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A Gnosis (plural Gnoses) is an item used by The Seven to directly resonate with Celestia, and is proof of their status as an elemental Archon.[1] They take on the appearance of a chess piece.[2]

It is unknown whether gods before The Seven possessed Gnoses.

Overview

Taking on a physical appearance reminiscent of a gleaming chess piece, Gnoses typically reside within the Archon's body. They can either be forcefully removed through the powers of another Archon (as with the powers bestowed upon the Eleven Fatui Harbingers by the Tsaritsa)[1] or willfully materialized and given away by the Archon themselves.[2][3]

The Tsaritsa seeks to collect the Gnoses of The Seven for unknown reasons. Currently, three of them are known to be in Fatui possession:

  • The Tsaritsa's own Cryo Gnosis;
  • Venti's Anemo Gnosis, taken through force by La Signora and presumably delivered to the Tsaritsa;[4]
  • Zhongli's Geo Gnosis, obtained peacefully by Signora on the Tsaritsa's behalf through a contract and presumably delivered to the Tsaritsa[3]

Ei's Electro Gnosis is currently in Scaramouche's possession after Yae Miko, who previously received it from Ei, exchanged it for the Traveler's life.[2] However, Scaramouche has not reported back to the Fatui since then, and they believe he may have gone rogue.[5]

Abilities

All that is currently known about the uses of a Gnosis is that it is used to resonate with Celestia directly[1] and grants its respective archon the "divine ability" to defend their nation.[6] Venti describes Visions as "primitive" compared to a Gnosis.[1]

Just as Visions are indestructible by ordinary methods,[7] Gnoses are likewise incapable of being modified through normal means.[8]

Empowerment

Archons do not need Gnoses to control the elements, unlike mortals who can only manipulate elemental energy by harnessing a Vision. Venti, Zhongli and Ei use their elemental abilities in battle during their respective Story Quests, all of which occur after they lost or forfeited their Gnoses during their respective Archon Quests. In Ei's case, she gave up her Gnosis centuries before the Inazuma Archon Quests,[8][9] yet was able to defeat the Traveler during their first battle and was only defeated in the second due to Yae Miko's plan.

That said, Gnoses seem to enhance an Archon's abilities greatly; Zhongli states that the "power of the Geo Archon" is required to create Mora and indicates that the Golden House would have to temporarily close since he can no longer do this. He also suggests that he lost a significant portion of his power after relinquishing the Gnosis.[10] The benevolent Azhdaha could sense that Zhongli was no longer the Geo Archon.[11]

Trivia

  • In a standard (western) chess game, there are only six distinct pieces: pawn, rook, knight, bishop, queen and king, which would be one short for a full set of all The Seven's Gnoses. However, each side starts with a total of seven major (2 rook and 1 queen) and minor (2 knight and 2 bishop) pieces. These are also the pieces a pawn can promote to.
    • The Anemo Gnosis and Geo Gnosis are modeled after the queen and rook pieces, respectively. Queens and rooks are considered major pieces, or pieces that can checkmate the opponent with only their own king for support.
  • It is currently uncertain how much the mortal people of Teyvat know about Gnoses. The Anemo Archon states his Gnosis, "isn't something I'm meant to discuss with ordinary people", while many of the rank-and-file members of the Fatui do not seem to know much about the Harbinger's operations on the Tsaritsa's behalf.
    • Yae Miko is aware of both the power of a Gnosis and its connection to Celestia, and was responsible for guarding the Electro Archon's Gnosis. Whether this is information known to the Kitsune, or simply because Raiden Ei briefed her on its function, remains unclear.
    • Beidou seems to have at least a basic understanding that the Gnoses belong to the Archons when the Traveler mentions their thefts during her Hangout quest. How much she knows about their power and nature beyond this is currently unknown.

Etymology

  • In Gnosticism, gnosis is a term used for wisdom, knowledge, or insight into divine nature. Through gnosis, one can transcend the material realms controlled by the seven archons and enter the supercelestial realm of Ogdoad.
  • The Chinese term for Gnosis, 神之心 Shén zhī Xīn, "Heart of God", is similar to the term for Visions (Chinese: 神之眼 Shén zhī Yǎn, "Eye of God"). Both of them are called 魔力器官 "magical organs", which was translated as "magical foci" in English.

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Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Gnosis
Chinese
(Simplified)
神之心
Shén zhī Xīn
Heart of God
Chinese
(Traditional)
神之心
Shén zhī Xīn
Japanese かみこころ
Kami no Kokoro[12]
Heart of God
Korean 심장
Sin-ui Simjang
Heart of God
Spanish Gnosis
French Gnosis
Russian Сердце Бога
Serdtse Boga
Heart of God
Thai โนซิส
Nosit
Vietnamese Gnosis
German Göttliches HerzDivine Heart
Indonesian Gnosis
Portuguese Gnosis

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Archon Quest Prologue, Act III, Part 8: Ending Note
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Archon Quest Chapter II, Act III, Part 9: Wishes
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III, Part 6: The Fond Farewell
  4. Archon Quest Prologue, Act I, Part 8: Ending Note
  5. Labyrinth Warriors event quest: Away with Obsessions and Falsehood
  6. Zhongli, Gnosis story
  7. Keqing, Vision story
  8. 8.0 8.1 Raiden Shogun, Gnosis story
  9. During Omnipresence Over Mortals, Yae Miko says she has not seen Ei since Ei entered the Plane of Euthymia centuries ago. Because Ei personally entrusted her with the Gnosis, this means Ei has not had it for centuries.
  10. Zhongli's Voice-Over: Feelings About Ascension: Conclusion
  11. Historia Antiqua Chapter Act II, Part 4: Amidst Chaos, the Rock Is Unmoved
  12. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III: Ending Note (Japanese Voice-Over)
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