What is it with being blonde and being the centre of my theories? Anyway, this is yet another follow-up to one of my other theories, but this time focusing primarily on Roselia.
Roselia as a character keeps bugging my mind. She’s a vampire witch who created magical animals from her own body for Vita and Emma, she’s friends with an Anguis despite apparently fighting against Ouroboros, there’s just so much going on with her that it’s hard to pinpoint just who she is. Of course, since she’s meant to be that way, we can practically speculate anything about her (and all of you on this site have already seen that), but here’s one path. Think of this as an extra merge from my theory on the Albareas.
What if Roselia was with Ouroboros all along… and what if she’s the Grandmaster?
It’s a leap, I know, and there is one thing bothering me about it, but I’ll get to that eventually. First, I want to state my points for why I think this could be the case.
Firstly, Divergent Laws. We hear about them all the time, apparently they’re used to create things that just don’t make sense- McBurn summoning flames from nowhere, Kernviter, Campanella himself, so on and so on. I’ll take this one blow by blow:
In Sen 2, after the fight with McBurn, if you bring Emma with you, she wonders if McBurn’s powers are related to Divergent Laws. It’s the only part of the game (at least, out of Sen 1 and 2) where McBurn gets genuinely annoyed at someone. He abruptly tells Emma to shut up, but does say that his powers might have something to do with them. Now, I’m pretty sure Emma is one of the few people introduced in the Sen games that just casually knows about Divergent Laws, and we can just excuse that with her being a witch. Hang on… being a witch… The Grandmaster makes all of the Divergent creations we know the origins of…
There’s also McBurn getting flustered. He may not know who the Grandmaster is, but if he thinks Emma may know something about how Divergent Laws work, he’d want to shut her down to maintain his high ground. This just further shows that knowledge concerning those laws is very restricted.
There’s also Campanella. He’s not a homunculus, but a being created entirely from Divergent Laws, and that made me think. We don’t know the full circumstances of Grianos and Celine being born, but we do know that they were created by Roselia from nothing, using her own life force. Who’s to say the creation of Campanella wasn’t the same? He can wield magic and is in full obedience of the Grandmaster, like the familiars and their respective witches. It would also explain why Roselia became so small if she makes creatures from her life force – two small animals probably wouldn’t reduce a woman fully back to childhood, but making a teenager probably would. We know that there’s going to be surprising information concerning him, and I think this would be quite the plot twist. (As a bonus, this could confirm that Celine is (and Grianos was) a Divergent being.)
Furthermore, it wouldn’t be too much to say that Roselia guided Osborne to Ishmelga, while also bestowing him with Divergent powers at the same time, around the time Osborne and Ouroboros started collaborating. There’s not all that much evidence for it, but it does make logical sense. I’m struggling to find a reason for why she’d give McBurn powers, but then again he’s a mystery anyway so it’s not like we have any information against it yet either.
Also, think about her encounters with Rean. At first she only typically showed up when his powers were going out of control, where she helped him through calming them down. She’s gotta know something about how they work, and if she was the one who gifted them to Osborne, then she’d have the perfect knowledge to help Rean. If we want a reason why she’d help if she’s directly opposed to Rean, then it’s quite easy to say “she didn’t want Rean out of control yet”. And one last thing concerning those scenes: according to the translation pastebin, she literally says “the sacrifices of the girls should become useful soon”, which feels like a direct reference to Millium and Altina. I’m pretty sure if she was on Rean’s side, she wouldn’t exactly call their potential to become swords “useful”.
Now, it would be kind of weird to start accusing the head of the Hexen Clan as the Grandmaster out of nowhere… but the head of the Gnomes is also with Ouroboros. Apparently the two clans remained separated from each other for a long time, but it could be possible that they just kept on interacting in secret, hiding their allegiances from witches not in on the plan and other such people. It could also be reasoning for why the Grandmaster decided to bring Vita into the fold – a witch she knows is powerful, who had just recently broken a taboo and been cast away… perfect for a high position in the society.
But that then teases an idea: wouldn’t Roselia want her own pupil as Anguis 1, the only other member who can have direct contact with her? Well, not if Anguis 1, someone described as a polite talker, was her own son. Yes, this is where I’ve phased my Albareas theory into this one.
If Roselia is the Grandmaster and Rufus Albarea is Anguis 1, then it’d be a huge plot twist. One that with given evidence actually makes sense, however. This would even explain a plot hole I had with my Albareas theory: Rufus and Roselia wouldn’t act on what they had to do until the twilight because that was part of their goal all along.
(Note: I can’t believe it took me this long to realise, but the name Albarea literally has “Alba” in it, which was Georg Weissmann’s fake name, and “rea”, which in Latin can literally mean “guilty”. This really gives hints to at least one Albarea in league with Ouroboros, and in the case of this theory, two.)
But, there was one problem I had with this theory at first. There is one scene in Sen III where Roselia meets up with Arianrhod for the first time in 20 years. When I first read of this scene I thought “that can’t work in my theory, Arianrhod has been working for the Grandmaster all this time”, but then I realised. Arianrhod has been working with Ouroboros for 20 years. Her and Roselia broke off contact the moment Arianrhod joined, which seems kind of strange at first… but if the only person other than Campanella who can have contact with the Grandmaster and thus know who they are is Anguis 1, then as Anguis 7, Arianrhod shouldn’t know at all that she’s been working for her old friend all this time. It’d also align with what I said earlier about Vita – Roselia’s most likely wanting to keep her old allies as close as possible so they won’t oppose her later, especially as Vita and Arianrhod are both currently two of the more “good” members who may fully defect at some point.
But then why would Roselia decide to talk to Arianrhod again now? Well, if Roselia’s thinking that she may have to reveal her identity and ultimate goal soon, she wants her strongest members to stay by her side. If she reminds Arianrhod of that friendship they had, it’s much more likely to keep her loyal to the society when needs must.
So that’s what I think, and although I’m a little more vague on some parts, I think this theory does hold some weight. It does also make you think about what I said in my Albareas theory about Jusis’ mother though… maybe her death was more deliberate than I initially thought…
Anyway, here’s how I’m sketching the scenario now: Jusis is the final Awakener, and Rufus and Roselia know this. They’ve been keeping a close eye on him for a while now, waiting until the time was right for him to fulfil his destiny. Rufus is going to attempt to guide Jusis through the trial in Sen 4, hoping he can manipulate Jusis’ doubt and will to please those he cares about so that he will comply. Who knows if it will actually happen, but it’s the best I’ve got right now.
(One last thing: the pre-release says she was trying to prevent the spread of the curse. I’m assuming that’s just what she wants us to think.)