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|“||People need a compass. For adepts, that compass is Sumeragi.||„|
Nova Tsukuyomi, known as Tsukuyomi Shiden in Japan, is a high-ranking adept lieutenant of the Sumeragi Group and presented as the main antagonist of the video game Azure Striker Gunvolt. He is the one in charge of the conglomerate's "Project Muse" and has seven other adepts under his command that Gunvolt fights. He seeks to use the Muse's Anthem in order to "administrate" all the world's adepts at once.
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A small army of adepts and soldiers serve under this young, charismatic Sumeragi lieutenant. Nova is an enigmatic guy who often speaks in riddles and looks down on others. The scope of his septimal power is largely unknown; however, he is considered the most powerful amongst all the adepts in the Sumeragi Group. He is in charge of a project that, if successful, would give Sumeragi complete control over all of the nation’s adepts under the guise that these adepts are a threat to national security.
Azure Striker Gunvolt
Nova was originally an orphan raised in a Sumeragi adept research institution, and was used as a test subject in "Project Gunvolt", an attempt to recreate a specific type of adept known as "Azure Strikers". Despite being predicted to have a higher compatibility level than even "Takefutsu", Nova failed to match with Azure Thunderclap. However, instead he was gifted with something arguably greater: psychokinesis, a power that required two sub-glaives in addition his primary one to suppress. Afterwards, showing a talent in politics, Nova rose to become a lieutenant, specifically commander of seven other adepts. At some point before the story, Nova was selected to lead "Project Muse".
Eventually, the muse is freed by QUILL agent Gunvolt, prompting Nova to begin searching for her.
Upon being informed that one of his adepts, Zonda, has been defeated, Nova, disappointed, assumes QUILL was behind it. However, he is told that Zonda was beaten by a young boy known as Copen. Remembering him as Dr. Kamizono's son, Nova dismisses him as a threat, and orders the muse be returned to him.
Capturing the Muse
At some point, Nova's adepts are revived by his necromancer, Elise. After finding the location of the Muse, he sends Merak to capture her. Merak succeeds and delivers Joule to Nova, who then contacts Gunvolt, and thanks him for keeping the muse safe, and even offers to reward him. Gunvolt demands Joule be set free, a request Nova denies, saying that she has in important role in Sumeragi's "venture". He then says that as long as he has the muse, and Gunvolt has two ears, the latter belongs to him, before cutting the transmission.
Undeterred, Gunvolt heads to Firmament, beating Nova's adepts and Copen once again along the way. Eventually, he comes face to face with Nova, who has hooked up Joule to a machine that gives him full septimal control over the muse. He then summons Lumen, who generates a shield for Nova, before engaging Gunvolt. After a brief battle, Nova, impressed by Gunvolt's power, absorbs not only his three glaives, but also Joule, transforming him into a massive, monstrous being. However, despite his God-like power, Nova is eventually defeated. In his dying moments, he claims that only chaos and destruction awaits Gunvolt, and warns him that an adept rebellion is coming, before finally perishing in a colossal explosion.
Nova is a young teenage boy with red eyes and spiky purple hair, with one white spike. He wears a black Sumeragi uniform with gold, purple and white highlights, gold buttons, a cape, and black shoes with white highlights.
In his septimal form, Nova's appearance changes dramatically. He is much larger, completely dwarfing other characters. The right side of his body is primarily black, and the other white, with gold highlights on his head. In the centre of his chest is a blue and purple orb. He also gains an additional four arms.
Nova generally presents himself as a calm and civil person. He is very level-headed, staying calm even when his project is on the verge of failure, and rarely seems to show any genuine emotion. He is also rather polite, thanking Gunvolt for keeping the muse safe, and even offers to pay him, though this is likely in a mocking manner. He also shows extreme loyalty to the Sumeragi Group, believing that only they can bring order and peace to the world.
Nova is also incredibly arrogant, showing a great confidence in his abilities. This shows when he apparently puts no effort into his first fight with Gunvolt, and seems genuinely surprised when he notes how strong GV is.
A noticeable aspect about Nova is his strong love for peace and justice. Everything he does is for the end goal of a peaceful nation, a goal he is willing to do anything to achieve, even brainwashing his fellow adepts. He shows a strong hatred for the "evil" that Gunvolt and QUILL represent, seeing them as terrorists that need to be disposed of. However, despite his reasoning for this being the goal of a just world, it is hinted that his loathing is linked to a complex regarding Gunvolt himself, who mastered the septima that Nova never could.
After his transformation, Nova's composure all but disappears. His calm, mocking tone is replaced with a frantic, energetic one as he goes on and on about his power. His arrogance increases to the point where he becomes nothing short of delusional, declaring himself to be the ultimate ruler of the world, and that he will bring peace to the world. At one point, he flat out declares himself a God, and that all life is weak before him, perhaps showing a glimpse of Nova's true nature: a narcissistic, angry child whose feelings of pride, envy and rage, as well has his fanatical patriotism, have corrupted his once-innocent sense of justice.
Powers and Abilities
As a human attuned to the Septimal stage of the Lifewave, Nova is an extraordinarily powerful adept whom is capable of harnessing the Septima known as Psychokinesis (念動力（サイコキネシス）, Saikokineshisu lit. Telekinetic Power), which grants him the ability to control all physical matter; it's said that Nova's Septima is the absolute strongest and highest ranked among the Adepts in service of Sumeragi, and is said to surpass Azure Thunderclap, the apparent "ultimate septima", in terms of raw power. The might of Psychokinesis turns Nova's thoughts into energy through latent septimal power, distorting all forms of space and matter to achieve the result Nova desires. Even before the strongest form of the Lifewave was uncovered by scientists, abilities similar to Nova's Septima were around, and thus, his Psychokinesis could be classified as the original Septima from which all others seem to be hewn from; being exceptionally powerful and completely matchless, allowing Nova to live up to his title of "The Mighty". Another indicator of Nova's unmatched Septima power amongst Sumeragi is that even though he had sealed his powers in three glaives, even without weaponizing, he is still able engage in combat at a level that makes him appear as if he still has his full power and put up a good fight against the likes of an Azure Striker, albeit while assisted by an outside source; in contrast, the Swordsmen have to undergo the process of weaponization to access their Adept powers. Interestingly, in the past, when taken in by Sumeragi, Nova was to receive the Azure Striker Septima as utilized by his archenemy Gunvolt and said enemy's mentor, Asimov, even being a part of "Project: Gunvolt", and is stated to have a higher affinity prediction than either of them. However, he never manifested the signature control over electrons of the Septima. This failed attempt to transplant the Azure Striker into his body resulted in scientists hastily infusing the Guidance Factors for his current Septima into him, allowing him to miraculously survive. As a side note, his unfulfilled desire for Gunvolt's power seemed to have a profound psychological effect on him.
Nova's Psychokinesis enables him to fly about unassisted at varying speeds, move a wide variety of objects around with nothing but thoughts guiding them, launch ring-shaped projectiles and orbs in a myriad of formations and direction which seem to home in on his opponents, and even surround himself in a field of septimal energy and charge his opponent to damage them – all this, without using his Glaives. Nova's Septima is intricately linked with one of the Sumeragi Group's most notable creations, the Special Attack Satellite: Stardragon (特攻衛星「星辰」, Tokukōeisei – Seishin), which is a satellite that orbits the world. To the public, the Stardragon is an unarmed satellite that is designed to observe the populace and transmit signals all across the world, but in reality, the Stardragon could be considered a mechanical monstrosity, equipped with a phenomenally powerful cannon that unleashes a myriad of laser beams upon the earth at potential targets for the conglomerate. Originally, the Special Attack Satellite was outside of Nova's jurisdiction, and thus, he could not access it – however, a member of Sumeragi whom was loyal to Nova gave the satellite a complete overhaul as to transform it into a weapon of mass destruction which Nova could control through his Psychokinesis. When weaponized, the Stardragon's status as a WMD is fully revealed upon his opponents, using his Septima to force the satellite to execute offensive commands by releasing lasers from the heavens that rain down divine punishment like the fists of an angry god. Like every other Adept with a perfect connection with the Lifewave, Nova is able to invoke Skills, which are specialized techniques that make the most of his Septima, accompanied by skill names and elegant haikus. However, like most of the Sumeragi adepts as well as the Seven of the multinational adept group known as Eden, by using a specially designed device, in this case, a Glaive, which artificially augments and boosts his abilities to higher levels when transformed, it appears that several abilities Nova displays in both of his battles against Gunvolt are actually skills, the Skill Point cost required for each completely removed as a result of weaponization.
Nova is unique amongst the Adepts of Sumeragi in that he requires three Glaives to suppress his power to a reasonable level, due to the leaders of the conglomerate being highly fearful of his Septima and deciding to split his septimosome into a trifecta of glaives to properly contain his overwhelming might. The primary glaive, Ame no Murakumo (天叢雲（アメノムラクモ）, Ame no Murakumo lit. Heavenly Plexus Clouds) is known to be a silvery blade, and Yatagarasu (八咫烏（ヤタガラス）, Yatagarasu lit. Eight-Legged Crow) and Kurohyō (黒豹（クロヒョウ）, Kurohyō lit. Black Panther), his secondary Glaives, are white and black respectively. Nova's Glaives are unique amongst the other models used by the Swordsmen in that they're tools that never existed previously, being completely artificial and modern in nature, built from scratch to properly contain Nova's immeasurable might. Using all three Glaives to transform shows the true depths of Nova's Septima power, enlarging him to the point that the entire final battle takes place on an exposed platform with the curve of the earth below, with Nova becoming a gigantic robotic humanoid monstrosity, a transformation that lives up to Dr. Kamizono's claim of Adepts being "monsters". Showing even greater power in this form, when weaponized, Nova can fire orbs from the sky as usual, but also releasing high-intensity winds and shockwaves, and detaching his extra arms to strike at his enemy independently. When Nova undergoes the process of weaponization with his trio of glaives, while the Ame no Murakumo stabilizes the transformation, the sub-glaives themselves undergo two individual metamorphoses, with Kurohyō becoming Panther Force (地より這出し陰の化身（パンター フォース）, Pansā Fōsu lit. The Shadow's Embodiment Coming Crawling from the Earth) and Yatagarasu evolving into Raven Force (天を往く太陽の化身（レイヴン フォース）, Reivun Fōsu lit. The Sun's Embodiment Going to the Heavens), the former becoming a black panther and a white eagle, respectively; these mechanized critters act as septima-driven combat drones, Panther Force lashing out at Nova's enemies with dark energy and Raven Force unleashing light and wind.
Just like Gunvolt and Copen, Nova is able to directly link with the Muse, an elusive and potent Septima which grants those affected by it enormous strength and power amplification by aligning their wavelengths, albeit forcibly on his own end. This grants him the ability to use Joule's Muse ability to project a barrier in order to prevent his enemies from harming or even tagging him, even reflecting bullets towards the one whom fired them. However, Gunvolt was shown to have dispelled the barrier with clever utilization of his Flashfield, albeit only momentarily, with the shield regenerating after a brief moment. In his weaponized form, Joule's barrier envelops the vulnerable core in the middle of his chest, shielding it from harm. Panther Force and Raven Force seem to be involved in the maintenance of this barrier, as Gunvolt was again able to momentarily dispel it by tagging and shocking both drones at the same time.
- Barrier- Nova receives a passive protection barrier using Lumen's power. As long as the barrier remains, Gunvolt cannot tag Nova, as the bullets are reflected back as damaging purple needles. The barrier can be dispelled by keeping the Flashfield in contact with Lumen, but regenerates in seconds
- Ring Shots- Nova fires a volley of ring-shaped projectiles. They can be dodged by being behind Nova when he fires, or by jumping through the rings. After the first third of his health is gone, he will rapid-fire these shots in sets of three
- Seeker Shots- Nova fires a series of orbs following your direction.
- Orb Rain- Nova dashes from one end of the stage to the other, dropping exploding orbs in set areas. The easiest way to avoid them is by dashing in the same direction as Nova.
- Mind Melder (Psycho Fusion) "Ruler from above/ hunt your sworn nemeses now/ and leave them no quarter! Psycho Fusion!
- Nova's special skill. Nova spawns orbs in "X" and "+" shaped patterns around Gunvolt, which converge upon his position. At the end of the attack, the fifth convergence will send a large orb in Gunvolt's direction.
- Final Form abilities Edit
- Barrier- Nova's final form has a barrier to protect his core. While it cannot counter Gunvolt's needles, the barrier will only stay down as long as Gunvolt is constantly shocking both the white eagle drone and the black weasel drone
- Divine Wind- Nova's white eagle drone will lower to Gunvolt's level and start pushing him back with wind, trying to knock him off the stage. Falling off is instant death.
- Darkness Claw- Nova's black weasel drone will release a ground-based shock-wave that grows in height as it travels. Avoid it by either jumping over it while it's still short, or by multi-jumping to stay in the air.
- Orb Volley- Works like a reverse Mind Melder. Nova drops three orbs onto the platform that split into small orbs that fly in a "+", "X", and "+" pattern.
- Divine Lightning- Orange lightning bolts crackle on the ground for a second or two before orange energy beams hit the platform. Stay away from the lightning to avoid the beams.
- Double Lasers- Nova will start using this after a third of his health is gone. The two drones will fire a laser beam, one near the ground, one in the air. Avoid by using multi-jumps. It's also possible to avoid by jumping over the lower beam and landing before the upper laser hits, but the timing is tight.
- Fists of God- two of Nova's arms release energy pulses on the platform, before two more slam down and unleash a large shock-wave. Avoid the pulses by keeping away, and the shockwave by jumping off the edge and hovering back, or by using multi-jumps.
- Clamator Aethereus -"Emperor and God/ Sent from galaxies afar/ To punish fools like this! Clamator Aetherus!"
- Nova's final form's special skill. Nova slowly drops a gigantic fireball onto the field while continuing his attack patterns. If Gunvolt does not defeat him in time, or if he comes into contact with it by jumping, the fireball will engulf Gunvolt, killing him instantly. Lumen's Anthem cannot save him from this attack.