I'm not the only one who thought this thread was gonna be about the Falcom series at first glance, am I?
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1) Once Ronway and co. are dead, you are called the leader of the Walsta Liberation Army again. How is that ? It makes no sense, you have been their enemy since the Baramus' massacre, and it turns out you aren't even Walstaian in the 1st place, and the wast majority of the WLA soldiers aren't either, and your goal isn't even to liberate Walsta since the end of the 1st chapter. In short the "Walsta Liberation Army" name is meaningless and yet they continue to use it... Is it a translation error or something ?Well at this point, Denam and company are the only Walister faction with any real power in Valeria. With the duke and his followers gone, the Walisters' only choices are to join Denam or get conquered by the Bakram. It doesn't take a genius to conclude which side they'll pick (no offense). Aside from that, Denam grew up among the Walister (despite being Bakram himself) and cares for that group of people. After all, the only reason he left the Walister Resistance was because he disagreed with the duke's methods.
2) You eventually discover your dad who is ill and dying, but was he in this castle the whole time along ? You already visited it once before, but there was the last resistance of the gargastan army here instead. How comes this place have changed to some kind of sanctuary And how comes Plancy is here ? Where has he been the whole time ?The Dark Knights stormed Heim after the fall of Galganstan and held Prancet captive. They used poison to torture him in an attempt to gain information, but the plan was unsuccessful. When Catiua was placed at the throne by the Bakram, she demanded his release. After that, he was taken care of by the Order of Philaha (the main religious group in Valeria) since he was an abuna (in-game lore's term for a priest). Unfortunately, they could not cure his poison in time, and he died shortly after talking to Denam.
3) The scene where you discover Lans' (the Zenobian Lans, not the dark knight) corpse is very disturbing. Lans (the dark knight) said explicitely he wouldn't kill him. But apparently he still tortured him to death or something in the like.Yeah, Tartaros went a bit too far with the torture and accidentally killed the guy. In the PSP version's new game plus mode, there's actually a quest where you can save Lanselot, but he turns into a wheelchair-bound lunatic; which makes sense after all he had been through.
What happened to Duke and to Vice is especially obscure to me. Apparently Vice kills Ronway during their meeting with Lans Tartare. Fine, but why did he betray him ? Then he orders soldiers to kill Lans as well, but they instead capture vice. Where are the soldier protecting Lans ? Both Duke and Lans were supposed to bring 5 soliders along.Okay, this part of the story has a pretty convoluted context. First, I'll talk about the Dark Knights. Thanks to prior conflicts between Lodis and Xenobia, a few of the Dark Knights get into a huge fight with the Xenobian knights at Rhime. This pisses off both their superiors and Duke Ronwey, who after hearing about Rhime suspects Lodis of trying to puppeteer the war from a distance. He sends Vyce out to Regent Morne to urge him to keep the Dark Knights out of the conflict.
Why does the soldiers capture Vice instead ?
This particular story scene made no sense to me.
Finally why is Vice executed, and by who is he executed ? You can't even tell by looking at the story. He got his life spared by Lans, only to be executed the next time you see him, without any other explanation of what's going on....which then leads to this. After being captured, Vyce is seen as a traitor by the Bakram, so he gets the cleaver treatment.
Why does Kachua allows Lans to manipulate her so easily ? I understand she's shocked and all, but he burned her village so she knowns he's a bastard and should refuse to follow him despite knowing he tells the truth about her real identity.Honestly, Lanselot isn't that bad of a guy. He's just got an agenda to follow, and he does all he can to pursue it. It's the lower-ranked Dark Knights like Martym, Barbas, and Oz that are the dickish loose cannons of the bunch.
Thank you very much, this fixes some of my questions.It wasn't the Bakram that imprisoned Ronwey, it was the Galgastani. The two are separate political factions. Hierophant Balbatos, the ruler of Galgastan, wanted to conquer the mainland of Valeria and get rid of the Walister, so he captured the Duke and spread rumors that he was dead in an attempt to break Walister ranks and take them over.
But still :
Duke was emprisonned and going to be exectued. If he had any money, it was very likely stolen by the Braccum government. How will Duke be able to pay the Zenobians ?
If they are hired by Duke, then this makes them your enemies during chapter 2, so why is Hero searching for them ? He should rather fear them, as it's extremely likely Duke would hire them to kill him (and Hero doesn't know the real motivations of the Zenobians either).
Katchua might be a "spoiled bitch" but this still doesn't explain the behaviour : Remain with you all the time (despite you "betraying" Walastia and becoming an outlaw), and then suddently bitch arround and leave for absolutely no reason.Okay, I thought about it, and there is a reason for it after all. Catiua has known for a long time that her and Denam aren't related by blood. Knowing this, she's really insecure and lonely because she knows that if something were to happen to Denam, she would have no one else to turn to. Thus, she lashes out when he starts talking about his rather grandiose plans to shake up Valeria and bring order to the place. She thinks that Denam is in way over his head and is scared to lose him.