It's becoming steadily clear that Orym was (and is) very close to Will's family.
'Hi, dad,' he says to the sun - but I don’t think he’s talking about his biological father. Orym, in his own words, ‘didn’t really have a dad... he just kind of rolled on’. Derrig, though - Derrig has a sun tattoo. Derrig, captain of the Tempest Blades, probably taught Orym the Zeph'aeratam. Derrig was probably performing the Zeph'aeratam himself at that very moment, far away in Zephrah.
‘Like I’ve seen Nel and Maeve do so many times,’ he says, casting Druidcraft to bind a wound. Nel and Maeve probably patched up Orym and Will’s own wounds, once, their scrapes from training and their wounds from fighting beasts - and, finally, Orym’s wounds as he sat hollow-eyed, half his heart gone.
Orym grew up without a dad, but found a mentor and role model in Derrig. He married Will and was welcomed with open arms into the family, to the point where he called Derrig dad. When Will died, Orym got himself a tattoo that mirrored Derrig’s. He carries his husband with him - and his husband’s family. Because they became Orym’s family too.
I can't believe it sounds like Travis is playing a Humphrey Bogart character. What a treat, if true.
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Ashton and probably a bunch of the Nobodies came from Bassuras. The town where someone was getting robbed by a gang and no one batted an eye or stepped in to help. A place where Ashton is only identifiable by saying the name of the orphanage he grew up in. (How many others r going by Greymoore as well?) A place where it’s every person for themselves and when shit gets real, it’s fine to leave your “friend” behind to die. (Not to say Bassuras is like a shitty town, there’s always a good and bad to any town. I mean it’s seems like an alright place if u blend in well enough. But it’s clear where most people’s alignments skew towards.)
And boy did Ashton’s return to Bassuras start off shitty. It’s been less than 24 hours and they’ve already been put through the wringer. But there’s such a beautiful difference in Ashton’s return to their “home”.
Because the Bell’s Hells stepped in to fight off that gang. And it was Ashton who made the first moves to do so, fully backed up by their friends.
Because the Bell’s Hells know Ashton not as Greymoore but as their rough and tough, crass but well meaning, newly appointed leader. Ashton is their friend.
Because the Bell’s Hells will absolutely refuse to even think about leaving Ashton behind when the going gets rough. Hell, everyone went fucking ballistic after seeing one of the thieves hurt them. It wasn’t even an “oh we got to dispel that magic or heal them”. Everyone went “who the fuck just did that and where are they, because that’s where I want to aim my next attack.”
And in the aftermath, Fearne who notoriously stated that she only heals whoever she wants to and whenever she feels like it, goes out of her way to heal Ashton even before FCG could get to them. The whole gang checks in on them.
Bassuras may have been where Ashton came from, but it’s clear that they don’t operate the same way anymore. Unlike the Nobodies, who seem to be reflected in these random thugs, Ashton with the Bell’s Hells is so different. They would never leave people behind, they’re actually very insightful on people and does truly get to know them (buying Laudna a doll, their whole thing with FCG), and they stand up for the people who get picked on, the underdogs. The Nobodies took all the bad things about Bassuras and made it their identity. Ashton saw all the bad things that happens in Bassuras and said fuck that.
I am just Thinking about the possible parallels and conversations between Imogen’s “there is a mysterious force causing me to dream of a red storm on a moon and also letting me read people’s minds and I know so little about where it comes from” and Ashton’s “my friend poured a vial of strange stuff into my brain and I got these weird powers and now I have been confronted with a terrifying spectral image of me that feels like these powers coming back to bite me in the ass”
follow up to this because i misclicked and posted early and have now committed to just splitting it. tl;dr: ashton imogen rage/crisis mode that also operates as a form of catharsis.
Also AGAIN, disclaimer, just so much speculation and assumptions, chock full of it, etc etc.
Okay so an interesting DIFFERENCE, I was thinking about is that I think Ashton is- more experienced, with both expending his rage in this way, and conversely- dragging himself out of it, or at least needing to keep a handle on it. Even if mostly in the context of "uggHhHHhH okay, Business Contacts Still Needed", I can think of at least two or three times now where Ashton was pissed, angry as hell (not always without reason), but- would still provide some level of restraint in his reactions, even belatedly. Even if only for business, because it might be absolutely necessary for future situations. (Ep 24, after That Whole Debacle, comes to mind first, of course, but even with Evon! Everything with Jiana. Even earlier, after battles. Spitting mad.)
And Imogen- its not the exact same, definitely not. There are differences in the levels of reasoning for her crisis mode, a very predominant "everything else shuts down and we Have To Fix This" mentality. I think its probably less of an intentional indulgence the way Ashton's one feels like it is.
But there's enough overlap there that makes it interesting- the way that Imogen almost doesn't fully grasp her actions till after, something aaaaalmost akin to letting go and coming back to herself after. And the way that the autopilot can-sometimes- serve as a release, the way it is a solution but also creates its own problems to be resolved after. Ashton, induldging in rage but also generally cognizant of the consequences, even if he bears them willingly. Ashton, telling Imogen: you're scarier than me.
And like. Cmon. Cmon. *gestures at both Imogen and Ashton* right???
But like, of course Dusk is instantly enamored with Bell’s Hells, of course they think these weirdos are the coolest people they’ve ever seen. Anyone so in love with the chaos of the feywild would gravitate toward these beautiful weirdos for the exact same reasons
Every single one of you needs to stop right now already with the "Laura's microexpessions" nonsense in the Dusk scenes to go "Imodna real".
After what happened in Campaign 2 where everyone went "Laura's microexpessions" to go "she's CLEARLY in love with [Beau/Caleb]," "she hates Fjord SO MUCH, she's obviously miserable," "it's really clear that Jester wasn't actually in love with despite what she says and Laura says OOC." This fandom historically used still frames of the slightest changes in Laura's resting expression to fuel an exhausting, toxic shipping discourse and create an alternative narrative of "what's REALLY going on" that invalidated and outright ignored the way Laura characterized her character and everything she said about her, both IC and OOC.
I don't care to hear "but she's ACTUALLY in-character this time" or "but this time it's legitimately true and correct". It's irrelevant to me whether she's actually IC this time, and if it's true, the textual evidence will build without you having to go literally frame by frame through the slightest lines in her face. I don't want to risk encouraging this "Laura's microexpessions" behavior because vast majority of you have proven to be horrifically irresponsible, overzealous, and frankly in some cases almost delusional about it. Cut it out and act normal.
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Imagine if the next dream Imogen has is that of Laudna going into the storm.
Only, she's not walking into it, but being dragged into it... by someone Imogen doesn't recognize (but we do). And she hesitates to pursue due to their earlier falling out... something that she's reminded of by hearing the words spoken from that night.
And just to twist the knife further, she sees the gnarlrock not in her hand, but in the hand of the person dragging Laudna away...
I'll be honest; I can't see Matt starting Imogen's next dream, and NOT present the visage of Laudna in it somehow. If it happens the way that I suspected in this post then it’s going to be the catalyst for what finally makes Imogen go and talk to Laudna.
But this, this, ..... you’re a monster @tiamat-zx lol. I had considered this as a possibility, much like other things we’ve come to learn about this campaign, but you really know how to twist the knife yourself don’t you lol.
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I could see it happening given the dreams’ abilities to seemingly act as premonitions for Imogen, but I don’t know if or that Delilah would appear in her dreams unless she wanted to be there. Unless she wanted to send a message to one or both of them.
And fuck it, I’ll fucking go there since I didn’t before. Ruidas. I was waiting until after the Calamity because I figured it would help inform my theories or conspiracies but shit I’ll go there now. Ruidas is one fucked up moon, and there’s definitely more at play with it than we can possibly guess, sure. But it does seem kinda fitting that Delilah would possibly penetrate through to Imogen’s dreams to just further terrorize Laudna, using Imogen as a vessel for that terror, because if there’s one thing we don’t know it’s if there’s a connection between Ruidus and Delilah, namely: Is she Ruidusborn? (At least, I don’t and I can’t find anything that says she is, so if I’m wrong someone PLEASE tell me)
Now that the Gnarlrock is seemingly in the hands of Delilah, and the common thread that it shares is with Imogen and her dreams, there’s no way Delilah doesn’t know what the rock was doing to Imogen and this might be the knot that ties the threads together (at least for a while if not completely). So if Delilah is Ruidusborn, or has some sort of MO involving the moon(s), suddenly this campaign takes on a whole different tone.
I will say, I did see someone elsewhere (I think on Reddit, possibly on here, it was late last night and I was in a rabbit hole) mention that we don’t know the exact specifics of Laudna’s “pact” with Delilah as it doesn’t seem to be your typical pact with a patron. We just know that Delilah popped up in her head one day, and she’s been honing her Sorceress capabilities to spite her. I mentioned it briefly as well that we don’t know what the whole backstory there is, but since we know that Delilah can now seemingly just assume full control of Laudna whenever she wants now, who’s to say that she can’t permeate Imogen’s dreams thanks to this rocks power, and bring Laudna along herself? Sorry FCG, someone is going to beat you to it...
There’s still so much we don’t know about Laudna, about Imogen, about Delilah (in this form), and about this rock that honestly any of these wild theories that I’ve seen floating around on here and elsewhere could be plausible and in the realm of possibility. I really would prefer if Laudna was kept out of her dreams, honestly, but I just can’t see how Matt doesn’t use this carrot dangling right in front of him in some way to serve as the icebreaker Imogen and Laudna need to finally talk -- even if it’s as dark and twisted as what you’ve suggested lol.