Äs Nödt is a Quincy and a member of the Wandenreich‘s Sternritter with the designation “F” – “The Fear”. In fact, he is a sinister and peculiar-looking Quincy with great power. He can instill terror and fear throughout the battlefield to weaken even the strongest of his adversaries.
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Power and Abilities of Äs Nödt
The Fear: Äs Nödt’s power is The Fear, a skill that can instill his opponents with intense terror and dread. When compared to other Quincy abilities, his attacks deal relatively little physical damage, but The Fear’s effects more than makeup for it.
A single wound is enough to instill deep fear in victims, causing them to question everything, lose control of all rational thought, and see visions of their deepest fears. Usually, this would kill a person instantly because their heart couldn’t handle such a strong shock.
However, a person’s experience and willpower can help them fight this fear to some extent, though it is sure that everyone will eventually give in. When the thorns pierce an object, a black substance of fear spreads. It can even move through objects to induce fear in a foe.
Because the thorns can instill fear in their target simply by touching them, the foe does not need to be injured for the fear to infect them.
Reishi Manipulation: As a Quincy, he primarily absorbs spiritual energy from the environment and combines it with his own spiritual energy to form weapons. He gathers this energy more easily in environments with higher concentrations of Reishi, such as Soul Society or Hueco Mundo. He uses advanced Quincy techniques like Hirenkyaku Expert and a Blut Vene during his fights.
Great Spiritual Power
Äs Nödt’s spiritual power is on a level comparable to or greater than that of a captain-level Shinigami. This was proven when he swiftly defeated 6th Division Captain Byakuya Kuchiki. His Reiatsu can unsettle an enemy by making them believe someone is touching them.
Reishi Thorns: Using his Quincy abilities, Äs can concentrate spirit energy and particles to transform them into weapons. His favorite weapon is a group of luminous thorns that float close to him. These thorns are used to viciously impale victims and can easily pierce the bodies of a captain-class Shinigami. The thorns can be fired at high speeds at an enemy.
Tatarforas: Äs Nödt activates his Vollstandig by rolling back his left eye, which reveals a Wandenreich symbol on the inside of his eyeball. In this form, he gains a Heiligenschein (Holy Tiara) in the form of a star encircled by barbed wire.
Streams of blood pour from each eye and his cloak has a line of stitches going down in the front. Because he only has a circular barbed wire on his back, his wings are almost negligible. His eyes are completely rolled back, and a black substance is all over his forearms.
The Fear (Enhanced):
Äs’ The Fear ability is greatly enhanced in this form. In order for his opponent to feel fear, he doesn’t need to graze them with his thorns. All they need to do is see him because fear enters their bodies through their optic nerves.
He can create a dome around himself and his opponent that is covered with a lot of big eyes with the iris tilted up. This way, his opponent will never be able to escape his gaze, which will keep them feeling fearful.
At will, Äs can cause the stitching down the front of his body to burst open, revealing an enormous face resembling his own. This larger version of himself tears its way out of his body and grows to massive proportions as his body absorbs the numerous eyes created by his Fear ability.
In this form, his ribcage is visible, and his lower torso is a tentacled mass rather than legs. His face is severely deformed, with missing teeth, sagging skin, and eyeballs melting out of their sockets. The shattered remains of his upper body hangs from his chin.
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Equipment used by Äs Nödt:
Medallion: Each Sternritter carries a single Quincy medallion, a round device the size of a person’s palm with the Wandenreich insignia etched on its surface. When activated, the device has the ability to steal any currently released Bankai in its immediate vicinity. The owner of the medallion has complete control over the stolen Bankai’s power.