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Headscratchers: Dragon's Dogma
  • One of the first sidequests you get in Gran Soren involves helping Steffen find the grimoire of a sorcerer named Salomet. Later in the game, it turns out Salomet is still around, and is after magical trinkets, including a ring belonging to the duke. Which begs the question: Why not go after Steffen? If I'm an ultra powerful sorcerer, and some long-haired tool is running around with my spellbook, I'm going to use my magic powers to fill his nutsack with sulfuric acid and take my book back while he writhes around on the ground holding his groin.
    • I'd imagine Salomet has bigger fish to fry than Steffen (such as stealing the ring in the first place), or possibly doesn't even know than Steffen wanted one of his books.
    • It's also possible he simply doesn't care. The book was obviously discarded/lost by him at some point in the past and he didn't bother reclaiming it so it's likely whatever in there is simply no use or threat to him.
  • The next time you're outside at night, look up and ask yourself this question: WHERE THE HELL IS THE MOON?
    • This isn't Earth. This world doesn't need to have a moon.
    • That's probably why it's so dark, there's no moon to reflect light.
  • What prevented Savan from using the Godsbane on himself when he ascended to the position of Seneschal?
    • Personally, I'd say it's because, unlike the PC, he didn't have the will. Seems to me that your Arisen is the first of them (maybe) to break the cycle entirely. Which to me seems to be what the game is all about.
    • But he pulled the Godsbane out of his chest, and if you pull a New Game+ you'll come face to face with your previous arisen, or some random guy and pawn if you have internet access. Implying that that too is another part of the cycle.
    • It may be that being the Seneschal saps the Arisen's will to live or die, so he was forced to simply exist. Most likely the only way Savan would have been able to kill himself would have been when he first became Seneschal, or at the end of his reign.
    • It could also be that he felt there should be a Seneschal to watch over the world, even if it had to be him.
    • You're not supposed to use the Godsbane on yourself it is only to be used to kill the current Seneschal after he/she has found a successor. When you do it you're breaking the cycle, since there is no one to take up the role as Seneschal.
    • One of the more popular theories is that "committing suicide" at the end only frees your spirit from it's mortal shell. It's you symbolically and literally giving up your old life for your new duty as Seneschal.
  • If you have a house in Cassardis, why the hell are you crashing at the inn?
    • Arisen is just too damned tired to make the extra few miles toward the house? If you had to cross half the countryside, battling monsters along the way, you'll be too tired to walk to the house that's on the opposite end of the city when there's an inn that's literally right there.
      • But your house is just as "right there"; pass the inn, turn left, pass the first door on the left, the second door is your place. It's not a few miles away, it's a few yards away.
    • Because There Is Only One Bed and not every Arisen is cool with sharing their bed with a team of Pawns. My main Pawn, maybe, but a couple of the hirees are most definitely sleeping on the floor (do Pawns sleep? We know they don't die and only pretend to get drunk, and supposedly don't have emotions but certainly act like it...but do they sleep?).
    • Plus, maybe the Arisen likes a little privacy? I mean, I like to sleep shirtless, and if a gang of three people were with me, watching me...I'd be pretty damned uncomfortable. (And yes, it's possible to sleep shirtless. Unequip everything but a set of trousers before you retire to an inn.)
  • Okay, so look at the character creation, when you select a preset body. Mind explaining to me one one of them is a child? Are you saying we can play the game as a child Arisen? And why is there an eye option with both eyes closed?
    • For the first part, Midget/Dwarf. For the second part, they're blind but use some magical senses to see?
    • Maybe some people like playing as a Blind Weaponmaster?
    • Yeah, you could play the game as a child Arisen. It's not like the game outright states your character is an adult; he/she could be a very young fisherman and with romanceable characters as young as Symone, it seems only fair that you can play as a child too.
    • I usually play as a child which turns the romance & the statements that Quina & Valmiro are your childhood friends ridiculous. Why would they specify such things in a game that gives you pretty much everything you need to make your character look whatever age you want?
  • This is the same problem that's bothered me with every other work that included some form of soul transfer/reincarnation/ghost: if Selene was gifted a portion of her Arisen's soul, such that she now has the emotions and will of a human and the appearance of her Arisen, then how in the world is the ghost of her Arisen hanging around her grave in the woods? And that ghost doesn't seem to be some sort of half-there being, either; she's got a full body and sound mind, with no indication that she's missing the piece Selene now has. Our Souls Are Different, indeed.
    • It's possible that Unreliable Narrator is partially in effect here. The only person we learn anything about this process from is Selene's former master who seems to mostly be going with guess work based on her own observations. The process maybe more along the line of the Pawn some how duplicating a part of the Arisen's soul rather then taking it, which Selene's master still hanging around as a spirit seems to suggest is more likely.
  • Why did all hell break loose in Gransys when the Arisen defeated the Dragon? It's implied many times that the Dragon has been defeated before and nothing like this ever happened before.
    • Maybe Savan killed the dragon so long ago that no one remembers, or he used his god like powers to fix the hole and wipe everyone's memory of the Everfall bursting open.
      • The latter seems more likely considering when you take his place, you can go back to town and see that the hole is already fixed. It might just be that the hole is only a kick in the pants for the current Arisen to hurry up and face his final battle. After that fight, win or lose, the world is reset just a little bit to keep things from being unnecessarily hellish.
  • More Fridge Horror, but... We know that your Pawn eventually takes on your appearance. Well, what if you were a small boy Arisen, and your Pawn was a tall woman? Wouldn't she be shocked that she is now you? A small boy? What will happen to your Pawn now that s/he has taken on your appearance?
    • It's not necessarily Fridge Horror. Won't the thrill of being human outweigh any shock of a different physical appearance/gender flip? I agree that it's something that maybe should've been explored more but I think there's only so much you can do with a mute protagonist; the game wants you to put the thoughts and feelings into the Arisen and main pawn's heads rather than doing it for you.
    • Well, pawns probably aren't particularly attached to their bodies or their "personalities", anyway. Not like it had any problems adjusting when the Arisen designed its original body.
    • Imagine if a male pawn suddenly took on an adult female form and then had to face "his" period - he's naturally horrified that his body is bleeding and he can't make it stop (stuffing cloth up there as "bandage" could actually lead to toxic shock syndrome if he doesn't think to change it every few hours), plus all the other troubles surrounding the Menstrual Menace. After all, it's entirely possible the Arisen never explained to him precisely why she was so eager to stab bandits today, and almost certainly never stopped to explain the intricacies of how to deal with the mess and side effects. Now imagine the reaction of any local healer he visits: here is a grown woman, clearly well past puberty, freaking out like a twelve-year-old over something she should have seen her body do hundreds of times before. Not sure if that counts as Fridge Horror or Crowning Moment of Funny.
    • I think once the male!Pawn becomes a female!human, I'm sure said dude will be also gifted with the knowledge a fully grown woman would have so he'd know what to do once his body starts to bleed.
  • It's very touching and everything that after the end of the game your Pawn assumes your form and decides to live the rest of your life for you, but isn't the Arisen still technically a wanted man/woman? Seems to me that the moment the Duke or his soldiers get wind of you hanging around in Cassardis they'll attempt to arrest you again. Bonus points if Julien is your romance, because then there are two wanted people hanging around in Cassardis. Also, how is your Pawn ever going to manage with your love interest unless they are Selene or perhaps Quina? Or the rest of Cassardis for that matter?
    • the selfsame arisen who at one point spent 3 hours killing guards because they were bored? it would take a full military campaign to get just the arisen, not counting that there is an army right next to the gates of Cassardis in the form of a rift stone.
  • You get thrown in the dungeon for your 'attempted rape' of Aelinore, but after you escape, nobody cares a fig about it. Why doesn't the Duke go 'hey, that criminal escaped the dungeon, throw them back in there!'
    • I always assumed the duke didn't fully recognize you, since he wasn't exactly in the best mental state, and nobody but a couple guards and Feste knew besides him...and maybe they just don't really care enough to turn you in.
    • Or, better yet, why didn't Aelinore say, "No! he/she didn't rape me! It was a fling that we both decided to have. Please don't kill him/her!"
      • Well that would defeat the point of her lying in the first place so the duke didn't decide to kill his newly-exposed-as-unfaithful wife.
  • In the post-game, Ser Berne is insanely difficult! Why didn't he just go and kill the dragon himself? Gameplay and Story Segregation?
    • I didn't find Ser Berne all that difficult. Tough, but certainly weaker than a lone Arisen. Plus, only the Arisen can kill the Dragon and only the Arisen can command and summon Pawns.
    • I've killed him in one hit with my standard attack on nearly every file I've ever had despite always skipping tons of quests & I've used nearly every class. That means he's easier than any bandit. He could never beat the dragon. I never was able to beat him unarmed without overleveling though. For some reason he becomes a marathon boss &, therefore, the 2nd toughest enemy in the game when I'm unarmed.
  • Maybe I'm just an idiot, but it seems to me there's a logical break in the cycle. The concept is, dragon appears, makes several Arisen over period of time, one Arisen finally kills dragon, world breaks, Arisen is forced to find the Senechal, Arisen kills Senechal to take his place or dies and becomes a new dragon. World at peace, or rinse and repeat. Thing is, when an Arizen beats the Senechal, why would there ever be another dragon? The world is at peace, no dragon to make any more Arizen, how could a new Arisen possibly come to be, much less end up losing to the Senechal? How did the next dragon appear after Savan and our Arisen did their jobs?
    • Remember, this is a multiverse, so The seneschal was challenged many from many different worlds, sending dragons to many different worlds. At least one dragon-arisen pair would probably be left over to challenge the new seneschal. If the entire multiverse is restored to peace, then likely the same process that made the first dragon would make the second one. Personally, I think the former is what's happening, and only one world is restored.
    • Entirely wrong. The game tells you how this works. Seneschal gets sick of being god. he creates a dragon. dragon marks Arisen. Arisen dies like a bitch. Dragon marks an arisen. Arisen pussies out and sells their girlfriend. Dragon creates arisen. Arisen tells the dragon to fuck right off, goes to get drunk in a cave. Dragon marks Arisen. Arisen kills the dragon, gets bored with life and jumps in a hole. Seneschal kills Arisen, throws them back as the latest dragon some time later. New Dragon marks more Arisen. After a few false starts, dragon comes back and marks arisen. Arisen kills dragon. Arisen kills and replaces seneschal. Seneschal gets bored and makes a new dragon out of one of the other arisen.
  • At the end, the arisen frees his/her pawn from the seneschal's realm, the pawn instantly takes the form of the arisen, (Isn't that supposed to be gradual & aren't they supposed to look the way the arisen would if they were whatever age the pawn is?) & the pawn lives in place of the arisen (in the body of their loved one whose bloody suicide they just witnessed) alongside the arisen's beloved. The question is: Why is your former pawn with your former arisen at the end of New Game Plus & who are you controlling in New Game Plus? You can't be controlling the pawn from the previous file because that doesn't make any sense.
    • In New Game Plus, instead of the little bit where you play as Savan, it just says something along the lines of countless generations passing. I take it as taking place after "countless generations", where everyone is actually the Identical Grandson of the character from the previous save file. (So New Game+!Quina would be Previous Save!Quina's great-great-great granddaughter, etc...) So you're simply playing a new Arisen created by your previous Arisen's dragon.
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