Status of Fate, Destiny, and Questionable Loot
Report prepared by the F9R Recordkeeping Division, indexed by (intended) recipient. Because we know what's important in this world, after something as horrible as the Logruswrack: L3WT!
Major update: Destiny and Fate have been considerably weakened (but not gone) as of the Grand Dance of the Stars, which apparently coopted and altered much of their functioning into the new Zodiac system. There are signs that the loot has been changed or possibly destroyed.
Items of Destiny
- Akari: Received Dramaegya, the Third Eye, Unicorn Spikard of Destiny. Grants wearer a third eye on the forehead and reveals things normally hidden, to give the short description. Apparently it can even manipulate destiny and fate, which has occurred twice by accident (thankfully with positive results); Skuld has taught Akari how to control her Pattern abilities properly so that it doesn't happen again. Given by Urd of the DMB following a Patternwalk where Akari reaffirmed her choice of Destiny. Of all the loot, this has probably given the most bang for the buck so far, given the massive mileage gained out of it. Changed into, apparently, a Balance spikard named Hennornya as of the Grand Dance, now revealing ties to Zodiac archetypes instead of destiny and fate, whatever that means.
- Asuka: Received the Sidar Sex Worker Manual. It's a sex manual from way back. Given by Urd of the DMB while on a mission to rescue Suzuka's body from being wedded to a fake Yog. Yeah, it was massively f'ed up.
- Nanami Minor: Received the Patternbracers. Allows wearer to exchange physical strength for mental strength; degree can be adjusted by user as desired. Given by Verthandi of the DMB while planning the Uberwald vampire mission in Arcadia. Following the ascendance of the Zodiac and the reordering of the cosmology, they are now tied to Boar and Wind Dragon of the Zodiac.
- Orien: Received Peorth, True Pattern Jewel Angel (as opposed to jewel demon of Melnibone). Operates much as a standard jewel assistant, boosted by Pattern backing, specializing in technology, able to swordfight, and is sexy, to boot. Given by Skuld of the DMB, though she thought she was handing over Banpei-kun rather than Peorth, following the cleaning out of Outsiders cultists who'd taken up residence in Moresbiggle. She is notable for her ego. Peorth has now been reformatted into an Elemental Wood Pattern Angel. (See notes below for more details relating to her original creators.)
- Random: Received the War Banner. Raises the morale and skill of an army led by its holder, and can even summon the spirits of those who died in past service to the holder to fight, kinda like Aragorn. Given by D-Random, apparently forged by D-Moonshade over on that side of the fence, rather than a member of the DMB. Used twice to good effect so far, in the beating down of the Bride of Darkness in Vamber and in rallying purified souls to the defense of Cathuria during the mission to rescue Kanako from the Void. The War Banner has recently been redecorated by Cosmic Forces with a Snoopy/Red Baron motif, Pattern on one side, Logrus on the other, and is tied to the zodiac god Dog. It may, in fact, be an item of Balance now. It is not a sex aid.
- Setsuna: Has now received Doombreaker, Patternblade of Destiny. It is a white blade with the Pattern in silver tracing, and sings when drawn from its sheath. Its specialty is to break bonds of various kinds. Forged by Skuld, according to Verthandi, and delivered offscreen. First and so far only confirmed case of a non-Rider getting Destiny or Fate loot. (Asuka's sex manual doesn't really count; it's just a recovered Sidar book rather than a new creation by a Destiny agent.)
Items of Fate
- Chloe: Offered Crotchknife, Patternblade of Fate. Specialties unknown, as it was refused owing to Primally Bad Salespitch; neither is it known if it has since been offered to someone else, or is now residing in some desk drawer. Waved around by Mara of the FMB during a crackpipe dream (probably of her creation) of Chloe being forced to marry Lucien, after a battle between Rebman and Lemurian forces led by Daniel, son of Lucien and Morrigan.
- Suzuka: Received unnamed, undescribed, unlamented Unicorn Spikard of Fate (later discovered to be named Nambaya). Fuyutsuki has determined that it is attuned to breaking through defenses and getting into and out of locations, after confiscating it from Shinobu Major, to whom it hopped while Suzuka paid a jail visit; it was to remain under lock and key until such time as it may be destroyed safely. Delivered from the FMB by Bird of Desire to the submarine Suzuka et al were riding in with accompanying note that made her froth like a rabid dog, rather than a direct handover. Fragmented into Fatey, weaker versions of the 13 Juunishi animals that apparently now contain the members of the FMB.
Items of Undecided Nature
- Akari: Received a henshin magatama, appearing to contain the power of the Phoenix within it. It allows her to transform into Busty Pretty Soldier Song, modeled after the Bust Akari physical form that she took on during the Uberwald mission, though it lacks the persona; instead, it exchanges her mental strength for physical strength and improves her physical agility somewhat at a partial cost to her mental finesse. Delivered by Diamond, talking black cat from the Magical Girl Advisory Board, which is linked to the Phoenix (magical girls have a rebirth aspect to them, after all) and is supposed to serve as Akari's advisor; she does not appear very happy about this. The vampiric persona of Alice has also been added to it, enabling her to take on those powers as well. Despite her misgivings, Akari has used both forms a number of times now.
- Kaname: Received the Dollhouse of Sexual Instruction +5. This personalized item contains anatomically accurate and animated dolls of Kaname, Sousuke, and Kyouko, and is loaded with incredible amounts of information pertaining to sex, sex, and more sex. Given by Chloe because, even according to her, Kaname is taking far too long to jump on Sousuke. Okay, so it doesn't really belong in this report, but it was too good to pass up. Placed in this category because it really would be difficult to classify it as Destiny or Fate loot if it qualified. (Akari has since received one as well, originally with one doll of her and male versions of Asuka and Chloe, of all people.)
- Tomos: Two items.
- Item one: The Silver Patternpin of Amber''. The Silver Patternpin was briefly studied by Akari, who proclaimed that it held Balance within it but did not mention either Fate or Destiny in its assessment; it may or may not have been involved in dumping a ceiling on Minako after her chewing out Tomos in Amber'', so its abilities remain unknown at this time. Given by Sanjou, elder Princess of Amber'' during a ball held there prior to Tomos' departure. It has unfortunately been destroyed as of the run-in with four Chaosian Abyss puppets of the Ends of the World in a Primal Chaos attack on the Amberite Embassy. However, it saved Tomos and Mireille and preserved Justice from shattering in the process, as well as dealing Ends a nasty bit of backlash.
- Item two: The Sippin' BP was examined by Washuu and apparently is very strong and designed to give the drinker visions, but has remained undrunk by anyone except a Chibi-Cthulhu test subject; it is most likely an item of Fate, but yet has to be confirmed as such. Appeared on Tomos' nightstand following the Ball and before Minako's arrival, accompanied with a note from someone named Nemo warning of Minako's approach.
- Shiori has yet to receive any loot. Urd most likely was referring to her as another of the Nine Riders who might have been a recipient when Akari asked about why she received Dramaegya, but was not yet committed to the path of Destiny. Currently, Destiny and Fate are battling over the opportunity to pitch to her, as apparently her Abyssal nature is at odds with her shiny personality, leaving her very close to balance between the two sides. Of course, with Destiny and Fate suddenly being weakened now, likely they will not be pitching any more.
- Sousuke has yet to receive any loot. There is some question if he will receive any, as he is not tied to the Pattern at all, unlike the other Riders. However, he is now one of those Riders, and as such is an important vector in the universe, so may be offered something sometime. Also, recent events have tipped him closer to a balance between Destiny and Fate, so that may factor into a delay in loot delivery, like with Shiori. Of course, with Destiny and Fate suddenly being weakened now, likely they will not be pitching any more.
- There has been some speculation and debate over whether or not candidates for loot may be pitched to by both Destiny and Fate. Likely those who are decidedly leaning in one direction will only get a call from that side, but possibly those walking the line in the middle may be appealed to by both (maybe Shiori?). So far, only Akari and Tomos have received more than one primal/semi-primal item in the wake of the Logruswrack, and for each, one of those items appear to have Balance as a component to them rather than Destiny or Fate.
- There are also concerns that with the current fluctuations in the balances between Pattern and Logrus (and in fact, Balance itself) in the wake of the reimpowerment of the Logrus and the Complementation of Yig, that various Destiny and Fate loot items will soon go poof as the Pattern loses its dominance over Reality. So far, only Akari has taken serious consideration to the possibility, and is known to be seeking a way to tie Draymega to Balance and the Phoenix, to possibly make it the first Phoenix Spikard.
- The above concern may have come into effect sooner than expected with the performance of the Grand Dance of the Stars, rather than the performance of the Kai-Sho to restore the Logrus fully, not because of the Pattern losing dominance, but rather because Destiny and Fate specifically were weakened. Akari is scrambling to try to figure out what has happened to everything:
- Dramaegya was converted into a Balance spikard, reading the alignments of what is observed to the Zodiac archetypes through the Third Eye and continuing to bear revelations of the hidden as its magical specialty.
- Nambaya has fragmented into 13 animals with spikard conduits attached to each, a sort of living, multipart spikard...or something.
- Attempts to contact Setsuna and find out if his blade survived (and if he himself is all right) were not answered.
- The War Banner's appearance has changed, now mostly green in color with Patterny WWI Ace Snoopy on one side and Logrusy Red Baron on the other, apparently linked to the Zodiac god Dog in his aspect as the Loyal Warrior. It retains its original functions, though the forces called up are all decked out in Snoopy livery, usually to their mild embarrassment.
- Peorth is now an Elemental Pattern Angel aligned with Wood.
- Nanami's bracers are now tied to Boar and Wind Dragon, with their sigils in gold and silver respectively on them. Functionality yet untested.
- Further investigation of the other items are underway.
- The voice of Mara of the FMB was heard complaining about being turned into a snake, apparently having been stuffed into the fate-leaning versions of the Juunishi animals that Nambaya fragmented into. Nothing is known of the other named Fate agents, Morden and Asmodeus, as of yet.
- The DMB have managed to avoid being reduced as much as Mara by reformatting themselves into Elemental Pattern Angels, effectively making themselves equal to Peorth (a former creation of Urd's) in stature. Urd is Fire, Belldandy is Air, Skuld is Water, and a previously unknown agent named Linna is Metal, to Peorth's Wood. They currently are crammed into Peorth's jewel embedded in Orien's forehead, making for rather cramped conditions, until they can be moved elsewhere.