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* This book shows a glimpse of Trellis's life under the Elf King. Book 2 already shows that he's been physically and emotionally abused, and has the threat of death and much more suffering hanging over his head the entire time but here, we get another, more subtle detail of abuse. His room, is incredibly empty.
** It looks like a normal room, with a bed and pillows with a desk, a bench, and a window, but it doesn't look like it belongs to a person, much less a ''prince''. It's deprived of basic entertainment or comfort, it doesn't even have elaborate designs or a smidge of personality (the bed doesn't even have blankets); these details are even more significant when you know by now how Kazu Kibuishi designs rooms, it's ''bound'' to be overspilling with random objects cluttered around. Trellis's room has no such things. Even the Elf King's room, who's technically dead at this point, has more personality. The emptiness was intentional. ''He's even oppressed in the false safety of his own room''.


** It becomes HarsherInHindsight when Max revealed that no one, aside from Emily, has ever succeeded liberating anyone from a Dark Scout's control, and that no one actually''survived'' when they do. It means that when [[spoiler: the Elf King sicced the parasite unto Trellis, he was condemning him '''to die'''.]]

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** It becomes HarsherInHindsight when Max revealed that no one, aside from Emily, has ever succeeded liberating anyone from a Dark Scout's control, and that no one actually''survived'' actually ''survived'' when they do. It means that when [[spoiler: the Elf King sicced the parasite unto Trellis, he was condemning him '''to die'''.]]


* Trellis investigates the memory cube given to him by Gabilan. And quickly enough, he encounters a cramped house in the middle of a tundra. Inside, he sees an unconscious elven mother and child, frozen and starving. It's quickly revealed that the boy is [[spoiler:himself, and the mother is his own. When Trellis was a child, his last moments with his mother were of them starving and cold, holding each other in bed to have what little comfort they have. ''He woke up to her corpse''. ]] And the clincher? [[spoiler:Young Trellis wasn't even crying, or wailing. He was just quiet as he processes his trauma. Not too different from current Trellis's reaction in the Nexus when he sees his father scar him. The extent of his trauma goes so far back and it's horrifying.]]

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* Trellis investigates the memory cube given to him by Gabilan. And quickly enough, he encounters a cramped house in the middle of a tundra. Inside, he sees an unconscious elven mother and child, frozen and starving. It's quickly revealed that the boy is [[spoiler:himself, and the mother is his own. When Trellis was a child, his last moments with his mother were of them starving and cold, holding each other in bed to have what little comfort they have. ''He woke up to her corpse''. ]] And the clincher? [[spoiler:Young Trellis wasn't even crying, or wailing. He was just quiet as he processes his trauma. Not too different from current Trellis's reaction in the Nexus when he sees his father scar him. The extent of his trauma goes so far back and it's horrifying.]]


* Trellis in the seventh book also has to suffer through seeing his own childhood, and predictably gets to watch how [[AbusiveParents abusive]] his father was to him.
** And what makes this worse? He was just ''silent'' as his life was changed terribly in the span of a few minutes. He doesn't get outraged or yell or even try to intervene with the memory, he just left because he had ''enough''. Trellis may not have said anything, but it's obvious that he's hurt and affected by the memory and Emily could see it.

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* Trellis in the seventh book also has to suffer through seeing his own childhood, and predictably gets to watch how [[AbusiveParents abusive]] his father was to him.
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him. And what makes this worse? He was just ''silent'' as his life was changed terribly in the span of a few minutes. He doesn't get outraged or yell or even try to intervene with the memory, he just left because he had ''enough''. Trellis may not have said anything, but it's obvious that he's hurt and affected by the memory and Emily could see it.



* [[spoiler: At the very beginning, Trellis investigates the memory cube given to him by Gabilan. And quickly enough, he encounters a cramped house in the middle of a tundra. Inside, he sees an unconscious elven mother and child, frozen and starving. His tone when he notices them, was mournful.]]
** [[spoiler: Then the boy suddenly awakens and sits up, much to his relief and shock. Out of instinct, he asks the boy if he's alright, then he abruptly stops when he realizes the boy was ''him''.]]
** [[spoiler: In other words, the unconscious mother wasn't just a stranger; it was ''his mother''. But when young Trellis tries to wake her up, she doesn't, because she already passed. When Trellis was a child, his last moments with his mother were of them starving and cold, holding together in bed to have what little comfort they have. ''He woke up to her corpse''. ]]
** [[spoiler:And the clincher? Young Trellis wasn't even crying, or wailing. He was just quiet as he processes his trauma. Not too different from current Trellis's reaction in the Nexus when he sees his father scar him. The extent of his trauma, goes too far back and it's horrifying.]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheStoic Trellis's]] [[NotSoStoic face]]. It's just one, big heartbreaking expression. It's one of the few moments he actually showed such devastating emotion.]]
** [[spoiler:He wasn't even angry, yet instead just seems tired from it all. ''He just wished he had a memory of his mother.'']]
* Trellis once again has a bout of HeroicSelfDeprecation during the dinner at Ippo. He sure fells awful guilty not helping the people of Ippo enough.

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* [[spoiler: At the very beginning, Trellis investigates the memory cube given to him by Gabilan. And quickly enough, he encounters a cramped house in the middle of a tundra. Inside, he sees an unconscious elven mother and child, frozen and starving. His tone when he notices them, was mournful.]]
** [[spoiler: Then
It's quickly revealed that the boy suddenly awakens is [[spoiler:himself, and sits up, much to his relief and shock. Out of instinct, he asks the boy if he's alright, then he abruptly stops when he realizes the boy was ''him''.]]
** [[spoiler: In other words, the unconscious
mother wasn't just a stranger; it was ''his mother''. But when young Trellis tries to wake her up, she doesn't, because she already passed. is his own. When Trellis was a child, his last moments with his mother were of them starving and cold, holding together each other in bed to have what little comfort they have. ''He woke up to her corpse''. ]]
** [[spoiler:And
]] And the clincher? Young [[spoiler:Young Trellis wasn't even crying, or wailing. He was just quiet as he processes his trauma. Not too different from current Trellis's reaction in the Nexus when he sees his father scar him. The extent of his trauma, trauma goes too so far back and it's horrifying.]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheStoic Trellis's]] [[NotSoStoic face]]. It's just one, big heartbreaking expression. It's one of the few moments he actually showed such devastating emotion.]]
** [[spoiler:He
He wasn't even angry, yet instead just seems tired from it all. ''He just wished he had a memory of his mother.'']]
* Trellis once again has a bout of HeroicSelfDeprecation during the celebration dinner at Ippo. after they captured a contingent of elf soldiers, wherein he insists he's not a hero despite all he's already done to help the war effort. He sure fells feels awful guilty not helping the people of Ippo enough.


* Riva. She looked and ''sounded'' different from her initial appearance in Book 6, where she is capable of being hopeful and albeit desperate, hasn't really fallen into despair. Here, she looks exhausted, and so void of hope, it's painful to watch. She may as well be in the middle of a HeroicBSOD.
* Trellis once again has a bout of HeroicSelfDeprecation. He sure fells awful guilty not helping the people of Ippo enough.

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* Riva. She looked and ''sounded'' different from her initial appearance in Book 6, where she is capable of being hopeful and albeit desperate, hasn't really fallen into despair. Here, she looks exhausted, and so void of hope, it's painful to watch. She may as well be in the middle of a HeroicBSOD.
* Trellis once again has a bout of HeroicSelfDeprecation.HeroicSelfDeprecation during the dinner at Ippo. He sure fells awful guilty not helping the people of Ippo enough.

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* Trellis once again has a bout of HeroicSelfDeprecation. He sure fells awful guilty not helping the people of Ippo enough.

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* Riva. She looked and ''sounded'' different from her initial appearance in Book 6, where she is capable of being hopeful and albeit desperate, hasn't really fallen into despair. Here, she looks exhausted, and so void of hope, it's painful to watch. She may as well be in the middle of a HeroicBSOD.


* TheReveal behind Trellis's uncharacteristic cruel impression in Book 1: [[spoiler: he possessed by a Dark Scout all along]]. They way he justs asks Max what the creature was when back then he tried to sic it on Emily, tells you that ''there is something'' '''very''' ''wrong''. How long was he brainwashed? How many people became his victims while he was possessed? The expression on his face is just awful.
** It becomes HarsherInHindsight when Max revealed that no one, aside from Emily, has ever succeeded liberating anyone from a Dark Scout's control, and that no one actually''survived'' when they do. It means that when [[spoiler: the Elf King sic the parasite unto Trellis, he was condemning him '''to die'''.]]

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* TheReveal behind Trellis's uncharacteristic cruel impression in Book 1: [[spoiler: he was possessed by a Dark Scout all along]]. They way he justs asks Max what the creature was when back then he tried to sic it on Emily, tells you that ''there is something'' '''very''' ''wrong''. How long was he brainwashed? How many people became his victims while he was possessed? The expression on his face is just awful.
** It becomes HarsherInHindsight when Max revealed that no one, aside from Emily, has ever succeeded liberating anyone from a Dark Scout's control, and that no one actually''survived'' when they do. It means that when [[spoiler: the Elf King sic sicced the parasite unto Trellis, he was condemning him '''to die'''.]]

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* [[spoiler: At the very beginning, Trellis investigates the memory cube given to him by Gabilan. And quickly enough, he encounters a cramped house in the middle of a tundra. Inside, he sees an unconscious elven mother and child, frozen and starving. His tone when he notices them, was mournful.]]
** [[spoiler: Then the boy suddenly awakens and sits up, much to his relief and shock. Out of instinct, he asks the boy if he's alright, then he abruptly stops when he realizes the boy was ''him''.]]
** [[spoiler: In other words, the unconscious mother wasn't just a stranger; it was ''his mother''. But when young Trellis tries to wake her up, she doesn't, because she already passed. When Trellis was a child, his last moments with his mother were of them starving and cold, holding together in bed to have what little comfort they have. ''He woke up to her corpse''. ]]
** [[spoiler:And the clincher? Young Trellis wasn't even crying, or wailing. He was just quiet as he processes his trauma. Not too different from current Trellis's reaction in the Nexus when he sees his father scar him. The extent of his trauma, goes too far back and it's horrifying.]]
** [[spoiler:[[TheStoic Trellis's]] [[NotSoStoic face]]. It's just one, big heartbreaking expression. It's one of the few moments he actually showed such devastating emotion.]]
** [[spoiler:He wasn't even angry, yet instead just seems tired from it all. ''He just wished he had a memory of his mother.'']]


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* TheReveal behind Trellis's uncharacteristic cruel impression in Book 1: [[spoiler: he possessed by a Dark Scout all along]]. They way he justs asks Max what the creature was when back then he tried to sic it on Emily, tells you that ''there is something'' '''very''' ''wrong''. How long was he brainwashed? How many people became his victims while he was possessed? The expression on his face is just awful.
** It becomes HarsherInHindsight when Max revealed that no one, aside from Emily, has ever succeeded liberating anyone from a Dark Scout's control, and that no one actually''survived'' when they do. It means that when [[spoiler: the Elf King sic the parasite unto Trellis, he was condemning him '''to die'''.]]

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** What makes this worse is that she is talking to the Voice. She knows that she is not speaking to her real father but she keeps doing it anyway... ''which really shows how much she misses him.'' And how desperately she wants to have him back.



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* Considering Trellis was a villain in the previous book, him getting punched by the guards is pretty much LaserGuidedKarma. But then you read his past later on in the series, you can't help but feel sick as you go back to this part.
* Karen is still comatose, and when Theodore left after bringing breakfast, Emily can't help but ''break'' a little bit. It's clear that even after several days, she still blames herself.


* Emily, Trellis, and Vigo manage to land unscathed thanks to Trellis Max was not so lucky. He isn't dead, but severely injured with several broken bones and likely internal bleeding. The Voice forces him to move, to which he admits he can't, prompting the spirit to mend his body (and it isn't [[Understatement pleasant]]). He just ''begs'' him to stop but then the Voice brought up an old wound:
--->'''The Voice:'' What would Laura say if she saw you now?\\

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* Emily, Trellis, and Vigo manage to land unscathed thanks to Trellis Max was not so lucky. He isn't dead, but severely injured with several broken bones and likely internal bleeding. The Voice forces him to move, to which he admits he can't, prompting the spirit to mend his body (and it isn't [[Understatement [[BodyHorror pleasant]]). He just ''begs'' him to stop but then the Voice brought up an old wound:
--->'''The Voice:'' Voice:''' What would Laura Layra say if she saw you now?\\


* It's minor, but Trellis mistook Emily's scolding for concern prompting her to insensitively explain the concern wasn't for him, but for the people affected by their actions. Even after all he's done, she doesn't really consider him as a friend [[spoiler:yet]].



* Also from the fifth volume, Emily being genuinely upset over [[spoiler:her Stone lying to her about how much influence he had over Max.]] Even though she says she never fully trusted him, you can see through the other volumes how she had treated him as a confidant when she needed him.

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* Also Trellis's HiddenDepths. You wouldn't have thought he was insecure, which would likely stem from harsh treatment from both his father and his people, who have in multiple times in the fifth volume, series express their incredibly low opinion of him.
--->'''Trellis:''' You know I'm not a good stonekeeper, Emily.

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Emily being genuinely upset over [[spoiler:her Stone lying to her about how much influence he had over Max.]] Even though she says she never fully trusted him, you can see through the other volumes how she had treated him as a confidant when she needed him.him.
* Emily, Trellis, and Vigo manage to land unscathed thanks to Trellis Max was not so lucky. He isn't dead, but severely injured with several broken bones and likely internal bleeding. The Voice forces him to move, to which he admits he can't, prompting the spirit to mend his body (and it isn't [[Understatement pleasant]]). He just ''begs'' him to stop but then the Voice brought up an old wound:
--->'''The Voice:'' What would Laura say if she saw you now?\\
'''Max:''' [''delirious with pain''] Layra.. I'm so... Sorry, Layra.\\
'''Max:''' Please... Forgive me...\\

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