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Aug 17, 15 at 6:16pm ^A Proposal: Seymour is a Tragic Hero
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A Proposal: Seymour the Tragic Hero?
Throughout this post I've compiled evidence from multiple forum and wiki sources that generally accept the fact that Seymour is one of the villains from the Final Fantasy X game. After playing through the regular and HD remake multiple times, I couldn't help but feel an odd amount of sympathy for Seymour's character when you consider many happenings throughout the game. As such, I will propose a theory for Seymour, the tragic hero, as we unravel the mysterious Jyscal and Yu Yevon. Ever since Seymour's first appearance in the Final Fantasy X, the feels were real between his character and Yuna and her Guardians.
"Tidus doesn't like him right from the get go. Auron begins to not like him in Guadosalam. Kimahri doesn't like him either if you talk to him before meeting with Seymour. Yuna eventually learns his secret."
However, these characters are for the most part completely unaware of Seymour's history and express little to no concern about the cause of his motives. Additionally, they're really given no reason to doubt his integrity because it is to be assumed that he had to earn his status as a Maester for the church of Yevon through many good deeds for the people of Spira (omitting many exceptions and his succession of his father). Furthermore, let's explore these exceptions as they are clear evidence supporting why he is viewed as a villain to many gamers.
*Operation Mi'ihen: Causes the death of several Al Bhed and Luzzu/Gatta. No one brings any of this up after Djose Temple.
Twenty-eight years before his death Jyscal and a human woman had a son, Seymour, who was viewed as an abomination by both races. Three years later Jyscal became the leader of the Guado and spread the teachings of Yevon To his race. Five years after this, when Seymour was eight years old, to soothe the waves of a possible uprising, Jyscal had Seymour and his mother sent to the palace at the remote island of Baaj where Seymour was trained in the ways of a summoner.
Enter skeptic. How did Jyscal simultaneously rise to be the leader of the Guado, with a human spouse, while being wary of extreme discrimination against his actions WHILE HIDING the very existence of his son? Why it is that Yuna, the most famous and reputable daughter of a highly respected summoner and savior of the people, has a choice whether she wants to become a summoner or not, but at the ripe age of 8 Seymour is commanded by Jyscal (and possibly supported by his wife) to move and isolate them and train Seymour to be a summoner? It's worth noting that Jyscal was the reason the Guado, protectors of the Farplane first and foremost, converted to Yevon in the first place. Furthermore, he was promoted to Maester by Mika, probably one of the most senile, sellout, backwater characters in the game. Was Jyscal promoted in such a short period of time because of his love for the people and Yevon? Let's continue...
When his (Seymour's) mother sacrificed herself to become his Final Aeon as Anima, Seymour was horrified and broke off the pilgrimage and returned to Baaj alone.
Enter skeptic. Okay, so if you're not questioning to yourself whether or not Jyscal was a good guy or not, then allow me instill some curiosity. Jyscal sent his only son, who at the age of 8 decided (for himself?) he wanted to be a summoner, without telling him the very minor detail that he'll probably be sacrificing himself and a loved one in the process of defeating sin? His wife knew about this the entire time?
Now to get into my own theory concerning Seymour. Jyscal was all sorts of f**ked up. I believe he knowingly conspired with the Maesters, Yu Yevon and Yunalesca to bring about the total domination of Yevon over the Al Bhed and Spira. Mika being the puppet master, he most likely debriefed Jyscal on the inevitable plans for the future and Jyscal wanted to be on the winning side or risk annihilation for him and his people. When Seymour retreated to Baaj after his experience with the final Aeon, he concluded that if he could play along with this deceit, as opposed to being excommunicated and terminated, he could use sin to destroy Spira entirely including Yevon. This is what makes Seymour a tragic hero in multiple regards. His parents used him as a tool and he didn't find out until later in his life. Knowing no allies or friends to himself, he could only consult himself to sacrifice himself so everyone would stop being deceived and end the cycle of suffering through death. As such, Jyscal’s sphere is complete nonsense. Jyscal probably realized Seymour’s intentions and selfishly saw him as a threat to Yevon’s order, so he tasked whoever found the sphere to seek help in stopping him. Seymour was honest a lot throughout most of the game, especially when he told the Guardians and Yuna that Operation Mi'ihen was futile and that the marriage was solely for the people's temporary happiness (and who wouldn't marry Yuna?) I also believe that Kelk Ronso, one of the other Maesters of Yevon promoted by Mika under his "sub-races appeasement policy," knew that the Ronso's were a defiant and strong race, so they agreed to allow Seymour destroy many of them. Seymour was subjected to intense discrimination which only fed into his hatred for people and was essentially a constructed weapon of Jyscal's design whose free will was stripped of him along with his humanity. Seymour is a tragic hero in his own right.
“In Final Fantasy X Ultimania Omega it is revealed that Seymour's mother was dying, motivating her desire to become a fayth for her son even though she knew of the mechanics of the Final Summoning through Jyscal, as the Guado possess their own records that tell of Spira's sealed histories”
This revelation from Ultimania Omege only reinforced my idea that Jyscal and his wife had a thought out plan. The fact that they added a crucial detail concerning Seymour’s mother is an attempt to fill plot inconsistencies, but in my opinion the damage is already done.
Lastly, I would like to broach a question in regards to Yu Yevon and Seymour with a question. What is Mortiorchis during Seymour’s fights? Kinda looks like a bug? This is stretching my theory, but I believe that Seymour was directly engaged with Yu Yevon and Lady Yunalesca (hence his obsession with her life) which led him to control fiends and have that bug thing as an aid. Additionally, this is why he probably was convinced that he would be able to control sin once he became sin because of a pact with Yu Yevon. I have many other theories that I will post, but I hope you all enjoyed some of my thoughts and look forward to reading the comments.
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