Since @DD Mikasa
apparently forgot to create a new poll & half of the week is over, how about
the next character for you folk to be discussed is the one with most votes from the recent polls
until he puts up a new poll on Saturday? That'd be Aedale Redfist
herself in this case (who already had
been slightly mentioned in the discussion about her father & half-sister)
What do you guys think?
If you are cool with that, stage's opened!
Alright, I will give my opinion.
At the start of the FHB, I didn't like Aedale. She seemed like the stereotypical young naive and curious mage, and the fact that her first appearence was her playing the role of dansel in distress didn't help either.
She only started to get interesting after the mission when we find the first demon shard. She ignored Rahandir's warnings, but, at the same time, listened to him complimenting her. She even contradicted herself when she said "He is an undead, we can't trust in what he said. But he did say that I had potential." So, make up your mind, Aedy, you can't just not trust on what doesn't suit you!
Once she tasted the power of the shard, she wanted more. She goes to Merlon in order to get a ship and gets annoyed when it seems that she can't get to the island, not concerning that Merlon was facing a large fleet of orcs. After absorbing the second artifact, her lust for power only grew. She didn't even care that Largoth killed her comrades.
The following mission then revealed why she turned out like that. Her father, the beloved
Duke, would make Tywin Lannister seem like Father of the Year. I liked that Jayborino, in his walkthrough, said that Aedale's memories were clearly warped for there was no way Volarian would be such cliché asshole father, but SOB proved otherwise
He didn't care that her tutors claimed that she had lots of potential. He even claimed that her siblings were powerful unlike her, and yet in the SOB he claims that all
of his children were dissapointments. No wonder that Aedale has such an inferiority complex and she wanted so much to prove herself. She wanted power in order to show to both the world and herself that she wasn't weak. Her insatiable thirst for power could perhaps only be matched by her lack of self-confidence.
That explains why she grew affectionate to Blen, since he must have been one of the very few that showed concern for her and this persisted even after she merged with Lisara. However, once Blen dies, Aedale commits herself to both getting revenge on her father and seeking more power.
All in all, Aedale is perhaps one of the most tragic characters in Arkain. All she wanted was to show that she wasn't the weakling her family thought she was. She got both the power and revenge she wanted, but it costed her everything (the few people that cared for her, her sanity and eventually herself).