|“||Our friendship dies here. We are adversaries, each upholding our own Reason and contending for creation. As fate would have it, we are both beyond shedding tears. We need not hesitate to fight each other. So, let us now decide who is truly superior. Challenge me with all your might!||„|
|~ Baal Avatar confronting Demi-Fiend|
Baal Hadad, most commonly shortened to Baal, an ancient semite title meaning "Lord," is the chief deity of the Canaanite Pantheon and the god of fertility, bounty, harvest, agriculture and thunder, worshipped in the city of Ekron and popular among numerous Middle Eastern cults, who often honored Baal as their primary deity and even worshipped him in the same temples as Yahweh, before the latter's ascension resulted from the rise of the three main abrahamic religions. He is the consort and brother of the goddess Anat, and is said to provide fertile ground and crops for the land of Canaan, while simultaneously being locked in mortal conflict with his twin and direct counterpart, Mot, the god of death and decay.
Baal is most noteworthy for being seemingly the historical root behind the existence of several demonic figures recognized in abrahamic faith, most notable of which is Beelzebub, who is commonly thought of as being a demonized form of Baal, with his very name and title, "Lord of the Flies," being a mockery of the epithet "Baal Zevuv," or Lord of the Heavenly Dwelling."
Powers and Stats
Name: Baal Hadad, "Lord of the Heavenly Dwelling."
Origin: Megami Tensei
Gender: Male. Though he can take on female forms as well.
Age: Inapplicable. Exists beyond the concept of time.
Classification: Demon, Deity, True Form of Beelzebub, Chief God of the Canaanite Pantheon, God of Fertility and Rain
Powers and Abilities: Air Manipulation, Avatar Creation, Cognitive Physiology (Archetype), Damage Boost and Reduction (Passively amplifies his own fire, ice and electricity-based attacks, and completely nullifies fire-based attacks), Durability Negation (Capable of halving a foe's remaining health with Holy Wraith), Elemental Manipulation, Electricity Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Existence Erasure, Forcefield Creation (Can erect barriers that nullify instant-death spells with Tetraja), Healing (Fully heals himself and his allies with Mediarahan), Holy Manipulation, Light Manipulation, Resistance Negation, Size Manipulation, Statistics Amplification and Reduction, Summoning, Transmutation (Can transform opponents into flies with Bael's Bane, vastly decreasing all of their statistics and making them weak to expel-based attacks)
Attack Potency: Outerverse level (Superior to Beelzebub, who is derived from his figure and exists as nothing but as bastardized, degraded version of Baal, with Megami Tensei II in particular depicting the latter as only able to be created by the fusion of Beelzebub and Bael)
Lifting Strength: Irrelevant
Striking Strength: Irrelevant
Durability: Outerverse level
Standard Equipment: None Notable.
Intelligence: At least Extraordinary Genius, likely Nigh-Omniscient.
Weaknesses: None Notable.
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.
- Matarukaja: Increases the attack power of a whole group of allies for one rank.
- Concentrate: Baal holds back his own power, allowing him to launch a charged attack with far more offensive power than his normal ones.
- Dekaja: Removes all buffs from all foes.
- Silent Prayer: Nullifies all statistics modifications from both foes and allies, be they positive or negative.
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."