« Last post by SnowFire on Today at 09:14:48 AM »
Since this has become TO plot discussion... Niu had a pretty good explanation when I brought up the same thing, which is making it more explicit that Barbas & Martym aren't exactly "betraying" their orders. Everyone thought the Knights of Lodis were there to establish a friendly puppet state, and Lans T. actually *did* want to establish the friendly puppet state which is why he spent all the time searching for & recruiting Catiua. But their actual orders were to unleash the Hell Gate, gain ultimate power for Lodis in some vague way, and Lans just thought those orders were stupid and would make up some BS about not being able to do it but hey check out this compliant puppet I set up in the meantime. Hence Martym mouthing off about how Lans was stalling and he could have opened it up ages ago with the Xenobian super-sword.
The slightly odd thing is that if the "revolt" is spun that way, you'd almost expect Balexphon to go along with, since he comes across as the biggest buds with the coup leaders in the backstory. But sure, these situations are weird, so maybe he felt loyalty to the Dark Knights chain of command was more important than loyalty to their mission, sure, so whatever Lans says.
The actual ending is weird in that whatever Martym & Barbas's plan was, they clearly thought they could get ultimate power on the cheap real fast or something with Denam's army breathing down their necks. But hey, TO is willing to have villains make mistakes, so I guess this is one of them.
I suppose what I'm saying is that I don't mind TO's final plot too much. It's less jarring than FFT's switch from politics to demons, and only occupies a small amount of gameplay, and it still has some minor political threads. (If I'm going to rant about TO's plot, it's some of the earlier stuff, actually. C3 Law has some issues.)