|“|| I loathe your beauty.|
I loathe your charm.
I loathe your strength.
Gnosis, also known as the Pilgrimage Fleet, are alien-like monstrous entities shrouded in mystery. They are the main enemies and battle fodder of the Xenosaga series, appearing in many different forms and size.
They were apparently first seen in T.C. 4747, having destroyed the planet Michtam due to the Galaxy Federation's failed Zohar control experiment. However, it was only during the Miltian Conflict on Miltia in T.C. 4753 when they arrived en masse, having terrorized humanity for the last 14-15 years.
For thousands of years, humanity dreamed of contacting aliens. Unfortunately for this wish, the Gnosis are merciless and dangerous with an unexplained hostility toward mankind, and it is too late to take this wish back. They show signs of little to no intelligence or communication, although they are often found in groups. They are on a mission to exterminate the human race and are pushing humanity on the verge of extinction, wiping out star systems en masse. Humanity does not have much time and it is estimated that humanity only has a few more years left because of this Gnosis Terrorism. Humanity lives in constant fear of the Gnosis. Some theorize that they are the result of the universe rejecting humanity; others theorize they are some punishment from "God" or a higher power.
Only the galaxy's most intelligent and greatest minds of scientists and researchers have any hope of eliminating the Gnosis. The Galaxy Federation has begun various anti-Gnosis projects such as the Zohar Project, building weaponry to combat them with companies such as Vector Industries and Hyams Group. The S.O.C.E. is dedicated to investigating the Gnosis threat. KOS-MOS and T-elos are specially designed Vector androids to combat the Gnosis. Other anti-Gnosis equipment include A.G.W.S., A.M.W.S., the Durandal, the Woglinde, the Merkabah, the Rhine Maiden on the Dämmerung.
Although some hoped that the Gnosis phenomenon would finally unite humanity against a common threat, putting differences (such as beliefs, religion, race, social class, etc) aside to avoid complete extinction, despite the large number of star systems that have been destroyed by the Gnosis, people continue to resist, refusing to cooperate with each other, and engaging in one pointless conflict after another.
Each Gnosis is actually a human spirit/consciousness that refused to join the Collective Unconscious when they died. Some loathe qualities such as beauty, charm and strength.
The Gnosis are, for the most part, non-physical existences. The Gnosis exist in a unique dimension separate from the physical plane (or real space) called the imaginary space; therefore, it is normally impossible for humans to come into contact with them. Gnosis come from imaginary space, which occupies the same space as real space (normal space). The collective consciousness of the Lower Domain (the universe of human consciousness) is composed of both the real (physical) and the imaginary (spiritual) sides. What looks human on one side looks like a Gnosis on the other side. Everything that exists in the real world also exists in the imaginary world, which is why there are even Gnosis planets, such as Cathedral Ship. Although the term Gnosis generally applies to the wills that seek dispersal, everything that exists on the imaginary side is composed the same as a Gnosis. This is also why Abel's Ark is seen as a giant Gnosis, yet at the same time it is not a Gnosis. By activating the Hilbert Effect, Gnosis within the radius of the effect are drawn into the same physical plane as humans, allowing them to be affected by conventional weapons.
Gnosis also appear to have the ability to possess machinery and integrate it into their body, thus giving themselves extra abilities based on the machinery they possess. A Gnosis of the "Gremlin" type possessed an A.G.W.S. unit and was able to use its weapons.
Ancient Gnosis phenomenon Edit
According to Jr., Gnosis have been reported throughout history, albeit in very few sightings and nothing near the scale at which they currently appear.
It was only during the Miltian Conflict in T.C. 4753 that the Gnosis came into human's dimension en masse. It was this event that caused the dispersal phenomenon that was destroying the universe to rapidly advance.
During the Miltian Conflict, a young Shion Uzuki witnessed the brutal deaths of her parents, Suou Uzuki and Aoi Uzuki. She watched as they were brutally killed by 27-Series Asura combat Realians. This drove Shion over the edge of despair, causing her latent abilities to resonate with the Zohar stored in Labyrinthos, resulting in direct communication with U-DO. In response, U-DO opened a portal between the real and imaginary realms, and the Gnosis entered the real realm en masse.
Gnosis are what a consciousness, one which rejects the deep contact with another consciousness, transforms into in the imaginary domain. The birth of such Gnosis had already been occurring since the era of Lost Jerusalem. Or perhaps it had already begun from the time human consciousness came into being.
Within a group, an existence that deviates inevitably comes into being. This deviation may also become the impetus that produces a new era or flow. This is also a reversal that causes the collapse of the previous era.
A city contains many human existences, and therefore, allows deviation. And because there is deviation, there becomes a sharpness that cultivates the era. It is also thought that the very assembly that does not allow deviation breeds stagnation and degeneration.
This kind of deviant existence is something perfectly natural. No matter the era, a consciousness of rejection and opposition exists, and that is what turned into Gnosis.
Mythical creatures such as fairies and the like, which were said to be existences of the imagination, are thought to have possibly been these Gnosis.
If someone is touched by a Gnosis, they either die by breaking down into salt, or become Gnosis themselves. The latter of which occurs if one is touched but survives. However, Shion Uzuki was touched by a Gnosis and failed to turn into a Gnosis. This most likely comes from the Gnostic belief that in the quest for enlightenment, three things can happen:
- One can be unworthy and simply dies by turning into salt. In the story of Lot in the Bible, his wife is turned into a pillar of salt after looking back on the city of Sodom.
- One's soul can be considered worthy, but one's material body is still impure (turning into a Gnosis, such as Andrew Cherenkov a few hours after being touched by one.)
- One can be of the few who reach enlightenment without losing one's body (Shion surviving being attacked by a Gnosis).
Gnosis are human wills who resonate passively with Anima to the point of seeking dispersal and destruction. Because they fear and reject other people, they reject the entire collective consciousness of humanity. People who become infected with this fear by contact with Gnosis may also become a Gnosis themselves if they submit to the fear or try to escape from it. People who resonate purely with Anima do not become Gnosis, which may be why Shion never turns into a Gnosis after being attacked and almost whitened.
Consciousnesses of rejection Edit
|“||Gnosis are the form of people who have rejected others and the world. They seek salvation. Faced with being overcome with loneliness and fading away, they choose instead to return everything to the beginning. Mary and I shall give them what they seek, the eternal recurrence!||”|
A person dies. The functions of the flesh in the real number domain come to a halt. The consciousness which has lost its "body"-anchor will then begin to exist only in the imaginary number domain. While the body is functioning, the person's consciousness is imprisoned in that cell, and although it is something that exists in the imaginary number domain, it is aware of only the real number domain. This is because it recognizes its surroundings through the body's eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. By freeing the consciousness from the flesh, it becomes a purely imaginary number domain type existence.
The imaginary number domain is a state where everything has been freed, and everyone's consciousnesses come to be in an exposed state. The deep contact of those exposed spirits reveals even the malice that they would have wanted to keep hidden, and causes them to come into contact with the dark side of each others' hearts. Also, the consciousnesses, which have become purely existences of the imaginary number domain, begin to be swallowed into the Collective Unconscious.
A person's consciousness fears being swallowed into the Collective Unconscious. It is thought that, fundamentally, it wants the act of intermingling and coming into intimate contact with another person to be kept at a distance. However, if such fear isn't strong enough to resist the drawing force, the consciousness will eventually endure the mutual deep contact and unification with the Collective Unconscious, and it will accept it and begin to belong.
Within that kind of flow, there are not only consciousnesses that will be reeled into the flow; there also exist consciousnesses that possess strong rejecting power. They are consciousnesses that, due to a firm basis of value, draw a line between themselves and other consciousnesses. Consciousnesses of this kind of rejection will continue to reject unification with the Collective Unconscious, and as they try to escape from its gravity, they will begin to turn into Gnosis.
Gnosis aggression Edit
When Gnosis appear in the real number domain, a violent aggression can be seen. This is the manifestation of the rejecting consciousnesses' preference of rejection. A consciousness that has turned into Gnosis is frightened of its surroundings and of others, and so in order to protect itself, it becomes aggressive. In essence, Gnosis are so afraid of the living, they're willing to kill whomever they see so they won't be able to frighten them any further. Their attacks on humans aren't based on aggression, but pure terror.
This tendency of rejection does not change even with fellow Gnosis.
From a human's perspective in the real number domain, it may seem as if Gnosis become a group and begin to strike. However, in actuality, Gnosis do not form into groups.
A Gnosis is unable to recognize the existence of another Gnosis other than itself.
Like a moth that is drawn to a flame, Gnosis are attracted to the radiance given off from the Zohar, and they only end up flocking as a result in order to appear in the real number domain. They by no means cooperate or have anything like tribal or companion consciousnesses.
For instance, as a phenomenon, even in the case that there was that kind of a situation, it is not something the Gnosis intended, and the individual movements only happen to be linked by a cooperative result. This is not anything unusual. In the human community as well, there aren't just actions that hold a purpose, but through the linking of individual self-serving actions, one large flow of unintentional cooperation arises and weaves an unthinking result-- It is a cooperative result that is built from the linking of actions that disregarded each other. The unrelated cooperation of purpose and means is seen in large numbers even in real society. The way fellow Gnosis relate may be something as straightforward as that.
Size and shape of Gnosis Edit
Gnosis are consciousnesses that have the tendency of rejection. However, when fellow consciousnesses that have the same wave-movement gather together, they form a small group of consciousnesses. Like a community where people who share the same values congregate, the clump of Gnosis turns into a single Gnosis as that clump. Although the fellow consciousnesses that have a filter of the same values are unable to be conscious of each other, because they have a filter of the same vector, they form a community as a result.
Different forms are shaped by differing values, and size differs depending on the amount of assembled consciousnesses.
For these such reasons, Gnosis come to exist in various shapes and scales.
Due to the variations in their external appearance, the standard practice is to categorize and name Gnosis after mythical, legendary, and folkloric creatures. Examples of these are Goblins (top-heavy white bipeds), Golems (gangly humanoids with flexible arms), Manticores (large greenish caterpillars) and Gremlins (fishlike beings, one of which merged with an A.G.W.S. in Episode I as a boss on the Woglinde). Other common types include boxlike whales and amber-skinned seals.
Gnosis and the dissipation of the universe Edit
Gnosis reject others, and so they have a directionality of opposition. Gnosis that reject others who do not match their own values break away and escape from the series of consciousnesses that must naturally join together -- the Collective Unconscious. This is the phenomenon of the dissipation of consciousness connected to the collapse of the universe. When the directionality of the rejecting consciousnesses of the Gnosis exceeds a critical point, then the structure of the imaginary number domain, which is based on the premise that all consciousnesses are interconnected, begins to break down.
The necessary factor in their arrival Edit
Essentially, there is only one single factor that makes Gnosis, who exist in the imaginary domain, arrive in the real domain: the light of the Zohar. Gnosis appear in the real number domain by responding to the Zohar, namely, the energy of U-DO's wave. For the Gnosis, the radiance of the Zohar may feel like an irresistible flame.
Gnosis is the Greek word for "knowledge".
Gnosticism is a system of beliefs which teaches that the material world is evil, and only through the pursuit of the knowledge of the true nature of the world can humanity return to the spiritual realm after death.
Episode I Edit
- Drone G1
- Drone G2
- Drone G3
- Drone GX
- Ein Rugel
- Great Joe
- Larva Doll
- Larva Face
- Rianon Se
- Sky Fish
- Sophie Peithos
Episode II Edit
- Ai Apaec
- Ashmed Bapuz
- Baal Zebul
- Creation Type
- Dullea Soul
- Grips Sister
- Information Type
- Kazfa Jina
- Mad Skelter
- Nepos Rigas
- Phobos Rigas
- Piercing Scream
- Rod Blondel
- Wraith Feeler
- Wraith Virus
- Zwerg Kape
Episode III Edit
- The Gnosis may have been inspired by the aliens in H. G. Wells' cosmic horror stories, most famously The War of the Worlds. His aliens tended to be hostile, nasty, Earth-conquering types. In Episode I, Shion makes the comment to Allen, "You're usually so hardheaded with your logic and preconceptions, I was a little worried that you'd become like one of Wells' Aliens." The Gnosis also feast on gore and blood, like the aliens in The War of the Worlds.
- For unexplained reasons, the Gnosis appear in Encephalon dives throughout the series. This is because Encephalon dives are often connected to the U.M.N. This is why it's possible to encounter Gnosis in the Encephalon, as the U.M.N. uses the Collective Unconscious as a network infrastructure. Gnosis exist in the same region, namely, the imaginary number domain, and so this is why the Gnosis encounter rate is high within the U.M.N. and Encephalon.
- An unnamed Federation soldier onboard the Woglinde in Episode I comments prior to the impending attack that he personally does not believe that the Gnosis exist. However, he does mention to Shion that the existence of Gnosis has been disputed for millennia, dating back even to the era of Lost Jerusalem. In fact, he even goes so far as to suggest that the Loch Ness Monster was actually a Gnosis. Therefore, Nessie canonically exists, or at least has existed, in the Xenosaga universe.
- In Xenosaga Episode III, four Gnosis appear on Abel's Ark, guarding the way to Dmitri Yuriev's location and Ω Res Novae, similar to the four pillars of Deus' core in Xenogears. These each resemble several of the Omnigears from Xenogears, and are named: