Everyone is suspecting Paimon to have some links to the Unknown God, but I think there’s another character that’s equally as suspicious: Kaeya. There’s a lot of things that’s odd about this cunning, secretive Cavalry Captain, and I wanted to compile a list here and see if anyone else has some ideas.
Warning: Spoilers for story and manga!
I think people have already stated that he shares the same star-shaped pupil and eyepatch as Dainsleif (the character featured for Khaenri’ah, from the Treyvat Chapter video), but I would also like to point out that he has a subtle star motif on his clothes too, similar to Dainsleif.
I checked, and none of the other characters from Mondstadt has this motif. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but aside from Mona (who’s an astrologist), I don’t think any other current playable character have this motif. The only ones that has appeared in the story so far and have star motif (aside from the above mentioned astrologist) are Paimon, Dainsleif, and the Unknown God.
Constellation and Talent
Everyone’s Constellations and Talents matches up with their themes, history, and personality, but there’s a couple of things that seems odd about Kaeya here.
First, the first star in his Constellation is called Excellent Blood. Normally, this is the sort of thing you’d expect to see from a character from nobility/royalty, but Kaeya was adopted into the Ragnvindr family, not born into it. I would have sooner expected Diluc to have this passive than him. Lore-wise, it wouldn’t make sense for him to have ‘excellent blood’ from the Ragnvindr, so it’s likely he got it from somewhere else.
Second, one of his Talents is literally called “Heart of the Abyss”. This is a game where the abyss is mentioned repeatedly and bear importance. Examples: “To the stars and abyss” (Guild motto), Spiral Abyss, the Abyss Order.
I suppose if you really stretch it, you can sorta link ‘abyss’ with ‘cold/ice’, but even then it seems suspicious…
Character Stories (Origin and Personality)
(From Genshin Impact Wiki)
(From Genshin Impact Wiki)
(From Genshin Impact Wiki)
His personality is just…odd. It’s possible that he just enjoys messing with people, hence why in Story 2 it said “He takes pleasure in seeing the hesitation in his comrades’ eyes in the moment just before they dive into battle with him, just as he takes pleasure in the look of fear in his enemies’ eyes as they face off against him.” and if that’s the case, then fine. But then in Story 5, when he saw his adoptive father died, he thought “This world…is truly fascinating.”
That’s not what you usually think when a loved one died (and you usually don’t smirk when that happens). I don’t know about you, but he gives off the impression that he’s not entirely used to Treyvat or humanity. It makes me wonder just what and where exactly is Khaenri’ah that he became like this.
On that note, I also want to add this bit:
The Spiral Abyss is located in the Mondstat region on the map, and based on its description it can connect worlds and into the unknown. In the Treyvat Chapter video, Dainsleif has this to say about Khaenri’ah:
“In the perpetual meantime of a sheltered eternity, most are content to live, and not to dream. But in the hidden corners where the gods’ gaze does not fall, there are those who dream of dreaming. Some say a few are chosen and the rest are dregs, but I say we humans have our humanity. We will defy this world with a power from beyond.”
When I heard that, I got a lot of Cthulhu vibes from that, what’s with the whole ‘hidden corners where the gods gaze does not fall’, how the chapter title for Khaenri’ah is “The Dream Yet to be Dreamed”, and ‘We will defy this world with a power from beyond’.
(Power from beyond = Abyss???)
Also the emphasis that ‘we humans have our humanity’. At first glance, that sounds like a no-brainer. Like, ‘duh, of course humans have humanity’, but then you remember that none of the Abyss Order members are humans, and that makes me wonder…
(I’m not certain if the Traveller and their twin are humans, given their ability and the implication that the twin lived through the Archon War 500 years and still look exactly the same)
This goes a bit into the realm of theory-crafting, but what if Khaenri’ah is located in another world, connected to Treyvat through the Spiral Abyss?
Kaeya vs Collei (Manga)
For those who hadn’t read the manga (which I recommend you do), Collei is a little girl who was sick, and later became a subject of human experimentation by the Fatui. She managed to escape, and stumbled into Mondstat.
However, the guards didn’t allow her to enter because they notice that she has some sort of plague and they didn’t want her to spread the disease. So, Collei got angry and accidentally (or on purpose? I’m not entirely sure) attacked some Fatui diplomats who were in a carriage and was being escorted out by Kaeya and Jean. She then managed to slip in through the commotion. Kaeya did noticed her slipping in, though he was preoccupied with the sudden black fire attack to do anything to her then.
Anyway, what interest me here is that Kaeya is so sure that she’s evil and is just hiding behind the mask of an innocent girl. It’s only when she says “Please kill me” that he finally stops attacking her and believe that she is what she appears to be: a girl cursed with powers she doesn’t want.
Geez, just what kind of experience did he go through that he became so cynical and suspicious?
It’s also interesting to note that he didn’t kill her immediately. He has plenty of chances to, but he waits until Collei lost control to really start fighting (and he’s basically the one who pushed her to it…). Then when it ends he says, “I’d hoped for a different outcome. That was plain boring.”
Uh…just what kind of outcome did you expect!?!?
There’s also this conversation with Diluc:
“It turns out, prejudice is a hindrance, as it is with the Black Fire Incident.”
At first I thought he was referring to the Fatui. It seems that the Knights thought that the Fatui was somehow involved or caused the Black Fire Incident that killed the Fatui diplomats in Mondstat, but then I thought: maybe he’s also referring to his own prejudice.
After all, he originally thought that Collei was evil and hiding behind the mask of a little girl. This makes me wonder, why did he believe that? What made him think that an innocent little girl is something more than she seems?
Now, this leads to the realm of theory-crafting again and links to the theory mentioned previously: What if Khaenri’ah is located in another world, connected to Treyvat through the Spiral Abyss?
What if Khaenri’ah is in ruins, and the people there were somehow turned into monsters?
In the manga, one of the Fatui Harbingers, Il Dottore, turned his dead minion into a mechanical monster, which later attacked Amber and Jean. Collei was experimented on by the Fatui and almost turned into a monster too. So it is possible that humans become monsters…
So here’s the third theory: What if the Abyss Order is made up of the remnants of Khaenri’ah who somehow, for some reason turned into monsters?
It could explain why Dainsleif said “we humans have our humanity”. Perhaps the people of Khaenri’ah had to abandon their humanity to survive. Maybe that’s why Kaeya believes that everyone is hiding something and doesn’t seem completely in touch with humanity, because he grew up in an environment where the people around him gave up their humanity and hide their monstrosity behind masks.
If this is true, it can link to this line Dainsleif said, “But in the hidden corners where the gods’ gaze does not fall, there are those who dream of dreaming”. If Khaenri’ah is in ruins and most of its inhabitants had turned into monsters, then the remaining humans would be too busy fighting to survive to dream. Perhaps that’s why the chapter title for Khaenri’ah is “The Dream Yet to be Dreamed.”
Now what does all this have to do with Kaeya?
Again, I’m delving into the realm of theory-crafting. So I may be wrong here…
Maybe Kaeya and his biological father were refugees from Khaenri’ah? They saw what became of their world, and escaped into Treyvat through the Spiral Abyss (which is located in Mondstat).
Perhaps they were then chased by the Abyss Order, which is why his father had to leave him near the Dawn Winery. If so, he probably died distracting them so that Kaeya can live. There’s also the matter of his father last words to him:
“This is your chance. You are our last hope.”
This, combined with the first star in his Constellation (Excellent Blood), makes me wonder what sort of importance Kaeya has to Khaenri’ah. Was he the prince there, or something else?
Lastly, there’s this:
Archons seems to have gradient hair. Well, Zhongli isn’t confirmed to be the Geo Archon (yet), but there’s lots of hints towards it. None of the other playable characters have this kind of hair colour change…
(Except perhaps Xiao, but then again, he’s not human*.)*
I’m not entirely certain if this is indicative of anything to be honest. As far as we know, Kaeya seems to be human (he has a biological father), but then we don’t know if Venti or Zhongli have parents or they just pop into existence and become Archons. Anyway, this is just something I thought to toss in here.
That’s it for now. What do you guys think? I, uh, wrote this from 1 to 4.30ish am instead of sleeping, so I may have messed up or said something incorrect here. If so, please feel free to tell me so.
Thank you for reading this!
u/Meriada pointed out something interesting about the ascension material Chunk of Aerosiderite, so I’ll post it here
‘When Khaenri’ah was destroyed, a great sinner created endless monsters with alien, dark blood flowing through their veins. They rampaged across the land, destroying all in their paths. Their lives were mutations, caused by powers beyond this world. The black serpentine dragon Durin that attacked Mondstadt was such a mutation.’
Durin was defeated by Dvalin hundreds of years ago, but Dvalin got poisoned because of that. It was through that poison that the Abyss Order managed to corrupt and control him. I wonder if that blood/mutations is infectious, and maybe turned the people of Khaenri’ah into monsters or the Abyss Mages we see in game (even though they’re not human, they can still speak like humans, unlike the Hilichurls who have their own language…)
u/rhineloop gave this comment, which I find really interesting!
This is a really interesting post! I’ve read Kaeya’s character story, “Vision” (the last one that unlocks) in Chinese. To my understanding, it more or less confirms that he is a double agent purposely left by Khaenri’ah. Bad translation incoming (by me).
Kaeya had a secret — he was a pawn placed by Khaenri’ah into Mondstadt, and should act in service of Khaenri’ah. For the sake of this mission, his biological father had abandoned him in a foreign country. Yet at that time, it had been Crepus who opened his arms to Kaeya and allowed him to become a part of Mondstadt.
If a war broke out between Khaenri’ah and Mondstadt, which side should Kaeya take? Should he harden his heart towards his own blood and flesh, or abandon the foster father who had raised him?
Mona’s divination of Kaeya in her voiced lines also alludes to the possibility that Kaeya will face a decision on whether to betray Mondstadt for Khaenri’ah or not.
——关于凯亚 (About Kaeya)
can symbolize nobility, but it is also a symbol of a .
He is under the impression that he has already broken away from his past self,
But in the end, when the fated day arrives, he will once again have to make his own choice.
If anybody has the official English translations of these lines, I think that would be really interesting to see! My Chinese is not great so please take it all with a grain of salt.
Thank you so much for all your comments and contributions!