It’s been years since I played PDS, but I’ve been thinking about it again lately and watching Let’s Plays on YouTube, and something bothers me.
I really love Azel. I think she’s one of the coolest, most interesting characters in any game. I love her combination of ferocity and vulnerability. I especially love how she begins as an antagonist, and seems like a mirror of the player: Edge has his dragon, and then there’s this girl in a big coat, with her own huge dragon, Atolm. I think Atolm’s really important; you sense Azel and Atolm have a bond like Edge and the dragon do, and the contrast in size is really important for that mirroring effect.
So it bothers me how Atolm gets wiped out after the third Azel encounter. Azel and Atolm could have had some dramatic final scene where they battle alongside Edge and the dragon. Instead he’s gone forever. Does Azel even have any dialogue where she talks about that? It feels like she should miss him, be sad about his (presumed?) death, be angry with Edge.