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8th Jul 2020, 12:23 PM

keiiii

There's a suyori behind the stage/panels, "operating" the flowers to make the petals fall out at this moment.

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8th Jul 2020, 1:13 PM

sigpig

Church? Theatre? A little of both?
Pro tip: Don't enslave-to-death a King that falls onto your land. The Queen will end up burning everything...

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10th Jul 2020, 6:40 PM

keiiii

Anything the Keol government wants to use for their agenda, they will probably use it!

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11th Jul 2020, 11:04 PM

melaredblu

Gosh, it's hard to say which bits are true or false, so I'm gonna take a different approach and make some guesses on the implications for this story if certain things are true or not.

"Wept bitterly"
Assuming it's true...well, this part is the most straightforward. It's probably true. But if it's not true...what *was* her reaction? Probably not apathy. Perhaps she was enraged instead? Rage would certainly fit the reaction of razing the land to the ground with fire. Perhaps the people of Keol attribute the destruction to her tears of grief to make her seem more benevolent and the Xi more less sympathetic (It wasn't her fault! She was consumed with sorrow--it was their fault for hurting her so deeply!)

"Burned the land"
Xi, as a whole? Or just a very small locality? If it's just that one spot, how small was it? Were there casualties? If it was all of Xi...does that make the Xi currently in Keol refugees? Is the land of Xi currently livable?
Or, is "burned the land" itself an allusion to some kind of catastrophe that happened in Xi, which the people in Keol retroactively assume was Mother Queen's doing? Or did none of this happen at all and it's just a "the bad guys got their comeuppance" ending to the story that was tacked on? Oh, the possibilities are endless with this one.

And lastly, "Father King will be reborn."
So, my first instinct is to say this one is probably true, or at least that Mother Queen does in fact believe this to be the case. If so, this might explain why Elyath are being rounded up and brought to her--she's looking for his reincarnation.
But who's to say Mother Queen is correct? I don't think we yet know for a fact that Keol is a world where life after death exists. Rebirth is clearly a part of their belief system, but perhaps despite the prevailing belief, that simply isn't the case, making Mother Queen's mission to find the reincarnation of Father King futile from the start.

Okay, that's enough hot garbage theorizing. I look forward to seeing what is actually the truth.

(Also, is it just me, or does it really, REALLY suck to be anything other than a native Keol human in this setting? The Xi always get a raw deal.)

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12th Jul 2020, 6:00 PM

keiiii

Holy moly, those are some excellent theories! Not even remotely resembling "hot garbage"! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

One thing about the "Burned the land" part: this bit has some corroboration from a Xi person. There was that kid back in chapter 26, who talked about how the Queen destroyed their land.

And then there was that map from chapter 31. If the planet is uninhabitable outside of the circle on the map, how large *could* the Xi territory have been? It could've been one city-state or one small island -- or it could've been bigger, but not a whole lot bigger, unless the Xi had a way of surviving outside of the circle.

So not contradictions, but additional information that may have interesting implications! :o

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12th Jul 2020, 10:49 PM

melaredblu

Ah, it's been a while since I reread the comic, so I had forgotten that bit in Chapter 26. Apparently the Xi are indeed refugees of a sort. But this chapter also states that Father King arrived in Xi long ago. That's vague, but I would assume "long ago" in human terms would at least span a couple generations. Surely there's documentation on when the Day of Burning occurred, to point that the exact date is common knowledge.

But the Xi are clearly not assimilated into Keol culture. The kids are still speaking their parents' native tongue, for one thing, and at least in reality, native languages are one thing governments are very eager to quash in minority populations. Also, if the Xi are STILL separated from their homeland, this would indicate one of three possibilities (at least, off the top of my head).

1) The land is still unlivable because the damage is fairly recent and "long ago" is shorter than I'm assuming.
2) The land is livable now (damaged infrastructure notwithstanding), but the Keol government is not allowing them to return to Xi for some reason.
3) The damage DID take place a couple generations ago, and it's STILL unlivable, leaving the Xi homeless for multiple generations.

Any of those three could be possible, but if the third is true, combined with the "silver demon" comment, I'm suspecting the Day of Burning contained less fire and more foliage. Perhaps the Queen employed botanical warfare in retaliation, but since that would terrify her subjects (especially since so little of the planet is livable for humans), they doctored the story (and of course any Xi claiming otherwise is not to be believed).

Either way, I appreciate you pointing those details out. We'll see just how well my additional theories here pan out in the long run.

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