Because I wanted to see how upset Sai Sahan would be. He didnt quite meet my expectations, but thats what you get when you are saviour of the world. I never thought about sacrificing Varen. He was my mentor all along, I respect him more than any other NPC in this game.
I picked Varen because I didn't want Sai or Lyris to have to go on without the other when they had the potential to finally be together. Schmaltzy reason I guess, but when I thought about taking one person out of the world, it made the most sense to leave the two of them here. I don't really hold the entire situation against Varen, and I wasn't as mad about him hiding his identity as the game seemed to expect me to be, but his life had pretty much run its course.
It made me happy afterward when Sai and Lyris said they were going to go help rebuild the Abbey together, since it seemed like a fitting payoff for my choice. (It was a little bittersweet but also made me smile a little after the emotional trauma of losing the man my character loved during the final assault; it was nice to see that at least one pair of lovers would get to be together. But that's just me reading my own headcanon into it. )
Next time I might make my choice based on the weapon reward that would be most useful for me (a healing staff is not the greatest for a stamblade DPS), but for my first playthrough I decided to go with my feels.
I went with Varen on my first run through, but have sacrificed all three now after a further 2 Alts ran through the quest just to see the different dialogues. Boy oh boy did Sai hate me on the last run
First time, Lyris - she missed her family. Besides, her doppelganger was a pita and she was zero help.
Second time, Sai Sahan - he has an awesome sword.
Third time, Varen Auilarios- he lied to me about who he was. Who knows what else he's lied about?
If I could have, I would always choose Abnur Tharn. Smug SOB reminds me of a lot of people you see in chat- knows everything about everything and always willing to point that out every chance they get.
Thank the stars! I wasn't sure I'd find anyone else out here. Please, I ne- STAB! STAB! STABSTABSTABSTABSTAB!
Sai, but only because he really seemed to want to be the sacrifice. I didn't enjoy that choice at all; even if Tharn had been a choice it would have been difficult for me. But my consolation is that I kicked Molag Bal's ass, and Sai helped me do it.
Can't be sacrificing Dumbledore, so Varen is safe. Lyris was there from the beginning, so my vote goes to Sai. I want the sword and I distinctly remember one quest where I was told to wait for Sai Sahan to catch his breath!.....stuck in my memory and swayed my vote!
Sahan didn't communicate that much with me, I had no attachments. Lyris and the prophet felt more active and initially I didn't want them to die. I don't really like Lyris either though, in the second run I killed her off. Then the prophet. So... All of them.
Sai is just too stupid to live, hides the key in a crypt when fighting a necromancer who then as a red guard ends up killing his ancestors which must disgrace him. He then leads the big bad to the amulet. His lucky he lasted as long as he did, though in fairness I'd have killed all of them for such powerful hero's they were all useless in combat yet constantly made comments about their combat prowess.
First time I killed Sai because I wanted Lyris to suffer. The game seems to assume that she and I are such great friends. She lied and used me from the start, and really only added stress and conflict with her constant threats at Abner Tharn. Tharn was loyal to the Empire and genuinely sensible. He was a fun character and his sarcastic wit was realistic for a high ranking noble. Lyris' antagonism was mostly irrational.
Second time I killed Varen, just to do something different, and because there was a poetic finality to him ending what he started. Regardless of Mannimarco's manipulations, Varen started it with the sole motivation of gaining even more power. There was no other need at the time to use the Amulet, it wouldn't have solved any existing problem.
Just about to kill Lyris to complete my collection.