Ain Soph Aur (アイン・ソフ・アウル Ain Sofu Auru?) is a mystic arte extension that Emil can use when in Ratatosk Mode. It can only be used after activating the Mystic Arte Devil's Hellfire, adding additional hits and damage with a heavy TP cost.
Arte Description and History
In this arte, Emil holds his sword in a backwards grip as he gathers energy to the blade, following with a slash that sends the energy flying at the enemy. After Tenebrae's core is retrieved from the Temple of Darkness, Ain Soph Aur can be used. It is activated by pressing the B button after Emil's cut-in image appears during Devil's Hellfire. If Emil uses this mystic arte in battle against Richter, it will cause Richter to counter with Eternal Recurrence, causing the damage to be reflected against the entire party instead.
Ain Soph Aur might be considered extremely weak for its TP cost. The damage potential of this attack is limited to the number of monsters that have been contacted and acquired by the party, causing it to do rather weak damage early in the game. This is compounded further by the large 100 TP cost that is needed to activate this arte at full power. This extension can be activated with less TP, decreasing damage proportionately while draining all of the remaining TP.
In Chapter 8, when Emil tells Verius to seal Ratatosk Mode, Emil loses the ability to extend into this arte for the remainder of the game.
Interestingly, the name of this arte is derived from the Hebrew term "Aur Ein Sof" (אור אין סוף, pronounced Or Ein Sof), meaning "never-ending light" or "light without limit". This term appears as part of the Jewish Kabbalah methodology, referring to the source of the Sephiroth, and thus the source of the universe as a whole, and all created existance. This matches the theme of the Mystic Arte as a light-elemental attack; Emil threatens to devour this "limitless light" with his powers. Some might consider this use of words to be poetic irony.
Alternatively, the fact that it is a Light-elemental attack being used by a Dark-elemental character (Emil) can be interpreted as a sign that Ratatosk's ultimate destructive arte is not representative of his true self: rather, his bloodthirsty persona is the opposite of his original personality, twisted by hatred and betrayal into a creature of destruction. This comparison can also be seen in Ratatosk's counterpart Richter: a Water-elemental character who delves further into Fire-elemental artes the longer he is submersed in the false personality of strength and conviction he uses to deceive others.
Monster Evolution Damage
- Lv.1 Monster Type-100-300 damage.
- Lv.2 Monster Type-400-650 damage.
- Lv.3 Monster Type-700-975 damage.
- Lv.4 Monster Type-1000-1250 damage.
- Lv.5 Monster Type-1500-2300 damage.
In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes
Used Battle Quote
Japanese Incantation: 闇に飲まれろ！アイン・ソフ・アウル！
Romanization: Yami ni nomarero! Ain Soph Aur!
Literal Translation: "Be devoured by darkness! Ain Sofu Auru!"
Localized Incantation: "Darkness devours! Ain Soph Aur!"
Unused Battle Quote
Japanese Incantation: さ、無為に帰るがい！アイン・ソフ・アウル！
Romanization: Sa, mui ni kaeru ga i! Ain Sofu Auru!
Literal Translation: "Well then, return to nonentity! Ain Soph Aur!"
English Incantation: "Now, return to oblivion! Ain Soph Aur!"