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The Gnostics adopted the term "demiurge". Although a fashioner, the demiurge is not necessarily the same as the creator figure in the monotheistic sense, because the demiurge itself and the material from which the demiurge fashions the universe are both considered to be consequences of something else. Depending on the system, they may be considered to be either uncreated and eternal or the product of some other entity.

It was originally a common noun meaning "craftsman" or "artisan," but gradually came to mean "producer," and eventually "creator. The demiurge is also described as a creator in the Platonic c. In the various branches of the Neoplatonic school third century onwardsthe demiurge is the fashioner of the real, perceptible world after the model of the Ideasbut in most Neoplatonic systems is still not itself " the One.

According to some strains of Gnosticism, the demiurge is malevolentas it is linked to the material world. In others, including the teaching of Valentinusthe demiurge is simply ignorant or misguided. Platoas the speaker Timaeus, refers to the Demiurge frequently in the Socratic dialogue Timaeus 28a ff.

The main character refers to the Demiurge as the entity who "fashioned and shaped" the material world. Timaeus describes the Demiurge as unreservedly benevolentand so it desires a world as good as possible. Plato's work Timaeus is a philosophical reconciliation of Hesiod 's cosmology in his Theogonysyncretically reconciling Hesiod to Homer. In Numenius 's Neo-Pythagorean and Middle Platonist cosmogonythe Demiurge is second God as the nous or thought of intelligibles and sensibles. Plotinus and the later Platonists worked to clarify the Demiurge.

To Plotinus, the second emanation represents an uncreated second cause see Pythagoras ' Dyad. Plotinus sought to reconcile Aristotle's energeia with Plato's Demiurge, [5] which, as Demiurge and mind nousis a critical component in the ontological construct of human consciousness used to explain and clarify substance theory within Platonic realism also called idealism.

In order to reconcile Aristotelian with Platonian philosophy, [5] Plotinus metaphorically identified the demiurge or nous within the pantheon of the Greek Gods as Zeus. The Monad emanated the demiurge or Nous consciousness from its "indeterminate" vitality due to the monad being so abundant that it overflowed back onto itself, causing self-reflection. The second principle is organization in its reflection of the nonsentient force or dynamisalso called the one or the Monad.

The dyad is energeia emanated by the one that is then the work, process or activity called nousDemiurge, mind, consciousness that organizes the indeterminate vitality into the experience called the material world, universe, cosmos.

Plotinus also elucidates the equation of matter with nothing or non-being in The Enneads [9] which more correctly is to express the concept of idealism or that there is not anything or anywhere outside of the "mind" or nous c. Plotinus' form of Platonic idealism is to treat the Demiurge, nous as the contemplative faculty ergon within man which orders the force dynamis into conscious reality.

This tradition of creator God as nous the manifestation of consciousnesscan be validated in the works of pre-Plotinus philosophers such as Numeniusas well as a connection between Hebrew and Platonic cosmology see also Philo.

The Demiurge of Neoplatonism is the Nous mind of Godand is one of the three ordering principles:. The idea of Demiurge was, however, addressed before Plotinus in the works of Christian writer Justin Martyr who built his understanding of the Demiurge on the works of Numenius. Later, the Neoplatonist Iamblichus changed the role of the "One," effectively altering the role of the Demiurge as second cause or dyad, which was one of the reasons that Iamblichus and his teacher Porphyry came into conflict.

Here, at the summit of this system, the Source and Demiurge material realm coexist via the process of henosis. The "One" is further separated into spheres of intelligence; the first and superior sphere is objects of thought, while the latter sphere is the domain of thought.

Thus, a triad is formed of the intelligible nousthe intellective nousand the psyche in order to reconcile further the various Hellenistic philosophical schools of Aristotle 's actus and potentia actuality and potentiality of the unmoved mover and Plato's Demiurge. Then within this intellectual triad Iamblichus assigns the third rank to the Demiurge, identifying it with the perfect or Divine nous with the intellectual triad being promoted to a hebdomad pure intellect.

In the theoretic of Plotinus, nous produces nature through intellectual mediation, thus the intellectualizing gods are followed by a triad of psychic gods. Gnosticism presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable God or Supreme Being and the demiurgic "creator" of the material.

Several systems of Gnostic thought present the Demiurge as antagonistic to the will of the Supreme Being: his act of creation occurs in an unconscious semblance of the divine model, and thus is fundamentally flawed, or else is formed with the malevolent intention of entrapping aspects of the divine in materiality.

Thus, in such systems, the Demiurge acts as a solution to or, at least possibly, the problem or cause that gives rise to [ citation needed ] the problem of evil. One Gnostic mythos describes the declination of aspects of the divine into human form.He serves serving as the story's overarching antagonist behind everything happening in the game's story. He is the manifestation of humanity's wish for order and control, considers himself to be a god, and represents all of the deadly sins. Whatever the outcome is, humanity would eventually fall under his control.

Igor, the proprietor of the Velvet Room, disagreed, believing that humanity could be saved. Too prideful to allow himself to be proven wrong, Yaldabaoth absorbed the Velvet Room into Mementos, a large portion of another realm known as the Metaverse that is maintained by his presence and the public's cognition.

From there, he imprisoned Igor and split Igor's assistant, Lavenza, into two twin wardens known as Caroline and Justine, who were taught that humanity should be punished.

Yaldabaoth then decided to conduct an experiment to decide if humanity should be ruled over by him or allowed to live without him. This would ensure that Japan and then the world would be placed under brutal, authoritarian control of their own will, which Yaldabaoth would in turn rule over himself.

Simply put, if Akechi won, then humanity would be met with ruin. The second was the protagonist, who would become a Trickster and rise up against the corruption of society. If he won, then humanity would be saved, but Yaldabaoth rigged the outcome by influencing the public's cognition into following his preferred outcome regardless of how much the protagonist was able to succeed, ensuring that he would rule no matter who ended up outsmarting the other.

Yaldabaoth installed the Metaverse Navigator on the protagonist and Akechi's phones so they could navigate through Palaces. Yaldabaoth disguises himself as Igor, claiming to be Igor himself, which he does for most of the game.


Yaldabaoth observes the protagonist's process, which he calls the protagonist's "rehabilitation" as the protagonist forms the Phantom Thieves and takes down the rulers of each Palace, steadily providing the protagonist with more services of the Velvet Room. Once the Phantom Thieves defeat Akechi and Shido, they come to realize that the public is not concerned with punishing him for his crimes as they should be, and have become distorted in desiring a strong ruler to lead them no matter how cruel they may end up being.

Yaldabaoth, still disguised as Igor, declares that mankind's distortion may no longer be able to be fixed and that ruin is now inevitable; Caroline and Justine are noticeably disturbed by his declaration.


This turn of events inspires them to descend into the Depths of Mementos, the deepest part of the public's collective Palace.

The Phantom Thieves try to fight The Holy Grail, but due to the distorted will of the masses, the Holy Grail is instead healed after they attack it, making it impossible to defeat. After disappearing, the protagonist wakes up in the Velvet Room where Yaldabaoth informs him that he lost the game.

Much to the surprise of even Caroline and Justine, Yaldabaoth sentences the protagonist to be executed, stating that the defeated must forfeit his life. The protagonist ends up standing up to Yaldabaoth and the twins, fully awakening his rebellion as shown by his prison door disappearing.

Caroline and Justine end up fighting the protagonist, but before they kill him, they start to regain their memory and thus refuse Yaldabaoth's orders. The twins then tell the protagonist to fuse them together, which restores their true, unified form: Lavenza. From here, it is finally revealed that "Igor" was actually Yaldabaoth all along. Yaldabaoth tempts the protagonist with a world where the Phantom Thieves are loved and respected.

Should the protagonist accept, it is implied that the Phantom Thieves have become no better than Akechi, and the public are doomed to be imprisoned by Yaldabaoth's control forever.

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If the protagonist refuses, this makes Yaldabaoth leave the Velvet Room, which in return frees the real Igor and cements the path to the game's true ending. After being defeated as the Holy Grail, Yaldabaoth reveals his true form as a giant, faceless, mechanical angel and throws the Phantom Thieves into the final battle. Whie fighting him, Yaldabaoth releases the deadly sins onto the Thieves for his main attacks. After a long fight, Yaldabaoth ends up releasing a super attack that the Thieves stand no chance against, and they fall.

A fervent protestation by Morgana rallies both the public and the Phantom Thieves to stand up again. This opens the public's eyes as they all start to remember the Phantom Thieves and all they've done. As mankind's hope is poured into the Phantom Thieves, the protagonist's initial Persona, Arsene, reappears as the protagonist is having his Second Awakening.Jaldabaoth was an Evil Lord Wrath variant summoned by Demiurge.

Thus, he possessed almost the same exact appearance as the original one who resides in Nazarick. Like most demons, Evil Lord Wrath views humans as lesser lifeforms. Common to all demon-kind, he is a sadistic individual, who is willing to use a female human as a blunt weapon.

As a demon, he did not enjoy simply tormenting the weak all this while. Rather, he enjoyed toying with the weaklings who thought they were very strong until meeting him. The identity of Jaldabaoth was initially created by Demiurge as part of his long term plans for the events to occur in the Holy Kingdom.

However, such plan was also modified to serve as an archenemy for the adamantite adventurer Momon who in reality was his master Ainz Ooal Gown. The demon made his first appearance as Jaldabaoth in Re-Estize, attacking the capital city, under the ruse of searching for a powerful magic artifact. After putting on a flashy duel with Momon, the demon retreated, supposedly in fear of the adventurer's strength. News regarding his battle with Jaldabaoth had played a major part on elevating Momon to be recognized as a national hero of the Re-Estize Kingdom.

Though Jaldabaoth was technically the loser in the battle, his existence caused a stir among the various nations, inscribing his name as a new terror that could threaten the world.

Evil Lord Wrath immune to all of the paladins attacked, calmly approached the Holy Queen, Calca Bessarezcapturing her and proceeded to use her like a bludgeon against the defenders of Kalinsha.

As a result, the paladins refused to fight him, afraid of killing the Queen in the process. While believing the Evil Lord Wrath to be Jaldabaoth's true form, his actions, and dialogues in front of Remedios with her fellow soldiers caused them to stay on guard for what he is planning to do next. Later, Jaldabaoth summoned forth a [Meteor Strike] from the sky to destroy the entrance gates to Kalinsha.

As a result, the city gates ended up becoming destroyed during the process, allowing the Demi-Human Alliance the opportunity to invade. Shortly after the fall of Kalinsha, it was reported that both Kelart Custodio and the Holy Queen were captured by Jaldabaoth. At the same time, Jaldabaoth's forces quickly conquered the Northern Holy Kingdom. All the human settlements were occupied by the demi-humans and turned into death camps on the demon's order.

It was also discovered that inhuman experiments have been happening within the city, deeming it to likely be the possible handiwork of Jaldabaoth and his demons roaming about. In addition, he ordered the commander to allow the humans to wait a few days, and engage in psychological warfare on the human resistance so as to break their morale. Jaldabaoth launched a preemptive strike at the city of Loyts, arriving there and confronting the Sorcerer King and Remedios during the midst of their meeting.

At that time, Jaldabaoth had a brief clash with Remedios where it left the latter feel defeated upon getting hit by Calca's rotten corpse which was used by Jaldabaoth as his weapon against her. Shortly after their battle ended, Jaldabaoth apologizes to his enemies for suddenly intruding into their meeting and causing a mess but lay the blame on Remedios for trying to attack him first.

Jaldabaoth also adds fuel to the fire, declaring the kind treatment he has given to Calca as he was able to make use of her body until the very end without a problem. Encountering the Sorcerer King for the first time and acknowledging his strength to be superior to Momon, he adopted a strategy alongside the demon maids to deal with combating Ainz. Jaldabaoth made his intention clear, stating that once he defeats the Sorcerer King, the humans will be his next target which he plans to torture afterward.

As arranged, he and his demon maids later engaged in combat with Ainz at the appointed location.Gnosticism portrays Demiurge as an inferior "evil" god who created the world who appears as the " God " of the Old Testament.

In most schools of Gnosticism, Demiurge was created by Sophiaexiled from the Pleroma for her desire to create something outside of it. When she created the Demiurge, she was ashamed by it; to hide her folly from the Pleroma, she created a great cloud around him and built him a throne. With no awareness of the Pleroma or the Monad from which all things were derived from, the Demiurge concluded it was the creator of all things.

It then fashioned the material universe in an unconscious imitation of the Pleroma, and made the first human in the image of the true First Man. Though it could not grant him a soul having no awareness of the Pleroma Sophia pitied it and granted Adam a divine spark that gave him life.

The Demiurge was infuriated when Adam thanked the true God for his existence instead of him and sought to ensnare him in the material world through Eve; however, Sophia sent the serpent to tempt Evegranting her and Adam the secret knowledge of their spiritual nature. The Demiurge expelled them from Eden when he learned of this, and has since sought to keep the souls of mankind bound to the material world. The concept of a Demiurge is that it is an artisan figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe, but not the true creator deity.

Jaldabaoth (Evil Lord)

Though it is commonly depicted as willfully ignorant of the spiritual universe, the Demiurge itself and the material it uses to create and fashion the universe are considered uncreated and eternal or copies of the product of another being, depending on the system. In some of these systems, it and the rest of the material universe will be sent to Hell, where it will become the judge and torturer of the damned.

Known as Yaldabaothit is the ruler of Idea Space and resides in Paradise. Yaldabaoth is the form YHVH takes as he plots the annihilation of the human race with his servant Raguel acting as his agent, seeking the permanent extinction of the species for a pure world free of sin.

To oppose him the fallen Herald Sariel and his imprisoned master Luciferthe Neo Messians and their creation Mariaand the flower shop girl, Sophiaaid the protagonist on their respective routes to kill Yaldabaoth and stop his plans of annihilation so that humanity can be created anew in Idea Space. During the battle against him his body loses the gold plating as it is chipped away with damage, revealing his true black body. His body is eventually destroyed, with his head detaching from it before its destruction and continues the fight.

In the way to the hidden lair, a female voice will plead with the protagonist to turn back. The voice will remain unheeded if one chooses to proceed to the final sanctum. Once both the angel and the protagonist reach Demiurge's lair, he will be invisible unless the protagonist has acquired the final Enemy Search App from a rare forma in Sector Horologium. However, if the characteristics are met, Demiurge will appear, furious with the angel and swatting him away, leaving only the protagonist to confront the crazed monstrosity.

In addition, he's fast and powerful enough to constantly evade most attacks and can even cast Diarama to give himself a hitpoint shield. If the Demiurge is fought during a New Moon or Full Moon, instead of repelling every damage element, he instead becomes weak to one, chosen at random.


This weakness cycles every 2 turns, and the change takes effect immediately after he makes an action. Following his destruction, he can be fused through special fusion by a combination of MetatronSamael and Hachiman.It is piloted by Egilthe true leader of the Mechon. Yaldabaoth is able to control any Mechon at will.

According to Egil, it is the largest and strongest Faced Mechon ever built. Yaldabaoth first appears at Valak Mountain to stop the fight between the party and Mumkhar and to retrieve Face Nemesis. Here it is revealed that his pilot's name is Egil and he says that if Shulk wants Fiorahe must continue on to Galahad Fortress before departing for the Mechonis. When the party escapes from Face Nemesis' attack in Galahad Fortress, it falls.

When it lands, Yaldabaoth, appears alongside of Face Nemesis.

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There it generates the ApocryphaEther waves opposite to the Monado 's, which cause it to malfunction before engaging the party alongside Face Nemesis. Face Nemesis rebels against Egil and after a short fight between him and Face Nemesis, she pushes Yaldabaoth down from the fortress.

However, it flies away from Face Nemesis. When Yaldabaoth is defeated, Yaldabaoth takes control of Mechonis and destroys Agniratha with a massive energy blast. Then the group reach the Apocrypha Generator. After the battle against it, the group must go into the Mechonis Core to stop Egil. Egil is inside Yaldabaoth and Shulk and the others must defeat him.

During the battle, Shulk sees in a vision in which Yaldabaoth destroys Bionis with an infinitely powerful attack, Bionis Slash X.

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Shulk and the others must defeat three Energy Devices in two minutes in order to complete the story quest Save Bionisor else Bionis will be destroyed and all the members in the party will be killed. When the group wins, Shulk spares Yaldabaoth and Egil, and they realize that they can live in peace. Unfortunately, when Zanza emerges from Shulk's body and takes over Bionis, it kills Mechonis and with it, Yaldabaoth and Egil, who fight to the very end.

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Assuming the arrogant pose of a solar deity, Yaldabaoth falsely believes himself to be the only god in the entire cosmos. Thus, for Gnostics, the identification of Yaldabaoth with Jehovah of the Old Testamenta deity who suffers from this very complex of cosmic egotismis a foregone conclusion, prefigured in the Sophianic origin myth.

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Being blind, he cannot perceive the Pleroma galactic corenor does he recognize Sophia, the cosmic current that surged from the core and produced him in the first place. He becomes infatuated, bloated with grandiosity, causing Sophia to feel shame and want to hide him from the sight of the Pleromic Aeons. She joined a luminous cloud with him, and placed a throne in the middle of the cloud. Apoc John BG 38, The Aeon Sophia is that cosmic current whose impact organizes the dema and produces the Archons.

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This happens because She acts unilaterally in Her plunge from the galactic core, but Sophia does not unilaterally cause the birth of the Sun. This is a process continually occurring in the galactic limbs, due to the physics of the limb structure itself. In an action that might be compared to a mill wheel grinding stones, the galactic armature churns and refines elementary matter, constantly producing star-birth, the promise of new worlds of experience.

The key to the unique status of our planetary system is the convergence of Sophia's impact with the nebular expulsion of a newborn star. The material of the Archons is incorporated into that material vortex that forms around this star, and Sophia herself fixes the chief Archon centrally "enthroned" in the center of the proto-planetary disk "luminous cloud".

Overseen by Yaldabaoththe Archons now proceed to fabricate the planetary system from the inorganic elements of which them themselves are composed. As they have no intentionality ennoia and no creative capacity epinoia of their own, they can only do this by imitation.

The Apocryphon of John II, 10, describes how the Lord Archon "produced for himself cyclic worlds orbiting bodies from the luminous spark that still shines in the sky. Yaldabaoth originates nothing, however. He can only copy the model of the Pleromawithout even knowing that he does so:.

And he was amazed by his own arrogance, for he seemed to beget material powers exousiai"authorities" out of his own solitary power, but after the patterns of the imperishable Aeons And so there came to be a stereoma "firmament" corresponding to the cyclic formations of the Pleroma.

II, 10,and 12, Yaldabaoththe self-proclaimed god of all monsters, is Dirk Strider 's denizen in the Land of Tombs and Kryptonwho shares a name with Dirk's browser of choice. He is also Caliborn 's denizen, appearing in Earth 's core after Caliborn brought Earth into his session. Additionally, it is implied that due to his extreme nature and difficultly he is often assigned in dead sessions. According to Aranea, he is "notoriously inhospitable" and is known for offering extreme Choices.

Yaldabaoth was seen in person when Caliborn talked to his denizen, making him the first denizen to appear on screen in the comic. He has the body of a giant red serpent and his head is either obscured by or made of a bright light comparable to that of a sun, closely resembling the symbol of the Light Aspect.

Yaldabaoth is a demiurge in the Gnostic school of philosophy that is a being who created and maintains the physical universe.

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Gnosticism requires a demiurge because it postulates that God, being perfect, could not create the imperfect world that humans inhabit. Yaldabaoth is the creator of man, and is depicted as having the face of a lion and the body of a serpent, and he is also associated with fire.


He is described as being half-flame and half-darkness. Dirk's chumhandle "timaeusTestified" references the concept of the demiurge, as it was first put forth by Plato in his dialogue Timaeus.

However, the concept of Yaldabaoth is by nature from an offshoot of Christianity, making it an oddity amongst six of the seven other Denizens excluding AbraxasJake 's Denizen who are named after classical Greek mythological figures. Not much is known about Dirk's interaction with Yaldabaoth. Its face appears bronze and is no longer glowing. Yaldabaoth appears in the core of future post-scratch Earth when Caliborn enters the Medium, becoming its denizen.

Once Caliborn found and unlocked the door to his lair, Yaldabaoth gave Caliborn The Choice : either take a passive role, sacrificing his life for the power to stop a great force of evil, or gain immortality and unlimited power to cause destruction, after a series of difficult trials.

Caliborn, of course, chooses the latter. Once he accepted these terms, Yaldabaoth initializes a long process which involves Caliborn conquering and destroying several planets. Once he had destroyed them all, Caliborn's true land would be unlocked, the dead Earth brought back to life. Earth at this point would be renamed to the "Land of Colors and Mayhem".

Finally, Caliborn would have to face Yaldabaoth in combat, and if successful, would receive unconditional immortality and a limitless supply of destructive power. Aranea explains this in Act 6 Intermission 4. Yaldabaoth's door is surrounded by various carvings.

Above it are a pair of sillhouettes similar in appearance to Echidna and a number of Time gears because Caliborn is a Time Player. Even more curious is the shape of the carving around the door itself, which has the same silhouette as D o c Scratch 's grandfather clockand the rooks in Calliope's chess set.

Furthermore, the pillars to the left and right of the door feature the same imagery as the lower half of the grandfather clock: female figures with twisted serpentine legs, a possible reference to Echidna though she lacks arms. In Act 6 Act 6 Act 5 it is revealed that at some point Caliborn successfully killed Yaldabaoth, or at least he did in whatever timeline we are observing in this act.

The battle between Caliborn and Yaldabaoth is shown during Collide. A beastly face shows through the bright light on occasion during this battle, and upon being killed, the light of his head fades out, leaving an underlying Light symbol-shaped head visible.

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