SPOILER WARNING: This story includes spoilers for Acts I, II, III, and IV of Genshin Impact's Sumeru Archon Quest. If you haven't finished those quests yet, read on at your own discretion.
In Act II of the Sumeru Archon Quest, “The Morn a Thousand Roses Bring”, we found out that the Academia Sages have rigged the Akasha Terminals to harvest the dreams of their citizens, who earlier in the quest was mentioned to have an incapability of dreaming.
This experiment, unwittingly revealed with a beep in the Akasha Terminal to reset the dream again, blanketed Sumeru City and thrust it and its residents in a seemingly never-ending Samsara that weakened their consciousness.
The Samsara's consciousness-draining effect became so intense that, at one point, it endangered the life of our already dying NPC companion Dunyarzad.
The Samsara made almost everyone in Sumeru City relive the Sabzeruz festival, which is a festival held to celebrate the birth of the Dendro Archon, hundreds and hundreds of times over.
Somehow, in the hundreds and hundreds of times of reliving the same day over and over, we encountered the current Dendro Archon Lesser Lord Kusanali, taking the form of a little girl named Nahida, who aided us in escaping the repeating dream with what little power she had.
Enter the Fatui
But why are the sages harvesting dreams, and for what purpose?
Act IV of the Sumeru Archon Quest, “King Deshret and the Three Magi”, answers this question: Scaramouche is working with Il Dottore to become a god.
After trying to gather information by gaslighting Setaria, an Akademiya Scholar who is involved in the Samsara experiment, the Traveler, Paimon, and Nahida (possessing Katheryne) encounter the exiled scholar turned Fatui Harbinger Il Dottore exhibiting his terrifying capabilities by controlling the minds of the residents of Sumeru City.
After escaping, the Traveler tries to regroup with Nahida while also seeking information from Tighnari, who we speculated to have been invited by the Akademiya to take part in the experiment, although refusing to do so. In our search for him, we find something truly chilling…
Haypasia, the scholar who’s in pursuit of completing her training and reaching “Panipura Life”, witnessed the intensity of Scaramouche’s will when she linked with him during her meditations.
Thinking that she had encountered a real god, she shows us the vision she had witnessed while trying to poorly conceal her insanity.
We find out that the “god” she had encountered was none other than Scaramouche.
Finding out about the three betrayals he had gone through (the first from Ei, the second from Nagamasa, the third from a child), we realise his sinister goal — his disdain and loathing for humanity and the gods has finally reached its climax.
The last we saw of Scaramouche was when he obtained the Raiden Shogun’s Gnosis from Yae Miko in exchange for the Traveler’s life during the Inazuma Archon Quest way back in version 2.0.
Later on, in the Labyrinth Warriors event quest, we find out from his fellow Fatui Harbinger, Tartaglia (or Childe), that the Balladeer has gone AWOL with the Gnosis.
For months we’ve speculated about Scaramouche’s intentions with the Gnosis – was it to finally attain his purpose as the original puppet Raiden Ei had created to house her Gnosis? Or was there something more sinister to his finally obtaining the missing piece to him becoming complete?
True to his chosen name of “Kunikuzushi”, Scaramouche is set in bringing destruction to the nations as Il Dottore’s most successful experiment: a being entrenched in divinity, the perfect “human”, a god.
And seeing how the Akademiya has constantly rejected Kusanali in favour of the “deceased” Greater Lord Rukkhadevata’s legacy, the idea of creating a new god meant that they could make their evil control over Sumeru absolute.
We’re sure to expect the battle of a lifetime as we face an ascended Scaramouche in the concluding Act of the Sumeru Archon Quest.
But more than that, it's also the climax to the story of arc of one of Genshin Impact's earliest known antagonists.
Since his first appearance in the version 1.1 event "Unreconciled Stars", Scaramouche has been one of the biggest fan favourites among the game's assortment of villains.
As HoYoverse slowly fleshed out his backstory through his scattered appearances in the Inazuma and Sumeru Archon Quests, the community's interest in the Balladeer has only gotten stronger.
From his first portrayal as a callous and cruel villain to a nuanced and sympathetic character, we can't wait to see where HoYoverse will go next with Scaramouche's character as he has been confirmed to become playable as "the Wanderer" in version 3.3.
Version 3.2 will have us face Scaramouche in an epic boss-fight that, likely, will lead to his defeat and "reprogramming" as the Wanderer.
His Vision Holder is also of the Sumeru design, so we can expect his "reprogramming" will be in the hands of none other than the Dendro Archon herself, Lesser Lord Kusanali.
Scaramouche will make his debut as a new weekly boss in Genshin Impact version 3.2, which will be released on 2 November. The upcoming version also adds two new characters in Nahida, also known as the Dendro Archon Lesser Lord Kusanali, and Layla, among a ton of other new content.
Genshin Impact versions 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 will have shortened run times of five weeks instead of the usual six weeks, likely to catch up to the game's original release schedule after the release of version 2.7 was delayed back in April.
Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.
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