Luther is the leader of the Avian Falspawn
Since when exactly?
When he became a Dark Falz. That's an official descriptor for him.
The main problem with this was that Soulsborne games were built from the ground up with PVP as central part to their experience. PSO2 was not and I get the feeling that trying to implement it would be like trying to make a jet engine propel a boat.
As someone who wanted a hairstyle that was rotated out of Fresh Finds before it the game even came to the PC, I concur.
The in-lore explanation is that she's super strong because she perfected her fighting style and body over the course of human history. Barring the fact that the human body just can't get that strong without a handwave like aether or photons, it opens the whole other kettle about just what she and Adam are supposed to be.
In any case, I'd be fine with her superior strength if they played her up as more of a blood knight than humanity's advocate. Hell I'd even be fine with her interventions if they primarily motivated by a desire for a good fight with the ARKS Op down the line. They should have made her a female Elder rather than Adam's archenemy.
@AndrlCh Seems like a poor excuse because they didnt have their own ideas, but whatever.
It's no lazier than any other game rehashing a design choice in a series.
Yeah I'm not gonna lie: this was the weakest entry in the game for a good reason. This isn't the first Phantasy Star to feature Earth as a plot point but the way they did it here was just so out of left field that it felt like a Sega Exec meddled with the dev team because they wanted to capitalize on the Isekai obsession in Japan.
Personally, I would have it turn out that what was first thought to be the Earth dimension was actually the distant past. That after Mother died, the resulting backlash eventually rendered the planet uninhabitable, forcing humans to abandon aether on an interstellar exodus where they encountered Xion. In other words, it turns out that Earth was the homeworld of the Photoners. It would add an extra layer of irony to Mother's revenge crusade because it turns out that she had a hand in creating her reviled creators.