Nova Form (ノヴァフォーム, Nova Fōmu) is a hybrid form in Freezing that Pandoras can assume, combining Nova-like traits with High-End Pandora skills. Nova Form is usually the result of a Pandora's Stigmatas' corrosion rate running amok, infecting and turning its host into a Nova Form, or if a Pandora is assimilated by a Nova and infected with a Nova Stigmata.
A Nova Form can be easily recognized by the large protrusions standing up from their backs. The protrusions vary depending on which type of Nova Form the Pandora assumes (Corrosion-type Nova Forms have spike-like protrusions, while Assimilation-type Nova Forms have blade-like protrusions). Also, parts of their skin gain a Nova-like tissue structure as a result of their corrupted Stigmata. Unique to Assimilation-type Nova Forms are the enlarged Nova Stigmata located in between their collarbones.
Nova Form typesEdit
Some Nova Form Pandoras are created by Novas infecting and assimilating Pandoras, as seen in the 10th Nova Clash. These Pandora, suffering from corrupted Stigmata, are under the control of the Nova. Removing or destroying the corrupted Stigmata would release them from their control, and end their time in Nova Form.
By increasing Stigmata corrosion to a critical level, a regular Pandora can enter Nova Form. However, it is generally considered to be unrecoverable, and will result in a Nova-type explosion, killing the Pandora and delivering devastating results to the environment. Entering Nova Form enables much enhanced combat abilities. This allowed Kazuha Aoi to defeat the Nova in the 8th Nova Clash, and also killed her when she exploded in a Nova-type explosion. Satellizer L. Bridget entered Nova Form by releasing the corrosion limits on her Stigmata to critical levels. She used the mode to defeat the assimilated Nova Form Cassie Lockheart. She was able to exit Nova Form without exploding, unexpectedly by having Kazuya's words reach Satella and calm her to reason.
During the E-Pandora Project, the E-Pandora were injected with certain medicine named Mark III and Mark IV, which would allow their bodies to endure the strain caused by synchronizing their Stigmata with those of the original Pandora. Amelia Evans was the first to try the Mark III, which resulted in her near-death experience and was presumed as a total failure. This also caused Mark III to be shelved, which saved other E-Pandoras from suffering from its side effects. Gina Papleton, the second strongest E-Pandora, was the first to try the newly refined Mark IV medicine, which worked well at first, but Nova-lized her in the end. Mark IV-Types are much more powerful than standard Assimilation-types, and there is currently no way to reverse the process. The only way to stop a Mark IV-Type is by killing the Pandora. It is shown that Mark IV-Types are still partially conscious, and can still speak and recognize former comrades. In exchange for these side-effects, the E-Pandora that take in Mark IV are able to become stronger and beat average-level Pandora. Mark IV has currently made one E-Pandora Nova-lize.
Only Chiffon Fairchild can use Nova Form at will without running amok. When formed so, she is able to levitate and combat a Nova all by herself. Not only she is able to deflect the feared Nova particle beams one handed and at point-blank range, but she is also capable of transforming her Volt Weapon to copy the Particle Beams and implement the usage of these herself. Together with her Illusion Turn, she is capable of deploying multiple copies solid of herself that could fire as well.
In Nova Form, the Pandora's powers are greatly increased. Not only do they possess the skill set of both Pandora's (enhanced High-End skills) and Novas (Nova-like armour, the ability to perform Freezing), but they also possess new skills including: the ability to turn their arms into weapons, quick regeneration of dismembered body parts and the ability to fire a high-powered energy beam from their Nova core.