Ever since I came out of Omadd’s machine, you’ve been taking credit for my ideas. They are mine! Not yours. Let me be clear. I’m not doing this for you; I’m doing it for me. Nobody tells me what to do. Not ever.
I won’t list all the evidence here; there’s too much of it. And after this thread, I think it will all speak for itself. What I will say is this: I believe I know almost exactly what Scarlet has planned. And it’s not an attack on Lion’s Arch – well, not quite.
We know Scarlet has always strived for independence. From the moment she stepped out from her pod, she has striven to forge her own path through the world. But this was not always possible. Early in her life, she was faced with nightmares, nightmares of an entity, but we are never told anything about this entity except that it is like staring into an abyss. Many people have suggested that this is Mordremoth, and I believe those people are correct – and this is only backed up by the fact that whatever finally broke Scarlet, inside Omadd’s machine (an isolation chamber, remember), must have already existed within the mind of Scarlet – and possibly every other sylvari, too.
So what’s the theory? Mordremoth wants Scarlet to attack Lion’s Arch? There’s a few reasons that this would be tactically viable – it’s a symbol of unity for the races that took down Zhaitan, for example, but I don’t believe this to be the case. This would require Mordremoth to have won over Scarlet’s mind, and I don’t believe that’s happened – or at least I don’t believe Scarlet thinks it’s happened.
Scarlet knows something that we’ve suspected for a long time. There is a bomb in the heart of every sylvari, waiting to detonate and bring them under the control of the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. And this is the crux of my theory: Scarlet’s going to – or at least she thinks she’s going to – stop it. Once you realise this, everything else falls into place.
At the Thaumanova Reactor, intending to study draconic energies, Scarlet learned of the magical ley lines that are integral to the functioning of Tyria. And something else we’ve suspected for a while – the ley lines, if followed, will eventually lead to the Dragons. If she had some way of detecting them, she could locate Mordremoth and kill it before it even wakes. This is where the Molten Alliance comes in. As well as powerful new molten weaponry, they provided Scarlet with the means to drill into the the earth for magic, and while Scarlet put her engineering abilities to the test to create a set of energy probes, she spent a year gathering armies, unifying disparate races into a dark Pact of her own.
Scarlet attempted to gain a foothold in the Captain’s Council, but failed. But with the help of the Inquest, she succeeded in building a fleet of airships to rival the Pact’s, and secured the loyalty of a crew of Aetherblades to pilot them. Knowing that Queen Jennah used technology from the steam creatures to build her watchknights, Scarlet was able to take control of them and have a massive fighting force of her own – one that would only ever obey her.
Scarlet now had advanced weaponry, a loyal fighting force, and air superiority. But she wasn’t finished yet. Her Toxic Alliance built a Tower of Nightmares in Kessex Hills, which spread poison across Kryta. But it wans’t the poison that she was looking for. It was the antidote. I believe that the corruption that the Toxic Alliance cultivated was similar in nature to Mordremoth, and Scarlet needed a way to reverse it, which was eventually provided by the player character him or herself.
Now: the probes. Using Molten Alliance technology, Scarlet placed these probes across Tyria, searching for ley lines, and ultimately, the Elder Dragon. Meanwhile, in Lornar’s Pass, she tested her greatest weapon yet, a weapon powerful enough, perhaps, to even kill an Elder Dragon: her aethercannon. As her weapon tests concludes, one of the probes, in Old Lion’s Arch, turns green. It’s found something. Scarlet has her target. Scarlet rescues Mai Trin from captivity, informing her she has a task for her “in the Mists”, and whisks her there. From the Mists, Mai can lead her Aetherblades through the portals into the heart of Lion’s Arch, unopposed.
My conclusion: Scarlet is attacking Lion’s Arch, sure. But there’s nothing material there that she could want or need – her true target is sleeping beneath Lion’s Arch – Mordremoth. Her armies are converging on the city, her aethercannon stands primed, and her antidote is ready. Scarlet is going to kill the Elder Dragon that has been tugging at her mind for all these years, not because she wants to save the sylvari of the Pale Tree, and not because she’s after the fame or glory of Trahearne and the Pact. But because nobody tells Scarlet what to do.