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A swarm of Gnosis.

The Gnosis, also known as the Pilgrimage Fleet are an alien race in the Xenosaga series. They first appeared en masse in T.C. 4753 during the Miltian Conflict. They've been threatening humanity since then.

Description[edit]

Gnosis come in a variety of shapes and forms, with the largest on record being the Cathedral Ship. Larger Gnosis tend to resemble sea creatures from Earth such as blue boxed whale-like Carriers, amber colored seal-like Cruisers, and the stingray-like Bombers. In form, Gnosis are a purely non-physical existence. They exist in a unique dimension separate from the physical plane. Only through use of the Hilbert Effect can they be manually drawn into the physical realm. Gnosis also have the ability to possess machinery and make use of the abilities said machinery has. The Gnosis' bodies are comprised of sodium chloride. When translucent, their bodies are mostly made up of water and sodium hydroxide. The color of Gnosis blood is blue.

While the word "Gnosis" is most often used to refer to the mysterious creatures, it more broadly encompasses any metaphysical existence in the Imaginary Number Domain. The creatures known as the Gnosis are, in actuality, consciousnesses who have separated from their deceased physical bodies and attempted to escape or reject returning to the Collective Unconscious. The use of the Hilbert Effect draws these imaginary existences into the Real Number Domain, where they can be physically harmed. Before the Hilbert Effect was developed, the Gnosis could only be damaged by attacking their Klein Point (the point at which Gnosis enter Real Space to attack people), which was detected using the D.S.S.S., a sensory system equipped on the A.G.W.S. and various other weapons.

The Whitening[edit]

Main article: Whitening

If a human comes in contact with a Gnosis, the victim disintegrates into salt, a process known as the whitening. In some extreme cases, victims will become a Gnosis themselves. Shion Uzuki and Andrew Cherenkov are the only characters known to undergo the process and survive, although Cherenkov mutated into a Gnosis not long after.

Process[edit]

Story[edit]

History[edit]

Before the Miltian Conflict, Gnosis sightings were rare with the only confirmed Gnosis attack occurring on Michtam only 6 years prior due to a Zohar experiment going wrong. It wasn't until the third descent operation of the Miltian Conflict, when poorly-calibrated combat Realians killed the parents of a young Shion Uzuki, causing her abilities to resonate with the Zohar in despair, that the Gnosis started to appear en masse. Publicly, it was later believed that it was Joachim Mizrahi who called the Gnosis in the first place.

Episode I[edit]

The Gnosis are first introduced when they attack the Galaxy Federation cruiser Woglinde, aiming to take the Zohar Emulator within, with Goblin-type Gnosis acting as "shock troops" during the raid. Shion Uzuki is nearly killed by one before KOS-MOS intervenes. Unfortunately, the Gnosis are successful in taking the Zohar Emulator and destroying the ship. A stray Gnosis later attacks Andrew Cherenkov onboard the Elsa but it gets destroyed by chaos with just a single touch.

The Gnosis later appear when they drag the Elsa out of hyperspace and draw it into the Cathedral Ship, the largest recorded Gnosis. While exploring the interior, the party come across Cherenkov who transforms into the Gnosis Gargoyle in which they kill. The Elsa eventually escapes the Cathedral Ship with the party members, but is pursued by the remaining Gnosis. Not even assistance from the Durandal is able to stop their advance. As a last resort, KOS-MOS awakens with blue eyes and uses the X-Buster, effectively absorbing the remaining Gnosis.

The Gnosis later attack the Kukai Foundation, attracted by the presence of the Song of Nephilim, prompting the Dämmerung and its accompanying cruisers to deploy the Rhine Maiden against the Gnosis. After the party rescues MOMO Mizrahi from the clutches of Albedo Piazzolla, the remaining Gnosis are absorbed by Proto Merkabah to power an attack aimed at Second Miltia. After the party bests Albedo at the core of Proto Merkabah, he unleashes a large Gnosis that he fused with the reactor, Sophie Peithos in which they destroy.

Episode II[edit]

The Gnosis played a relatively minor role in Episode II as enemies. Most of them appeared in the post-game dungeons, Desert, Factory, and Heaven's Ruins.

A Missing Year[edit]

After Abel's Ark swallows the original Zohar, the Gnosis phenomenon intensified. A half a year before the events of Episode III, a man known as Grimoire Verum unleashed controlled Gnosis to attack capital cites on several planets. This event is known to the populace as the Gnosis terrorism.

Episode III[edit]

The Gnosis are first seen in a flashback at the beginning of the game where they are seen destroying the planet Michtam after a Zohar experiment went wrong. The only survivor was a young Kevin Winnicot whose mother gave him a special crystal before being Gnosified. A swarm of Gnosis later appear in Vector S-Line Division after Shion, Miyuki, and Canaan defeat the Sigrdrifa in an attempt to extract data from the mainframe, prompting them to flee without it.

At the CAT Testing Ground, Vector used several Gnosis to test the capabilities of T-elos, who effortlessly destroyed them all, much to Shion's shock who used a pair of glasses to record the event. After retrieving and rebooting KOS-MOS, the party is intercepted by a muscular Gnosis called Aludra Calf which they destroy. The Gnosis later confronts the party's E.S. units as they penetrate the hypersphere over the Floating Landmass to rescue the Elsa's crew. Within the subconscious of Shion, a shocking truth is revealed: It was Shion, not Joachim, as the populace claims that summoned the Gnosis after witnessing the deaths of her parents.

The Gnosis later participate a three-way battle between the Federation, Ormus, and themselves around Abel's Ark as the party infiltrates Merkabah and the hijacked Durandal. On board the Ark, the party encounters four heavily mutated Gnosis guarding three Zohar Emulators. When they were destroyed, so were the Emulators that guards it. The three-way battle continues after the party escapes Abel's Ark and land on Michtam.

Once Zarathustra stirs, the Gnosis phenomenon intensifies even further as they are called to Michtam. After the party destroys Zarathustra, Nephilim and chaos begin gathering the wills of the Gnosis to commence a dimension shift to Lost Jerusalem. However, they don't want to go as they are afraid to join as one and attack them. Jin and KOS-MOS volunteers to stay behind and defend them while they prepare for the task. Jin is later killed by an Armaros, while KOS-MOS sacrificed herself to destroy a Carrier. But their actions gave them the time they need to complete the task, the Gnosis later vanish along with the rest of Michtam in the dimensional shift.

As enemies[edit]

Gnosis appear throughout the entire Xenosaga trilogy as the main battle fodder.

Episode I[edit]

Name Location Type
Drone G1 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Drone G2 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Drone G3 KOS-MOS Simulator

Normal enemy

Goblin Woglinde

Normal enemy

Golem Woglinde

Normal enemy

Manticore Woglinde

Normal enemy

Gremlin Woglinde

Normal enemy

Sky Fish Woglinde

Normal enemy

Cerberus Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Unicorn Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Fairy Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Ogre Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Lizardman Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Hydra Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Oudogogue Cathedral Ship

Normal enemy

Basilisk Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Bugbear Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Kobold Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Larva Doll Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Larva Face Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Troll Kukai Foundation
Encephalon

Normal enemy

Sky Fish Encephalon

Normal enemy

Gel Fish Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Wyrm Kukai Foundation

Normal enemy

Delphyne Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Demon Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Armaros Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Azazel Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Baraqijal Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Jaldabaoth Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Ratatosk Proto Merkabah

Normal enemy

Drone GX KOS-MOS Simulator

Boss

Cyclops Woglinde

Boss

Minotaur Woglinde

Boss

Perun Cathedral Ship

Boss

Stribog Cathedral Ship

Boss

Svarozic Cathedral Ship

Boss

Gargoyle Cathedral Ship

Boss

Tiamat Encephalon

Boss

Gigas Kukai Foundation

Boss

Ein Rugel Song of Nephilim

Boss

Doppelwogel Song of Nephilim

Boss

Great Joe Durandal

Boss

Mintia Kukai Foundation

Boss

Sophie Peithos Proto Merkabah

Boss

Episode II[edit]

Name Location Type
Expression Subconscious Domain (Summer)

Normal enemy

Necessity Subconscious Domain (Summer)

Normal enemy

Vacillation Subconscious Domain (Summer)

Normal enemy

Information Type Subconscious Domain (Summer)

Normal enemy

Glare Subconscious Domain (Winter)

Normal enemy

Catharsis Subconscious Domain (Winter)

Normal enemy

Piercing Scream Subconscious Domain (Winter)

Normal enemy

Creation Type Subconscious Domain (Winter)

Normal enemy

Ashmed Bapuz Desert

Normal enemy

Arvakv Desert

Normal enemy

Ai Apaec Factory
Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Aiakos Factory
Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Deion Factory
Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Kazfa Jina Factory
Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Okypete Factory
Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Armaros Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Azazel Heaven's Ruins

Normal enemy

Wraith Virus Second Miltia

Boss

Wraith Feeler Second Miltia

Boss

Grips Sister Old Miltia

Boss

Rod Blondel Old Miltia

Boss

Dullea Soul Factory

Boss

Perun Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Stribog Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Svarozic Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Zwerg Kape Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Nepos Rigas Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Mad Skelter Heaven's Ruins

Boss

Phobos Rigas[1] Dämmerung

Boss

Episode III[edit]

Name Location Type
Goblin Ancient Temple

Normal enemy

Manticore Ancient Temple

Normal enemy

Gremlin Ancient Temple

Normal enemy

Deion Abel's Ark

Normal enemy

Ai Apaec Abel's Ark

Normal enemy

Ashmed Bapuz Abel's Ark

Normal enemy

Kazfa Jina Abel's Ark

Normal enemy

Aiakos Abel's Ark

Normal enemy

Serraninae Isolated Research Facility

Normal enemy

Crustata Isolated Research Facility

Normal enemy

Gadreel Isolated Research Facility
Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Stribog Isolated Research Facility
Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Perun Isolated Research Facility
Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Svarozic Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Iblis Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Armaros Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Azazel Underground Ruins

Normal enemy

Sigrdrifa Vector S-Line Division

Boss

Aludra Calf CAT Testing Ground

Boss

Natus Glacies Abel's Ark

Boss

Natus Lumen Abel's Ark

Boss

Natus Tellus Abel's Ark

Boss

Natus Flamma Abel's Ark

Boss

Database[edit]

Episode I

Gnosis

Entities shrouded in mystery, of which the only known attribute is their hostility toward mankind.

Gnosis exist in a unique dimension, separate from the physical plane. Therefore it is normally impossible to come into contact with them.

Due to the variations in external appearance, the standard practice is to name them after mythical creatures.

Episode III

Gnosis

All beings within imaginary space.

Non-physical beings that exist in another dimension, perceived as aliens from the viewpoint of mankind. Ordinarily, they have not materialized, so physical attacks do not affect them. When they have materialized, their constituent matter seems to consist of things like water and sodium hydroxide; why such matter would hold hostility against the human race is unclear. They have many types of external appearances; for the sake of convenience, they have been named after mythological creatures.

Since they exist in "imaginary space," cut apart from normal phenomena, all attacks on them using current weaponry based on the laws of physics are ineffective. When a Gnosis attack, however, it brings the part of it attacking into local normal space. The D.S.S.S. system was developed to take advantage of this and predict the area of normal space that would be created, but its performance has been below expectations.

Later, the Hilbert Effect and 100-Series Observational Units were developed by Joachim Mizrahi, making it possible for people in normal space to interact with them.

Space in this world is made up of normal space and imaginary space, placed on top of each other. If you picture normal space as matter, or the body, then imaginary space can be seen as consciousness, or the mind. The word "Gnosis" refers to all forms of existence in imaginary space.

All things, not just humans, have an imaginary space component, so things like the "Gnosis planet" which appears in the story also exist. In imaginary space, all consciousness is in a state of full awareness, allowing things like "another person's animosity," for example, to be directly experienced.

If a human comes into contact with the fear held by imaginary space and chooses to escape or reject it, he or she is Gnosified.

At first, it would appear that they act in groups, but each one moves with its own consciousness of rejection, dissipation, and proliferation; they could be seen as wandering in search of a kind of salvation. One could say that this consciousness of rejection and dissipation is putting all of space in peril.

Wilhelm is attempting to concentrate all of this--the negative consciousness of man--into Zarathustra, and to awaken the eternal recurrence in order to return once again to the world mankind hoped for.

Pilgrimage Fleet

Another term for the Gnosis.

Another term for the Gnosis. See the Gnosis heading.

Xenosaga I & II

グノーシス

別次元に存在する非物質的な存在で、人類側から見たエイリアン。
平時は実体化しておらず、物理的攻撃も効かない。
実体化した際の構成成分は、水や水酸化ナトリウムのようなものでできているようだが、それがなぜ人類に敵意を持っているのかは明らかになっていない。
外見上はさまざまなタイプが存在しており、便宜上、それぞれに幻想生物の名が付けられている。
本来、実在事象とは切り離された“虚数領域”に存在する為、物理法則にのっとった現用兵器での攻撃はすべて無効化されていた。
ただし、グノーシスがこちらを攻撃する際に、攻撃する部分を局所的に実数化させることを利用し、その実数化箇所を予測するD.S.S.S.が開発されるが、思うような成果は得られなかった。
その後、ヨアキム・ミズラヒによりヒルベルトエフェクトと百式観測器が開発され、実数世界の人間による干渉が可能となった。

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巡礼船団

グノーシスの別称。

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Trivia[edit]

  • Most of the Gnosis enemies are named after creatures from various mythologies.

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom flag.svg English Gnosis

Gallery[edit]

Main article: Gnosis/Gallery

Notes[edit]

  1. Exclusive in the English version.