General housekeeping, updated various bits of Artifacts, but mainly, I suddenly remembered something about Asuna that I wanted to incoherently rant about.
All of Asuna’s capabilities have a theme: dualism. Her Pactio Card number is 8 – Balance. Her innate ability, Magic Cancel, is the power “to begin and end worlds”. Her talent for utilising conflicting powers is shown in her affinity of Xiangua, Kanka – the “union of the opposing”, Mana and Qi, Yin and Yang. Even her sword attack, Tome Alkas Kai Analkias, refers to opposing concepts, and this:
Wuji er taiji
“The Limitless, yet the Ultimate”, unbounded yet bounded, the void, yet the source of existence, an attack which can specifically nullify even the fusion of opposing forces, Kankahou.
Conceptually, Magic Cancel is more or less the actualisation of the above phrase. Possibly, in its original form during the Age of Gods, “Magic Cancel” is simultaneously the power of annihilation – to nullify existence, ie. by drawing it into the void – and the power of creation (note that Akamatsu uses the ‘canonical’ interpretation of qi, including its origin from the void).
To relate this back to the current plot, and totally tl;dr this entire post into “I agree with theory X”, this affinity for duality, combined with the mages referring to her as a “weapon” hundred(s of) years ago, and the Lifemaker telling her to “fulfill [her] original purpose”, I have (unwisely) also made the presumption that Asuna is the Great Grand Master Key itself. However that works.
Big holes in theory being… big holes (like the possibility that God’s Rod really is just a bloody stick, or the question of how a giant key is the Lifemaker’s descendant, unlike the Creator is also a giant key…) I will now forget I ever wrote this.
PS: On a totally unrelated note, based on what people are telling me, when Vetus updates it’s 4chan of all places that posts links first. That’s… unexpected.