Sunday musings -
Bar the plot important infodumps - Claude’s infodump, Rhea’s infodump and Edel’s S-support - are children of the goddess ever mentionned anywhere?
They’re mentionned in the info bubbles when you click on the IO or her bros, or on phantoms.
Given how Rhea modified history, she could have banned any mention of the Goddess and her Children. After all, in the Book of Seiros, the Goddess came from above (space) and “breathed life to the world”. If she created everyone, everyone is, technically, a child of the goddess.
However, in the Forbidden Library, the monk who wrote his piece about relics surmises the children were involved with the relics - he knew children of the goddess, a specific race different from humans, existed? Who told him? Mole People? The Church itself - which would contradict its scriptures, unless this person wasn’t following the scriptures or the general “the goddess created everything” came after his research?
And yet, if Rhea really wanted to erase mentions of her brethrens, this person couldn’t have mentionned the goddess’s children. Also, it seems even odder, but Rhea didn’t destroy buildings where she and her people used to live. Zanado is off-limits for anyone who isn’t authorised by the Archbishop herself, and yet the ruins still stand. The Lords (Edel?) will note how different the architecture is from the rest of Fodlan. I’m not saying there’s a sign where it’s written “Cichol’s room - do not disturb” or “Welcome to Zanado, the village of the Children of the Goddess” but keeping ruins will obviously raise questions, who lived there, why did those people leave, where are they, etc etc.
In this tweet, someone posted pictures of Lake Teutates - with the background and all, without the fog. There’s a... giant castle with a lot of towers, lot of columns and arks.
When Linhardt asks Billy to hide the expedition to Edel and Hubert, he claims it’s because Lake Teutates is a place that concerns the Saints of the Church - is Lake Teutates just like Zanado, a religious site? But it’s not under the Church’s juridiction... Why and how is it tied to the Church? Indech apparently died after the war... But then, who built the castle, the temple and the arks? Did Indech wrote a sign “children of the goddess here, trespass and be prepared for the funniest game of your lives!”? And then, if this temple was retconned as “part of the Seiros faith” even if Indech built it after the war (he wouldn’t have built it during Nemesis’s era since it’s in the north - or he built it before Nemesis’s party to Zanado?), how could they retcon a similar temple in Sreng?
Rhea’s IO is a known entity in the Church, but Indech and Macuil’s alternate forms also have names, were they known in the Seiros myth too?
And then, Petra bursts the bubble saying people with green hair who can fly are stuff of legend in Brigid.
Still, even with all those clues (weird ruins + temple + legends about magic people) no one, bar Rhea, Edel and Claude, mention children of the Goddess. Is it because, despite everything, we do not learnt what the Church of Seiros actually preaches? Rhea completely erased any mention of her kin in her fake historia - but couldn’t bring herself to destroy her old home and her brother’s houses?
In a world where roaming demonic beasts are legion and giant animals are found on the streets, why is no one talking about Children of the Goddess? Are they a secret, a legend or just an oversight?
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working on a chapter for Cycles of Song and it’s just like Grima. Grima honey. Can you try being honest with yourself for once in your life?
Grima: s h a n ’ t
Once, Theoden was in a philosophical mood and asked Grima: at what point do a people stop following their king? At what point does it become reasonable for them to turn aside and seek a new leader?
A question Grima had no answer to at the time aside from: When the king causes more harm than good.
Theoden, And you? Do you trust your king?
Grima does not know if he trusts Aragorn, but Aragorn isn’t his king. Grima trusts Theoden to always try to do what is right. To try and be what is, to Theoden’s mind, a good and just king. Even if he doesn’t have the ability — personal or in the people around him — to succeed.
And Eomer? Will he trust Eomer as king?
No matter the answer, he thinks, one must remember that a man will follow someone for more reasons than trust. After all, there is a difference between trusting a king and loving a king and following a king.
Other than the James Dean Bad Boy Apple Scene with Eomer in Helm’s Deep, I think this is the closest to actual Griomer content we’ve gotten in the trilogy portion of swimming through fire
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