Sound Absorption is the unique ability and power to absorb ones surrounding sound in their environment. This is the unique ability of Vanya Hargreeves. It can also be "borrowed" by Lila Pitts.
One can abosrb ambient sound from the environment, or can tune into a single sound, almost like a tuning fork, and resonate with that singular sound, becoming strengthened and empowered from it. The user can absorb sound waves, while removing it from the source, into their body and use it in various ways, gaining some form of advantage, either by enhancing themselves, gaining the drained power, using it as power source etc., either temporarily or permanently.
Applications of Sound Absorption
- Main article: Sound Manipulation
User can create, shape and manipulate sound, a periodic disturbance of a medium (air, ground, water, etc) that radiates outward linearly in the form of a pressure wave. The effect these waves upon the ear is perceived as sound. From the point of view of physics, sound is considered to be the waves of vibratory motion themselves, whether or not they are heard by the human ear. User can mimic, intensify, hush, and distort, as well warp, strengthen, echo, speed up, and slow down sound, using it as a powerful physical force and high-speed movement.
- Main article: Energy Projection
Energy Projection is the ability to generate and project varying waves of energy from a person's body. Such energy can take the form of concentrated blasts, concussive explosions, waves of force or self-perpetuating beams. The nature of the energy varies from person to person.
- Main article: Sound Projection
Sound Projection is the ability to manipulate and project sound waves and audios. User can create, shape and manipulate sound, a periodic disturbance of a medium (air, ground, water, etc) that radiates outward linearly in the form of a pressure wave. The effect these waves upon the ear is perceived as sound. From the point of view of physics, sound is considered to be the waves of vibratory motion themselves, whether or not they are heard by the human ear.
- Main article: Force-Field Generation
The users sound-based energy can be shaped into protective barriers capable of absorbing intense amounts of force.
- Main article: Matter Manipulation
Matter Manipulation is (as the name implies) the ability to manipulate matter, the physical substance that makes up everything.
- Main article: Telekinesis
Telekinesis (from Greek: τηλε- "far off" and κίνηση "movement") is the ability to influence/control/manipulate matter or another aspect of a physical system with the ‘mind’ or through other non-physical means.
Vanya's abilities are reliant on her being in contact with sound, causing her to resonate with sound and energy similarly to a tuning fork. When absorbing enough sound and harnessing her energy to its fullest, her skin becomes pale and gray and her irises turn white, as her body will begin to generate blue and white light. Additionally, Vanya's demeanor would sometimes change into a cold, impassive state, ruthlessly harming or even killing those that have caused caused Vanya significant anger, irritation, stress. While in this trance of tranquil fury, Vanya was shown to hallucinate younger versions of herself, which encouraged her to take her anger and vengeance out on those that wronged her. Due to this mental instability, she was shown still be unpredictable in her behavior, as she looked out and smiled at Allison when she saw her at her concert, as part of her still recognized Allison as a sister and friend despite her having nearly killed Allison instinctually when the latter had revealed her role in the suppression of her power and had tried to incapacitate her with them again. Even after her mind wipe, Vanya is still capable of entering this dispassionate state, but has far more control over herself, likely influenced by her positive experiences with Sissy and Harlan Cooper. However, this control was not enough when she was again pushed to her breaking point turning FBI electroshock interrogation in an alternate 1963, in which she accidentally causing a shockwave that destroyed the floor she was on and proceeded to hover out into the city. This event was prevented by the ghost of Ben, who managed to help her escape before she reached that point.
Lilas central ability is Power Mimicry. She was able to mimic Vanya's ability and absorb the surrounding sound. She emitted the same glow Vanya did when she put her ability to use, and while it was her first time, she used the ability even more precise than Vanya. She even used this ability to create a force field.