|2005/04/12 16:25:41 PDT by mystik3eb [0/43]|
This is the overall result of a discussion Dev and I had a week or so ago. We were pondering the lack of information about Rheya's past, the reason for why she is the way she is, her "story," ya know. And we (Dev, really) came up with some concepts.
Mystik3eb: Rheya never tells anything about who she is, where she comes from, why she's doing what she's doing, what led her there, and stuff like that. She does seem to grow as time passes, though she would never show that
Dev VJ: Mm. Very secretive, and there needs to be historical reasons for this. We have her visor...And that's sort of become the symbol of her façade. But where it came from...we're not sure.
Mystik3eb: I would think her family didn't appreciate her, didn't give her much time or attention, and she was alone for most her life, faced with the best she had turning her away all the time, forcing her to find the best way to go, but still being hurt by it because everyone else had the bare minimum that she wanted but never got because of inconsiderate parents.
Or maybe a mom who died and just an ignorant father. And at one point he just left her after yelling at her to grow up and learn to figure things out on her own, since "that's what happens to everyone anyway, eventually"...and though it crushes her, she hides it...Maybe finds him dead later and takes his visor....?
Dev VJ: Ahh.... but why would parents be like that? That actually works with the idea I had. Kinda...but I think those stakes are a little low. Here's my idea... Trosene and Serribis have actually just got over a trade war between the nation-states. The war is before the establishment of the Titan Provinces. Rheya was a young kid, and her father was a Serribisean general. Trosene, being the economic powerhouse it was, was clearly winning the war. Serribisean military were as good as dead. Rheya's father has a cunning plan to foil the incoming invasion and stage a final defense... but he has to hide when Trosene assassins unexpectedly break into his house. Rheya's mom holds her while the assassins search the house. They finally notice the little Rheya staring worriedly at some spot on the wall. She unwittingly gives away her father, blaming herself for his death. Not only that, she might blame herself for the downfall and subsequent subjugation of Serribis entirely. And she'd certainly never trust her eyes again.
I really like Dev's idea, personally.