Yeah. Malice. A red light made of humanity's hate and anger.Shania about the Malice energy.
In the Shadow Hearts videogame series, Malice is a spiritual manifestation of inborn vices, aggression and various other negative aspects of sentience that lead to evil and chaos. Malice is a primordial power that can do a variety of things if stimulated by supernatural beings. When Malice is in a concentrated form, it appears as a bright red energy. It originates from it's demonic home dimension which can be accessed via the Gate.
Shadow HeartsMalice is first introduced in Shadow Hearts as a corrupting force which the main hero Yuri Hygua is constantly spiritually at war with. Yuri is a Harmonixer, a being with the power to absorb the spirits of demons and reconstitute them as a morphed monstrous body for said harmonixer. Yuri is from a bloodline of harmonixers but his powers were triggered early when he saw his mother killed in front of him by monsters, as a result of Yuri's trauma Yuri has more radical powers than most harmonixers but is spiritually plagued by Malice which is constantly trying to corrupt him. Malice is the main force that causes wicked supernatural creatures and events to manifest in and disturb the status-quo of the world. While there are a few examples of monsters appearing in areas from the occasional warlock, mad alchemist or ancient artifact of power spread out over the world, nearly all the generic monsters that appear in the game are manifestations of the Malice that is magnetically drawn to Yuri as a spiritually traumatized harmonixer. It is stated that all beings have Malice and it slowly creeps into areas and infects people naturally but is kept in balance by the opposing primordial force Will, Malice is simply accelerated or increased by Yuri's presence the excess of which congeals as monsters, dark magic or taints a general area. Malice is not only attracted to areas by Yuri and various evil supernatural beings but can slowly build up in an area over time if such an area met with a disaster or tragedy cursing the location and attracting ghosts and demons, becoming the explanation for things like hauntings.
Shadow Hearts: CovenantA main flood-gate against Malice was the tower of Apoina in the Vatican. The tower strained Malice as it flowed into the world from it's own plane and made it easier for humans to adapt to Malice and strengthen their Will. In the year 1915 Apoina Tower was opened by Nicolai Conrad in Shadow Hearts: Covenant under the influence of the demon god Astaroth, which he had taken into his body for power. Once released from Apoina Tower the centuries worth of excess Malice spilled into the world all at once and infected the world leading to a sudden rise in aggression during World War I with the use of chemical weapons and wiping-out any desire for peace.
While Malice is established as not the embodiment of evil itself, the drastic and instinctual actions it induces in others makes them more predisposed towards doing evil and creating chaos. All the Lords of Hell like Astaroth, Asmodeus and Fox Face in the games seem to refer to Malice as the embodiment of their power. Yuri's use of Malice makes the prospect of insanity or possession by his own inner demons a very real possibility throughout the games but it also lets him increase his base powers to nigh-divine extremes such as with the Seraphic Radiance/Dark Seraphim.
Malice seems to be an all-purpose explanations for various chaotic phenomena, these are a few of the things excess Malice has been shown to cause specifically.
- Attracting monsters.
- Creating monsters.
- Reconstructing and animating the dead.
- Harm to living creatures.
- Creating areas of great power.
- Stimulating insanity/obsession.
- Possession of regular humans, the dead or inanimate objects.
- Enhancing the strength, size and natural abilities of normal creatures.
- Mutating the physical bodies of creatures infected with it.
- Create windows, small one-way portals between the real world and the Malice-based realm.
- Inducing and increasing fear, anger, hate, greed, envy and bitterness in creatures.
- It shares the same name with the psionic supervillainess from the Marvel Comics.