Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaganza]

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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby Beldarius » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:46 am

I just noticed that we meet Kavax/Kava in Dream Estrana. However, we NEVER meet Kura. o_O I wonder why?
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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby Sage Of The Wise » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:45 pm

Woops, flipped Kava and Kura in my timeline. Fixed it now.

As for why you don't see Kura, who knows. Rhue might just not encounter him, or insert random theory about him being M2O guy or hell, why not the phantom.
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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby Beldarius » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:59 am

Or maybe Kura and Rhue have always been the same person - instead of absorbing someone's aura, he actually just decided to change his name for the hell of it? XD That would mean we never meet Kura in the game since he IS our protagonist.

...Now I kind of want to hunt for a character with a scrambled name. Just to see if he actually is in the game, just in a far less obvious way than Kava. XD
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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby Kcrazy » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:52 pm

I like the idea of the M20 man being Kura, but it's likely that the Kura in Dream Estrana is far from the "Kura" Rhue was. Kura was most likely not a famed hero at the time he was killed, so he would have never met Kava and so on.

But for just about anything in this game we have to assume some things are true.
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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby saturnineherbivore » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:41 am

So obviously this forum is dead, but I felt like recording my theory here - though everything I have to say has probably been thought of before :-).

I think it's pretty accepted that Rhue was Venge, who turned on his father. Venge is a half-demon half-human, thus he has human appearance, and a soul and an aura. However, I believe that as a result of the conflict of Janwen, Venge lost his aura and became the so-called Mimic - a shell that can only absorb the auras of others. In the normal ending the Phantom Slasher calls Rhue an anomaly that cannot even form its own memories - this is because Rhue/Mimic has no true identity after the events of Janwen, only the identities of those whose auras he absorbs.

Side comments:

1. The monster we encounter at the end of the Reaches ending has an attack called End of the Way. I believe that this attack resembles the "final blast" that the Lord Below unleashed against the Illuminati.

2. I wonder why Venge fought his father. I'd like to think it was because he loved a human, and sometimes I tell myself this human might be The Girl, but there is really no evidence in the story that goes either way. The Girl's significance in the story is interesting; she is implied to be some sort of romantic interest of one of the Mimic's personalities, as illustrated by the painting of a broken heart, the dates you go with her, etc., but we are given very little to go by here.

Moving on, The Mimic eventually finds the Phantom Slasher somehow (possibly after he kills Jeruh). The PS has the ability to absorb auras independently of Rhue, and perhaps has some control on which aura inside Rhue is currently dominant (alternatively, it "staves off" the auras that Rhue absorbs by absorbing parts of them itself, so that they do not take over the dominant personality). However it is not responsible for "Dream Estrana"; Dream Estrana exists inside the Mimic as a result to fill the void that has been created by his lack of an aura. Note that no other Shadow Sword user is implied to have this multiple personality disorder (other than when they are being manipulated by their swords, which is a separate process). Rhue is plunged into it as a result of interacting with Gaius' sword, which seems to access the auras of those it comes in contact with, in some way. Then he vies for control over his body with the Phantom Slasher in some way.

As "Kava", Rhue eventually became the Paraphalyn, undefeated and known for his unique finisher move. Of course this Paraphalyn became more of an urban legend lost in the pages of time, as Rhue eventually switched to a different aura.

The rest is history.
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Re: Truth, beliefs, and theories of The Way [TheoryExtravaga

Postby ChrisVanart » Sat May 23, 2020 7:07 am

I recently read the Let's play by Fleshwit on somethingawful (https://forums.somethingawful.com/showt ... genumber=1) which got me to do another playthrough of the game series again. The game is still as good as I remembered it (it has been about 12 years), and though some of the writing seems a bit less great than I thought it was when I was in my late teens, the story is still great and I love the mystery surrounding the Way. Probably it's for the best that episode 7 was never made.

Some observations:
- I don't think The Girl is Serena. It seems more likely it's someone from Lun's personal live, with Lun being the Phantom. The part with the missing painting part and it being behind the broken heart-painting in The Girl's house seem to reinforce that.
- Serena probably isn't in the city at all, since it looks like the sword that was used by Jeruh was not Phantom Slasher (probably another shadow sword?)
- Slade's aura seems to be cut in half after the plunge with Rhue. The part that the sword absorbed, and is in Dream Estrana, doesn't talk, and is his resolve. His real life body no longer has this, which is why he is brooding on top of the cliff and eventually jumps down.
- The Reaches ending: probably the identity of Rhue dying. What interested me is in that in this ending, you see the riverside with only a spot of blood, and no body. In the Landorin Massacre, the bodies were missing as well. Might be some connection there, but I'm not sure what it is. I considered that maybe Gaius and Traziun died there as well and thus showing up at the shoals, but then you would expect more blood spots.
- Lexus ending: This is probably the best ending for Rhue, finally getting rest and the love life he pursued. It does seem that someone else took control of his body as a result, in the cutscene where he flew off. Maybe Venge is back in control? Doesn't seem to be a happy ending for the rest of the Way.
- Normal ending 1: Rhue and Kloe set of on the way together, trying to find out how to start a new life. Seems like the best ending to me.
- Normal ending 2: Rhue leaves Kloe behind and searches for meaning to his life by himself. Really sad ending for Kloe to be abandoned yet again
- Normal ending 3: With low enough Rhue points, he comes across Ghost Horror and moves to take it, probably coming under the control of a shadow sword again. Likely a terrible ending for everyone

Fun how this game still is on my mind after such a long time, even though we'll never get any closer to actual truths. (unless somebody manages to decode the PGP message maybe)
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