“Innocents scream. Souls burn. Worlds die. Evil prevails. Such is the will of the Pandora to kill and destroy, without sentience or without meaning.”The Pandora are a race of Nether-based life-forms that are found throughout the Empyrean System and originate from a mysterious eldritch dimension known only as The Abyss. They seem to have connections to the Precursors, are enemies with the Azurans, and are the primary universal antagonists of Elysian Knights.
Pandora can take on a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from humanoid monstrosities to animalistic abominations, or perhaps something even more horrific. Their hides are mainly black (sometimes dark grey) with some very dark green in the mix and glowing green eyes. They emit an aura of black particles.
Instead of dark green, Alphas and Omegas are mostly black with dark teal and dark purple respectively.
Angels are very similar to Azuran species in appearance, but with pale skin, visible black veins, black scleras with white pupils that can be a different color depending on the Angel, and wings and a halo over their heads, both made of nether.
The Pandora lack any internal organs present in most living creatures, and can live without needing to eat, drink, sleep, or anything non-Pandora require. They also do not age and have corrosive black blood.
At the center of their chests (or other spots for some species) is a soul-like orb of Nether known as a phylactery. This phylactery all Pandora have allows them to regenerate from virtually anything unless it is destroyed. A curious property is that if a phylactery were to be artificially removed from its host Pandora and somehow transplanted into the body of another creature, even a fellow Pandora, they themselves with briefly transform into Pandora themselves before disintegrating instantly. If a Pandora were to be artificially granted a phylactery from a different one however, it will instead absorb the foreign body part and become larger and stronger, before they too will eventually die.
Also don’t have any genitalia.
Each species of Pandora (excluding Alphas, Omegas and Angels) is named after a noun with negative connotations (also includes nouns that have/can have both a neutral AND a negative connotation and synonyms of said noun). Not a verb, adjective or adverb, but a noun. Proper nouns and occupational nouns are normally excluded, yet Alphas, Omegas and Angels can *still* be named after the former. One species of Pandora cannot have multiple names. Each species has their own unique name.
All Pandora share the insatiable hunger for the essence known as Ether, which can be found all over the Empyrean System. They regularly flock to locations with high amounts of Ether to consume it and infest places devoid of any humans. They will also actively hunt down and kill living beings for their souls as they contain Ether. Most species of Pandora will roar, screech or shriek at their enemies before attacking, presumably to intimidate them.
They are also well-known for attacking places populated with humans, such as cities, towns, villages, etc. Pandora attacks are unpredictable and happen entirely at random, but it is more common for Pandora to strike areas heavily populated with Arcanes or areas that are at their most vulnerable, either from natural causes, man-made disasters, or from general disorder.
A rather curious trait is that Pandora will infest abandoned Precursor structures or even destroy them on some occasions. They are also extremely hostile to Precursor Sentinels, attacking and destroying them on sight despite there being no particular reason to do so. Another strange aspect is that Pandora will not attack those who practice Apollyonism (the worship of Pandora), and will instead either ignore them or fight alongside them in battle. They will also completely ignore any being that lacks a soul, as due to the fact that they only attack living creatures to absorb their souls, then they have no reason to attack soulless beings. However, they *will* retaliate if said soulless being attacks them first.
They have also been known to set up large nests within areas devoid of light, where they will lie in wait to ambush passing creatures.
Whenever a commanding type of Pandora (Alpha, Major or Angel) is in danger, numerous other non-commanding will immediately swarm to that commanding Pandora’s position to protect them, regardless of where that particular Pandora is located. This behavior is consistent with many observations of Pandora defending commanding members of their species, even, in some cases, sacrificing themselves for them.
Powers & Abilities
All Pandora emit an invisible aura that drains the life out of every non-animal or sapient organism, destroys microbes and physically weakens non-Pandora humanoids and animals. Their presence also disables electricity, shuts off light sources and exceptionally large numbers of Pandora can cause gravitational distortions and the formation of necromite crystals and nether fissures. They can also poison water with nether on mere contact.
All Pandora also have the ability to absorb nearly limitless amounts of ether and the souls of people they have killed. When they have absorbed a sufficient amount, they will either mutate into a different (and stronger) Pandora species or multiply. When a Pandora has not absorbed any ether for a signifigant amount of time, they will submerge into the ground and fall into a motionless, unconscious, coma-like state and will only wake up if any sources of ether are nearby. Eventually, after absorbing too much ether, a Pandora will transform into an Alpha (see the types of Pandora below).
Pandora can also travel to different locations via “breaches”, which are space-time rifts of pure nether which can appear as either cracks or swirling discs. Individual species of Pandora can also have abilities unique to them, such as nether manipulation, fire breath, mind control and more. All Pandora are also incapable of feeling pain.
Occasionally, some Pandora are capable of manipulating some aspects/elements of nature such as fire, water, ice, lightning, etc, however these are usually certain Alphas and Angels.
Pandora can also sense the nearby souls of living beings, and can even “see” them when close enough to a target. They also have the ability to smell fear, and are able to draw strength from the strong negative emotions of their victims, using them to increase their physical strength, aggressiveness and their various other supernatural powers.
A peculiar trait is that while they do not have any need for food, lower types of Pandora such as Spawns will sometimes devour the corpses of those they’ve killed. There is no known reason for this behavior.
As stated above in the Physiology section, Pandora have corrosive, nether-infused pitch-black blood with highly corrosive properties and the ability to regenerate from anything and reform completely even if nothing of their bodies remains. They have phylacteries, souls of nether which can be found within their chests. (In most cases) If the phylactery is destroyed, the Pandora will disintegrate and melt into a puddle of their own blood and will not be able to regenerate no matter what. Pandora can also be temporarily incapacitated if the phylactery is simply damaged. Also, due to their regeneration, Pandora are completely immune to physical damage from fire or other corrosive substances.
One curious thing is that when a Pandora dies, a bellflower will grow from their remains. It is unknown as to how or why this happens.
Types of Pandora
Different species of Pandora are also categorized into different types/classifications.
Spawn-Types are the weakest and most common of the Pandora, often seen on the front lines during Pandora attacks. Most of them follow a pack mentality and are incapable of sentient or intelligent thought, motivated only by pure, simple-minded instinct. Spawns can take on a wide variety of forms and can have a wide variety of abilities. The 7 most common of the Spawn-Type Pandora are Wrath, Envy, Greed, Gluttony, Pride, Lust and Sloth.
Pandora that are significantly stronger and less common than Spawns. Most take on a humanoid shape, (though there are exceptions) and some are even capable of summoning weaponry made of nether. They have some basic levels of intelligence and operate mainly in small groups, but otherwise are still as aggressive as Spawns. The most common Elites are Slaughter, Murder, Execution, Assassination, Voracity, Homicide and Anguish.
Siege-Type Pandora are far bigger and more durable than both Spawns and Elites, and are highly aggressive and destructive. Some species can have special abilities, but most just use their brute strength. Siege-Types also share the ability to spawn swarms of Spawn Pandora to aid them via emitting black smoke from their bodies. Rage are the most common Siege-Types.
Majors act as the commanders of Pandora hordes. They are far more intelligent and powerful than Spawns, Elites and Siege Pandora, and have the ability to communicate telepathically with other members of their species. Majors are rarely seen on the battlefield, and when they do appear are usually accompanied by less-powerful types of Pandora rather than other Majors. Majors are usually named after words such as Cruelty, Villainy, Sin, Vice, Evil, Malevolence, etc.
Goliath-Type Pandora are towering monstrosities, much more enormous in height than even Siege-Types and unable to be controlled by Majors. They are the size of tall buildings or bigger, and some species have even known to take the form of ships and spawn weaker Pandora. Their phylacteries are a massive amalgam of smaller phylacteries, and they are nigh-invincible. Goliaths have only ever been seen in large Blight Zones, deep in the Abyss and major wars.
Alpha-Type Pandora (also known as Devil-Type) are the supreme commanders of the entire Pandora species, having a distinct black and blue coloration rather than black and green like normal Pandora. They are capable of commanding even Majors and Goliaths, and have remarkable intelligence surpassing that of even Majors, showing even distinct characteristics and personalities. Unlike all other kinds of Pandora, Alphas are not separated into different species as each one is different than the other, each with their own unique appearance and abilities. Alphas are capable of creating subsections of the Abyss for a base of operations, and can create Pandora from thin air. They can also emit limitless amounts of Nether, reanimate their victims into zombies, teleport and even have some psionic powers, and their life-draining auras are far more powerful, being able to instantly kill not just plants, microbes and fungi, but also animals and non-Arcanes within miles. Unlike Goliaths, Alphas do not appear in Blight Zones and are rarely seen in the Abyss, only making an appearance in massive wars or deep in their Abyssal lairs. Most Alphas also have multiple phylacteries. The presence of a single Alpha along is also enough to cause major gravity distortions, disable all electronics, large necromite deposits and nether fissures to form and all water to turn black with poison across miles. Thankfully, their appearance is always heralded by the sky turning a deep blue clouds turning pitch black and a huge black orb appearing where they’re going to be a few minutes or hours before they actually arrive, giving enough time for the area to be evacuated while some of the toughest and most powerful Arcanes in Athena Blade repel the beast.
Alphas are named after proper nouns unlike regular Pandora, such as Mjolnir, Abeloth, Amatsu-Mikaboshi, Fafnir, Agares, etc. They usually follow a naming theme of demons, monsters from myth or folklore, evil rulers or malevolent deities.
Omegas are the rarest and most atypical of all Pandora. They are black and purple and like Alphas are not divided into different species and are named after proper nouns. They cannot command other Pandora and cannot even communicate with them through any means. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Omegas is that they are fully sapient and not ruled by the instinct to consume all life and ether like all other Pandora. They also have distinct personalities, and even possess the ability to speak. There are also a couple other distinctions between Omegas and other types of Pandora.
As stated above, Omega-Type Pandora are EXTREMELY rare in nature, and it is unknown as to how they come to be. Only three Omegas in history have ever been recorded.
The Enigma-Type classification is simply for Pandora that do not fit in any other category, or have not been observed enough for sufficient data to be acquired to place them in another category.
Sometimes this classification is merged with Spawn-Type, sometimes it’s a sub-category of Spawn-Type, other times it‘s its own category. The Vermin-Type classification is for Pandora that are very small and weak but numerous in numbers.
Servile Pandora are not true Pandora. They do not possess phylacteries and do not have a lot of the abilities normal Pandora have, such as portal creation, corrosive blood, ether absorption, regeneration, etc. not even names. Servile Pandora do not appear naturally, and instead can only be spawned by certain species of Pandora, most commonly Siege-Types. Servile Pandora that are summoned by certain Alphas are known as Betas, and can command lesser species of Pandora such as Majors, Elites, Spawns, etc. Betas also have a distinct blue-green color.
Blight Zones are areas in the Empyrean System that have become infested with Pandora, rendering them inhospitable deadzones. Plants, microbes and even animals cannot survive in Blight Zones, and humans can barely even breathe. When Blight Zones become big enough, they will begin to slowly expand across the landscape, increasing the size and range of the zone as formations known as Nurseries will form from necromite crystals, which will spawn in new Pandora without limit.
The most curious thing is that a mysterious gemstone known as a Shard of Ruin will also form in the center of the Blight Zone, and will begin to grow, increasing in size and power as the surrounding Pandora will defend it with their very lives. [INFO REDACTED].
Long ago, before the dawn of humanity on the planet Azura, there were a race of powerful cosmic beings made of Nether known as the Malbolge. These demons were the first life to ever be born in the universe, and by then they were the only life in it. They feasted on the substance known as Ether, drawing power from it as they used their power to forge worlds, suns, moons, stars and even galaxies.
But power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Malbolge were especially corrupted by their own, due to the fact that they were Nether-based life-forms, and Nether was the very manifestation of darkness, destruction, negativity and sin. The beings fought each other over what to do with the universe they created, and soon there was not a single Malebolge left due to the chaos. The battle was so great about 70% of the cosmos was destroyed with them.
Meanwhile in some part of the universe that wasn’t totally destroyed, there was a humungous swirling mass of stardust, energy, plasma, interstellar gas and Ether which would come to be known as the Empyrean. This Empyrean was actually a massive wormhole, one which led to the home micro-universe of the Precursors in their realm of Calamandra. The Precursors had incredibly advanced technology and with it had created hundreds of worlds which orbited the wormhole, each one teeming with its own unique form of life.
One day, a wayward fragment of a Malebolge’s soul entered the system and passed through the wormhole, smashing into a large city of Calamandra and completely obliterating it. In the destroyed city’s place, a gigantic void formed where the fragment rested at the bottom, and out from the void emerged a powerful beast of godlike power named Riven, the Firstborn. The very first of the Pandora. The eldritch being launched a devastating attack on the Precursors, and each one slain would be reborn into a demon of Nether with an insatiable hunger for Ether. These were the first of Riven’s undying servants (which were also Pandora), and they multiplied into an ever-growing horde which emerged ceaselessly from the Abyss, all the while it continued to swallow the home of the Precursors.
The beasts ravaged Calamandra while the abyss continued to form, with the Precursors barely managing to hold back the swarm. Once the tide was starting to turn in their favor, the first Alphas came into being after absorbing so much Ether and turned it back. The Precursors then created the first humans and granted them with incredible ethereal power, effectively turning them into the very first Arcanes. These Arcanes managed to hold back the swarm of Pandora alongside their creators, and were deployed to deal with Pandora infestations on the worlds surrounding the Empyrean.
While all the Precursors and humans in Calamandra had perished, the ones on the other worlds would soon follow, as the Pandora destroyed them along with the hundreds of other alien races on the other worlds. The humans who survived the chaos were corrupted by Riven’s dark power and became the first Pandora Angels, and one of the very first to become so was Azrael, the Angel of Death. Emerging soon after Azrael were Uriel, Angel of Destruction, Falak, Angel of Chaos, Selaphiel, Angel of Sin, Erebus, Angel of Darkness, Apollyon, Angel of the Abyss and Lucifer, the Angel of Light. As the Pandora continued to grow in power, the last of life in the system was on the planet Azura, consisting of the planet’s native race, the Draylons, and the last living humans which were marooned on it. The destruction of the Pandora was only ceased when a last-resort superweapon of the Precursors activated shortly before the last one was killed. A missile which would destroy the Empyrean if the Pandora grew too powerful, and by extension the void they emerged from. The weapon struck true, but while it did not manage to destroy the Empyrean, Riven was greatly wounded and in turn were the Pandora it commanded, and so the beast retreated deep into the Abyss, so deep that a part of Calamandra’s ruins was free from its corruption, and became the separate realm known as the Elysian Garden. The Empyrean itself was also damaged, and due to some bullshittery which I lack the willpower and patience to explain, the power of the Arcanes was greatly weakened and they became what they are to this very day, with most humans not being born with the Arcane’s powers at all.
As the Pandora continued to terrorize humanity, new forms of the beasts began to appear. Humanity and the Draylons became allies and fought them together, but the Pandora had the upper hand and both races suffered tremendous losses each time they tried to push back. Some Draylons and humans got together and gave birth to the first Demihumans, but it only increased their chances by little. By the end of it all, most demihuman races were driven to extinction and so were the Draylons, with only one remaining, who went into hiding and lived for thousands of years thanks to a Shard of Ruin of his own.
The demise of the Precursors and the Draylons would be long forgotten. All that remained was the inhabitants of Azura - the humans and demihumans - fighting against the Pandora to this very day as the last living races across the entire Empyrean System.
- They take inspiration from the Grimm from RWBY, as well as a bit of the Hive and Taken from the Destiny franchise and the Honkai from Honkai Impact 3.
- The Angels, however, take heavy inspiration from the Herrschers from Honkai Impact 3.
- The Pandora went through many revisions and had many different names before eventually becoming the Pandora.
- They also take inspiration from a scrapped race I had known as the Twisted.
- Some Pandora will occasionally twitch and jerk, a trait which is shared by the Taken from Destiny.