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This article is about the Shin Megami Tensei entity. For more uses, see Sophia (disambiguation).

Sophia is a recurring entity in the series.

History

In Gnosticism, Sophia (Σoφíα, Greek for wisdom) is an aeon of wisdom and knowledge. In most if not all versions of the Gnostic creation, Sophia births Yaldabaoth, who in turn brings about the creation of materiality and the material world (though in some versions, she also gave birth to Satanael) However, when it creates mortal humans she (or God) grants them souls and grants them the secret knowledge of the true spiritual universe so they can be freed of the Demiurge's influence.

She is considered to be the central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism and Christian theology. Sophia is a major theme, along with knowledge, among many of the early Christian knowledge-theologies grouped by the heresiologist Irenaeus as gnostikos, "learned." In Gnosticism, Sophia is a feminine figure, analogous to the human soul but also simultaneously one of the feminine aspects of God. Gnostics held that she was the syzygy of Jesus, and the holy spirit of the trinity. Originally carrying a meaning of "cleverness/skill," the later meaning of the term, close to the meaning of Phronesis, was significantly shaped by the term philosophy as used by Plato.

Almost all Gnostic systems taught that the universe began with an original, unknowable God. From this initial unitary beginning, the one spontaneously emanated further aeons, being pairs of progressively "lesser" beings in sequence. Together with the source from which they emanate, they form the pleroma, or fullness, of God, and thus should be seen as symbolic abstractions of divine nature. The transition from the immaterial to the material is brought about by a flaw, or a passion, or a sin, in one of the aeons. In most versions of the Gnostic mythos, it is Sophia who brings about this instability in the pleroma, in turn bringing about the creation of materiality.

According to some Gnostic texts, the crisis occurs as a result of Sophia trying to emanate without her syzygy or, in another tradition, because she tries to breach the barrier between herself and the unknowable Bythos. After cataclysmically falling from the pleroma, Sophia's fear and anguish of losing her life causes confusion and longing to return to it. Because of these longings, matter and soul accidentally come into existence. The creation of the Demiurge, known as Yaldabaoth, is also a mistake made during this exile. In the Pistis Sophia, Jesus Christ is sent from the godhead in order to bring Sophia back into the pleroma.

The positive or negative depiction of materiality thus resides a great deal on mythic depictions of Sophia's actions. She is occasionally referred to by the Hebrew equivalent of Achamoth or as Prunikos.

Appearances

Profile

Shin Megami Tensei NINE

Sophia appears as a flower shop NPC that is seen during the game. In the Dark-Neutral route, she heals and helps the protagonist while in her human form. In the Neutral-Neutral route, she is able to take her true form, the Gnostic Goddess Sophia. She had been reincarnated as a human as punishment for her sin of giving birth to Yaldabaoth and had to wait until the hero who could slay him appeared.[citation needed] She sends the protagonist to Paradise in order to defeat him.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

  • Focuses on learning healing magic.
  • It can be bought at the Collector Manikin's Junk Shop in Asakusa Tunnels for 120000 Macca (360000 in Hard mode).

Shin Megami Tensei IV

The Reward for completing the Challenge quest The Voice of Arrogant "Evil" is the weapon Sword of Sophia, which is one of the strongest weapons in the game.

Stats

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne

  • Focuses on learning healing magic.
Element Wild Effects
Strength +1
Magic +2
Vitality +5
Agility +7
Luck +4
Light Hero or party fully healed
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Expel Death -
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Thunderclap 12 MP Chance of halving remaining HP to one foe. Expel-type. 45
Samrecarm 35 MP Revives one dead ally with HP fully restored. 57
Drain Attack Passive Equipper's basic attack restores HP equal to 25% of damage done (unless
target's HP was below that amount) at the cost of reduced critical rate.
59
Mediarahan 35 MP Fully restores party's HP. 63
Holy Wrath 36 MP Chance of halving remaining HP to all foes. Expel-type. 70



Characters
Playable Kei Azuma
Major Characters Baraki / Sumire - Mubiora / Miranda - Ferris - Tsuzumi - Seri - Naitou - Emi - Hayashi - Stephen - Sophia - Sariel - Adam & Eve - Maria - Lucifer - Yaldabaoth
Locations
Idea Space Tokyo Shibuya - Akihabara - Shinjuku - Kichijoji - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Roppongi - Ueno - Harajuku
Ring of Gaea Dragon Palace - Gaean Space
The Expanse Gehenna Castle
??? Paradise
Archives
Terminology Order of Messiah - Idea Space - Ring of Gaea - Debuggers - Central Administration Bureau - Neo Messiah - Navi
Mechanics Modules - Race Shift - Capacity - Reinforcements - RTS - Resistance Level - Cancel
Lists Demons - Bosses - Skills - Combos - RTS Missions - Items - Cosmetics
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Nex Entertainment
Personnel Kazunori Sakai - Yasuomi Umetsu - Kazuma Kaneko
Other Media
Published Hinotama Game Comic Anthology
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