Let’s address these weird shoulder holes in people’s capes
I am terribly sorry it’s so long, I got a bit lost
First off, the king has them along with a set of massive pauldrons (the shoulder armor he’s wearing)
But his soldiers (including Ellira), even though they’re elite bodyguards/whatever you call his private troops, don’t have the shoulder holes (just regular capes for you guys, sorry). Although they do have the matching armor. So the type of cape may have to do with political status.
The xerian guards don’t have capes at all, but have pauldrons of the same design. But, see where the horizontal line is on all the other ones? That’s where the Xerian ones stop and theirs appear to be only the upper part, whereas everyone else who has these things has complete ones. Both sets of guards have close proximity to the royal families so their armor composition is most likely not to do with their status in regards to the royals. So is it regional differences? With complete top+bottom ones reserved for Ephedians to differentiate troops (despite already having huge color palette differences)?
regular civilians=no capes/armor of any kind. Well, Ellira has a short regular cape but who knows her rank.
except for this guy, who exists to punch holes in my shaky theory. Unless he’s simply a guard of lower rank/from another realm. Though he has the same color armor as the Ephedian guards, the symbol at his collar isn’t a heart. It’s a kite?
Gramorr has holes in his weird smoke cape, and he too has matching complete pauldrons
Both of the twins have capes with holes, as if in preparation to eventually receive the armor pieces
And Praxina actually got them, along with another cape that fits the same trend
What does it mean?
Since those with connections to the Ephedian royals are apparently the only ones with complete pauldrons (top+bottom halves), we can deduce that the twins (or at least Prax) must have had some type of connection to them at some point. We of course know Gramorr’s connection to the king and queen (though not in much detail).
The fact that only 4 characters in this show have the weird capes leads one to believe them to be granted only to a chosen few. Did Gramorr wear one just to mimic the King and further humiliate him when he took the throne? Just for another kick at the reverence surrounding the capes did he then also give almost identical ones to his two underlings?
Or, since Gramorr was part of the royal court before the takeover was the cape part of his regular uniform? If it was, then were the twins connected to the court? Their grandfather was the jester, but they’re usually considered servants so I doubt the family somehow achieved such a high position as to actually sit on the court. They may have instead worked in service in close proximity to important people. But then why would they have the capes??
Or they could just look cool. The world may never know.
I think some of these theories are contradicting each other, but at this point I’m just throwing out any possible explanation i can think of and confusing myself