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Aesir
Aesir, The God of Chaos
Biographical Information
Name Aesir
Gender Male
Born primitive, over everything, including the multiverse and the world's most
Clan None (Deity)
Family Loki - Good Incarnation
Loptr - Evil Incarnation
Physical Information
Eye Color Blue (Right Eye)/Red (Left Eye)
Hair Color Silver
Magical Abilities
Pact with N/A
Weapon(s) Chaos/Eyes of the World
Animal Forms N/A

Aesir, also known as The Overseer and the God of Chaos, is a deity that makes his first appearance in Bayonetta 2. He is the true creator and ruler of the human realm, watching everything from the top of the sacred mountain of Fimbulventr. He acts as one of the final boss fights in the game.

Aesir is explained as the being that created the Eyes of the World, both of which were bestowed upon the the Lumen Sages and Umbra Witches to watch over history and the balance of the world.

The Legend of Aesir

"The Legend of Aesir... A legend from the dawn of time.

Nobody knows where the world came from. A struggle caused the Trinity of Realities to be split into three realms: light, darkness, and chaos. Obviously, our world was the one born from chaos. The three worlds all needed rulers. Most of all, ours. And the one that ruled the chaos became known as Aesir. Aesir spent the first eternity quietly looking upon the Earth from his holy mountain. Where we only see reality and make it match our rules of the world, Aesir saw through reality, and those visions became our world. These observations became Aesir's power. Aesir's eyes were truly the eyes that created the world.

However, Aesir pitied the humans for their naivety and lack of free will, so the power he wielded was split into two equal halves and entrusted each to humanity's instincts: the Right Eye of Light, and the Left Eye of Darkness. By dividing the power of the eyes of Aesir, humans gained free will... They could now choose. With control of the Eyes of the World, the eyes that determine destiny, humans could choose their own paths. They awoke to their own identities. Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but now we were thinking reeds, and we could our big first step towards grand prosperity.

The inheritors of the eyes of Aesir had been granted the power of creation."

- Luka, telling Bayonetta of Aesir and The Eyes' origin.

Background

Prior to the events of the first Bayonetta and after the birth of the Trinity of Realities, Aesir decided to enlighten humans to the true nature of their world and split his power between them to create the Eyes of the World. He entrusted the Eyes to each of humanity's instincts, light and darkness, and gifted them with the power of creation and the ability of humankind to choose their own paths. In doing so, Aesir also split his very soul into two beings, Loki and Loptr. In order to protect the balance that his split had given the world, Loki was tasked with the Sovereign power, the power to control the Eyes themselves whereas Loptr was given the Prophetic power, being able to use his powers of the Remembrance of Time in order to keep track of the world's progression. However, Loki and Loptr were also composed of good and evil virtues respectively because of this soul split and Aesir's evil half would eventually begin his scheming in order to reobtain his complete form's power once again.

Bayonetta 2

Aesir is first mentioned in the Records Of Time where Luka explains his legend and how the god used to be the ruler of the human realm upon creating the Eyes for humanity. He is not physically encountered until his evil half, Loptr, absorbs the Eyes from Bayonetta and Balder and obtains the god's power in a reawakening becoming Aesir once more. He then clashes with the Witch and Sage, using all of the powers at his disposal until Loki intervenes. Using his remaining power and stating that Aesir's true power is over nothingness, Loki destroys the Eyes and Loptr suddenly loses the power of his original form as Aesir, leaving him vulnerable.

Loptr is then faced in a final battle against the combined forces of Bayonetta and Balder. The pair of them combine their power to summon Omne, a powerful creature that no Sage nor Witch had ever successfully brought to this realm. The mighty summon dropkicks Loptr's soul from his body and sends his physical form flying out into the ocean. Jeanne, flying in towards Fimbulventr from a distance on a fighter jet, summons her Gomorrah who proceeds to chew up and swallow Loptr's body whole.

Loptr's soul, in disbelief as to how he was defeated, begins to open a portal using his remaining power in order to return to the spirit realm and be reborn in a new era. Before he is able to escape, Balder absorbs Loptr's soul and traps him within himself in order to prevent his rebirth. Despite being told that Loptr's evil will eventually corrupt him over the coming years, Balder is content with his sacrifice and promises his daughter that he will watch over her before disappearing back to his time.

Upon returning to his time, Balder has since been corrupted by Loptr's evil and is the one responsible for the damage done to the Crescent Valley. He spurs on the remainder of the Witch Hunts under this influence and begins a new plan to resurrect Jubileus in order to remake the universe once again as he sees fit (thus setting in motion the events of the first game). In the present day following the defeat of Jubileus, Balder reawakens on Earth alongside the Dea's broken head and is near death. Loptr's influence over Balder begins to wear free, and he tries to break free of Balder's dying body in order to escape, but Balder promises that they will perish together and seals him back inside. Both Balder and Loptr then fade away into nothingness.

Appearance

Aesir is presented physically in a humanoid form. He has intricate glowing gold markings all over his body that appear in a mystical manner (diamond markings on his right half, and circular markings on his left half) along with his glowing blue skin. His hair is stylized into a pyramid shape, and a glowing Chaos marking is visible on his forehead. While using the power of the Eyes, his left eye glows red and his right eye glows blue.

Whilst lacking any formal attire to speak of, Aesir is adorned with golden frames that form various symbols relating to his power. He also wears large, golden cuffs on both his wrists and ankles and sports a large Chaos symbol that hovers near his back as his wings.

Abilities

Aesir is an all-powerful being that has many powers including those of Loki and Loptr together, surpassing Jubileus. He is able to use the Eyes of the World to unlock great powers of creation, as well as use the Remembrance of Time to bring objects from the span of time to the present.

During the final battle, Aesir uses multiple forms of attack. He can alter his size at will, create giant projections of his arms to attack, project blasts of magical energy and summon various technologies from across time/space of the human realm. This includes Valkyrie Military Transports, the "System 16" Stunparon satellite laser, Gjallarhorn surface-to-air missiles, and a O'Neill cylindrical Space Colony.

Greatest of all, however, is Aesir's power of "nothingness". He is able to erase anything and everything he chooses from the world.

Quotes

  • " To be The Overseer of this world, to rule it.... A power only meant for Aesir!"
  • "You need only obey me."
  • "My will shall become that of the universe!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • Aesir is referenced in the first Bayonetta, regarding explanations about the nature of the Eyes. Temperantia also exclaims that Bayonetta holds "the pride of an overseer" upon their first meeting.
  • Aesir may be based on the true creator entity in Gnosticism, with Jubileus and Queen Sheba acting as the Demiurges.
    • Another possibility is that Aesir may also be based on Chaos, the first Primordial God of Greek Mythology who predates the other Primordials, the Titans and the Olympians. Both are associated with chaos and serve as the creator of reality.
    • Aesir could also be based on the Demiurge himself, given the similarities between the lines in his clothes and the Demiurge's compass. In turn, Jubileus is the actual Creator, with the boss fight from Bayonetta being her incomplete light self.
  • Due to the concept of light, dark and chaos in the Bayonetta universe, Aesir acts as the third god to both Jubileus' and Queen Sheba's roles of the light and dark. As chaos is mostly depicted as the neutral ground in the Trinity of Realities where the humans live, Aesir regards himself as its one just ruler, using the power of both light and dark (the Eyes) in order to do this.
  • From all known gods in Bayonetta universe, Aesir seems to be the smallest deity despite his great power and role for the world. This may be because it is a realm of humans, and thus he is the closest match to them as the world's ruler.
  • The space colony Aesir summons is actually the same colony model that was used in Platinum's game Vanquish. Alternatively, it also shares the same model with the Shirogane Comet from another Platinum game, The Wonderful 101.
  • When Loptr reforms into Aesir, this Aesir lacks a good mind.
  • Aesir is voiced by TJ Ramini in the English version and Takumi Yamazaki in the Japanese version, the same voice actor as Loptr.
    • Takumi Yamazaki also voiced Durga from Anarchy Reigns Japanese version, another Platinum Games title.
  • The sigil Aesir creates when executing some of his attacks reads (in the Noatun Alphabet); "MAN SEES ONLY HIS REALITY AND MAKES IT HIS WORLD - AESIR SEES ALL REALITIES AND THEY ARE THE WORLD".

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