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Questions About Lord Irine (Ragnarok Manhwa)

Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Lord Irine is a character from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa. He's the father of Iris Irine and the ruler of the city of Fayon.

What do you think about him? And what are some of the questions that we should be asking him or that we can ask about him?

The truth is that we didn't really get to know Lord Irine much since he only appears for a short period of time in the manhwa and then he soon dies.

And that's before he could explain much of anything to his daughter, Iris, and to us, the readers.

All we really know is that, 12 years ago, he apparently made some sort of mistake regarding his other daughter, Sara Irine, and that he killed his own wife, Sara's mother. But we don't know exactly what he did to his eldest child or why he did it.

Hopefully, the manhwa will tell us about all of this soon (update: the Ragnarok comic was never finished and, unfortunately, we never get an explanation about any of this). In the meantime, let's take a look at some questions regarding Lord Irine.

In Chapter 9, Volume 2 of Ragnarok: Into The Abyss, Lord Irine tells Iris that she has an older sister.

  • The question is why is he telling her about this now?
  • Why didn't or why couldn't he tell her about this before?
  • Why does he even bother telling her about this when he didn't see the need to tell her before?
  • Doesn't this seem awfully convenient since, after all, a few pages later, Lord Irine will be confronting the very person he was telling Iris about?

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In the same chapter and volume, Lord Irine also tells his daughter that he knows she will be meeting her sister soon. How does he know that?

Of course, he was right and it did happen (Iris and Sara did meet, a few pages later, in fact). But that doesn't explain how and why the ruler of Fayon knew that the sisters will be meeting soon.

Is it right for him to be able to know these things? It doesn't seem believable and it doesn't seem to make sense either. Could Lord Irine have the ability to see into the future or something?

Iris, naturally, asks her father questions, but, before her father can properly explain, they are interrupted by explosions (naturally and conveniently timed or so it seems). The two then fly (don't ask me how they can fly, the magic system in this manhwa is really confusing, to say the least) to where all the commotion is.

Don't you wonder why Lord Irine took his daughter with him when he went to confront Sara? Wouldn't Iris be much safer where they had been since they were currently far away from where all the fighting was? He could have left her there and gone to help out Matthew and the others in dealing with the Valkyrie and the Frost Giants.

Then, when he arrived at the place where all the fighting was, he could have decided to send some of his guards and soldiers to where Iris is, just to make doubly sure that she really will be safe. Doesn't that sound like the much better (not to mention more logical and believable) option?

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Why didn't he do that then? Why did he have to bring his child with him? Why couldn't he have just left her there?

What was the reason that she just had to accompany him? After all, it wasn't like Iris Irine was of any help even when they got there.

While the manhwa showed us how Lord Irine fought with Sara and the Frost Giants, it also showed us how Iris was pretty much just watching the ongoing fight without really doing anything at all except getting in the way.

We saw how she was attacked by Sara and subsequently injured, which also showed her father's concern, care and love for his beloved child.

Later on, we find out that Peony Irine is apparently the mother of Iris. So, that would mean that she is Lord Irine's second wife (since Sara's mother would thus be the first) then, right? Why does Peony refer to her husband as "Lord Irine" then?

What do you think of these questions about Lord Irine? Do you think these questions should have been answered? If you were in Lord Irine's shoes, would you have done things differently (such as leaving Iris where she is when going to confront Sara)?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Pic is meant to represent Lord Irine since the figure in said image looks like a lord and a warrior
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

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