A Catalyst is a type of character introduced in Fantendo Visual Novel: Fracture, with the introduction of the first known Catalyst named Reese. Catalysts are characters who can create and travel through timelines, although they begin an event known as the "Fracture", which dictates that the universe will crash under it's own weight in time. A copy of the Catalyst goes to the new timeline everytime a new timeline split is created. Additionally, timelines can split backwards, allowing for new timelines that changed. This continues long after the split.
More experienced catalysts can receive revelations and will themselves to open up portals to other timelines.
They are important characters in both Fantendo Visual Novel: Fracture and Fantendo Smash Bros. Shattered. Some Catalysts appear drastically different in the different timelines such as Trip the Singularity, or remain mostly the same like Reese.
Post Shattering, Catalysts were modified, their powers locked and have to be intentionally unlocked and used. Additionally, use of these powers does not create a fracturing effect but they are nerfed in comparison to their pre-shattering counterparts. Unten is also no longer a Catalyst.
Powers and Abilities
Pre-Shattering and Shattering
Catalysts in the original Fantendoverse had the ability to time travel and change the course of events. The most powerful Catalyst was Unten, who was unintentionally trying to forget the true events of Zeon since they were so traumatic for him. As such, he kept changing the past without even realizing it. During Fantendo Smash Bros. Shattered, Unten was forced to remember everything to set the timeline back on course (although the universe was well beyond saving at this point).
When a Catalyst used their powers, they created fractures in time that created the Shattering, a representation of how broken time was. The Shattering first manifiested in The Wasteland, which had harming effects on the minds of everyone sent there, driving them utterly mad. The Shattering was eventaully physically moved by Koyn Kisunagu, who had to become the avatar of the Shattering, Clockwarx, to do so.
During the Shattering, Catalysts would have cracks over their bodies to show that they were being consumed by The Shattering itself.
After the Shattering, Catalysts were completely nerfed in the confines of the New Fantendoverse to prevent the Shattering again. As such, Catalysts create a bubble in which their powers are allowed to be used in, which prevented fracturing. They have a variety of time travel powers, such as aging and unaging the areas around them, using their abilities to speed up their personal time or slowing time around them, or undoing events in time that are recent. They cannot time travel like they used to unless they were augmented with some kind of energy or are outside of The New Fantendoverse.
- Trip (formerly)
- Reese II
- Goombazo (Destroyed entire timeline and no longer "exists".)
- Unten (formerly)