Homura nods slowly.
"Alright. I'll do my best to explain the background."
Homura takes a breath.
"The power of a magical girl comes from the weight of her karmic destiny. That is to say, her importance in the shape of the future, her influence over the weave of fate. The form that power takes is determined by our wish, the wish that rips our soul out of our body and transubstantiates it into material form. Every magical girl is an immortal undead reality warper, with a technical form of local omnipotence. Our power is limited by a form of cosmic balance: every act of magic corrupts our soul, transforming hope into despair. Within the concept expressed by our wish, we are mostly shielded from the effects of this rebalancing and can act far more freely, but it will eventually catch up with us and destroy us, if we cannot siphon it off into grief cubes."
Homura pauses, letting a shadow fall over her face.
"The truth of this is worse than that. The corruption is as alive as the hope, a being with just as much karmic claim to our soul as we have. A dark reflection of our pain and misery, a living embodiment of our despair. These abominations were called witches, as they were what magical girls inevitably grew to become. Madoka Kaname undid the witches. She used her wish to travel simultaneously to every point in history where a magical girl's soul broke, and took their grief into her own soul. She undid every witch in reality, even her own."
Homura is getting a little choked up. She steadies herself.
"Even then, her power was that of a magical girl like any other, if vastly greater. But her intervention in the past and future was too much. It shattered the timestream entirely. That entire reality was erased and re-written to create this one, in which the girl called Madoka Kaname never existed, in which the wish of Madoka Kaname has been woven into the cosmos as a fundamental Law. Woven... by her, I'm certain, woven with such characteristic care. Not a single soul misplaced in billions of years of re-written history..."