Sky High (スカイ・ハイ Sukai Hai) is the Stand of Rikiel, featured in the sixth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stone Ocean. Attached to the wrist of Rikiel, it allows him to control a colony of "rods", cryptids that can fly and suck the body heat of people.
Although it is never actually seen in the storyline, the page giving data on it and the rods depict the Stand as a small creature that sits on Rikiel's wrist. It takes the form of a four-legged creature with long three-toed feet, and a long main body. The main body has very few features, with its only distinct features being two reflective plates, eyes, and a proboscis-type mouth. Sky High also displays a second head, which protrudes out from the top of the first head. This second head is smaller, with a look similar to that of a pteranodon.
Sky High functions as a tool that allows Rikiel to control a hidden species of creatures known as Rods (
- Main article: Rods
Also called skyfish, rods are obscured, fast moving, parasitic insect-like creatures that live in remote locations. Thus, their very existence could never be fully proven.
Rods primarily fly, utilizing four sets of wings to propel themselves forward. Whenever they're flying, their wings rotate similar to propellers, and the direction in which they are flying depends on which direction their wings are rotating. Moreover, they are especially nimble and can slip through extremely tiny openings (such as a web made by Jolyne with Stone Free  or evade the punches of Stone Free itself. Through Sky High, Rikiel discovered the rods' main source of sustenance: body heat. By flying past other organisms, the rods can absorb the body heat as food and use it to fuel themselves. The rods can also find heat to absorb via heat-seeking organs located near their nose.
Sky High's only power is to control and direct the rods. However, the exact mechanism of that control is not disclosed and is theorized as a trust relationship. Prior to him learning about his Stand, Rikiel would even be harmed by the rods, with them sucking the heat from his body and causing various diseases. This can still happen to Rikiel when he is in a stressful situation, with the Rods causing his eyes to flutter after being attacked by Jolyne and Ermes.
Rikiel is able to control all rods as long as they are in his line of sight, but the closer Rikiel is, the more accurately he can direct the rods, However, they can still be controlled and effective at long ranges such as when he used the Rods to attack Jolyne, Ermes, and Emporio in a helicopter. Rikiel needs to concentrate to properly control the rods, and their effects can even backfire on him if he loses his cool. If he panics, Sky High unwillingly orders all nearby rods to stay still.
Rikiel exploits the rod's habit of sucking heat to rapidly and locally decrease the temperature of a selected body part from afar. When concentrated in one spot, the rapid decrease in heat can cause body parts and internal organs to become prone to disease and failure. Depending on where this decrease in temperature is in the body, it can cause a wide variety of effects, such as
- Stealing heat from eyelids which can force them to shut, blinding enemies.
- Stealing heat from the muscles, which can shut them down or even make them rot. Rikiel is able to use this with enough precision to effectively control a target's hand gestures or even speech.
- He can twist ankles by making rods fly past them and steal the heat from them.
- By targeting the hypothalamus near the upper jaw, Rikiel can slow down the visual perception of the targets, making them see things with a few seconds delay.
- If the rods concentrate on the brain stem which controls all sensory and motor functions like heartbeat, the victim is guaranteed to die.
- Rods can also be used to numb Rikiel's neck nerves to prevent himself from feeling shock or pain and continue to fight beyond his body's normal capabilities.
Chapters / Episodes
- The idea for a Stand based around Rods came from a TV show Araki had seen discussing them, though the name of the show is unknown.