Your rewrite is well thought out! Refreshing to read the updated lines. Comes off more as poetry now.
Just that small new information expands new horizons on what's going on behind.
With all the information your group can uncover, it'd almost make sense to have a "novelization" of some sort covering all the material. That'd be hours of worthy reading.
Thank you. Shade's speech is a combination of the original, information from the remake's Japanese strategy guide and a rework of deleted lines run through the Elizabethan English translator, rewritten endless times. On the Super Famicom, he sounds old
as he uses some Classical Japanese patterns. Sentences ending with なり are a dead giveaway for that.
Sounds like the Emperor got frustrated and hit a solid roadblock in the war? Once he learned about Mavolia, he had a shiny new toy to use. Got over-obsessed with what he could do with it and naturally got greedy and wanted more. Once that black stain got in, it won't come out. Was he originally that evil before the tainting? I'm not sure.
We had the same question and searched in vain to find the answer. The original motivation of the war is unknown.
Did the Emperor take his time undoing the seals again in a more "proper", "iron-clad" way? Like in a stealthy, not obvious way to grab attention.
Or did they use military tactics and just "ambush" all the sites at once towards the end to avoid another tug-of-war with the heroes? I'm assuming at that time the Mana Knights maybe had such a narrow focus and were "over-confident" by their earlier victories. A "sleight of hand" by the Emperor in case "Plan A" failed.
This is another question with hardly anything in the way of an answer. This is what Luka says in our version after they come back to the Water Palace:
LUKA:Whew, I've really had a rough time! Such incredible effrontery! Some of the Empire's cronies came here, locked me up, and dissolved the seal on the Mana Seed...again! The seals on the Mana Seeds can not be broken if thou wish to restore the Sword! I'm not sure what can be done as I don't know any other way to restore it. And I shudder to think what will happen if the Fortress returns and the Sword is not powerful enough to defeat it. I guess there's nothing left to do but wait for a miracle. Also, POPOIE, thou shouldst check in on your grandfather! They must have gone back to the Wind Palace too...
Compare to the Super Famicom:
LUKA:Whew, I've really had a rough time! Such unbelievable insolence! Some of the Empire's cronies came here, locked me up in here, and undid the seal on the Mana Seed. If the seals on the Mana Seeds are all dissolved before you can revive the Mana Sword, I don't know that we'd be able to do anything. There'd be nothing left to do but wait for a miracle...
Ironically, the SNES and 2018 version are clearer than the original. I don't think there'd be a huge amount of resistance from Luka, so this was likely an easy task. I expanded her speech because "I don't know that we'd be able to do anything" is a vague reference to what we discussed about the Mana Seeds earlier. I also inserted a reference to Popoie's grandfather, because he is the only other one who inhabits a Palace. The rest are deserted, so if the Empire went back and unsealed everything, he certainly would have been involved. If they have not returned to the Wind Palace, we added this exchange:
POPOIE:Gramps! I’m so glad to see you’re all right!
GRANDPA:Yes, chibi. They came to break your seal, but this time, I sensed that they were coming and hid out in the woods. Now go, restore Mana!
It's a necessary invention because otherwise, he makes no reference to these events. I'm certain that this mass unsealing would have been more than just a hint had the game been realized as intended. It's possible that this is where Fanha's role was supposed to be. In Japanese, it is clear from how she talks to Randi that she really
does not like him specifically, almost to the point of obsession. Considering that the characters have no history with her, who knows why she was supposed to feel this way?