WELP, WHERE DO I BEGIN WITH WHAT THIS TASTY UPDATE HAS BROUGHT US?
I guess the main I’ll first bring up is the parents. Now the father sure as the sun is FAR from being ‘Dad of the Year’, but it sounds as though the mother won’t be getting any Mother’s Day gifts herself if the father implying that she was having a affair with someone under the guise of a business trip holds a good amount of truth . But where these two people seemed to fail the most spectacularly was that they are so focused fighting and resenting each other that they don’t take the time to really know their children, to the point that they’d trust the words of strangers over the words of their own children (didn’t seem like either of them took a moment to think during both of those memories “is this really like how my child would act”). I’ve honestly come to see that moment with Genny being the breaking point for my Hero MC, River Strider, and it being one of the reasons why they became more closed off and stoic with their family (excluding Caleb to a extent).
In fact, it was going through the path to the memory of the father and the Genny bully that really cemented Hemera is the best match for my River. Because the Goddess did something for River that their own parents haven’t likely done in a long time: listened to them. I imagine that for such a stoic and closed off (yet very thoughtful and compassionate) individual, River was more used to no one really listening when THEY were the one experiencing distress and pain. So they weren’t really expecting Hemera to reach out when they cried out for her in their moment of weakness and fear. And yet, Hemera didn’t hesitate or show doubts when her Sunrise called to her for help: she immediately expressed concern for how distressed her Hero was and stepped up to protect them. I imagine the resulting ‘thank you’ River gives Hemera would have quite a few layers to it.
Heck the same applies with the other Godly Patrons themselves, so in a way, the memory with the father is particularly strongest in this case because we (as MC) get firsthand experience with how poorly the parents did when it came to being there for their child when the little ones need their parents the most. Not long after experiencing the Patron respond quickly to their Hero needing them. Maybe the mother memory could be equally as strong if we had a face-to-face with her as well?
I’m honestly curious if we’ll be able to meet these parents face-to-face in the present time and see how they are during the final stages of their divorce. Have they not changed much from the past or are they trying to make amends for how their past actions affected both their children? Do they acknowledge how badly they screwed up when it came to handling their kids or do they make excuses for themselves? How would they react if their oldest child wants absolutely nothing to do with them anymore because of what happened in the past (and possibly even present)? Will the MC have a option to call out the two for their behavior and how it affects them and Caleb?b