Saeran Choi/Ray/Unknown Theory
***SPOILER ALERT FOR ANOTHER STORY/SECRET ENDS***
When I first started playing V’s route I, as some of you may have, noticed that while Ray does look and sound like Saeran, the way he acts is a bit… different. Softer, if you will. He’s not as straight up malicious, and his main goal (other than, ya know, ruining the RFA) seems to be just gaining your affection and keeping you in paradise with him. As opposed to how Unknown acts in the prologue bad ending of the main story- he talks about making you his assistant and doesn’t show much interest in terms of affection.
My theory, which may have been pretty much confirmed by a text Unknown sent me, is that Saeran does in fact have multiple personality disorder and that Ray is just one of his personalities. However, I’m more here to discuss which personality Ray is.
As we all know, while Ray clearly is messed up just like Unknown is, he craves more affection and validation and has abandonment issues. We first see Unknown’s personality when Ray takes too much of the salvation elixir and is overwhelmed.
My theory is that Ray is Saeran’s “true” personality, so to speak. Ray is the little boy left behind by his twin brother, abused by his mother, just wanting to feel what it’s like to truly be cared for and not abandoned by those he cares about in return. He’s more childish, a tad bit happier, less sadistic. He still maintains that manipulative aura whenever you even think about leaving (basically guilt tripping you into wanting to stay- which was VERY EFFECTIVE on me, might I add), but he seems to truly care about you and just wants you to be comfortable and happy.
So then, where does that leave Unknown? The creepy, tattooed edgelord who seduces you into playing in the main story? Unknown is the personality created from, or to possibly to cope with, the elixir. He’s more impulsive and frantic than Ray, dead set on destroying the RFA and getting revenge on the brother who abandoned him. Revenge seems to be his main emotion; he doesn’t show the caring or compassion that Ray does. In Another Story, we can guess that Saeran hasn’t taken enough elixir to make him completely gone, but we know it’s enough to have developed this new personality.
Now how, exactly, was Unknown created? Think about everything Rika tells Saeran. How she must’ve told him of the betrayals of both his brother and V. How the elixir was a dangerous, deadly concoction of unknown (ha. unknown.) drugs. The mental damage Saeran suffered combined with all the drugs in his system led to the creation of Unknown. Unknown is the product of drugs, hatred, betrayal. He’s the little devil residing in Saeran, only he feeds off the elixir.
The main story takes place around two years after Another Story. By that time Saeran had to have taken so much elixir that Unknown was able to completely take over, leaving Ray “asleep”. In the Secret Ends we see that it may take years for Saeran to completely recover from the effects that the drugs had on him. Meaning that Unknown will still be around long after Mint Eye’s destruction. But will we ever see Ray again? The sweet yet damaged boy who just wanted love? Who knows.
In conclusion, Saeran has been through Too Much in his 21 years of life and he just needs a hug. And ice cream.