YMMV: Long Live the Queen

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • It's impossible to get the full truth about every character in a single playthrough, so you're bound to have at least a few, but depending on your ending, Charlotte may get one in-universe. She can inherit Togami's Lumen crystal. Elodie convinces herself it must have something to do with the dueling ritual because her dear cousin couldn't possibly have anything in common with a power-hungry mustache-twirling villain who wants to take over the world... right?
    • If Elodie deals with the woman who attempted to poison a noble in a way that satisfies the Earl of Io, Briony's letter mentions his weird behavior. There's no question that Kevan is emotionally unstable due to trauma in his youth, but some of his actions (and reactions) suggest he may also have paranoid schizophrenia in a world that doesn't have a modern concept of mental illness.
  • Awesome Music: Togami's theme, the ending theme, and Joslyn's theme.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The game is full of it, the most obvious examples being Elodie's various deaths which are always accompanied with cute little Magical Girl style graphics depicting her demise.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Goons and /v/irgins alike agree: Your falcon is a badass motherfucker.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Shipping Elodie with Charlotte is common, despite them being related.
    • In some circles, Elodie/Togami.
  • Fridge Horror:
    • It's possible to marry Kevan after killing his mother, as long as he doesn't realize you did it. In that case the ending slides look heartwarming and all, but let's hope he never finds out how his trust has been abused again.
    • It's possible for Elodie to become queen after dodging a number of assassination attempts, but without ever discovering who's behind them and dealing with them. The endings show that Elodie does indeed stay Queen once she's on the throne, but there's no reason for Lucille to refrain from taking a second crack at it with Elodie's children.
  • Iron Woobie: Arisse. Suffered through two absolutely vile husbands who are responsible for how fucked up Kevan, Corisande, and Thaddeus are. Her lineage is being threatened by a foreign country. Her granddaughter is suffering under a dark secret that affects her parents. And now she has to deal with a queen who may or may not fuck up the entire country.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • If Elodie was cruel and executed everyone that could be executed, there will be long stretches of silence in the game, and she'll reach coronation horrendously depressed and alone. She kinda deserves it.
    • Brin is trying to start a war for some reason. However, the fact she has not one, not two, but THREE lovers dump her - the latest of which thought she'd be together with, dumped her for being "too challenging", and ran off with a priestess... ouch.
  • Jossed: While there's plenty of reason to suspect that Talarist had a hand in Adair's death, occasionally fans give him the blame for personally being behind the deaths of Adair's aunt and grandmother. In the final plot update, if Elodie has high enough intrigue to suspect him of the former, the narrative will outright say that the latter happened when was "too young to have had any possible involvement." Supporting this is information that has always been in his dossier and in the high-level Foreign Intelligence lessons: the suspicious deaths of Adair's grandmother and aunt happened twenty years before the start of the game. Talarist is currently twenty-six. He would have been six years old at the time of the deaths.
    • Even if Talarist couldn't have done it, that doesn't mean he didn't know about it. The string of conspicuous deaths in Adair's family and their line of succession, it's possible that Talarist's family has been trying to gain a proper foothold in Nova for generations.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The nature of the game means that you may or may not ever get to see enough of a character to find out how far they'll go (and even if you do, they'll probably be wearing a placid smile the entire time), and there's a whole lot of grey morality happening amongst the nobles of Nova, but honorable mentions include:
    • Kevan, the Earl of Io. His first appearance in the game is demanding a criminal to be killed for trying to poison his sister, if he isn't satisfied with the result, he'll kill her in broad daylight with no fucks given. He remains dangerously unstable even if you manage to have a good relationship with him.
    • Talarist, who may be willing to kill an innocent child to get what he wants. He denies that it was him, but since his bloodline makes him the rightful heir to Adair's lands and title if he dies, he's the only person with a motive. Oh, sure, he comes off as nice and generous in person, but several of his actions indicate that he's a vindictive, nasty Jerk Ass underneath.
    • Togami, who goes around killing Lumens just to collect their crystals (which he can't use himself). It's possible to avert this trope with him, but redeeming him (the Save the Day with the Power of Music achievement) is a difficult Guide Dang It.
    • Elodie can cross a few over the course of the game:
      • Escaping the Old Forest alone and leaving Briony there to be horribly killed by tentacles.
      • Feeding poisoned chocolates to people (or, if your Animal Handling is low enough, cramming one down a chicken's throat).
      • If a servant eats the poisoned chocolates and dies, Elodie happily remarks that she's glad it wasn't her if her Cruelty stat is high enough, indicating she's already crossed it.
      • Sacrificing Charlotte to the kraken.
      • And, naturally, killing her own father to prove allegiance to Togami.
    • And finally, Lucille. If Elodie gets too close to figuring out all those assassination attempts, she'll immediately throw her own husband under the bus to deflect suspicion and then poison him so he won't talk.
  • Surprise Difficulty: Even with a walkthrough guide to know which skills are actually important, keeping Elodie alive requires an impressive amount of planning and manipulation. And getting one of the best endings is much harder on top of that. Bit of a surprise for anyone expecting a Princess dress-up game.
  • That One Sidequest: Joining Briony on the adventure into the Old Forest. The number of skill checks needed to both open it up and survive it are so high and so numerous, that you pretty much need to plan for it from the very beginning.
  • What an Idiot:
    • If you misallocate Elodie's skill points, she can make some very stupid decisions, such as refusing to fund a printing press or a field hospital and trying to push out an arrow after being shot.
    • The chocolates deserve special mention. It's attached to several possible skill tests to unlock the option for her to do anything other than glut herself on poisoned candy.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The developer's website recommends the game for ages 13 and up, and their line of work in general carries a heavy Girls Need Role Models undertone to it. It also features incest, decapitation, tyranny, genocide, sexual slavery, and complex political decision-making.
  • The Woobie:
    • Elodie herself if you keep the Cruelty stat low. Everyone wants her head on a platter, their repeated attempts to kill her maim and hurt people close to her, and she's expected to be Queen despite not having the slightest clue. We would give her a hug, but she might interpret it as an attempt to strangle her.
    • Potentially Alice. As a servant to Elodie, she is at the mercy to the latter's whims, and is a frequent victim of Video Game Cruelty Potential. Elodie can beat her for reasons that aren't Alice's fault, dance with her at a ball which puts her on the spot with the scheming nobility, or even turn her into a Sex Slave.
    • Kevan, Earl of Io. Being "seduced" by his stepfather and then having this be discovered strained the relationship with his mother and brother, to put it lightly. The subsequent refusal to speak of the matter and the assassination of the stepfather left him with severe trust and familial issues, which he eventually confesses to Elodie, should they marry. The way he acts may place him under the category of Jerkass Woobie, however.
      • His half-brother, Thaddeus also counts. Walking in on his father with his brother, followed by his father's death clearly messed the guy up, judging by Elodie's description of him in school. Furthermore, if Elodie marries him and talks Togami out of invading, he assumes his new wife is having an affair, and the game notes that he wouldn't have said anything about it had Elodie not figured out what was wrong. Considering what happened the last time he was witness to an "affair", can you blame him?
    • Charlotte, depending. She can get bitten by a poisonous snake... set by her scheming mother to try and get her cousin killed, or Elodie can kill her mother - one method, by frying her alive in self-defense, or Elodie can have Charlotte executed along with her mother because of her mother's crimes, or, if you're feeling particularly sore about her mom, Elodie can have Charlotte fed to the Kraken, by having people tie Charlotte up and gag her first and then dumping her off a ship, after some horrible ritual has been performed on her. And all this is happening to Elodie's favorite cousin. Even worse is if Elodie killer her mother in self-defense - she'll be absolutely heartbroken and hateful towards Elodie, who is just as heartbroken as she is.
    • Briony has to deal with her parents never paying any attention to her, on top of the hideous secret that her mother and uncle are still reeling from their abusive stepfathers, and once were in a physical relationship. All she wants is someone to pay attention to her. Said methods may get her and her friend (Elodie) killed... if said "friend" doesn't leave her to her fate.