There are many interesting characters in Starfield, but none more important than the Hunter and the Emissary. The former is portrayed first and foremost as a ruthless killer, while the latter is portrayed as a man who wants to protect the mysteries of the universe from those unworthy of discovery. However, the more time Starfield players spend with the company, the more it becomes clear that there's a lot more to this pairing than meets the eye at first glance.
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Of the two characters, most people will probably find the Messengers the most interesting, as their perspectives and motivations are no longer black and white. As Hunter rightly points out, while at first glance the two seem to be polar opposites, they are actually just two sides of the same coin, the only difference being that Hunter is honest about his reasons for coveting the artifact, and the power of unity .
Warning : This guide contains major Starfield story spoilers.
The messenger can be male or female, depending on certain choices the player makes. Therefore, for the purposes of this guide, they will be given they/them pronouns. Anyone who is triggered by pronouns in video games should probably stop reading now.
Who is the envoy of the star field?
During the "Following Their Footsteps" main story mission, players will learn during the "High Price" mission that the Messenger is actually their dead companion. Well, technically they're a version of themselves from an alternate universe where the player was killed when hunters raided the cabin. This means that in their universe, the emissary and the player were once close friends.
Players may take advantage of this fact later on, as depending on which Starborn they choose to side with, they may have a chance to convince the herald to hand over their artifact without having to fight. If this happens, the player can manipulate them by reminding them of their past relationship and how their dead friend didn't want the two to turn on each other.
What does the messenger want?
The messengers claim that they want to protect the secret of unity from those who do not deserve it. However, their approach isn't all that different from Hunters, with both characters using threats and violence to get what they want. Not only does this make the messengers a bit hypocritical, but it also casts doubt on their ability to actually decide who is worthy of the combined power and who is not.
Starfield is available now for PC and Xbox Series X|S.