Time travel au? Maybe with like Rose traveling through a portal from the future to warn them or sth? (Or disturbances like with Hixen Island)
WELL this piggybacks nicely onto that bad ending AU
Let’s say that the bad ending happens, but instead of just Lailah, let’s make it Lailah sacrificed herself, then Edna died trying to protect the group without the power of purification, then Mikleo fell to malevolence, and Sorey followed him. Dezel and Rose were the only ones still okay, and let’s say Dezel sacrifices himself so Rose can go back in time and warn them NOT TO TRY TO KILL HELDALF YET YOU LOSERS
Future Rose is desperate, she’s crushed and hurt and she lands in the middle of nowhere and has to hunt the party down. She manages to track them but not without earning the attention of Dezel, who recognizes her and is REALLY WEIRDED OUT because there are two Roses?
He warns the party that they’re being followed, but when they finally see future Rose they just all stop. And Rose is freaked out, and they all think it’s a trick, but Sorey agrees to hear the older, ragged, version of Rose out.
Rose tells her story, and no one knows what to do. Lailah remains rather stoic at the mention of her sacrifice, and so does Edna. Mikleo hears that he fell to malevolence and Sorey takes his hand, and Rose mentions that Sorey and Mikleo stayed together, not even causing any harm, they just turned their backs on the world entirely, and neither of them know how to feel about that. Rose really starts breaking down as she details Dezel’s sacrifice for her, their last-ditch efforts to change things.
They all decide they believe Rose’s story, or at the very least, there’s no reason to doubt it. They decide again that they need more information about Heldalf before they just up and attack him. Once they’ve made that decision, they realize they have no idea what to do with two Roses. The future Rose is pretty hurt, physically and mentally, but she wants to stay with them and make sure Maotelus gets his due.