Thanks hillxr and Mercuric_Wanderer for the inspiration!
And it got me thinking about the Creator’s role in the game. Let’s take the biblical God. Almost everyone knows these famous words:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)
This starts Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Within the chapter, God is the Creator. But God is singular right? Well, he refers to himself as “us”?
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Gen. 1:26)
I think Judaism refers to this as God’s heavenly host. This is also the basis for the mysterious concepts called the Trinity in Christian theology. What is the Trinity?
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Latin: Trinitas, lit. ‘triad’, from trinus, “threefold”) holds that God is three consubstantial persons or hypostases—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—as “one God in three Divine Persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”. In this context, a “nature” is what one is, whereas a “person” is who one is.
How does one explain the Trinity? Well, you don’t. At least not without heretical examples. In other words, it can’t be properly explained.
The problem is there is no real-world basis for this concept. But maybe we’re over thinking the concept of the Trinity.
What if the Maenads are analogous to the Trinity concept? Let’s consider this: are the Maenads what we (us humans) would have called “God” (as in the Trinity)?
A person is one of the three modes of being in the Trinitarian Godhead as understood by Christians. A person also refers to the bodily appearance of a physical entity.
Each Maenad is a person in either sense.
There aren’t just three Maenads. Yet each is distinct while being of one “substance, essence or nature”.
In this context, a “nature” is what one is, whereas a “person” is who one is. Since the Creator made each Maenad from the Crystals’ data, their bodies relate to Earth’s species. Since each Maenad aware of each other’s actions, they think in the sum of that data, yet somehow able to produce new information.
The Maenads are powerful sorceresses able to teleport, use telekinesis, cast high-level Black Magic including Meteor, and summon Eidolons. Their capacity to summon Eidolons consists of petrifying their material forms and corrupting the Eidolon’s mind, but Fusoya says this is not simply petrification, but a casting of the Eidolon’s spirit into another dimension. This process can be disrupted by evoking an emotional response from the Eidolon. When this “awakening” occurs the Maenads lose the ability to summon that Eidolon.
To us, they would have seemed to be omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. But of course, we defeat them. Can anyone beat the Christian God? I don’t know of anyone who’s tried. In the Bible, God assures us he’s invincible. But so do the Maenads, and they’re just as arrogant. Regardless, we’d see each Maenad as divine, and all-powerful.
Maybe God isn’t solely a Trinity? Many separate identical copies of the Maenads each exist with one like mind. The each have different functions to carry out a specific goal. One becomes a Rydia. Others a fights monks and Lunerians. Perhaps the God of the Bible was a Maenad, and there’s only three left? Or rather, just the three we know of…
This comes back to the Creator. I bet the Creator’s race didn’t find a suitable lifeform to merge with time. He was probably last of his kind – so hibernation was out of the question. He didn’t have time to make sure the Blue Planet wouldn’t have made the same mistakes as his own.
The Creator’s race died out when searching for a new home. It was the last survivor. The Creator sustains himself to an artificial life machine, but he loses the normal functioning of his body. While in space, he became this malformed creature, who could shapeshift into a glorious being and an amalgam of disgust. Who knows what the Creator, or God, is. But to humans, he would have been worthy of fear. Especially if the Maenads, his “heavenly hosts” were his power.
The Creator gave the crystals to the Lunarians to develop and monitor their evolution. The Lunarians placed some of the crystals on the blue planet to stabilize the orbit of the Lunarian moon.
Maybe one day, it was the hope of the Lunarians to establish trade with the people of the Blue Planet. But the Creator deemed the evolution experiment over. No need to for the Lunarians to work with the Blue Planet. The Creator wanted to destroy the Blue Planet and the Lunarian moon for failure to evolve. The Creator no longer cared for the Crystals.
Why is the Creator destroying civilizations instead of simply moving on? Fear of a crowded universe depleting resources. In this sense, the Creator is trying to sustain the world by voiding wasteful creatures. He’s the villain only because he fights your party. Other than that, he’s quite the reasonable environmentalist.
But is what he is going for so wrong in that case? Not if he declares he’s the holder of all morality. Who is he to end their lives? And by his own standards, he was of an inferior species, so why does he get to live? Why should he destroy the planets others could use for resources? Besides, sometimes evolution can happen swiftly under the right conditions. The Creator didn’t even wait. The Creator wasn’t evil, just misguided. And he did gain mercy at the end of the game. Same with the Maenads.