So.....I just did ToG in NG+ and noticed a conversation detail I missed in NG, probably because I was less Rhea-centric back then in my naive Dark Souls youth. When discussing the fate of her pals, Rhea refers to them as either "Brave Warriors" or "Brave Souls" I forget which one. When checking the corpses nearby, two of them have (cue dramatic conspiracy music).....a Soul of a Brave Warrior. The third corpse has the Skull Lantern of course. In pure wild speculation form, here goes. Of the three in that group, you might expect the leader (Rhea) to hold the lantern to guide the way. This is also likely as it's my impression the two warriors were there for her protection. This leads me to believe that Rhea is already dead with the others. Looking waaaaay too into the dialogue, she starts talking like she failed in her quest. However, I would expect Rhea to have been voted "Most Likely to be a Martyr" in the Maiden High Yearbook. Why would she give up after the loss of her guards? Shouldn't she want to continue to proceed to justify their sacrifice? And I thought she was going for the Rite of Kindling, something we found before reaching ToG.
Please feel free to shoot holes all through this as this is just yet another attempt to figure this crazy story out. To start the hole shooting...sounds bad I know....I can think of two issues with the whole "Rhea is dead" thing.
Firstly, the Maiden set in the Duke's archive. If armor drops indicate where a "real" death occurred then this could indicate that Rhea made it out of ToG/Catacombs alive and was abducted and died in prison. With the Maiden speculation in Seath's prison though, it could be the armor of a different Maiden. Also, I believe I read you can get a Maiden set after you beat Gwyndolin meaning that perhaps lots of Maidens have lost their life in Lordran (plus Anastacia's armor looks like sooty Maiden gear). Maybe Maiden armor(s) are red herrings.
Secondly, that darn wacky pendant thing and this one's a twofer. If Rhea didn't make it out alive, why would the pendant drop after her assassination? Also, why should Petrus kill her if she's already dead? Petrus might "assassinate" phantom Rhea as he considers her a failure and wants to remove all traces of this....OR....he wants to cover up for some possibly cowardly action in ToG/Catacombs. I killed Petrus before I saved Rhea so feel free to tear this one up as I completely forgot what his take is on the whole business. So finally, why does she drop the pendant after her "assassination?" A couple of theories here too as the pendant seems to be tied to memories. Maybe this church is linked to Rhea's memory and is special in some way, leading to the drop of a unique item. Perhaps something like the last good memory she has before the group's descent to death in the ToG. Where they first appear is near the elevator for this church so maybe they spent some time there. Or, just like Petrus may have wanted to cover his tracks, maybe Rhea wanted her secrets and memory to live on, and drops the pendant.
Closing thoughts, maybe the pendant is the suggested "gift" item because From deliberately has the wrong in game description to make it more mysterious. The suggestion would lead people to at least consider it as a gift, thereby reading the real description.
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