- Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:14 pm
Gratiana is the example of what RPG NPC should be. She is a complex character with a complex background. She is, as any human being, only a shade of grey, there is no black nor white. Here are tips i gathered about the character: 1) She claims that Amadia wants her soul back. When you drop her jar on the ground before her... She is shocked, and say "No! no, no, no ! Amadia, please, forgive me !". Meaning, at least, she is honest: she really considers Amadia wants her soul back, and it may even be true. 2) When you explore the feelings of the different souls in the jars... The 3 necromancers express frustration, hatred, anger and terror after they're punished by Braccus. Even though Gratiana was arguably the most wretched of them all, her soul is only weighted by deep, deep sadness. The narrator wonders if she regrets her life of leacherous luxury, or her actions. I believe that if she was regretting her ancient life, she would demonstrate the same kind of feelings as the necromancers: frustration, anger, terror, and such. I doesn't sit right for me that you only feel desperate sadness if she was only regretting her luxurious life. 3) In the vision you have of Gratiana at the time of Braccus, her vile actions are shown. She is a terrible monster. The worst of them all. But, at the end of the vision, it is said that she saw a weeping face, and that she reached out as to comfort it. But Braccus didn't allow that, and took her back, cursing her in the swamps. This weeping face is, no doubt about it, the stone face of Amadia that is in the Sanctuary. What we can say is: it's true something changed when she met Amadia. Something deep and important enough to make Braccus take radical actions towards her. At the end of day, i believe Gratiana never was and will never be a nice person. But i believe her regret is sincere, as is her devotion to Amadia, and her desire to lend her hand to the Seekers and others who are suffering. She is a ***** at times when things don't go as she pleases. But i believe Larian worked hard on their characters. It would make no sense for a character to change completely. She was an horrible wretch and even now, she is not nice. She has a ****ty temper and doesn't see harsh words and insults as being a problem. But on the other hand, she is not the wretched murderer she once was, either. The character didn't change, but evolved drastically. I believe nobody can change, but people can evolve. As such, i believe her redemption is real. At the end of Act 1, once you killed Alexandar, she disappears. Some people wonder where she went. Actually, she explains it herself. When you ask her if she will go back to the Hall of Echoes afterwards, she tells you that she may do so, one day. But that for now, the world lies are her feet and she has all eternity to explore it, and praise Amadia's name. Basically, she went on travel acrosse the world, preaching Amadia's name, as her priestess.