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Hypostases are life forms that reached the highest level of elemental purity.

Hypostases are invulnerable when their cube-like shells are surrounding them; they are only exposed when their diamond-shaped cores are exposed, typically during or after they perform an attack. Their attacks deal elemental damage of their type and they are immune to said type.

Description

Elemental hypostases are life forms which have completely abandoned their former appearance and biological structure, making them able to reach the highest level of elemental purity. They are ultra-compact structures with a high mass, and are the highest forms of elemental structures, usually formed either at a location bursting with elemental energy or at a clogged ley line.
Elemental hypostases have developed defensive mechanisms based on their elemental attributes. Concentrated elemental energy forms a solid shell around the core of the hypostasis, leaving only the core reactive to the elemental stimuli. Research into hypostases is mainly led by scholars of Sumeru Academia, but due to the level of danger that they pose, little of substance is known about hypostases beyond their scientific name and code name.

Mix of the various Hypostases descriptions from the Adventurer Handbook

After losing about 95% of their health, the Hypostasis will enter a "revival" phase in which it spawns several elemental objects of its type that must be destroyed or absorbed within 15 seconds. If this is not met, the Hypostasis will revive with a percentage of health based on how much of these objects remained at the time. With the exception of the Cryo Hypostasis, the revival objects are a one-time occurrence and will not reappear if dealt with before. The Pyro Hypostasis is a unique exception, having no revival mechanic; in its place is a fire shield that makes it immune to damage until removed.

The Electro and Geo Hypostases will die after their elemental objects are destroyed. The Anemo and Cryo Hypostasis will revive even if all of its objects are destroyed, but the former returns with little health, while the latter needs to be destroyed before it stabilizes itself. The Pyro Hypostasis will die once extinguished and its HP is fully drained, but it can regenerate HP while in its ignited state.

Types

Electro Hypostasis

Code Name: Aleph. A high-purity Electro entity.

Anemo Hypostasis

Code Name: Beth. A high-purity Anemo entity.

Geo Hypostasis

Code Name: Gimel. A high-purity Geo entity.

Cryo Hypostasis

Code Name: Daleth. A high-purity Cryo entity.

Pyro Hypostasis

Code Name: Ayin. A high-purity Pyro entity.

Hydro Hypostasis

Code Name: He. A high-purity Hydro entity.

Pure Hypostases

Pure variants of Anemo, Electro, and Geo types could be fought during Hypostatic Symphony.

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Trivia

  • In Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, the term hypostasis refers to an underlying substance that supports fundamental reality. Gnostic Christians typically used the word "hypostases" to refer to the Holy Trinity.
    • The Gnostic exegesis Hypostasis of the Archons is a depiction of the Gnostic mythology behind the creation of the cosmos and the Earth, and how the archons rule over humanity with the intent of preventing them from reaching gnosis and ascending to the supercelestial realm of Ogdoad.
  • Instead of the Gnostic term "hypostasis", the Chinese version uses the Buddhist term 无相 Wúxiāng, a translation of the Sanskrit word animitta (अनिमित्त), which means "signless" (traditional English translation) or "aspectless". The Japanese and Korean versions also follow this term. It is considered to be one of the Three Gates of Liberation, along with emptiness and wishlessness.[1]

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