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PostPosted: Mon Feb 2, '09, 5:42 pm 
When Rhys sets out on his journey to find Maia, he is sure she has been taken by servants of Laya, Orakio's ancient enemy. I wonder how he felt - going through all that to find that his bride to be is likely a descendent of Laya, just as Rhys himself is of Orakio's bloodline. Imagine what must have happened when Nial got married - "Hey dad, I'm going to marry the sister of Laya!" Were the people of Landen very accepting of their new queen, the sister of their ancient foe?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 2, '09, 9:26 pm 
Love the picture. Is it fanart, from the compendium, or SEGA-issued art?

I've also wondered about how accepting the Orakian worlds were of the prince's (potential) Layan brides. This is partially why I've found it easier to imagine Rhys choosing Lena instead of Maia; Rhys, being a prince and all (and not some regular Joe-schmoe), has his duties, and you could also imagine the shock he probably felt as well upon realizing that Maia was a Layan princess... from a Layan world. To give up your kingdom, your family, your friends, your world, and turn your back on your duty -- all for a woman whom you really don't know after all -- is pretty heavy stuff, if not outright insane.

As far as Laya is concerned, Nial at least is aware she is Layan, and he gets to know the real Laya in the process while fighting at her side. While I imagine the kingdom of Landen not being very happy about it -- I do imagine a public outcry of sorts -- but I also can't help but love Laya's own comment upon Nial's proposing to her: "At last our people are united together!"

So, given this optimistic attitude, perhaps the people were more accepting of Nial's decision after all. Aw. :heart:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 3, '09, 3:21 am 
Yet more awesome PSIII artwork :clap:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 3, '09, 5:55 am 
Rune_Walsh wrote:Love the picture. Is it fanart, from the compendium, or SEGA-issued art?


This is Sega art. In this particular case, it's from the image galleries on the Saturn PS Collection disc. I think it's been printed in a couple of Sega's art books too, though.

Rune_Walsh wrote:To give up your kingdom, your family, your friends, your world, and turn your back on your duty -- all for a woman whom you really don't know after all -- is pretty heavy stuff, if not outright insane.


Yeah, I realistically can't believe many people would make that choice. Especially if you throw in the reception Rhys received when he finally entered Maia's world. Her father, friends, countrymen - they all reacted as harshly as the people of Rhys' hometown would have reacted to a Layan.


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