Yeah, I don’t think Hestia is really the traitor, and I would go so far as to rule her out entirely. Because of her extreme dearth of stories, readers won’t have a clear picture of who she is outside of her occupation and probably virginity (it is possible that the importance of virginity to Hestia has been conflated with her Roman counterpart’s, we just don’t know), so for Hestia to make a narratively satisfying betrayal Rohie will have to build up her personality from the ground up so that readers don’t feel completely blindsided by what is essentially a stranger.
And considering that the game is…a third (?) of the way done and Hestia hasn’t made a second appearance, I’m going to very confidently say that she’s not going to have a large part in the game at all, juuuuuust like in mythology, lol. So, that smirk may very well stay as enigmatic as her irl figure.
Hercules makes an appearance??? Oh, god I hope Hera doesn’t drive him mad again so he’ll kill the MC. I mean, it’d be a ridiculously cool boast for the MC to be able to say that they beat Hercules, but still.
I just hope Herc is nice.
I don’t think our ideas are mutually exclusive.
The way I see it, my MC’s desire for a family in the form of Zeus is a very human thing, in that it doesn’t seem like any of the gods express similar desires for father figures. Of course, their father was Cronus, but then again my MC’s father is still Zeus, so…
Either way, I think a Bearer who actively attempts to form a family with the gods would cause the gods to forcefully acknowledge their lack of a humanity the way you’re thinking.
Of course, it would be nice if any form of positive interaction on the part of a Bearer to a god makes them realize this as opposed to a strictly…familial intention, and I think Rohie’s already hinting at this with the MC’s talk with Aphrodite.