Posted July 3, 2007on:
I think The branded are perhaps the most interesting aspect of path of radience.the whole story about them is fairly easy to pass up though,and as a result many end up doing just that.unfortunatly,even if you do come across the information, whether it be in the game itself or…online <_< >_> <_< >_> ,there really isn’t much that’s said about them. Nonetheless, I tend to take an interest in things like this so I figured I mine as well write an article about them :P .
the branded are, more or less, a race of there own. however I don’t think their race would be called the branded. simply put, they could be described as nothing less then “humans” .now I must sound crazy,the branded are half beorc and half laguz after all,theres nothing human about them! But that’s just the thing. did you ever stop and ask yourself why the humans in path of radiance have to have a special title? Why are they the beorc and not just the humans? the answer can be found in our fuzzy, feathery and…scaly friends, the laguz.
when the laguz came to be they drove a wedge through the human race.how the laguz did come to be will probably never be revealed, but I digress. despite how much they resemble animals they are,presumably,still human…just a different race of human. as a result the less fury humans, the beorc, required a title as well. think about it; would it make sense if one type of human had its own race but the other type was just plain human? wouldn’t that make it a human human :? ? no…it would make no sense so they became known as the beorc.obviously,the beorc and the laguz are two halves of the human race, but neither are quite “human” .the laguz are far to strong and the beorc are far too weak.but merged together,they would infact be human.
Cue the branded. They are, like I said above, half human and half laguz. as a result they are also the two half’s of the human race. If you do your math…50% human plus 50% human would equal…100% human.and there is my proof as to why the branded are human.so, with that in mind, why are they so hated? often times in support conversations within path of radiance the branded are referred to as abominations. in fact if I recall correctly Stephen was prepared for mordicai to abandon him do to the fact that he is a branded. perhaps the reason they are hated so much is because you can look at them two different ways….they are either both Laguz and beorc, or neither laguz nor beorc. If you choose the later they are like something that dosnt exist, and that could be why they are viewed as an abomination.
Being rejected by both races they live alone in the desert. Stephen tells soren that he knows he’s a branded as well. he tells him that when his friends find out about his secret and reject him, that he has friends in the desert. it seems being branded isn’t an easy thing to cover up. despite sorens younger looks, he is actually about the same age as ike.see,the branded age differently than laguz and beorc,and in time they start to stick out.
And that’s about all there is to go on about the branded. Im guessing they will be involved more in goddess of dawn, but that’s only a guess.Until then it’s just one of those things you wish nintendo would have done a little bit better :\ .
by Saint Of Swords
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