Sighing, Mikael shoves his hands his pockets. “Doesn’t hating me get exhausting?”
“I don’t hate you. We have a truce, remember?”
“You’re still acting like you hate me,” Mikael says tiredly.
“I don’t hate you,” Jonas repeats. “I just… don’t trust you.”
Yes, we know we’re an Evak library. This is Jonas/Mikael. Sorry not sorry.
We are absolutely loving this new addition to the Jonas/Mikael tag, which is at the time of posting their longest fic. Yay! The author categorises this as ‘enemies to friends to lovers’, which is a pretty good description. The fic is a great insight into both characters, and we love the subtle shift in their dynamic which makes their eventual romance feel incredibly natural. A great intro to the pairing, if you’ve never read it before.
Note: I will be using the manga scanslations as a reference since I am not currently in possession of all the volumes.
After seeing the Crunchyroll special preview of The Ancient Magus’ Bride a
month ago, I had the sudden urge to revisit the volumes and see if I
could pick up anything I missed. Lo-and behold, it was a trove of
possible questions, answers, and theories.
Elias’ identity in
the manga continues to be a mystery. The majority of the cast regard him
as a “magus” due to his vast knowledge of magic, however he doesn’t
quite qualify as a magus. In fact, he’s more like a “thing” or a strange
entity. In chapter 16, Rahab hints that Elias’ may be of another origin
completely. Perhaps something forbidden or intriguing.
Now put that thought on the side.
in Volume Three, Joseph/Cartaphilus reveals that he’s in search for an
immortal body that is the combination of both faerie magic and
wizardry/alchemy. As a result, he creates chimeras and is
constantly looking for faerie type of materials to fuse with his
creations (i.e. Ruth, dragons, etc.)
Based on these two hints, I asked myself: “Does that mean Elias is a sort of chimera himself?”
Of course, not of the Joseph variant where you infuse fae into a human host. But rather, Elias might have originally been a fae, or more plausibly, a demon who tried to infuse a human soul or parts in himself, thus creating the ideal body that Joseph may have wanted. The term demon has been tossed around in the latter chapters of The Ancient Magus’ Bride,
but since there’s no actual facts about them, I’m just going to go off
my fan reasons why I think Elias is possibly part demon:
Eyes warns both Chise and Stella in chapter 29 that “It’s not just us
(magi and fae). There are those even above my kind… Things that lurk
in the earth and the shadows”. Now it can be interpreted that
there are malicious beings just hiding about, but since Elias’ magic
specialty lies in the shadow, it wouldn’t be that far off that other
evil beings share similar powers to him. Plus, Elias is not limited to
just melting in the shadows and manifesting, but also shapeshifting into
different bone-head forms that certainly don’t look human at all.
Lindel claimed that his first meeting with Elias was “as though the night
itself stood on two legs before me”, indicating that Elias pretty much
doesn’t look/feel remotely human. These sub-abilities of manifestation,
shadow walking, and shapeshifting may be considered demonic abilities.
remembers seeing “red” and claims that he might have eaten humans in
the past. In some fantasy lore, demons do devour the human flesh to
either sustain itself or absorb certain characteristics, skills, and/or
memories of the host. Erasing is not so much of a demonic specialty as Ashen Eyes is capable of doing so as a magus and Elias requires the use of his staff.
Now this last part may seem far
fetched, but I imagine that demons and the fae are similar in thought if
they are going to be antithesis of each other, but still considered
“mythical beings”. Both entities are practical beings (i.e. only look
out for themselves, will push aside issues that causes them pain, etc.)
yet are highly intrigued with the human temperament (i.e. the will to
persevere even if you are suffering, being close family/kin, sacrificing oneself, complex
emotions, etc.). But how they approach humans is radically different.
Demons are the type that like to get really close to humans to the point
where they work to understand their target & blend in with the
purpose to later tempt, torment, and devour humans. Fae in The Ancient
Magus’ Bride seem to be the mischievous type with their pranks, but they
become distant once the fun is over or their interests no longer matter. Elias, on the other hand,
holds a deep interest in humans. He makes too much of an effort to blend
in with them, interact with them, help them out, and understand how
their minds work.
So based off these points, it’s likely
that Elias used to be some demonic entity who wanted to get as close as
he can to being human. He’s no magus yet, but he has an intuitive
understanding of shadow magic that allows him to take up whatever form
and melt off into the shadows. He doesn’t require extra incantations or a
neighbor to help him, which is similar to how the faes operate. Based off
Rahab’s theory, Elias must have tried to transform himself into human
(most likely to understand them at their core rather than continue to
consume them blindly), but botched it up and ended up acquiring
attributes of both groups.
This makes him almost the perfect
chimerical hybrid that Joseph is looking for since Elias’ body seems to
be as sturdy as Lindel’s and is capable of magic. But that brings the question of “Why doesn’t
Joseph target Elias then?” Perhaps it may be that Joseph is too blinded
by the theory that human body + fae soul/parts + complex wizard formulas
= chimerical perfect body. Or Joseph may be already aware of Elias’
makeup, but cannot act on it because Elias’s body doesn’t quite follow
the principles of magic from a wizard/alchemy standpoint if he’s
originally a mythical being from the start.
Sorry for the long
explanation and fan theory. I’m just too excited to see what Kore-sensei
has in store for us and couldn’t help but write this BS off the top of
my head. If it doesn’t turn out to be canon, that’s fine by me.
TBH Kore-sensei probably has something even more interesting up her sleeves that I could’ve never imagined.
So oops I decided to do a makeup test for the most precious vampire ever last night… It is kinda bad but whatever. I need to focus more on the jawline but it’s hard as heck to work with water-based makeups. (~ ; ^;)~
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