The Fifth Element
Quintessence (Aether) is the fifth element that binds the four classical elements: water, fire, earth, and air together. It is the strongest and most powerful element in the series, apart from the element of pure Light, which is bestowed upon Elyon, and one of the most diverse, regarding it's effects. Another term for Quintessence would be Aether, as it is commonly known to be in Greek mythology.
Aether is known as a very holy element, the material that God used to create the universe as we know it, and therefore, the essence of all living things. Quintessence allows the Guardian who possesses it a wide range of mystical abilities and talents. For instance, she can open and close portals in time and space, unite the four elements of nature, and bestow life just as easily as she can take it away with its destructive force.
The user is also granted an assortment of powerful psychic abilities and greatly strengthened physical attributes. Such great power and strength placed in the wrong hands could lead to total disaster, as shown with Nerissa, a Guardian who became drunk with the immense power that the Heart of Kandrakar granted her as the leader of the Guardians.
Quintessence in W.I.T.C.H.
Quintessence/Aether is controlled and manipulated by Will Vandom, one of the new Guardians. Nerissa, the previous Keeper of the Heart, was also endowed with this extraordinarily powerful elemental ability and is far much more experienced in using it to its full and maximum potential.
Powers and Abilities
- Reality-warping abilities
- Chronological and Spacial Portals
- Reveal the true form of another magical being
- Conjuration of objects
- Object Duplication
- Environmental Manipulation
- Astral Drop Creation
- Creating portals and wormholes to other worlds
- Superhuman Condition
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Agility
- Regenerative Healing Factor
- Energy Creation & Manipulation
- Manipulate and control all types of pure energy
- Wield absolute energy
- Energy Projection
- Energy Blasts
- Energy Rays
- Energy Bursts
- Force Fields
- Energy Waves/Pulses
- Energy Novas
- Energy Absorption
- Energy reading (via Quintessence/Aether)
- Quintessence-Force Manipulation & Control
- Aether Generation
- Cosmological Force Manipulation: Users will be able to control many spiritual, cosmic, and elemental forces as Aether created and binds them all together
- Astral Manipulation: Being ethereal in form, users will be able to command spiritual forces.
- Celestial Manipulation: Gain great power over the cosmos with heavenly influence and divine power in the universe.
- Cosmic Manipulation: Gain a powerful influence over the universal forces and celestial bodies that encompass the universe.
- Elemental Energy Manipulation: Use ethereal power to control the seven main elemental forces and the many sub-elements that it created.
- Life-Energy Manipulation: Manipulate the many forms of pure energy to an extreme level.
- Magic: Users can focus the fifth element into all forms of the "Arcane Craft".
- Animancy:Magically control the forces of life living, life-force and/or souls.
- Alchemy: Gain mastery over the art of transmutation, and chemicals.
- Astrology: Master the art of interpreting the ethereal bonds in celestial bodies.
- Creation: Conjure nearly anything from nothing.
- Destruction: Control forces of destruction that surround the universe.
- Divination: Gain information via supernatural means.
- Healing: Repair high amounts of damage sustained by the human body.
- Mysticism: Mystically interpret the ethereal bonds of the spiritual bones.
- Necromancy: Magically control the forces of death life-force and/or souls.
- Reality Warping: Influence the forces of reality via mental, or verbal commands.
- Subjective Reality: Control the boundary between fantasy/reality to make realistic Illusions.
- Telekinesis: Psionically manipulate structures at the molecular level.
- Transmogrification: Transform living and nonliving things into different forms.
- Astral projection
- Healing abilities
- Celestial magic
- Spiritual magic
- Life-based abilities
- Life-Force Manipulation
- Animation and Reanimation
- Life infusion
- Life-Force Attacks
- Life-Force Aura
- Life-Force Constructs
- Life-Force Conversion
- Life-Force Empowerment
- Life-Force Generation
- Life-Force Merging
- Life-Force Transferal
- Spiritual Force Manipulation
- Spiritual healing
- Control and manipulation of one's spirit/soul
- Spiritual Flight
- Aura Reading
- Astral projection
- Astral vision
- Spiritual reading
- Purification/healing abilities
- Regenerative capabilities
- Detect the presence of spirits and supernatural beings
- Electrokinesis: the ability to manipulate, control, and create pure electrical energy; such as lightning. This power allows the owner to control all forms of electrical power, being it static electricity, thunder and lightning, magnetic force, electromagnetic forces, or electrical pressure. It is colored blue-white.
- Lightning Bolts
- Lightning Rays
- Lightning Blasts
- Lightning Bursts
- Lightning Beams
- Lightning Weapons
- Patch into radio signals
- Magnetic Manipulation and Generation
- Static Pressure
- Electrical Charge/Discharge
- Create shields and force-fields of pure electrical energy
- Extrasensory Perception
- Possess incredibly powerful psionic abilities
- Guardian tracking via the Aurameres
- Unusually strong and close affinity with the Spirit World
- Mind Reading
- Truth/Lie Detection
- Telepathy/empathy with animals
- Animal whispering
- Memory/Emotion Manipulation
- Sixth Sense
- Illusion Immunity
Besides control over Quintessence/Aether, a Guardian leader's standard abilities are:
- Flight (animated series)
- Glamouring (Shapeshifting and transformational magic)
- Teleportation (tele-transporting)
Customarily, the Guardian of Quintessence is selected as the keeper of the Heart of Kandrakar (unless they become corrupt, like Nerissa), thus enhancing or adding to their elemental abilities, such as:
- Releasing a blinding pink light from the Heart
- Channeling the magic of the Aurameres into the Heart and enter the Guardians, initiating their transformation
- Creating Astral Drops
- Revealing the true form of another
- Opening and close holes in the Veil
- Opening whitish-blue oval-shaped folds in time and space
- Uniting the Guardians with the command: "Guardians Unite"
- Reverting the guardians to their human form using the command "Change Back"
Known Guardians of Quintessence (Aether) include:
- In the comics and chapter books, Will had power of pure Energy; not just whitish-blue lightning/electricity infused with life-force energy. Her magic was colored pink.
- The symbol is similar to the "Yin-Yang" symbol, which, when the two halves are combined, represents the entire Universe.
- In mythology Quintessence (Aether) is the very source and lifeblood essence of pure life energy, light, magic, and life itself. Its opposing element is Nether; the sixth element that represents pure darkness, shadows, evil and death itself.
|Guardians of Kandrakar|
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|Heart of Kandrakar · Aurameres|
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