I think at this point, everyone understands that when Noctis sees Ardyn on the train and attacks “Ardyn”, he’s actually attacking Prompto. The bait and switch that makes the chapter interesting. Something I think a lot of people didn’t catch is that you don’t save the train with Prompto, you save it with Ardyn.
Here we have Prompto, getting attacked by Noctis after Ardyn’s bait-n-switch.
Shortly after, Noct falls unconscious, but when he wakes up, Prompto is there. Initially I had the assumption that Prompto had just reverted back to his normal appearance, but this isn’t the case.
We know that this isn’t Prompto, first there’s a few queues in the lines that follow
While I can’t include Audio in this post directly, this is the first line he delivers that is both oddly formal in phrasing and tone. Robbie Daymond does a great job of changing his annunciation for this line, and sounding much more formal. (audio)
Next suspect lines are during the battle… these changes are subtle, but they differ from Prompto’s character in some interesting ways.
First of all, what an interesting battle to introduce an ENTIRELY NEW Battle banter that we’ve never heard before, and never hear again. If you listen throughout the battle, you won’t notice any of his normal battle banter, at least not nearly as much. All the dialogue that really remain the same are his techniques
Second, we’ve always known Prompto to be a little bit timid in battle, though he’s brave when the time is right. However, Prompto has never been one to be overconfident, and he’s never been one to joke about the prospect of death. If you listen to the way these lines are delivered in english, they’re entirely nonchalant– not delivered in his usual anxious sarcasm.
Aries:“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive”
Taurus:“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap”
Gemini: “I was a light bulb in a world of moths”
Cancer: “I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life”
Leo: “I think of my body as a side effect of my mind”
Virgo: “I have a mess in my head sometimes, and there’s something very satisfying about putting it into words. Certainly it’s not something that you’re in charge of, necessarily, but writing about it, putting it into your words, can be a very powerful experience”
Libra: “If I can convince you that I’m alright, then maybe I can convince me”
Scorpio: “I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you”
Sagittarius: “Pay attention. This isn’t gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it’s going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it”
Capricorn: “Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing”
Aquarius:“I’m very sane about how crazy I am”
Pisces: “I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn’t know. It was something I always did”
May Carrie Fisher rest in peace, who was Drowned in Moonlight, Strangled By Her Own Bra
In 1964 Malcolm X said of well-meaning white protestors:
“By visibly hovering near us, they are ‘proving’ that they are ‘with us.’ But the hard truth is this isn’t helping to solve America’s racist problem. The Negroes aren’t the racists. Where the really sincere white people have got to do their ‘proving’ of themselves is not among the black victims, but out on the battle lines of where America’s racism really is — and that’s in their home communities; America’s racism is among their own fellow whites. That’s where sincere whites who really mean to accomplish something have got to work.”
Insert LGBTQ / female / person of color / Muslim into this passage and the sentiment stands - solidarity is NECESSARY, but it’s not ENOUGH. I find direction in this quote – the only way to change social attitudes is to engage those I disagree with.
“You think ten years is a long time?! It is NOTHING to me! I have lived in darkness for AGES!”
I wanted to explore an ‘angrier’ side to Ardyn (as well as his daemon self), or at least something that wasn’t just his typical grin. And if that line, in the final battle, is anything to go by,
it’s like his usual behaviour finally cracks, and thousands of years of rage come to the surface.
Darin De Paul honestly deserves an award for his voice work on this character.