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Playing him from after his death in the game, what would his opinion of the Embryon in general, and those three in particular be?
Simple: they're monsters.
They turn into demons and do horrible, horrible things, like ripping people apart and eating them. They chased him down in his own base
to do that to him too. Is his opinion of them likely to be easily swayed? Absolutely not.
Traumatizing someone and then killing them isn't something you just "get over" even if your attackers decide to start treating you with indifference. (If anything, a neutral reaction would be insulting: don't they
feel anything over their actions? Remorse? Pride? Disgust? Glee? Simply feeling
those things wouldn't be enough for Harley, though, as he can't read their minds.)
He'll want to have as little to do with them as possible. There must be quite a mix of emotions at play after something like that, everything from anger and frustration, to continued fear, to wanting to warn others about them, so they won't suffer the same fate. Expect him to tell others just how horrible
those Embryon are, if the subject comes up, because they totally are, in his book. He won't really want to talk to the Embryon themselves; they ought to expect that he'll avoid them, perhaps even hang up on them, if they should call him. If they try to visit his house, he won't be interested in giving them another chance. Why should he? They blew it spectacularly, last time they came over, at Svadhisthana. They killed
him. They're more likely to get a gun or crossbow pointed in their faces and told to turn around and leave or he'll be pulling that trigger, than being invited to explain why they came over.
Is that paranoid? Arguably. Is it reasonable and realistic? I'd say that anything else wouldn't
If they want to have anything to do with him, they
will have to be the ones making steps toward making amends. They invaded his home, tore through his army, manhandled and terrified him, and then slaughtered him. Saying "I'm sorry" is a mere drop in the bucket, but it would be somewhere to start. In fact, it might be an excellent
place to start. Until he really understands
and can accept that they really are not
okay with what they did either, relations with those three, especially, won't be likely to improve in any significant way.
In other words, Heat will remain the subject of his nightmares for a good while.
Is he still going to be terrified of "monsters"? It's a label given to something barely understood, dangerous, and with horrifying behaviors, so yes. Maybe if he were able to identify something previously thought to be a "monster" as being... not
a monster, then the associated monster-ish ideas (like eating people, causing chaos, killing, etc) could be set aside, for whatever it is.
"It's not a monster, it's a rabbit. It's just an animal."
"It's not a monster, it's a sheep. It's just an animal."
"It's not a monster, it's a horse. It's just an animal."
"It's not a monster, it's a sand shark. .... Okay, so maybe it's kind of a monster, but it's one that can be dealt with easily enough, and here's how.
But trying to say that Varna, for example, isn't a monster, because it's "just" a water creature, isn't going to fly here. Look at the teeth. Look at those huge claws/arm-blades. Look at what Serph did
with that form. That's a monster, plain and simple.
Then there's the whole debate over how he'll handle having his demon form... I'll write this up later and post it here. To sum, though, I don't think he'll want
to face it.