A while ago, there was a topic on this forum (sorry, couldn’t find the link) where someone raised the fact that the theories in the Theories section were of a varying degree of credibility. This is fine for long time Panzer fans who know the series inside out, but for new players it can create confusion and misinformation. The last thing we want if for someone to think my insane Time Travel Theory is actually realistically possible within the “rules” of the Panzer world.
We decided that the solution to this problem was not to remove any theories, but instead split the section into multiple sub sections, defined by how likely/possible the theory is. I’ve recently gone through the Theories section, and come up with my own thoughts on how the current Theories section could be split into four subsections, but it’s far from final. I’d like your feedback before making the changes, and any ideas at all on how this section could be structured better.
My idea is as follows:
Subsection 1: Disproven Theories
Sky Rider Theory (would need a note at the start explaining that this has since been disproven).
Garil Desert Theory (Would also need a note saying that this has been disproven - PD1 Episode 1 and the Garil Desert as not in the same place according to the official map)
Subsection 2: Unlikely Theories/Wild Speculation
Time Travel Theory
Panzer Dragoon’s Planet Theory (I guess this is possible, but Arcie himself said it wasn’t meant to be serious)
Heresy Rider Theory
Iva the Next Dragon Rider Theory
Gash’s Identity Theory
Subsection 3: Possible Theories, but lacking evidence in places
Anti Dragon Theory
Dark Dragon Theory (The Gold Dragon is the Dark Dragon? Seems possible)
Divine Visitor Theory (who knows what the DV was. Hardly anything in the game about him/her. I’d say that this is possible and not just a ‘what if’, but this might be open for debate).
Materialisation Out Of Thin Air Theory (lots of ideas here, but I think the main point was that we simply weren’t shown a scene. If that’s the case, this seems entirely possible).
Panzer Dragoon Creature Theory
The Book of Genesis Theory
Orta’s Father Theory
Downfall Of The Ancient Civilization Theory
Heretic Birth Theory
Wedged Gun Theory (looking back, I’m not sure how likely this is, but it at least seems possible)
Dark Rider Theory
War Without End Theory
Dragon Factory Theory
Azel’s Awakening Theory
Turning Solid Objects into Pure Energy Theory
Created in the Ancients’ Image Theory
Attached Dragon Mind Theory (not 100% sure about where these dragon theories should go)
Subsection 4: Likely/Probable Theories, backed up by multiple in game evidence and/or supported by multiple people in the PD community
Fourth Rider Theory (I think this is likely, but open to debate)
Panzer Dragoon Saga Ending Theory (might need tidying up to include evidence from Orta)
Gold Dragon Theory (fits well with Saga and Orta - seems likely to me)
Zoah Bible Theory (seems likely based on the events of Saga and Orta)
Race of Drones Theory
Panzer Dragoon Language Theory
Different Dragon’s Theory (one of the two big dragon theories)
Lagi Development Theory
Nature of the Dragon Theory
Sky Rider and Dark Dragon’s Rider Theory
Coolia Inconsistency Theory
Sunken Tower Theory
Dragon Life Cycle Theory (the other big dragon theory)
Do these belong in the Theories section at all?
Panzer Dragoon Zwei True Ending Theory (there’s nothing I could see which was obviously wrong with this, but it’s more of a collection of ideas than a theory - maybe it should be moved to another section?)
Panzer Dragoon Ending Theory (as with the PDZ true ending theory, this is more of a collection of ideas - maybe better in the Articles section?)
Excavation Site Theory (quite ‘summaryish’ all well, but it is making some theories too, so I’m not sure if this belongs in the Theories or another section… thoughts?)
I also think that “Theories” may not be the best name for the section; a rename to “Speculation” might be better. The subsections also need decent names.