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Telesma (天使の力テレズマ Tenshi no Chikara (Terezuma)?, lit. "Angel's Power") is the power dwelling in the Phase known as Heaven[1] and the source power for Angels of divine origin.[citation needed] The Magic Cabal Stella Matutina referred to the Power of the World as Telesma.[2]

Etymology[]

Telesma is the English transliteration of the Ancient Greek word τέλεσμα (télesma, "payment"); and partly directly from Byzantine Greek τέλεσμα (télesma, "talisman, religious rite, completion"), ultimately deriving from τελέω (teléō, "to perform religious rites, to complete"), itself derived from τέλος (télos, "end, fulfillment, accomplishment, consummation, completion"). It is the origin of the word "talisman".[3]

Principles[]

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A golden sky, filled with Telesma and dyed in the colors of Heaven

Telesma is a type of energy while exists within the phase known as Heaven,[citation needed] from which the entities known as angels are composed and manifested.[citation needed] Other types of power exist within different phases,[4] but Telesma is the most prominent, being often used in Golden-style and modern Western magic.[citation needed]

Acqua of the Back, after draining half of Gabriel's Telesma

The potency of telesma cannot be compared to mana. The human body cannot handle a large amount of telesma due to a difference of affinity, not a matter of potency.[citation needed] If the human body forcefully does absorb a large amount of telesma, the person would suffer severe damage as demonstrated when Acqua of the Back drained telesma from Archangel Gabriel.[5] This further shows that Saints, even if they have undergone modification from God's Right Seat, cannot handle Telesma. However there are some people who can control telesma, like Leivinia Birdway,[6] or with an object like the Curtana Original.[7][8] There have been some cases where a human can possess telesma such as Sasha Kreutzev as a result of the Angel Fall incident. One side-effect of high telesma exposure on the human body is that a person becomes able to detect nearby Magic, experiencing pressure and a slight trembling when they are near to active spells or spiritual items.[9]

Unlike mana, which is not initially aligned when produced, Telesma is aligned to one of the elements. Large concentrations can have highly dangerous effects on the real world, such as causing large tidal waves. Such phenomena is related to the element to which the Telesma is aligned.[10] Dense concentrations of Telesma, such as that which covered London following the Overloading of the Curtana Original, also carry the risk of an explosion if magic is used inside them.[11]

Chronology[]

Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Angel Fall Arc[]

Main article: Angel Fall Arc
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Due to the accidental casting of Angel Fall, Archangel Gabriel was summoned to the surface world in the form of Sasha Kreutzev (assuming the name Misha Kreutzev), accompanied by a large amount of Telesma.[12] As a result of the incident, Sasha developed symptoms of high-concentration Telesma exposure and residual traces of Telesma were left in her body.[9][13][14]

Orsola Aquinas Rescue Arc[]

Main article: Orsola Aquinas Rescue Arc

During the events surrounding Orsola Aquinas and the Book of the Law, Index identified and interfered with Angelene's use of Telesma-infused coin bags based on the legend of St. Matthew.[15]

Academy City Invasion Arc[]

Main article: Academy City Invasion Arc

On September 30th, at some point shortly before Vento of the Front's attack on Academy City, Sasha Kreutzev was carrying out research in the Phenomena Control and Reduction Reproduction Facility, looking into the symptoms which she had developed (recognized as similar to after-effects of housing high levels of Telesma), which had gathered the interest of others in the Russian Orthodox Church, not knowing about what had transpired during Angel Fall.[9]

Later on, when trying to find a way to save Kazakiri Hyouka, who had been forcibly transformed into Fuse Kazakiri, Index Librorum Prohibitorum recognized similarities to the Golden-style method of constructing an angel by forcing Telesma into a 'container'.[16] After witnessing Accelerator's black wings, Index thought that the field resembled Telesma but the substance was different.[17]

Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Stiyl[]

Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Stiyl

During the battle with Richard Brave's associates, Leivinia Birdway demonstrated her own use of Telesma with her 'summoned explosion' technique, wiping them all out.[6]

Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Mark Space[]

Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Mark Space

During the Blue Research incident, Mark Space and Wyss Winered made use of Wind and Earth Telesma respectively.[18]

British Royal Family Arc[]

Main article: British Royal Family Arc

The events surrounding the British Halloween, the coup d'état by Carissa and the Knights of England, were focused on the Curtana, the sword which acts as the focus for a national spell woven into the structure of the United Kingdom and grants the royal wielder the power of Archangel Michael within the UK's territory, supplying Telesma to the royal wielder and the knights.[7][8]

The Curtana Original overloads.

When Carissa returned to Buckingham Palace in order to tune the unstable Curtana Original, the Anglicans made use of a flash spell relayed from the Coven Compass in conjunction with the safety devices under the palace in order to send the Curtana Original's power out of control at 2:30 AM.[19][20][21][22] The resultant discharge caused a significant loss of power from the sword, which would have taken a month to recover,[21][11] and affected many of the spiritual items in the London, destroying three small churches and likely rendering half of the spiritual items in the palace useless.[21][11][22] It also blanketed the capital in densely concentrated Telesma, such that using magic risked causing an explosion which would envelop the city, forcing both sides to wait for it to disperse.[11][22]

World War III Arc[]

Main article: World War III Arc

With the rise of the Star of Bethlehem, Fiamma of the Right made use of Sasha and the residual Telesma left within her to summon Archangel Gabriel. Later on in the battle, Acqua of the Back utilized his connection to the archangel of water to drain half of its Telesma, at cost of his powers as a Saint and member of God's Right Seat.[14]

The Star of Bethlehem in a golden sky filled with Telesma

During the final stages of Project Bethlehem, with Holy Right completed and materialized, the skies were filled with a massive amount of Telesma, dying the surrounding of the Star of Bethlehem in the colors of Heaven.[23]

A golden arm rising in Russia

At the same time, golden arms rose across the surface in response to the change in the skies, expanding before bursting, causing destructive phenomena associated with the Telesma's alignment and producing giant objects from it.[10] This dissemination of Telesma was intended to purify and transform the earth, but was impeded by the efforts of people across the world felling the arms before they could burst.[24][10]

Due to the difference in progress between the conversion of the sky and the earth, a distortion was formed, similar to a tectonic plate fold, which would subsequently cause a massive flow of Telesma from the sky to the earth like a current once the change had passed a certain point. Initially passing to the Star of Bethlehem and then heading down once it had been filled to its limit, it would have affected the surface all at once rather than gradually, threatened human civilization in the process. However, the Telesma was intercepted by the white-winged Accelerator before it could impact the surface.[25][26]

Following Fiamma's defeat, Archangel Gabriel gathered its scattered Telesma and reformed in a pure form. Seeking to restore its power and return to its proper place, it headed for the Arctic, with a line of Telesma forming between the two and the polar ice cap beginning to melt. Before the world was threatened by either the melting ice cap or a possible explosion of Telesma from Gabriel exceeding the capacity of its physical manifestation, Kamijou Touma managed to crash the falling Star of Bethlehem into the angel and make contact with his Imagine Breaker, sending it to back to Heaven.[27]

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Ichihanaran Festival Arc[]

Main article: Ichihanaran Festival Arc

During the conflict over Fräulein Kreutune, while fighting against Thor, Silvia exhibited her own use of Telesma via sigils drawn by her rope.[28]

Magic God Othinus Arc[]

Main article: Magic God Othinus Arc

During the Manhunt for Othinus and Kamijou Touma, Marian Slingeneyer made use of Dáinsleif to cut away phases and bring forth calamities formed from the respective types of power within the corresponding phases, just as angels are manifested through condensed Telesma.[4]

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun[]

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration[]

Main article: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration

During the incident at the Russian Shopping Center, Caliche I. Niknosh's magic cabal made use of a large-scale spiritual item in the form of a giant wheel snake, powered by Telesma aligned to Archangel Michael.[29][30][31][32]

References[]

  1. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 1 Part 8
  2. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Chapter 3 Part 1
  3. Talisman (Wikitionary). Retrieved on June 06, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 10
  5. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 21 Chapter 8 Part 7
  6. 6.0 6.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Stiyl
  7. 7.0 7.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 17
  8. 8.0 8.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Between the Lines 4
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 11 Part 3
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 6 Part 10
  12. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 04
  13. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Epilogue
  14. 14.0 14.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 21
  15. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 3 Part 1
  16. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 13 Chapter 10 Part 7
  17. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 13 Epilogue
  18. Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Mark Space
  19. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 6 Part 3
  20. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 6 Part 8
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 18 Chapter 6 Part 9
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index III Episode 13
  23. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 10 Part 3
  24. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07
  25. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 12 Part 1
  26. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 12 Part 2
  27. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Chapter 12 Part 7
  28. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06
  29. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration Chapter 7 Part 7
  30. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration Chapter 7 Part 8
  31. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration Chapter 7 Part 9
  32. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration Chapter 7 Part 11