It seemed to me in the latest Living World season that Caithe was closer to Aurene than the Commander was, especially after her little "upgrade".
And to be completly honest, I'm not really a fan of it.
The Commander is supposed to be Aurene's champion, but the two did not feel close at all to me. They seemed pretty close up until the end of Path of Fire, but after that they drifted apart.
Neither of them showed any affection towards the other and the Commander's voicelines towards Aurene were usually pretty ordinary, how one would adress an acquaintance rather than a friend. NPC's kept telling the Commander that "you two are soooo close and she loves you soooo much uwu", but it was never shown through actions. Rule nr.1 of storytelling: show, don't tell.
To me Aurene seemed closer to Caithe and the Commander seemed closer to the rest of Dragon's Watch. I know Caithe basically raised Aurene and the Commander has known the members of Dragon's Watch for quite some time, but with their connection as Scion and Champion I still think they should have been much closer than they were portrayed to be in the latest Living World season.
Just to be clear, I don't mean close as a dog and it's master. Lord no, she's a dragon not a pet. I mean close as friends. They did not seem like friends to me, more like colleagues.
I know she wasn't able to speak, but I would have loved some classic Han Solo & Chewie interactions where Aurene just chirps and the Commander immediately understands her because of their connection and just goes "Oh yes good idea." and everyone else is like "what???".
Does anyone else feel like the Commander and Aurene fell apart during this Living World season?
To any ANET employees reading this: Was the growing distance between Aurene and the Commander written in on purpose?
(p.s. it's still been a frickin awesome season tho, good work d.s.)