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Exceptions are individuals who are capable of breaking the Game's loop. They are excluded from the Game early on to let the Game function as intended. They can be brought upon by two Sacred Artifacts with powers whose opposition fall outside of the System.


The contradiction between Sacred Artifacts is usually among Rules; however, generally, it can be caused by anything outside of the System involving Sacred Artifacts. Because the System can't decide which Sacred Artifact has priority, and so both Sacred Artifacts overflow with the power of their Rule. This overflow of power leads to the formation of an Exception. Since Exceptions form among two clashing artifacts, generally speaking two Exceptions are formed whenever Sacred Artifacts clashing fall outside of the System. A notable exception is clashing Sacred Artifacts with the Protagonist, who has not formed their own Exception despite bringing about the Exceptions Yog-Sothoth and the Witch of Orleans from the other clashing Sacred Artifact.

An Exception can be controlled in its power, as tested by the Berserkers. The Exception can be bound to an enclosed area set by a guild, so long as the instigators of the Exception remain within the area enclosed area as well. The Exceptions power can also be attenuated by maintaining a pre-existing hierarchy of the instigators within the guild, such as that of the Ranker system set up by the Berserkers.


Exceptions take the form of the Sacred Artifact's original owner, which is summoned but without their memories. These Exceptions are perhaps not be the actual original owners, but the product from the memories stored inside the Sacred Artifact. If the original owner is the current owner, then the current owner becomes an Exception, with the Sacred Artifact overflowing power seeping into the owner.

A list of Exceptions is below:


Black Storm
【Ambiguous case】

【Fused with Leviathan of Great Spirit】


  • Yog-Sothoth's manifestation is caused by the clash between the Protagonist's Rule of Rending and Shiro's Rule of Resurrection.
  • Thor's manifestation is caused by the clash between the Kengo's Rule of Infinitude and Oniwaka's Rule.
  • Fisher King's manifestation is caused by the clash between the Ryota's Rule and Zabaniyya's Rule.
  • Yukimura's manifestation is caused by Time Paradox due to Toji attacking the older Ophion's Sacred Artifact.
  • Witch of Orleans's manifestation is caused by the clash between the Protagonist's Rule of Rending and Arc's Rule of Binding.
  • Mahakala normally cannot come to Tokyo due to Daikoku (Okuninushi) possessing the same Rule as him, but is able to manifest thanks to the Warmongers' engineering.
  • Unknown icon.pngRa Mu and Leviathan's manifestation is caused by the clash between the Protagonist's Rule of Rending and Tangaroa∞'s Rule, as well as the Protagonist's Rule of Rending and Wakan Tanka∞'s Rule.


Establishing hierarchy between the current owners of the conflicting Sacred Artifact will terminate the Exception. According to Toji, the best way to accomplish hierarchy is through physical contact on places of the body significant to summoning. This can be either through lips (where summoning is vocalized) or on one's summoning emblem.

A hierarchy may be established through a third party. For example, Shiro had formed a guild with the Protagonist and Kengo, with the Protagonist as Guild Master, enabling Kengo and the Protagonist to form a hierarchy. The Protagonist also forms a pact with the Stray Transient Oniwaka, enabling them to form a hierarchy with him as well. Through this set up, the Protagonist was able to set the hierarchy of Kengo relative to Oniwaka to terminate an exception that these two instigated.


In computer programming, an exception refers to a condition in a running program that the system is not programmed to handle and thus, threatens its stability.


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Anonymous user
No. 13861
10 months ago
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I wonder what happens when they encounter all 12 exceptions.
Anonymous user
No. 8376
30 months ago
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What if MC doesn't cause exceptions because they ARE the exceptions?!

Sure they don't have any of the traits of an exception such as being nothing but a mindless shell driven purely by destructive rage and wielding godlike powers to do so, but who cares about details like those?
Anonymous user
No. 7130
35 months ago
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I had a slightly worrying realization that the protagonist is eventually gonna meet someone who doesn't want to declare heirarchy and would need to be forced to. Would defeating the cause of the exception be enough? If so the problem is less dangerous, but feels worth considering still.
Anonymous user
No. 6476
36 months ago
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The characters that became Exceptions were done so by the "game" because the combination of their rule and role was beyond the scope of what the game could handle and could potentially break or end it. The reasons for some of them becoming exceptions are written in the 5-star "Oath" Akashic Records (ARs). Yog had the power to transcend all of time and space, Thor's power was equivalent to being limitless/unlimited, the Fisher King had a cup that could make the impossible possible, etc., so the game had to do something about them.
Anonymous user
No. 6474
36 months ago
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I remember a chapter mentioning that all the exceptions that are not contained in the Tokyo game such as Yog Sothoth and Thor and that had their artifacts were given to humans is due to their power that could possibly make the game go ad aeternum. That is truly the thing they all have in common an unlimited supply of troops that bears no true weight to them(most resurrect troops while Thor has disposable automatas).
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