So, while playing a story mission on advanced with a friend, we had a discussion concerning Rendain. I figured it would be interesting to share what we talked about and see what you guys think.
Despite the fact he was on the wrong side of the war, I feel like he was trying his best not to make himself out to ultimately be the bad guy. Let’s take into consideration that the Varelsi have just about snuffed out every single star in the universe, and nothing has been able to stop them. Death was inevitable.
Rendain didn’t want to see what remains of his Jennerit empire be snuffed out by the encroaching darkness, so he tried to strike a deal with an apocalyptic force in the hopes it would spare his people. He has witnessed the Varelsi and their unstoppable attacks, swallowing up stars in their wake, he knew he wasn’t going to be able to stop them on Solus. The least he could do, at this point, is save what was left of the people their enemy hasn’t already killed.
And let’s be logical here: If there was a universe-destroying military force that has easily taken down every single solar system until only one remained, wouldn’t you also conclude that the fall of the last one would be inevitable?
Rendain doesn’t even try to pass himself as any kind of malicious person. Even when thralls contact him, begging for mercy, he tries to reason with them that he has no intention of killing them for failure. Even during the Heliophage mission, he tries to reason with you multiple times before he’s defeated. Not even Handsome Jack in the BL series tried to pass himself off as a good person.
And then YOU come along and ruin everything he’s done to try and preserve what’s left of the universe. The remaining factions have banded together on Solus to make one last defense against the Varelsi, all while undermining Rendain’s attempts to save his people. There’s a difference between determination to stop a formidable foe, and foolishly pissing off a force that has destroyed all but one star in an entire universe.
And what does Rendain get at the end of it all? Banishment to Varelsi space! In a foolish attempt to stop a currently-undefeated force from conquering the last star, you also damned the remaining Jennerit to die with you. Hooray! Let’s hope you somehow have a trick up your sleeve that would guarantee complete, miraculous victory against the Varelsi, or else you will have singlehandedly sent everyone to their death.
Overall, I can’t really say I hate him. Despite the game trying it’s hardest to make him out to be the bad guy, I see him as trying to be noble in saving what is left of a dying universe from impending doom. He was just someone in a bad position who felt he was doing the right thing.
What do you guys think?