The plot has hinged on the idea that we must find some sort of viable replacement for the elder dragons before they can be killed. Everything from season 2, HoTs, and especially season 3 through PoF to season 4, has centered around this concept. We couldn't let Balthazar absorb Primordus and Jormag's magic, we could let him kill Kralkatorrik either. Aurene had to be old enough/ready to ascend to avoid potentially cataclysmic consequences, and Glint's whole legacy plan revolved around herself, Vlast, and Aurene replacing Kralkatorrik, Zhaitan, and Modremoth respectively. This concept of replacing elder dragons with friendlier ones has been cemented in the story as not just as a good idea, but a necessary one to our survival.
I just can't make sense of the direction the story is taking. If the writers wanted to throw out that idea for the sake of expediently resolving the elder dragon plot, there should have been a more thorough debunking of that besides Jormag, a known manipulator and major antagonist, telling us the balance is "fake" one time. If the answer ends up being "Jormag's persuasion domain has influenced everyone to suddenly disregard the potential world-ending consequences of another elder dragon dying," that seed has been ill planted. All I can think is that the devs simply do not care anymore, disliked being shackled to the replacement/maintaining of The All plot, and just want the elder dragon story over at all costs. As our allies set up a kaiju battle for Primordus and Jormag to kill one another, I am feeling so drained and baffled. Even if none of the elder dragons die by the end of this, why haven't the characters been asking any questions? The Commander? Aurene? Taimi? Anyone?
I have genuinely liked Icebrood Saga, and I gave Champions a chance. I have truly enjoyed the dialogue and character to character conflicts we've seen in the DRMs. I realize the devs are under pressure and crunched for time, especially given everything that has happened to the studio and in the world the last couple years. Seemingly ditching the balance of The All and replacement plot so... quietly and unceremoniously is really ruining my interest in this game. Dealing with that plot thread is the one thing that feels completely crucial to this moment in the story, and absolutely none of the characters are bringing it up. Why? This doesn't feel like clever writing that will blow my mind with a big twist. Whereas I should be compelled by the obviously intentional omission of this discussion, I am instead frustrated and confused and wondering if there is any reason to remain invested in the story. I know there are lots of corners that must be cut right now for the sake of pushing out the expansion (at the expense of The Icebrood Saga), but certainly this was not the corner to cut for time. I realize there's one more chapter left, but my expectations are decidedly low.
I am curious to hear the thoughts of others though, and if I am alone in this feeling. I know there are a few others lamenting the same thing, but I feel like this should bother more people than what I've seen so far.