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Now, onto questions!
Was Rosa's mom a witch? Or non human? Also, during the bonus scenario, where Guillaume said that Rosa was with her mother, does he mean that Rosa died of old age, or something else?
- Rosa's mom is a witch. Mother's voice is a spell that Mother casted before she died, so her memory still stuck to Rosa even after she died.
- Guilleme mentioning that acknowledges that she is his daughter, I don't think he meant Rosa is dead. He even said something like he would like to see her again.
Thanks for the list of triggers! I will incorporate them in the game's introduction!
Rosa's age is
left ambiguous on purpose because she is also long-lived like Guilleme
Rosa is apparently a witch...
There are parts of the game that suggest that Rosa was "found" by Mother while she was looking for Guilleme. So in my mind, Mother is a witch who took the cupid, Rosa, under her wing and taught her magic. It is very probable that Rosa dislikes using it though, and would only use it as protection. In Chapter 2, she said "It's been a while since she used magic", hinting that ever since she met Catherine, she stopped using it.
What exactly do the candles accomplish...
The candles are a form of mind control. Trick his mind to think they are kin, make Guilleme trust her completely, suspend any kind of suspicion directed towards her. This may be why Guilleme didn't even notice her "witchiness". The purpose of the candles was not to kill him, but to gather information. "Know thy enemy" and all that. Eros and Agape were different, I think. When Rosa struck Eros (candle for lust) or Agape (candle for pure love), she was able to get into his deep subconscious state and manipulate him there.
How exactly does Guilleme/Rosa's abilities work...
In my mind, the Cupids' ability is to plant attraction in people, appealing to their impulses. There are people who you just feel attracted to or drawn to. It is a matter of taste, but it comes easy for them. I don't think they exactly "control" emotions or minds. Like any other thought or impulse, you can resist or act on it. The priest and Francois were subjected to the same thoughts that plagued Emilie, but they both chose not to act on it. The longer you are exposed to the cupids though, the deeper the attraction becomes. This explains how Mother first got attracted to Rosa as Mother/Daugher... but then it got weird. I think Guilleme also can sense people's fantasies and conform to fit them. This is all context, but Catherine's "type" is a sweet, caring man, so that is how Guilleme "acted". Rosa's "type" is stricter, tougher and more authoritative so in the library scene, Guilleme was like that. I think it goes beyond acting though. I think it's part of his skill set to embody people's fantasies. Rosa doesn't know how to do that yet, so there are some skills she never unlocked.
Guilleme doesn't like staying too long because he has a tendency to get attached to his victims, that's why he uses manipulation and seduction techniques to make his victims fall in love with him faster. He gains control and power over them that way too.
I think Guilleme didn't mean to attract Emilie. Emilie is just a very headstrong lady so Guilleme gave into it (also he was hungry). This is hinted because Guilleme became forlorn and anti-social while he was having an affair with her. Catherine also observed that there is no affection between them at all. Emilie did love him, but the love was obsessive and laced with a lot of pride (oh, i got the marquis to be in a relationship with me!). So Emilie was much more in love with the idea of that fantasy, instead of Guilleme himself. Guilleme just used her to eat, but he wasn't happy.
Is it just preference...?
Romantic love is just Guilleme's preference, but he was also addicted to it like a drug. Mother's love for Rosa sustained her for a long time, which means other kinds of love can be consumed too. There are different kinds of love in the game. I would think each of them have different "tastes" like normal food.
As for Guilleme's age, there are certain people who do not age quickly. I'm proof! I am in my late 20s and people still comment that I look 19. This might be because of my round face, my diet or my genetics. That said, look at celebrities. When Keannu Reeves appear to look the same for 20+ years, we don't think "he's a vampiiiree!!" but more of "oh, he's aging gracefully! What is his secret?" I think at one point (around late 20s to early 40s), for men especially, age is almost indistinguishable. Guilleme is careful not to go over that limit. Also, age can be tricked by putting on or shedding body mass, changing hairstyles and wardrobe, demeanor, posture, etc. I'm sure Guilleme is good at that after decades of practice.
Guilleme is damn creepy...
Hm. This is a tricky part. In the dream with Catherine, Guilleme mentioned "I didn't mean to kiss you..". So there is a part of him that probably didn't want to cross that line, but yep, it was his plan all along. That is part of his dark nature. He did question himself and his actions, probably even planned to run away to save Catherine.
That said, wife husbandry is common in those times, so it's not too bad. The incest one is definitely effed up tho.. And if you are both repulsed and aroused, or even plain confused, then uhh... welcome to the club!!! ; - ;
Thanks for playing the game! I'm happy to hear everyone's feedback! If you have any more questions, I would love to discuss the story more *fangirl mode*! If you want more info on the game, the Artbook is available! Again, thanks to everyone's support! I want to keep making games and discussing things like this with you guys!