Some spoilers ahead
First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to write an in depth critique! I want to avoid spoilers so, I don't want to go too in depth into the reasoning behind everything, but I do want to try to clarify some stuff. When it comes to the sword, I was trying to show that as Focar doing things that would shake her confidence, and make her rethink being a soldier. Also that Aiden was overreacting a bit as Dion mentions, but I can definitely see how that can be contradictory. I understand your viewpoint about Aiden's family as well and while I have my reasons why I wrote it that way and may have hinted at it, if I had the chance, I'd like to have fleshed out some of the characters more.
When it comes to Alex possibly becoming the leader, a lot of it is because of her accomplishments and stepping up right at the time, leading people to associate her with ending the war, who she's the relative of, and also having very good, smart people around her (Helen, Dion, Aiden, and the other elders). I also tried to protray her as someone willing to learn although she may complain about it. I have played Queen's Crown and it was amazing. I just personally chose to go less of a political, detailed route when I was writing.
As for the art, this was also just a matter of time for me. I have been working on the game for three years and my art has changed and improved drastically during this time (the last CG is probably closest to what my art is like now, but I'm still practicing to get better every day). There were CGs and sprites that I had to go back and redo a number of times because the art was just unacceptable to me. However, it got to the point where I was just constantly redoing and improving that it was a never ending process. So I decided to stick with the art the way it is so I would be able to finish the game instead of perfecting everything. In the future, I hope my next game's art will be a lot better.
Once again, thank you for purchasing my game and giving it a try. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, it does help me to really improve and know where I need work.