The Ardhanarishvara, often shortened to simply Ardha, and also known as "The Half-Female Lord," is a widely revered concept in certain sects of Hinduism and one of the many symbols utilized to express the fundamental tenets of its doctrine. They are a deity that consists of both Shiva, the Destroyer, and his wife Parvati, merged into a single androgynous entity, whose existence symbolizes the fundamental non-duality of the supreme being and the universe at large, unifying all male, female, passive and active attributes of creation into a single form that is held as an embodiment of the highest ideals of the Tantra.
Powers and Stats
Name: Ardhanarishvara, Ardhanari
Origin: Megami Tensei
Age: Inapplicable. Exists beyond the concept of time.
Powers and Abilities: Absorption (Drains all wind and electricity-based attacks and converts them into health with Absorb Wind and Absorb Elec), Cognitive Physiology (Archetype), Damage Boost and Reduction (Passively strengthens wind-based attacks, and completely nullifies all damage from physical ones with Null Physical), Darkness Manipulation, Death Manipulation, Empathic Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Fire Manipulation, Healing (Fully restores their own health and that of allies with Mediarahan), Resistance Negation, Statistics Amplification and Reduction, ontop of all abilities held by Shiva and Parvati
Attack Potency: Outerverse level (Exists as the underlying entity of which both Shiva and Parvati are mere aspects, symbolizing the inherent oneness of the feminine and masculine qualities of creation, and being themself a "perfect god" that acts as the highest principle of both Tantrism and Shaktism)
Speed: Omnipresent (Embodies the passive and active principles around which all of creation revolves, and as Shakti, they personify the all-encompassing energy that permeates the universe, acting as the source of power which even the gods derive from)
Lifting Strength: Immeasurable
Striking Strength: Outerversal
Durability: Outerverse level
Standard Equipment: A Flute and a Lotus Flower
Weaknesses: None Notable.
More detailed information on this character's skill list can be found in the Megami Tensei wiki
Buffs and Debuffs: A set of skills that, as the name implies, allows the caster to greatly amplify their own physical attributes and reduce that of their foes, thus allowing one to stand up to much stronger opponents by closing or even reversing the gap in power between them. Outside of gameplay limitations, they can be stacked indefinitely, and sufficient usages of buffs allow the caster to survive attacks that would otherwise obliterate them with only minor injuries and amplify their speed to the point of completely outspeeding opponents that could previously predict all of their movements, while debuffs have a directly proportional effect on the enemy's statistics.
- Rakukaja: Raises their own defensive power by one rank.
- Masukukaja: Raises their own speed and that of their allies by one rank.
Almighty Attacks: The highest class of spells in the Megami Tensei franchise, consisting largely of powerful non-elemental attacks that have the special property of completely bypassing any resistances or immunities that a target may possess, be them innate or magically enforced, the latter of which including anything from reflective barriers to items that distort the very laws of the universe in order to protect the user from all forms of damage, and they are likewise unable to blocked, drained or generally defended against.
- Megidolaon: Unleashes a wave of destructive energy which deals heavy damage to all foes, tapping into the pale light of divinity that reigns over destruction itself and engulfing them in "the complete annihilation beyond death."