Thanks to Sohtak for the inspiration!
When discussing theories, some may just be unfathomable to others.
I saw one that said “Serah is Etro” which makes literally no sense. I think the evidence was that they both die at the same time or something (Etro does than Serah does) or that Etro has a Moogle servant.
Because Serah/Etro co-exist during 13 and 13-2 as completely different entities and Yuel was also said to be in the image of Etro (aka not Serah)
And why would she give her heart to Caius knowing it’d rip apart reality?
Although, I think the post was made before LR came out so…take that is it is.
Edit: Might have been this
From the way Sohtak writes, they don’t seem too impressed. The link they found leads to a long article about Serah as Etro, written by PlayerPerspective:
As the title suggests, I have reason to believe that Etro is Serah, and whilst I don’t have a lot of reasons to go on, I have a few that seem significant; one of which is much more important and the crux of my theory.
First off, is a little nugget of information you get off Captain Cryptic. One of his questions is as follows
What fact surrounding the Goddess Etro is not recorded in any documents? Answer: She has a Moogle Servant.
So then Sohtak was correct. Part of the evidence PlayerPerspective cites for Serah as Etro was their Moogle servant, Mog.
And who is Mog? According to the Datalog:
Mog is a small, mysterious creature covered in white fur. He has bat-like wings that he often beats as he flits around, but his power of flight does not appear to rely on them.
Mog has a crystal bobble that reacts to the presence of anomalies, and he is proficient at finding lost objects, but his most astounding feature is his ability to transform into a weapon. With the right components available, Mog is capable of evolving into even more powerful weaponry.
Lightning came across Mog in Valhalla, and asked the strange little being to act as Serah’s protector and good luck charm.
Although he closely resembles the fictitious Moogles described in Cocoon’s fairy tales, the connection is uncertain.
But Mog doesn’t serve Etro, he serves Lightning. And Lightning gives Serah Mog as a protection. PlayerPerspective cites that Lightning mentions Mog is ‘A gift from the Goddess’ to Noel. But she never says this. Noel, on the other hand, mentions the ‘gift from the Goddess’ to Serah:
Noel: They say ‘spirit’ is a gift from the goddess, given to humans and humans only. We’re a study in contradictions, with the freedom to make mistakes and the will to start over.
PlayerPerspective’s other theory about Serah as Etro connects the characters together. As a summary:
Etro creates the miracle to awaken Serah and the other necessary characters to create a chicken and egg Paradox, where Etro aids Serah any which way she can in order for her to Ascend and become Etro.
Sounds confusing, even for Final Fantasy XIII-2. A “chicken and egg” paradox would work well if Final Fantasy XIII-2’s story. You change the future you change the past. But Final Fantasy XIII-2’s story is confusing enough on its own. Still, how reasonable it is?
How can a future version of Serah give herself Mog to a past version of herself, when the past Serah would never have Mog in the first place if not for her future self? A real chicken and egg paradox that causes headaches the more you think about it, but also a reality that could never happen right?
According to PlayerPerspective, paradoxes like this can happen, and has happened before:
This paradox does exist in the games canon, in the shape of Proto Fal’Cie Adam. Created by Hope and Alyssa in 13AF, Adam eventually develops a sentient mind, using the time teleportation system to go back in time to its creation and reprogram the machines to kill Hope and Alyssa, taking over Augusta Tower for its own means.
Whether this is due to a narrative loophole, or just to illustrate themes, this isn’t the biggest problem. As Sothak states, both Serah and Etro are two separate people. The latter was a goddess when the former remained in crystal stasis. The only similarity between the two was their potential fate. And that was most likely done for thematic reasons.