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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous. In some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life (though she does hint at ulterior motives here).]] In others, [[spoiler:she acts like Byleth is an amnesiac Sothis, and thus ''is'' Sothis in a sense, like in her conversation with Seteth just before the time skip, or in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted, these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth.]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, [[spoiler: it's unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity is at this point in the game, and there has been discussion on whether Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac]].

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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous. In some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life (though she does hint at ulterior motives here).]] In others, [[spoiler:she acts like Byleth is an amnesiac Sothis, and thus ''is'' Sothis in a sense, like in her conversation with Seteth just before the time skip, or in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted, these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth.]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, [[spoiler: it's unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity is at this point in the game, and there has been discussion on whether Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac]].amnesiac, or perhaps even something inbetween (i.e. seeing the boundary between Byleth and Sothis' identities as blurred and unstable, and seeking to solidify their identity)]].


** Despite her good intentions, she is still responsible for a significant amount of problems in the story. [[spoiler:By propagating a false history, encouraging the Crest system by rewriting Crests and Relics as divine weapons and enforcing isolationism through Church tenets, she has created an unequal society in Fódlan, and motivates the actions of Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude to change the system. In the first half of the story, her primary reason for hiring Byleth is to test and prepare them as a vessel to revive Sothis at the cost of their individuality.]]

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** Despite her good intentions, she is still responsible for a significant amount of problems in the story. [[spoiler:By propagating a false history, encouraging the Crest system by rewriting Crests and Relics as divine weapons and enforcing isolationism through Church tenets, she has created an unequal society in Fódlan, and motivates the actions of Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude to change the system. In the first half of the story, her primary reason for hiring Byleth is to test and prepare them as a vessel to revive Sothis Sothis, possibly at the cost of their individuality.]]

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* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:All of his critical quotes also belong to the Death Knight.]]
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"''Die!''"\\
"''Rapturous!''"\\
"''Your life ends!''"


** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, [[spoiler: it's unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game, and their has been discussion if Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac ]].

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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in ambiguous. In some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though (though she does hint at ulterior motives here.here).]] While in In others, [[spoiler:she acts like Byleth is an amnesiac Sothis, and thus ''is'' Sothis in a sense, like in her conversation with Seteth just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and skip, or in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted Granted, these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. Byleth.]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, [[spoiler: it's unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity is at this point in the game, and their there has been discussion if on whether Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac ]]. amnesiac]].



* FantasticRacism: Arguably regards crest bearers more highly than non-crest bearers, as shown in Chapter 5, after defeating Miklan, Rhea derisively refers him as unworthy to wield the Lance of Ruin, and Church doctrine preaches that the original Crest bearers were chosen by the Goddess, which could imply that non-crest bearers are inferior in a way, which is fantasy eugenics (on the other hand Rhea knows that Crests can be given to any human via blood, which muddles the theory that she thinks those born with Crests are superior). And thanks to this mentality, Crest Bearers are considered to be valued above non-crest bearers by many in the nobility, as noted by Edelgard in Chapter 5. There is also the fact, that as [[spoiler: a Nabatean, she has placed herself, above humans in the Church hierarchy, and in political power, as the human nations would rely on the Church to mediate as a neutral power. And since, Crest bearers in reality have dragon blood in them, this would explain why Rhea puts them above non-crest wielding human in Fodlan's caste system she encouraged. That said, it is rather unclear what aspects are motivated by any supposed belief in superiority and what is merely an effort by Rhea to hide what Crests and Relics really are, and to prepare Fodlan for Sothis' return.]]

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* FantasticRacism: Arguably regards crest bearers more highly than non-crest bearers, as shown in Chapter 5, 5; after defeating Miklan, Rhea derisively refers him as unworthy to wield the Lance of Ruin, and Ruin. Church doctrine also preaches that the original Crest bearers were chosen by the Goddess, which could imply that non-crest bearers are inferior in a way, which is fantasy eugenics (on the other hand Rhea knows that Crests can be given to any human via blood, which muddles the theory that she thinks those born with Crests are superior). And thanks to this mentality, Crest Bearers are considered to be valued above non-crest bearers by many in the nobility, as noted by Edelgard in Chapter 5. There is also the fact, fact that as [[spoiler: a Nabatean, she has placed herself, herself above humans in the Church hierarchy, and in political power, as the human nations would rely on the Church to mediate as a neutral power. And since, since Crest bearers in reality have dragon blood in them, this would explain why Rhea puts them above non-crest wielding human bearing humans in Fodlan's caste system she encouraged. That said, it is rather unclear what aspects are motivated by any supposed belief in superiority and what is merely an effort by Rhea to hide what Crests and Relics really are, and to prepare Fodlan for Sothis' return.]] ]]


** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails,it's a slightly unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game, and their has been discussion if Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac ]].

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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails,it's a slightly entails, [[spoiler: it's unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game, and their has been discussion if Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac ]].


** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, it's a bit ambiguous as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game]].

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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, it's entails,it's a bit ambiguous slightly unclear as to what her exact opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game]].game, and their has been discussion if Rhea views Byleth as a host akin to Robin and Grima, or her mother amnesiac ]].


** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. ]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10.]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, it's a bit ambiguous as to what her exact goal is for Byleth]].

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** How exactly Rhea views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and explicitly states she views them as the child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. Though she does hint at ulterior motives here.]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and in her lap pillow scene after chapter 10.10. Granted these moments take place after Sothis has merged with Byleth. ]] Considering Rhea may not know fully what the process entails, it's a bit ambiguous as to what her exact goal is for Byleth]].opinion on Byleth's identity at this point in the game]].


** Rhea strongly suspected/knew all along that [[spoiler:Sothis' consciousness was alive within Byleth, as she explains on the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, and hoped that Sothis' mind would merge with Byleth and become the dominant personality. She seems to rationalize that Byleth in a sense is Sothis and simply needs to regain their memories to become complete[[note]]Seteth and Flayn in one scene agree with her when she explains this, though if you've neglected the relevant support dialogs then the scene will change, Seteth will be too unsure to agree to help Byleth become Fodlan's leader, and Flayn will not appear in the scene (Seteth will be supportive of Byleth in part two regardless). [[/note]]. In both the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes Rhea later explains this scenario was her "dearest wish," due to her belief that Sothis could solve Fódlan's problems where Rhea could not (and her own selfish desire to be with her mother again).]]

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** How exactly Rhea strongly suspected/knew all along that [[spoiler:Sothis' consciousness was alive within Byleth, as she explains on the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, and hoped that Sothis' mind would merge with views Byleth is a bit ambiguous, in some parts like their C support, [[spoiler: Rhea acts like Byleth is their own person, and become explicitly states she views them as the dominant personality. She seems to rationalize child of the man who saved her life and doesn't treat them like an amnesiac Sothis. ]] While in others, like just before the time skip [[spoiler: she rationalizes that Byleth in a sense is must be an amnesiac Sothis, thus Sothis in a sense, as she states to Seteth, and simply needs to regain their memories to become complete[[note]]Seteth and Flayn in one her lap pillow scene agree with her when she explains this, though if you've neglected the relevant support dialogs then the scene will change, Seteth will be too unsure to agree to help Byleth become Fodlan's leader, and Flayn will not appear in the scene (Seteth will be supportive of Byleth in part two regardless). [[/note]]. In both the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes after chapter 10.]] Considering Rhea later explains this scenario was may not know fully what the process entails, it's a bit ambiguous as to what her "dearest wish," due to her belief that Sothis could solve Fódlan's problems where Rhea could not (and her own selfish desire to be with her mother again).]]exact goal is for Byleth]].


** Her body type - large bust, wide hips, small waist - is exclusive to her and [[spoiler: f!Byleth, Sothis shares the hips and waist in her current form.]] This makes perfect sense after a Silver Snow and Verdant Wind run. [[spoiler: Unfortunately this falls flat when playing as m!Byleth]]

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** Her body type - large bust, wide hips, small waist - is exclusive to her and [[spoiler: f!Byleth, female Byleth; Sothis shares the hips and waist in her current form.]] This makes perfect sense after a Silver Snow and Verdant Wind run. [[spoiler: Unfortunately this falls flat when playing as m!Byleth]] male Byleth.]]



* HartmanHips: She has quite noticeable hips, and [[spoiler:if you recall the opening, it's a clue to her true identity as Seiros, considering she has just as prominent hips. It's also a feature exclusive to her, Sothis and f!Byleth to hint at the connection between the three of them.]]

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* HartmanHips: She has quite noticeable hips, and [[spoiler:if you recall the opening, it's a clue to her true identity as Seiros, considering she has just as prominent hips. It's also a feature exclusive to her, Sothis and f!Byleth female Byleth to hint at the connection between the three of them.]]



** On the Verdant Wind route, [[spoiler:she is mortally injured stopping Thales' javelins of light from turning Byleth and the Alliance forces into a smoking pile of ash, dying some time later. On Silver Snow the injuries themselves don't kill her, but do cause her to lose control of her powers and thus force Byleth and company to kill her (unless Byleth S supports her]].
* HoistByHerOwnPetard: The Crimson Flower route [[spoiler: is basically all about Rhea's lies and plots coming back to crash everything she's built. First, Byleth, the one she spent most of the first half preparing to become Sothis's vessel turns against her in part due to her lying to Jeralt about the full truth of his wife's death, and partly because they became attached to the students, namely Edelgad, she encouraged them to get connected to. Byleth's prowess and weaponry are thanks to Rhea giving them the sword and crest stone, and now they've turned it against her in this route. The Students she indirectly trained for a year? Turned against her. The book of Seiros that states murder and thievery are wrong unless done in the name of the goddess? Whoops, not so hot when Byleth who has the goddess with them is on the side of your enemies.]]

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** On the Verdant Wind route, [[spoiler:she is mortally injured stopping Thales' javelins of light from turning Byleth and the Alliance forces into a smoking pile of ash, dying some time later. On Silver Snow the injuries themselves don't kill her, but do cause her to lose control of her powers and thus force Byleth and company to kill her (unless Byleth S supports her]].
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* HoistByHerOwnPetard: The Crimson Flower route [[spoiler: is basically all about Rhea's lies and plots coming back to crash everything she's built. First, Byleth, the one she spent most of the first half preparing to become Sothis's vessel turns against her in part due to her lying to Jeralt about the full truth of his wife's death, and partly because they became attached to the students, namely Edelgad, Edelgard, she encouraged them to get connected to. Byleth's prowess and weaponry are thanks to Rhea giving them the sword and crest stone, and now they've turned it against her in this route. The Students students she indirectly trained for a year? Turned against her. The book of Seiros that states murder and thievery are wrong unless done in the name of the goddess? Whoops, not so hot when Byleth who has the goddess with them is on the side of your enemies.]]


** An implication, though not one the characters appear to have intended to inflict. The real reason Rhea hired Byleth as a professor for the Officers Academy was to [[spoiler:observe and test them to see if they would prove her belief that they are a successful vessel to revive Sothis, her mother. In the Holy Tomb after Byleth and Sothis' powers earlier merged, she hopes to have Byleth sit on the throne in order to allow Sothis to truly return, though that doesn't come to pass.]]

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** An implication, though not one the characters appear to have intended to inflict. The real reason Rhea hired Byleth as a professor for the Officers Academy was to [[spoiler:observe and test them to see if they would prove her belief that they are a successful vessel to revive Sothis, her mother. In the Holy Tomb after Byleth and Sothis' powers earlier merged, she hopes to have Byleth sit on the throne in order to allow Sothis to truly return, though that doesn't come to pass.]]


** Despite her good intentions, she is still responsible for a significant amount of problems in the story. [[spoiler:By propagating a false history, encouraging the Crest system by rewriting Crests and Relics as divine weapons and enforcing isolationism through Church tenets, she has created an unequal society in Fódlan, and motivates the actions of Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude to change the system. In the first half of the story, her primary reason for hiring Byleth is to test and prepare them as a vessel to revive Sothis at the possible cost of their individuality.]]

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** Despite her good intentions, she is still responsible for a significant amount of problems in the story. [[spoiler:By propagating a false history, encouraging the Crest system by rewriting Crests and Relics as divine weapons and enforcing isolationism through Church tenets, she has created an unequal society in Fódlan, and motivates the actions of Dimitri, Edelgard, and Claude to change the system. In the first half of the story, her primary reason for hiring Byleth is to test and prepare them as a vessel to revive Sothis at the possible cost of their individuality.]]


** Her body type - large bust, wide hips, small waist - is exclusive to her and [[spoiler: f!Byleth, Sothis shares the hips and waist in her current form.]] This makes perfect sense after a Silver Snow and Verdant Wind run. [[spoiler: Unfortunately this falls flat when playing as m!Byleth]]



* HartmanHips: She has quite noticeable hips, and [[spoiler:if you recall the opening, it's a clue to her true identity as Seiros, considering she has just as prominent hips.]]

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* HartmanHips: She has quite noticeable hips, and [[spoiler:if you recall the opening, it's a clue to her true identity as Seiros, considering she has just as prominent hips. It's also a feature exclusive to her, Sothis and f!Byleth to hint at the connection between the three of them.]]


* UngratefulBastard: On the Crimson Flower route, [[spoiler:Faerghus gives her shelter for five years when she flees from Edelgard, and she and Dimitri appear to sympathize with each other over their desire for revenge. Dimitri dies trying to protect her in the penultimate battle, causing the populace to throw their support behind her instead. As a result, their capital is being invaded because of her. Rhea's response to their loyalty? Setting Fhirdiad on fire and trapping the citizens inside.]]
* UncertainDoom: On the Verdant Wind route, [[spoiler:she takes a bunch of missiles head on and collapses from her wounds. Her status by the end of the story is never confirmed, but since she is bedridden, it's possible that she might survive]]. Supporting this is [[spoiler:[[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail the fact that even having her bedridden at all indicates that she had to have survived]]]].

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* UngratefulBastard: On the Crimson Flower route, [[spoiler:Faerghus gives her shelter for five years when she flees from Edelgard, and she and Dimitri appear to sympathize with each other over their desire for revenge. Dimitri dies trying to protect her in the penultimate battle, causing the populace to throw their support behind her instead. As a result, their capital is being invaded because of her. Rhea's response to their loyalty? Setting Fhirdiad on fire and trapping the citizens inside.]]
* UncertainDoom: On the Verdant Wind route, [[spoiler:she takes a bunch of missiles head on and collapses from her wounds. Her status by the end of the story is never confirmed, but since she is bedridden, it's possible that she might survive]]. Supporting this is [[spoiler:[[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail the fact that even having her bedridden at all indicates that she had to have survived]]]].survived]]. On the other hand, she also states she doesn't have much time left, implying she at least believes she may/will die soon]].


** Rhea, as archbishop of the Church, is actually [[spoiler:a front for Seiros herself. She faked her death to make it easier for her to continue her plans to revive her mother.]]

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** Rhea, as archbishop of the Church, is actually [[spoiler:a front for Seiros herself. She faked her death to make it easier for her to continue her plans to revive her mother. Ironically, Seiros herself was only a identity she made when she took on the mission of working with humans to stop Nemesis and found the Church of Seiros. Its unclear what her original name was.]]


* ImmortalRuler: As a [[spoiler:thousand-year-old LongLived dragon, Seiros has lead the church ever since she founded it centuries ago, and continues to lead it through various identities, her latest one being Rhea. Besides the Church, Rhea has watched over Fódlan for most of her life, has had a hand in the founding of the Empire and Kingdom, and through the church, distorts Fódlan's history on such a level that she paints Nemesis and the 10 Elites as heroes and gets the powers in Fódlan to accept it, enforces isolationism, enforces the Crest system despite not even founding it, and has a say in the leadership succession process of at least the Kingdom and Empire, on top of the influence the teachings of the church have on the majority of continent's people and the considerable military power the church wields. It is apparent that she is the true power in Fódlan through her actions, and overthrowing her is Edelgard's primary motivation on the Crimson Flower route. Whether she is a benevolent example or not depends on one's perspective of her actions.]]

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* ImmortalRuler: As a [[spoiler:thousand-year-old [[spoiler:thousand-plus-year-old LongLived dragon, Seiros she has lead led the church ever since she founded it under the identity of Seiros centuries ago, and continues to lead it through various identities, her latest one being Rhea. Rhea (its unclear what her true name is, if it is Rhea or something else). Besides the Church, Rhea has watched over Fódlan for most of her life, has had a hand in the founding of the Empire and Kingdom, and through the church, distorts Fódlan's history on such a level that she paints Nemesis and the 10 Elites as heroes and gets the powers in Fódlan to accept it, enforces isolationism, isolationism to a unclear extent, enforces the Crest system to some degree despite not even founding it, and has a say in the leadership succession process of at least the Kingdom and Empire, on top of the influence the teachings of the church have on the majority of continent's people and the considerable military power the church wields. It is apparent that In a sense she is the true ruling power in Fódlan through her actions, (even if its questionable just how much power she actually wields over the nations), and overthrowing her is Edelgard's primary motivation on the Crimson Flower route. Whether she is a benevolent example or not depends on one's perspective of her actions.]]

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