The conclusions I came to throughout this thread // what was pointed out along the way (and what a war with words it was!):
Update: Okay, so yes, Lady Kasmeer is a Mesmer and Lady Kasmeer does make illusions, mind you, a terrible one at that (nothing I did not already know), and with that being said in mind, that has been my point throughout this entire discussion, yet nobody throughout this thread figured that out.
I believe the developers could have done a much better job at creating a more better, 'clearer' illusion of Archon Iberu, either as a 'overlay' over your character's entire body (fill it out more) OR as I have argued, a complete illusory, purple form of Archon Iberu that replaces your character's model, that which would still indicate it is in fact an 'illusion' used as a disguise.
Furthermore, throughout this discussion, somebody did prove that, yes, a depiction of Archon Iberu's illusion does exist on our character's model beyond a 'purple blob' efffect: https://i.imgur.com/gRdGOrz.jpg yet while the illusion shows up a little better on other races, the 'overlay' illusion of Archon Iberu is so underwhelmingly developed so as to not be very 'clear', notably at a distance, even on other races.
And in some cases, Archon Iberu's model does not show at all depending on a character's size/height, as shown in this screenshot I took: https://imgur.com/a/0mMTa My screenshot proves the illusion of Archon Iberu's illusion is not scaled properly for all character sizes/heights.
The reason why I initially argued the illusion of Archon Iberu 'did not exist at all' is because I did not see Archon Iberu's illusion whatsoever on MY character during the Storyline (as seen in the screenshot I provided). Issues like that should not be a thing in any first playthrough in any Storyline.
The Achievement BUG nobody acknowledged throughout this thread: (an issue I tagged on my OP because it is relevant to the PoF Storyline)
Please fix the bug that keeps occurring in the 'The Departed' part of the Storyline for the achievement 'The Whole Story' that fails to get achieved, even after watching all memory events. I have done that part of the Storyline 4 times and still no achievement. I then looked up some forums, and apparently, the bug in 'The Whole Story' achievement has been going on for a while now. Why is the bug not getting fixed?
Feedback from other players would have been nice, yet pride got in the way to admit I was 100% right about this bug being an issue in the PoF Storyline.
My initial feedback:
In other parts of the game, even outside of instanced Storylines (where you get to disguise yourself as a certain group or an individual), we look like part of that group or look like that individual, yet when my character is supposed to be disguised as Archon Iberu, I look nothing like him, and in going through this part of the Storyline, the whole experience was ruined.
Why is our character model not changed to look like Archon Iberu? Lady Kasmeer Meade and Rytlock Brimstone are disguised, yet not us when playing through this part of the Storyline. And playing through Storylines is not just a one-time thing; I like to repeat the Storylines, so yes, something like this in the game is a big deal to me.
Player class should not matter during this part of the story. Anyone going through this part of the story should be disguised as Archon Iberu, and at his exact size/height. Instead, we have a small purple effect around our head. While that may not make sense if you are playing as an Asura (technically), it makes less sense with no disguise at all. The whole point of the 'Enemy of My Enemy' part of the Storyline is to fool everyone, and the Storyline does a very poor job at conveying deceit on our character's part, because we still look like we normally do, not like Archon Iberu.
As for the rest of PoF's Storyline, smooth sailing thus far!