Xelinis wrote:Just to get these out of the way, I believe that we all know that the following concepts were indeed in the original drafts:
- Nether Gate
- Queen's Knights
- Queen's assassination at the hands of Georg Prime
This is correct, however, "Nether Gate" is a term that never existed before Suikoden 5--
before then, they were simply referred to as the queen's assassins.
About whether Suikoden 5 encompasses what Murayama originally had in mind-- it likely doesn't.
One indication is that pre-Suikoden 5 information strongly hinted how Georg Prime is being pursued by
the "queen's assassins," and Killey also mentions how ruthless they are.
However, Suikoden 5 shows that the assassins (Nether Gate) were with the bad guys and were wiped out by the end.
It's pretty hard to imagine how Lymsleia would send assassins after Georg, too.
Another indication is involves Killey's imprisonment and his altercation with Lorelai.
Publications pre-Suikoden 5 mentions how Killey was imprisoned in Falena until "recent" and "until before the Dunan Unification Wars."
The reason for this imprisonment was supposed to be some kind of treachery committed by Lorelai.
However, in Suikoden 5, he was simply imprisoned by the villains (unless Lorelei tricks him into imprisonment later,
and somehow Lymsleia does nothing to save a former comrade.
It all seems like Konami "fudged" the plot a bit so they can create their own version of Falena.
Furthermore, one event that happens in the Sindar Ruins in Suikoden 5 is supposed to be something that also happens
in Genso Suiko Gaiden Vol.2 when Nash, Millie, Viki, and Meg get time-warped into the past.
However, Killey and Lorelai look like they're in their late 20s at that time, and Killey has his trademark scar on his face--
which he didn't have in Suikoden 5.