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  • Okay, I know that this is just asking for a Timey-Wimey Ball, but there's a big headscratcher in Warrior Within. Let's say that there are three Princes: Prince A, who we only see as the Sandwraith, Prince B, who we play as, and Prince C, who we see when playing as the Sandwraith. Now, the headscratcher I have is this: Why did Prince A die? Couldn't he have avoided the Dahaka as Prince B did, since he would have seen that the Sandwraith was killed before he went to fight Kaileena? There's absolutely no reason why he couldn't have lived, other than making the story a bit simpler.
    • If Prince A hadn't died when he did and instead made Prince B (you) die, Prince B wouldn't have been able to eventually turn into the Sandwraith. It only occurs to Sandwraith-mode Prince B to jump out of the way because he saw Prince A die. Prince C dies and never gets to kill Kaileena, meaning the Sandwraith is never created, and the (hypothetical) Prince D isn't killed by Prince C trying to avoid being killed and AGHHH MY HEAD IS EXPLODING
      • If helps to understand that the Mask Of The Wraith is a living paradox. Since it's a get-out-of-jail free card and unconnected to the Sands of Time. Now, Prince A may have had a completely different journey than Prince B or maybe Prince A was being followed by the Sand Wraith also, ensuring an endless time loop. Who knows? I make sense of it that Prince B is THE Prince because Prince C was consumed by the Dahaka and thus erased forever. Honestly I think the realy question is; How many Dahaka's were there?
  • Why did the Empress attack the Prince? She says that it's her fate to die at his hands and doesn't want that, fair enough, but he only attacks her because she attacks him first. What's more, the Prince had said to Kaileena that he only sought an audience with the Empress, so there's no reason why she would think that he'd just run in and kill her.
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    • She knew she was going to die because of him, not how it came about or why. She probably thought her nearly-nude henchchick would manage to kill him without ever having to bring him near the island.
    • She clearly had no idea of the concept of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. On the other hand, what else she could do? Just sit and wait for the Prince to come and kill her without The Last Dance? Same as if the Prince himself just gave up and let Dahaka kill him.
  • How does the Dahaka get to the island? I know that it's shown that it can do a teleportation kind of thing, but judging by the fact that it can't teleport past water (shown when the Prince is in the time portal rooms), it would be reasonable to assume that it can't teleport past water. So how did it get to the island? Build a ship?
    • There may be a difference between teleporting through running water and teleporting over the sea. Maybe it's just fresh water, IDK. Plot!
    • A Fate did it.
    • It'd be a really crappy Guardian of Time if you could stop it by swimming across a pool. Maybe the portal rooms have entire water systems in the walls and the Dahaka can't get in.
    • I thought that Dahaka, being in the end an incredibly powerful Sand Creature, can automatically teleport to places where the "sands" or their relative artifacts are present or strong. After all, the entire island is the cradle of the Sands of Time.
  • Just to clear things up, who really is Shadee? Ok, the Empress' henchwoman, but how, exactly? I mean, she doesn't seem to be a sand creature (she can cross water portals and bleed when killed). Is she "part" of the Empress? Like, Kaileena is the Empress' human avatar and Shadee is one half of said avatar? Was she a mercenary trained and hire by the Empress? And why does she try to kill Kaileena, who's technically her mistress?
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    • She is a sand creature, just extremely powerful, second only to Kaileena. Notice that every sand creature in Warrior Within bleeds and can sustain a certain dose of water before it dies (there was rain when the battle on ships occur).
  • How does a better sword help one destroy walls? Surely that's mostly a question of the user's strength?
    • The sword is more durable, and extra weight allows more momentum to be delivered in the swing.
  • If the Sand of Time was created by killing the Empress, how come there was sand and sandmonsters everywhere on the island even before that event?
    • I always figured that Kaileena used some of her essence to create a huge army to protect her at some point in the distant past.
  • In the second game, why the Prince's actions are considered so bad and selfish he's ashamed of them as if he butchered his way across a sea of innocents like Kratos? Yes, he's fighting for his survival, but really, was there some morally better or humanitarian option out of the mess? Personally, I cannot think of anything that wont' end up with the Prince being disintegrated by Dahaka. Probably it was incredibly convulted and drastic, but I guess that if there were other ways to get rid of the Dahaka permanently the Prince would have take them.
    • They never really got into it. Previews indicated he got a friend killed at some point, though never how or why. There's also how at least one trailer showed him fleeing the Dahaka through a marketplace. I'd imagine it caused some collateral damage, up to and including people getting killed. Nobody else actually calls him selfish for what he's doing - largely because you don't talk to anyone for most of the game - so it's just his own guilt at possibly getting others killed. There might be a part of him wondering whether it'd be better to just lie down and die.
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