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Authorities (権能 Ken'nō) are various abilities the Witches of Sin, Sin Archbishops and certain other rare individuals use. The following article lists and roughly explains every known Authority in Re:Zero. For a more detailed explanation of each Authority, please visit the pages of the respective Authority owners.

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Authorities can be manifested within people after they take in Witch Factors. Witch Factors are the antithesis of Od Laguna[1] and the Authorities granted by them can be considered the backward compatibility of Divine Protections, according to Beatrice.[2] According to the author, no Divine Protection can overpower an Authority.[3]

The Witch Factors used by the Sin Archbishops originally belonged to the Witches of Sin and the Witches before the 9 we know of so far, and according to Louis, there is no real difference between the two as they're all just "good-for-nothings compatible with the Witch Factors" that are called differently due to different eras and positions. Furthermore, the powers of each Authority are shaped into existence based on a compatible holder's desire[4], however, the hosts have no control over what kind of ability is born out of their "sin".

If a Witch Factor is forcibly inserted into someone incompatible with it, it will greatly alter their personality as seen with Satella and Petelgeuse. It's shown that there are different ways to receive the Witch Factors.

A mysterious black box containing the Witch Factor of Sloth.

Petelgeuse received his from a small black box which was said to have been made out of a Sage's bones, entrusted to him by Flugel, while in Subaru's case, the Witch Factors of Sloth and Greed latched onto him as soon as their respective hosts died, which suggests that the Factors can manifest in a physical form (as black goo) or in a non-physical form (in Subaru's cases).

Users

Types

Authority of Sloth

The Authority of Sloth (怠惰の権能 Taida no Ken'nō) was formerly used by Sekhmet, later by Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti and currently used by Natsuki Subaru.

  • Sekhmet's Authority of Sloth
    • Sekhmet is seen manipulating an invisible force that allows her to hit and crush things without moving a muscle. This ability somewhat resembles an extremely advanced version of the "Unseen Hands" used by her "successor" Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti, but it is far stronger as apart from being completely invisible, the force seems to have a bigger radius, a vastly superior speed and a bigger area of effect. This ability allowed Sekhmet to fight against the Divine Dragon himself, despite the Dragon coming out victorious.
  • Unseen Hand (見えざる手 Miezaru Te) (Used by Petelgeuse Romanee-Conti)
    • The Authority of Sloth allowed Petelgeuse to utilize a power he called the "Unseen Hands". The Unseen Hands were a technique that allowed Petelgeuse to summon numerous invisible hand-like appendages from his body that he could move and extend telekinetically. An Unseen Hand was strong enough to tear through flesh, bend and break bones, and shatter rock. The Hands could be combined together to create larger and more powerful hands. If the Witch Factor he used to make people into his fingers with, returned to his body, he was able to summon up to a hundred them. At his maximum potential, the Unseen Hands and the force behind each one was akin to a cannonball. Save for Subaru, Petelgeuse was the only person who could see the Unseen Hands. Petelgeuse also displayed the ability to propel himself forward through the air using the Unseen Hands, making it appear as if he's flying, though in reality, he's simply playing catch with his body being the thrown object.
  • Invisible Providence (インビジブル • プロヴィデンス Inbijiburu Purovidencu) (Used by Natsuki Subaru)
    • Unlike Petelgeuse who called the power the Unseen Hand, after Echidna synchronised his body and the Witch Factor of Sloth, Subaru manifested an Authority of Sloth and chose to call his version of the Authority Invisible Providence. Invisible Providence was a power that allowed Subaru to summon invisible hand-like appendages from his chest that he could move and extend telekinetically. One of these hands was strong enough to tear through flesh, bend and break bones, and shatter rock. If Subaru focused enough, he could make the tendrils of Invisible Providence phase through matter as though it wasn't there. Subaru's version of the Authority of Sloth was far less potent than both Petelgeuse's and Sekhmet's, as, although Petelgeuse for instance could summon roughly one hundred hands at his maximum potential with little effort, Subaru could only summon a single hand with minimal range and damage output.

Authority of Greed

The Authority of Greed (強欲の権能 Gōyoku no Ken'nō) was formerly used by Echidna, later used by Regulus Corneas and is currently used by Natsuki Subaru.

  • Stillness of an Object's Time (物体の時間の静止 Buttai no Jikan no Seishi) (Used by Regulus Corneas)
    • The so-called Stillness of an Object's Time was Regulus' mainly offensive ability, named by Subaru. Regulus could stop the time of anything he was wearing, touching, or even his breath, which in turn stopped the object's or thing's interference from the outside world, only allowing its interference outwards and even granting Regulus the ability to freely manipulate the objects' shape. Small objects imbued with Stillness of an Object's Time could be used either as a form of platform which allowed Regulus to freely traverse on it, or be utilised as objects of imminent death and destruction as they created devastating and destructive attacks when used with malicious intent.
  • Lion's Heart (獅子の心臓 Shishi no Shinzō) (Used by Regulus Corneas)
    • Regulus stopped the time of his own body for anywhere between five and ten seconds, granting him complete invincibility with anything past the five second mark causing excruciating pain to him, prompting him to deactivate it immediately. In order to compensate for this shortcoming, Regulus gave his Lion's Heart to his wives, preventing any recoil from the ability, allowing him to become invincible for as long as he wants; no form of recoil went to his wives and they weren't even aware of harbouring his heart. Once his pseudo-heart was destroyed, the side effects of Lion's Heart returned back to him.
  • Cor Leonis (コル・リオニス Koru Rionisu) (used by Natsuki Subaru)
    • Alternatively known as "Lion Heart". A reverse positive form of "Small King" which Subaru gained in Arc 6. As such it works inversely to how Small King does in which Subaru takes on the burdens of others, be it physical or mental by transferring them to himself temporary in-exchange for increases in their combat abilities. It only works on people Subaru has an emotional connection to whom he can sense by seeing them as points of lights when the authority is active. It can be used to derive the relative positions of everyone and their emotional states to himself. Using Cor Leonis Second Shift, he can move the burdens to people other than himself if they are willing to take it.
  • Echidna's Authority of Greed
    • Currently there are no concrete examples of Echidna using the Authority of Greed, nor did she ever mention how it works, however, it is hinted that her Book of Wisdom is connected to her Authority[5], most likely being made with the usage of Echidna's special power.

Authority of Gluttony

The Authority of Gluttony (暴食の権能 Bōshoku no Ken'nō) was formerly used by Daphne and Lye Batenkaitos and is currently used by Roy Alphard and Louis Arneb.

  • Gluttony (暴食 Bōshoku) (Used by Lye, Roy and Louis)
    • The user can eat the name and memories of their opponent. To eat a name, the user touches them with their left hand, then licks the palm of the same hand. Things such as experience, talent, and the likes and dislikes of human relationships serve as food for the user, allowing them to take advantage of any abilities or memories their opponents had. However, if the user eats a fake name, they are plagued with severe nausea, and the true name is not taken, leaving the victim unaffected.
      • Those that have had their names eaten have their existences erased from the world, destroying any human relationships along with preventing the use of magic and negating any contracts with Spirits.
      • Those that have their memories eaten become amnesic and any characteristics they may have had are reset, effectively making them into a different person.
      • Those that have both their name and memories eaten simply become a shell, and although they live, they no longer eat, excrete waste, or age, putting them in suspended animation.
      • The same person cannot be eaten twice.
      • Killing the user will not result in the memories and names of all their victims to return back to their original owners in its entirety.
  • Eclipse (蝕 Shoku) (Used by Lye, Roy and Louis)
    • Eclipse is considered to be the trump card of gluttony. It is divided into two types; Solar Eclipse (日食 Nisshoku) and Lunar Eclipse (月食 Gesshoku).
      • Lunar Eclipse allows the holder to use the victims' memories and harvest their skills and knowledge. Lye, for example, used Lunar Eclipse to boost his physical strength and perform numerous martial art techniques including The Palm of the Fist King and the Leaper technique. It is worth noting that by eating a person's name and using Lunar Eclipse, Lye, Roy and Louis do not gain their victims' Divine Protections, Spirit Arts or Authorities.
      • Solar Eclipse allows the holder to harvest his victims' names and transform their appearance accordingly. Louis, for example, transformed into Neiji Rockheart and numerous other victims she and her two brothers had eaten throughout the years, using her sibling's body. Both Lye and Roy dislike having Solar Eclipse used on them. According to them, Solar Eclipse made them feel as if their selves were being damaged, making it unendurable.
  • Daphne's Authority of Gluttony
    • In the Web Novel, Daphne can be seen using her Authority of Gluttony and making people feel extreme hunger by touching or looking at them. Just one eye was enough to force Subaru to experience it, causing him to eat his arm and try to lick his own blood while ignoring everything other than the thought of eating. Despite this, Echidna described Daphne's left eye as "nothing much", stating that she was a terror if she used her right eye or if she "ate" him.

Authority of Wrath

The Authority of Wrath (憤怒の権能 Fundo no Ken'nō) was formerly used by Minerva and is currently used by Sirius.

  • Wrath (憤怒 Fundo) (Used by Sirius)
    • The user can share or transmit their emotions and senses to others. After polarizing emotions such as anger or sorrow, the user can transmit it to any people in their vicinity, either taking control of them or resonating a certain emotion between a certain amount of people to raise it to the point of madness. Also, since the user can share senses such as distress or pain, if anyone dies within the effect area the user can force others within the same area to die the same way.
  • Minerva's Authority of Wrath.
    • Minerva's Authority allows her to drain mana directly from the soul of the world to forcibly rewrite cause-and-effect making her capable of healing anyone or anything. So far in the series she can only be seen doing this by punching someone; however, the author has stated that as long as it is an action taken by Minerva it will have the same outcome. This ability has the side effect of taking mana from random places in the world causing natural disasters to occur effectively making it so she kills just as many people as she saves.

Authority of Lust

The Authority of Lust (色欲の権能 Shikiyoku no Ken'nō) was formerly used by Carmilla and is currently used by Capella Emerada Lugnica.

  • Faceless Bride (顔のない花嫁 Kao no nai hanayome) (Used by Carmilla)
    • Carmilla was able to captivate people, making them so absorbed in watching her that they wouldn't notice if someone stabbed them or if they were burning. She can also cause people to see and hear her as what they want to see and hear, such as when Subaru saw and heard her as Rem. She also seems to be capable of making people "understand feelings" like love, as seen in the Witch's tea Party when she used her Authority of Lust to help Subaru understand Satella's love for him.
  • Variation and Change (変異と変貌 Hen'i to Henbō) (Used by Capella Emerada Lugnica)
    • The user can transform themselves or others into various things. This ability can also be used to heal by transforming damaged parts into uninjured parts, with Al mentioning that Capella was able to heal "after I cut her head off and crushed her heart", and any spare parts generated through healing dissolve on their own.

Authority of Envy

The Authority of Envy (嫉妬の権能 Shitto no Ken'nō) is currently used by Satella.

  • Although the abilities of the Authority of Envy haven't been revealed, in the Web Novel, Minerva mentioned during the Witches' Tea Party that Satella might direct her jealousy (妬み Netami) toward her if she stepped in between her and Subaru, suggesting that it's something that affects people remotely. This ability has been removed from the Light Novel, hence should not be considered as canon.

Authority of Pride

The last known user of the Authority of Pride (傲慢の権能 Gouman no Ken'nō) was Typhon. The current holder of the Witch Factor of Pride and the user of the corresponding Authority is unknown.

  • Typhon can break apart her target's body if she determines that her target feels guilty of something. The concept is very subjective, making her one of the most dangerous Witches of Sin.
    • If a person feels guilty, Typhon will deliver punishment and condemn them, even if the deed itself isn't something the person should be punished for.
    • If an opponent hits her, Typhon can activate her Authority and "destroy" the attacker as long as all the conditions are met. The Authority works instantly but it does not nullify the actual damage, as seen when Minerva hit Typhon and instantly, her hands crumbled to dust while Typhon was blown back by the sheer force of the attack.
    • It is implied that Typhon takes the sinner's body parts as "compensation for their sins".
    • It also has no effect on living things that possess limited or no capacity to think like Daphne's Centipede Coffin.

Authority of Vainglory

The Authority of Vainglory (虚飾の権能 Kyoshoku no Ken'nō) is currently used by Pandora.

  • Pandora can rewrite certain phenomena in her favor as many times as she wants, as long as the conditions are in her favor. Using this, she can negate her death, bury people into the ground instantly, remove people without leaving any trace of their actions behind, and change people's memories. Although she can't control the Kurohebi with her power, she is able to direct it to wherever she wants.

Authority of Melancholy

The last known user of the Authority of Melancholy (憂鬱の権能 Yū'utsu no Ken'nō) was Hector. It is unknown if the Witch Factors still belongs to him or not.

  • Hector seems to be able to surround himself in an invisible force field that is able to crush both living things and magic alike. The more he closes his distance with the target the stronger and more disastrous the damage is. As Hector himself seems to be the very center of this force field, the damage has the highest magnitude when in direct contact with him; by simply jabbing his finger into Roswaal's chest, he shattered his bones, completely crushed his chest and organs and twisted and crumbled his limbs, completely destroying the mage's body beyond repair.
  • Hector seems to be able to create force fields outside his reach by looking at a place or pointing his open palm towards it, as seen when he destroyed a hut in which Ryuzu was hiding, several tens of meters away from where Hector was standing.

Trivia

  • Subaru's Return by Death has been stated to be an Authority, however, as of now, we don't know what Sin Return by Death represents.
  • In Golden Siblings side story, Clind can be seen using an ability that works almost exactly the same as Hector's Authority of Melancholy, even using the term "melancholy" while clenching his fist–something Hector can be observed doing, when he used his Authority remotely.
  • Al possesses a mysterious ability that may likely be an Authority. Just like Subaru, Al has also been summoned to the new world, and is familiar with the Witch of Envy. He has also stated he once failed to save a silver haired girl–a memory that hurts him to this day.

References

  1. "Witch Factors are the antithesis of Od Lagna, after all!" Arc 6: Chapter 75. Section 7.
  2. "Something like, the backwards compatibility of a Divine Protection, I suppose" Arc 6: Chapter 68. Section 1.
  3. "It doesn't exist. Since Blessings can't beat authorities" Reinhard Birthday Q&A
  4. "The power manifests an ability that corresponds to the craving of the owner of the factor" Q&A
  5. "An imperfect copy of my Authority. This is the Book of Knowledge." Re:Zero Light Novel Volume 15: Chapter 7. Section 1.
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