Open questions and possibilities (SPOILER warning)
Hello guys. I just finished my third playthrough of EYE and reached the real ending with Circe (and well, I've been having doubts about Rimanah's secret for a while), but I wonder if there is more to it than meets the eye, because
Circe mentions that you are still trapped in your cycles, and not yet awaken
Furthermore, there are still four doors in the secondary missions room that do not open, let alone the one in the corridor.
So, there are two main things I wonder.
*Is it possible to join the metastreumonic force?
In the Noctis Labyrintus level, in the crypt, there is a werewolf you can talk to, who invites you to join him, it's just dialogue options don't let you.
In the New Eden level and the Monolith level, there are neutral metastreums who talk to you. I wonder if there are other, say, one per level, whom you have to talk to, but I didn't find any in the greenish first level (can't recall the name), nor in the second or third missions.
Does anyone has found any in those?
Also, I still miss four items in my research stuffy thingy. I've checked, it says the last research is called metastreumonic complementarity or something. Did anyone tried to speak to the werewolf after researching this thing? Does it changes anything in the dialogue options?
Plus, I wonder if it is possible to play without killing any metastreum. That's what I'll try in my next run, see if it changes anything (and that's where kills from machines, summons or people you hack not counting as yours would actually make some sense)
*Second, is it possible to join the Juan?
When you start a game, be it in this dreamy thing, HQ or a mission area, it says "you are on team Culter" (Like Culter Dei), and the "Purge" shows doors in the Juan Di HQ, just like the secondary mission doors in the temple, so I wonder, but I have no clue at all on how to do it.
Actually, those to me are open questions, because I've unlocked all story-related achievements, but seeing how the developers hid stuff in their game, I would not be surprised if a hidden ending would exist with nothing attached to it but the player experience.
To conclude, here is my theory on this awakening, breaking cycles thing (aside from its links with indian religion).
When we play, especially from the second run on, we search, but we don't know what. We look for hidden things, trying to understand what the hell is happening, what was REALLY happening, so, we are looking for meaning.
Second, when you speak to Mentor, Mysterious and Rimanah in the dream after killing Rimanah, Mentor asks us more or less if we know who we are, and Rimanah asks if we were not lost from the beginning.
Third, the Manduco in the New Eden Level speaks about the cycles of his guilt/ failure/ sin/ stuff. He mentions the three gates of the artefact, the three psy powers we collect through the correct endings, as if he could be us.
Fourth, the Werewolf at the beginning of the last level when we follow Rimanah's instructions on Mars and kill the Mentor says he's surprised that we can see him. To me, it shows a strong link with the metastreumonic force (and it can't be due to the genes from the Force implemented in our body, otherwise he wouldn't be surprised if an EYE's agent could see him)
Fifth, the last level being a dream of some kind, some of the remarks and dialogues from the EYE agents afterwards (Rimanah being an hallucination, the Mentor supposed to be dead and so on) could imply to me that the hole thing could be a sort of dream, as Circe and Mysterious' last comment suggests it.
So. Linked with the story the three women tell in the Monolith level and their various explanations of their own tales, I think that the true identity of the player is Shinji, the one whose name shall not be said. But I have no way to prove it. Yet :)