Atgasedd... And now, Atgno. I feel relieved that I wasn't the only one who got the ideas already mentioned by the others in this thread. I appreciate the mystery that's been building up in this quest line, too. It's very well thought out and I have NO idea what's going to happen next. Keep up the good work, devs! ^w^
... But please take care of yourselves. We would prefer a delay or two than hear about one of you potentially dropping dead. DX
On that note, I guess I'll add a theory of my own. I've put it in a spoiler so that no one gets bothered by it.
First "hatred", and now... "remorse". As confirmed by the posts before this one, the main themes of these quests seem to revolve around emotions that lead to the rise of the Rose. If I may be so bold, you could even call these emotions as the "Seeds of the Rose".
Now for my theory:
Someone... Not a member of the Rose or anyone in direct opposition of the Rose... Just someone or something is tricking the Hero into harvesting these emotions, these "Seeds", in order to achieve their own goals/schemes. This is already made obvious by the fact that we never see just who the quest giver is. And by the way they write their requests, it's questionable if this mysterious quest giver is human or not. Or if they're even sane.
Now... What made me say that this "mystery person" is NOT a member of the Rose or not even a member of a faction directly opposing the Rose? Here are my reasons:
1. If the quest giver is a member of the Rose...
... then why not let the fellow Rose members know what you're up to? Surely they've got at least a little resource to spare? It seems as if the quests we've been given so far delve into the Rose's activities and motivations. Why post it on a quest board where anyone can just see and take it? Plus, we've seen members of the Rose who aren't afraid of revealing their affiliation. Why remain anonymous, too?
Of course, it could easily be someone within the Rose who can't reveal themselves lest they risk blowing their own personal operation...
2. If the quest giver is someone opposing the Rose...
... then why not say so? So far, our Hero seems to be completely okay with openly helping the different factions that are against the Rose. In fact, if you revealed yourself to be someone opposing them, I think the Hero wouldn't be having as many second thoughts as they do now. They'd probably even do it with some gusto.
So... I believe that this could be some new, unknown entity we're dealing with. Someone who could possibly "harvest" these emotions...
I mean... While there's this giant conflict going on between the Rose and those against them, there could be an unknown threat that's building up, lurking in the shadows and biding its time. While everyone is distracted and at each other's throats, this new entity could be gathering up the power of these emotions for themselves or to achieve their scheme.
And why harvest emotions instead of magic? Simple. Right now, people are incredibly on their toes about magic. The Rose is trying to suppress and get rid of magic, while the people against them are trying to find more sources of magic to use against the Rose. But emotions... These "seeds" are in high supply right now because of the tensions going on between everyone. High supply, but no demand. Whoever this mysterious entity is, they're just asking us to collect the different "seeds" for them...
For what reason? I can't even fathom just yet...
Well... I know my theory's really far-fetched... But I just thought I'd share. >w<
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