16.08.2012 @ 22:42 #1
Ive played through the game quite a few times now but i am still confused about how alvin is actualy the grand master as a kid.
From reading the various books in the game i concluded that alvin is a descendant of lara dorren and he is of elder blood and posseses powerful magical abilities.
In ch 4 geralt gives him the dimeritium,towards the end of the chapter he teleports away out of fear and in ch5 triss says he could be anywhere in time and space.
Now for my question;did alvin go back in time and become jaques de aldesberg grand master of the order and the games big baddie?
The similarities are evident;
-when they do magic they bothe have this pale blue glow about them
-they bothe wear dimeritium
-they bothe seem to like you and i got the distinct impression that the grand master just did not want to kill me,also the way he speaks to geralt is respecful and not threatening.
-finally,they bothe have visions that torture them psycologicaly.
16.08.2012 @ 22:48 #2
ebrahim ali said:
Probably. TW1 gives a whole lot of hints -- many of which you've listed here -- that Jacques and Alvin are the same person, which means that Alvin HAD to go back in time. But it never says that definitively, and neither Jacques nor Alvin plays any role in TW2.
I think we're probably supposed to assume that they are the same, but we haven't seen TW3 yet, and a good writer could do anything with what we have so far. Just as an example, Jacques could be Alvin's son, if Alvin went REALLY far back in time, which would explain all those similarities and explain Jacques' curious respect for Geralt, his knowing things that Geralt has said to Alvin, and so on.
So, yeah, probably. Probably they're the same. We don't have any definitive statement -- either from the developers or in TW2 -- that says it for sure.
That's The Witcher for you -- your best answers are "probably," rather than "yes" or "no."
16.08.2012 @ 23:04 #3
Regardless, I'm not dying to find out the answer. I feel like the Witcher is so self contained and concludes perfectly, it doesn't need to beat the dead horse.
Now that we're on the subject: It's really impressive how the Witcher have several red threads that run through the game. Some are wrapped up and finished at the end while some are left to explore in other games, like the brilliant move to include the almost killing of Foltest at the end. It really does set up the atmosphere and tone for the next game. And it's a great premise too. End on that high note! Alright I'm rambling. Fantastic game and great idea.
16.08.2012 @ 23:19 #4
Also ive just theorised that ithlinnes prophecy is alvin.
''...time of the sword and axe...'' scoiataelle and order conflict
''...white frost...'' what was de aldesberg's motivation for everything he did
''...a seed that will not sprout but burst into flames...'' alvin/de aldesberg is hen ichear and is the grand master of the FLAMING rose.
16.08.2012 @ 23:56 #5
All desire to shirk,
Shall during off hours exhibit his powers
To Madame Tussaud's wax-work.
[G&S, "A more humane Mikado"]
17.08.2012 @ 22:14 #6
And it is in a spirit of the series too. Sapkowski also likes to handle some questions like that, leaving strong or not so strong hints, but sometimes refusing to give you the definite answer.
20.08.2012 @ 21:17 #7
20.08.2012 @ 22:13 #8
Or maybe because the game was over.
I also think the devs wanted to leave us with a few chills running down our spines.