Dreichels really held quite the legacy, didn’t he? But it appears that yet another character is strangely similar to him. And not just that – we have some symbolism to sprinkle in here too.
So, with Sen 4 100 days away from release, we’re all scrambling for ideas on every question imaginable (or at the very least, I am). Who’s the Golden Awakener? What was the goal of the Phantasmal Blaze plan? Why won’t anybody stay dead? The list goes on. Here’s a break from all of that, going back to good old simple Dreichels comparisons.
I’ve already heard how Dreichels has been compared to both Rean and Olivert so I won’t repeat those theories here, but as I was running through the War of the Lions in my head and reading about it for speculation material, I realised how many similarities he holds with a certain other character… hint hint, it’s the one who has been mentioned in literally every one of my posts on this site.
Part 1- Comparisons
So, Jusis. Born to a noble father and a commoner mother, and branded as the son who was least likely to hold the title of Duke behind Rufus. During Sen I, he visits Nord and in the course of the story ends up close friends with someone from Nord. Before Sen II, he runs away from Trista with a noble from Legram and a witch from the Millstein family. During Sen II, he stands with the third side of the fight, and is one of the people who helps to take down the Vermillion Apocalypse. He also ends up being the one to take the title of Duke, against all odds. In Sen III, he loses the girl who meant the most to him. Sound like someone else?
Now, here’s the thing. Rean, Olivert and Jusis all share similarities with Dreichels, and likewise share similarities with each other. I’d like to note how “Drei” in German means “three” in English, which actually kinda makes sense if you think about this. “Reich” (the latter part of his name) can also mean either “empire” or “rich”, which can represent all four men holding high social status in some way or another, and “Reise” means “journey”, which can represent how all four men go on long journeys to find what they want to do and who they want to be (as well as stop wars along the way). It is possible that these three characters are meant to be representations of Dreichels in their generation, as three people to continue his legacy.
(Random tidbit: the real life surname Arnór is a Swedish spelling of Andor, which is a surname based on Thor. All three younger men have a strong connection to Thors Military Academy, which Dreichels founded. Pretty neat, huh?)
Now, here’s something. You know how I said I wasn’t gonna go do crack speculation? Yeah, as I was writing this I realised how wrong I was. My mind has gone to another crazy extreme.
Part 2- Dang Awakeners, Yet Again!
I keep running and re-running through my head all of my theories on the Divine Knights as they’re the thing bugging me the most. I somehow ended up tying them to this innocent comparison with my insanity though.
Firstly, something different. The news dumps for Sen IV keep making my mind whirr with every new release, but a certain line caught my eye… and something hit me. Unless the translations somehow got it wrong, we are to witness the “end” of Cedric’s time as an Awakener. Now, something immediately caught me off-guard there. Cedric isn’t gonna die, as all the Awakeners who have died just popped back up later on, albeit with more ghostly appearances when they entered their Knights, so that wouldn’t end his time as an Awakener. So unless they give him the salt bullet treatment (which I highly doubt), there’s gotta be another way for him to pass the torch…
And I think he’ll pass it to Olivert (although most likely not by his choice). Why? Simple. Cedric isn’t the only Vermillion Awakener.
Think back to Sen II – Testa Rossa could only be summoned by one of the blood of a Reise Arnor, and Cedric happened to be the easiest to take due to his rather soft personality. The Knight could’ve easily been awoken by Olivert, Alfin, heck, even their parents… but it wasn’t, and Cedric ended up becoming its Awakener. However, nobody has said that only Cedric can use it now that the curse has been removed, so theoretically, everyone of Reise Arnor blood is the Vermillion Awakener! This can also act as a variant to my first theory here, where Olivert survives the Courageous exploding due to his own heritage binding him to Testa Rossa. Unless I’m missing some kind of detail here, it works.
And going by my other theories, that would leave the Gordias door wide open for Jusis to walk through. Three men, three Divine Knights, three people continuing to protect the land with their allies just like the man with Three in his name did long ago. Crazy idea… but not too far-fetched if you look hard enough.
One last thing, too. If my idea that Olivert can take Testa Rossa as his own is true, then that means Eugent Reise Arnor isn’t dead either. Time for a badass old man? Maybe.