Obliteration

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Obliteration
Obliteration portrait.png
by User: Therustyrobot
Powers Epic
World Earth (Reckoners)
Featured In The Reckoners

Obliteration is a High Epic that worked together with Regalia in Firefight. In exchange for serving her, Regalia gave him motivator-powered bombs, detonated by remote control, that matched his own destructive abilities. They also had the advantages of being easily concealable, creatable, and transportable.

Along with Steelheart and Night's Sorrow, he is among the most feared of Epics,[1] but unlike Steelheart he is currently not a tyrant. Five years after the rise of Calamity, he conquered his fear and was thus able to free himself of his corruption, though this did not influence his morals - he remained a ruthless destroyer. While he ruled Houston at one point, he ultimately decided to melt the entire city, killing the entire town's population in the process[2]. Since then, has made it his mission to kill everyone because he believes that he is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, given divine power by the "archangel" Calamity to end humanity and its corruption.

Abilities and Attributes[edit]

Epic Abilities[edit]

Heat Manipulation
Obliteration is capable of absorbing the heat out of any object he touches, including humans. There is no known upper limit to how much energy he can store, however storing an excessive amount of heat makes it difficult for him to teleport and retain the stored heat. He can absorb heat at an astonishing rate, causing a tree to frost over and wither in a mere eyeblink. At any time, he can unleash the absorbed heat or dissipate it harmlessly. There is no known limit as to how much concentrated energy he can unleash in a single burst, as he is capable of unleashing a heat wave massive enough to melt the entirety of Houston at once. Furthermore, storing an excessive amount of heat makes him hot to the touch, to the point where mere skin contact can cause severe burns. Obliteration has enough control over his powers to not melt objects he wants to keep intact, such as his sword and clothes.
Teleportation
Obliteration can teleport, automatically taking inanimate objects and people he touches with him. His teleportation gets described as his body bursting outwards in a flash of light, similar to a ceramic figure bursting into ceramic shards. He can only teleport to places he can visualize (either from seeing the locations in person or viewing a sufficiently detailed photo). According to David's notes, Obliteration is unable to reappear (and is thus invulnerable but also unable to do anything) for several minutes after teleporting, however during Firefight he no longer seems to have this limitation.
Danger Sense
(tied to his teleportation) Should something happen that would hurt Obliteration he automatically teleports away. The danger sense works reactively, meaning that it triggers after action has been taken, for example the trigger of a gun has been pulled, and only then when the action would actually hurt Obliteration.
Super Strength
Obliteration is strong enough to easily lift David up with one hand. This power was not in David's notes.

It is unclear if the discrepancies between his observed powers and David's notes are simply because of faulty information or because Regalia and/or Calamity enhanced his powers.

Notes[edit]

  1. Steelheart chapter 12
  2. Firefight chapter 12
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