Sorry for spoiling you the game, TeddyAs someone who's allergic to spoilers and also tend to read a few sentences before my brain actually kicks in, I'll have to side with Res7less and GrindeaElmeri!
Luckily, I did. But the point is just that there is already the Vilya's blog thread to discuss stuff from, well, Vilya's blog. Sure, this thread has spoiler warnings too, but I actually meant it for stuff that's in the game - maybe I should have been more specific. There was this one time I discovered something in the translation tool and also refrained from mentioning it here, because it was technically not part of the game. Just keep in mind to be more considerate.You should have just stopped reading at that point.
But that thread is to discuss stuff directly from the blog, like Own's suggestions.Luckily, I did. But the point is just that there is already the Vilya's blog thread to discuss stuff from, well, Vilya's blog.
Maybe post it using a proper spoiler. I edited my last post, so it explicitly says that it speculates on not-yet-in-game content and if someone wants to avoid it, they just won't open the spoiler. I think it's fair to make such posts in this topic (with explicit spoilers ofc).There was this one time I discovered something in the translation tool and also refrained from mentioning it here, because it was technically not part of the game.
I agree. We just have to tag everything with the spoiler thing regardless. This is all just speculation anyways to not speculate based on information it wouldn't be much of a sincere theory since in the back of heads it's gonna be there. I'll just brand all future spoilery stuff with the phrase "I'm serious this is a spoiler" followed by whatever the spoiler is related to I guess without mentioning names.But that thread is to discuss stuff directly from the blog, like Own's suggestions.
Maybe post it using a proper spoiler. I edited my last post, so it explicitly says that it speculates on not-yet-in-game content and if someone wants to avoid it, they just won't open the spoiler. I think it's fair to make such posts in this topic (with explicit spoilers ofc).
It's lore speculation after all, we should be able to use all bits of information here to create bizarre theories
he just went mad and has become exactly the villain he was described as.
Winter wasn't a villain, Zhamla isn't a villain. Zhamla's overdosing on manipulative artifacts.
So, with all this insanity stuff and higher plan, I think that the main villain are the Artifacts themselves. I don't know if Grindea is behind this, but her teachings are driving people into collecting, and collecting is driving them into eventually getting the Artifacts. The Artifacts have power to control people's hearts for their own goal. When Amalet awakens, he says something like "The time is night, for Artifacts to rule the world". That pretty much sums it up. The Artifacts want to rule mankind, so they come up with the collecting stuff as a trap. They can't act for themselves, so they are using people as tools, while it might seem the other way around.
The Human Card might be important here too. Maybe it's an ultimate catalyst to enchant an Artifact into independent being? Also, there's another interesting thing (just adding lore to gameplay elements): elite monsters. Stronger monsters have higher chance to drop a card. It might be the same with humans - if a human gets strong enough, it becomes "elite" and can actually drop the card. So it's also on Artifacts benefit to create strong humans, as they are the ones who want the Human Card.
Oh, there is actually something we overlooked, namely that we don't know if the artifacts were even evil before Zhamla put them on. In fact, all the artifacts we meet in Tai Ming are friendly, naive and dreaming of heroic adventures. Shiidu is even so drastic that she refuses to fight completely. Who knows if it wasn't Zhamla's madness and mania that made Amalet, Gaan'tlet and the others evil in the first place, by using them for evil purposes.The thought crossed my mind that his will has to be very strong to be able to resist all those evil artifacts for so long.
A) He wants to break the seal on Zhamla to complete the original mission. Human card!
B) He wants to break the seal on Zhamla because he knows Zhamla isn't evil, Bag was with Zhamla before Zhamla got the crown along with Braazlet.
Or C) has he forgotten his childhood? We've seen from Gaantlet and Ivy that the artifacts have trouble remembering their youth a thousand years ago. It could be he honestly doesn't remember any of it, or the sealing spell sealed all their memories and stumbling across Zhamla's sword in the dragon cave was a huge coinidence.
It seems extremely suspicious that the five artifacts that were with Zhamla are coincidentally the exact five needed to ressurect someone. Especially since there was shown to be nothing special or sinister about Braazlet. We also know there are more than just these six artifacts in the world, Marino talks about his family's collection and Ivy shows off hers. There's also Shiidu, who has nothing to do with ressurection.
In the end, he was the one who pulled the blade, so...always thought it weird, that Dad blames himself for Charlotte's death, even though it was Bag, who pushed him into trying to collect the blade.