The Divine Mixtures (
The Divine Mixtures originate from twisted interpretations of ancient Egypt and its mythology by Europeans, specifically from the ancient Greeks. When they crossed the Mediterranean and saw the architecture and culture of Egypt, they didn't properly understand it all. As is often the case when people are confronted with what they don't understand, and having pride in their own intelligence and culture, believing themselves to be the world standard, the Greeks forcibly applied their own knowledge and preconceptions to what they saw, deciding that the gods of Egypt must be the same ones they believed in but given different names by the locals. When they returned home and described what they had seen, mixing in their own biases, misconceptions and preconceptions, it was transformed into something quite different from the original. The distorted imagining of Egyptian mythology and culture has persisted since then.[Notes 1]
The Divine Mixtures themselves are based on the Greeks matching Egyptian gods to Greek gods with similar roles. Their names consist of an Egyptian deity following by the matched Greek equivalent, and they are meant to display power associated with that combined divinity. As Greek were mostly just matching major gods so they felt as though they understood them, not all of the pairs fit together well and as such, there is a limited supply of viable mixes.
When the Divine Mixtures are activated and connected to the ley lines, they begin to construct new scenery and gradually change the surrounding landscape into that of ancient Egypt as viewed and imagined by the Europeans. Giant rectangular stone blocks, the size of shipping containers, rain down from the sky and pile up to build square pyramids, of the sort used as royal tombs, and observatories. Stone pillars the size of broadcast towers and statues of historic pharaohs rise up from the ground. These structures appear and disappear on their own. Flat, perspectiveless wall art, comprised of Egyptian-associated writing and diagrams, is inscribed on vertical surfaces. The atmosphere starts to shift to that of the Egyptian desert and the faint clouds of sand float about before settling, gradually covering the horizontal surfaces. Associated wildlife is also produced, including camels, African elephants, scorpions, cobras and crocodiles.
While the Divine Mixtures have considerable destructive power if they are connected to the ley lines and let loose, they cannot display their full potential when they are just used in this way (apparently less than 1% of it). In order for the Divine Mixture to display its true power, a person must offer up their body and fuse with the god. With the host's viewpoint and the capacity for biases and prejudices which a mere tool doesn't have, they become capable of utilizing the aspects of bias and preconception, derived from the Greeks' refusal to accept the new gods they had discovered and making comparisons with no concern for the original Egyptian myths. The Divine Mixture takes the intolerance, malice and refusal of individuals to understand one another, and converts it into offensive power. It functions in a similar way to an electrical transformer, with the life force circulating with two bodies in place of two connected coils of different sizes, and stabilizes its power the greater the rift between the individuals. In order to maintain the values required for this power, the Divine Mixture distorts its host's perception to prevent them from being swayed. It was also intended that the Qliphah Puzzle 545 would be used in conjunction with the Divine Mixtures in order to maximize and sustain this effect.
There are several aspects of the Divine Mixtures which are meant to be utilized in their role as anti-Crowley weapons. Firstly, the interpretations that form the basis of the spiritual items are not ones made through the theories of modern Western magic. Aleister's work forms the foundation of modern Western magic and as such, he can neutralize magic constructed from understandings made through that filter, meaning modern Western magic is ineffective in harming him. As the Divine Mixtures are not of this format, Aleister cannot neutralize them in the same way and they are capable of harming him. Secondly, when used in their proper way, the host's perception is distorted. This means that Aleister's primary offensive magic, Spiritual Tripping, which relies on driving images into a target's mind through gestures and drawing out destructive power from their imagination, will likely not function properly. Thirdly, Aleister's mentality is poorly suited for dealing with the Divine Mixture's true power of converting and weaponizing mutual intolerance.
The Divine Mixtures are stored in British Museum, with documents concerning their usage kept at Lambeth Palace. When inactive, they take the form of decorations made of gold and diamonds, transforming into another form when activated and connected to the ley lines or to a host:
|Ra-Zeus (ラー＝ゼウス Rā Zeusu?)||King of the gods||When activated, Ra-Zeus takes the form of an obelisk as tall as a broadcast tower. Attacks are launched from the top of the obelisk (which flashes irregularly while aiming) as beams of light. These scatter out in random directions at first, resembling a giant tree and like molten metal, then the unnecessary branches disappear and the target is accurately attacked through the remaining branch. Its firepower was sufficient to vaporize several dozen Crowley's Hazards, however the prime Aleister was capable of blocking the attack, scattering its power and returning it to the earth. It was kicked down and its wreckage used as javelin to impale the Osiris-Hades.|
|Osiris-Hades (オシリス＝ハデス Oshirisu Hadesu?)||Ruler of the underworld||When activated, the Osiris-Hades takes the form of a giant crocodile, over 300 metres long, with a size rivalling a warship. Swimming in the Thames during the London invasion and eating the Crowley's Hazards in range of the river, it was impaled by the remains of the Ra-Zeus, thrown by Aleister, being skewered by the obelisk.|
|Tefnut-Artemis (テヌフト＝アルテミス Tenufuto Arutemisu?)||When activated, Tefnut-Artemis takes the form of a huge catapult, resembling a crane and sticking above buildings, flinging giant stone spheres with enough force to crack the ground on impact. Destroyed by Aleister.|
|Wadjet-Leto (ワチェット＝レト Wachetto Reto?)||When inactive, the Wadjet-Leto takes the form of a vulture decoration made of gold and diamonds. It was being transported by Lessar and Leivinia Birdway but was destroyed by Kamijou Touma before it could be activated.|
|Isis-Demeter (イシス＝デメーテル Ishisu Demēteru?)||Goddess of life and resurrection (Isis)
||During the London invasion, Isis-Demeter was the only Divine Mixture to be used in the intended fashion, fusing with Orsola Aquinas. Destroyed after being rejected by its host after Kamijou Touma got through to her, by Touma, Aleister and Orsola.
When inactive, the Isis-Demeter takes the form of a rose made of gold and diamond. When active and possessing Orsola, she was clothed in a revealing silk and gold outfit - what Europeans might imagine an Egyptian priestess to wear. The tool itself takes the form of a giant flowery ring of gold and diamond behind the host, resembling a halo. This ring weaves an extremely thin gold thread which is looped around the host's fingertips, with the symbolism of a grapevine (the thread) wrapped around an olive tree (the host). The thread is looped around a hand's fingers a specific number of times to perform specific actions, with rainbow-colored tropical-looking vines being produced in the vicinity which can form other giant plants to attack with:
The leaves of the plants can also act as Isis-Demeter's eyes and ears, sensing sound when they vibrate, like an eardrum, sensing light through photosynthesis, and sensing breathing from oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air.
The Divine Mixtures were designed and developed at some point in the past by Coronzon, in the guise of Archbishop Lola Stuart, for use against Aleister Crowley. The Rosetta Stone was likely used as a reference during their construction.
- Main article: Coronzon Arc
The Divine Mixtures were deployed during the Crowley's Hazard invasion of the United Kingdom when the final barrier of the England-Londinium Fortress was neutralized, allowing the Crowley army to enter London. Their activation transformed the capital's scenery into that of Egypt, as seen through the eyes of Europeans. However, as the defenders of London were not fully aware of how they were meant to be used, most of them were not utilized to full effect and they were eventually destroyed, with only Isis-Demeter inflicting any serious damage to Aleister Crowley.
- ↑ Furthermore, even today, as can be seen in this very article, the Greek influence can still be felt because most of the Egyptian deities are called by their Greek names, due to them being easier to pronounce in English. Thoth, for example, is referred to by his Greek name since the closest anyone can get to the Egyptian spelling is "Jehuti".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 2 Part 8
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 3
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 5
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 6
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 10
- ↑ 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 2
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 7
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 2 Part 5
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 3
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 9
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Epilogue
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 6
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 11
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 3 Part 12
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 13
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 11
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 7
- ↑ Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 4 Part 5