Thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions! In hindsight, I think my questions were a little long, so sorry about that, but thank you for answering them anyway! I can't wait to find out more about the world and characters in it, especially Asterion.
From the hints you've dropped, you've got me thinking that Jean is "employed" by a mystery figure that's looking out for the Hotel's mission. That alone is comforting, the thought that someone else might be on our side.
Argos, from what you've said, definitely seems like a necessary evil now. He's there to add depth to Asterion's character and to a certain extent, drive the plot by way of conflict. At least, that's my understanding of him? I'm definitely wary of him, but navigating around a tricky character is fun in its own right