Roswaal Mathers is more than the clown that Subaru supposes him to be.
I have plenty of unanswered questions about the resident clown, I mean the lord of the Mather’s domain. Despite appearances there is more at play than just a lord who simply supports Emilia as a candidate for the royal selection. What we know about him is already terrifying, his wish to destroy the dragon threatens the foundations for the kingdom of Lugunica. What would happen to the kingdom if its dragon protector was suddenly gone? Would the kingdom hold? Would it descend into civil war? Would another terrifying force take over the rule of the kingdom? I am very concerned about Roswaal Mathers who is concealing his true intentions. What we do know about Roswaal is that his intentions are traitorous, but we don’t know for what reason.
One of the big mysteries of Roswaal is why he is supporting Emilia as a candidate for the royal selection. It’s something that hasn’t been revealed to Subaru, so it’s not information that we the viewer know. It’s like he is actively attempting to divide the kingdom by presenting a candidate that has the appearance of the jealous witch, the very evil that was contained at the kingdom’s founding.
Another dark and dangerous element that presents itself is that when Ram and Rem’s village was destroyed he was present with the witch’s cult. This implicates him in larger issues such as is Roswaal actually a member of the witch’s cult? What is his association with the cult? If Roswaal is the one who takes Ram and Rem why don’t they hate him for it? Both Ram and Rem are antagonistic towards Subaru initially because he smells like the witch. It’s because they can’t trust him, and assume he is associated with the witch to some degree. Assuming this is the case, they know Roswaal is associated with the witch’s cult somehow. Why aren’t they more hostile to him?
Roswaal Mathers is also largely absent when his domain is under assault by the sloth faction of the witch’s cult. He is also not present to fight the whale, the feared beast, despite being one of the most powerful mages in Lugunica. It’s like he is purposefully absent, or if not on purpose what is more important to him than defending his own turf? He does retreat with the villagers to the sanctuary.
When confronting Mather’s at the sanctuary, he reveals that his family has overseen it for generations. He refuses to let others call Echidna the witch of greed. There is certainly more that Roswaal is planning, or at the very least concealing. I am very curious to see what his actual play is, and how he is attempting to slay the dragon protector. I wonder what his association with the witch’s cult is. All I can say with what I know about Roswaal Mathers is that he is up to no good. Keep your eye on him.
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