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Possession involved the user inhabiting a being or object as a vessel, allowing them to influence or manipulate that object to a certain extent. When possessing a living being like a human, the user could take full possession of the body, controlling it as if it was the possessor's own by suppressing the possessed's consciousness; while fully possessing the body, the user also had access to the host's magical power and abilities. The possessor and possessed could communicate telepathically as well.
In the case of demonic possession, the demon could project an extension of itself out from the vessel and root into an individual's mind, influencing a human host's behavior with their respective sin. Likewise, a demon could forge a contract with its host through possession, as well as grant the host access to its powers. The demon's ability was limited to only being able to possess Third Period humans who had enough compatibility with them; this compatibility was determined by the host's vulnerabilities or insecurities in their personalities, corresponding to the demon's respective sin.
Despite the inherent ability to inhabit a body or object, possession had a number of weaknesses. While possessing a body or object, the user was forced to remain within the vessel until either the possessor chose to relinquish the possession or the vessel was destroyed or killed. In the case of demons projecting themselves, their true vessel could be sealed or destroyed, causing the demon to relinquish their possession as a result. The host's consciousness could also resist a complete possession and potentially regain control of the body from the possessor.
A possession could also be exorcised to forcibly remove the possessor from a host. Despite this, demonic possession could render exorcisms ineffective if too deeply rooted in the being's mind, though the effects could be reversed with the Clockwork Secret Art. Outside of demons, possession was limited to humans able to perform high-level magical techniques like the Swap Technique or borrowing a demon's power.
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Conceptualization and Origin
- Demonic possession is common in many religions and media, wherein a demon or other malevolent entity takes control of a person's body.