The World that She Sees
Paracelsus: From time to time...
Paracelsus: From time to time, I wonder: do I fully comprehend the macrocosm of the three principles?
Paracelsus: My theory that the universe corresponds to the anatomy of the human body...
Paracelsus: Am I correct in this? If not, then my entire operating paradigm has been incorrect all this time.
Helena: ...Yep. You're right.
Paracelsus: Although, such a thing can only be considered to be the world's truth.
Paracelsus: As one who would know the Swirl of the Root, my idiotic agony must sound so trivial right now.
Helena: ...Yes. I'm sure that is true.
Helena: I'm not sure myself, but I sense Mahatma from your words.
Helena: That's why I'm rooting for you. Good luck, Paracelsus!
Paracelsus: Thank you very much, Helena Blavatsky. You're brilliant.
Sanzang: You know the phrase “protection of the Buddha”? That's why I'm here...
Sanzang: I'm sure you're under such protection too. Probably. In fact, I'd say it's thanks to this protection that Chaldea still exists!
Sanzang: Even in the face of the Incineration of Humanity, we survived!
Sanzang: That's why the Buddha is amazing. My master was especially amazing.
Sanzang: Not only am I able to borrow their palm heel, but they see and know everything. Beyond amazing, really.
Sanzang: The compassionate and merciful Kannon is also beyond amazing. I've never seen anyone with more to offer.
Sanzang: Yesterday, today, and even tomorrow... The protection of the Buddha is forever!
Sanzang: But you know, Wukong and Bajie didn't quite get it.
Helena: ...Oh really?
Sanzang: Right after their vows, they went straight for some meat! In an instant! In a heartbeat!
Sanzang: Wukong would say things like, “May the protection of the Buddha reach even my stomach!” That's not right! No!
Helena: Uh-huh. I see.
Helena: In many sects of Buddhism, the clergy is forbidden from eating meat, right?
Helena: But then these disciples break such precepts immediately. Beyond annoying.
Helena: On the other hand, I see that you are faithful to the Enlightened One's teachings, and I sense a high Mahatma from you. Good luck!
Sanzang: Hee hee. You think so? Okay. Let us both devote our lives to our faiths!
Fujimaru 1: Mahatma...
Fujimaru 2: What does that mean?
Mash: Hello, Senpai. I've been watching as you puzzled over this, but...
Mash: I honestly don't know what she means when she says that.
Mash: I do know that Mahatma was supposedly an existence of some kind that Helena mentioned often in her life.
Mash: A spiritual existence of high order. They apparently imparted wisdom and truth through documents.
Mash: And priestess figures who received such documents supposedly included Helena herself.
C：Mash: ...Details about Mahatma and their true form are a mystery. There is no mention about them in Chaldea's database, at least.
C：Mash: Helena doesn't offer much in the way of detail on the subject, either.
Fujimaru 1: What's a Mahatma...?
Helena: ...Hm? You called?
Mash: Oh. Hello, Helena.
Helena: How do you do, Mash, Fujimaru? Do you two want to know about Mahatma?
Helena: Though you know... Hm... What shall I do? I could have you read my book about it. But, hmmm...
F：???: “The Secret Doctrine” is a book of mysteries that covers ancient and modern science and theology.
Mash: That voice...
Helena: Hey. Who's there?
El-Melloi II: It's an important book, and serves as the foundation of modern occultism, but it's not the sort of work we mages should use.
El-Melloi II: ...Sorry for the intrusion. I just heard a familiar title and couldn't help but respond.
Helena: So you've read my book! Does that mean you feel Mahatma too?
El-Melloi II: Of course I've read it. I see. So you're THE Helena Blavatsky.
El-Melloi II: I had hoped to meet and speak to you. Miss, would you spare me some time?
Helena: Of course! I get it! You're a fan of mine!
Fujimaru 1: (Birds of a feather?)
Mash: (You're right, Senpai. It seems like they are getting along!)
Fujimaru 2: (Incoming magecraft lecture.)
Mash: (Perhaps. I'm not sure if I can keep up...)
El-Melloi II: What intrigues me is that much what you've said seems to contradict the teachings of Theosophy as a field.
El-Melloi II: Theosophy as a field involves study and exploration. Its pursuit of the truth of the world and gods is similar to what we mages do...
El-Melloi II: But it is still just an academic field. It's not that Theosophy is similar to mages...
El-Melloi II: But rather that mages are simply academics.
El-Melloi II: Yet...
El-Melloi II: Yet, you practice magecraft. Even while you speak of Mahatma and the Hierarchy...
El-Melloi II: You cast a variety of spells, using the archaic magecraft foundation that Theosophy claims does not exist.
Helena: Eh? Y-you're right. I do not feel Mahatma from that as much.
Fujimaru 1: Huh?
Fujimaru 2: She's changed her usual line...
Mash: (Yes, this is a bit different for her...)
El-Melloi II: ...What exactly do your beliefs cover?
El-Melloi II: Don't you think that the Theosophy that you speak of is making a mockery of the actual modern Theosophy?
El-Melloi II: Unless...instead of Theosophy, it's your own talents you are mocking...
Helena: U-unnnngh. When you say it that way...
Helena: It's true that I was the one who spread Theosophy to the modern world, but in broader terms, it was like a new kind of Platonism or Gnosticism...
Helena: It included many things from the past, and in this case, it included Paracelsus's books too...
Helena: I guess you can say it's my philosophy. But... But...
Helena: The teachings really expanded during Adyarism or Yeats's time...
Helena: ...In other words...
AFTER I DIED!
El-Melloi II: M-my apologies. I did not intend to anger you.
Helena: You dummy! Why you... Why you...! Lord El-Melloi II's a stupidhead!!!
Helena: Stop tormenting me like the SPR!!! Waaaahh!!!
El-Melloi II: N-no, I had no intention to...
Mash: S-Senpai! The usually kind and mature Helena...is throwing a childlike tantrum!
Fujimaru 1: I-I've never seen her so angry before!
Mash: You may be right. Helena is normally the one to calm Edison and Tesla down...
Fujimaru 2: I like this side of her!
Alexander: Hm, what's going on, teacher? Did you make a woman angry?
Alexander: I never knew teacher was such a lady-killer. Yeah... I'm curious about how you'll handle this.
El-Melloi II: No, I... Hm? What's that dark shadow behind you?
Alexander: Oh this? It caught me back there. I thought I got away, but it looks like it followed me here.
Fujimaru 1: Hey, it's getting rowdy around here!
Mash: It is, and now I sense danger!
Fujimaru 2: I have a bad feeling about this!
Mash: Me too!
Helena: ... (Gasp!?)
Helena: Wh-what is the meaning of this!? I can't believe you got so many people on your side! Explain yourself, Lord El-Melloi II!!!
Helena: Well then, that means I'll have to...
El-Melloi II: Um, no, please don't misunderstand, Lady Blavatsky. Please wait. That giant Servant is not on my side...
Helena: Thanks for calling me a lady. But too late. I've started up the Simulator.
Helena: Come at me, Lord El-Melloi II! You too, Alex and Mister Darius III!
Helena: You're all going to get a taste of the power of Mahatma! Brace yourselves!!!
Helena: Fujimaru and Mash! You're on my side! Got it!?
Fujimaru 1: Y-yes, ma'am!
Fujimaru 2: Shoulda seen this coming...
Helena: LET'S. GO!
Helena: ...Lemuria slumbers in the seas! The Hierarchy graces the skies! And...
Helena: And I! In the name of Mahatma... I'm going to let off steam!
El-Melloi II: Wait, wait! Let off steam!?
Mash: Simulation battle, completed! For the time being, Helena wins...
Mash: But it seemed pretty clear that El-Melloi II was attempting to throw the match...
Fujimaru 1: I'm tired...
Mash: ...I am too.
Fujimaru 2: W-well, all's well that ends well!
Mash: Y-yes you're right. I like your thinking, Senpai...
Helena: (Sigh) ...I'm no good.
Helena: I vowed to be nice, but sometimes I can't help but explode like that.
Helena: Especially when I think of the time when the SPR called me a fraud.
Helena: I'm sorry I gave in to my emotions, Mister. I'm embarrassed to face Mahatma.
El-Melloi II: No, I...
Alexander: Hey, did you just say Mahatma, the great teacher? Do you know Mahatma?
Darius III: ???
El-Melloi II: ...Wait. Are you telling us that you know what Mahatma is?
Alexander: Well, yeah?
Fujimaru 1: Really!?
Fujimaru 2: Uh, I'm not sure if that's true...
Mash: (Y-yes, Senpai... Even though Alexander talks like he's familiar with it...)
Mash: (Do you really believe Alexander knows what Mahatma is, when even El-Melloi II isn't sure himself?)
Mash: (Although, Alexander did learn from Aristotle in Mieza...so it may be possible?)
Mash: (Or perhaps, like Helena, he had a gifted mage nearby...)
Helena: Seriously!? You know!? Of Mahatma!?
Alexander: Yep. I do.
Helena: Oh my! That's amazing! Well I...do sense strong Mahatma!!
Edison: (...Is it over?)
Nikola Tesla: (Hm. It would appear to be.)
Nikola Tesla: (Yes, indeed it is over. She's laughing. It appears our dear Helena is in a good mood now.)
Edison: (Whew...even I thought the worst this time around.)
Edison: (I was worried that fancy suit here triggered her by bringing up the times she was called a fraud, but it seems my fears were unfounded.)
Nikola Tesla: (Yes. I thought the dimwit here complained about Helena's moving lab again. Evidently I was mistaken.)
Edison: What did you say!?
Nikola Tesla: Say that again, fool!
Lion & Gentleman: (Oops...shhh...)
Paracelsus: You are right.
Paracelsus: It is not unusual for each mage to have their own unique usage of odd words and phrases.
Paracelsus: For example, I use terms like “prima materia,” “transmutation product,” and “quinta essentia.”
Paracelsus: In the world of alchemy, especially during my time, these words were not unique...
Paracelsus: ...but not all mages use them. Come to think of it, I believe the first founders of the Clock Tower likely used different terms.
Paracelsus: That's why this is probably the same for her.
Paracelsus: First off, there is no doubting her genius. Such people are generally misunderstood by the common masses.
Paracelsus: The Mahatma that she speaks of...and what that means...
Paracelsus: In order to truly understand, one would need to be on the same level as her.
Paracelsus: Oh, and by the way, Master...
Paracelsus: Apropos of nothing, I just happened to prepare an elixir...
Paracelsus: It temporarily strengthens the limbic system, the cerebral nerves, and even magical circuits.
Paracelsus: Would you like a sip?
Fujimaru 1: No thank you.
Fujimaru 2: Nope! (Nope!)
Medea: ...You right there. Yes, you.
Medea: Theosophy, was it? If that magecraft is what its name suggests, it must be a study of godly wisdom.
Medea: It must be something that didn't originate in the Age of Gods, so I don't expect anything grandiose...
Medea: But I don't mind it, Helena Blavatsky. I have a certain interest in those who strive to reach the gods.
Helena: ...Yes. Thank you, Medea.
Medea: My magecraft was given to me by Hekate. Calling them similar is probably off the mark.
Medea: But I do believe it's closer than that of modern mages. I sense yours is not obsessed with reaching the Root.
Helena: Y-yes. Yep. You're probably right. I do feel Mahatma from—
Helena: No, I'm sorry. Let me be honest with you, Medea.
Helena: The Mahatma and Hierarchy that I have been sensing until today...
Helena: I am not sure whether they are the same beings as the gods of the Age of Gods.
Helena: I personally believe that true Mahatmas are the supernatural beings who have reached the Swirl of the Root, or at least have come in contact with the Root.
Helena: Whether it would be appropriate to call them gods is something that I honestly cannot determine.
Helena: Hmm... I'm not experienced enough to recognize Mahatma and Divine Spirits properly.
Helena: But... But... There's one thing I know for sure.
Helena: Hekate. The Goddess Hekate...
Helena: Possessing Authority over the earth, the sea, and the sky, who offered many blessings to those who prayed to her...
Helena: I think she is one of the most distinguished deities in Greek mythology!
Helena: Seriously. From the bottom of heart. I sense tons of Mahatma!
Medea: Heh. You make me blush.
Medea: For you to honestly admit your own inexperience and foolishness is proof of your growth.
Medea: Helena Blavatsky. Let me grant you the gift of words.
Medea: The wisdom of the gods... A small shard just for you.