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The Original Zohar is called "Marienkind," which means "Child of Mary" in German. According to the Original Design Materials, this name represents Jesus Christ. The U.M.N. database in Episode I gives yet another reference, however, saying that this also refers to a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm) about a girl who receives the keys to the 13 doors of heaven from Mary, the mother of Jesus. This girl would presumably be Mary Magdalene or Shion Uzuki.
The Zohar is perceived in the Real Number Domain of the Lower Domain as a golden monolith. It is visually distinguished by an aquamarine jewel.
The Original Zohar is not to be mistaken for Joachim Mizrahi's Zohar Emulators, which are not as powerful. Zohar Emulators have red Hebrew letters instead of a jewel. The Hyams Zohar Emulator appears to have a blue letter.
The Zohar serves as a portal between the Upper Domain of U-DO and the Lower Domain of the human collective consciousness (Unus Mundus). It also powers Zarathustra, which resets the universe to a blank slate for Eternal Recurrence; therefore, the Zohar is a requirement for Wilhelm to achieve his goal.
This legendary artifact is rumored to be capable of eradicating the Gnosis and ushering in an era of universal peace and human tranquility. Nonetheless, the Zohar may also be a powerful tool of destruction and possesses a threat. The Gnosis themselves seem to be attracted to the Zohar, as they were attracted to the Zohar Emulators on the Woglinde.
Anyone who comes into physical contact (direct, or in the beginning of Episode I, through a space suit) with the Zohar or its emulators vanishes from physical space. Unmanned vehicles or Auto-Techs, however, are unaffected. The Episode I guide claims this is due to "the power of one's will."
Anyone who touches the Zohar instantly dies Edit
Originally, the Zohar was used by ancient people to power the Relics of God. The Official Guide seems to imply that the Zohar existed ever since the big bang.
chaos/Yeshua's Anima power was divided into twelve relics (the Vessels of Anima) by Mary Magdalene on Lost Jerusalem in ancient times to protect the universe from dissipation. This is because the Vessels of Anima are required to activate the Zohar.
The Ormus Society, however, claims that they have been the people bound to the Zohar for eternity. Ormus is not the only known faction after the powers of the Zohar.
Yeshua and Mary (or possibly rather their followers) attempted to hide the Zohar from Wilhelm and used an anti-Wilhelm force.
People of the ZoharEdit
Anyone born on planet Abraxas/Michtam are known as the People of the Zohar. According to Pellegri, "The People of Zohar arrived to Abraxas after a long wandering journey. We were the people who protected the Zohar and the relics of God for generations."
However, this doesn't necessarily always means that the People of the Zohar get along with each other.
People of the Zohar tend to have a compatibility to link with U-DO.
Known People of the Zohar and descendants of People of the Zohar:
- Sharon Rozas
- Sergius XVII (and all the other popes)
- Joachim Mizrahi (and Sakura Mizrahi, but not Juli)
- Kevin's Mother and Kevin Winnicot
- Aoi Uzuki (and Shion Uzuki and Jin Uzuki)
- Dmitri Yuriev
During the series, the Zohar transfers to a variety of different locations.
- The people of ancient Lost Jerusalem are the first to perceive it.
- Mary Magdalene's followers hide it under Lake Turkana in northern Kenya.
- In 20XX, Vector Industries (Wilhelm) excavates it and transfers it to Toronto, Canada to research.
- Vector scientist Grimoire Verum uses it in a link experiment with Nephilim Verum. As a result, a matter shift was generated, and mankind had no choice but to evacuate Earth. The system went out of control during a control experiment, and Nephilim became the first to disappear. The disappearance phenomenon continued to expand, eventually erasing all of Earth from dimensional space.
- After Lost Jerusalem disappears, Ormus transports it to planet Michtam (Abraxas) for safekeeping and more research. Michtam is the homeland of Ormus. The Zohar is presumably kept on Michtam (Abraxas) for thousands of years. It is studied by the Mizrahi Cerebral Sciences Research Center, a division of the Federation's Zohar Research Organization. Thus, MNI/MCSRC was part of the Galaxy Federation and was studying the Zohar (along with Joachim Mizrahi).
- The Galaxy Federation attempts to control the Zohar using a control experiment. However, it fails and summons Gnosis to Michtam in T.C. 4747.
- After Michtam's destruction, the Galaxy Federation finds the Zohar in its ruins and transfers it to Miltia in Labyrinthos, due to the existence of numerous facilities left on Miltia from early Immigrant Fleet visits, where research continues by the MNI/MCSRC.
- The MNI/MCSRC transforms into the U-TIC Organization and becomes corrupted and a Zohar struggle leads to the Miltian Conflict.
- During the Miltian Conflict, the Zohar is hooked up with Proto Ω.
- After the traumatic deaths of Suou Uzuki and Aoi Uzuki, Shion's despair resonated with the Zohar in Labyrinthos, summoning the Gnosis. After the Miltian Conflict and Miltia is locked in the Abyss, the Zohar, still in Proto Ω, is inaccessible in the Abyss for 14 years, remaining in Labyrinthos' hangar.
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und BöseEdit
- MOMO Mizrahi's copy of the Y-Data leaks, and several parties rush to acquire the original Zohar at Miltia. Unfortunately for the Galaxy Federation, Ormus gets there first. The Patriarch Sergius XVII obtains it and uses it to turn Miltia into the Omega System.
- The Zohar is seen in the Omega System. Albedo contacts the Zohar, causing the Omega System to transform into the space-time anomaly.
- The Zohar is somewhere in the space-time anomaly for a while - when the anomaly disappears after Jr. fights Albedo, the Zohar is seen floating in space.
- The Gnosis Abel's Ark appears, absorbs the Zohar, and disappears for months.
Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach ZarathustraEdit
- Albedo extracts it from Abel's Ark and returns it to the ruined Michtam.
- The Zohar is attached to Zarathustra.
- Yeshua (chaos) and Mary Magdalene (KOS-MOS) use the Zohar to eradicate the Gnosis. A phase shift occurs, and what occurs to the Zohar is ambiguous. It is possible the Zohar is returned to Lost Jerusalem, or is destroyed entirely.
The name Zohar (Hebrew for "splendor" or "radiance") is a reference to an important book in Jewish mysticism.
|“||Yes, 'Zohar'... It is what drives all of the Gears on this planet. It is the master generator that transmits its energy to the slave generators in our Gears. It is also the source of all the Ether power that the inhabitants of this planet utilize. By utilizing the energy displacements caused by actualizing potential future phenomenon... this 'Zohar Modifier' has the ability to produce infinite amounts of energy.||”|
The Zohar was also based on the Zohar Modifier from Xenogears, the spiritual predecessor of Xenosaga. In Xenogears, the Zohar Modifier appears as a simple golden monolith with a turquoise eye rather than Xenosaga's ornately designed monolith and jewel. The Xenogears monolith also lacked the "arms" of the Xenosaga monolith, which give it the appearance of a cross.
In Xenogears, the Zohar Modifier serves as prison for the Wave Existence, and is an essential part of Deus' core engine. The Zohar Modifier is the device used not only by Deus as a source of energy, but also the player character and NPC gears. It is also the source of the populous' ether abilities.
- The Zohar also is similar in appearance and usage to the Monolith from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- The Zohar also serves as the logo for Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht.
- The Zohar could represent and symbolize ideas of religion, such as "Ye shall be as gods":
- The Zohar is named after a religious text
- The Zohar is gigantic and huge, similar to how religions can be massive, have plenty of followers and influence
- The Zohar is mysterious and no one really knows what it is or where it came from, similar to how religions are often mysterious
- Everyone in the Xenosaga series is fighting over the Zohar and are killing each other for it, similar to how people can fight over religion and even kill each other because of religion. The Zohar itself apparently kills anyone who touches it and it is strongly implied those who touch it transform into a Gnosis, which could represent how those who are exposed to religion can feel they become "enlightened"
- The Zohar is rumored to make wishes and dreams come true, similar to how religions claim they can do similar feats
- The Zohar is protected by Ormus, a religious cult
- The Zohar is golden and very attractive looking, similar to how religions are often attractive to certain people
- The Zohar is extremely dangerous and must be handled with care (i.e. Auto-Techs), similar to how religions can be dangerous and must be handled with care