God of War

For Score and seven ice cream bowls ago. I got a theory: Freya’s spell didn’t just make Baldur invincible, it crippled his power, too. And fed into his insanity in more ways than sensory deprivation.

Every god is unique as Mimir says, and I think that many dieties are tied to a particular element, for Kratos it's fire, Zeus (and potentially Atreus) lightning, but for Baldur it's fire and ice.

However, I find the elements Baldur utilizes in-game to be particularly odd, especially odd since in these recent times Santa Monica is VERY closely dedicated to the source material. The source material actually stated his element, and it's not fire or ice, the Prose Edda refers to Baldur as a god of light. Now you may be asking, "but J.M. Obyx, how does that connect to how Baldur was weakened by Freya's invincibility cheat code?"

Everything.

As another note, God of War despite the magic exists in a universe where science is a real thing, what with microbes being confirmed and all, so magic does alter and affect the physical world, including the underlying science of it, so in my eyes magic manipulates the laws of the universe but its effects can be studied with science. First, we need to go over what light is at its most fundamental strokes. Obviously, light is what we use to see, it illuminates what's in front of us, but it's also lasers, and there are invisible variants too, like the stuff outside our visual range, radio waves, neutrinos, gamma and cosmic radiation.

And on the subject of radios, we'll enter communication's range on the science of that, particularly phone lines and the paths physical and otehrwise that connect the internet. This includes the stuff allowing connection of the internet, those are emmissions of non-visible light that permeate through solid matter to an extent, this includes the phone and telegram wires.

And signals in the nervous system.

And there we have it, Baldur, as a god of light, draws his strength from the day, warmth, and reflective surfaces. However, if his own internal anatomy, particularly his nervous system, was altered or affected in some way, his powers could be blunted. And so this harmed his powers to the point that the Aesir lost his capacity to manipulate light, in trying to hold onto that power, he managed to retain his capacity to control fire and ice, but those were crumbs compared to what he was once capable of. We know that the loss of sense that came with his invulnerability drove him mad, but I think that Freya's spell contributed to his instability in another wayaside from the sensory deprivation.

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Baldur was forcibly divorced from his own nature.

In God of War, we see that a God's physical well-being is closely tied to their state of mind so to speak, we see what damage Atreus, a perfectly normal child (for a god), believing himself to be a mortal caused him. Living as a mortal, Atreus' state of mind affected his physical and mental health significantly, makiing him sickly, sort of like how the placebo effect worked, Atreus' body tried to make him mortal when Atreus was convinced he was, and we see that the biggest problems were caused when Atreus subconsciously tapped into his own inner strength as a god in moments of extreme emotion.

But Baldur was forcibly divorced from his own nature as a god of light by a magic spell, the Aesir being an adult when the spell was cast on him, and him not being ignorant of his godly heritage helped him cope immensely with the stress Freya's spell caused him, but the damage was still severe.

Beyond sensory deprivation, Freya unwittingly inflicted upon her son a divorce from his own nature that crippled his power and exacerbated the mental issues the blunting of his nerves caused.

However, I don't think Baldur being as mentally intact as he was when we first meet him isn't entirely due to his own nature and willpower, I think as Odin studied the natue of Freya's spell in an attempt to replicate it for himself, I think the Allfather would also have attempted to treat his son's condition. But how would Odin be able to do so? What would he give to Baldur that would alleviate in some part the harsher symptoms of Freya's spell?

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The Light of Alfhiem.

I mean, it adds up, doesn't it? There are Light Elves and Dark Elves, we know that The Light Elves have clsoe ties to the Vanir, and so if the Aesir ever attempted to ask for a small portion of their light, then the Light Elves would msot likely refuse, or Odin did ask and the Lgiht Elves have refused due to their enmity with the Vanir, and due to the Aesir's reputation for being bloodthirsty and barbaric, particularly Thor. So what other option is there but to ask the Dark Elves for it, and in return the Aesir would help them in their war against The Light Elves.

Further adding credence to this theory is the fact that The Dark Elf King says upon his dying breath that we had made a terrible mistake…attacking an ally of the Aesir, which includes in their ranks the person responsible for singlehandedly annihilating an entire race from the face of a planet, a man who cannot be killed, a king with an insatiable thirst for knowledge who's reknowned for being devious and cunning…attacking the friends of those people and provoking them would be a grave mistake indeed.

As for how the Light of Alfhiem would treat Baldur, it's clearly got something magical about it, it's not like Baldur would've needed to go there himself, vessels made to carry it exist…however, there's the matter of gathering it in enough quantities for Baldiur to be bathed in it.

And if you remember, the Dark Elves placed vines all over The Light of Alfhiem, presumably it's to snuf it out or smother it, but those vines extend a while, so they may infact act as roots or tubes that extract the light and deposit it in another place. And for the sake of my theory, this place would be in Dark Elf territory, where they do various things with it, which may incldue thwe ahrvesting of it and palcing it in vessels, then delivering it to the Aesir, or Aesir coming there and taking it to the All-Father or whoever's treating Baldur themselves.

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And the time Baldur spent in Helheim, what he refers to when he says what we cost him is in fact Baldur spending so much time in there that he's overdue for treatment and really really needs it now, but is so dedicated to his task that he still pursues Kratos and Atreus.

And this compounds his mental issues when the curse is suddenly lifted and like a heavy addict going off of a drug, he got hit by it, not by a crippling withdrawel, but rather an elated high as he got his senses ack and was finally restored to his true nature.

But as we know, Baldur never got the chance to recover.

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