Headcanon:Zelos underwent the aionis process to gain magic in order to help cover up Seles’s lineage as a half-elf.
(Do I have to put a SPOILER warning for a 9 year old game? Well here it is.)
Defense:Okay so we know Zelos’s aim with Cruxis and the Renegades was to try to make Seles the next Chosen. Problem with this: Seles is from a half-elf mother and half-elves are the lowest caste in Tethe’alla. So the idea of a half-elven bastard child becoming the next Chosen would probably be laughable at best and at worst cause a civil war because Tethe’alla is horrendously racist AND classist. Zelos is no idiot and most definitely would know this.
Solution? Not only win over Cruxis’s favor in supporting her as the Chosen, but win the people’s support by dispelling any rumors that she would be unsuitable for the role. Meaning:
- Let her use the Wilder name as her family name. This is NOT common practice for bastard children in societies like Tethe’alla. Remember how the Pope wasn’t even acknowledged as a brother to the King, it was simply a rumor no one was really sure was true. Seles using the name Wilder is pretty much a bigass bold statement of “Why yes she IS family and a capable heir”.
- Keep up with the lie that Seles is in the abbey for health reasons that seems to be the common knowledge. Less connection to his mother’s murder the better.
- And finally there’s the problem of Seles’s magic. Only people with elven blood have magic, this is Aselian fact (Marta probably has some elven blood in her lineage SOMEWHERE to be able to do healing artes). Seles having magic without a very very good explanation why would peg her as a half-elf immediately. Now he could ask Seles to never ever ever use her magic, but accidents happen. Stubborn rebellious teenagers who can shoot icicles happen. This is the girl that broke into the Wilder estate at the age of four and regularly breaks out of the heavily guarded abbey, she is that fierce and rebellious. Asking her to be well behaved and never use magic is like giving someone a big red button with a sign stating DO NOT PRESS. It won’t work for long.
So Zelos probably wanted to find a different solution to this hitch. That solution came in the form of aionis that Cruxis had, who he was in league with already. 99.9% of Tethe’alla’s population either don’t know wtf aionis is or thinks it’s simply a legendary ore that can be forged to make awesome weapons - not that it can give a human magical powers. So if the Chosen has magic, no one would go “AHA HE TOOK AIONIS!”. Instead they’d probably be more likely to think it’s some big Chosen miracle that comes from children of angels. No one would ever question HIS lineage after all since….yeah he’s the goddamn Chosen by birth. And thus if Chosen Zelos is a miracle child with magic, then it’s very likely that Seles’s magic isn’t from elven blood but instead she is also a miracle child with magic.
Plus you know, it probably put him in a better light with Cruxis if he was willing to go that far and be that much more useful.
And thus the giant plot hole of why would Zelos get magic if he wants to be normal makes a little bit more sense if there was more motivation than just “Fireballs are cool”.
"Alright, listen up everybody! I know I haven’t been awake a lot lately, and thus I’ve been absent….but here I am. Because apparently I need to say something that NO ONE ELSE here will!"
"Sure, all of you might think it’s all fun and games, making a holiday to just abuse my brother for no reason? Well GUESS WHAT! It’s disgusting! It’s disgusting and abusive and WRONG on all levels!
Did ANY of you, for ONE SECOND even pay attention to how he grew up?! Did you or did you NOT learn that he’s actually got some serious self worth problems?! And you call yourselves his friends?!
Approving of this makes you no better than the pope! Or his shallow hunnies! Even if he says it’s fine, that’s just his Goddess Damned need for self punishment talking! If this was Colette all of you would be up in arms!
Now I know what you’re going to say. ‘but Seles, you were just as abusive to him back then!’ No. Fuck you. I know where I went wrong in the past but at least I’ve learned from it.
I just thought all of you would have done the same, being his friends and all.”
And with that, mike drop, hair toss, half-elf out.