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|“||Unknown God: Outlanders, your journey ends here!
Lumine: Who're you?!
Unknown God: The sustainer of heavenly principles. The arrogation of mankind ends now.
|~ The Unknown God confronting the Travelers.|
The Unknown God, also known as The Sustainer of Heavenly Principles and simply the God, is the overarching antagonist of the 2020 action role-playing fantasy video game Genshin Impact.
Considered an enigmatic mysterious goddess with power over space and reality, the God is the ultimate threat to the Traveler who keeps the realities separated and untouched by mortals from other universes. She is also the first antagonist to appear in the game, more precisely in the introduction scene of the game. She is the who takes away the Traveler twins' ability to travel between worlds and traps them in separate worlds. After transforming the Traveler's twin sibling (depending on the player choice they could be the sister or brother) and banish the player Traveler to the Teyvat world. It's widely implied the Unknown God is the ruler of Celestia and therefore the deity whom all others must answer to, in addition to potentially being the destroyer of both Khaenri'ah and the Travelers' world (which led the siblings to travel across other worlds) as her cubes can be seen destroying Lumine's world in the game teaser.
The Unknown God is voiced by Dian Tao in Chinese, Christie Cate in English, and Rie Kugimiya in Japanese. Kugimiya has also voiced Herrscher of the Void in Honkai Impact 3rd, Pandora in Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and Haumea in Fire Force.
She is a fairly tall young woman with a slender body. She was shown to be a white-haired woman with yellow eyes that possess crosses-shaped pupils. Her hair also seems to be floating as if they were alive and moving by themselves, further analysis shows that her hair is completely messy and possesses a cowlick.
The Unknown God was an arrogant supremacist who looked down on mortals due to them being what she perceived to be lesser beings. She presented herself as merciless and emotionless when dealing with mortals, as if she were handling mere pests.
She is first seen in the introduction scene where she came before the Travelers to intercept them from travelling across worlds, considering it an arrogance of humankind to step on the same realm of gods. After easily defeating the Travelers in the Sky Palace, she transforms one of them siblings into a cube and keep them as her "toy" or "hostage" the Traveler needs to save after the God banish the chosen Traveler to the world of travel; trapping them in separate worlds.
Following the events of the prelude, it is speculated the Unknown God corrupted the Traveler's twin into becoming the leader of the anti-human organization Abyss Order, a large organization of monsters that share a common hatred of humanity.
- The Unknown God is named "Asmoday" in the game files of Genshin Impact. In the demonology grimoire The Lesser Key of Solomon, Asmoday was the thirty-second of the seventy-two demons and one of the nine Kings of Hell. Considered a notably powerful demon, Asmoday had a seal in gold and governed seventy-two legions of lesser spirits.
- The Unknown God was obviously based after Herrscher of the Void in appearance, personality and even powers as a whole in tribute to the original HoV, that needless to say had an explosive popularity, being the one of the few characters of the game to be based after the original characters of Honkai Impact 3rd, but in particular, she was the only character so far be literally based after everything about the original villain. Because of her brute similarities with Kiana as a Herrscher, many Honkai players speculated that Genshin Impact was actually connected directly with the universe of Honkaiverse, using the Sea of Quanta as a justification to link the game's universe with the Honkaiverse as MiHoYo always did with many non-canon events. In fact, said theory proved to be true when MiHoYo officially confirmed the world of Genshin is one of the many worlds inside of the Imaginary Tree.
- Others speculated she may be an alternative version of Kiana Kaslana from another universe who became a Herrscher and successfully wiped-out humanity whereas the original Herrscher of the Void failed. However the most acceptable theory is that the innocent-looking Paimon may be actually the Unknown God in her weakened form since many people don't recognize Paimon's identity or species (most notable Xiangling who confuses her as an "edible exotic creature") in the world of Teyvat implying she is actually an outsider much like the Traveler and how little she knows about the world of Teyvat with a few exceptions like her knowledge with literature and culinary. Her most notable trace that connected her to the Unknown God is her hair clip that has the same cross-shape that appeared in the Unknown God's portal. To further such theory, much like the original Kiana Kaslana, the Herrscher of the Void was also a big-eater haughty princess who was portrayed in side-events as a gluttonous and greedy comic relief slaver who only thought about food and rare objects to add to her collection (considering how the Unknown God was deeply based in the Herrscher of the Void this theory may implies she borrowed much of the comic-relief Herrscher of the Void) something that Paimon is widely known for being as "useless" big eater and greedy individual.
- Besides being one of the most mysterious characters presented in the trailer so far, MiHoYo never leaked out any information about the character while all characters that already appeared in the manhua and trailer can be already explored by Internet users in the game's official site. In addition, while supposed to be treated as the main antagonist, she is actually the first villain to be encountered in the game; exactly at the game's opening cutscene.
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