Summary of Homeostasis, the Agents and Apocalymon in the Novels of Digimon Adventure

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So in order to prepare ourselves for the release of the last part of Digimon Adventure tri. Parte 6, Onkei-kun has translated via Twitter some interesting tibdits of information regarding Homeostasis, the Agents, Hikari and the idea of Apocalymon that are defined in the novels (whose third part it's not translated to English or any other language yet). Keep in mind that this novels were written by the Director Hiroyuki Kakudou after Digimon Adventure 02 came to an end, and were meant to retcon the events of the first season. Just to make it clear, tri. is not directly based on the novels, but it's obvious the tri. crew is clearly aware of what Kakudou did for the novels and are using some of it. Not all of it, but definitely some. That's why this post may contain spoilers for the series. That said, let's go ahead:
pg163-164
The "Wall of Fire" was written to exist in the "Digimon Book of Revelations," but its existence was thought by Digimon to be symbolic rather than realistic. Only Gennai seems to know it to be real. The Wall of Fire was able to appear in the Adventure series because of the formation of Spiral Mountain; while the digital world was under the protection of the 4 Holy Beasts, the Wall of Fire was kept hidden deep underground, but with the formation of Spiral Mountain, all of the world layer above it got sucked up, leaving it fully visible and its fire weakened. Gennai explains that Apocalymon has escaped through the Wall of Fire and Apocalymon isn't exactly "one being," but rather a concept (an "idea") that had been rejected by the digital world, to make the digital world what it is now.

pg206-208
Gennai and the other Agents who work for Homeostasis are the ones who made the children's crests, under Homeostasis' guidance. The crests were made one by one, with their hopes that those who bore these crests would save the digital world. Apocalymon's initial appearance to the children (in the novel) is more like that of a beast, destroying these children's crests with a single cry of rage.
Long ago, Piemon inserted a Seed of Darkness into Gennai's back, and when Gennai feels despair over the loss of the crests, the Seed gives him sharp pain. Gennai has to fight with himself to control his emotions, because the Seed is activated by negativity. This is also the reason why Gennai lived underneath Temp Lake with a barrier around his residence, so as to keep his mind at peace and discipline himself with a constant zen attitude.

pg213-219
When Apocalymon finally speaks to the children, it refers to itself as "we" and has a voice made up of multiple voices. It speaks to the children with the words of all the digimon it had sucked up, who had failed to succeed in evolving and surviving. Homeostasis explains that Apocalymon is really a "concept," not the physical body that they see in front of it. It is a concept that rejects evolution, one that refuses the option of evolving. When the digimon that failed to succeed died, they are reborn in the Village of Beginnings as a new being, but their feelings of regret remained and were collected by Apocalymon so that it could manifest its physical shape. Now that Apocalymon has achieved physical form, it is accumulating energy to unleash a Big Bang that will destroy the current digital world.

It's also interesting to note that Takeru is the only one who never receives his crest, in the novel, and thus was not all that shaken up when Apocalymon destroys them. Homeostasis explains that the crests are really amplifiers of the "spiritual" special qualities that are already inside each of the children; it's a helpful mechanism but they do not actually need those amplifiers to evolve their digimon. Takeru evolves Angemon to HolyAngemon the first time without a crest, simply by the strong amount of hope he had that they could win, and this "lights" the way to stimulating the others into activating the crests that are inside their hearts. Being able to not only feel their special quality but see it appear in physical form helps the children to understand that everyone's individual trait inspires and is inspired by other people. They can't do this fight alone.

pg221-222
Since Apocalymon is a concept, it does not need its physical body and therefore doesn't care too much when it is attacked. It prepares to unleash a big bang, then reconstruct a new stagnant world where it would rule as a god, worshipping only bleakness and death. Apocalymon's physical form disappears to become an area of cold and complete darkness. The children's determination that they still have a future activates their digivices to create a barrier that completely enfolds the big bang, shrinking until it disappears.

pg227-234
At the beginning of the world, when the digital world was still in a state of chaos, the digital world decided on the concept of "evolution" upon its formation. In order to follow-up with this concept, the Homeostasis was born. But because Homeostasis is a security system without a physical body, it created independent Agents like Gennai to act as its physical laborers. Light and darkness are two sides of the same coin, and the world is at balance when light and darkness are in equilibrium. Homeostasis is a system that must maintain that balance, so when the power of darkness amplifies excessively, it must do whatever it takes to prevent it from destroying the balance of the digital world.
Then, one day, a digital egg accidentally crossed the gate between the digital and real worlds, landing in Hikarigaoka and hatching to evolve from Koromon, Agumon, to Greymon at incredible speed. This speed of evolution was unthinkable in the digital world. The cause of such a rapid evolution was a girl named Yagami Hikari. Hikari possessed something that accelerated evolution, but Homeostasis did not understand what that was and sent Parrotmon to retrieve Greymon. As that was happening, Homeostasis scanned Hikari's data as well as the data of people around her, including her brother Taichi, for comparison. The Agents analyzed this data and discovered that certain children possessed special qualities of courage, friendship, love, knowledge, purity, sincerity, and kindness-- not as qualities that they already had or didn't have per se, but qualities that contained a hidden potential within them. However, what Hikari possessed wasn't anything like those traits; it was more like the power of "life." They (Homeostasis and the Agents) found this power to have the same meaning as "evolution" did in the digital world, as well as the meaning of "truth" and "beauty." In order to represent this power as "the source of life," they named this special quality "light."

A single year in the human world means several hundred years in the digital world, so the digimon continued to evolve during this time, and eventually there appeared digimon who appeared to have a connection with the special traits of humans in the real world. These digimon were able to achieve accelerated evolution through the power of that child's special trait, and drive out the power of darkness in the digital world when it got too great. Those digimon grew to be called "partners." Homeostasis created the digivice in order to relay the human's feelings to their digimon. It also created the crests, and each crest design is actually what it appears from within each child's heart as an oscillograph. The crests worked not only as an amplifier, but also as a limiter if the human's special quality was motivated by evil intent.


This was how the digital world overcame its dangers for many years. This also was not the first time that Apocalymon appeared; the first time that it did, it was successfully trapped by the children's powers and digimon, but there wasn't enough of both children and digimon in numbers to seal Apocalymon away completely. Four of these digimon evolved into the Holy Beasts and gained the role of protecting the digital world. The events that took place with these Digimon were recorded in the "Digimon Book of Revelations" for future generations.

The Dark Masters, plotting to take over the digital world, got their eye on the Book of Revelations and used it to set up an evil plot, using Nanomon to create a program that would form Spiral Mountain. While that program was being created, the four of them attacked the Four Holy Beasts to seal them away. It is surmised that Apocalymon sent the Dark Masters its "concept" across the Wall of Fire, because the Dark Masters' plan, without them realizing it, would utterly destroy the Village of Beginnings' function. In other words, creating Spiral Mountain stole the concept of "evolution" from the digital world. Unconsciously, the Dark Masters were manipulated by Apocalymon into rejecting the idea of evolution.

Homeostasis kept track of Hikari, Taichi, and the other children when they moved out of Hikarigaoka into (coincidentally?) Odaiba. Homeostasis also used its Agents to pick out digieggs from the Village of Beginnings that had the potential to become partner Digimon with those children and bring them in for safekeeping. However, Piemon somehow found this out and attacked the Agents. No Agents except one survived, and this was Gennai. Before Gennai ran away with the digivices and digieggs, Piemon buried a solid ball of darkness into him so that, even if Gennai escaped from him, it would prevent Gennai from moving around freely. This ball of darkness would later be reformed into the Seed of Darkness and used by dark digimon as a weapon.

Gennai (although he unwittingly dropped Tailmon's digiegg), shook off his pursuers and hid the digieggs in File Island in an area that was still covered by thick glaciers, before diving into Temp Lake to hide. He built a barrier beneath Temp Lake to prevent the ball of darkness from activating, and thought of what he could do to limit the ball of darkness's power. What he came up with was to "age." By lowering his regenerative function, he would be able to prevent the ball of darkness from enlarging.

The digieggs on File Island hatched, and the partner Digimon waited for their humans to arrive. The glaciers melted and greenery sprang up as they did. When there began to show signs that the Holy Beasts were wearing down and the Dark Masters plans were looking more and more successful, they sent one of their minions, Devimon, to File Island in order to spread darkness throughout the digital world. As the power of darkness grew, it upset the balance of the digital world and the digivices flew to the real world to summon the chosen children.
Here some of my personal thoughts and theories:
1. Knowing this, we can assume the identity of the Mysterious Man/Dark Gennai is in fact Gennai.
2. Remember the first lines in tri. talking about a soulless creator called Demiurge:
"In the beginning, there was the soulless creator, Demiurge, Idea, the true figure of the world, and only shapeless chaotic souls had existed in the entire universe. Demiurge does not know of the existence that created him. Nor the existence of the soul. Nor even of Idea. The world he created was merely a shadow of the true world..."
Now I have pretty much clear that this part may refer to Apocalymon, or at least the idea Apocalymon stands for (or even more Yggdrasil, the creator behind this same concept for the sake of destruction).
3. This is certainly difficult to fit with the continuity of the WonderSwan games. In this games, Apocalymon is told to be created by Millenniummon, and the Dark Seeds are a mechanism of evolution of the latter in order to survive. In the novels, this is a consequence of the ball of Darkness of Piemon...but can both be related somehow?
4. Hikari (and potentially Maki) is special and different from the rest of the group. This reinforces my personal opinion that a being like Ophanimon, who protects the Digital World's core "Kernel" and imparts the loving and merciful side of God should have been the final evolution in tri. instead of Holydramon, which is cool, but just an average holy Digimon after all. Talking about Maki, I'm kinda disappointed in the novels it isn't hinted that Megadramon could eventually evolve into Huanglongmon, same as in the 15th Anniversary CD Drama.
5. I was personally really impressed that Parrotmon was in fact, a Digimon sent by Homeostasis. I have always thought on him as just a rampage Digimon.
6. This text proves that the Chosen Children did never actually need the Crests in order to evolve, nor in Adventure or 02, nor in tri. either.
7. I wonder where the "Digimon Book of Revelation" could be, or who may be keeping it, which I assume is something similar to Bokomon's Book of Knowledge in Digimon Frontier.
8. In all fairness, the novels redeem a little bit tri. overall, I'm glad to say this.

So what do you think guys?
 
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it makes sense...but what about Yggdrasil and Alphamon though? I'm starting to think that Yggdrasil may be just a troll used by Dark Gennai to confuse the digidestined...
Also regarding dark Gennai, I think some time after 02 he somehow fell into dark ocean and his implanted dark spore activated...just like Ken first fell under the dark spore and became digimon emperor
 

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As that was happening, Homeostasis scanned Hikari's data as well as the data of people around her, including her brother Taichi, for comparison. The Agents analyzed this data and discovered that certain children possessed special qualities of courage, friendship, love, knowledge, purity, sincerity, and kindness-- not as qualities that they already had or didn't have per se, but qualities that contained a hidden potential within them. However, what Hikari possessed wasn't anything like those traits; it was more like the power of "life." They (Homeostasis and the Agents) found this power to have the same meaning as "evolution" did in the digital world, as well as the meaning of "truth" and "beauty." In order to represent this power as "the source of life," they named this special quality "light."
It's interesting that "Hope" isn't mentioned in the other qualities (even kindness is mentioned).

I guess this is related with the words of Quinlogmon in 02. Hope is not to lose the light even surrounded by darkness.



4. Hikari (and potentially Maki) is special and different from the rest of the group. This reinforces my personal opinion that a being like Ophanimon, who protects the Digital World's core "Kernel" and imparts the loving and merciful side of God should have been the final evolution in tri. instead of Holydramon, which is cool, but just an average holy Digimon after all. Talking about Maki, I'm kinda disappointed in the novels it isn't hinted that Megadramon could eventually evolve into Huanglongmon, same as in the 15th Anniversary CD Drama.
Well, she being special isn't really new. Quinlongmon said that Light (and Hope) are different from the rest of the group. He even said that "Light" gives life to the world.

However, I can't see this as a proof that Ophanimon is the real evolution.
 
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Alright, that was all awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

That only leaves three big questions for me:
- So is the phenomenon of eggs appearing in the sky in the real world in the films just the way digi-eggs appear in the real world? I thought it would have some extra significance.
- What about the prophecy of Vamdemon/Myotismon returning/being resurrected? How did that come to be?
- If the power of the crests truly lies within the children, how are the events that occur between adventure and adventure 02 interpreted? They supposedly gave up their crests/the power of their crests during that time, no?

And as a side-topic, I'd still like some clarification about whether the dark ocean is a part/aspect/region/server/whatever of the digital world, or another world entirely.
 
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- If the power of the crests truly lies within the children, how are the events between adventure and adventure 02 interpreted? They supposedly gave up their crests/the power of their crests during that time, no?
In the talk at the end of episode 27, it's mentioned that Adventure kids still have the power of their crests inside them.

They just lost the power of evolution (although they hope recover this power in the future).
 

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In the talk at the end of episode 27, it's mentioned that Adventure kids still have the power of their crests inside them.

They just lost the power of evolution (although they hope recover this power in the future).
How could they lose it though, if it is a trait/aspect of the kids themselves? Or is that related to the physical form of the crests? Were the physical crests returned to the kids after the battle with Apocalymon? I suppose what I don't understand is the specifics of what exactly it was that the children gave up, why would they have to/for what purpose, and how exactly they did that.
 

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How could they lose it though, if it is a trait/aspect of the kids themselves? Or is that related to the physical form of the crests? Were the physical crests returned to the kids after the battle with Apocalymon? I suppose what I don't understand is the specifics of what exactly it was that the children gave up, why would they have to/for what purpose, and how exactly they did that.
Most people have those kinds of psychological attributes but that doesn't mean most people actually have those crests. I suspect what was given up was the actual process used to amplify those attributes to a evolution worthy extend, which existed only for them.
 

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The crests are essentially the same as Calumon or the Blue Card, as the Crests are just catalysts for the evolution. While they do contain power (power enough to protect the Digital World), it's only an extra 'boost' for the Chosen Children. By the events of tri. we can probably assume that--since they've matured--the emotions that fuel their crests are more mature as well.
 

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The Novels refer only to Adventure's events and much has been reinterpreted/remade, so assume that what happens in "02" has no connection.
 

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The Novels refer only to Adventure's events and much has been reinterpreted/remade, so assume that what happens in "02" has no connection.
It's more complicated than that.

It's true that Adventure novels is his own version regarding the anime (the events are pretty different). However, the novels were made after 02 end, so these used information of this season (like Digimon Sovereigns).

Not to mention that the issue of the crest being a quality of the Digidestined (while the object is a channeler) is in Adventure anime too.
 

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pg227-234

Then, one day, a digital egg accidentally crossed the gate between the digital and real worlds, landing in Hikarigaoka and hatching to evolve from Koromon, Agumon, to Greymon at incredible speed. This speed of evolution was unthinkable in the digital world. The cause of such a rapid evolution was a girl named Yagami Hikari. Hikari possessed something that accelerated evolution, but Homeostasis did not understand what that was and sent Parrotmon to retrieve Greymon. As that was happening, Homeostasis scanned Hikari's data as well as the data of people around her, including her brother Taichi, for comparison. The Agents analyzed this data and discovered that certain children possessed special qualities of courage, friendship, love, knowledge, purity, sincerity, and kindness-- not as qualities that they already had or didn't have per se, but qualities that contained a hidden potential within them. However, what Hikari possessed wasn't anything like those traits; it was more like the power of "life." They (Homeostasis and the Agents) found this power to have the same meaning as "evolution" did in the digital world, as well as the meaning of "truth" and "beauty." In order to represent this power as "the source of life," they named this special quality "light."
so hikari crest is actually the crest of evolution? i always wondered why was it called the crest of light while all the other crests had an emotion related names

5. I was personally really impressed that Parrotmon was in fact, a Digimon sent by Homeostasis. I have always thought on him as just a rampage Digimon.
i always thought both koromon and parrotmon were sent by homeostasis

6. This text proves that the Chosen Children did never actually need the Crests in order to evolve, nor in Adventure or 02, nor in tri. either.
i thought it was proved when homeostasis said that agumon wouldn't able to digivolve so fast without the children and that the crests were made by something that was already in the children in season 1

- If the power of the crests truly lies within the children, how are the events that occur between adventure and adventure 02 interpreted? They supposedly gave up their crests/the power of their crests during that time, no?
well the crests are digital objects created from the kids hidden potential maybe the kids absorbed the data over time or when they were erased by apocalymon and just released that data back to the digital world
 
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so hikari crest is actually the crest of evolution? i always wondered why was it called the crest of light while all the other
crests had an emotion related names
To be exact, it seems to be the crest of life, while the evolution is included as part of it.

I should mention that certain relation between the Light and the evolution was slightly hinted by Quinlongmon in 02.


Although Hope has the name of a quality, it seems to be different too. It isn't mentioned in the group of qualities of the other crests.
 

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so hikari crest is actually the crest of evolution? i always wondered why was it called the crest of light while all the other
crests had an emotion related names
To be exact, it seems to be the crest of life, while the evolution is included as part of it.
well in the digital world they are basically have the same meaning so i souldn't be wrong to say it either of the 2

Although Hope has the name of a quality, it seems to be different too. It isn't mentioned in the group of qualities of the other crests.
well but it's an emotion related quality so it isn't sound too different then the others crests names
 

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Very interesting stuff actually. Cool we have an explaination for Parrotmon. Shame it tried to kill Greymon LOL (who now appears to be the same one we've known for 20 years)
 

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This is a really nice read. Really want to read the whole novel. This ties well with the thread I was about to make.
 

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Well the theory that Dark Gennai is Gennai is bogus, now...
 

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Well the theory that Dark Gennai is Gennai is bogus, now...
Not really, remember that Gennai has a lot of copies in 02, so one of them must have gotten corrupted and voilà! You have your Dark and Psycho Gennai. That or the original Gennai must have gone though a similar process Ordinemon went in the last movie right before Tailmon breaks free from the forced Jogress
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Would the way Tri. Part 6 handle things not suggest that the Mysterious Man is neither Gennai or Ken?
 

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Would the way Tri. Part 6 handle things not suggest that the Mysterious Man is neither Gennai or Ken?
Well, let me state the obvious.
It is not Ken, nor Digimon Kaiser (as in literally, maybe figuratively or like an adaptation of the Kaiser..)
The Misterious Man true form is probably the same as young Gennai but with dark clothes. In real world he uses the Kaiser as a disguise (it could be anything though, Daisuke, Taichi, anything, but he choose the Kaiser to troll everyone?)

There are many theories as to the "true" identity of MM:
- Gennai corrupted (unlikely as Gennai is seen in a sillouette, or maybe it wasn't Gennai and rather it was one of the clones the one in the pod?)
- Piedmon (justification: the dark sphere could be Piedmon's way of replicating / memory insertion)
- Myotismon (?)
- Another entity not shown


I want to add that, while MM stated he was fulfilling Yggdrasil's will, this doesn't have enough evidence. There is never shown a moment where Alphamon obeys MM.
Possibly, MM is on his own, partnering partially with Yggdrasil, but which original plan was to get the Dark Cube of Apokalymon from the monster.
 
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