EDIT: Sorry for the immense length of this post, but this new theory strikes me as being surprisingly plausible, so I’ve tried to do it justice. I touched on this in Gehn’s “Genesis” thread, but I’ve given it some more thought since then and it’s developed into a full-blown theory regarding the nature of the Heresy Dragon. Tell me what you think:
… the Gods created a dragon, and released it into the humans’ world. The dragon is the hand of guidance, and also the eyes of the Judge. The dragon shall fly over people to display the Gods’ power, fight to defend the good, and destroy to end all wars.
… If you gain the dragon’s grace, the arrow shall always be shot to the battlefield, the shell shall always shield the good, and the wings shall always appear spanning over the passage of hope.
Now as I said before, these quotes from the Dragon Bible could realistically be an indication of the Heresy Dragon’s original purpose, which has always been in doubt. If you filter out the bias that all of the “Bibles” have regarding the Gods / Ancients being benign, this passage essentially seems to make the following statement: that the dragon was created by the Ancients as an ultimately powerful enforcer, a being which would annihilate the destructive elements of humankind in order to preserve the race as a whole. And isn’t this strikingly similar to what we know the Towers were meant to be doing?
What’s occurred to me is that - if the contents of this text are in some way accurate - the dragon’s original purpose may have been so obvious that we’ve simply been overlooking it. The Heresy Dragon originated in Sestren, which controlled the Towers, and it seems that the Heresy Dragon was indeed made by the Tower’s creators. Looking at this text, perhaps the Heresy Dragon was simply created to be the most powerful enforcer of the Towers’ programme? A single entity which Sestren would release into the physical world to carry out its duty with ultimate precision, if the need for it arose.
But what would suggest that this Bible is remotely accurate? Well, from the text it does sound as if the author had some kind of knowledge of the dragon they were writing about:
The arrow of light that cannot be shielded, the shell that cannot be speared, and the wings that cannot tire. These are the powers of the dragon. All things from this world are powerless before the dragon.
The validity of such descriptions seems to be confirmed by Lundi, who wrote the following in his diaries:
All the legends and scripture of our village describe a dragon. And Lagi reminds me of that dragon.
Lagi’s body has continued its metamorphosis. His arrows of light have become so powerful that he can only be the dragon of legend.
I do get the impression that these books describe the Heresy Dragon rather than any old dragon, too. After all, a normal dragon is allegedly bound to the defense of a Tower, it’s not roaming the world at large carrying out missions of planned destruction; and such dragons seem to be generally slumbering and deactivated at their posts, too.
So this leads to an interesting point, which I don’t remember anyone bringing up before: how could the people of the present world know about the Heresy Dragon if it had not been released into the world before?
A weird idea, but it doesn’t seem to be so unlikely. To simplify let’s say that many centuries ago, some previous human empires were lining up to go to war with one another, and Sestren had ascertained that humankind and the world were in danger of severe harm. If the dragon indeed had the original purpose that’s implied in these Bibles, and it was released into the physical world by Sestren to carry out its duty of saving the world by annihilating the destructive forces that these human armies represented - wouldn’t that lead to exactly the kind of description that this Dragon Bible gives of the dragon? A creature that “displayed the Gods’ power”, and which “destroyed to end all wars”?
So why would the Heresy Dragon turn against its ancient creators in the end, ten thousand years after its duty had begun? The idea of the ancient rebels reprogramming the Heresy Dragon has come up over and over again, but it doesn’t seem to quite fit for a number of reasons. Again though, perhaps the answer is so simple that we’ve just been overlooking it.
We know that the Ancients had issues with their more intelligent creations, that because of their superior intellect Drones were prone to become self-aware. If they thought for themselves there was no guarantee that they would carry out the wishes of their masters, as they would inevitably pursue their own desires. Indeed, we saw exactly this happen with Azel in Panzer Dragoon Saga, and the missing Drone Report book made it out to be a recognised problem.
So what prevents this same flaw from applying to the Heresy Program? Intelligence was the root of the problem, and the Program certainly was intelligent; it was also a living being created by the Ancients (PDO confirms that Sestren’s programs were biological entities). As the Drone Report stated, termination was the usual answer to one of their creations becoming self-aware - and upon the Heresy Program becoming “impure” of thought, that’s exactly what Sestren tried to do. It blitzed the Program within the system, and upon realising that it had survived the transition to the outside world it sent Shelcoof to nuke the village where it had manifested itself in Lagi.
Ultimately this seems to make a surprising amount of sense. If the Heresy Dragon simply succumbed to this flaw and started thinking for itself, and decided (possibly because of the duty it had been created for) that saving humankind was a good thing, but that its destructive efforts would be better directed at the Tower network and Sestren itself - wouldn’t that explain more or less everything?
As I say, sorry for the horrific length of this post - but what do you guys think?