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The destruction of the Ikaruga Federation

The Second War of Ars Magus (第二次魔道大戦 Dai-Niji Madō Taisen, Second Great War of Magic), also known as the Ikaruga Civil War (イカルガ内戦 Ikaruga Naisen), was a war that began when the Ikaruga Federation openly rebelled against the dictatorship and governance of the NOL. It is the first time mankind used Ars Magus against each other.

The war concluded when the Novus Orbis Librarium sent one of its most powerful Knights, Jin Kisaragi to battle, giving him a unit to commandeer. Through Jin's leadership skills and tactics, his unit managed to break down most of Ikaruga's forces. After two days, he managed to personally slay the leader of Ikaruga, Tenjō Amanohokosaka, marking the end of the civil war.

Jin would then earn the title of the Hero of Ikaruga.

According to Jin, there were plenty of others who were capable of ending the war besides him, but nearly all of them were charged with false crimes and disposed by the Wings of Justice.[1] This was done to prolong the war, by eliminating most of those that could have ended it too quickly.

After the war, the NOL imposed a much harsher rule in the world: anyone who rebels against the NOL will automatically be dealt the "Death Sentence".

During the events of Continuum Shift, a flashback in Jin's story mode shows Jin standing right before Tenjō Amanohokosaka's frozen body. Suddenly, he realizes something apparently shocking about the situation, but Terumi appears in his ghost form and devours Jin's memories about the event before taking Tenjō Amanohokosaka's body away and claiming that Jin will make the perfect figurehead hero. This flashback strongly implies that the whole war may have been setup by the NOL or Terumi himself to use Jin, have him win the war and get something in particular from it. After the war, his personality drastically changed into his present cold (with bouts of insanity towards Ragna and Noel) demeanor. Makoto and Tsubaki point out that he had changed for the worst after the war, further reinforcing the idea that the whole war was a sinister plot from the NOL.

The Ikaruga Civil War was started by Sector Seven in order to gather necessary ingredients, namely Souls, so that they could create the Black Beast and oppose the Library. That is why Ikaruga is filled with Cauldrons, with all of them set up to gather souls.[2]

According to Tager, one of the three assets under Ikaruga's control was brought to Kagutsuchi after the war.[3]

The area, in which the Kaka Village lies, was scheduled to undergo massive development, but the effects of the Ikaruga War resulted in the area being completely abandoned, along with its dwellers. Kokonoe names the Lost Town as one of the victims of Sector Seven's selfishness.[3]

Further information from Makoto suggests that the NOL caused the war in the first place, despite the Ikaruga Federation attempting to become independent through diplomacy. She also stated that the Imperator insisted upon the war and refused to accept a ceasefire, with emphasis on inflicting as many casualties as possible.[4]

Hakumen's "phase"Edit

In Hakumen's "phase" the region of Ikaruga was annihilated.[5] In this timeline, the blast was so powerful, that nothing was left of Ibukido, which other cities of Ikaruga Federation suffering in its aftermath. Indifference to the current timeline, it was this event that sparked the civil war. In the end, both sides suffered great losses, with the NOL being recognized as the winner.[6]

Known differences:

  • Mu-12 died from the blast, with the whole of Ibukido being erased,
  • Jin Kisaragi never became the Hero of Ikaruga,
  • even though Bang Shishigami's scar was a result of it, it was not inflicted by Jin,
  • Tenjō Amanohokosaka died from a shock-wave of an nearby explosion.

ReferencesEdit

  1. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Story Mode, Jin stories, decision
  2. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Story Mode, Sector Seven Story, Episode 9
  3. 3.0 3.1 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Story Mode, Tager stories, blind warrior
  4. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Story Mode, Chronophantasma Story, Episode 9
  5. BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Story Mode, Chronophantasma Story, Episode 9
  6. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Story Mode, Makoto stories, slight hope

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