The Old Deus (神霊種(オールドデウス), Ōrudo Deusu) are the first ranked race of the Exceed. They consist of the old gods, who lost their status after The Great War, where Tet became the One True God. They are created and sustained by sentiments, concepts, desires and belief in their existance. For instance, Tet was created by Riku Dola's imagination and represents the concept of Play, while Artosh's creation was driven by people's desire for War. The lack of belief makes the old gods' demise possible if followed up by almost non-existant mortal perils. Artosh disappeared after his death at the hands of the Imanity - Ex-machina alliance, bringing to pass the end of all wars.

Appearance Edit

The Old Deus' appearance can either be similar to a giant like Artosh, or the height of a regular Imanitan. They mainly have a very diverse appearance between each other and may be very colorful.

Strengths Edit

As essentially gods, they are assumed to have absolute rule over all. They can create entire species to their advantage during The Great War soon becoming one of the Exceed. The power of a Old Deus is based on the intensity of their affinity. For example, during the great war, due to the nature of bloodlust and hatred, Artosh was therefore the strongest Old Deus due to his affinity for being God of War. Even at 33% Artosh could match the other gods with ease as stated in Light Novel 6. While most certainly the most powerful Exceed, the Old Deus were technically the second strongest during the Great War in terms of magical ability; only losing out to the very planet itself.

They are beings of immortality and power, and are responsible for creating some of other Exceed, such as Flugel and Elves. Jibril stated that it would take at least 200 Flügel to challenge a single Old Deus, and even then the chance of losing would be high.[1] According to Izuna, during the wartime, only Flügel and Ex-machina had ever succeeded in killing a god.[2]

Weaknesses Edit

The Old Deus are known to have no obvious weaknesses. One may be they can be killed if they exhaust themselves. Another possible weakness may be that if their concept is not as intense they may become more weak. As when Tet was created, he was the weakest Old Deus due to no one believing in the concept of games.

As stated by Shuvi, all Old Deus were literally born from the world due to the existence of the spirit circuit. This is why, once the spirit circuit was destroyed, all of the gods lost their powers, as well as all other magic users.

Horou, the God of Doubt, doubts her own existance and was close to being wiped from existance if the her identity hadn't been acknowledged by Sora, Shiro and Miko heavily needing their dependence upon faith and belief.

History Edit

The Old Deus were the ones who launched The Great War to fight over the title of the One True God, using their creations as weapons, such as the Flügel, to kill other gods. The gods eventually lost their will to continue warring as they died needlessly without enjoying their lives.[3] Tet emerged above the Old Deus as he was the only god who had abstained from the war, and became the One True God.

List of Known Old Deus Edit

  • Artosh (戦神(アルトシュ), Arutoshu), the God of War and Creator of Flügels
  • Okein (鍛神(オーケイン), Ōkein), the God of the Forge and Creator of Dwarves
  • Kanias (森神(カイナース), Kaināsu), the God of Forest and Creator of Elves
  • Tet (テト, Teto), God of Play and later the One True God
  • Horou (帆楼, Horō), the God of Doubt and Trust, self-declared Old Deus representative, and creator of the Ex-Machina.

One of the Old Deus uses an arrogant and ornate speech style by stating "Question" before proceeding when conversing with Tet.[4][5] He was described as an imperfect presence with limited powers.[5] The Old Deus now reside on the moon after the Great War for unknown reasons - possibly as punishment for their relentless bloodlust and warmongering.

Trivia Edit

  • Deus (Latin pronunciation: [ˈdeːʊs]) is Latin for "god" or "deity".
  1. Light Novel Volume 2: Chapter 3, Part 2
  2. Light Novel Volume 6: Chapter 1
  3. Light Novel Volume 1: Chapter 1, Part 1
  4. Anime Episode 05
  5. 5.0 5.1 Light Novel Volume 2: Chapter 1, Part 4
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