Some of the dialogue that pops up now after one of the recent patches makes me think there is something that might hint towards Bardin being somehow involved with chaos dwarves and that Sienna seems to have gotten a clue about that.
I mean three very particular pieces of dialogue:
- Keep dialogue with Sienna and what is happening with fire magic further east, with Sienna saying that she “disagreed” with someone and Bardin chuckling about it. The “Ah! So you’ve heard!” part somehow sounds like Bardin appears a bit flustered.
- Dialogue on “The Blightreaper” when Bardin beings to talk about the Blightreaper and his creator, apparently being very well-versed about it, but not telling too much about it. Again, it is Sienna that pressures him about telling more, but he keeps to the notion that his “folks back home” wouldn’t want him to talk about it further.
- Dialogue on “Halescourge”: Bardin starting a discussion about how lifting platforms work, and that his kind preferes water, steam or draught animals. Yet again, it is Sienna who then interjects “… or Slaves?”, with Bardin being caught a little off-guard by this comment and reluctantly admitting that this was “an option”. Chaos Dwarves are very well known for their use of slaves, their incredibly high demand in slave labour and them trading alot of their weapons with human chaos worshippers for slaves.
I am not saying that he ever was a chaos dwarf, but with him obviously having a problem returning back home, maybe his tribe turned towards chaos at some point and so he fled? I know that his whole “not being able to return” thing may also hint towards him actually being fram Karak Zorn and having trouble finding back to it (The dialogue with Sienna about her wondering how a dwarf could be incapable of finding the entrance back to his keep or why they seemingly have no problem to lock themselves in for millenia, with Bardin again hinting towards that he seems to know how this kind of decission could come to life, also kinda hints towards that), but I can’t help but feel there might be something there.
Would also kinda tie in how and why he might vow the oath of the Slayer, with his tribe having turned to chaos, he might feel that he has to make ammends for that.
What are your thoughts about that?