12:54:06 PM Feb 4th 2013
The whole setup with the quadrangle between the hero and Flora/Nera, Bianca and Crispin bugs me, because it's a setup for a perfect elegant solution which never gets brought up in the game. The hero needs the Zenithian Shield which is a dowry for Flora//Nera, who Crispin wants to marry, and the hero hardly knows. Flora/Nera's father will only give her hand in marriage to the man who retrieves the Circles of Fire and Water, which only the hero is strong enough to do. The obvious solution is to have the hero retrieve the rings, then make a deal with Crispin, where Crispin receives the rings in exchange for giving the hero the Zenithian Shield after their marriage. Crispin has every reason to take the deal, since he doesn't care about the shield in the slightest, and Flora/Nera's father gets to keep his family's honor by upholding the conditions for his daughter's marriage that he laid out to begin with, as well as seeing his daughter wed to a man who genuinely cares about her. The hero can marry Bianca and still get the Zenithian Shield fairly. In the game though, nobody seems to think of this, which leads to the bizarre outcome of Flora/Nera's father lavishing honors and rewards on a man who's basically jilted his daughter. Winning the contest for her hand in marriage and then walking out on her should be tremendously shameful to her whole family, but her father doesn't mind because the plot says the hero needs to get the Zenithian Shield.
12:08:33 PM Sep 22nd 2012