So I’ve been thinking about the differences between the G1 and G2 Vahis, specifically how they would be used in combat, and even more specifically, against each other. Let me begin:
We know that the G1 Vahi can speed up and slow down time, presumably a wielder of sufficient power and skill could use this to create currents of various speeds in time around him and his opponent. Slowing down time around his enemy and speeding up time around himself. Effectively giving himself lightning fast reflexes and the ability to move around at speeds that would rival the Kakama.
On the other hand we have the G2 Vahi, which we know considerably less about. What we do know is that it is able to grant visions of the future to whoever wears it, an ability that would seem utterly useless in combat, but I would disagree. I figure that when used in combat the G2 Vahi would function similarly to Nicolas Cage’s powers in the movie Next. For those of you who haven’t seen Next, Nicolas Cage’s character has the power to see one minute into the future, this allows him to narrowly avoid a number of dangers from being hit in the face by a suddenly opened door, to dodging bullets. This interpretation would have the wielder of the G2 Vahi constantly glimpsing into the future to see the consequences of their actions before they happen allowing them to adjust for better outcomes. That being said, it’s still not perfect, as the outcome of the new actions could be just as bad if not worse than the originally planned actions. Perhaps instead it works more like Clockworking in Magic the Gathering, a power used by artificers on Esper to manipulate the timeline, and when mastered, allows them to steer themselves into the timeline of whatever future they want. This way, whenever the G2 Vahi is activated, the wearer would see themselves split off into various echos of themselves for every action that they could take. They would see these echos preforming these actions and the outcomes that each action would have, and, upon choosing which outcome they want, they would snap forward to the moment of the outcome, having already preformed the action.
Now, when things really get interesting is when you pit each mask against the other. Lets say that we take two protectors (so that we don’t have to deal with the elemental powers of toa ect.) of equal power and give each of them one of the Vahis. Now, I would assume that both of the Vahis would give their wearer the power to see the alterations in the time stream being made by the other, and as such they would be able to respond with their own mask. For example if the protector wearing the G2 Vahi attacked first, he would use his mask to choose an outcome where his attack is guaranteed to hit, however seeing his opponent alter time, the wearer of the G1 Vahi would use their mask to speed up himself or slow down his opponent allowing himself to narrowly escape and possibly even counterattack. Seeing this the wearer of the G2 Vahi would once again use his power to choose an outcome where he is able to perfectly counter his opponent and make another guaranteed attack, which would then be thwarted by his opponent once again altering time to allow himself to dodge. Now to be watching this battle from an outside perspective, it would be quite a sight. Even if both combatants were completely inexperienced, thanks to the power of the masks, it would look like a clash of masters, each one perfectly countering the others attacks while fluidly making attacks of their own that somehow against all odds are always managed to be dodged. Now, after all of this I ask you:
Who would win?