Teo and Lippti are deadAht can see dead people. She is also the only party member besides Stocke who can see him interacting with them before the last chapters.
Party Member levels and such carry over because of Stocke's bond with them.The purpose of the White Chronicle is to prepare the Sacrifice for the Ritual by helping them form and strengthen their bonds with others, right? Well, in order to strengthen any bonds those others would need to remain alive, and would require the skills needed as such. Every time Stocke uses the Chronicle, it takes a "snapshot" of the rest of the party as perceived by Stocke, and each time he travels to a node it reapplies the abilities from the most recent "snapshot" to all of the pertinent characters, advancing them to whatever level of power they were at.
Save points and the ability to continue when you get a game over are justifiedLippti and Teo are shown at the beginning of the game to share the Chronicle holders' Save Scumming ability, jumping back in time when the continent gets consumed by desert. Since if Stocke dies, the world ends, they could easily have been redoing the events of the story over and over until they manage to find a future where, say, the Hell Spider doesn't kill him.
The slaver Marco says was "hitting on" Raynie was attempting to rape herThe game edges around several heavy topics, so having an obtuse mention of Attempted Rape isn't out of the question. Marco's choice of words isn't just to keep the game's rating, though; he's passing this story on in front of Aht and probably doesn't want to have to explain exactly what that means to a 10-year-old. Staff Chick, only as The Lancer's Love Interest rather than that of The Hero. Come on, she's even carrying a staff (spear? polearm?) and wearing a breastplate in her portrait, which seems unnecessary on someone who stays in the castle away from combat....