Some other headcanons :
- assuming a scenario where Marguerite is a party member, as it was first planned. I'd imagine she would ultimately get rather pissed at Shevat after Elly gets captured by Krelian and Zephyr tells the story of Sophia. Pissed because they would try to keep her protected at all cost and Margie, stubborn as she is (also, let's remember that her character motivation was to help Bart, not sit back), would say that the world needs to fight back instead of hiding. What would be interesting here is showing Marguerite and Bart cooperating (by sharing Andvari) in a way that Sophia and Lacan didn't back in the days. Showing that Marguerite isn't like Sophia and wants to live. It can also greatly influence Zephyr's character.
- Sigurd may be gay. That's more or less headcanon. I mean, it's not canon but Soraya Saga would probably agree judging by her doujins so...
- Ramsus killed his "host"'s parents (as they became scared of their changed son, which became a danger for Ramsus who feared to be discovered by the government for what he is) and passed it as an accident.
- About half of the Gazel Ministry were female (honestly, if Animus *human* = male and Anima *relic* = female... why could Sophia fuse with Dinah ? Why were Maria and Emeralda first planned to fuse with a relic ? Maybe because a few of the ministers were female as well ? Or because gender doesn't matter after all ?).
- Aquvy's population is Spaghetti Western inspired (well, it's kind of implied in canon with Billy, Prim and Jessie's designs... the orphanage too maybe), mostly gathered on islands and coasts. My headcanon of course is that there are more towns/people than what we are shown in the game. Of course, it applies to the other continents as well.
- talking about Billy. Stone/Stein didn't take Billy and Prim under his "protection" right away (but Billy is aware that there was a man in the house, firing at the wels *and finishing Racquel but he doesn't know this... Soraya Saga actually draw/wrote a moment like that where Stein talks down to a dying Racquel*). Maybe Billy and Prim run away from their home alone.
The thing that bothers me with Billy's backstory as explained in game is that... why would Billy decide to sell his body if Stein/Stone/the Ethos really took them under his protection right after their mother's death ? I know shady things (with children involved) happened within the Ethos, but I think it makes more sense that Billy had the "I almost sold my body" episode outside the Ethos. As Billy is supposed to believe the Ethos does good things for people. He looks up to the institution. I don't think he would look up to people who let him and his sister starve and/or introduced him to prostitution. Billy isn't supposed to know the terrible things the Ethos do behind the scenes.
So, I like the idea of him and Primera having a few rough years in town, on their own. Maybe in a shady orphanage. Or maybe they became part of a community of misfits. Think of an Oliver Twist sort of episode for them. In my headcanon, it allows Billy to meet a few genuinely good characters that may help him run his future orphanage. After the disastrous prostitution bit, maybe Billy steps into an Ethos church, has an epiphany and introduces himself to the Ethos. Then he meets Stone/Stein again, who passes himself as the man who tried to save them from the wels' attack, a few years ago (and who thinks maybe he can use those children, after all). After he joins the Ethos, he opens the orphanage in his old abandonned house (or a new one... either way, it is an old farm). And he orders the building of a cool garage for the Gear the Ethos gives Billy for his... work (Renmazuo, of course).
- Gears can fly but have limits to what they can do. So no, we wouldn't have been able to reach Shevat with them alone without losing power/fuel or overheating (which happened in Nortune when the party tried to save the city). The way Xenoblade X seems to handle mechs (which was inspired by Xenogears in particular... but now using better technology to do better in a bigger world) makes this theory even more plausible.
- Emeralda would have been Episode 6's main character. I like this idea because :
- main female protagonist is always welcomed
- daughter of the two most important protagonists of the previous episodes
- she has fun abilities (super-heroine worthy, really... she would fit so well in a fighting game)
- she was created as the hope for humanity. The hope Kim had about her was twisted by Krelian (same thing happened with MOMO in Xenosaga). Episode 6 could explore the hope thing differently (in a more positive and pro-active way for Emeralda).
- very long lifespan (which allows the story of Episode 6 to take place anytime you want in the future... possibly create angst for the character, à la Highlander)
- I always liked her (and her chara-design... and name, which reminds me of Captain Harlock) and would like to see her personality explored more, that's all.
- Despite Krelian's experiments, Cain is still immortal. He is physically altered and suffering (not that we can see it) but he still cannot die. He actually doesn't need life extension treatment (PW states that he does need it). Maybe he gets a treatment against pain but that's about it (though, considering Cain's guilt about Elhaym and humanity... he probably feels like the pain is deserved). Which gives Ramsus' existence and his manipulation a real purpose... instead of existing to kill a dude Krelian could have killed himself by stopping the life extension treatment. PW explains that Krelian couldn't kill Cain because of the ministry's power/influence. Except the Ministry wanted Cain dead at some point ? And it was apparently quite easy for Krelian to dispose of the Ministry in the end. What makes killing non-immortal-anymore Cain such an issue for Krelian, really ? Based on canon explanation, it makes Ramsus' character absolutely pointless. Even if there was a political reason to keep Cain alive for a while... I think it makes more sense that Cain didn't lose his immortality/protection at all. Hence a real need for an existence like Ramsus.
- Deus attacked the Eldridge when most civilians were sleeping. This is why Abel looks like he wears pajamas. I think his mother dragged him out of bed and they lost each other in the confusion. Previously locked doors became unlocked and that's how he could run into the Zohar room (or maybe Deus tricked him into this by opening certain doors, I don't know). When the WE suddenly made a connection with the boy, it picked the one thing Abel was searching for at the moment : his mother. There is the possibility that Elly looks totally like Abel's mother as a result (the WE had access to Abel's memories and everything, it was easy to physically recreate her).
- The gun in the Yggdrasil that Billy comments on ends up being offered to him, late in the game's story (could have been a nice final weapon obtained at the end of a sidequest developping the bond between Bart and Billy further).
- Bart didn't entirely disolve the monarchy during his speech. I thought it was a low blow in the game considering how much Sigurd and Maison fought to take back Aveh from Shakhan and raising Bart as the future king, without Bart EVER telling them about his father's will. Not that dissolving such a structure goes against the theme of the game. Actually, it supports it. But it felt too brutal (especially considering what happened to people in Disk2... at some point, I think Bledavik's population needed the guidance of Bart as much as Nisan needed hope with the Holy Mother). I think the Xenogears LP parodies kind of nailed the feeling. I do think Aveh ended up switching to a republic/democracy eventually... but not before the world returned to a somewhat normal state. As a king, I think Bart tried to give the people more freedom... and used more democratic means than the previous generations. Also, maybe Sigurd was elected Prime Minister several times (especially at first). In fact, I'm pretty much thinking about current England or Japan.
- there was a huge celebration in Bledavik after Bart returned/his speech (and before the party started searching for the gates in order to get to Solaris). Which allowed for nice/quiet character/relationship moments (one of them being the canon Sigurd/Bart moment at the balcony). I have a feeling that Elly felt a bit disconnected from the celebration (happy for them but quiet), knowing what would come next (insert Fei/Elly moment here).
- The second Yggdrasil actually DOESN'T look identical to the first one. It makes sense that they would look very similar but I think it's more fun to think they have differences here and there, like a few different rooms and stuff (pretty sure it wasn't done because they couldn't include a second homebase with different features in the game). I mean, differences beyond the fact one is a real submarine while the other is designed for a sea of sand (and this Shevat crest I don't remember seeing on the Yggdrasil 2 because the model of the ship wasn't altered at all *unless my memory sucks*).
- Talking about the second Yggdrasil, it was found docked in an underground cavern, on a lake leading to the sea (kind of reminds me of FF9's underground docks somewhat). I don't know what is canon anymore but I think it's Sigurd who knew about another royal ship kept hidden underground. So, the crew explored the caves until they found the place and the ship. I should re-read it but I think the fan novelization had a cool chapter about this unshown part of the game's story.
- Aveh's desert has a sea of sand, litteraly (somewhat similar to FF12's). The Yggdrasil (and other similar ships) can only dive/navigate on the sea area. Aveh's desert is large and not every area is safe to walk on (let's not talk about heavy machines/cars/Gears). Dazil was built on a safe area. As was Bledavik (in fact, it seems like it was built on an elevated rock with underground water) And of course, Aveh's desert formed itself on top of rock formations (caves). When Fei and Bart fell into a cave, it was because they fought on top a hidden hole and were sucked by the sand (thus, it was too late to fly off). There are various ways to explain why they couldn't fly through the hole once in the cave... I guess.
- remember how Bart had to swim all the way inside the waterway to the castle's reservoir ? Later in the story, he comes back with several men. I'd like to imagine that the waterway is larger than we saw and that it is possible to navigate with a small boat in it... except Citan forgot to mention it to Bart the first time. I imagine a funny scene involving Bart being outraged the second time they cross the waterway. Honestly, the concept of having Bart swim to the castle and probably looking like a drown grumpy rat until he reached Margie is kind of hilarious. But more hilarious is the idea that he could maybe have avoided this in the first place if he wasn't so reckless.
- talking about non serious moments... Margie totally knew Chu-Chu was alive and not a doll. She hid this fact during her escape with the boys. Also, when Fei and Bart found Chu-Chu blocking the way on the ship, I think they took her with them (still believing it's a doll) so that Bart could have a little chat with Margie. I mean, in the game, it's a bit ridiculous how they don't move Chu-Chu out of the way on their own. It's a little detail I guess.
EDIT : adding some questions here :
- Grahf in Lahan : was he on Kislev side or Solaris side here ? Did he accompagny Elly's team or was he the one chasing after her team ? Because it's clear that soldiers respected him enough to follow his orders and open fire on Timothy.
- Why did Citan build a house high on a mountain instead of living closer to Lahan as a doctor (aside the "he's a troll" joke) ? I have my own theory (and headcanon) but I'd like to hear someone's else opinion.
- Why do you think Bart, Sigurd (and Margie) waited so long to use/get Andvari ?
- also a question about when they get into the mausoleum. Did Margie seriously cracked open the coffin to look at her mother's corpse ? When I first played the game, I didn't think much about some details (because the story is huge) but really... this is extremely disturbing to think about now. And if Shakhan planned to use her mother's retinas, does that mean that Nisan preserved the corpses (using a freezing method or something) ?
- I was reading the game's script and :
Why does Jessie attack the 'Ethos' buildings? I heard he was once an amazing Etone...
WHAT ? Is that a mistranslation ? Or was this priest fed false information ?
- talking about awkwardly translated lines, I'd like to know if anyone knows what Citan is exactly saying here :
"Is Timothy and Alice's wedding really tomorrow...
It might actually be better to live an ordinary life, in this condition... As a son of man..."
It's probably not too important but it's been bothering me a little.
- oh yeah, and lastly : What do you think about the music box Citan found ? And the message on the side ? I never could make sense of its origins because the angel statue seems like something from Sophia's era but the message is from a father to his daughter. For a long time, the fandom seemed to believe it was a gift from Kim to Emeralda. But now, I don't know anymore.
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