For the evidence towards Elson, if you look at the code…
There’s an elson_rom stat. Elson could very well be a gay option, but… he/she could also be a crossdressing Dragoon. Or Cataphrak is trying to mess with us by embedding red herrings in the code itself.
Those hints could just be coincidences, though.
Why’d he need the vinegar? Maybe one of his men saw something he shouldn’t?
His closeness to Welles? Childhood friends, as she says.
His random disappearances? He seems to work for RTI. Perhaps he’s reporting on the Disgraced Dragoon’s actions?
@Haresus Not exactly, in the code there is a Elson_Rom value, and while Cata has said that Elson’s role in the story is over, he also said that we would not meet a certain Captain Lebfreve…And if Elson was pretending to be someone they are not, then their role as “Elson” would be over.
Here are my main points on Elson being a crossdressing Dragoon.
He wanted to be a Knight of The Red. The official reason why he couldn’t is because his family is too poor. Fair enough. But what if it is also because she is a woman? Think about it… a woman who already has dreams of becoming an officer - why not dream of becoming a Knight of The Red as well?
He’s horrible at riding horses. From what I can tell, many nobles are given some basic horsemanship, marksmanship, and swordsmanship training. Especially Cunarians. And Elson wanted to be a Knight of The Red. Why did he not receive any of this training? The answer: Elson was a woman, and was not provided any.
His family connections. They probably have the resources and ties to skirt around whatever background check and medical examinations are required to join the army. The cross-dressing dragoon has to be someone with excellent connections… only Garret and Elson appear to fulfill this criteria.
If you have a high relationship with Elson, some of his interactions appear a little… intimate? This could point towards him being a gay option, but it could also point towards her secretly being a woman who is developing a crush on the MC. Of course, he could also just be sensitive and into really forward gestures of friendship, which diminishes this particular point.
The other point I mentioned above in the spoiler tag.
This is Cata we’re talking about, the guy with a sadism level high enough to potentially be an effective officer himself, therefore it certainly wouldn’t be entirely out of character for him to do things like embedding false leads in the code.
Those hints are pretty easily debunked, though. And if Cataphrak is tricky enough to insert some false code for the few people who actually read the code, why wouldn’t he be tricky enough to reveal the existence of the cross-dressing Dragoon to the few people (in comparison to how many have actually purchased the game) on this forum and then insert some red herrings to fool them?
If you hadn’t heard that there was a crossdressing Dragoon, would you have even suspected Garret to begin with?
You fell for my trap card That’s exactly what I meant by the above, if Elson was pretending to be someone else then that role’s (By Which I mean the Male Elson, if it were true) part in the story would be over so to speak…That’s of course if it were true.
If I was pretending to be Tom, but was really Able, and Tom “died”, then you could say that Tom’s role in the story was over, especially if Able was to appear later.
Must admit Cata, even if it (The Theory) isn’t true, you have an knack for English answers
A person who gets strangely sick at inopportune times, has to clean up blood with no explanation, behaves like a stereotypical guy, is called “Addy” by her friend, has RTI contacts, and is generally seen hiding things the whole game, has a light voice…
Cazarosta notices that she drinks and gambles and “wouldn’t be surprised if he was also a womaniser”. Which means that he has never seen any actual womanising.
The hints add up.
But no, I would probably not connect the dots without the forum hints. However, I would suspect something. I would know that something was up with Garret. And some more alert people would definitely connect the dots and wonder if Garret was actually not a guy. Could you say the same about Elson, except for the possibility that he was not actually dead?