So, I stumbled across the .txt file for a thread I made a while back, and it got me thinking about the events of 2.5 in a new light.
Let’s start with perhaps the most confounding question: Are the Crystals of Light Hydaelyn’s blessing?
At first I wasn’t sure that they were directly Hydaelyn’s blessing. However, our interactions with Midgardsormr made me reconsider that. Specifically, when he seals the Crystals he says that he has stripped us of her blessing, and he rather seems to know what he’s talking about. So, I’m willing to take Mid at his word. On the other hand, the next question complicates things somewhat. . .
Next question: Mechanically speaking, how was the blessing stripped from us?
For reasons I’ll explain shortly, I think that the Crystals of Light were completely sealed. That is, sealed from Hydaelyn, sealed from us, and sealed even from Mid (though I assume he can undo it if he really needed them). Now, I have reason to believe that certain things associated with the Crystals predate our encountering them. I’ll go into those reasons in the next section. If it’s true, though, it means that Hydaelyn (presumably) was interacting with them before we found them. I suspect that simply having their presence in the life stream was enough for Hydaelyn to utilize them, and that Mid’s sealing them has temporarily removed them from the stream entirely. Read More →