I've had another idea that's been bothering me and after some discussion on Discord I want to see what you guys think about it. If it's true it'd be pretty significant but I'm not sure I know enough to judge how likely it is. So, in Are Rocks Evil, there's some dialogue that sort of bugs me. Early on in the quest, when Jaania is confronting Zlatomira, she says this:
Jaania: Granted, <Character> most likely took the king to safety...
She clearly expects us to take Alteon somewhere else, and doesn't object to the idea at all. And then there's this at the end.
Akanthus: I will gather troops and pursue <Character> at once.
Jaania: What do you mean...?
Akanthus: <Character> and his/her associates have kidnapped the king.
Akanthus: I have seen it with my own eyes.
Jaania: Then why didn't you STOP him/her!?
Now, suddenly, when Akanthus tells Jaania that the exact thing she expected and wanted to happen did happen, except with the word "kidnapped" thrown in there, she panics and completely reverses her attitude on the situation. Akanthus doesn't bother explaining further or giving any context for an unilateral decision, and Jaania goes along with it unquestioningly. There are a few possible explanations. It could be a mistake in the writing, which isn't likely or productive to discuss. Jaania could legitimately trust Akanthus too much for her own good, since he's had something like five years to get in her good graces. She could have changed her mind because Akanthus found it worthy of concern, and kidnapping does make the situation sound bad. Or her turnaround and agreement could be because of some unnatural influence courtesy of Akanthus, who we know is already a fairly shady character. Akanthus' past is frequently lied about, Saellah is the only person familiar from before the Rose and he alluded to some suspicious goings-on way back when, and Akanthus has some talent with illusions judging from Amadeus' veil being seen through. It's all circumstantial, but combined with Jaania's strange behavior I think it's reasonable to consider the possibility that Akanthus has some unnatural ability to tamper with people's minds.
What do you guys think?
< Message edited by Lineolata -- 9/17/2017 14:36:23 >