|“||The world has neither justice, god, nor order. It's all nothing but wretched extravagance.||„|
|~ Nine (aka Konoe Ayatsuki Mercury).|
Konoe Ayatsuki Mercury, more commonly known as Nine, is a witch, one of the Six Heroes, and one of the Ten Sages. After her supposed death by the hands of Yuuki Terumi, Konoe mysteriously came back as a seemingly brainwashed servant of Hades Izanami, Phantom. She is a playable character in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.
Konoe is a witch who went by the name of Nine. The name "Nine" comes from her being the ninth member of the Mage's Guild's Ten Sages. Celica A. Mercury is her sister, Shūichirō Ayatsuki was her father, and her mother is deceased. She was the lover of Jubei of the Six Heroes, and one herself, as well as the mother of Kokonoe. She was the first person to achieve the rank of the Ten Sages while still being a student. Konoe's role in the story is further explained in the novel, BlazBlue: Phase 0, where Ragna tells her to beware of Terumi.
She was chosen as the Ten Sage with absolute authority regarding the Black Beast's matter.
She passed down her knowledge of magic to mankind during the Dark War. During the Dark War, she created the Nox Nyctores in order to help humans fight against the Black Beast. After the war, she discovered what Terumi's future plans were, and he "killed" her, brainwashing her into Phantom, and giving Kokonoe a motivation to despise Terumi. She created the Nox Nyctores using human transmutation, a process that requires thousands of human souls. It is notable that in Lambda -No.11-'s arcade mode, Hazama tells Kokonoe that the magical power he used to create Mu -No.12- belongs to Konoe. In the Extra Story, "That Which Is Inherited", it is revealed that the process through which the Nox Nyctores were created involved the compressing of seithr into a solid unit, then implanting the unit with the soul of a Black Beast. This compression spell, known as Infinite Gravity, was used by Konoe to create the Nox Nyctores and defeat the Beast, and later by Kokonoe to implant a Black Beast's soul into Fluctus Redactum: Ignis. Konoe is also known to be the creator of the Burning Red Grimoire.
Immediately following the Dark War, Konoe released the souls from the Nox Nyctores, with the exceptions of the Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa, Geminus Anguium: Ouroboros, Arcus Diabolus: Bolverk, and Phoenix: Rettenjō. She and Celica later buried the Deus Machina: Nirvana in the area that would become the 4th Hierarchical City of Naobi many years later.
As Phantom, she is responsible for the injuries that plague Jubei throughout Continuum Shift. She is also responsible for using the spell Mind Eater on Tsubaki Yayoi, brainwashing her into siding with the Imperator. After having encounters with Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, Jubei, Hakumen and Celica A. Mercury, all are left stunned at their realization that she is Nine. It is not until her the final chapter of Chronophantasma's Six Heroes story, that her fate is confirmed.
She was tasked with preparing the core of the Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi for the Imperator.
She encounters Hakumen and Platinum the Trinity in the Six Heroes story mode of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, and after Platinum uses her Nox Nyctores, Arma Reboare: Muchourin, it is revealed that she is Nine. Rachel Alucard theorizes that Terumi pulled Nine's soul from deep within the Boundary and put it into a vessel, making her the "ultimate pawn". However, despite the brainwashing placed upon her, Nine shows signs of resisting, and Hakumen says that her hatred for Terumi still burns.
Relius Clover is the one that prepared Phantom's vessel, while it is Hades Izanami herself that is sustaining her existence. Despite this, her soul is still unstable.
At the end of Chronophantasma, Phantom comes face to face with Jubei after the latter attempts to strike down Hades Izanami. Hades Izanami decided to let her restrictions on Phantom go, and allowed her pawn to fight at her full strength as a seemingly brainwashed Nine. After taunting Jubei with her newfound ability to speak once more, the two engaged in combat; it is assumed that Nine was the victor, as she returned to her master's side soon after the engagement.
Prior descent into madness as Phantom, Konoe was a person who likes to do things her own way, a trait shared by her daughter. She was a kind-hearted individual who cares about her friends, especially her younger sister Celica. However, she is not easy on Kazuma. Although she seems to have a mature and serious personality, she can be somewhat impulsive and violent when angered, as shown when she attempted to use a fire spell on Bloodedge for annoying her. She was this way even with her lover, Jubei, before falling in love with him as well as rash, headstrong and independent. Before having her daughter, Konoe had more time on her hands to delve into magical legerdemain. This was likely due to the fact that she was the best in her field of expertise. Unlike her daughter who was a whiz with science, Konoe had an ability, charm and prowess with the magical arts. Being the best in her field and from her expertise and leadership, it was easy to see why she responded to others the way she had. These would psychologically determine her to be right-brained and eccentric, if not at least eclectic. Konoe also displays a poor sense of direction similar to her sister, seen when they walk together in the wrong direction during the search for their father.
As Phantom, however, all of her personality has seemingly vanished. She no longer speaks nor has any signs of any emotions whatsoever; becoming an empty shell in comparison to what she was before. While as Phantom, she attacks anyone who is deemed as the Imperator's foe, even going so far to attack Trinity Glassfille and her lover Jubei.
When her restrictions as Phantom are released, Nine retains her same arrogant tone and confidence in her abilities; however, she no longer has concern for the well-being of her former comrades and family. Despite this, she still retains her memories, taunting Jubei about their former relationship before engaging him in battle.
However, in Continuum Shift Extend, Chrono Phantasma (Extend), she shows signs of resisting, indicating that she is regaining her original sentience. Unfortunately in Central Fiction, Nine is confirmed to have regained her original sentience from the beginning, but she has acquired a bleak view of the world from being driven mad through all the time she spent in the Boundary. She wishes to destroy it so she could recreate it with her desires in mind and is not above using those around her to achieve her goals. Fiercely determined and viciously vindictive, Nine wants to exact vengeance on the people who caused her so much pain and suffering. Despite her vendetta against Izanami and Terumi, Nine purposely worked for them for her own ends. She retains her characteristic condescension and arrogance, though taken to new and alarming levels, along with a stoic but nevertheless volatile disposition.
It seemed she had completely detached herself from both her family and her former comrades, save for her sister, Celica, an attachment which led to her own undoing and defeat. Some examples include undermining Hakumen for his attempts to stop her in achieving her plans and punishing her own daughter, Kokonoe, for using her younger sister in the events of the previous game. However, there are instances where she acts differently depending on the person she is interacting with. For example, she blames Ragna for everything that’s terrible with the world and would not hesitate to punish him relentlessly. In another instance, she shows sympathy toward Tsubaki Yayoi, who she relates to with regards to being a helpless victim of circumstance. She has even expressed reluctance in harming children, as seen when faced against Carl and Nirvana, but would do so if necessary.
However, underneath all the immense indignation, Nine never lost her humanity. Everything she had done throughout the events of the fourth game was all for the sake of granting everyone’s wishes, most especially that of the people she loves and not just Celica and herself. She was simply so determined to bring her plans to fruition that she would not let even the people she wants to save intervene, even to the point of openly antagonizing them. Even her affection towards her husband never truly wavered as she was very much pleased that she got the chance to be protected by him one last time before she passed. In the end, while her intentions were indeed selfless and noble, her methods were quite extreme, going to the point where she sacrificed herself to grant her loved ones enough time to stop Izanami, proving that deep down inside, she is still a hero and she loves those that are not only close to her, but the ones who also care about her.
Konoe has long, bright, vibrant pink hair and bangs with contoured feathery strands that cover her left eye. She has yellow eyes. She used to wear a dark purple witch's hat and a Mage's Guild uniform, with the additions of a tied purple ribbon and cape, along with long black strap attached to her sleeves, long black curved leggings that reach to her mini skirt, and black slippers.
During the Dark War, she wore a black mage's coat. Konoe wore the coat loosened and opened, which showed her sleeveless white collar shirt with a purple Windsor knotted tie.
As Phantom, she wears a purple cloak with a high collar with red blood zig-zag almost like a zipper, and two long, white scarves ending in red rags that resemble flames. She also wears a large, pointed hat that conceals her face.
In Central Fiction, she retains her witch hat except that it has a flame-like design. She wears a purple collar with an attaching magenta cape, a short revealing purple dress matching with two separate long sleeves, black gloves, long black curved leggings with dark purple trimmings and dark purple slippers. Her eye color remains the same but her sclera has become black. However, whenever she sheds her stoic demeanor and reveals a more sadistic side, they change from black to a glowing red.
Powers and Abilities
Recognized as the greatest Magician of the Dark War, whose power and knowledge far surpasses mankind's understanding, Nine has shown to be one of the most powerful characters in the BlazBlue universe. She is also hailed by many as the genius creator of both Ars Magus and the Nox Nyctores.
Nine is capable of utilizing many types of Magic, showcasing her power through spells such as Gravity Seed, Infinite Corridors, Mind Eater, Teleportation Magic and even her own original spell, Infinite Gravity. Her preferred method of offensive magic manifests in the ability to manipulate fire. As an alternative, she can also wield lightning magic. Aside from her vast magical skills, Nine is also a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, using powerful kicks to attack enemies.
- Konoe's last name, Mercury, comes from the Roman equivalent of the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth: a powerful god who had 3 forms, Hermes Trismegistus. Wisdom, writing, magic, alchemy, and astrology were this one god's domains under the various guises.
- Mercury is also a periodic element, Hg, with an atomic number of 80. It is commonly known as quicksilver.
- Konoe is shown to have quite a sweet tooth, a trait that Kokonoe, her daughter, inherited. She claims that sweets help clear her head, something her daughter also agrees on.
- In the Phase Shift novels, her name was noted without the "A.", as Konoe Mercury.
- Konoe was already researching techniques that combined science and magic, even before the events of phase 0.
- She is the BlazBlue counterpart of I-No and Raven since she is related to the former in being witches but has more common with Raven since they are both more faithful servants to their masters That Man and Izanami. Conditionally, both Nine, I-No and Raven have some sort of BDSM motifs, whereas Nine and I-No are associated to the sadists, although the former Guilty Gear villains no longer have one anymore.