One "Easter egg" if you haven't noticed.
An interesting theory, but we don't know enough yet. Asterion and Argos keep making very clear declarations that the master is of "Mankind"- namely in how Asterion constantly is reflecting on the cruelty the hotel brings out in his human jailers. Theres also a few mentions whenever Argos is prattling on about Mankinds duty and veneration of the gods, but usually I'm to busy trying to see the trick in his words to catch the words themselves.. At the same time,the feathers in the vase that you spotted to indicate that the new peacock is definitely tied to the hotel. Also, there is a possibility clement slept with one of the guests, so we can't rule out a clement lineage connection yet.
While I don't know who Jean is, there is something that aligns with you theory of the killer being bound- In the sixth lore tablet, "Child"- Asterious meets one of the men sent to kill him, who responds that he's seeking a weapon said to be able to kill an immortal, to free his father of his eternal life (His father still aged, making it torture). what is important here, though, is this line- (https://gyazo.com/74bc7e724cc77ed27260b27fc37881e5).
Later in the passage, Asterion calls himself the "Guardian of Daedalus's home" and that the labyrinth itself is "holy ground- "That in the center of the maze lies a shrine made by the gods themselves. The visual description of the tablet also is describes as depicting a butchered bull at the opening of a temple.
a second tablet- 18- "Skyros" also mentions something along these lines-
I'm in the middle of reading all the tablets at the moment, and I can't help this horrible feeling that the Labrys that can cut the strings of Fate will be used to kill Asterion in finality.
You could be right though, I believe one of the crimes Asterion was damned for was the killing of Tithonus, nd undoing Zeus' decree. However, Argos describes the act of torturing and killing Asterion repeatedly to be one of "divine worship", perhaps Asterion's first death was seen as a divine act by the Gods at that point? I believe in the line you highlighted, the host is Deadalus as the Labyrinth is his home, his creation, and so it is Asterion's bloodline which is cursed.
Its possible? however, the "Child" tablet makes me think its unlikely, as asterious tells the adventurer that "he'd welcome him as a guest with open arms, if it were not for the weapons in the adventures hands". The tablet ends by saying "Perhaps a seasoned warrior would have left the adventurer to die, but a child wouldn't know that a beggar can hide a knife".
This indicated to me that asterious eventually invited him as a guest (in tablet 7- Ichor, asterious is show to guide them to the weapon, though the circumstances are unclear) and the "guest" did something terrible, incurring the wrath of the gods. Its entirely possible that this something was not even asterious's or anothers death- the child tablet only states that to bring "Woe" into a hosts home is what causes repercussions. interestingly, "Ichor" also mentions that the man who tried to wield the axe still has burn marks on his hands,as only "those favored by the divine" could wield it.
I think, after reading it all, you may be right. Jean may be Laomedon, son of Tithonus, the one who persuaded Asterion into killing his father against the will of Zeus. Both of their fates may be sealed by this act, as Laomedon in the last tablet states he no longer belongs to any country and is searching for a redeemer himself, if not to become a redeemer.
Perhaps he thinks by Asterion demonstrating his hospitality for all he sends his way (as he did for Laomedon and his father originally) will help redeem him in the eyes of the Gods? It certainly seems to fit well with the guilty vibe I was getting for some reason.
I had to go back and replay the guest scene to catch it, but I do agree that Jean comes across as... off. I dunno if its guilt, but its clear that SOMETHING is weighing on him, and it would explain why he's sending people to the hotel, but not directly interfering. Its also possible that he was behind the MC and Clement meeting, due to how trippy and off kilter the scene of their meeting was.
I think that Jean is just the Hotel WILL and/or MC WILL to meet a X or Y, Anon said that in the Hotel objects has some kind of life in them, so I don't doubt that persons could be created to make them go there, sometimes when you wish something it wont be fate that will lead to the hotel but something that guide them to it.
I'm seconding that the quills we see in the Bedrock were for writing contracts, and a simple assumption is that the Peacock's grandfather used to work on contracts with the hotel (probably left a passport, too, since writing wise it makes sense to cash one of those Chekhov's guns here quickly since we've got 3 more that could come up). Obviously there's some magic/supernatural bits at play with linking his dreams to the place these quills are, maybe they've been used for contacts for so long that they're starting to become an artifact, and are calling out to his grandson.
The tie there to Argos is very interesting, though! If we want a crazier theory, the magic of the quills and peacocks in general can be used for spying on locations they're left behind at - fitting with the eye on the feather, no? We don't know how Argos interacted with Clement or Jean really, did he ever care to interfere with what we're subverting the Bedrock into? Or would he maybe care to now that there is a very crafty new master (if you play that way, of course)? I don't know how Argos can interact with the guests, but could he have subverted the peacock grandfather to be a mole? Or maybe this hints that the upcoming peacock guest could be one? Impossible to know until we know who he his and if he'd let himself get swayed by Argos... And of course, the two may not have any tie at all, but where's the fun in that in the theory thread!
can you give me a link to that
Here we are. took me a moment to find it. https://twitter.com/minohotel/status/1195672188151631873?lang=en
Wow thank, really excited to read it
Mmm, it's hard to know yet if we're going to follow the same plot beyond broad strokes, and if there are major parts that will change because this is a new opportunity to change parts that MinoAnon/the MinoH team want to take a different direction, or find not fitting with a visual novel format - for example, Luke used to walk around on all fours pretty often in his scenes, but horizontal character sprites don't work great in VNs. Sure, that's a smaller change in the scheme of things, but it's a sign they want to write things that leverage and fit the medium - and that's not counting the new elements from the hotel management/game aspect! I think this team will surprise us.
I've been wondering about the bedrock, too. And yes, it's strange that Asterion cannot hear the noises... but he is weirdly cautious about us getting too close to the crystalline rock, or touching it. He definitely knows something about it that we do not, and he's worried. Either for us, or the rock, or both.
It's interesting that you said the realm might be running out of power. Maybe the bedrock really is an energy source. It also seems to possess some kind of intelligence, since it can emulate machines if you "explain" their function properly. It's almost like it's alive, or a magical equivalent to an AI, keeping the realm up and running.
There is also the issue of the sky showing completely unknown constellations, as Luke noticed in his conversation with Asterion. And the fact that spacetime seems to be behaving weirdly: people seem to be able to reach the hotel from all parts of the world with little trouble, the corridors of the hotel seem to be infinitely long and never turn back into themselves. And the fact that some basic laws of physics, such as thermodynamics, don't apply there (at least by appearance).
Now, I am probably totally overthinking this, and maybe I should just accept these things, because this is a fantasy story where the supernatural exists. Therefore these things are possible, because magic. But what if that's not quite true? What if the whole realm only appears functionally magical, but is ultimately some type of unfathomably advanced technology? The realm really some sort of bubble universe with slightly different laws, connected to (but apart from) our universe? The gods just the last heirs of an ancient advanced civilization, wielding godlike technological powers even they don't understand anymore? Playing cruel games, torturing mortals for mere sport? Creating genetically engineered creatures such as Argos to do their bidding?
Running and maintaining a whole mini universe would require immense amounts of power. What if that power really is starting to run out after a couple of millennia?
it won't be like that in my opinion they are going to face some challenges for romance to happen after so many years of masters torturing
I think it's gonna be quite an emotional scene
After all Asterion went all his life believing he wasn't deserving of love, so he might confront the MC like he did on build 0.4
At the moment there's not much of a romantic relationship going on, as the MC stated ''Im just doing whats just'' so i dont feel like the MC is developing romantic feelings just yet
On the other hand Asterion is comparing the MC to Phroneos, his friend, guard, and posibly lover. I can see Asterion falling in love with the MC and then beat himself up over it.
Makes sense to me! But hear me out: What if, JUST IF any of those two lovebirds ALREADY developed something? I believe it could be Asterion, with all that "holding your hand and not letting it go" after they first together meal and "re-e-eally long hug" before concert? It could be his hunger for human touch, but it's clearly not just platonic anymore, at least for me.
It's hard to say whether the joke is actually something or just Luke being Luke, but if we operate under the assumption that it's the former, my best guess would be that it's an extension of the reference that the bands themselves are