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OOC Information

Player: Jess
Contact Information: Firebenderjess on Plurk, AIM and Skype


Allen Ridgeley (AU)

Canonpoint: Just after Shion summons Abel's Ark.
Age: 25(Died at 22)
Wish: "I wish there was another way" referencing the choice between resetting the universe and accepting the end of everything.
Result: He was given knowledge of the canon timeline, wherein the surviving protagonists took it on themselves to find a way to stop the Rejecting Wills from destroying the universe, and informed that this was the reality that would result from the next activation of Zarathustra.
Weapon: Benzer Ace, a high tech crossbow that fires bolts of energy provided by the user.
Outfit:


Powers

» POWER ONE - Durability: he can take much more of a beating than an ordinary person can before he drops from cumulative injuries (harder to break bones, can afford to lose more blood, etc.), though damage to vital organs is still fatal.
» POWER TWO - Empathic healing: he can heal the injuries of others, but he feels the full pain of anything he fixes.


Permissions


Fourth-walling is okay, but stick to canon events.
Backtagging is good as long as it doesn't lead to continuity errors.
Feel free to have your character flirt with him if they're so inclined, but he'll probably be clueless unless it's really blatant.
Roughing him up is fine, he can take it. Just ask before killing/anything that might actually incapacitate him.
temptestament: (It's actually pretty simple...)
Player name: Jess
Contact info: Firebenderjess for AIM and Skype and Plurk
Other characters currently played: Apping Jade Chan

Character name: Allen Ridgeley
Age: 25 (22 at death)
Canon: Xenosaga (AU)
Canonpoint: After Shion learns the truth about the Gnosis and summons Abel's Ark.

Background:
Canon: Series background and Allen's history.

AU: This Allen's early life went more or less exactly as canon: he was the son of a wealthy CEO, decided to follow his own path instead of the family business to go to technical school, graduated from Bormeo with top grades, was hired by Vector Industries straight out of college and quickly fell in love with the Jr. Chief of his Division, only to find out she was engaged to the Chief. It wasn't until a year after he joined Vector that his history deviated in any tangible way from canon.

On that day, a large group of U-TIC soldiers invaded the lab where Allen was working and activated the KOS-MOS Archetype, which went berserk. In most versions of this event, Allen was not present, instead attending a business meeting, and Kevin Winnicot was murdered by the Archetype. This time, however, the meeting was delayed and Allen, seeing the Archetype targeting his beloved's fiance, grabbed a fallen soldier's gun and started firing on the berserk android. He was successful in drawing her attention away from Kevin, but was no more a match himself than Kevin would have been. The Archetype killed him, ramming her hand straight through his chest, but was destroyed before she could return to finish Kevin.

In most cases, death would be the end of the story. However, Allen in all incarnations has a rare potential that, in most versions of events, goes unrealized. This time, it did not. Upon Allen's death, the CEO of Vector and Guardian of the Lower Domain, Wilhelm, approached his not yet dissipated consciousness and made him an offer: a return to some semblance of life, unimaginable power and, most importantly to Allen, the opportunity to keep Shion safe in exchange for his aid in bringing about the Eternal Recurrence, rescuing the universe from the looming threat of dissipation by reversing time and bringing the universe back to a point as close to its very beginning as was possible, and a promise that he would only reveal his identity to those who knew him to be dead until the appropriate time. Allen agreed and was thus reborn as a Testament, a being of pure consciousness that could still interact with the living and, in fact, wielded a great amount of power over physical space and the perceptions of mortals. Along with this pact came knowledge that the offer had been meant for Kevin, who had arranged the incident to bring about his own death.

Skip three years later, time mostly spent overseeing the movement of Wilhelm's pawns, and Allen is given a new project: T-Elos. Created from the body of Mary Magdeline, she was to replace KOS-MOS as the vessel of Mary's consciousness. As the director of the T-Elos project, Allen assumed the alias of Justin Partridge, a secretive engineer working for Vector. T-Elos outperformed KOS-MOS in every way, as in canon, and this time “Justin” brought the news of KOS-MOS being scrapped to Kevin. The next day, he visited a recreation of Old Miltia. There he witnessed Shion learn the truth of the appearance of the Gnosis: that it had been the result of her own anguish as a child. With both her emotions and those of her younger self in a state of extreme despair, her power went out of control once again, this time calling forth a manifestation of U-DO known as Abel's Ark.

Though Allen knew it was now time for him to step in and tell her what she needed to know to move forward, all that was on his mind was how much he hated watching her suffer.

Personality: At first glance in canon, Allen seems to be that perfectly generic guy who will never do anything important. When not actively drawing attention to himself, he's easy to overlook and prefers a quiet lifestyle. When he's forced out of his element, his first reaction is usually to whine and complain while still allowing himself to be dragged around, seemingly lacking the spine to actually refuse to get involved. He constantly worries about what his friends are getting themselves into, and generally just comes across as high strung.

This is, in fact, not the case. While he is generally high strung when he's nervous, his reluctance to speak up for his own desires isn't out of timidness, but rather because he's too nice. He cares deeply for his friends, enough that, despite several opportunities to hop off the crazy train and go back to a normal life, he remained on board until the end and then got on again when his friends needed him. He has repeatedly shown that his spastic nature in unexpected situations quickly gives way to a cool head and, while not necessarily confident, stubborn assurance when people are counting on him. Taken right out of a civilian life, he was able to take the death of someone who had been trying to protect them with dignity and pragmatism, acknowledging that it was a horrible thing while at the same time convincing his panicking boss that they needed to use the opening provided by his death to escape, or else it would mean nothing.

In his element, Allen is a very different person. Though modest, he is confident in his skills and, though frequently teased, is a respected leader within his field. He's always well prepared for likely situations, although he can sometimes go overboard with responsibility, as evidenced by the fact that he carries stimulants whose most likely purpose are to keep him awake well past when he would have normally fallen asleep in order to finish projects. Although he is capable of enjoying a vacation, he feels a need to pick up any and all of his subordinates' or even superiors' slack and personally take it on himself to make up for any deficiencies in his division's output.

Allen's biggest flaw is actually his inability to hang his friends out to dry. Although he's a largely ordinary civilian with no proper combat experience, he's willing to follow his friends and especially the woman he loves into dangerous situations that even trained soldiers might balk at for the sake of providing a voice of reason and whatever of his skills end up applicable. Although this has repeatedly put him in situations where he feared for his life, he hasn't once ignored a chance to be of use and has willingly entered combat heavy situations for the one he loves. The most glaring example of his kindness being to his detriment, however, is in dealing with that very loved one. Although he had many chances to tell her, his fear of opening wounds left by the death of her fiance left him feeling like his emotions would be too much of a burden for her. This tendency to place his own desires after others often makes him a perfect example of nice guys finish last.

Unlike most other nice guys who get trampled on, however, Allen can and will say enough is enough if something personally offends him. While he's willing to put himself in danger for his friends, he is also willing to stand up to them for his morals and even give passionate, heart wrenching speeches about his beliefs. Like all of his friends, he can be incredibly stubborn when he sets his mind to something and is more or less impossible to dissuade from his choices by any means short of death, even if it means calling a nigh-omnipotent enemy a coward to his face to make his point.

However, being a Testament has changed him to some degree. The transformation in and of itself has left him feeling disconnected with humanity. Although it would be easy for him to create a new identity and live a normal life when not busy with his duties, he refrains out of the belief that he no longer has a place among the living. Even when doing so to fulfill his responsibilities as a Testament, he remained distant from his new coworkers, not uncaring yet still a presence that seemed only interested in his work, where he otherwise would have treated a team like friends.

Even further, he does not believe he has a say in humanity's future, as he is no longer one of them. This is why, despite his hatred of what he has to do to enable Recurrence, he swallows his resentment and does his job. Recurrence must be an option before humanity, a path those who still exist in the physical domain can either choose or defy. Even later, when he will be interacting directly with Shion to inform her of what everything has been leading to, he will present it neutrally, it isn't his place to try to sway her opinion. This attitude is also why his wish is passively voiced: though born out of a desire to change things, his wish is only to present an option beyond activating Zarathustra or just accepting the inevitable destruction of the universe.

This laid the foundation for his time as a Testament to change him. Inevitably, being so thoroughly immersed in the strange while excluding himself from the mundane have reversed his comfort zones. Very little can jar him in terms of danger or the seemingly impossible, but he's forgotten, in a way, how to deal with people on a purely social level. When faced with such a situation that isn't simply an act to get the other party to do what he wants, he's quick to turn awkward and nervous, stuttering and second guessing his words in ways he never does when acting as Wilhelm's representative. It's not fear, precisely, so much as an utter uncertainty when it comes to interacting with normal people.

When he's comfortable with a person, or at the very least used to their presence, a difference in his general attitude shows. Having spent large amounts of time in the company of abrasive and aggressive sorts, his tendencies toward being too nice to others have been trained out of him. Where he would have bitten his tongue on his more sarcastic thoughts in the past, his new habit is to respond to snark in kind. While it started as a defense mechanism to keep those aggressive types from harassing him into a corner, he's found that speaking his mind has left him feeling more comfortable with himself and those thoughts he used to hide from.

There is, however, a darker side to the imprint his job has left on his psyche. Where before he was reluctant to hurt others unless they tried to hurt someone first, it's become impossible to turn a blind eye to the lives sacrificed by Recurrence, especially as he spent two years as the only Testament that hadn't simply taken the deal for the power and immortality it offered. Often he has had to either kill people or facilitate destruction in order to keep things moving as they should. This has bred a form of rationalization, a willingness to get his hands dirty so long as he knows it's to the benefit of the world at large. It's not without regret, but he's developed a tendency to look at the bigger picture and use it to convince himself to follow orders that his gut reaction to is outrage and disgust. But even so, his loyalty is intact. Should it come down to it, he will always side with the people he cares about, regardless of what it means for him.
Wish: “I wish it didn't have to be this way.” An ambitious wish, Allen wants a third option that doesn't require sacrificing either Shion's happiness or humanity's survival. He wants to see the universe protected, without driving Shion to the point of resetting the entire universe. As this would require restructuring reality in a way very similar to Madoka's wish, the Incubators will be granting it in an unconventional way: he will be given knowledge of the canon timeline, wherein Shion rejected the idea of Recurrence and chose to forge a new path, and informed that this will be the reality created when Zarathustra activates. To ensure the Recurrence occurs, a duplicate of Allen will be created to carry out his duties as a Testament.

In terms of powers granted, this is a wish born from a desire to protect everything, granted due to another version of him enduring immense pain and fighting through injuries that should have been crippling. As such, his body will be much more durable than those of other Magi, able to endure blows that would incapacitate others. A mortal blow is a mortal blow, however, and anything that manages to pierce his defense to damage a vital organ will still kill his new body.

Power: Allen wants to shield his loved ones from pain, even if it means taking it on as his own. His power will be the most literal interpretation of this: he'll be able to heal others with a touch, but he will feel the pain of any injury he repairs.

Weapon: Benzer Ace: a high tech crossbow configured to fire bolts of the user's energy rather than physical ammunition. At the beginning, these bolts will do no more damage than a normal crossbow, but they might be upgraded with later powers.

Sample: The sunlight, sea breeze, even the sand beneath Allen's legs felt nice as he sat on the beach, staring out over the ocean. But after three years of being immaterial, unable to feel anything from the physical world, they also felt strange. Was he really alive again? Was such a thing even possible? As if the line between 'possible' and 'impossible' even really existed. Just three years ago he would've thought it impossible for someone to die but still exist, short of transformation into a cyborg, so was it so strange to think someone could come back from the dead completely?

The bigger question was whether or not he'd done the right thing by making his wish. It had let the humanity of the next Recurrence attempt their own path, a third option between giving up on the future of the universe and giving up on reality as a whole, but he couldn't tell if humanity would succeed or not. He should've been more careful with the wording of his wish, made sure the new option would be successful, but it was too late for that now.

“It's not like I'm going to get a chance to re-do the wish. But...maybe I'm just worrying too much?”

He leaned back as he muttered to himself, burying his hands in the cool sand. He couldn't help worrying, really. After everything that had led up to this, the history of the universe twice over and the suffering of countless people across two timelines, he couldn't stand the thought that it might come to nothing. Even the knowledge that another version of him—a version that was still alive, still human—had managed to win Shion's heart was only a small comfort. She'd still suffered so much, after all, and his knowledge stopped short of telling him if she'd ever truly recover from it.

“Ugh...why couldn't the vision have given me the rest of the story? You'd think he'd at least let me know how my wish turned out...unless he's some sort of magical lawyer or something.” Now that was a scary thought. “But maybe I can ask him about it if he ever shows back up. I mean, it's not like he'd have any reason to keep it from me, is it? Then again, he wasn't very helpful when I was asking about these Soul Gem things, either. I'm starting to think he's one of those people who considers it his job to be as frustratingly vague as possible...I guess he fits in with the rest of the company I've been keeping lately.”
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High-tech heavy crossbow (Draws energy from the user for ammo.)
Connection Gear (Hand held computer with holographic screen, networking capabilities disabled.)
temptestament: (Yeah yeah I got it boss.)
Absurd godmode ahead! Allen is ridiculously powerful thanks to space and mind affecting powers, so I need to know what you're cool with and what he can't/shouldn't do.

Animus app

Apr. 13th, 2012 06:37 pm
temptestament: (Yeah yeah I got it boss.)

Player Information



Name: Jess
Personal LJ: [profile] draconic_scribe
Age: 21
Contact Info: AIM/Plurk: Firebenderjess
Other Characters Played: N/A


Character Information



Character Name: Allen Ridgeley
Character Series: Xenosaga
Character Age: 25 (Died at 22)
Character Gender: Male
Alternate Universe
Canon Point: Before Shion summons Abel's Ark
Background Link: General canon and Allen specifically
AU Background: This Allen's early life went more or less exactly as canon: he was the son of a wealthy CEO, decided to follow his own path instead of the family business to go to technical school, graduated from Bormeo with top grades, was hired by Vector Industries straight out of college and quickly fell in love with the Jr. Chief of his Division, only to find out she was engaged to the Chief. It wasn't until a year after he joined Vector that his history deviated in any tangible way from canon.

On that day, a large group of U-TIC soldiers invaded the lab where Allen was working and activated the KOS-MOS Archetype, which went berserk. In most versions of this event, Allen was not present, instead attending a business meeting, and Kevin Winnicot was murdered by the Archetype. This time, however, the meeting was delayed and Allen, seeing the Archetype targeting his beloved's fiance, grabbed a fallen soldier's gun and started firing on the berserk android. He was successful in drawing her attention away from Kevin, but was no more a match himself than Kevin would have been. The Archetype killed him, ramming her hand straight through his chest, but was destroyed before she could return to finish Kevin.

In most cases, death would be the end of the story. However, Allen in all incarnations has a rare potential that, in most versions of events, goes unrealized. This time, it did not. Upon Allen's death, the CEO of Vector and Guardian of the Lower Domain, Wilhelm, approached his not yet dissipated consciousness and made him an offer: a return to some semblance of life, unimaginable power and, most importantly to Allen, the opportunity to keep Shion safe in exchange for his aid in bringing about the Eternal Recurrence, rescuing the universe from the looming threat of dissipation by reversing time and bringing the universe back to a point as close to its very beginning as was possible, and a promise that he would only reveal his identity to those who knew him to be dead until the appropriate time. Allen agreed and was thus reborn as a Testament, a being of pure consciousness that could still interact with the living and, in fact, wielded a great amount of power over physical space and the perceptions of mortals. Along with this pact came knowledge that the offer had been meant for Kevin, who had arranged the incident to bring about his own death.

Skip three years later, time mostly spent overseeing the movement of Wilhelm's pawns, and Allen is given a new project: T-Elos. Created from the body of Mary Magdeline, she was to replace KOS-MOS as the vessel of Mary's consciousness. As the director of the T-Elos project, Allen assumed the alias of Justin Partridge, a secretive engineer working for Vector. T-Elos outperformed KOS-MOS in every way, as in canon, and this time “Justin” brought the news of KOS-MOS being scrapped to Kevin. The next day, he would be on a re-creation of Old Miltia, waiting for Shion to discover what she needed to, when everything went down the drain.
Personality: Very little has actually changed about Allen due to becoming a Testament, so let's start with his base personality. Allen is, at his core, a kind man, if somewhat withdrawn, occasionally offensive and unusually secretive about his background. In his element, he's calm, collected and in charge, capable of taking even complete disasters mostly in stride and quickly deciding on what needs to be done. He seems confident in his abilities, but not arrogant. If anything, he tends to understate the significance of what he does despite being capable of extraordinary displays of observation, intelligence and quick thinking, in addition to being able to make difficult decisions or handle tragedies that would stop many civilians cold.

Out of his element, Allen seems to become an entirely different person. He becomes easily agitated, nervous, and overly cautious to the point of borderline paranoia. When things go wrong in a situation he doesn't understand or feels helpless in, his first instinct becomes panicking rather than working out a solution, leading to an impression of cowardice. Even when things are relatively safe, he will frequently complain and object to the insane situation or stupid risks people around him are taking.

Allen's most admirable traits are his loyalty and willingness to go through anything for his friends. Unfortunately, this is also something of a weakness, as he is almost literally unable to say no to helping them, even when it puts him in direct danger. He has been described as willing to go to hell and back for his friends, and indeed he would, complaining all the way but not turning back until everyone he knew was safe.

However, while Allen is mostly the same as his canon counterpart, spending three years as a Testament has changed him somewhat. The most noticeable difference is that he's braver and less prone to spazzing out. Where it used to be easy to pull him out of his element with some unusual circumstances, he's now used to the downright impossible seeming and working with the other Testaments has required him to develop the ability to talk to some of the most terrifying people in the universe without faltering. Aside from that, he is, simply put, more willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. While he would still prefer to keep damage to others to a minimum, given a choice between helping someone who might kill hundreds and standing by while thousands died instead, he would steel himself and risk the hundreds. He doesn't consider it an easy choice, but does understand that the alternative to doing harm in one situation is sometimes downright disastrous.
Abilities: All Testaments have a standard set of powers, regardless of who or what they were in life. These powers can be broken down into two distinct sets: spacial and mental.

Testaments have, quite simply, the ability to warp space on a whim. This translates as powerful telekinesis, teleportation and the creation of wormholes and force fields. This is usually how they interact with the physical world, as they lack bodies-an aspect that essentially translates to the ability to turn intangible at will, much like traditional ghosts, and to survive in a vacuum.

They have less power over people's minds, but are capable of controlling all of a human's senses and communicating telepathically. As with their spatial warping powers, they use control of a person's senses to be visible and audible despite lacking physical bodies.

Testaments can manifest physically to be able to interact more directly with the physical world, but are in complete control of their form and can shapeshift at will.

The shapeshifting allows Testaments to have special forms for combat, usually strongly resembling Gnosis. Allen has two, depending on the situation: Testudo Ammon and Fenrisulfr.

Testudo Ammon sacrifices the bulk of his attack power for incredible defense. When attacked, its free-floating shell automatically moves to defend and soaks up the damage. If it takes too much damage in a short period, the shell will be temporarily disabled, leaving him open to attack. In this form, he is still capable of beam attacks but they're noticeably weaker.

Fenrisulfr is his attack form. Fast, agile and powerful but lacking in ways to reduce damage, Fenrisulfr resembles a hairless werewolf with glowing hedgehog spines and a bladed, prehensile tail. In this form, he is capable of firing poison spines with the force of a thrown javelin and the blade on his tail weakens the defensive abilities of those it hits.

In addition to the spacial and mental powers, Testaments display powers that ordinary living people can learn in their world, called Ethers and ranging from elemental attacks to status afflictions to healing. Allen himself is capable of healing Ethers, inflicting and curing various status effects ranging from debuffs to damage reflection, and using powerful beam attacks.

For ease of interaction in the tower, his default states will be changed to visible and tangible.

Beyond the supernatural abilities, Allen is an extremely talented engineer and programmer and a capable shot with ranged weapons.
Sample Entry: His universe was dead. How had it come to this? Wilhelm had told him that they still had time, that they could prevent this-or at least buy humanity another chance. But as Allen pressed a gloved hand to the glass separating him from the barren landscape of what was unmistakably Fifth Jerusalem, he could feel with a cold certainty that there wasn't a single living consciousness on the other side. His heart didn't beat, but that didn't stop the tight feeling in his chest as he leaned his forehead against the glass and whispered,

“I'm sorry, Ms. Uzuki. I promise I'll find out how this happened.”

He knew it wouldn't bring her back, but he couldn't do nothing. He couldn't accept that there was nothing he could do for any universe that might remain. If he couldn't have a peaceful life, it would at least be a useful one. He only hoped that it wouldn't turn out that the death of his universe had been his own fault-he wasn't intended to become a Testament, and the thought that this could have happened because of him taking Kevin's place weighed heavily on his mind.
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Even nerfed, Allen has a few powers that might be considered godmoding or might work differently on certain characters, so I'd appreciate it if everyone who tags him would answer the following questions:

1) May he use illusions on you? It's a powerful mental affect that lets him control all human senses, but if your character has strong enough mental blocks/you'd just prefer he didn't use them, he won't.

2) May he communicate telepathically with your character? Again, he's pretty powerful, but strong enough mental shields could keep him out.

3) Status effects. This will most likely only come up if he has reason to fight, but if he does, it's definitely going to be a question. The two most likely to be affected by character weirdness are poison and magic/'magic' sealing. Will these work?
temptestament: (Yeah yeah I got it boss.)
PLAYER INFO
Name: Jess
Main Journal: N/A
Contact Info: AIM: firebenderjess | MSN: firebenderjess@aol.com | Plurk: firebenderjess
Played Characters: None
AC Reminders: N/A

CHARACTER INFO
Name: Allen Ridgeley
Age: 25
Species: Testament, formerly human (possibly genetically engineered, though it's never confirmed or Jossed.)

Series: Xenosaga
OU/AU: AU
Canon Point: Post-Recurrence (and thus 'death')
History: Allen was born to a wealthy family, with several older brothers. The son of a successful businessman, he was expected to be prepared to possibly take over the family company. Instead, he decided that business wasn't his calling and went to college for engineering instead, cutting off all ties with his family. Immediately on graduating, he got a job at the interplantary company Vector and met Shion Uzuki, who he instantly fell in love with, only to find out that she was engaged to Kevin Winnicot.

A year later, he was part of the KOS-MOS project, working on creating an android that would protect humans from the threat of indestructible monsters called Gnosis. The project went smoothly, until a militant group seized control of the lab and activated the KOS-MOS Archetype, causing her to go berserk. Allen was supposed to be off planet for a meeting, but had been unable to make it and had come into work as usual. When the Archetype targeted Shion, Allen intercepted the attack without hesitating, ending up fatally impaled on the android's hand.

In most cases, death would be the end of the story. However, Allen in all incarnations has a rare potential that, in most versions of events, goes unrealized. This time, it did not. Upon Allen's death, the CEO of Vector and Guardian of the Lower Domain, Wilhelm, approached his not yet dissipated consciousness and made him an offer: a return to some semblance of life, unimaginable power and, most importantly to Allen, the opportunity to keep Shion safe in exchange for his aid in bringing about the Eternal Recurrence, rescuing the universe from the looming threat of dissipation by reversing time and bringing the universe back to a point as close to its very beginning as was possible and a promise that he would only reveal his identity to those who knew him to be dead until the appropriate time. Allen agreed and was thus reborn as a Testament, a being of pure consciousness that could still interact with the living and, in fact, wielded a great amount of power over physical space and the perceptions of mortals. Along with this pact came knowledge that the offer had been meant for Kevin, who had arranged the incident to bring about his own death.

Skip three years later, time mostly spent overseeing the movement of Wilhelm's pawns, and Allen is given a new project: T-Elos. Created from the body of Mary Magdeline, she was to replace KOS-MOS as the vessel of Mary's consciousness. As the director of the T-Elos project, Allen assumed the alias of Justin Partridge, a secretive engineer working for Vector. T-Elos out perforrmed KOS-MOS in every way, and an outwardly apologetic “Justin” brought the news of KOS-MOS being scrapped to Kevin.

The next day, Allen met Shion again as Justin inside of a spacetime anomaly, while T-Elos fought a rescued KOS-MOS and revealed himself as the Brown Testament, although not her former coworker. He gave her just enough information to know that she had an important role to play before vanishing to let T-Elos and KOS-MOS finish fighting it out. T-Elos won, but Shion's fear for KOS-MOS caused a shift in the anomaly that transported everyone present, Allen included, into Shion's subconscious.

Inside Shion's subconscious, which presented itself as her suppressed memories of a horrific conflict she'd been caught in fifteen years ago, Allen watched her and her friends-including Kevin, who was continuing to act as if he didn't know anything more than her-live through the events she'd forgotten, not letting on that he was there even when his fellow Testament, Louis Virgil, came to terms with his own reasons for lingering and decided to move on. With difficulty, he watched as Shion was captured and questioned, reminding himself that she would be fine as long as things went according to plan. And they did, leading Shion to remember how her mother died and the fact that she had summoned the nearly invincible monsters plaguing humanity.

With Shion distraught, Allen finally revealed his identity and tried to assure her that it hadn't been her fault. On being pressed for details, he also informed her of Kevin's involvement in everything that was going on and the fact that she would soon have to make a choice that would have a major impact on the universe. An argument between him and Kevin ensued, ending with Allen flatly stating that Shion didn't deserve to be lied to longer than was necessary and fading out, leaving the group to easily escape the spacetime anomaly as it fell apart.

The next time he saw Shion and her friends was on the planet Meridian, where Wilhelm was waiting with the artifacts required to bring about the Recurrence. He told Shion about the threat of universal dissipation, that the Recurrence could delay it by returning the universe to its beginning and that she was the only one with the power to start it. At first, Shion had doubts about the Recurrence, until Allen told her that the new timeline wouldn't be a perfect copy and that there was a chance that the changes would reduce or even eliminate a lot of the suffering she and the people around her had had to live through. Her friends objected, but he told them it was Shion's choice to make, not theirs, and led her on to meet Wilhelm, along with Mary revived upon T-Elos' destruction and absorption of KOS-MOS prior to his appearance on Meridian.

Allen watched with some sadness and disappointment as Shion activated Zarathustra, having held a vague hope that humanity would deem the Recurrence unnecessary in spite of history's imperfections. But he didn't consider it his choice to make, having been separated from humanity when he accepted the role of Testament and contented himself with the thought that if Shion had chosen Recurrence, he'd done the right thing in helping make the option available, and never so much as considered trying to back out, even as all of history came undone, effectively cutting short the future of the entire universe.
Personality: Very little has actually changed about Allen due to becoming a Testament, so let's start with his base personality. Allen is, at his core, a kind man, if somewhat withdrawn, occasionally offensive and unusually secretive about his background. In his element, he's calm, collected and in charge, capable of taking even complete disasters mostly in stride and quickly deciding on what needs to be done. He seems confident in his abilities, but not arrogant. If anything, he tends to understate the significance of what he does despite being capable of extraordinary displays of observation, intelligence and quick thinking, in addition to being able to make difficult decisions or handle tragedies that would stop many civilians cold.

Out of his element, Allen seems to become an entirely different person. He becomes easily agitated, nervous, and overly cautious to the point of borderline paranoia. When things go wrong in a situation he doesn't understand or feels helpless in, his first instinct becomes panicking rather than working out a solution, leading to an impression of cowardice. Even when things are relatively safe, he will frequently complain and object to the insane situation or stupid risks people around him are taking.

Allen's most admirable traits are his loyalty and willingness to go through anything for his friends. Unfortunately, this is also something of a weakness, as he is almost literally unable to say no to helping them, even when it puts him in direct danger. He has been described as willing to go to hell and back for his friends, and indeed he would, complaining all the way but not turning back until everyone he knew was safe.

However, while Allen is mostly the same as his canon counterpart, spending three years as a Testament has changed him somewhat. The most noticeable difference is that he's braver and less prone to spazzing out. Where it used to be easy to pull him out of his element with some unusual circumstances, he's now used to the downright impossible seeming and working with the other Testaments has required him to develop the ability to talk to some of the most terrifying people in the universe without faltering. Along with the bravery has come more of a tendency toward making snarky comments and occasional teasing that he would have once kept to himself for fear of the response. Aside from that, he is, simply put, more willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. While he would still prefer to keep damage to others to a minimum, given a choice between helping someone who might kill hundreds and standing by while thousands died instead, he would steel himself and risk the hundreds. He doesn't consider it an easy choice, but does understand that the alternative to doing harm in one situation is sometimes downright disastrous.

Powers: All Testaments have a standard set of powers, regardless of who or what they were in life. These powers can be broken down into two distinct sets: spacial and mental.

Testaments have, quite simply, the ability to warp space on a whim. This translates as powerful telekinesis, teleportation and the creation of wormholes and force fields. This is usually how they interact with the physical world, as they lack bodies-an aspect that essentially translates to the ability to turn intangible at will, much like traditional ghosts, and to survive in a vacuum.

They have less power over people's minds, but are capable of controlling all of a human's senses and communicating telepathically. As with their spatial warping powers, they use control of a person's senses to be visible and audible despite lacking physical bodies.

Testaments can manifest physically to be able to interact more directly with the physical world, but are in complete control of their form and can shapeshift at will. Because of this, most have at least one gnosis-like alternate form for combat. Although he rarely uses them, Allen has two: one geared toward defense at the cost of speed and damaging ability and one that hits hard and fast but is easy to damage.

In addition to the spacial and mental powers, Testaments display powers that ordinary living people can learn in their world, called Ethers and ranging from elemental attacks to status afflictions to healing. Allen himself is capable of healing Ethers, inflicting various status effects and using powerful beam attacks.
Weaknesses: Testaments have very few physical weaknesses, but each one seems to be susceptible to a certain element. Allen is very weak against electricity.Additionally, the Hilbert Effect can lock him into a physical form. Beyond that, all of his real weaknesses are psychological. His biggest weakness is that he's too nice, even now. He has a difficult time saying no to someone who needs help even if he has to go significantly out of his way to do so. Though difficult to startle or unnerve due to everything he's been through, when he is surprised, he'll quickly lose his composure and turn awkward.

A more subtle weakness that could also be a strength at times is his stubbornness. When he's set his mind on something, he doesn't know how to back down, even if continuing to try would cause him extra suffering or even kill him, if he's good and truly set.
Possessions: A beam based crossbow that draws on his Ethers to fire and a hand held computer called a Connection Gear. Both are kept in reduced scale storage.
Marking Location: Side of the neck.
Miscellaneous: I will be using the theory that Allen is a genetically modified human, but it will be mostly irrelevant as the power canon hints at him having is essentially astral projection and thus moot because a) he's already a ghost anyway and b) it would probably just put him on the second level if he did use it.

First Person: What the-what happened to the Recurrence? Did she change her mind at the last second or something? No...I saw Zarathustra activate.

*He frowns, looking at the backs of his hands, which as far as he knows, shouldn't exist.*

This shouldn't be possible. Some sort of anomaly even Wilhelm couldn't predict? But that shouldn't have made a difference at this point...so where am I?

*He shakes his head and starts walking, shifting to the blue haired and pale skinned form he uses when interacting with ordinary people.*

Well, I'm not going to figure this out standing around... *sigh* Why can't anything ever be simple?
Third Person: His last words to Shion had been “I'm sorry”. He knew it was too little, too late, that two simple words couldn't make up for everything she'd been through. She had agreed. She hadn't so much as looked at him as she activated Zarathustra and everything faded away.

The next thing Allen knew, he was standing in an old looking city. He'd thought nothing could surprise him at this point, but now he had to spend a few seconds staring. If he'd just died, he could have believed that this was what his mind currently perceived the edge of the Collective Unconscious as. But he hadn't just died. With the Recurence, everything should have been brought back to the beginning, and he shouldn't even have existed until he was born in the new cycle, with no memories of the old one.

But here he was, no deader than he already was. Had Wilhelm lied to him? He supposed it was a possibility...Wilhelm and deceit did go together.

“But what would be the point? And why wouldn't Mary or Yeshua have said something?”

He shook his head. It didn't make any sense. But there were other people here, so maybe he could shift into something a little less conspicuous and get some information. As if the day hadn't been long enough already.

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