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DEMIGOD AESTHETICS | CHILDREN OF HADES

Hades allowed himself the faintest smile, but there was nothing cruel in his eyes.
“I can entertain the possibility that you acted for multiple reasons. My point is this: you and I rose to the aid of Olympus because you convinced me to let go of my anger. I would encourage you to do likewise. My children are so rarely happy. I … I would like to see you be an exception.”

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DEMIGOD AESTHETICS | CHILDREN OF HERMES

“Does truth have a moral?”
“Um …”
“How about this: stealing is not always bad?”
“I don’t think my mom would like that moral.”
“I’ve got it,” Hermes said. “Young people don’t always do what they’re told, but if they can pull it off and do something wonderful, sometimes they escape punishment. How’s that?”

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Maurice Gajda’s Video-Blog: Vierschanzen Backstage part 1 here, and link to the video here (apparently Martin lost a bet so he had to run up the hill, and he managed to do it because he’s awesome)

caelitis  asked:

what does ardyn regret the most, if at all ??

while i don’t proclaim myself to be any sort of professional in understanding ardyn’s character, i will let you know what i think as best i can. i can’t stress enough that this is my view, and no one is obligated to agree with my view, only that i ask anyone reading this respects my opinion as i would theirs. also, long may @caelitis reign, amen.

right off the bat, i’m going to say ardyn, in his state of mind at the end of the game, has not a single instance of regret (by the standard definition, see below). not one. does that mean he has never experienced regret? absolutely not. let us first recall the man ardyn was 2000 years ago, and the purity of his character (loved by all, much like lunafreya during the present) as he undertook the burden of healing the people and curing them of the starscourge. at the time, this was a sacrifice he was willing to make, and ultimately had done so despite the effects it would come to have on his mind. the people were suffering, and if he were to do nothing their anguish would only deteriorate.

now i believe, after prolonged exposure to hosting daemons, his ‘ curing the tainted ’ would become an obsession; that no matter the state of his health, he had to do more; that he could be helping more, saving more, not resting in bed or stopping to eat. this would begin his mind’s struggle for control over the energy kept within him. perhaps there would come a point of physical torment, similar to lunafreya’s body failing her as expressed to her brother, where ardyn could have had a sliver of regret for taking on the position. pain can do a great many things. nevertheless, knowing what he was doing would result in cleansing their ravaged mankind, he would discard any such regret formed from a momentary reluctance to go on. alas, this perseverance to continue his role leading to his ‘ betrayal ’ and (my personal view) ‘ restorative crucifixion ’. but that’s another story.

from the advent of treachery onward, having now the ‘ myriad of daemons ’ within him, a servant to the late ifrit, there came 2000 years of meticulous planning for vengeance, redemption, his own demise and the end of the scourge. every step, twist and turn he calculated was accompanied by the reality his actions could not (would not) be something to apologize for. the definition of regret, as per the oxford dictionary, is stated as follows:

1. verb. feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over something that one has done or failed to do; 2. noun. a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over an occurrence or something that one has done or failed to do.

what i would like to point out is that the archaic verb definition is ‘ to feel sorrow for the loss or absence of (something pleasant). ’ although i do not see ardyn feeling regret (if he is capable of such an emotion, having now hosted countless daemons for centuries) for what he has done to successfully arrange the game’s conclusion, such as the introduction of magitek, niflheim’s assassination attempt against the goddess shiva, murdering luna (+ pryna), and so forth, i do speculate he may have a sense of regret for the humanity he once had before hosting the scourge, that is, a sense of sorrow for no longer being the man he used to be, a benevolent caelum. nonetheless, in making a puppet show of lunafreya’s, regis’s, nyx’s, and iedolas’s corpses, i see his inner daemons outranking this reflection as don’t believe it is in his psyche’s capacity to feel remorse for his behavior(s) and motive(s).