulate his body on a sub-cellular and sub-genetic level with what can only be classified as an advanced form of localized biokinesis, that is, a sort of psychokinetic 'mind-over-matter' power applicable only to living things. It cannot be stressed enough that E’thn’s direct control is limited to his very own body, but the shenanigans he can perform are myriad. While he can’t break conservation of mass, meaning he can’t suddenly sprout a million truck-sized fists out of his buttocks, his Contract Gate does store upwards of an extra 500 kilograms of flesh, ready to be molded into various limbs and organs at a whim. E’thn can theoretically infest other life forms by forming his biomass into the correct sequences of DNA, but this is a messy affair that’d he’d rather not employ, not unless his hand is forced.
(OoC: The best example I can think of for people to relate to Alex Mercer, from the video game ‘Prototype’. E’thn has a completely different combat style, though, which should become evident once his strengths and weaknesses are read over)
- Inconsistent Genius: While most of his cleverness exists on a subconscious level, the majority of his brainpower focused and devoted to the complexities of managing and/or manipulating his own biology, E’thn can be rightly considered a sharp thinker. He is quite adept at using the environment to his advantage, and is just as comfortable exploiting people’s strengths and assets as he is their weaknesses. Naturally, this also means that E’thn can be very crafty with the way he uses his Eldritch Biomass Dominion. Years of combat experience from all his previous quests used in conjunction with his smarts and versatility means that E’thn can hold his own against all kinds of opponents.
- Otherworldly Tenacity: As will be divulged shortly, E’thn doesn’t possess a lot of raw, brutal power. Unlike many others whose forte is organic and/or biological manipulation, E’thn is rather weak when it comes to a game of claws, fangs, muscles, or carapaces. What he lacks in forcefulness and might, fortunately, he makes up for with an excess of perseverance. It’s easy to injure E’thn; it’s killing him that’s impossible. Cutting, burning, hexing, being evaporated into nothingness: all that will work on E’thn. Problem is, such things are more like temporary hindrances than permanent statuses due to his Outer God heritage. E’thn can always pull himself together through his Eldritch Biomass Self-Command alone, that is, if he hasn’t given up (or failed) on his current quest. E’thn does have a ‘passive’ resistance to abilities that hinge on space-time, due to him not ‘belonging’ to the resident multiverse, its various dimensions, or even its Akashic Records. Put into perspective, peering into his future is rather difficult when he has no future to view in the first place. Likewise, Siegfried had to bind E’thn to the current universe’s laws of motion and location, otherwise it’d be impossible for him to be teleported anywhere.
- Mr. Squishytooth’s Legacy: Despite using a Manifestation of Siegfried, E’thn does not have access to the Tyrant Inquisitor’s unlimited superhuman skills and strength, a perfect immunity to magic, nor the ability to treat all intangibles as if they were corporeal. Instead, E’thn retains G’thn’s less-than-ideal constitution and physical power, albeit to a lesser extent. It doesn’t take much to turn him into a hapless smear on the nearest solid surface, and while E’thn’s ‘Tactile Biokinesis’ grants him ways to temporarily simulate or achieve the enhancement of his attributes, his natural physical prowess is that of a world-class human athlete, and his default sturdiness is usually little better than high-quality playdough.
(OoC: To clarify, E’thn won’t have building-shattering strength right off the bat. He can only exert human-like forces by default. He will need some serious engineering and biological maneuvers before he can lift something as heavy as a car off the ground, perhaps by forming a cable-and-pulley system with his biomass)
- Potentially-crippling Humanity Issues: Once invulnerable to things that could harm or hamper mortals, E’thn is now fair game to everything from to pain, to disease, to psychological trauma, to heartache. His ‘Otherworldly Tenacity’ nullifies the permanency of such things, but the fact remains that his newfound humanity is now a weak spot in his Outer God Self. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. E’thn’s Contract Seal requires his humanity to be present as much as possible. The longer he spends in an inhuman form, or the more inhuman he make his biomass, the more he risks failing at his primary quest, that is, to finally become ‘perfectly-human’. If he fails at that, it won’t matter if he wins the Tournament – he’ll be deader than dead. Thirdly, there is always a slim chance that successful attempts at exploiting his weaknesses will produce an exaggerated effect in comparison to the effort applied – almost like a ‘critical hit’ in video games. Where once a punch to the face may normally have caved in E’thn’s head, it might instead vaporize his upper body utterly. A small fireball might carbonize the spot it hit instead of just singeing him. This is a weakness he embraces, and therein lies his next problem:
(OoC: Basically, this puts limits on E’thn’s Eldritch Biomass Self-Command. He can temporarily call upon and even combine the biological traits/advantages of other forms of life, but he will have to carefully ration and space these instances out)
- Manifestation Bugs: Siegfried’s Manifestation may have been a good fit for G’thn, but E’thn is not G’thn – clashes between the humanity of the former and the weirdness of the latter can occur at times. Whenever such a ‘clash’ occurs, Siegfried’s Manifestation ‘glitches out’. These ‘glitches’ are rare and random, but they are always a royal pain in the neck because they always seem to chain into something E’thn is doing. For example, E’thn might be running when his muscles seize up for no reason. While regenerating a wound, said regeneration might accidentally reverse, resulting a corrosive necrosis that spreads out all over his body. Maybe his mind locks down for a second, or his senses shuffle around. Until E’thn’s humanity remains incomplete, this is something he will have to deal with.
- None, formally. Everything E’thn possesses has been spawned/hatched/manufactured from his own flesh, including his clothes.
- As mentioned earlier, E’thn’s style avoids sharp edges and points. Every limb, every tooth, every protruding bone will be blunt. Again, slashing and tearing attacks are out of the question, as is the creation of swords.
- The whole point of E’thn joining Doctor Ametsuchi’s tournament in the first place is to finally shed his Outer God origins. G’thnbnluxalxal is/was a cosmic horror that exists above trivial concepts like entropy and fate. Siegfried may have given him a ‘human form’, but it’s been left up to E’thn to give himself a ‘human destiny’. Doctor Ametsuchi’s prize, whatever that might be, is what E’thn considers his ticket into a normal life. But, until then, whilst his Outer God ‘self’ has not been completely done away with, E’thn retains some of G’thn’s traits.
- As mentioned, one of those traits is a ‘detachment’ from the resident multiverse’s natural order and logic, and with it the ability to ‘corrupt’ reality and logic.
- Now, Siegfried’s Manifestation does a good job at containing E’thn’s Outer God self, so good that E’thn can function and exist within any given universe’s space-time continuum as if he were a regular human. However, the more E’thn is hurt, traumatized, or placed under negative statuses , the more Siegfried’s Manifestation starts to fray, and the more G’thn’s ‘essence’ is at risk of ‘leaking out’.
- There will never be a time when E’thn’s true form will be unveiled. Siegfried’s Manifestation has a built-in safety measure that would instantly detach E’thn from the resident multiverse and contain him before his Outer God ‘self’ breaks loose. However, should E’thn be battered to the point where a trace amount of G’thn’s essence does ‘leak out’ – not enough to release the Outer God but enough to make an impact – some very bad things should be expected.
- E’thn carries his new Contract Seal around in the form of a floating, glowing halo hovering a few inches off his back. This unusual energy construct is the crystallization of two things: the old Contract Seal that bound G’thn to existence, and the oath G’thn swore to Siegfried:
- In accordance with Siegfried’s experiment, G’thn pledged that he (as E’thn) would submit himself to any rules and regulations concerning his attempts at becoming human, and the Outer God has been diligent in keeping them. The most notable of those rules is the clause wherein E’thn is required to try his hardest to succeed at his quest. In other words, he is not allowed to give up early if things don’t go his way. He must do all he can to see the ordeal through to the end. It’s an unusual rule, but E’thn had no problems obeying it.
- And speaking of quests, E’thn’s current quest is to win the tournament and ‘defy’ fate as Doctor Ametsuchi has prescribed. Well, to be more accurate, he’s not going to defy fate per se, but he is going to embed himself in it. And so, where once he had no fate to speak of, he will now have one. E’thn believes that it’s the kind of fate he gives himself that will determine whether he is worthy of being human or not, at least in Siegfried’s eyes.
- E’thn’s Contract Seal does have a potential vulnerability to the highest tiers of magic. Whether this is an oversight of Siegfried is unknown. What has been observed by an affiliate of Siegfried is that enough mystical power applied at an undisclosed ‘weak spot’ on the glowing halo could theoretically cause a ‘formatting error’ in the Contract Seal. Then, a second equally-enormous dose of magic and/or mana could then allow a sufficiently-powerful caster to bind E’thn to his/her/its will and command.
- Knowing Siegfried’s deviousness, though, it’s probably wisest to leave E’thn’s Contract Seal alone.
G'thns 'Hands of Chaos' Sheet: MISTER SQUISHYTEETH
Siegfried's 'Hands of Chaos' Manifestation: Hands of Chaos: Judge Siegfried
A Manifestation of E'thn has been sent to an RP in the RWBY Canon. Don't ask.
Thanks for the extra compliments!
You have a dark gift, my friend. I love it.
Or perhaps that was me overthinking things and you literally threw an adorable, ordinary girl into a tournament full of monsters, demons, and warriors, possibly to her untimely and gruesome death.
Either way, she's awesome.