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Aether symbol

The "Aethercrest"

Aether[1], also known as the Convexity Breath by fans, and Fury Breath, is the name of the mysterious breath ability in The Legend of Spyro trilogy. It is the true element of the Purple Dragons of Legend.

History

Aether surpasses all of the elements of the Realm.[2] Its strength is equivalent of suns, gravity and the righteous might of passing comets; it is the spiritual matter the very universe is made of and the 'true element' of The Purple Dragon of Legend. Its power resides within its connection to the cosmos and specifically to 'spirit energy'. Relics from an age gone by left by the Ancestors in the form of Spirit Gems allow for a window in to this power on the terrestrial plane, as they stimulate the energy of dragons with a life-covering essence obtained from spirit life-force. Aether deals in matters that surpass those of the terrestrial elements and draws on deep powerful magics of ancient celestial origins. It can be harnessed, and it is all about how the element uses energy, as it taps into the very well spring of the Purple Dragon; its spirit, or the spirit of others. In this way, energy can be transferred (as might be in the case of say healing using the 'light' Aether) but other aspects of a dragon's energy can also be transferred.[1]

After a Purple Dragon acquires the four pillar elements of Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth, they will be able to tap into the power of Aether.

Light Aether

At critical times, Light Aether would be the resulting breath a Purple Dragon would use; energy in its purest form and the true power of the Purple Dragon. It has strong connections to light, life, holy might, and cosmic energy. Light Aether can be projected, moved, repelled, altered and even transferred, (as might be the case with a Purple Dragon lending its power or healing another by transferring its own energy). The more energy dealt with, the greater the toll may be for the Purple Dragon that dealt with it.[1] This was demonstrated at the end of The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning when Spyro used Light Aether to defeat Cynder; the strain of using such immense energy left him weak and he temporarily lost his elemental abilities.

Dark Aether

When Aether is tainted by the effects of dark magic, or if a Purple Dragon becomes corrupted, Dark Aether is born. The influence of Dark Aether can take over and corrupt the consciousness of the Purple Dragon, as seen in The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night when Spyro lost control of his Dark form. A Purple Dragon, or a regular Dragon, corrupted by Dark Aether results in their physical appearance taking on a more darker form, altering their voice and their eyes turning completely white. The effects of Dark Aether can leave a permanent mark on an individual, with Cynder being a prime example as a result of being corrupted under Malefor's Dark Aether. The darkness has a very real taint that stains; it is a tangible thing much like an essence, and it is the well-spring from which poison and fear rises. Only Light Aether can effectively fight its dark counterpart and counter its effects.[1]

The untamed power of Dark Aether resembles that of an atom smasher; it dismantles a target at the atomic level, literally "unmaking" it.[3] Its magic leaves behind destructive and withering effects.

Having abandoned his true calling, Malefor embraced the darkness of Dark Aether, which corrupted his physical appearance and voice. Unlike Dark Spyro, Malefor retained full consciousness over his actions and is in complete control over Dark Aether, as evidenced by his visible pupils compared to Dark Spyro and Dark Cynder's vacant white eyes.[1] He used his dark magic to corrupt Cynder into serving him; its power infused by Dark Aether left a permanent mark on her and dark aspects of Malefor's power, including Aether, were inadvertently passed down to Cynder.

Abilities

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning

The Aether ability was only accessible in the final section of the boss fight with Cynder. During the final phase of the battle, Spyro tapped into the power of Light Aether, which looked similar to the Earth breath, but it was purple and seemed to raise the fury bar with every blast, even if it didn't actually hit Cynder. The Light Aether Fury Attack apparently opens a portal to another dimension, allowing Spyro to summon multiple copies of his head to defeat Cynder.

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night

The breath was accessible in the second half of the Gaul boss fight but can be unlocked permanently by completing the five "Dragon Challenges." This breath also comes with the Dark Spyro skin. Along with Spyro, his Aether breath became tainted due to the dark energies of the Lunar Alignment, turning Aether into its Dark form. It is similar to a laser that, when used while flying, causes Spyro to hover and, while hovering, the beam can be aimed. A melee attack can be used as well that is much faster and more powerful than the standard blows and takes the place of the secondary attack, although it only uses a little bit of energy.

Briefly, in a cutscene, the Dark Aether breath has the effect of partially turning Gaul into stone. When Spyro uses the Dark Aether Fury Attack, the first wave of the Fury turns Gaul completely into a statue before the second burst of the Fury shatters the statue into pieces, killing the Ape King.

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon

The breath replaces the original Fury and can also be permanently unlocked when all armor pieces from the third set are placed on Spyro and/or Cynder. However, this breath will drain the mana bar very quickly.

Malefor's Aether Breath

In the final boss fight of Dawn of the Dragon, Malefor has the power of Dark Aether, which is very different than any breath that the player can control. These abilities include dark Aether Fire, Aether Comet Dash, Aether Bomb, Aether Shield (a barrier that protects him from everything except for Aether Breath), and the Aether Breath.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The name "Aether" came directly from the Greek word "Aether", pertaining to the material from which the entire universe is made.[1]
  • The name "Aether" was never used in the games, leaving the fans to name the element "Convexity." However it was always the intended name for the element and can be found in the game's coding.[4]
  • The symbol for Aether is a prophetic symbol of the Purple Dragon, both light and dark halves depicted, that speaks of the balance needed to truly master the Aether ability.[1]

References

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