So I have a theory about the cousin of our dear Bardin.
We never met the famous cousin Okri nor we will ever meet him it seems. He is only known from Bardin’s stories.
Now, Bardin wants his cousin to appear as a godlike warrior, master of art of killing and the best of all.
He is glorifying him. And that alone is not very suspicious.
Now, add to that couple details, and you will understand what I’m after.
In first Vermintide there is a banter line when Kruber asks Bardin if Okri is even real.
Bardin gets all frustrated and cocky. He repeats the question though. Minor detail, but people often do that, when they are lying. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0gSov73UDE) Hilarious btw.
However, I am not saying cousin Okri never existed. Add to that a small line in Vermintide 2, where Bardin says: “Stop it, you will never be as good as cousin Okri”. Why would he say that? Does he fear that someone will be better than his cousin or will get a better reputaion as a warrior?
Dwarfs are known to value honor above most things and they want to be remembered as honorable creatures.
My shoot is that Cousin Okri, Bardin’s overgloryfied relative was his very close friend long time ago and he was nothing like Bardin portrays him. He was less capable, he couldn’t fight, maybe didn’t want to, and was certainly not a good dwarf in the eyes of others.
They were probably hanging out a lot, fighting together and all Bardin says about Okri is his own achivements in battle. A battle in which Okri might have died and Bardin has sworn to himself to keep this secret and make other dwarfs and creatures remember him as a great warrior.
Holy Sigmar did I overthink this. The end.